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Welcome to the start of an exciting and wonderful year in Reception.

At Dorridge we provide the children with a safe, secure and enabling environment with adults who are warm, kind, engaging, caring and nurturing. Children are encouraged to explore the environment and independence is promoted throughout their time with us in the Early Years. All members of staff are dedicated to supporting the individual needs of the children, coupled with high quality teaching and leading to outstanding progress being made from their starting point with us.

 Welcome to Reception September 2023

Information for parents -Reception baseline assessment

Meet The Team

RD Mrs C. Mannion Phase leader & Class Teacher
Mrs T. Bullock Teaching Assistant

Mrs C. Davies

Class Teacher
Mrs S. Cartwright Teaching Assistant
RS Miss H. Gill                 Class Teacher
Miss G. Yorke-Biggs  Teaching Assistant

Mrs. R. Arnold 

One to One Teaching Assistant

Summer Term 2024

To start off this Spring and Summer our learning this term will be based around ‘Adventures and Fairy Tales’. We will continue to enhance the skills that the children have been learning during their time in Reception. 

During Communication, Language and Literacy sessions we shall be using drama to retell tradition tales. We shall be using a range of non-fiction books to find information about plants and life cycles, which will help us to grow our own plants and take care of our tadpoles. Over the term we will continue to develop children’s reading and writing skills by continuing with our daily phonics activities. The children are now using their phonics knowledge to begin to write simple sentences. They will continue to take part in daily guided reading and guided writing activities where they are developing their reading and writing skills in small groups.

During Mathematics sessions we shall continue to improve a deep conceptual understanding of numbers to 10, the relationships between them and the patterns their in. We will continue to consolidate our understanding about shape, weight and measure.

During our Personal, Social and Emotional development sessions we will be focusing on relationships and throughout the term we will be working on transition ensuring the children feel confident and excited about joining Year One.

During ‘Understanding of the World’ we shall continue to develop our questioning skills, encourage the children to develop inquisitive minds, asking questions about what they see and how things work. We will be investigating change with our plants and lifecycles. We will continue with our Forest School where we will use the environment to explore and investigate.

Physical Development

In PE lessons the children will be developing apparatus skills, playing games and looking at rules and playing fair.  We are focusing on developing ball skills and co-ordination skills in ‘FootieBugs’ and exploring dance through rhyme and music in our hall time.

Expressive Art and Design

The children will be involved in drama and role play session alongside our traditional tales. We will be making our own instruments and making songs to traditional stories.  Reception children have continuous access to a large range of construction and craft materials to aid their learning in this area.


We are looking forward to this term and excited about all the learning and exploring that will be taking place.  




The scheme that we use to support the teaching of phonics is  ELS (Essential Letters and Sounds). 
In order to give children the best chance of becoming fluent readers within their time at school, we teach them to use synthetic phonics to work out what unknown words are. Your child will be encouraged to learn letter sounds, as well as the sounds of groups of letters, in order to use and apply them to read different words.

ELS Parents Information 

To support learning in Phonics we also send sound packs 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 or Harder to Read Words’ will be sent out in phases and each week on the weeklies notices we will notify you of which words we are focusing on.

For more information on how we teach Phonics, visit our Phonics page.



Reading in EYFS  consists of two dimensions: Word reading and Comprehension (both listening
and reading). It is important to develop both aspects. Good language comprehension, necessary for both reading and writing, draws from linguistic knowledge and knowledge of the world. By listening and talking about stories, rhymes and poems, and non-fiction books, children develop knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live. Skilled word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. It is also crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading.

For information on how we teach and deliver reading please click HERE      

For an update on our reading scheme and some tips and advice to support you at home, click HERE


Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. We recognise that children learn through routine, continuous provision and incidental learning opportunities, as well as planned sessions and activities. Mathematical understanding is developed through stories, songs, games, routine, questioning, imaginative play, child-initiated learning and structured teaching.

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 will be beginning to introduce the children to forming their letters correctly. 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.

Please click for more information on our handwriting scheme.  

Other Curriculum Areas


Physical Development

In PE lessons the children will be developing gymnastic skills, playing games and undertaking dance and movement activities.  Please ensure that your child has a named kit and plimsolls in school at all times.  We may not have a PE session in the hall each week.  As with other areas of the curriculum, we will teach and develop skills as the children demonstrate a need to develop them further.  Many of their physical skills will be developed in our carefully designed Outdoor Learning Environment.

Expressive Art and Design

The children will be developing their creative skills by expressing their ideas and feelings through music, art, dance and drama.

The children will be building a repertoire of songs and dances and will be given the opportunity to explore musical instruments. The class have continuous access to a large range of construction and craft materials to aid their learning in this area.

Understanding the World

We see your child’s continuing learning journey as a partnership between yourselves as parents/carers and us in school.   If you could email observations from home, that would greatly enhance our assessment of your child and give us a well-rounded picture of your child.

If you have any questions about the class structure or curriculum, or any areas of concern with your child or their learning please feel free to discuss these with us. 

We will continue to read one to one with your child as often as possible and if any parents would like to volunteer their help in school and listen to some children read we would be very appreciative of your support.

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 excellent 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. For the colder months, please ensure your child has a hat, scarf and gloves. Please make sure all items are clearly named to stop any confusion or lost items.




‘FootieBugs’ will continue in Reception, developing ball skills and coordination skills based on stories and adventure. Each class will have 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. Please also encourage your child 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 any outdoor equipment that you no longer want, along with junk modelling e.g.washed out squirty bottles like ketchup bottles, milk bottles, soap liquid bottles or washing up liquid bottles that you have finished with.  

This will really help us to be creative.

Other Bits and Bobs

 PE Kits and School Uniform

Please ensure that everything is labelled. The children are becoming more independent now and we do change for PE weekly and have our coats on and off throughout the day. Children’s clothing can sometimes be mixed up.

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.


The children attend assembly every day and we all have a Celebration Assembly on Friday mornings. This assembly is very special as we share the children’s achievements with all of Key Stage 1. One child from each class is chosen every week for their achievement.