Welcome to Reception

Reception Chad: Miss Geobey, Mrs Sode and Mrs Mahmud

Reception Vale: Mrs Jennings and Mrs Shergill 

Autumn Term 2021

Throughout the year Reception will be focusing on The Early Years Outcomes for:


  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design

In the Early Years, we believe that each area is as important as each other and inextricably linked. Whilst literacy and mathematics are important, the skills required to succeed in these subjects can not be fully achieved if the other areas are ignored. This is why play forms an important part of our curriculum so that children can develop their confidence and ability to talk and socialise with their peers.

The first few weeks of the autumn term are spent settling the children into school and helping them familiarise themselves with their classroom, new rules and routines. Children are escorted into school by their class teachers. Parents are not permitted inside the school building and if late, children should be signed in at the main entrance.


Letters and Sounds


In Reception, we use Letters and Sounds to teach phonics. Sessions take place once a day using a variety of games and activities.

A typical session includes:

Review: Practising previous letter sounds

Learn: Learning a new sound

Practise: Blending and segmenting words with the new sound

Apply: Learning to identify both new and old sounds through reading and writing games and activities

To consolidate their learning, children take part in literacy activities throughout the week and have access to paper and other writing implements in both the indoor and outdoor learning areas. Children are encouraged to practise and apply their literacy skills during their play-based learning e.g. by writing a shopping list or making a sign for a den.

Baseline Assessment


During the first few weeks of school, teachers conduct a baseline assessment for each child. This is used in conjunction with transition documents and other information to identify areas for development and informs teacher planning.



Teachers read at least one story every day during which, they ask pupils questions to gauge their understanding. 


Children have Guided Reading twice a week where they develop their textual understanding. Guided Reading sessions are teacher led however pupils have access to a wide range of books to choose from throughout the day. 


Information about home reading will be given in due course.


The Chad Vale homework policy stipulates that teachers must set homework, however must not demand for it to be returned. Children who do return homework are rewarded with stickers and after 10 pieces of homework are completed, receive a Homework Certificate.


Homework is given out once a week in order to support the learning taking place in school. Whilst English and maths are important, we may also send a variety of activities which link to other areas of the EYFS framework.


Typically, work is sent home in a homework book however this is under review. Homework will not be sent home until after half-term and more information will be given in due course.

It is your decision whether homework is completed however we strongly encourage you to read with your child on a daily basis.


At Chad Vale we use Education City to help teach certain concepts of maths and literacy. At some point, children will be given an Education City log-on which they can access from home. Children will be able to play games set by their class teacher but may also explore other activities on the website whenever they like.


Homework is not set weekly on Education City however teachers may occasionally set activities related to any units of work that are covered.


In Reception, children have a snack every morning but they also have the opportunity to have another snack later in the afternoon. We provide snacks (fruit) however some parents might like to provide their child with a snack from home.

These should be brought in a small container which can be placed in the child’s class tray.


We ask that all children bring a drinks bottle from home.



When children come into school, they are reminded to take their snacks and bottles out of their bags and put them in the appropriate places. Bags are not checked by teaching staff as children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own belongings. It can take time for some children to get used to but with lots of encouragement, they soon understand. Please ensure all bottles are labelled with your child's name.


P.E. is taught every Wednesday by our Sports Teacher Mr. Bowen. Lessons mainly take place in the Studio but during the summer months, Reception are taken outside onto the MUGA and field. During P.E. lessons children will take part in gymnastics, games and dance activities. Due to changes brought about by the Cornavirus, children will not be getting changed in school and are  required to come to school in their P.E. kits each Wednesday.



During the week, Reception staff take ‘in the moment’ pictures and record pupil observations on Tapestry, an online tool for teachers. These observations are used by teaching staff to inform their judgements at the end of each term. They are also used to create an online journal which can be accessed by parents from home. Journals are updated at the end of each term and parents are notified by e-mail. More details about Tapestry will be sent home closer to Christmas.

And finally…


Please check your child’s bag daily for letters regarding events or other important information. Whilst the current situation means we have to adapt the way we work in Reception, we will endeavour to make your child’s first year at school as enjoyable and memorable as possible.

If you would like more information regarding our curriculum please don’t hesitate to contact us.

If you do have any questions or if there is anything you would like to discuss with us then please come and see us or email us at:

Reception Chad Teacher


Reception Vale Teacher