Reception 2019 - 2020

Mrs Grundy

Miss Hurley

Welcome to our Reception class web page.    

Important things to remember:

  1. Your child needs to read at home every night and bring their book bag into school every day so an adult in school can hear them read. 
  2. Your child needs a P.E. kit in school every day and can be taken home at the end of every half term. This must include pumps or velcro trainers for outside games. 
  3. Your child needs a coat with a hood every day and wellies that can be kept in school.
  4. School starts at 8:45am everyday and it is vital your child is in at this time. 

At the beginning of the year we held a 'Meet the teacher'meeting. 

It was a great opportunity to outline the expectations of your child in Reception and give you an insight into what your child will get up to this year. Thank you to all those parents who attended. If you were not able to attend, please find the powerpoint in the files at the bottom of the page. 

As always, if you do have any questions or concerns then please come and speak to one of the reception staff team.

In the files section at the bottom of the page, you will find useful documents to help you understand what your child will be learning throughout their time in Reception. 

There is a parent's guide to the Early years foundation stage, to help you understand the aims of early years education. This framework is statutory in all schools. 

To help you understand how we deliver the framework at St. Ambrose, you will find a curriculum overview, outlining all the quality texts we will be covering and the learning we will cover. You will then find our Share in our learning letter for Autumn 2. This gives more detail about what is expected in this half term. These will be sent home every half term and uploaded on the class web page for you to access. 

If there is anything else you would find helpful, please speak to Mrs Grundy who would be happy to help.


This half term, we will be reading 'The Storm whale in winter.' We will familiarise ourselves with the first story 'The Storm whale' where Noi encounters a whale washed up on the beach. We are very excited to see what Noi gets up to!

We will then be looking at the Non-fiction book 'Fantastic Fish.' We will learn lots about different types of fish and the different animals that live in the sea. We will use the book to help us write about fish. 

We will be taking a very exciting trip to Sealife to enhance our knowledge. A letter will go home in the first week back. 

Technology Bingo

Over the holidays, the children came home with Technology bingo! They have to complete all 9 activities and upload them to eexat!

I foyu have misplaced the activities, they are available at the bottom of the page.

Ruth Miskin the founder of Read Write Inc had complied a selection of videos that
give lots more information and examples. Click the link below to find out more
 Saying sounds correctly
 Linking sounds to letters
 Two letters, one sound
Practise, practise, practise
 Putting sounds together to read simple words
 Tricky words
 Reading books
 Using pictures
 Writing letters
 Read to your child as much as you can




Learning to read the sounds for reading is a big focus in Reception. The children access Read Write Inc everyday and as they progress through the scheme, they are placed in highly differentiated groups to meet the child's precise stage of development. 

At the moment most children in Reception are accessing the set 1 sounds and are learning the blend these sounds together. Below is a video to support with the precise pronunciation of these sounds:

Set 1 sounds

Once the children know the first 5 sounds, m a s d t, we move onto teaching the children how to blend. Below is a video to show how we teach the children to blend the sounds for reading. 


Daily practise of reading the sounds and practising blending (we call it Fred talk as Fred the frog only speaks in sounds) is essential for the children to make progress with reading. Blending can be done at anytime throughout the school day. Getting your child to repeat after you will mean they blend in no time. 

e.g. adult says "c-a-t, cat" and then the child repeats.

Doing this with lots of different words will enable the children to blend quicker and they will be able to take home a reading book and move through the RWI levels quickly. This can be done walking down the street, round the shops and we have found the children are really eager to practise their Fred talk at all times.

If you would like any more support please speak to Mrs Grundy or Miss Hurley. 


In Reception, there is a big focus on using correct letter formation. Below are the RWI phrases we use to support correct formation. Please encourage your child to say these phrases as they write which will help them to form letters correctly. 

Letter formation phrases

EExAT is the assessment system we use across our Early years provision. We collect observations of pivotal learning moments on your children and use these to assess where your child is up to and to assess what their next steps are to ensure they are making progress. 

You will all be given your unique code to access this at home. 

Log in, have a look at your child's learning and make a comment! I would also love to see all their fabulous learning at home, whatever that may be! It doesn't have to be, reading, writing and maths! 

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Reception: Blog items

Dougal's Deep Sea Dive, by Mrs Maguire

Reception: Gallery items

Lego workshop!, by Mrs Smith

Reception: Calendar items

Spring Half Term, by St Ambrose RC Primary School

Summer Half Term, by St Ambrose RC Primary School

Inset Day, by St Ambrose RC Primary School

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