Reception 2020 -2021

Miss Iveson

Miss Hurley

Welcome to our Reception class page! On this page, you will find lots of information about the school day, ideas for home learning to support your child and most importantly we will put lots of pictures of our learning throughout the school year! In Reception we love to learn through play and throughout the year there will be lots of exciting and engaging ways the children will learn. Please keep checking on this page for up to date learning and information on the books that we will be reading. We hope your child has a fullfilling and enjoyable year with us in Reception!

Miss Iveson 

Meet the Staff!

Miss Iveson (Class Teacher)                                                                                                                                                                                            











Miss Hurley (Teaching Assistant)











Miss Lawler (Teaching Assistant)

January 2021 Whole Class Remote Learning

Due to school closure, there is a daily timetable for children to follow. This will give instructions on what children should complete daily. To support this, there will be a daily video uploaded to the class web page and on Tapestry that provides instructions on what learning the children should complete and any pages to complete in the workbooks given.

Please find a document attached in the files section below that has the activities that need to be completed. The document links to the book we are reading at the time. The book we are reading is 'The Name Jar' by Yangsook Choi. The Document is called:

'The Name Jar Home Learning activities'


PLEASE SEND YOUR HOME LEARNING PICTURES AND VIDEOS ON TAPESTRY. We can't wait to see your wonderful work! THERE WILL BE VIDEOS AND ACTIVITIES TO COMPLETE ON TAPESTRY. If you haven't completed your tapestry account please contact the school office.

You can also send your home learning work and pictures to

Thank you. 

Please watch the video link of The Name Jar story being read:


Daily timetable:


  • Practice writing your name in your brown exercise books.
  • One Home Learning activity to be completed - this will be sign posted on the daily video. 
  • Complete a page in the writing exercise book (information on what page to complete will be on the daily video)
  • Complete an activity in the phonics exercise book.  


  • Daily exercise (Information for this on the daily video)
  • Complete a page in the maths exercise book (Information on what page to complete will be on the daily video)
  • Read Write Inc - Practice letter formation in your brown exercise books. Use the RWI Letter formation poster in the files section. There will be a sound a day on the daily video. 



Please find the videos to watch at the bottom of this webpage. 

All of The Name Jar story videos are now uploaded below.

Please send your home learning work and pictures on Tapestry or send them to:

Thank you. 

Read Write Inc videos for remote learning:

Press on the link to the YouTube channel for Read Write Inc videos. This is a great way for your child to learn their sounds and revisit sounds they already know. 

Daily Prayer Resource:

W/C 18th January 2021:

W/C 25th January 2021:

Wedensday Word:


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. School finishes at 3.15pm.
  5. The entrance to the Reception classroom will be via the green gate in the staff car park. A member of staff will greet you outside and there are markers on the floor to help with social distancing. 
  6.  Parents are not allowed to enter the school building. However, if your child becomes unsettled, parents will be allowed in one at a time. 
  7. We ask that only one adult comes to drop your children off to avoid too many people on the playground. 
  8. As we need parents to exit the playground quickly, if you need a longer conversation with Miss Iveson we kindly ask you to contact the school office. 
  9. If you are late to school, we are unable to guarantee the safety of your child and avoid mixing with other year groups. Therefore, if you arrive after 8.55am, we will not be able to take your child that day. 
  10. Reception children are welcome to go to Breakfast club and After school club, as long as places are available. However, this must be booked at least 24 hours before and must be paid for in advance. 




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. 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 Miss Iveson who would be happy to help.




This year, we are moving to the online learning journal app, Tapestry. 

If your are not familiar with learning journeys, they are the equivalent to class books in other year groups. Staff will take pictures and observations of your chiod regularly and upload them to Tapestry. You will then be able to logon and see all of your child's wonderful learning in Reception and will be able to see what their next steps in learning are.

The beauty of having it online, especially during the current situation is you can log on at anytime from the comfort of your own home and see what your child is up to! You can also add your own pictures of what you get up to outside of school and add your own contributions to our assessments. 

As we get used to the system, we will set all parents up with a login. We will do this as soon as possible in the Autumn term and will let you know when this is available.



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. 

Here is a playlist on YouTube to help support the learning of new sounds:


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 the staff in Reception. 


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


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