Welcome to Reception!

Our class page will give you information about all the exciting things happening in our class and around school!  We will be posting updates about what we are learning and photographs of some of the things we have been doing in class.


Themes:  People who help us

Our theme for the first 3 weeks of term will be ‘People who help us’.  As part of this topic we will be talking about the people in our lives who help us everyday in different ways such as family, friends and adults at school or clubs.  We will also be learning about other people who may help in an emergency including, the police, paramedics, doctors, nurses, firefighters and rescue services, and also people who help when we need them such as postal workers and mechanics.  We would welcome adults who work in these professions to come and talk to us about their jobs, so if you know anyone who will be willing to come into class, please come and speak to Miss Simester.


It can be confusing to know how to help your child with their reading and it is so much more than just reading the sounds and words, so here are a few tips to help them at home:

  • Try to read a often with your child.  Reading their book a few times is really important to help them become fluent and quicker in their reading and to have a deeper understanding of what they have read.
  • Encourage them to read using their ‘in your head’ voice.   This means saying the sounds so only they can hear and then just saying the word aloud.  This really helps the children to read more fluently.
  • Talk about the title, cover pages and the pictures in the book.  Pictures are really important to help the children have a deeper understanding of what they are reading, especially if there are words that the children are unfamiliar with.
  • Compare events in stories or information books with things you’ve done together, so your child starts to make connections between these things and their own experiences.
  • After the first time reading the story, ask your child lots of questions about their book.  It could be to ask them what happens next,  explaining parts of the story,  to talk about characters and how they feel or about why things happen and how things work in the story.


Our main maths focus over the next week will be exploring simple subtraction.  We will be looking at different strategies and resources we can use to work out subtraction problems and at ways we can record and show our ideas.  We will also be continuing our learning about repeating patterns and sequences.


Here is a link to a very helpful document for parents.  It explains the expectations for the children based on their age in months.  Please take a look as this will give you an idea of what we are covering at school and it gives ideas about how to help your child at home in different areas of our curriculum.  If you have any questions about the document or about where your child is currently working please come have a chat to me and i will be happy to discuss it with you.

What to expect, when? A parents’ guide

Star Moments

Thank you for all of the ‘Star Moments’ you have sent in, it is so lovely to read all of the exciting things the children are doing at home.  I have set up an area in the cloakroom where you can peg any moments you bring into school up on the washing line for everyone to see.  As it gets full these will be transferred into a file where they will be stored.  There are also spare moments for you to take if you need more at home.  Please help yourself!

Class Reminders:

  • The school day starts at 8:55 but doors open at 8:45, so feel free to come in early to settle your child and join in their morning routine.
  • We would really appreciate you informing either the class teacher or the office if anyone other than a parent/carer is picking up your child, even if they are familiar to school.  It is our school policy not to let children go home with anyone without parental permission.  This includes family members and childminders.
  • Please make sure your child comes to school with a coat each day, even when it is sunny!  Our temperamental weather in Manchester means it can be glorious sunshine in the morning and raining by the afternoon.  The children have access to the outdoor area throughout the day and in all weather, so please make sure they are prepared for any weather.  We recommend leaving a pair of wellies in school with them to avoid school shoes being ruined.
  • Please make sure your child has a set of spare underwear/clothes on their peg, in case they need to be changed in school.
  • If your child is star of the week, they will go out the following Wednesday afternoon for an afternoon of fun outdoor activites with Mr Snell.  We recommend that the children bring in some outdoor clothes such as jogging bottoms and a jumper, which can get dirty as it can be very messy work!


Stay and Play

We run Stay and Play sessions every Monday morning from 8:55-9:55.  It is a great opportunity to come and spend some time playing alongside your child and see what they get up to in class.  Please come and join us if and when you can.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to come and speak to me!

Miss Simester

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