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Welcome to Reception.

Our Reception team is:

RER - Mrs Kennedy and Mrs Budden

RLM - Miss Mills and Mrs Denyer

RCM - Miss Moroney and Mrs King


Our topic in Reception for this half term is ‘Rumble in the Jungle'.  This is an exciting topic and we will be learning what it is like in a jungle and finding out information about different jungle animals.

Our classrooms and corridor have been decorated to reflect this new topic, and the colourful displays proudly highlight the children’s learning.  

Please find below a copy of our topic web which details what we will be learning.

Aims of the Foundation Stage

  • That each child should be provided with the opportunities, skills and environment that enables them to develop into active, confident and independent learners. 
  • To foster an effective partnership between home and school. 
  • To maintain a safe but challenging environment in which each child can be helped to develop to his/her full potential. 
  • To develop social, moral, cultural and spiritual awareness in our children. 
  • To foster in the children a belief in their own worth and enable each child to become increasingly confident, independent and able to make their own considered choices. 
  • To ensure that each child regardless of gender, race, culture or ability, is given an equal opportunity to develop to his/her full potential. 
  • That there is continuity between Reception classes and Key Stage One and effective liaison to support this transition. 
  • To develop a positive approach to the acquisition of new skills that will provide a firm foundation for future learning. 


Supporting your child at home


Please read with your child at least three times a week.  We will change the reading book three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) providing the reading record has been signed off by an adult. The reading record should be returned in your child’s book bag every day, regardless of whether your child has read or not.  This is so we can record any comments that we may have when reading with your child at school.   It will also tell you what we have been focussing on and how you can support your child in the next steps in their learning.



You have been given a phonics sound book, which has all of the sounds we will be learning, along with how this sound is pronounced and the action which represents it. 

To help your child, please practice the sounds and actions and help them to hear these sounds in words. 

You can use the phonics book to record your findings by sticking in pictures of objects containing each sound, using your phonics to write the words, drawing pictures of objects containing the sounds, practice forming and writing the letter, or a combination of all of these!  We will not be collecting them in; it is an opportunity for you to practise at home, however, if your child would like to share their learning with us that would of course be fantastic.


Settling in

If you have any questions about the school or would like to discuss how your child is settling in, please approach us at the end of the school day and we will be happy to arrange a time to speak to you.


Children must have their PE kits at school every day.  Please ensure that every item of PE kit and school uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s name.  

PE days have now been confirmed.

RLM will have PE on Monday and Tuesday

RCM will have PE on Monday and Tuesday

RER will have PE on Monday and Thursday

Continuous Provision/ Free-flow

In Reception, our learning revolves around play and children will be given the opportunity to explore and investigate learning with independence.  As part of our continuous provision, the children are given set times throughout the day where they can independently choose which areas they would like to learn in: both classrooms and outdoor learning environment.  Continuous provision enables children to explore recent learning, practice new skills, and follow their own interests in a variety of different hands-on and practical ways.


The children use lots of junk modelling and arts and craft materials.  We would welcome donations of items such as pasta, lentils, sequins and buttons.  If you have any school clothing or fancy dress clothing that your children no longer use, this would also be welcome.

Trip to Leeds Castle

Year R will be visiting Leeds Castle this year. Information will be sent to you nearer the time.

Jolly Phonics

  • At Red Hill Primary School as well as following ‘Letters and Sounds’ we use the Jolly Phonics scheme to help teach the children their sounds. In the Jolly Phonics scheme, the 42 main sounds of English are taught, not just the alphabet sounds. For each sound, there is an action that helps the children remember the sound the letter makes. 
  • The letters are taught in a specific order. It would be helpful if the sounds were reinforced at home through singing the action rhymes and playing phonic related games e.g. I spy. Learning letter sounds is essential in helping your child develop reading skills. Letter names are important however it is more useful to teach letter sounds initially to aid reading skills. We will hold a meeting on Jolly Phonics for parents in September and January.

Phonics Meeting 22nd November 2017

Thank you to all the parents who attended our phonics and reading meeting. It was lovely to see so many of you. We hope you found it a useful meeting. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in contact with the Year R team. If you were unable to make the meeting please see a copy of the handouts below.

A typical day

Our day is always very busy and we do different activities every day but an example of a day would be. 

8.35 - 8.50 am - Table top activities

Please note the Reception gates will be closed at 8:45am.

8:50am - Register

8.55 - 9.20 am -Teaching focus e.g. Reading, Writing or Number

9.20 - 10.30 am - Focused learning activity

Continuous learning to reinforce previously taught skills                                                   

10.30 - 10.40am – Fruit and milk

10.40 – 11am - Teaching focus e.g. Reading, Writing or Number

11 -11.45 am - Focused learning activity

Continuous learning to reinforce previously taught skills                                                   

11.50 am - 1 pm - Lunch

1pm -1:30pm – Phonics

1:30-2:30pm - Focused learning activity

Continuous learning to reinforce previously taught skills                                                   

2.30 pm - 3pm   Story time

3pm – Home time


In addition the children have regular ICT and PE sessions timetabled during the week.



Visit to Leeds Castle - 16th May 2018

As part of our learning on Fairy Tales the children in Reception will be visiting Leeds Castle on 16th May 2018. It promises to be an exciting day for us all. Further details will follow in the new year.


Visit to Red Hill Library

We were very excited about having our first trip out of school to visit the library on Tuesday 17th October. We had lots of fun! We were read two fantastic stories about bears which we really loved hearing. We were also really lucky and got to explore the amazing selection of books the library has to offer. We found some of our favourite books which we enjoyed sharing with our friends.

Learning in Reception

Please don’t expect too much of me 
I’m learning more than you can see 
Being here simply to enjoy and play 
means more to me than I can say 
Please don’t fret at the end of the day 
If I have nothing to display 
I really gain so much from play 
Social skills and come what may.. 
So when I come home empty handed 
From such a very busy play 
Please don’t say 
Haven’t you done anything today?

Look at our Learning

We have had such a fun week in Reception this week. We have been learning all about Elmer! We have been writing about what Elmer looks like, talking about how Elmer is different, exploring the different colours of Elmer and what we could do to make Elmer happy when he is sad. We have also been estimating how many jungle animals we could see, and counted to see if we were right! We have also had fun in the ICT on 2Paint where we created a variety of jungle animals. We also had a fantastic last day celebrating Rainbow Day! Have a lovely half term!


Our topic this term is Rumble in the Jungle

Please find our topic web and letter below which outlines what your child will be learning this half term


Our topic for next term will be 'Once Upon a Time' and we will be looking at a variety of fairy tales. For your homework we would love for you to be creative and create a story box of a fairy tale you really like so you can retell the story.

Have fun!

Thank you so much for the fantastic home learning we had about measuring. It was so lovely to see a variety of objects used to measure, inlcuding hands, sweet wrappers and lego.

Wow moments!

We are really excited to know what has made you say wow about your child recently. As a result we have sent home a copy of our wow card. Please can you complete it and send it back to school so we can all celebrate your child's successes. Please send in a wow card as often as you like.

Examples we have received so far...

  • My child learnt to ride their bike without stabilizers
  • My child wowed me with their reading!
  • My child swam a length for the very first time.
  • As we left for school my child told me it was 8 o'clock.
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