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St Chad's Church of England Primary and Nursery School

Welcome to Reception


Staff in Reception

In our class you will find Ms Cox.  Mrs Worrall works in the class in the morning and works with individual children on speech and language interventions across the school in the afternoon. We are supported by Mrs Fernihough and Mrs Estcourt throughout the week.


In Reception we follow the Letters and Sounds programme to help your child learn their letter sounds.  These sessions take place each day and are called Phonics.  

We have learnt all of our Phase 2 letter sounds and during the Spring term we will be working on Phase 3 including introducing digraphs.  We have been learning to blend our letter sounds for reading and are also learning to read our 45 sight words using Barney's Bones as our learning tool.

A good website to use is www.phonicsplay.com this has lots of interactive games that you can play with your child.


This term our topic is 'Living and Growing' followed by 'Let's Have an Adventure' where we will be exploring plant and animal life cycles and then moving on to fanatsy tales involving super heroes, pirates, knights, princesses and dragons..  We continue to develop our physical skills particularly in PE (Wednesday and Thursday) where we will be exploring Athletics and enjoying gymnastics with the Beth Tweddle gymnastic coaching programme.  We will be continuing to develop our fine motor skills through our handwriting practise and of course accessing our outdoor classroom with the very exciting addition of Forest School sessions starting this term.

Maths in our Classroom


In maths this Spring term we will be:

  • Learning to recognise, write and order numerals 0 to 20.
  • Simple addition and subtraction skills.
  • Money ~ recognising coins and substituting 1p coins for larger denominations.
  • Introducing weighing and measuring using comparative language.
  • Properties of 3d shapes.
  • Introducing doubling and halving.

Learning to Read


Please make sure that you support your child to learn their letter sounds and actions.  This is the foundation for reading and we will be building upon this by blending these sounds to read simple words and introducing key words which the children will bring home in the form of Barney's Bones.

The children have all made super progress with their reading and it is important to maintain the momentum by reading daily.

Please write a comment in your child's reading journal about how they are getting on with their reading, It is lovely to read the comments that have been written by parents.

If you have any questions at all, then please do not hesitate to ask and remeber you are always free to change your child's reading books in the classroom at the start or end of the school day.

Collection of your child

Please let a  member of the Reception Team or Admin team at the office know if your child is going to be collected by a different adult at the end of the day.  We will not let any child go home with someone other than their parent/carer unless we have been informed that someone different is picking them up.  

Thank you for your support with this.

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