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St Chad's Church of England Primary School

Welcome to Reception


Staff in Reception

In our class you will find Mrs Thompson and Mrs Cashmore.  Mrs Worrall works in the class in a morning and Miss Jones works in reception every Monday and Thursday afternoon. 


key words

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

We are currently working on phase 3 and phase 4 letter sounds.  We have been making words with the digraphs that we have been learning.  We use robot arms to help us hear the sounds in words as we spell them out and then we blend the sounds together by rubbing our hands together to make the word.

We will continue to send home key words for your child to learn.  Some of them are 'tricky camera' words which have to be learnt by sight such as was, they, said.  We will send a letter home with them to explain what to do at home to support your child in learning them.

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


We have recently been reading the story of 'The Naughty Bus' by Jan Oke.  The children have really enjoyed the story and have made their own vehicles at home as part of their home learning.  Then in school they have been making roads and tracks using the bricks for the vehicles to travel on.  For the next week we will continue to look at different types of vehicles.

Our next topic will be 'People Who Help Us'.  If you know anyone such as a nurse, vet, firefighter or police officer and they would like to come into talk to the chidlren about their job please speak to a member of the Reception team.  


Maths in our Classroom


In maths this half term we will be:

  • Using numbers to 20 and beyond
  • Subtracting numbers from 10/20
  • Looking at direction
  • Days of the week/months of the year

Reading Books


Please make sure that you share your child's reading book with them each night, asking them questions about the pictures and what might happen next, looking at the sounds that the words begin with and helping them to sound them out.  You can also look out for the key words in the text that will be sent home which will support them in their reading and also writing.

Please write a comment in your child's reading journal so that we know books are being shared at home.  It is lovely to read the commnets that have been written by parents.

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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