Reception 2023 - 2024

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A huge warm welcome to you all to Reception class!

Mrs Raymond, Mrs Nowak and myself are so excited about the year ahead. Your child will learn so much and contribute to the learning and social development of the whole class. They will be very busy every day, working through the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, learning through play, and through our termly topics.

The areas of learning in the EYFS are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We will provide an environment to ensure every child makes progress in each of these areas. We will ensure each child is happy, keen to learn, and plays well with others. Our class is a positive environment where respect for all and inclusivity are top priority. We look forward to having a wonderful year, filled with learning and laughter.

Morning routine

It is important that your child becomes increasingly confident at writing their own name and settling into class first thing in the morning. Therefore, we recommend that you let your child come in and put their coats / bags away independently before going to ‘sign in’ on the writing table.

 Reading books

We will be sending home a reading book with a reading record. These will be changed once we are sure your child is ready to move on. Please do not worry if they are on the same book for a while – repetition is key to learning new sounds and words. Please listen to your child read each day as this will ensure a smooth and gradual development. A book bag is best to bring back into school each day. The reading book needs to be in school each day so we can read 1:1 and change the book. I am sure you will appreciate that it is not possible for us to read with your child 1:1 each day, but we will be doing this weekly.


Your child will have P.E. every Thursday. Please come to school dressed in a P.E. kit that day. As the weather gets cooler, please wear jogging bottoms or leggings instead of shorts. A typical P.E. kit:

  • Plain black or navy blue jogging bottoms / leggings / shorts
  • A school logo t-shirt or a plain white t-shirt
  • Your usual school jumper or cardigan
  • Black pumps or Trainers

We will contact you if we ever change the PE day or have an additional day.


We will be going to our school library each Tuesday afternoon. Your child can borrow a book if their previous book has been returned. This book is to promote reading for pleasure, so please read this book to your child, rather than them read to you.

Learning Journeys

Your child will have a Tapestry account where we will be inputting a snapshot of their learning. You will be given parent log in details soon.


Your child will be sent home a Literacy and Mathematics task each Friday for their homework. You can return it any time up to the following Thursday.

This work will be linked to our learning for the week. It might be from our phonics programme, learning tricky / common words, the number system, number patterns, or stories.


A snack is provided by school each morning, you can order milk through the office or we will give your child a cup of water. There is always a piece of fruit, which is different every day depending on what has been delivered. We typically will have apples, pears, bananas, tangerines, tomatoes or raisins. Please let us know if your child has any allergies or intolerances.

If you would like to bring in a snack from home, your child can have it in the afternoon play time.

If you have any questions or queries, we are always available for an informal chat before or after school. Or if you ever want a more in-depth conversation, just let us know any time and we can schedule a meeting.

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

Twinkl Educational Publishing

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Get in touch

Our Lady's RC Primary School

Whalley Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8AW

Head of School Anna Ward and Executive Head Catherine Gordon

0161 226

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