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Reception class

Reception 2023-2024

Welcome to the Reception class page. On this page you can take a look at your child's current learning as well as keep up to date with other important information.


Throughout the school year we will communicate with you in a number of ways - half termly newsletters, class dojo and on this class page. This page will be regularly updated and we kindly ask that you please continue to check this class page throughout your child's year in Reception. Thank you. 


The Reception Team:


Miss Stansfield - Reception Class Teacher 

Mrs Munir - Key Worker 

Miss Broadbent - Key Worker and Forest School Lead 

Mrs Gorton - PPA Cover on a Tuesday morning

Autumn 2 Newsletter 2023

Spring 1 Newsletter 2024

Spring 2 Newsletter 2024

Summer 1 Newsletter 2024

Phonics 2023 - 2024


At the Heys Primary school we follow the Anima Phonics scheme and your child’s reading journey starts here in Reception. Phonics helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another. Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children decode words as they read. To support children with their reading, they have to adopt a variety of core skills to learn first. Many of these skills involve children being able to listen, pay attention and engage in conversations. Making books available to children, telling stories and talking with them is fundamental to the Early Years framework. Whilst at school, your child will have access to a wide range of books and story telling opportunities. Extending this activity at home and reading with your child is important too as it supports children in becoming an effective listener. 


The Reception children have now learnt all of the phase 2 and phase 3 sounds in phonics! We continue to practice these sounds at the beginning of each phonics session.

Here are all of the rainbow words that the Reception children have been taught in phase 2 and phase 3 phonics! 

Literacy Learning


Autumn 1


In Literacy this half term, the children are exploring a variety of traditional tales. Some of these include: The Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three bears, as well as many more!


Recently the children thoroughly enjoyed listening to and learning about the story of 'The Gingerbread Man'. The children had lots of fun making their own gingerbread men in the playdough area whilst acting out key events from the story. 

Autumn 2


In this half term, the children have been looking at books that have been written by different famous authors. We have explored what 'famous' means as well as talking about what an author is. Within our literacy sessions, the children have started to explore the key elements of a story, for example, the characters, the setting, what the problem is and how the problem is resolved. 

Spring 1


In Literacy this half term, the children have been focusing on stories written by Julia Donaldson. These have included: The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Stickman, Tiddler, Room on the Broom and Zog. 

Mathematics Learning

Reception 2022-2023

Welcome to a brand new school year in Reception here at The Heys Primary School.  We are looking forward to building positive relationships with the families of the children in our care and we are excited for the journey ahead.  


In Reception class this year, the team consists of  - 

Mrs Gouldbourn - Reception Teacher (job share) - EYFS Lead & SENDCo

Miss Stansfield - Reception Teacher (job share)

Miss Earley - Key Worker 

Miss Broadbent - Key Worker and EYFS Forest School Lead 

Miss Walsh will be helping us in Forest School. 

Phonics 2022 -2023

We follow the Anima Phonics scheme throughout school and your child's learning to read journey starts here in the Early Years.  Before children can be expected to learn how to read, they have lots of core skills to learn first.  Many of these skills involve children being able to listen and pay attention and to take part in conversations.  Engaging in sharing stories is a key factor in becoming an effective listener.  All of these things can be achieved with time, patience and lots and lots of talking and spending time with friends and family (and their teachers of course! smiley) sharing stories and books. 



How Communication and Language, and Literacy aspects of 'Development Matters' guidance supports our learning to read journey.  

What fantastic progress we are making through Phase 3!

Reception are currently working within Phase 2. We are making fantastic progress!

We are looking forward to hosting the Anima Phonics Parents Webinar on Wednesday 5th October at 2.30pm.  We hope to see you there!

Literacy Learning 2022

In Literacy this half term, Reception have been learning all about Traditional Tales.  We have listened to many stories, and even acted them out - the Gingerbread man actor was amazing! 


We have been practising writing our names and having a go at forming our letters correctly.  

Traditional Tales

Autumn first half term 2022

Autumn 1 22 Newsletter

Autumn 2 22 Newsletter

Spring 1 23 Newsletter

Spring 2 23 Newsletter

Summer 1 23 Newsletter

Phonics in Reception

The children in Reception recap previously taught sounds at the beginning of every phonics session. The children are taught phonics inline with the anima phonics scheme. Anima phonics is a visual way of learning for the children as it provides them with pictures and actions to support them with remembering each sound.

Reading sentences in Phonics

The children in Reception are given the opportunity to read words and sentences in their phonics sessions. The teacher will support the children with this reading by following the sentences to encourage the children to read the sentence at the same pace as each other.

Reception Early Learning Goals


We are writers!

Spring adventures

Hello and a warm welcome to the Reception class page 2021-2022.  You will find key information related to your child’s time in Reception.  Take a look at your child’s class timetable, examples of planning and documents that explain the Early Learning Goals that Reception children are working towards.  

Any questions - just ask! 


Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl

Learn how to pronounce all 44 phonics sounds, or phonemes, used in the English language with these helpful examples from Suzy Ditchburn and her daughter.Find...

It’s hard work all this learning πŸ’‘

What a fantastic start to the year Reception have had.  The children have settled in so well, they have started to make new friendships and their confidence is blossoming! smiley

 The first half term has whizzed by, we have had fun in the sun (and rain), we have read many books, created amazing pieces of art, climbed trees and tried out meditation 🧘.  

Our daily phonics lessons are going well, we are also concentrating hard on writing our names and learning how to form respectful relationships with our class mates and with our environment.  

Reception, we are all so very proud of you,  Keep up the good start πŸŒŸπŸ‘. 






Reception timetable 2021-2022

Reception Newsletters 2021-2022