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Church Of England Combined School

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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 two Reception Classes - RL and RB. Although the children are in the split into these classes we do lots of mixing and learning together as a whole year group. 



We follow the same creative curriculum approach as the main school.  So far this year, the children have enjoyed the following topics:

  • Me and My Family
  • Celebrations and Christmas around the World
  • Space
  • Traditional Tales and Nursery Rhymes


During the Summer, this 1/2 term is 'Gardening and Growing' and the 2nd half will be 'Under the Sea'.



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.


Home Time

If your child is being picked up by somebody else please provide us with written permission.



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


Show and Tell

This takes place on a Tuesday morning.  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.



It would be greatly appreciated if you could donate 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!)

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