Home Page

Reception - Mrs Mason

Picture 1

Welcome to Reception!

A very warm welcome to you all! Please keep visiting our page often to see what the children have been learning and the fun we have had! We will update our page weekly, where you will find lots of useful information, pictures and current learning topics. 


Important Information

PE lessons will not be starting in Reception until after Christmas as we feel it is important to get the children fully settled and secure in their new routines and environment. When we feel the children are ready to begin PE lessons, letters will be sent out informing you of the day when your child will need to bring their PE kit.


Clapgate PE kit: White T-shirt, Black shorts/skirts and black pumps



Useful Websites

These websites will support your child with their learning.



Read, Write, Inc.

Image result for read write inc

As a school we implanted a phonics and reading programme called Read, Write, Inc.

Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we want to put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible. We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.


How will my child be taught to read?

We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Reception class. This means that they learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters.


What can I do to help? Is there anything that I shouldn't do?

Help your child to sound out the letters in words and then to ‘push’ the sounds together to make a whole word. Try not to refer to the letters by their names. Help your child to focus on the sounds. You can hear how to say the sounds correctly by searching on YouTube for ‘Read Write Inc. Phonemes Pronunciation Guide’

Your child will learn letter sounds in a certain order which are set out below.


Speed Sounds Set 1

To begin with we learn a sound a day. We use pure sounds so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.

Letter-sound pictures are used to help your child learn these sounds quickly.

e.g. mmaisie mmmountain is morphed into m, t-t-t-tower is morphed into t


Set 1 sounds are taught in the following order:

m a s d t, i n p g o, c k u b, f e l h sh, r j v y w, th z ch qu x ng nk


Speed Sounds Sets 2 and 3: The long vowels

Once your child knows all Set 1 sounds by sight and sound and uses them to blend to read words, we start teaching Set 2 initially and then Set 3 long vowel sounds. Your child will

need to learn that most vowel sounds have more than one spelling.

There are 12 Set 2 ‘speed sounds’ that are made up of two or three letters which represent just one sound, e.g. ay as in play, ee as in tree and igh as in high. It is important that your child does not pronounce these as 2 or 3 separate sounds. When your child sees the ‘speed sound’ letters together in a word, they must say just one sound for these letters.

When your child learns their Set 2 sounds in school they will learn:

* the letters that represent a speed sound e.g. ay

* a simple picture prompt linked to the ‘speed sound’ and a short phrase to say e.g. may I play

Every speed sound has a list of green words linked to it, so your child can ‘sound out’ and ‘sound blend’ words containing the new speed sound they have just learnt, for example s-p-r-ay * spray.


 Set 2 and 3 sounds are taught in the following order:

Set 2 

ay: may I play

ee: what can you see

igh: fly high

ow: blow the snow

oo: poo at the zoo

oo: look at a book

ar: start the car

or: shut the door

air: that’s not fair

ir: whirl and twirl

ou: shout it out

oy: toy for a boy


Set 3

ea: cup of tea

oi: spoil the boy

a-e: make a cake

i-e: nice smile

o-e: phone home

u-e: huge brute

aw: yawn at dawn

are: share and care

ur: purse for a nurse

er: a better letter

ow: brown cow

ai: snail in the rain

oa: goat in a boat

ew: chew the stew

ire: fire fire!

ear: hear with your ear

ure: sure it’s pure?

tion: (celebration)

tious / cious: (scrumptious/delicious)

e: he me we she be


We know parents and carers are very busy people. But if you can find time to read to your child as much as possible, it helps him or her to learn about books and stories. They also learn new words and what they mean. Show that you are interested in reading yourself and talk about reading as a family. You can find out about good stories to read to your child here:





You, Me and Everybody!



What will we be learning?


  • We will be learning about what we look like and we will be looking at the similarities and differences we have to other people.

  • We will be learning how to label a picture and how to label our bodies.

  • We will be learning how to draw a picture of ourselves and our families.

  • We will be learning about our bodies and how we use them.

  • We will be learning about our senses by smelling, feeling and looking at different foods.

  • We will be learning about what we can do now compared to when we were babies.

  • We will be learning about what makes a good friend.

  • We will be learning about what the children are good at and why it is great to be them.

  • We will be learning how to talk about people who are special and important to us.

  • We will be learning how to match the correct amount of people to numerals, how to use positional language, and how to order two objects by size.

  • We will be learning the different noises that musical instruments make using our ears.


You can support your child at home by:


  • Counting objects such as stairs, spoons and stones

  • Identifying numbers on buses, door or remote controls

  • Encouraging your child to write their name

  • Identifying shapes. E.g. circle, square, triangle and rectangle

  • Making up and telling stories using the pictures in a book

  • Looking at photographs of family and friends and talking about past times.



Hello everybody! It has been a very exciting first week! The children have settled in beautifully and they are very busy developing new relationships with friends and getting to know our classroom and exploring all the exciting areas of provision inside and out! We have two teaching assistants in our class, who are Miss Dickinson and Mrs Smith. 


This week the children have been painting self portraits! The children have looked at themselves in the mirror and talked about the colour of their skin, eyes, hair and lips. Then they carefully painted their features. You can soon view the beautiful artwork on the display adjacent to our classroom.smiley



My Learning Adventures…


Image result for the gruffalo


The Gruffalo!

Autumn 1



This adventure we are learning about:

· 2d shapes and their properties

· How to count the total amount of objects from 2 groups

· How to thread

· How to write simple sentences

· How to collage using tissue paper

· How to label pictures hearing sounds in words

· How to describe something

· How to make Gruffalo crumble

· What things we can find on an Autumn walk

· How to tap a musical instrument to a beat



Autumn Walk


We went for a Autum walk around our school and we found lots of things! Take a look at our pictures! The children were equipped with an Autumn checklist and really enjoyed ticking off what they saw!

My Learning Adventures…



Room on the Broom

Autumn 2



This adventure we are learning about:

· Simple addition and subtraction

· Ordering objects by length

· Capacity

· How to write a character description

· Rhyming words

· How to write an invitation to a party

· Marble webbing

· Collaging a witches hat

· Making a magic wand

· Different people and their communities and how we

celebrate Halloween

· How to put numbers in order

· About science experiments – observing change