The Reception Team
Due to the lockdown and the prolonged school closure, Reception and Year 1 are working closely together, particularly during the Autumn term. As the year progresses and children develop there will be a gradually ongoing transition whereby the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) environment will just be for children in Reception. Children in reception will interact with all adults in the Reception and Year 1 Team
Mrs Haywood is the lead teacher for Reception
Miss McCauley is the lead teacher for Year 1
Communication with the Team
- Always maintain 2m social distancing when talking to members of staff.
- Face masks must be worn if entering the classroom.
- Morning communications when children arrive must be brief (teachers are busy starting lessons). If needed, hand over a written note to provide more detail and we can phone you during the day.
- Teachers are usually available at the end of each day for a short chat if needed.
- Alternatively send an email to and this will be forwarded to the Mrs Haywood.
- Tapestry is used to communicate progress with learning.
- Water bottle (named)
- PE kit stays in school every day
- Book bag
All other resources are provided by the school
There is no formal homework in Reception.
We would encourage you to read with your child daily. This can be reading an age appropriate book together to recognise and practice simple words. It could be sharing and discussing a lovely story or non-fiction book to develop a ‘love for reading’.
Your child will be given letter-sound fans, phonics sound mats and 'tricky words' to take home which will match their development stage.
We also encourage you to practise counting, working out 1 more and 1 less and beginning to work out simple addition sums using objects.
How Can I Support My Child?
We are very aware that a day in Reception can be extremely busy and therefore no homework is set. However the reading of stories to your child is a super way to support their learning! Choose a book together, look at and talk about the front cover. Who is the author? Where is the title of the book? What do they think the story will be about?
As you share your book stop to look at the illustrations and ask questions about what has happened and what might happen. Encourage your child to use the correct tense in their discussion. Can they recognise any words? Any letters? If there is a nice easy decodable word can they help you?
Games of I Spy are great for encouraging phonics. Learn those nursery rhymes- rhyme is a vital part of hearing and recognising phonic patterns.
In maths work on counting up to 20 and beyond. Can your child recognise numbers to 20? Play 1 more than and 1 less than on numbers to 20. Look for shapes around the house. Squares, circles, rectangles, triangles or hexagons! Look for solid shapes too- we concentrate on cubes, cuboids and cylinders. (Tins in the cupboard are a great example of cylinders!)
All this can be done incidentally when you’re out and about or at home.