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Early Years – Reception


At Aldermoor Farm we have three Reception classes.


Mrs C Wiles-RCW

Mrs S Clarkson RSC

Support Staff

Mr G Owen

Miss A Benefield

Mrs A Smith


Children in Reception make full use of well planned and inspiring indoor and outdoor areas to enhance learning.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.


Other useful information about our Reception Classes:

Children in RCW and RSC have PE on a Thursday. Please can you ensure children come into school in their PE kit every Thursday.

All Reception classes learn dance with Adele on a Tuesday.

All Reception classes have music lessons with Mrs Fear every Wednesday.

Homework is set on a Wednesday for completion by the following week.

Please send your child to school with afilled, named water bottle. Water Bottle - Red – Dress My School

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At Aldermoor Farm Primary School we follow the Read, Write, Inc scheme for teaching phonics. We believe that reading is the most important thing that children learn at school. Reading is the key to future success.

What is Read, Write Inc?

Read Write Inc. teaches synthetic phonics in a structured exciting way. Children will start the scheme when they join the school in Reception and will work through the scheme until they can read confidently with good understanding. The scheme also supports children’s writing, giving them the tools to spell and compose.

What is synthetic phonics?

When your child is learning to read there are two crucial things to learn: – the sounds represented by written letters – how to blend the sounds together to make words. Synthetic Phonics is a way of teaching reading.

Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent – so, they are taught that the letter l sounds like llllll when we say it. Children can then start to read words by blending (synthesising) the sounds together to make a word. At school, you will probably hear teachers talking about blending, but you might also hear them refer to sounding out or Fred Talk. All these terms focus on the same point – synthesising sounds.

More information can be found onhttp://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/

Parents Meeting

Please click on the link below to access ourPhonics Parents Meeting.

Reception Phonics Parents Meeting

Home Learning

Click on link to access daily phonics lessons RWI Phonics Lessons

Reading in Reception

Reading is also a main priority in Reception and is essential in helping your child to develop in all areas of their learning. Your child will have a reading book that is changed once per week. Please ensure that your child brings their reading book in every day.

Every day the children in Reception will have a story time session. This enables them to widen their knowledge of various texts. This also enables them to become familiar with rhythm and rhyme and to broaden their vocabulary range. Ideally we would like you to share a bedtime story at home with your child as this will also help to grow their love for reading and books. There will be a workshop during the school year that you can attend to learn more about the importance of bedtime stories and reading at home.

Maths in Reception

Maths is a main priority in Reception and is essential in helping your child to develop in all areas of their learning. Your child will havemath’s homework set once a week. Please ensure that your childcompletes this with your support and returns to their class teacher.

Every day the children in Reception will have a maths session, they will then have the opportunity during the day to extend their knowledge through play both in our inside and outside classrooms.

Ourstaff use their knowledge and expertise to plan for a high quality learning environment which provides children with lots of opportunities to explore different aspects of number and shape, space and measures and learn new concepts. The children have a wide range of structured play resources available to them throughout the year – this is known as “continuous provision”.

In Reception are daily maths session is widely based around `NumerBlocks` that can be found on CBebbies. We also explore using the Maths Mastery Approach to learning. There will be a workshop during the school year that you can attend to learn more about the importance of maths for your child.

Summer Term

Welcome to ourlast term in Reception. We have lots of exciting things planned for your child to experience this term.

Our topics this term will include:

  • `Minibeasts` this will include, investigating the lifecycles of ladybirds, bees, butterflies, snails, spiders and understanding the importance of these creatures in our natural world.
  • We will also be exploring the Lifecyle of Frogs using the book, `Tadpoles Promise` to engage us in our learning.
  • During the last part of our first half term we will be learning about Queen Elizabeth 2nd and celebrating her 70 year reign.
  • During the second part of the Summer term we will be looking at journeys, this will include looking at the different types of vehicles that can transport us wherever we chose to go.
  • In the first week of the second half term, we will now be adapting our planning to follow the children’s interests. During the last week of Summer 1 children became interested in how to make puppets and have shown an interest in creating their own puppet shows.We look forward to seeing their imaginations run wild.
  • We will also be looking at our Transition to Year 1 and supporting your children with this
  • We will continue to use the story `Colour Monster` to talk about the different emotions that we can feel and how we can express these emotions.
  • We will also be celebrating ‘Father’s Day` and all your children’s hard work during this last year.

Maths this term will explore:

  • Continuing with our automatic recall of Number bonds to 5 and 10
  • Doubling and Halving
  • Odds and Evens
  • Less Than numbers to 10
  • Subtraction
  • Recapping on composition of numbers to 10
  • Capacity
  • Teen numbers

We will alsocontinue to teachour RWI scheme with the children learning their Speed Sounds 1 and 2, along with reading and writing short sentences. We will also start to learn to read red words (Ones that are hard to sound out) and Nonsense words (words that can be phonetically read but that are made up).

A big thank you for your continued to support.

Autumn Term

Reception took food and toiletry donations to St Catherine’s Church for the Food and Hygiene Bank

We shared marshmallows and cookies.

Our children had fun at today’s pen disco! They worked on sheets of paper creating anticlockwise circles to the music.