Reception Newsletter

Summer term 1 in Reception.

In Reception we have been learning about animals and growing.

We planted our own grass seeds to watch them grow and made observations on what was happening. Once the grass had grown, the children decided to give the grass to the rabbits to eat. The rabbits really enjoyed it!

Reception went on a trip to Horton Kirby. We went on a mini beast hunt and used a key to find out what the mini beasts were.

After lunch we looked at some taxidermy animals. We looked at a Fox, a rat and a badger and described what they looked like and how they feel to touch.

Expressive Art and Design One of our stories this term was ‘Where the Wild Things are’. The children used various materials to recreate a scene from the story independently.

Home Learning

New parents are asked to read, discuss with their child and sign a Home/School Agreement which establishes a partnership between the school and parents. The agreement sets out expectations and responsibilities regarding attendance, behaviour, communication and home-learning. We ask parents to take an interest in what their child is doing at school.

In Reception, we aim to provide the children with a sound and solid foundation for learning. Our highly skilled staff provide a programme of early active learning in which children are given opportunities to make choices, manipulate material, use language, interact with peers and adults and, of course, play. Adults record your child’s learning, developing and implementing experiences geared to the individual needs and interests of the children.

Children may be asked to practise word recognition, learn spellings or number bonds, or research a class topic.


Teaching and learning is monitored by the senior leadership team. Regular observations of lessons and audits of teaching plans are carried out by the headteacher and deputy. The subject leaders monitor teaching and learning in their respective subjects. The termly assessment results are analysed rigorously to ensure each child is making the best progress possible for them. We are also able to identify areas needing improvement and areas of strength from which to draw good practice.

Visits, Outings and School Journeys

During the year all classes will have a number of organised visits. We use these trips to extend and enliven the curriculum. Typically, a class might visit a gallery, museum, theatre, a farm or a park. The Class Teacher will write to you about each trip to ask your permission and let you know about the financial contribution and any special arrangements. Permission slips are required for these trips. However, if it is a local trip not involving public transport, each parent has signed a consent form on admission to the school.