Reception 2022 - 2023

Miss Parker



Welcome to Reception

We are so excited to welcome you back to Reception for Spring Term One! I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas break and you are ready to continue your wonderful journey at Little Leigh Primary School. For any information about Reception routines, please see the attached Parents Information Powerpoint in the files below.   
The children all enjoyed a fantastic first Term in Reception. They have all developed so many new skills, immersed themeselves in new learning and shared lots of wonderful interests with each other. We were so proud of the children's Nativity Performace at the end of the Term, they were all wonderful!  We are so excited to start and explore lots of new and interesting learning over the next 6 weeks! 


We will continue to post your children's exciting learning on Tapestry, Twitter and Facebook, so you can see regular updates of what they have been getting up to in school.

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. Every Thursday, the children will have a Forest School session.  Please can your children come into school in appropriate clothing for Forest School. 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 me via my email -

Miss Parker 

Our Learning 

In Reception, we 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. 

During Spring Term One, we will be exploring a variety of texts linked to our class topic 'Out of this world!'. Will will be looking at all things space and adventure! The children have shown a keen interst in these topics, especially space! Our focus text to begin with will be 'Star in a Jar'. We will then delve into the texts 'Beegu' and 'The Smed and the Smoos'.  The children will be immersed in a range of activites linked to our topic through our classroom provision and also have the opportunities to learn, retell and analyse our class texts before creating their own versions! 

    Beegu: Deacon, Alexis: 9780099417446: Books


The Smeds and the Smoos - Books & Pieces


Star in the Jar by Sam Hay, Sarah Massini, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble®



We will explore, read and analyse the stories, retell them using puppets and story maps, learn new vocabulary, explore the key values in the texts, create our own characters and versions and most importantly enjoy discovering a variety of new books. 



Our Phonics sounds that we will begin to learn in the first Autumn Term are attached below.  



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. If you would like help understanding a little more about our phonics lessons then click the picture below. 





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 10. The children will make pairs and groups of 2. They will compare numbers to 10 and learn about number bonds to 10. 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.

Your child will also participate in a weekly individual reading session, these will be noted in their reading diaries.  During these sessions your children will have the opportunity to change their books that they read with you at home. 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 Thursday. 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.





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