Mrs Summerfield (R) 2020 - 2021

Mrs Summerfield

Mrs Summerfield

Is the Reception class teacher and is keen to see all children leave the Reception class with high levels of independence and confidence.

Mrs Coney

Mrs Coney

Mrs Middleton

Mrs Middleton

Welcome to the Reception Class page!

Over the year the children will be looking into the big questions for each term:

Autumn Term - Where would I like to explore?

Spring Term - What would I like to find in Space?

Summer Term - Could I be a hero?


To start the year off we will be joining in with a whole school project using the book The Tunnel by Anthony Browne.

We will be exploring the story to find out about our feelings, and to create pictures.  The work will be shared in displays and in class books.

We will be using lots of different ways to start writing and forming good letter shapes, and using phonics to help with reading and spelling.  We will use three main books this term to stimulate good ideas for writing:

Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins

Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne

Out and About by Shirley Hughes

Using these books will help to answer the question about places the children would like to explore, what equipment they would need, and who they would like to be with.

To start with, the phonics emphasis will be segmenting and blending with Phase 2 letters and sounds, with sight reading of Phase 2 tricky words.  Everyone will continue to practise reading the cards in their Phase 2 phonics home packs.

We will start off with class reading learning about key features of books.  Our first book is Mr Big by Ed Vere.

We continue with Dogger by Shirley Hughes

The Tiger who came to Tea by Judith Kerr

A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen

The Owl and the Pussy-cat by Edward Lear

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

A key feature of our maths lessons is using a 10 frame to help with visualising the value of numbers to 10:







As well as using numbers to 10, we will find all sorts of ways for using and comparing numbers, shapes and measures in play and especially learning about time, including the days of the week and seasons.

Our Learning Journey

Our big question for this term is Where would I like to explore?  We will think about the sea - in it, on it, next to it!  Coming back to land we 'visit' Africa to find out about exotic fruit and other foods that we eat as part of a healthy life style.  Finding out about the various creatures that feature in the story of Handa's Surprise will help the children to establish interests and preferences.  Finally, we come closer to home to explore our school, homes and gardens and specifically look at the changes in the seasons.  On Thursday afternoons the  children will have lessons in the woodland with Mrs Elliott.  We will learn to look for similarities and differences in creatures and places.  

We will use art materials and use environmental materials to create collages and use the 2Paint program to create computer pictures.  Bee-bot, the programmable toy, will be used to explore a board and visit favourite places.

The RE lessons will lead us through learning about the Kingdom of God and what that means for Christians, answering the question What kind of king might Jesus have been?  As we approach Christmas, the theme will be Incarnation with the key question of Why do Christians perform nativity plays at Christmas?

We will be learning rhymes and songs with actions to build up sequences and patterns.

PE lessons take place on Tuesday afternoons with Mrs Riddle.  The children will come to shcool wearing their PE kits for the day.  PE kits include:

White tee-shirt

Black shorts

Trainers (not pumps or slip-on shoes)

A warm track-suit for colder days


Homework is given out on Friday and should be returned on Monday.

Ponics packs have been given out and are tailored to the children's personal learning.  It is important that you and your child work on these frequently.  The packs should be kept in reading bags. 

Reading books are sent out on Monday and should be returned on Thursday for changing.  There will be a range of books given out.  Some are for telling a story by using the pictures to pick out detail from the illustrations, some are for developing the segmenting and blending skills of reading and applying phonic knowledge to the text.  The children will have reading books at the appropriate level.  Reading with your child is very important as it helps them develop their learning in all areas of the curriculum.  Talking with your child and asking them questions about the book will enhance their comprehension skills.  When the reading books are returned to school, they will be placed in an isolation box for at least 72 hours before they are wiped down and placed back for general use.

As we are coming back to school facing a new type of 'normal', we will be encouraging personal hygiene and regular washing of hands.  It would be great if you could also encourage this at home.  Please watch the Baby Shark hand-washing video below!

By keeping the school and class rules the children will be rewarded with stars - 25 stars wins a certificate and a special reward!

Finally, we are very excited about this term and look forward to building confidence, playing with friends, sharing play ideas and co-operating with each other and getting to know the buddies, even though it is from a distance!

We are really looking forward to working with your children!


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Fluenz day, by Mr Norbury

Last Day Of Term, by Mr Norbury

Christmas Holidays, by Mr Norbury