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Welcome to Reception!

Reception Staff

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Term 4

Time is passing by really quickly and we are now half way through the school year!

This term there are many dates for your diaries!


We hope you will be able to join us on Tuesday 6th March at 9 or Wednesday 7th March at 5.30 to find out about children's mark making and writing development. Please ask if you have any questions.

Mothers Day teas on Thursday 8th March at 3.30 and 6 pm.

EYFS and KS1 will be holding an Easter Bonnet parade on Wednesday 28th March; bonnets are made at home and can be brought into school on the day. Please ask if you have any queries.

Easter craft (like Christmas craft) is on Thursday 29th March at 2 pm.


Reception are looking forward to their first trip to Godstone Farm in term 5. Letters have been sent home and are on the website. Please return the slip to say if you would like a school packed lunch and with your emergency number for the day. Your child cannot go on the trip without the form. We have a few spaces for adults. Please let class teachers know if you would like to help on the day and we will let you know as soon as possible if your help is required.

We look forward to another busy term.




We would like to say a massive well done to all the children who made this year's early years concert a resounding success. They learnt all the words, sang all the songs and performed twice to a large audience. We are sure you will agree it was magical.

We all enjoyed the Christmas craft afternoon and thank you to all who could attend.

This week we are looking forward to the class parties and Christingle events.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our children and their families a very happy Christmas and the very best for the New Year.

See you all on the 8th January 2018.

Thank you for coming to our Christmas craft afternoon.

Term 2

Thank you for attending the parent meetings on Wednesday 8th November. As mentioned we will be running two RWI (phonic) parent sessions; Wednesday 29th November at 6pm and Thursday 30th November at 9am. Please let class teachers know which session you intend to attend so that we have a rough idea of numbers. Many thanks.

Term 2 will be very busy as we begin the count down to Christmas! We will continue learning sounds and use them to write labels, captions and sentences. In our magic maths sessions we will be looking at patterns. We will talk about different types of pattern such as polka dot and zigzag, as well as those made with shapes and objects. We will make repeating patterns with two or three colours or shapes. We will look for patterns in the environment. Please talk to your child about the patterns they see around them.

We will continue to follow children's interests and our activities will be led by them. Please let us know if there is something specific your child enjoys so we can include it in our planning and use it to extend your child's knowledge. We look forward to an exciting term!

Meet the achievosaurs!

In reception we are using the achievosuars to talk about our learning. Each achievosaur relates to a characteristic of effective learning. These are ‘playing and exploring’, ‘active learning’ and ‘creative and thinking critically’. They detail the ways in which children should be learning from their environment, experiences and activities. Your children may come home and say they have been like a ‘sharadactyl’ or a ‘triatops’ today, so we would like to introduce you to the achievosaurs!


  • Explorasor: Exploring ideas and resources
  • Stickasaurus: Sticking to a task
  • Shareadactyl: Sharing ideas and resources
  • Tryatops: Trying their best
  • Askaraptor: Asking questions
  • Solveosaurus rex: Working to solve problems
  • Thinkadon: Thinking carefully about tasks





No Limits, Only Possibilities