Welcome to Reception 

Dear Parents/Carers

It has been a fantastic start to the year and we are excited for the children’s first full week with us. We are extremely proud of the way that they have settled into school and are sure that you are too.

This half-term we are learning about ‘Our World’. On the reverse of the letter is an overview planning sheet outlining broadly what we will cover each week. This is a guide and is therefore not ‘set in stone’ but will give you an idea as to what your child will be learning about each week. Teachers plan each week in detail responding to the children’s needs as their learning develops and as their interests emerge.

We are holding ‘new to Reception’ meetings for parents next week. These meetings are extremely useful for parents to attend as they will answer many of the questions you may have. We will cover topics such as the curriculum, timetables and how you can help at home. These meetings will be held on Friday 15th September at the following locations;

RM and RAB (in RM classroom at Meteor site)

RB and RT (in RB classroom at Webbs site)

RC (in RC classroom at Webbs site)

At Belleville we use the Jolly Phonics actions to support our teaching of Reading and Writing.  Every day we will focus on a different letter and sound.  It would be beneficial for your children if you could follow this up at home, for example by identifying objects containing each of the sounds. You can find the sounds covered each week on the top of the overview on the reverse of this page.  Each Friday we will send home a ’sound book’ for your child to keep at home so please look out for these in your child’s book bag.

We are carrying out a very simple assessment over the coming weeks to ensure we know exactly what the children already know about letters and sounds and also in their understanding and use of number.  This will enable us to plan to effectively support and extend all the children in these key skills.

Please ensure that your child has a book bag that they bring to school every day. This enables us to communicate with you via letters and to send home activities which reinforce learning in school.

We aim to build your child’s confidence and to develop their independence as much as possible. We therefore would ask you to please refrain from following your child into school in the mornings so that we can make this process as smooth as possible for your children and to ensure that there is room for them to move along the corridors safely. It also helps those who are saying goodbye reluctantly in the playground to see what is expected.

Finally, we will be having PE lessons where the children will be taught by a specialist teacher.  Please could you ensure that your child’s PE kit and bag has all items clearly named.  For morning PE lessons, children must come to school wearing their PE kit with their school clothes in their PE bag.  For afternoon PE lessons please bring send children in wearing their school clothes with their PE kit in a bag.  These children will change for their lesson in school and go home wearing their PE kit.

The PE days for each class are:                                             

  • RB – Wednesday am
  • RC – Thursday pm
  • RT – Tuesday am
  • RM – Monday am
  • RAB – Monday am

Your class teacher is always on the playground at the start and end of each day so please do come and speak to them if you have any questions and we look forward to an exciting first term!

The Reception Team

Download the overview for Autumn 1

Download the 'New to Reception' presentation notes

Download the 'Big News From Home' letter

Download the presentaion on  Early Reading and Writing at Belleville