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, Miss Simpson and Miss K.


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. 


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.


Our first Summer topic is Near and Far. We will be finding out about different countries around the world and their culture and customs, using atlases and globes to support us. We will be thinking about how we might travel to these countries and what an average day might look like for a child who lives there. We will then be taking a trip into space, looking at the different planets and how an astronaut lives. 


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 Whatever Next, Aliens love Underpants and How to Catch a Star. We will continue our Phonics sessions revising the first set of single sounds and special friends and practising reading and writing CVC words and putting these into sentences. In Maths we will be building numbers beyond ten and adding and subtracting using First, Then, Now number stories. In PE we will be developing our Ball Skills including kicking, rolling, throwing and catching. In RE we will enjoy listening to stories from different religions including The Boy Who Cried Wolf and Bilal and the Beautiful Butterfly. We will also be celebrating the King's Coronation and learning about the history of the Royal Family in Britain.


After half term our topic is All Creatures Great and Small. We will be identifying different habitats around the world and looking at the plants and animals which live in them. We will be completing the life cycles of different animals and writing facts about them. Our home corner will become a vets and the children will think about what they need to do to look after animals. We will be looking at the signs of Summer and thinking about how we can keep safe in the sun and around water. Core texts include The Rumble in the Jungle, The Tiger Who Came to Tea and The Hungry Caterpillar.


In Maths we will build on our previous work about pattern and shape, doubling numbers and sharing. We will be using our spatial awareness and positional language to make and describe maps. In PE we will be learning to work as a team to play simple games and in RE we will be finding out about the places of worship of each religion. As we head towards the end of term we will begin our transition to Year 1, spending time in the new classroom, thinking about new routines and meeting the new teacher.



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