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Welcome to the start of an exciting and wonderful year in reception. The staff working in Reception are:

RD Mrs C. Mannion (Phase Leader and Class Teacher)
Mrs T. Bullock (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs S. Stevens (One-to-one Teaching Assistant)
RP Mrs C. Walker (Class Teacher)
C. Eden (Teaching Assistant)
RS Miss H. Gill (Class Teacher)
Mrs S. Cartwright (Teaching Assistant)

What are we learning this half term?

Our topic this half term is ‘Celebrations’ where we will be exploring how special and unique we are and how we celebrate all kinds of occasions.


We will begin our phonics teaching this term and we will be working on all the phonemes (spoken sounds) and graphemes (written sounds) that the children need to learn.

Sound packs will be sent home weekly, these will work alongside the sounds being taught. Your child may already be familiar with some of these sounds, but we will be securing this knowledge with using the sounds to blend and create words, form the letter correctly and begin to use and recognise the letter. ‘High Frequency Words’ (HFW) and ‘Tricky Words’ will be sent out in phases and each week on the weekly notices we will notify you of which words we are focusing on.

During Mathematics sessions we shall continue to develop number recognition and counting skills. We shall continue to count objects to 10 and beyond and practice writing our numbers correctly. Using shapes we will be exploring patterns and positional language.


We are also beginning to introduce the children to correct formation of letters. Once the children are secure in correctly forming their letters, we will be introducing them to pre-cursive handwriting. We will be sending more information home, so that you can support your child’s handwriting at home. It is very important that children are using the correct formation of letters all the time as it can become very difficult for a child to change their formation once they have formed a style.

Outdoor Provision

As part of the EYFS curriculum the outdoor area will be available to the children throughout the year and in all weathers, lots of exciting and fun learning can take place during rain and snow! Can you please ensure that your child has a waterproof coat and wellies that can be left at school all year round.

Messy Play

During the year your child will be exploring, experimenting and investigating the world around them. We will therefore be using a variety of materials such as paint, sand, water, mud etc. So please do not be upset if your child returns home a little messy (we will of course be wearing aprons, but sometimes the fun can get away with us) it just means we have had a busy day learning.


‘FootieBugs’ will continue for Reception, developing ball skills and co-ordination skills. Each class will have sessions over 6 weeks at a time on a rota basis.


This term we will be encouraging the children to become VIPs (Very Independent People). To help them, please encourage your child to dress independently at home ready for school (this will really support them when they need to get ready for PE) and also to encourage them to come into school by themselves and put their belongings away.

A Plea!

We are making a plea to parents and carers. We would love to receive donations of comics and magazines that you no longer want, along with washed out squirty bottles like ketchup bottles, milk bottles, soap liquid bottles or washing up liquid bottles that you have finished with. We would also love any yoghurt pots and toilet rolls.

This will really help us to be creative.

Welcome again to Reception and we hope you are as excited as we are about the year ahead!


The following documents have been written by Mrs. Mannion to give you more information about how you can support your child with phonics and writing at home. They also give you an idea of how we teach and develop these key skills in school. Please pop in and see your class teacher if you would like any more information.

PDF icon Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening in EYFS at Dorridge Primary School

PDF icon Handwriting in EYFS at Dorridge Primary School

PDF icon Helping your Child at Home


Other Bits and Bobs



The children attend assembly every day and we all have an ‘Endeavour Assembly’ on Friday mornings. This assembly is very special as we share the children’s achievements with all of Reception and Key Stage 1. One child from each class is chosen every week for their achievement. This is also an opportunity for your children to bring in a certificate or medal that they have achieved outside of school e.g. Swimming certificate.

Phonics Information Evening September 2016

Thank you to everyone who attended our meeting and for the very positive comments you shared afterwards. A copy of the handout has been provided for every child in both year groups - either collected at the meeting or sent home if you were unable to attend. A copy is also available to download here, along with the slides used in the presentation.

PDF icon Letters & Sounds Information , PDF icon Phonics Information Evening 2016