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Reception 2017 - 2018

Mrs McCarroll

Mrs Lindsay

Mrs Adshead

Miss Lofthouse

Mrs Hodgson

Hello and a warm welcome to Reception! We hope you have had a fantastic summer and we are looking forward to an exciting term ahead with you. 

My name is Mrs. McCarroll and I am the Reception class teacher. I am very lucky to work alongside Mrs Hodgson, Miss lofthouse, Mrs lindsay and Mrs Adshead.

Uniform: We expect all children to wear school uniform. Please ensure all items of uniform are labelled including coats, shoes and PE Pumps, book bags etc.

PE: - Drawstring pump bag/labelled, pull on/Velcro black pumps, navy or black shorts, white T-shirt.PE will be on Tuesday and Thursday. P.E. kit can be taken home to be washed half termly. Please bring in a water bottle that your child can identify which can be filled with fresh water every day.

Homework will be sent home on Fridays and is due in by Wednesday. There will be a phonics task that is linked to our RWI phonics lessons and a learning log task linked to our focus of that week.

Please read with your child as often as possible, every day if you can. Please write a comment in the yellow diary eg. Did they enjoy it? How well are they blending? Could they retell the story? Could they discuss the character’s behaviour? The more practice your child gets, the quicker your child will become fluent. We will change your child’s reading book once a week and we will read with them at least once a week. Please keep the reading book and yellow reading diary in their book bag and send it in every day.

Late arrivals: Children who arrive after 9:00am are considered late for school. All late arrivals should use the main entrance and will be requested to sign the late book. Parents of children who are frequently late will be requested to meet with the Headteacher to discuss the problem. The number of late arrivals will be monitored and entered on the child’s school report at the end of the academic year.

Absence: Parents are asked to phone the school office if their child is absent and the reason for the absence. If parents do not let the school know the reason for the absence on the first day then the secretary will phone to ensure there are no problems.

Medicines: Requests for medicine to be administered in school must be made to the school office. This relates ONLY to prescribed medicines. They should be handed in to the school office with clear written instructions on their administration to the child. Antibiotics will be stored in the fridge until the end of the day. The fact that the medicine has been administered will be recorded in the medicine log book.Asthma Inhalers are kept in the classroom where the children can obtain them easily.

In Reception our activities are based on the EYFS Curriculum and also the childrens' likes and interests. Our Curriculum consists of the Prime areas of Learning- Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language. As well as the Specific areas of Learning- Maths, Literacy, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. A huge importance is placed on the Characteristics of Effective Learning and understanding how our children best learn.


In maths we will be learning to count to 10 and recognise what the numbers look like. We will be counting different groups of objects and counting things that we cannot see. We will be learning about shapes and positional language.


We will be learning to write our names and experimenting with writing and mark making materials e.g. pencils, sand, paint etc. We will be listening and responding to stories and rhymes. We will be look at books, including ‘Pete the cat’.

Understanding the World

We will be talking about who helps us at school and at home. We will look at the parts of the body and face and we will look at the five senses. Through continuous provision we will explore our new environment in the indoor and outdoor classrooms. In ICT we will look at the parts of the computer and what they do and we will also explore how we can make the Beebots travel. 

Communication & Language

We will be learning to be a good listener and a good speaker as we make new friends. We will be listening and responding to stories and rhymes. We will be learning how to ask and answer questions.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be learning about why we are special, talking about our feelings and making new friends. We will be producing our classroom charters linked to our Rights Respecting School. We will be talking about people who help us in school and local community, as well as our family and getting to know our teaching team.

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be exploring the creative area and all of the different materials. We will be painting pictures of ourselves and our friends and family and we will be exploring colours and how they can be changed. We will be exploring how sounds can be changed, using instruments and our bodies. We will be joining in with actions, dancing and singing games. In the role play area, we will dress up and learn to play with others. We will tell stories using our imagination and the small world toys.

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Chester, Cheshire CH2 4LT

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