Reception 2023 - 2024

Mrs Symes

Mrs Williams

Spring Term 2

Welcome back!

Welcome back everyone.  We hope everyone has had a lovely half term break and is feeling rested and ready for yet another busy half term!  During this half term we will be basing our literacy work on our current book which is ‘The Journey Home’ by Hattie Peck.  This is a beautiful story about family and differences, making hard decisions, letting go, and inclusion.  It has the most wonderful illustrations which will no doubt inspire some creative artwork for our displays.

We will continue to work hard with our phonics learning.  You will be kept up to date with current sounds and phases.  We would encourage you to consolidate this learning with your child at home as this will really help their progress.

In Maths we will continue to work on our in depth understanding of numbers to 10.  We will also be looking at number bonds facts to 10 as well as introducing doubling and sharing (halving).  During this half term we will be exploring weight and comparing them – heavier/lighter/balance.

Our Understanding the World topics will be growing (animals and plants), using maps and exploring our senses

P.E. will continue to be on Tuesday and Thursday so children should come into school in their P.E. kits on these days. 

Our Reading Café is open to all parents on Friday 23rd February from 2.30pm to 3pm in the Parish Lounge.  Our next stay and play is on Friday 22nd March.  We also have the excitement of our school trip to Imagine That on Wednesday 27th March.

Reading books will still be changed weekly.  Your child will have the same set day to change their books.  If books and reading records are kept in book bags this makes it easier to change the books as there is less chance of them being left at home accidentally.  Please sign the reading record and make a comment to let us know how your child is progressing with their reading at home.  All children also have access to a huge selection of books on Bug Club at

Homework will still be sent home on Fridays and should be sent back in by the following Tuesday.  If this is ever a problem then please let us know.

Please continue to check the class page for updates.  Gallery items are regularly put onto the class page to give you an insight into what the children have been doing.  The ‘Word of the Week’ is also put onto the class page weekly as a news item.  This is displayed in the class window too.

If you ever have any queries or anything you wish to speak to us about then please do not hesitate to speak to us at the door.  Alternatively there is the class email which is  The email is checked very regularly.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support.  It is very much appreciated.

Mrs Symes and Mrs Williams

Useful links

Active Learn Login

Purple Mash

Music Links

Mini Music Makers

RNSO music challenges

Stomp Style Body Percussion

Mental Health links:

Please also visit the school's dedicated mental health and well-being page for more information on where to get support.

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