Welcome to Reception

On this page you will find lots of information about our learning, dates for diaries, useful websites and resources.

Below is a summary of the learning which has taken place in the classroom this week.

This week we have started learning about Pirates! The children have been learning about the life of a pirate through non-fiction books. They have been painting pictures of pirates and engaging in pirate role play with the pirate figures and dressing up clothes.

On Thursday we had our pirate day. The children took part in a treasure hunt – a pirate had kidnapped Ellie and the children needed to work together to solve the clues and rescue Ellie. They also found the treasure! We played some pirate games and the children also decorated biscuits as we had read that pirates use to eat biscuits with mould and bugs in.


The children have been introduced to Learnology and the Learning Heroes we have in school. They are Reggie Relationships, Richard Resilient, Rosie Ready, Ronnie Resourceful and Rachel Reflective.

The children have been introduced to all the learning heroes and this half term we will focus on Reggie Relationships. He has four learning powers which include; being a good listener and thinking about what is being said,  being an independent learner and trying things first before asking for help, being a good team player and making sure everyone is included and understanding other people’s feelings.

Each week we will chose a learning hero who demonstrates one of these skills.

Our learning hero for this week is … for understanding other people’s feelings.


Circle Time

The children have talked about what they did at the weekend.



In phonics children have been learning all about letters and sounds. The children have been learning that each letter has a name and makes a sound (a phoneme). When the sounds are blended together they form words (e.g. c-a-t =cat). A digraph is two letters that go together to make one sound and a trigraph is three letters that go together to make one sound.

Revisited letters – s, a, t,p, i, m, n, g, o, c, ck, e, u, r, h, b, ff, f, l, ll, ss, j, v, w, x,  y, z, zz and qu

The children have been thinking about words that begin with the above sounds. They have been matching objects to the initial sound / grapheme (the written letter).

The children have been sound talking (segmenting and blending) cvc words with the above sounds in, for example, sat becomes  s-a-t sat. They have begun writing cvc words.

We have talked about where we use capital / upper case letters e.g. Names, days, months, places and titles.

Recognising tricky words (common exception words – children need to learn these through sight, they can not be sounded out) – I, the, go, to, no, into, he, she, we, me and be

Learning new tricky words – was


The children have been learning to represent the sounds they have been learning. The written representation is called a grapheme. The children are learning pre cursive script, where all letters start from the line. Letter formation guides will be given out at the phonics evening but if you would like more letter formation guides, at any point of the year, please ask.

The children have been practicing their letter formation for all the letters

Shared Reading 

The children have been listening to stories and developing their comprehension skills by answering questions about the story and characters. The children have been learning that we have fiction and non-fiction books and the difference between them. They know that the information on the back of a book is called a blurb and the job of the author and illustrator and how their roles differ. The children have been learning about thought and speech bubbles. They have been introduced to inverted commas (speech marks) and they know that they mean a character is talking.

When reading fiction stories the children have been making predictions about what the stories could be about and what could happen next. They have been talking about the characters and how they feel throughout the stories and saying what they have liked about the books and why.

We have continued to learn about the Oxford Tree Reading characters – Biff, Chip and Kipper, whose real names are Barbara, David and Christopher. The children have been listening to short stories about these characters.

The children have also been listening to fiction and non-fiction books about pirates.



Daily calendar – talking about the days of the week, months of the year, the seasons and the weather.

This week we have been learning all about number 6. The children have been investigating ways to make 6.



Tennis skills with a coach from Ilkley Tennis Club



Singing Nativity songs.



The children have access to a wide range of provision (indoors and outdoors) throughout the day where they can develop their own learning and interests, problem solve and work together.


Dates for diaries

Trip to Otley Courthouse to see Jack Frost – Wednesday 18th December

Reception and Key Stage One Christmas Party – Thursday 19th December


Stay and Play dates – 9am to 10:15am

Tuesday 10th December

Friday 17th January

Monday 27th January

Wednesday 12th February


Show and Tell Rota

Friday 15th November – Aire

Friday 22nd November – Nidd

Friday 29th November – Swale

Friday 6th December – Wharfe


Useful websites