Welcome to Reception

Reception Key Information

Teacher Reception 1:  Miss Doyle       Email: hdoyle@victoriousacademies.org

Teacher Reception 2:  Mrs Nickson        Email: nnickson@victoriousacademies.org

Who to follow on Twitter: @MrsNickson_Rec2    @MissHDoyle    @MrsLordTAEYFS

PE Days:  Autumn 1 – Tuesdays (R2) and Wednesdays (R2) 

                    Autumn 2 – Thursdays 

                    Spring 1 – Mondays (R1) and Tuesdays (R2)

                    Spring 2 – Mondays (R1) and Tuesdays (R2)

                    Summer 1 – Mondays (R1) and Tuesdays (R2)

                    Summer 2 – Mondays 

On their PE day, children are to come to school dressed in their full PE kit (plain white T-shirt, plain black shorts / leggings / joggers and trainers – in winter, children can wear a plain black hoody / sweatshirt or their school jumper / cardigan.

Bike Sessions:  Balance to Pedals will be leading balance bike sessions with Reception every Thursday during the Spring 2 Term – more information to follow nearer the time

Reading Books:  Please hand in your child’s reading book and reading record every Thursday and a new book will be sent home every Friday.

Library Books:  Please bring in your child’s library book every Monday in order for them to receive a new one.

Homework:  Homework will be given on a Friday and is to be returned by the following Friday.

What’s happening in Autumn term?

Daily Phonics lessons following the First Class Phonics scheme.

Daily Maths lessons following White Rose Maths.

Daily Poetry and Rhyme Time following The Poetry Basket.

PE sessions with a Sports Coach following GetSet4PE.

Children will also have opportunities to follow their own interests and learn through play daily in our indoor and outdoor continuous provision.

In Autumn 1, our theme is ‘All About Me’ and our key question is ‘Are we all the same?’  We will be focusing on settling the children into Reception and familiarising them with our rules and routines.  There will be opportunities for children to talk about who they live with, where they live, their likes and dislikes, what they can do now that they couldn’t do as a baby and how everyone is unique.  Our key books will be ‘You Choose’ by Pippa Goodhart, and the traditional tale, ‘The Three Little Pigs’.  For more information, see our Autumn 1 Medium Term Plan below.

In Autumn 2, our theme is ‘Seasons And Celebrations’ and our key question is ‘What do we celebrate?’  We will be learning about, and comparing, festivals and celebrations such as Diwali, Christmas, birthdays, Baptisms, Weddings, Halloween and Bonfire Night.  Our key books will be Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, The Best Diwali ever by Sonali Shah, Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone and The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allen Ahlberg.  For more information, see our Autumn 2 Medium Term Plan below.



What’s happening in Spring term?

What’s happening in Spring Term 

In Spring 1, our theme is ‘Our World Near And Far’ and our key question is ‘Is everywhere the same as Ashton?’  We will be using maps, globes and atlases to learn about our world.  We will look at Australia and the Arctic including the weather, environment, transport, animals and habitats, and compare these things to our local area.  Our focus books are Cheer up your Teddy, Emily Brown and the Koala who Could for Australia, then Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? and Polar Bears for the Arctic.  For more information, please see our Spring 1 Medium Term Plan below.

In Spring 2, our theme is ‘Kings, Queens and Fairy Tales’ and our key question is ‘Who are the Royal family and where do they live?’   We begin this topic with an interactive Fairy Tale experience at Z-Arts.  Children will learn some classic fairy tales and innovate to create their own versions.  They will also learn about our late Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III as well as exploring our capital city of London.  Our Fairy Tale focus books will be Sleeping Beauty and The Emperor’s New Clothes.  When looking at the royal family and London, we will be reading Little Elizabeth, King Charles III and The Queen’s Hat.  For more information, please see our Spring 2 Medium Term Plan below.


What’s happening in Summer term?

What’s happening in Summer Term?

In Summer 1, we look at Growth, with the key question; “Do plants and animals change over time, like humans do?”

We begin with a trip to Reddish Vale Farm and learn about farm animals and their young, as well as which foods we get from a farm.  When looking at plants, we plant our own bean seed and learn all about the life cycle of a plant, what they need to grow well and what each part is called.  Finally, we learn about the life cycle of a butterfly and watch this first hand by observing our very own family of caterpillars in class!  Our focus books are Farmyard Hullaballoo, Jack and the Jellybean Stalk and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

In Summer 1 we look at the extinction of dinosaurs then consider other animals in danger of becoming extinct e.g. sharks.  We learn that dinosaurs existed before humans and how Scientists believe they went extinct.  We will then have a very exciting Teach-Rex Dinosaur Workshop in school to bring this topic to life!  Finally, we will look at current endangered species and what we can do to help them.  Our focus books this term are Stomp Dinosaur Stomp, If Sharks Disappeared, and lots of non-fiction books on dinosaurs and ocean animals.

Important Dates:

11th October – R1 Forest School

18th October – R2 Forest School

14th November – Parents Evening 

7th and 8th December – EYFS Nativity 

31st January – R1 Forest School 

7th February – R2 Forest School 

8th February – 21st March – Balance to Pedals Bike Sessions

17th April – R1 Forest School

19th April – EYFS trip to the Farm 

23rd April – Parents Evening 

24th April – R2 Forest School 

12th June – R1 Forest School

26th June – R2 Forest School

12th July – EYFS Sports Day 

22nd July – Graduation Ceremony