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)



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. 


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

This year, due to the current situation, the 'Meet the teacher' meeting will be accessed via the school website as we are unable to hold the meeting in school. The powerpoint can be accessed via the files section at the bottom of this page. It is titled 'Meet the Teacher Presentation'. All the information for Reception will be on there.

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. 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.


Autumn 1:

Reception have been very busy on their first day back! They had a very special gift left for them which was their new class friend -  Mr Potato Head! We helped build Mr Potato together and talked about our class rules: Good Looking, Good listening, Good thinking and Kind hands. The children then made their very own potato heads this afternoon! 


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. 


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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