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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. 


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 2 and phase 3 letter sounds.  We have been making 3 letter words, called CVC's, such as mat, pod, tan.  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 be sending 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.


Over the next few weeks we will be looking at the story of Handa's Surprise.  This is a story about a little girl called Handa who lives in Africa and takes some fruit to her friend Akeyo.  On the way there are different animals that take the fruit and when she arrives at her friends Handa is in for a surprise!

We will also be looking at different stories to do with our Christian value of Courage, such as The Lion and the Mouse, David and Goliath and one of our favourite stories, Jack and the Beanstalk.  We have been talking about when we have had to use our courage and there will be a display in the hall showing the work we have done around courage.

Maths in our Classroom

In maths this half term we will be:

  • Using ordinal language - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • In practical activities we will be learning about addition and using the language of add, plus, equals, altogether
  • Counting and ordering numbers to 20
  • Looking at sequencing events in time 

Reading Books

Please make sure that you share your childs' 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 childs' 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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