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Hawkesley Church
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Welcome to our Reception Class

Our Reception classroom is light, cheerful and open plan. The children have opportunities to experience creative activities with daily access to paint, sand and water. They enjoy a variety of imaginative play and role play situations e.g. home corner and dressing up. The children have regular access to a range of audio visual equipment such as listening centre, computers and a variety of musical instruments. There is ample provision, throughout the Reception, for the development of speaking and listening, reading, writing, mathematics, science, technological and physical skills.

Further details about our Nursery can be found in our prospectus or by downloading our Nursery booklet via the link below. 


 Reception Information Booklet


In Reception this term:


Children will be given books to read in our Guided Reading sessions that reflect their current reading ability. They will be encouraged to use their phonic knowledge to sound out new words that they want to read. Children will also use their phonic knowledge in their writing, forming the sounds they can hear in the words and simple sentences that they want to write.


How to help at home:

Use the new Phonic Bug online reading scheme at home.




Children will be working on simple addition and subtraction, recognising and writing numerals and ordering numerals to 20. They will practise counting forwards and backwards to 20 and will begin to think about money and measuring time and weight.


How to help at home:

Encourage your child to count at home. Look for prices and talk to them about the money you are using when you go shopping.



Personal Social and Emotional Development

The children will focus on the current school value ‘Being Responsible’. They will be encouraged to take greater responsibility to solve problems by themselves or by asking a friend before coming to an adult for support. We will think about how our behaviour can distract other children and discuss ways of reducing these distractions.


How to help at home:

Try to encourage your child to take responsibility for some jobs around the home.



Physical Development

The children will continue to develop their fine motor skills so that they can form all of the letters of the alphabet clearly and with increasingly correct formation. In P.E lessons, the children will develop their gross motor skills through a variety of gymnastic activities.


How to help at home:

Expect your child to dress and undress as independently as possible.



Communication and Language

The children will be encouraged to ask lots of questions about our topic this term. We will then think about where we can look in order to answer these questions (asking an adult or friend, looking in books or on the computer). Children will be encouraged to talk about past and present events using the correct tense.


How to help at home:

Encourage children to ask questions when reading and talking at home.



Understanding of the World

The children will be exploring their local environment and thinking about the things they like and dislike in the place where they live. We will use computers to answer questions about our topic.


How to help at home:

Allow your child to use computers at home or at the library to engage with the online reading scheme.



Expressive Arts and Design

Children will use a variety of materials and tools to make representations of people, objects and events. They will explore musical instruments and use them to perform musical pieces to the rest of the class.


How to help at home:

Sing songs with your child and give them the opportunities to draw, write and paint at home.



Letters and Sounds

We will be continuing to gain confidence with all of the letter sounds as well as learning more of the digraphs (2 letters making 1 sound). We will blend the sounds to read words and sentences and segment the sounds in words for writing.



General Information

Please remember to ensure your children have suitable coats, hats and gloves for the colder weather and remember to name all of the children’s things.


Please also make sure that you remember to pay £1.50 at the beginning of each week so that your child can enjoy their milk and toast every day.