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Reception 2022 - 2023

Welcome to Reception

Please read our important EYFS documents which are located in files (at the bottom of the page): 

- EYFS Curriculum Statement

- Reception Curriculum Map

- Reception Timetable 

- Parent Presentation (Reception Starter Evening)

- Autumn Curriculum Information

Autumn Term 2022

We hope everyone had a wonderful Summer and are ready to start your new adventure at school. Starting school is exciting but it can also be a little daunting for children and adults so please do ask if you have any questions.

Your teachers have been busy over the summer planning lots of fun activities for the Autumn Term and are looking forward to sharing these with you.  

Please check Tapestry regularly for daily / weekly learning updates, links to fun games / resources and home learning challenges. 

Reception Class Teachers

Mrs Devlin


Mrs Wilson


Mrs Hardisty

New EYFS Reforms: Parent and Carer Information

How can you help Learning and Development at home to support the new EYFS reforms? 

Please click the link below.  



Our Autumn Topics


Traditional Tales

 For the first couple of weeks we will be focusing on settling the children into school. We will look at routines and expectations, explore the environment and really get to know the children. After this settling in period, we will begin our first topic 'Traditonal Tales'. We are also keen to follow any interests that the children have so please do let us know if there is a specific topic that your child is interested in.

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The World Around Us

We will begin to observe how the world changes around us. We will look at changes in the environment, considering changes such as the leaves falling from the trees and the hours of daylight getting shorter.



We will be looking at different celebrations as they arise. If there is something that you celebrate at home that we can learn about in school please let us know and we will incorporate this into the children's learning.


PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional Development)

Kitemark Assured PSHE and SMSC e-Learning | 1decision

Children will take part in weekly PSED sessions. We use a scheme called 1decision where different emotions are explored through using friendly 'dilemma drops' who are different coloured raindrops that come to life in stories. Through these stories and through giving children scenarios to discuss we can help the children to settle into school. The scheme allows us to adapt our planning to meet the children's needs and we will look at topics that are relevant to the children. You can click the link below to meet the Dilemma Drops. We will continue looking at friendship and how to deal with conflict.

Forest School 

Forest school is a great way for children to explore and learn about the world around them.

Forest School will take place every Wednesday afternoon for both Willow and Oak Class. In addition, we will also have designated Forest School mornings lead by Mr Jones. These dates will be published on Tapestry. 

Phonics and Reading in EYFS

Reading is at the heart of our Foundation Stage Curriculum. A robust and consistent approach to phonics teaching through a systematic synthetic phonics programme, teaches children how to segment and blend words, recognise tricky words and apply taught skills. This allows them to independently read fully decodable text for most children within Reception. Some children need further support after each teaching session, and we run targeted daily 'keep up' sessions. 

This year at Huntington we will be using a phonics resource called Little Wandle to support children's reading development. Phonics lessons will take place daily. The children will take part in three group reading sessions a week. 

Reading Focuses:

Read 1: Decoding 

Read 2: Prosody 

Read 3: Comprehension

Parents will be informed weekly via Tapestry which GPCs are being covered and tricky words. 

Weekly (differentiated) Literacy and Phonics homework challenges will be published on Tapestry and resources provided in home learning folders (every Friday). 

                 Alongside our synthetic phonics teaching, EYFS staff develop children's love of reading through reading aloud daily, singing songs, learning rhymes, role play activities, readings dens, reading buddies with Year 6, secret reader, author visits and small world play.

All children will visit the Library once a week, and bring home a reading for pleasure book to share.


Top Tips To Help Your Child Read 

Talk to Your Child 
Oral language is the foundation for reading. Listening and speaking are a child's first introduction to language. Talking and singing teach your child the sounds of language, making it easier for him or her to learn how to read. Here are some things you can do to help your child build an appreciation for words and language: 
-Tell family stories about yourself, your child's grandparents, and other relatives. 
-Talk to your child as much as possible about things you are doing and thinking. 
-Ask your child lots of questions. 
-Encourage your child to tell you what he or she thinks or feels. 
-Ask your child to tell you about his or her day – about activities and games played. 
-Sing songs and recite nursery rhymes, encouraging your child to join in. 

