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Welcome to Reception


I am Miss O’Reilly and am delighted to be teaching Reception this year.

The children have all settled in well and are looking forward to the year ahead.

In our class we are supported by Mrs Bliss and Mrs Folliard. 

This term our topic is Marvellous Me.

We have P.E with Mr T on Tuesday mornings.

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

  • 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. 


Here is all the exciting things we will be doing this half term: 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

We will be starting our weekly Jigsaw PSHE sessions. We will be creating our class rules together and exploring lots of new activities in our classroom and outside area. We will be learning the different routines of our classroom and school. Alongside we will be learning about our feelings and beginning to discuss these feelings. We will also be exploring different families and what makes us unique.

Communication and language

We will be learning to talk about ourselves using describing words such as tall, short. We will be imagining and recreating roles in real life family situations and fictional stories. We will be asking questions to get to know my friends in my new class. We will be talking about my family. We will be thinking about sequence of events in stories and saying what happened in the beginning, middle and end.

Physical development

We will be taking part in weekly P.E sessions with Mr T alongside this we will be learning to use tools safely. We will also be thinking about how to keep healthy alongside describing the changes to our body after exercise. We will be moving with control and co-ordination over, under and through various apparatus including exploring our outside area.


We will soon be beginning our daily phonics lessons where we will learn our speed sounds and practise writing and reading these in words. We will also be learning to recognise and write our name and having a go at recognising familiar words such as mum or dad. This half term we will also be exploring lots of our favourite stories as a class.



In mathematics we will be matching, sorting and comparing amounts of objects, pictures and even ourselves. We will also begin to think about size, shape and capacity. Lastly moving on to creating and exploring repeating patterns.


Understanding the world

This half term we will be exploring what makes us unique. Including different families from around the world. We will also be beginning our weekly discovery R.E sessions where we think about different cultures around the world. Towards the end of this half term we will begin to look a different seasons including Autumn and noticing the changes happening in the world around us.


Expressive Arts and Design

We have been very creative during our settling in period and have particularly enjoyed using paint. This half term we will be creating our own portraits using different materials such as paint, pens and collage materials.

Please check the website regularly as we will be updating it with all of the wonderful learning that has been taking place.


Holdbrook Hero Day


Today we all dressed up as real life heroes and thought about what makes a Holdbrook Hero. We even had a go at making our own superhero masks. 

Settling into Reception

The children have settled into Reception wonderfully. We took our first class photo, had lunch in the dining hall and explored lots of areas both inside and out.