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Reception: Red and Blue


Welcome to Reception!


We are excited to meet all pupils starting in Reception this year and are looking forward to a fabulous year of learning ahead.

Our main focus for the start of this half term will be settling the pupils into a regular routine and encouraging them to become independent learners and individuals.


Our focus this term will be ‘Ourselves’, which we will explore through a collection of fiction and non-fiction texts.

In Literacy, we will be introducing pupils to our phonics scheme ‘Read Write Inc.’ Pupils will be learning the sound associated with each letter of the alphabet and will begin to use these letter sounds in their writing. They will be learning to recognise their own name and familiar words to support them with their reading. Pupils will gain confidence in word reading through re-reading key texts that they will become familiar with throughout the half term.


One of the role-play areas in Reception will be a Home, which will change with a variety of celebrations, for example Harvest Festival and Halloween. Pupils will have the opportunity to act out real life experiences, where they will be able to discuss their families and their community as well as beginning to understand that people have different beliefs and celebrate in different ways.

Another role-play area that the children will have the opportunity to explore is the ‘Travel Agent’ in which they will have the opportunity to explore different holiday destinations and begin to look at maps and atlases. They will also be able to explore initial sounds and use numbers within their play.


In the outdoor area there will be a ‘Mechanics’ role-play area where pupils will have the opportunity to drive and fix their cars. This will give them the opportunity to focus on handling tools safely and improve their motor skills with large construction as well as tools.

In Maths, pupils will be learning to recognise and order numbers up to 10 and will be working on developing careful counting strategies such as 1-1 correspondence. Pupils will begin to subitise and recognise number bonds to 5. They will also be exploring and identifying pattern in numbers and in the environment. We will be using number rhymes to begin early calculation, finding one more and one less than a number to 10 and will be providing pupils with lots of practical opportunities to embed these skills.


We are looking forward to an exciting term ahead.