For information about Reception September 2021, please click on the box below. 



Click on the box below for information about how phonics is taught in Reception.



Welcome back to the Summer Term at Edward the Elder! We hope that you have all had a wonderful Easter break and are looking forward to a term full of learning and fun!

Continuing to support us in Reception this term will be myself and our Nursery Nurse Mrs Hunt, along with Teaching Assistant Mrs Smith. Miss Housden will continue to teach in Reception this term in her role as ‘trainee class teacher’.

Purple creative homework books will continue this term and we aim for it to allow our children to both consolidate their learning from class as well as move their learning on. This homework book will be coming home with your child at the end of this week. Please continue to refer to the initial page of this book to provide you with ideas and inspiration!

We will also be sending home any red Sharing Together Journals for you to add to so that hopefully we can use these to share some of your child’s wonderful experiences they may have had during their Easter break. These continue to be an exciting and valuable addition to our curriculum and we are looking forward to sharing them with all of the children.

Children will continue to receive reading books, passports and flashcards/words linked to their ability from school. To continue to raise the profile of reading, once a book has been shared at home and an entry made into individual Reading Diaries this will be recorded on a tally chart in class and certificates will be awarded. Please remember – sharing your child’s book daily at home is the best way you can support their learning!

Phonics will continue to take place five times per week and a booklet relevant to your child’s stage of learning in this area will be sent home in order for you to support them in their progress.

PE will continue to take place twice a week (Monday and Wednesday) so please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school. During this term your child will be expected to change into their P.E. kit independently - this is an important skill which we will introduce as soon as we feel the children are confident enough to do so. P.E. kit should include a white round neck t-shirt, shorts (black or navy) and black pumps. Both PE lessons will be taught by our Sports Coaches and will cover a range of skills. It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) continues to be labelled with your child’s full name and class. Please can we remind parents that jewellery should not be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days.

We have some fantastic topics planned for Reception and this term our learning will be based around a theme entitled ‘House and Homes’ (Summer 1) and ‘Ticket to Ride’ (Summer 2). This will include learning based upon our homes and who we live with, animal homes, unusual homes, transport and our community – amongst many other exciting things!

A reminder that if your child is asthmatic, please ensure an in date inhaler and spacer is in school at all times. Please ensure you have informed the office with any updated medical information.

We look forward to working with you over the next term to ensure your children have lots of fun and learn along the way. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to speak to us, either after school or by making an appointment via the school office.

Mrs Evans
Reception Teacher/Assistant Headteacher

December 2021

November 2021

The children had a great day celebrating Children In Need. Thank you for all your generous donations. We dressed in 'Pick and Mix' clothes!
We started the day with a special assembly by our School Council and enjoyed plenty of ‘Pudsey Fun’ in our classroom.
What a fantastic end to Anti-Bullying Week!


Reception and Nursery have enjoyed a fantastic ‘Bonfire Celebration Day’ as part of our thematic learning relating to ‘Celebrations’.
We sang songs around our ‘bonfire’ and used instruments and coloured scarves to make firework music. We collected wood and dressed in warm, woolly clothing.
We watched Mrs Harris with her wonderful sparklers and enjoyed eating the edible sparklers we had made…not to mention toasting yummy marshmallows!



 September 2021

Our new children in Reception have had a fantastic time in their first few days at school this week!
We are extremely proud of how they have joined us with the most wonderful smiles, laughter, enthusiasm and eagerness to learn.
Most importantly…it has been such a pleasure to see them having so much fun with their friends!
We are all very, very proud of them!


April 2021

Easter Bonnet Parade!

The children in Reception have enjoyed the most wonderful Easter Bonnet Parade! Their ‘Easter Creations’ were truly amazing and they were all very, very proud.
We have never seen so many feathers, chicks, bunnies and eggs…and even superheroes and dinosaurs! The sun was shining and we had so much laughter and fun – what a wonderful memory for us all!

March 2021

The children in Reception have had a wonderful time being back together at school this week…we have had so many laughs (and even a few tears!), lots of fun, plenty of learning but most importantly of all…precious time with our friends.
We are extremely proud of all of the wonderful support and ‘home learning’ which has taken place and could not be happier to welcome them all back!
We are all very, very proud of them!!

Even though most of us are not yet back at school we have loved every minute of World Book Day 2021! From dressing in pyjamas for bedtime stories to sharing our books on Teams… from finding ‘unusual places to read’ to completing fun learning about our favourite books! What a fabulous day full of fun and learning!

February 2021

‘Edwards Bake Off!’
As part of ‘Well-Being Wednesday’ and our initiative to learn new ‘life skills’ during Lockdown the children in Reception have enjoyed taking part in Edwards Bake Off! this week.
They have been so busy baking…from ‘Rainbow Cakes’ to cookies…from cupcakes to cookie dough! We certainly have some super, little chefs in our school.
Keep learning new life skills everyone…Have fun whilst you learn! Click on the cake to see some of our amazing bakes.


January 2021

We are so proud of Reception’s Home Learning!
Everyone in Reception class has been working so hard at home!
Not only have we been completing lots of Reading, Writing and Maths we have also been joining Team Talks every day and learning new ‘life skills’.
We have enjoyed ‘French Day’, ‘Safer Internet Day’ and not forgetting ‘Well-Being Wednesday!’
From pen pals to potions…from ‘Dress to Express’ to enjoying on-line tools including Oxford Owl, Purple Mash and Education City!
We are having lots of fun and learning so much along the way!






December 2020

Christmas Celebrations!

The children in Reception have certainly enjoyed all of their Christmas celebrations and preparations.
We have had lots of adventures with Robyn our ‘naughty elf’ and really enjoyed helping to put together our ‘Christmas play with a difference’ – COVID Christmas.
From Christmas dinners to Christmas jumpers….from Christmas crafts to Christmas parties… we have had the most amazing time ever with so many smiles and giggles along the way!
Ending with our spectacular ‘Polar Express Day’ and very special visit from Santa has really made sure that this will be a Christmas like no other…but also a Christmas to remember!
So very proud!!!




 January 2020

Reception have enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year this week!

We have learned all about living in China by:

• Eating noodles with chopsticks and Chinese ‘Show and Tell’.
• Learning Chinese greetings and making lucky red envelopes.
• Designing Chinese lanterns on Purple Mash and making our own paper lanterns.

We ended our week with an amazing Chinese New Year Dragon Dance celebration!




December 2019

The children in Nursery and Reception have really enjoyed performing their Christmas play: ‘Everyone Loves a Baby!’ From hard-working elves to Bethlehem newsreaders. From rocking angels to screaming babies… even a special flying visit from Prince Harry and Meghan! We have had so much fun singing, dancing, playing instruments and acting – the children have been the most magnificent performers and made us all extremely proud! What a wonderful way to start Christmas!