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 new academic year at Edward the Elder! We hope that you had an enjoyable Summer break and that you have all stayed safe and healthy. We are so pleased to be able to welcome our children back to school and more than ready for the learning and fun to begin. We are sure that starting our new Reception year may bring challenges but with everyone’s support we know your child can succeed!

Supporting the children in Reception this year will be myself, Miss Housden (in the role of trainee teacher) and Nursery Nurse Mrs Hunt, who the children all know extremely well. Mrs Smith will also continue to work with the children at timetabled points during the week. And of course, Mrs Harris and Miss Lockley will also be on hand in Nursery to offer support and a familiar, friendly face for you children!

Purple creative homework books will continue this year 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 within the next few weeks. The insert to the book will provide further information about this and we look forward to your exciting contributions!

We will also be requesting that you return any red Sharing Together Journals and hopefully we can use these to share some of your child’s wonderful experiences they may have had whilst being away from school. If you are new to our setting you will received one of these at one of your visits. These always prove 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 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 return any school reading or library books as soon as possible that your child would have received prior to our school closure.

Phonics teaching will continue to take place every day and all sounds and words which will be a class focus during Autumn Term have been sent home in your new school reading bags. Please use these to support your child’s learning in class.

PE will take place twice a week (Monday and Wednesday) so please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school. Although we may not initially expect your child to change into their P.E. kit 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 Soccer 2000 and will cover a range of skills. It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is 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. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions. Long hair should also be tied back.

We have some fantastic topics planned for Reception this year and this term our learning will be based around a theme entitled ‘I Wonder What…Makes Me Special!’ which includes aspects of learning based upon what we look like, our families, when we were babies, feelings and senses. This will be followed by a theme of ‘I Wonder What…We Celebrate!’ during Autumn Term 2.

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 year to ensure your children have a valuable year. Reception is a very important year and we look forward to one which is full of learning and progress. 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.

We will continue to act upon Government guidelines and will adapt our methods as and when necessary. Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Evans
Reception Teacher/Assistant Headteacher (Early Years/Key Stage 1)

 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!