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Reception (F2)

Information for Parents About Reception Baseline 2021-2022

Please click below for our autumn term newsletter.

Reception Curriculum Overview

During the Autumn Term in Reception, we will be learning about a variety of fantastic books! We will be learning texts, inventing new stories and immersing ourselves in pretending to be various characters or objects - pupils AND adults!  One day we might be creating magic wands out of sticks and the next day turning ourselves into Little Red Riding Hood! The children will also be creating lots of artefacts to support their learning and may come home with a collection of “stuff”. Use this chance to talk about what they have created and what they got up to during the day – a lovely conversation starter.  During the first half term, we will be looking at lots of amazing books to inspire a love of reading.  After half term, we will be introducing the children to Talk for Writing, and spending longer looking at chosen stories in depth.  More information about this approach can be found in other areas of our website.


It would be fantastic if you could visit our local libraries in Britwell and Slough.  Children can join here for free and there are hundreds of books that they can enjoy at home.   Each class will also be visiting our school Active Learning Library each week.  Here, they will be able to choose books to bring home and share with you.  Please look after these books carefully and make sure they are returned each week.


Maths this term will look at making and repeating patterns, sorting items into different categories, learning numbers to 5, counting forwards and backwards and using mathematical vocabulary such as number names, bigger, smaller, more than and less than.


We love reading and will encourage your children to read daily. Please listen to your child read, discuss the book and fill in his/her reading record.   Your child has access to Oxford Reading Buddy and a login for this has been attached to your child’s reading record.  Please encourage them to use this at home to support their understanding of texts.


We will be uploading your child’s learning to Tapestry, the online learning journal. Not only will you be able to see images and videos of your child’s learning at school, but you can share images of what your child has been learning at home, too. Please ask your child’s class teacher if you have any questions about using Tapestry.


Many thanks for all of the support you give your child.  It is very important that we continue to work in partnership with you to ensure they make the most of their learning opportunities.


Mrs Davis, Miss Alford and Miss Green

Our Curriculum Timetables:


Please see the links below for our timetables in autumn:

Exercises to help develop children's core stability

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Please watch this video for explanations and demonstrations of exercises your child can do to develop their core strength. This is vital for children to develop in order to support their bodies to be ready for writing!

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