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Welcome to Class 3 - Reception

Welcome to our Class web page.

Our Class Team:

Class Teachers - Mrs Kirkham & Mrs Jordan

Classroom Support - Miss Telfer


All about our Reception classes


We are always busy in Reception!  The children in Reception learn through cross-curricular themes, interwoven with the Christ Church CE friendly and caring Christian ethos, that are designed to follow the children’s interests and challenge each child to progress onto their next steps.  We are committed to promoting the highest levels of well being and involvement for our children.


We value the role of parents as children’s primary educators and work hard to build positive relationships between home and school.  Our school has a friendly open doors ethos and practitioners are available to talk to parents at the beginning and end of the day.  Parents are always welcomed into school and encouraged to discuss any concerns they  might have.  We endeavour to share information with our parents in many ways such as: informal chats, reading diaries, newsletters, our online observation tool '2Simple', half termly parent feedback forms, website updates and termly parents’ evenings.


In our Reception classes we recognise that young people learn best when they are active.  We understand that active learning involves other people, objects, ideas and events that engage and involve children for sustained periods.  Therefore, we believe that Early Years education should be as practical as possible and our Early Years department has an ethos of learning through play.  Play is a powerful motivator encouraging children to be creative and to develop their ideas, understandings and language.  Play is also flexible and able to suit the preferred learning style of the child.  It can provide multiple ways for children to learn a variety of different skills and concepts.  The children in Reception will experience both child initiated and adult directed play opportunities both indoors and outdoors. 


Teaching in Reception is an absolute pleasure! We feel confident that you will be amazed by the progress your child makes as they journey throughout the year towards becoming confident, independent and motivated learners. 

Current Term's Curriculum Newsletter - please access through the 'Curriculum' tab.


Home Learning

How can you help?

Practise the sounds in your child’s yellow sound book every day.

Practise letter formation using the Jolly Phonics sheets which are sent home for you to keep.

Help your child with their weekly homework activity (green/purple book) – sent home on a Thursday.  Please complete and return the following Wednesday.

Listen to your child read their home reading book and comment/sign their reading diary.

Find out information about your child’s topic using the local library or the internet.

Having all they need in school in the morning helps your child to be happy, and happy children make better learners! Please:

1. Check your child’s bag contains their reading diary, reading book, homework wallet and sounds book - please ensure that their bag is either the offcial 'Book Bag' or flat/small enough to fit into their tray.   

2. Ensure money is in an envelope labelled with their name, class, the amount of money and its purpose.

3. Regularly check your child’s bag for letters and return slips promptly.

4. Send your child with a labelled water bottle each day (containing only water) - please ensure they don't leak if you are putting them in their book bag. 

5. Snack - if you would like your child to have school snack please pay £2.50 each Monday or if they prefer their own snack please send this in daily in their book bags. 

6. Return a completed menu sheet every Monday with your child’s name at the top of each day.

Please ensure you have provided your child with an indoor PE (which will only be sent home at the end of each term to be cleaned and returned on the first day back after the holidays) and a pair of wellington boots to be kept in school at all times.

Please label all items. 


Early Years Foundation Stage

British Values - EYFS



Jolly Phonics Video.mp4

We will be continuing to develop our phonics skills/knowledge across EYFS using planning and resources that can be found on the 'Phonics Play' webiste. Here are some great links you can use to help support your child's development at home:

Phonics Play




Mr Thorne Does Phoincs


Recommended Reading for Fun

New Intake Meeting Information


Mathletics is a great programme to use in school and at home. It is designed to develop and improve all areas of mathematics from arithmetic to problem solving. It will be targeted to your child's particular year group and ability. Children can access this at home using their own log-in and can earn certificates each week. The maths class with the most points in a week also recieves the Mathletics Trophy.

Here is a link


Christmas Tree Extravaganza

Christmas at Farmer Ted’s

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