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Welcome to Reception 

This is Reception’s class page. On here you will find lots of important information all about Reception.

We will update this page regularly with photographs and videos we have taken of your children.



Staff working in Reception

Things to remember

Monday-Footy totz

Wednesday- Talk 4 Baking

Thursday- Forest session AM

Friday- Library session/Homework/phonics books 

Timetable of the day 

Talk time pictures (communication & language activity)

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, communication is broken down into three areas:

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking

Communication is at the heart of human interaction and we want to promote conversation both inside and outside the classroom. We want to give your child the tools they need to become good listeners, join in, anticipate events, build receptive and expressive language, express their ideas and begin using more complex sentences. Start by looking at and talking about the picture below with your child…….you’ll be surprised at what they know!


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Read, Write Inc resources to support at home 

Parent booklet 

Letter formation 

Green words 

Red words 

How to hold a pencil

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1. Floppy hand, shake it around
2. Stretch fingers
3. Curl them a little to make a bear claw
4. Put 4 fingers on top of thumb
5. Open it a little to make a mouth
6. Put the sharp part of the pencil in the mouth, and point red dot (end of pencil) at teacher.
7. They should be holding it where the black and yellow start.
8. Use free hand to flick the pencil backwards into its bed.

Floor books 

Each week we carry out a “Floor book” activity with your child.
These are scrap books that are individual to your child and highlight key achievements. Photographs of key events in class and exemplar pieces of work, mainly done independently by your child, are included in this book. Parents/carers and families are encouraged to send in pieces of work, certificates and photographs that can be included in the book to create a whole picture of the child. These books provide key evidence in support of their development milestones, which creates a record of attainment for your child.
These books are something we want the children to be proud of and take ownership of. They are also sent home at the end of the year for you to treasure forever.


Understand what is behind your children’s play and help them by observing patterns of behaviour or “schemas”.

Schemas are patterns of behaviour that appear through children’s play.

Schemas are an important part of children’s development and knowing about these play urges can help you understand why children are so determined to do things in a certain way. For more information you can watch this short video.


Communication & Language

Finger gym

Finger gym activities boost communication and language and builds a foundation for handwriting later on. It improves hand eye coordination, muscle development and enriches vocabulary.

Pen Disco

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Pen disco
During a pen disco session children may not be writing but they are rehearsing skills they required to write, pencil grip, pencil control and confidence in mark making. Children form colourful patterns (zig-zag, spirals, loops) on the paper to music.


The skill of writing begins with mark making. As well as being able to write making marks can benefit a child physically and also help develop their imagination and creative skills.


Mathematics (maths) is an important part of learning for all children in the early years and receiving a good grounding in maths is an essential life skill. As well as numeracy, it helps skills such as problem solving, understanding and using shapes and measure and developing their own spatial awareness. 


Power maths for parents 


Enjoying books and reading stories from a very early age is crucial in the development of children. It helps with their ability to understand words, use their imagination and develop their speech, as well as being something they really enjoy.....Even from a very young age children love books.


P4C (Philosophy for children)

Philosophy for children is an approach to learning and teaching. Children are taught how to create their own philosophical questions. The teacher, as a facilitator supports the children on their own thinking, reasoning and questioning as well as the way the children speak to each other in the dialogue. P4C is intended to be a regular activity so that children develop their skills and understanding over time. P4C has an impact on children’s cognitive, social and emotional development. P4C is about getting the children to think and communicate well; to think for themselves. Use the picture below to think about the P4C question this half term.

Forest school

Forest school promotes holistic development and gives the children the opportunity to risk take and self-regulate.

Children are able to investigate, test and maintain their curiosity in the natural world around them. They are given encouragement to direct their own learning through play.

Forest school promotes emotional growth as well as independence; it instils a deep respect and awareness for the natural world and reconnects them to their environment. Research proves that children are more likely to flourish when allowed to indulge in “risky play” outdoors unhinged by excessive adult supervision. Risky play means that children manage their own behaviours, follow their own interests and become more engaged in their own learning experiences. Children are also able to connect with the environment across the change of seasons through regular forest sessions.


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Talk 4 baking

This half term our talk 4 baking activity is biscuits. Talk 4 baking is based on talk for writing. It is strong and powerful because it is based on how children learn. It enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic. During our talk 4 baking activity the children put actions to words and this enables the children to actively remember the words in the sequence.

Lunch time

The children go into the hall and sit at the tables to eat their lunch. It is a social time where children can communicate and interact with their friends. They learn about manners and talk about the different textures and tastes.

If you are worried and would like to talk to someone you can always log your worry with at leanne.connelly@millbrook.tameside.sch.uk