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Church Of England Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


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Welcome to Reception
On this page you can find out a few key things you need to know about Reception. 

This year we have one Reception Class - RL. The teachers working in this class are:


Miss Lay

Mrs Hancock

Miss Martin 

Miss Arnold



We follow the same creative curriculum approach as the main school.  This year our topics are:

  • Marvelous Me
  • Let's Celebrates
  • The Gruffalo and Friends
  • At the Bottom of the Garden
  • Farmyard Fun
  • Amazing Animals


Family Fun Afternoons

We have a family fun sessions every half term from 2pm where we welcome parents to come in and spend the afternoon in the classroom. Each session will have different theme and are on different days of the week to try and cater for everyone.



The children will have daily phonics sessions where they will learn new sounds and actions.  We follow the recommended Department for Education Letter and Sounds Scheme with resources from a variety of sources to support learning.   



Your child will be given a reading book, along with a reading record.  Initially, all books will contain just pictures, this will give you and your child the chance to discuss the pictures and allows them to use their imagination to make up a story.  This helps the children to understand what a story is and that they have a meaning, as well as giving the opportunity to develop their vocabulary and speaking skills. When your child is ready we, as staff, will move your child onto books with words. 

Books will be changed on a Tuesday and Thursday.  This gives you the opportunity to read the book more than once with your child.  In the reading records provided, please write the title of the book and initial when read.  If you have time, feel free to write a short positive comment.


Morning Routine

To encourage your child to be independent, we ask you to support us in getting the children to come into the cloakroom on their own.  We will help your child to sort out all their belongings until they are used to doing it themselves.


Book Bags

These need to be brought in to school every day for letters and notices and children should always have their reading books and phonics sounds/words in them. 


Water Bottle

Please provide a named water bottle as your child will have access to them throughout the day.  These must contain water not juice.



Please ensure that your child has a named PE kit in school all week. This needs to be both indoor and outdoor kit. We have PE on Thursday Mornings.


Show and Tell

This takes place on a Tuesday.  The children enjoy bringing in items from home to share and talk about and it is nice when they are linked to our topic.  Tiny, precious or breakable objects are best avoided!  A rota will be put in place depending on the children's house colour. 


Wellies and Art Apron

Children need to have named wellies in school please and an old art apron or shirt.


Tissues and Bags

It would be greatly appreciated if you could donate any spare plastic bags you have and a box of tissues ready for all those runny noses this term.


Junk Modelling

The children love to make interesting models out of boxes and tubes, so if you have any lying around please give them to the class teacher (no egg boxes or toilet rolls please!)


Open Door Policy

We are always there at the start of the day and the end of the day for a quick chat and any questions! 

Growth Mindset - Challenge for All - OFSTED Outstanding since 2006


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