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St Chad's Church of England Primary and Nursery School

Welcome to Reception


Staff in Reception



                                                                                            Mrs Rowling - Class Teacher (EYFS Lead)



                                                         Mrs Hilton and Miss Birch will work alongside myself as our Teaching Assistants                                                                

We look forward to working in partnership with you this year. Your support at home really does make a big difference. Don't forget we are here for you as well as your child. Please do not hesitate to make contact no matter how small you may think the issue is!

A Typical day in Reception

The doors open at 8.50am and children are encouraged to come into Reception and hang their coats up independently. 

They will then self registrate and start an independent activity on the carpet.

We then meet and greet, choose a star of the day and look at our timetable for the day.

We begin the first session of independent activities and the snack bar opens.

Carpet time is then called, and this is a maths focus or a literacy focus.

Children then continue with their independent activities inside/ outside and I lead a focus activity for some groups.

We then have our daily phonics session.

Children then have the last session of independent activities before lunch and the snack bar is closed.

We then have carpet time which is either a short maths or literacy input depending on what we did earlier.

Singing/ rhymetime/dough disco session before lunch.

After lunch we gather back on the carpet and this is learning time to find out about the world, be creative and explore and investigate.

The staff interact with the children asking questions about their learning but also by observing the children and encouraging them to become independent learners.

We always finish our day with a story and a prayer.

Home Time 



Learning to Read


I  send reading books home after the first couple of weeks. Please do not be concerned if you receive a reading book with no words, it is very important that children can follow a story by looking at pictures and use their talk to tell a story.

I will be expecting the children to read at home with an adult at least 4 times a week. The reading book diary must be signed to say that your child has read their book. I will change reading books three times a week, on a Friday the children will take home a book from our class library to share for enjoyment.

On a Monday afternoon we would like to invite a mystery reader into our class to come and read a story to us at the end of the day........But it has to be a secret! The children would love parents and family to be involved in our learning in this way. If you would like to take part please let us know.

Floppys Phonics

We are using the Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters teaching programme, which is a step-by-step phonics programme, to introduce children to the letters and sounds (the alphabetic code) that are the foundation of all reading and writing. In the Autumn term there will be a meeting for parents to learn how we teach our children to read and write.


Other Information

  • Please let staff or the office know if anyone else is going to be picking your child up from school.
  • A water bottle needs to be brought to school daily with water  not juice.
  • All uniform needs to be labelled clearly.
  • Please bring book bags into school daily.
  • PE kits stay in school until the half term breaks.
  • A newsletter for EYFS is distributed every 2 weeks, it tells you all about our latst learning and home activities that might support.  I also includes dates for the diary.


Each half term we learn  a new topic which is based around a particular theme. We try to link our learning to a story and this information is passed on through the newsletter.

I upload each topic plan at the start of each half term. This half term our focus is 'All About Me'. We will learn about each others families, homes, likes, dislikes and how we are all different to each other.

Within the half term we are flexible with the children's learning and we like to follow their interests. If there is something in particular that your child is interested in please let us know and we can try to incorporate this into our learning.

Some useful websites to help your child








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