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St Chad's Church of England Primary and Nursery School

Welcome to Reception


Staff in Reception

In Reception Mrs Rowling is the class teacher with Mrs Fernihough and Mrs Brittleton as our wonderful Teaching Assistants. We look forward to working in partnership with you this year. Your support at home really does make a big difference. Dont 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!


We will begin having a daily phonics session, we will be learning a new phoneme (letter sound) on a daily basis, I will send home an activity relating to the sound as we are learning them. The pace can be very fast, if you are finding it difficult to keep up with the phonemes please come and see a member of staff.

There will be more information regarding how we learn to read at the information meeting.


This term our topic is 'This is me', we will be looking at what we look like, our names, our family, birthdays and our homes . Each week we will learn about ourselves through a story, I will share with you the title of the story on the EYFS newsletter.  Every Friday the children will take part in a physical development day that will concentrate on fine and gross motor control to help prepare us for our writing.

Our PE session is on a Monday afternoon, please try to encourage your child to dress independently at home.

Maths in our Classroom


In maths this term we will be:

  • Talking about and recreating simple patterns
  • Counting in order to 10
  • Find 1 more than.
  • Order objects by size.
  • Use everyday words to describe position
  • Begin to name common 2d shapes

Learning to Read


I will be sending reading books home in the next couple of weeks. Please do not be concerend if you receive a reading book with no words, it is very importnat 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 twice a week to begin with but only if the diary has been signed by an adult.

On a Monday afternnon we would like to invite a mystery readerinto 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.

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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