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Welcome to Reception

We have two classes in Reception who work closely together. Staff provide an

enabling and exciting environment to aid the children in their first steps in school,

and develop their skills, knowledge and confidence.


                          This page will give you information on how the children learn in Reception.                                           




RM Class

                                        Teacher: Mrs Mander                                          

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Lawes and Mrs Newell



RA Class

Teacher: Mrs Avery

Teaching Assistants: Miss Collins and Miss Jenkins



Miss Rolfe (assistant head) teaches in RM all day on a Monday, and all day in RA on a Friday.

She will also cover Mrs Avery and Mrs Mander's PPA time.

 Reception days are slightly shorter than the rest of the school.

Start time 8.50am

Finish time 3.15pm (If possible please collect your Reception child first).



During Autumn term we have looked at a range of books in Reception. These stories and information books have helped the children to explore maths, different faiths and the world around us. 

Please see the books we have looked at below.
Maybe you could find these in the library and see if your child can share them with you?


Stories & books

Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

Some Dogs Do by Jez Alborough

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Little Red Hen

Anancy the Spiderman stories-

stories from West Africa & the Caribbean

Rama & Sita- story looking at Hinduism

Mixed by Arree Chung

Coming Home by Floella Benjamin

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

Simon Sock by Nick East

The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas

Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram

Christmas Nativity stories

The Lazy Ladybird by Isobel Finn

Funnybones by Janet & Allan Ahlberg


If you would like to find other recommended books for Reception children then have a look at this website:


Early Years Foundation Stage


The Early Years is the period of time in your child's life between birth and 5 years.  This is a time when children learn rapidly developing skills, language and knowledge in a wide range of areas. During this period your child will be following the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework which focuses on 7 areas of learning and development which consist of:


The Prime Areas:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

The Specific Areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design


These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities and experiences planned are suited to your child’s unique needs. It is designed to be flexible so that staff can follow the children's needs and interests.

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.


The EYFS Framework has been updated for September 2021. You can find out more about it in the video and document below.


New EYFS - Parent Video 

EYFS Framework September 2021

Reception Baseline Assessment  

All Reception children take part in the Reception Baseline Assesment. This takes place on a 1-1 during the first six weeks of the Autumn Term. Please see video and parent leaflet below for more information.


Reception Baseline - Parent Video

Reception Baseline Information for Parents


Our PE day is a Friday. Please ensure PE kits are worn to school on those days. 


  • White t-shirt/ school PE shirt
  • Dark shorts;
  • Dark joggers/leggings and sweatshirt;
  • Trainers - preferably with velcro fastenings

Forest School

On Forest School days it is important that children wear trousers that cover their legs, so that there is less chance of them becoming scratched. You may chose for your child to wear black/dark blue tracksuit bottoms or leggings. They wear their normal t-shirt and jumper/cardigan on their top half. The children will then wear their welly boots with a waterproof or wetsuit depending on the weather. 

On Wednesday 2nd November 2022 reception will have there first chance to visit Forest School and learn the rules at base camp.

Christmas at Forest School - Wednesday 14th December 2022 (Children can wear their Christmas jumper with their tracksuit bottoms or leggings).

Spring Term 2023 - every Wednesday (unless notified otherwise)

How we teach phonics in Reception- an audio Power Point presentation

Reading Eggs

In Reception, we would love your child to participate with the Reading Eggs and Fast Phonics on line learning programme. Please support your child to try the activities, games and watch the learning videos which will help to develop their phonic knowledge, blending skills and spelling. There are decodable books for them to read, stories for you to share with your child and printable worksheets for practical practise and reinforcement. We will be able to follow your child's progress through the programme and see their hard work. Encourage your child to engage with the Reading Eggs and Fast Phonics programme regularly for short periods of time. 
Your child's log in details have been stapled to their reading record book. We hope you and your child enjoy exploring the Reading Egg programme!
For more information follow the link below to our Reading Eggs page on our website.

Tales ToolKit

In Reception, we use the program, Tales Toolkit. This is a fun and interactive way of helping children to develop their oral story telling skills. There are four key symbols that are used to help children develop their own narratives. Please see the website below and the parent information documents to find out more about this program. All parents in Reception can sign up to become members of the Tales Toolkit family. Make sure you have a look and begin your story telling journey. 

Reception Tours

The Reception Classes are housed in their own building on the main school site. The children in Reception have their own outdoor area which includes a bicycle track, mud kitchen, a woodwork bench, water areas, a construction area and an outdoor reading and writing station.  The children also have access to the main school where they can visit the library and have PE lessons in the Hall. The children are also able to access the school field for sports and the Forest School site. 

If you have any questions about the Reception Class at St Mary's School, please email the school office.



New Parents Presentation 2021

Morning Routine in Reception

Children's Welcome Book 2021

Daily Timetable

Getting Ready for School

Back to School Social Story

Early Years Websites for Parents

7 Top Tips to help with reading at home

Chat, Play, Read: Department for Education campaign

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