Reception 2020 - 2021

Reception Blog

We are so pleased to welcome you to Reception Class at Our Lady’s School. We are ready for a fun and busy year, and are so happy to start our learning with the ‘Ourselves’ topic, learning about the changes that happen in Autumn, The RE curriculum with the first topics being ‘Myself’ and ‘Welcome’, and each area of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

Here are a few things to know about our weekly timetable:

Each Wednesday your child will have a library session, where they will hear stories and enjoy the library experience. As soon as we are able to, your child will be able to borrow a book for a week, and return it before the next library session.

Each Thursday the class will have an ICT lesson with Mr Edmondson. They will experience using laptops, iPads, and they will learn all kinds of computer skills using digital technology.

Also on a Thursday we are visited by Coach Nathan. He works with the whole class, on football skills.

On a Friday we will have our curriculum PE, either indoor or outdoor. On this day please come into school wearing your PE kit. We will not be getting changed in the classroom, in line with the government guidelines. A PE kits can be purchased through the website / ParentPay, but you can buy any white T-shirt and navy blue shorts from a local supermarket. Your child can also wear blue or black jogging bottoms, and their school jumper / cardigan so they are not cold throughout the day. Any trainers or comfortable footwear can be worn on this day.

Some more information about Reception class

We learn our letter sounds through Letters and Sounds, and Jolly Phonics. We learn new sounds daily, and we learn how to read and write words through play throughout the day. We will be starting to learn new words and sentences through the Oxford Reading Tree scheme with Biff, Chip and Kipper. Your child will begin to bring these books home, but again, we will let you know once we are able to send them home.

I know many of you have purchased book bags, it is a shame at the moment that we cannot send books and homework home, but as soon as we can, your book bags will be needed.

Your child’s learning will be reviewed and assessed regularly, so we know what the next steps for learning are in each area of the curriculum. We use an online Learning Journey called ‘Really School’. You will be receiving your secure log in details shortly, so you can access their learning whenever you want, and you can add to the evidence from activities and learning happening at home.

Due to the pandemic, there may be new polices such as those mentioned. However, you can rest assured that we are providing the best possible environment for your child’s learning in school. We are busy learning both indoors / outdoors, and social distancing measures are in place to the best an early years’ provision can offer.

Thank you for your support throughout this time, in dropping your child off and collecting at the designated area.

Although this year is like no other we’ve had in school before, we are looking forward to a fantastic year of learning and much fun and enjoyment all round.


Here is a list of useful websites which your child might enjoy


Letters and Sounds


Nursery Rhymes

Alpha Blocks

Number Blocks

On Youtube:


Little Learners

Read with phonics

Oxbridge Baby

Twinkl Educational Publishing

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Whalley Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8AW

Head of School Anna Ward and Executive Head Catherine Gordon

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