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 Spring topic is Machines and Me. We will be finding out about inventors such as Steve Jobs and Alan Turing. We will be learning how different machines work and how they have changed over time such as aeroplanes and telephones. We will be learning about different New Years including Chinese and Persian and about the Hindu festival of Holi. In PE we will be exploring rhythm in dance and we will be learning how to type our name. We will be role playing in our garage and making phones and musical instruments. 


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 Rosie Revere, Engineer, Dot and The Musical Life of Gustav Mole. We will continue our Phonics sessions revising the first set of single sounds and special friends and practising reading and writing CVC words. In Maths we will identify zero and compare and recognise numbers to 5. We will also compare capacity and mass before moving on to numbers 6, 7 and 8.


After half term our topic is Ocean Commotion. We will be looking at different seas and oceans around the world and choosing and studying different underwater creatures, labelling them and finding out what they eat. Our home corner will become an aquarium and the children will make the fish tanks and fish themselves. We will be looking at the signs of Spring and started to grow plants as well as experimenting with floating and sinking. Core texts include The Snail and the Whale, The Rainbow Fish, Tiddler and Noah's Ark. In maths we will find out about height and length and continue to build our number knowledge to 9 and 10.



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