HoldbrookPrimary School and Nursery

'Dare to Dream, Aim to Achieve'

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Welcome to Reception


I am Mrs Rothery and am delighted to be teaching Reception this year.

In our class we are supported by Mrs Bliss and Miss Connolly.


In order to support your child at home with their learning please:

  • Read with your child as much as possible, sharing stories is a wonderful way to encourage a love of reading. 
  • Check our Tapestry online learning journal as often as possible, this will show you all of the wonderful learning your child has been doing and enable you to ask them about it! Engage your child in conversation with "I saw a photo of you doing...", this will help support your child's communication and language development. 


Our first topic is Marvellous Me. We will be finding out about ourselves and our new classmates. We will be exploring the Reception classroom environment both inside and outside and learning the new routines and rules. In Reception we follow 2 basic principles-we look after our classroom by remembering to Choose It, Use It and Put It Away. We look after our friends by using Kind Hands, Kind Feet and Kind Words.


Each week we will be looking at a core text and completing independent and adult led activities based on this book. In the first half term these include The Koala Who Could, The Colour Monster and The Little Red Hen. We will start our Phonics sessions learning the first set of single sounds and we will start to compare, sort and group in Maths.


In Art we will be drawing portraits of ourselves and naming body parts in Science. We will also be celebrating Harvest, Diwali and Halloween. We will be talking about our homes and who we share them with.


After half term our topic is Celebrations. We will be looking at how traditions and festivals differ around the world and preparing for Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day and Christmas. We will continue to learn inside and outside, looking at the signs of Autumn and the changes in the seasons. We will use atlases and globes to find different countries and name the five senses. Core texts include Room on The Broom and the Nativity Story.



Please check our class page regularly as we will be updating it with all our wonderful learning!