Make Reading Fun 
Reading aloud can be a lot of fun, not just for parents but for all family members. Here are some ways to get the most out of reading to your young child: 
-Read with drama and excitement! Use different voices for different characters in the story. Use your child's 
name instead of a character's name. Make puppets and use them to act out a story. 
-Re-read your child's favourite stories as many times as your child wants to hear them, and choose books and authors that your child enjoys. 
-Read stories that have repetitive parts and encourage your child to join in. 
-Point to words as you read them. This will help your child make a connection between the words he or she 
hears you say and the words on the page. 
-Read all kinds of material – stories, poems, information books, magazine and newspaper articles, and comics. 
The more you enjoy the reading experience, the more your child will enjoy it. 

Read Every Day 
Children love routine, and reading is something that you and your child can look forward to every day. By taking the time to read with your child, you show him or her that reading is important and fun to do. 
Try to read with your child as often as possible. It's the best thing you can do to help him or her learn at school. It also allows you to spend time together in an enjoyable way and to build a strong and healthy relationship. 

 Talk About Books 
Talking about the books you read is just as important as reading them. Discussing a story or a book with your child helps your child understand it and connect it to his or her own experience of life. It also helps enrich your child's vocabulary with new words and phrases. Here are some ways to help your child acquire skills in comprehension, reasoning, and critical thinking:  
-Encourage your child to ask questions and to comment on the story and pictures in a book before, during, 
and after reading it. 
-Look at the cover and the title of a book with your child, and ask your child what he or she thinks might 
happen in the story. 
-Think out loud about the story as you read, and encourage your child to do the same. For example, ask, "Does 
this make sense? Why or why not?" 
 Listen to your Child Read Daily 
As your child learns to read, listen to him or her read aloud. Reading to you gives your child a chance to practise and to improve his or her reading skills. 
As you listen to your child, remember that your reactions are important. Above all, listen without interrupting. Be enthusiastic and praise your child as often as you can. If possible, be specific with your praise so that your child knows what he or she is doing well. 
-Show your child that you are enjoying the story by indicating interest and by asking questions. 
-Give your child time to figure out tricky words, and show your child how he or she can learn from mistakes. 
-Try to have your child read aloud to you at times when there will be no interruptions. 
-Encourage your child to "listen" to his or her own reading. Listening will help him or her hear mistakes and try to fix them. 
-Take turns reading with your child, especially if he or she is just beginning to read, or try reading together. 
-Talk about a story after your child has read it, to make sure that he or she understands it. 



 Reception children will learn letter sounds, tricky words and begin to represent these in writing. Phonic decoding skills will be practised daily. Comprehension skills will also be taught to enable the children to make sense of what they read, build on what they already know and give them a desire to want to read.

As a whole class, the children will be working from different types of text:

-Traditional stories 

-Stories with patterned language/predictable endings

-Labels and lists

-Role-play activities 


Mathematics - Autumn Term Objectives 

Cardinality & Counting

-Accurate counting of sets of objects

-Subitising 1-5

-Numeral recognition 1-10


-Conceptual subitising (noticing numbers within numbers

-Compare sets 1-5 using vocabulary of more / fewer, most / fewest

-Inverse operations, splitting and recombining sets of objects 1-5 (including part whole model)


Measures & Patterns

-Height and simple AB / ABC patterns

-Complete, copy, make own and spot/correct errors in patterns

-Compare numbers using vocabulary of more / less

-Find 1 more using sets of objects on tens frames and on a number track

-2D shapes and their properties

Weekly differentiated Maths homework challenges will be published on Tapestry weekly. Resources will be sent home in learning folders (every Friday) 


Phonics (Alphablocks

https://youtu.be/tP8gK_VCjRM (Meet the Dilemma Drops)

Early Years | Ages 3-5 | 1decision (Information about PSED taught in Reception)


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