St John's CE Primary School, Thornham > Class R

Welcome to Reception
This is the Reception Class web page. We have included information about our curriculum, timetable and routines. We hope you find it useful!
 Our Summer topic is called Pirates, Mermaids and Wild Things.


 Little Red Riding Hood
Our First Day
In Reception your teacher is Miss. Murphy.

Mrs Witts is our Teaching Assistant.

You will also meet Billy Bear and Millie Bear-if you are lucky you might get to take them home for a weekend.

What will they learn?

The teaching  in Reception follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).There are 7 areas of learning comprising 3 prime areas:

Personal,Social and Emotional

Physical Development

Communication and Language

These are the building blocks of child development and underpin 4 specific area which encompass essential knowledge and skills for learning:



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design

 All of our themes will encompass experiences and activities which encourage your child to develop ‘Effective Characteristics of Learning’. These characteristics include :

Playing and exploring

Active Learning

Creating and thinking critically

These three aspects give your child the foundation for becoming effective, independent and confident learners in the future.

Reception class will enjoy a wide range of learning activities each day - be sure to check back here for photos!

Most days will start with a phonics session, followed by Maths, then we have time to learn through 
play and exploration, before our guided reading session, where we learn the letter sounds that will help us read 
and write. After that we do some exciting work on our topic, and that's all before lunch! After lunch 
we do WriteDance to help our writing skills, then we continue to learn independently through play before 
story and song time. Our days are filled with learning but in a playful, exciting way - we explore, 
discover, experiment, investigate and communicate - and still find time to celebrate special religious
and cultural festivals, get fit in PE, respond to the children' interests, needs and what is happening
in the world around them!


Topic Links

General Links

The CBeebies website has games, songs, stories and more!

To develop mouse skills go to this fabulous website

Learn to read here

Practise your tricky words here

Look, cover, write, check - focuses on the spelling of high frequency words. You can simply type in the words that your child need to work on for them to play the game with.

Machine - great for blending sounds together

Cluster - If you ask your child to spell a simple three letter word e.g. hen, tin, pit many of them will be able to do it. The next step is to make sure they can read the word back to you by sounding the word out and blending the sounds together to read the word. Why not have a go!

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Head Teacher: Mrs B Morgan B.Ed NPQH