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Reception Class

Message from class teacher

Welcome to Reception Class. We hope your child will enjoy their year with us – learning and becoming independent in a fun and challenging way.

Facts about Mrs Bowes

    • Has a goat called Valerie
    • Likes going horse riding
    • Enjoys going camping with her family


    Facts about Mrs North

      • Mrs North would love to live on the farm at Beamish

    Checkout our class photo gallery.





    In Reception class we aim to provide a wide variety of worthwhile and meaningful experiences, which will give your child firm foundations on which to build their future education.  We provide a stimulating environment to make learning enjoyable and interesting.

    Autumn Term Curriculum


    This term we will be concentrating on the following topics:

      • Using number names in our play and learning lots of number rhymes.
      • Reciting numbers, and finding out how high we can count.
      • Recognising numbers.
      • Learning how to write numbers carefully, using the correct formation.
      • Matching numerals to quantities.
      • Counting objects carefully. 
      • Using positional vocabulary.
      • Naming shapes, and using them to make pictures and models.
      • Ordering two items by length, height, weight or capacity.


    This term we will be concentrating on the following topics:

      • Listening carefully to lots of new stories.
      • Joining in with familiar, or repeated parts in stories.
      • Recognising familiar words and signs.
      • Handling books carefully and correctly.
      • Finding rhyming words.
      • Spotting alliteration in rhymes and stories.
      • Writing our name.
      • Copying and writing letters of the alphabet carefully, using the correct pencil grip and letter formation.


    Nursery Rhymes – During our first two weeks at school we will be looking at a ‘mini topic’ all about different nursery rhymes. We will be learning and performing new rhymes, as well as listening to the rhymes which children already know. Our craft area will be full of materials to allow children to be creative and create both familiar and new nursery rhyme characters and props. Our role play area is a castle, and there are many lovely dressing up opportunities connected to stories and rhymes about castles. There will be many indoor and outdoor construction challenges for children, including building a wall for Humpty Dumpty and a boat for Incy Wincy spider! During this time we hope children will become familiar with classroom routines and layout and make lots of new friends.

    All About Me –  We will be finding out lots of information about ourselves and other children in our class. We will look at similarities and differences between ourselves and our friends. We will be practising talking about special things we have done with our family or friends and the events we have really enjoyed. Our role play areas will be a house and a doctors surgery where we will can practise looking after ourselves and others, and talk about ways in which we can stay healthy. We will be learning different parts of the body and thinking about how we have changed since we were born. We will be talking about the things that make us unique, the things we are good at and the things we would like to get better at.

    Special people – On the period leading up to Christmas we will look at people who are special to us, or help us to do things. We will look at different occupations and take advantage of many great dressing up opportunities related to this topic. Our school nativity will help us to learn about people who are ‘special’ at Christmas time, and we will learn and perform many new songs linked to them. Our outdoor role play area will be transformed into a stable and we will think about different ways of life and beliefs. We hope to have lots of fun making cards and gifts for people who are special to us.

     Trips and Events

      Tuesday 2nd October – Harvest Festival assembly for our friends and family 9.30am

      Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th October – Parents evenings

      Tuesday 11th December (9.30am) and Wednesday 12th December (2.15pm) – Christmas nativity performances for our friends and family

      Tuesday 18th December – Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Christmas party



    Things to remember

      Please could parents ensure that their child always has appropriate outdoor clothing for the weather conditions, as we will be outside for periods of time.

      • PE –  Monday and Thursday (please ensure ear-rings are removed on these days)
      • Word boxes –  Please practise with a grown-up every day, recognising and saying each word.
      • Reading books – Practise with a grown-up. Please write in the reading record book to let school know how your child has managed and return to school the next day.
      • Letter and Number Formations –  Given each week to reinforce work we have completed at school. Please practise using a pencil and return to school.
      • Home Diary – On Wednesday we will send home information about what we have been learning at school. This book also contains topic related homework ideas, it will be really beneficial to complete one, or more of the suggested activities. We love to look at all the great things children get up to at home.