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Class Teacher – Miss C Burns
Teaching Assistants–Mrs D Morris

‘The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences’ Loris Malaguzzi

Our children in Reception learn through enhanced continuous provision, both in our indoor and outdoor classroom.

Our children learn through the Characteristics of Effective Learning, these are:

  • playing and exploring
  • active learning
  • creating and thinking critically

These are important life skills and attitudes which support children in being ready to face challenges, explore and extend their learning.

We have 7 different areas of learning these are broken down into our Prime and Specific areas.

Our Prime Areas of learning are:

  • Personal, Social, Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

Our specific areas of learning are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design

All of the activities planned within our EYFS key stage are linked to these areas of learning with close attention paid to the characteristics of effective learning.

Reception Long Term Plan 2021/2022

What’s happening this term in Reception?

This term we will be celebrating celebrations!  This will include celebrations from a variety of cultures and religions, such as Chinese New Year and day to day celebrations during church mass (in Come and See).

Our core text for this half term is called ‘Blue Penguin’ written by Petr Horacek. This book is about uniqueness and appreciation for diversity. The book is set in Antarctica and so we will be looking at the climate, location and habitats that live here. We will be having lots of fun with snow and ice!


In phonics, we will be teaching set 1 and 2 sounds from the Read Write Inc scheme.  You can find resources and videos online (using Google, Youtube, and Oxford Reading Tree) and so we would encourage parents to allow children to access these to help embed their learning.

Cbeebies ‘Alphablocks’ is also a very educational and beneficial programme for the children to be watching which will help teach them the skills of blending and segmenting.


This term in mathematics we will be concentrating on numbers. We will be looking at numbers up to 10. As well as counting, we will be focusing on subitising, constructing numbers and counting accurately and using different strategies.

What can I be doing at home?

Reading to your child every day! Reading allows children to enter a new world, learn new words, new cultures, new experiences and develops imagination. It provides the chance to question, predict and most of all enjoy!


Find reasons to write. Before going shopping, write down lists of what you will need. Ask your child to write down the first sound of the items, whilst shopping ask children to find the b,b,b bread. Draw pictures and write captions of the things you have been doing at home and over the weekends. 

Practice recognising your numbers every day and counting out objects to match. Find 1 more and less than numbers and create your own number problems. Count, count count!

Can you create your own maths problems? 

If I have 5 sweets but I ate 1 how many would I have left?

How many beads can you put into the pot into 1 minute?

Useful information

Homework is sent out each Monday so please ensure your child returns their folder with their signed reading record. 

Reading tasks are added to Oxford Reading Tree each week so please keep up to date to ensure learning is reinforced at home. If you have any problems with logging in please contact myself.

Tapestry is used regularly by staff to record children’s learning. Please try to log in regularly to access your children’s achievements and successes and inform us of any out of school activities.

Each Monday we collect £1 which is used to buy snack for your child throughout the week. All contributions are greatly valued to ensure your child has a healthy week at school.

In Reception we have access to our outdoor classroom daily to keep us physically active and healthy. In addition to this, our planned PE day is Monday. On P.E days children are required to come in to school wearing their full PE kit.

Please ensure ALL your child’s clothing has names on it. As they go through the wash names do tend to fade so please keep checking to ensure that things don’t go missing, especially jumpers and cardigans. 

Many thanks for your continued support in school and at home.

Miss Burns

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