Reception 2023 - 2024

Miss Lloyd

Reception Teacher

Miss Hackney

Reception Teacher
PSHE and RE Lead



Welcome to Reception 2023!

A huge welcome to our Reception class page! We have had a wonderful start to the year and we are excited to continue our learning in Autumn 2. This page will give you some advice and top tips about our school year. It contains information such as PE and forest school days, along with some of the themes we will be learning about throughout the term.
This year in Reception, the children will have 2 class teachers - Miss Lloyd will be the class teacher on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Miss Hackney will be class teacher on Thursdays and Fridays. There will also be 2 additional members of staff within the classroom - 1 full time teaching assistant (Miss Williams) and 1 part time teaching assistant (Mrs Stock/ Mrs Thompson).
Please continue to use our online learning journey - Tapestry. We love uploading observations to keep you in the picture and really appreciate when you comment on them too! 


But our updates don't stop there! Also join us on Twitter (X) and Facebook, so you can see regular pictures and videos of what we've been getting up to in school.



PE - Please provide your child with a labelled P.E kit for them to bring into school. Their P.E kit will be kept in school and returned home at the end of each half term. Reception PE session is on a Thursday afternoon.

Forest Learning - Every Wednesday, the children will have a Forest learning session.  Please can your children come into school in appropriate clothing for Forest learning. If possible, please can you provide a pair of wellies to be kept in school.  Therefore, the children can come in trainers/school shoes on Forest School days and change into their wellies that are kept at school.   

If you have any concerns, questions or queries please feel free to contact either fo us via email - or

Miss Lloyd and Miss Hackney

Our Learning 

Autumn in Reception is wonderful! This time is spent on allowing the children to settle into their new environment and become comfortable with their new routines, the different adults and other children in their class.
The main theme for this half term is 'Autumn and Festivals.'
We are going to continue to study seasonal changes and look at a variety of festivals including Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali and of course Christmas! 
We will continue to have daily Phonics, English and Numeracy sessions in which we learn to read, write, count and develop maths skills, which we can then apply during our play. 

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We will be reading lots of stories to engage the children. We will be looking at mark making, writing our name independently and write labels/captions. We will continue to write the letters we are learning in phonics and will be able to read words using the letters below. We are going to look at the book Pumpkin Soup and even make some to try! We are also going to perform a Christmas Production! 



At Little Leigh Primary School, we follow the Oxford Owl Essential Letters and Sounds phonics, which teaches children to learn the sounds different letters or combination of letters make. We will recap all the sounds we have learnt in Autumn 1 and learn lots of new sounds throughout Autumn 2!

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We will be exploring, investigating and discovering lots of exciting maths in our environment. We will be matching, sorting, comparing and making patterns in our maths lessons and in our provision. We will be representing, comparing, counting and making numbers to 5. We will be exploring 3D shapes, patterns and spatial awareness. The children will have the opportunity to learn, develop and explore all of these maths skills in all areas of our classroom provision. They will have lots of fun! 


Children are encouraged to read at least 3 times a week, for around 10 minutes with an adult at home. Where possible, we would appreciate a comment in their reading diaries to let us know how your child is getting on. We will change your book once a week. 

Your child will also participate in a weekly individual reading session, these will be noted in their reading diaries. We recommend that you read through them a few times so that they have a good understanding of the words and the comprehension aspects of the book. This also allows them to gain confidence as their reading will become quicker. 

To help with comprehension, you may want to start with a discussion about what your child thinks the book will be about. You could also talk about the characters and explore the blurb. When you have finished, ask questions about the book. This will help you assess whether your child has fully understood what they have read.

If you feel that you require any further support with getting the most out of reading with your child, please don’t hesitate to come and speak to me.


Things to do at Home

Things that you can do at home to help your child are:

  • Please encourage your child to dress themselves for school and take their uniform off at the end of the day to promote independence. Focusing carefully on zips and buttons. 
  • Read 3 x weekly and update your child's reading record with a comment. Books will be changed once a week. Please return you reading pack on a Monday.  
  • Question your children on the pictures in the books you are reading
  • Reinforce the sounds learnt in phonics sessions.
  • Encourage basic addition and subtraction at home when eating grapes or playing with Lego pieces. Ask children: how many are there altogether, in two groups, how many are left when some are eaten.   
  • Encorage children to ask questions 

Recommended websites: - very useful for pronunciation of sounds - lots of free phonic based games more phonics games - great selection  of games to support all areas of learning


Please can you make sure that all of your child's belongings are clearly labelled with their names, including items such as snack pots and drinks bottles. 

Forest Learning

Forest learning will take place every week on a Wednesday. We ask that children come into school in the forest school attire. We will change their shoes in school as we ask wellies to remain in school.



Your child participates in a weekly PE session. PE kits should be clearly labelled with their names. Long hair should be tied back for PE and no jewellery (including earrings) is to be worn. This will initially take place on a Thursday afternoon. 

 The Growth Mindset

Finally, the growth mindset plays a huge part in our learning. This mindset allows us to change our language to change the outcome. Hopefully it won't be long before your children begin to use the langauge 'I can't do it YET' and 'mistakes make my brain grow!' Here's a little video to explain it a little more (your children will become very familiar with Mojo!)

Thanks for taking the time to read our page! 

Lets get started! 

Miss Lloyd, Miss Hackney and the team.





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