j Reception - Barnton


Welcome to our Reception class page, we are excited to be able to share our learning with you. 


We are so proud of how well our new Reception class have settled into school, making new friends and exploring their new environment.  We know we have an amazing year ahead of us and we can't wait to see what our children achieve.

We start the year with our first topic, 'Through The Keyhole'.  Children will be celebrating what makes them unique and we will enjoy getting to know all about their interests outside of school.  We will move on to comparing different homes around the world, using some exciting stories to support our learning. 

In our Literacy lessons, we will explore quality texts to ignite the children's learning. We will focus on some 'Pete the Cat' and 'Hairy Maclary' stories before moving on to 'Zog' by Julia Donaldson, which we will retell using 'Talk 4 Writing' actions.  We will learn about dragons and knights and maybe even build a castle or two!  We will use swords to make big movements as we begin to write our first letters.  All of our literacy work is underpinned by exciting daily phonics sessions where the children learn new sounds to build up their reading and writing skills.

In Maths, we will start with the basic skills of careful touch-counting of objects, then matching number to quantity.  We will work on number recognition and begin to form these using large movements.  The children will spots lots of different shapes in the environment, and use these to make some marvellous medieval constructions!

Our Understanding of the World lessons will be supported by exploring our amazing school grounds and visiting our friendly animals.  Children will use their Busy Bee books to share their home experiences with their peers and staff, and we will encourage the children to build up their confidence in sharing their ideas within a small group.  We will be using the school iPads to take some pictures of ourselves and our school environment.

In our weekly PE sessions, we will be using the large climbing apparatus to build up the children's writing muscles and this will be complemented by threading exercises and dough discos to really give those fingers a workout!

Things to remember:

PE will take place each THURSDAY morning.  Your child MUST have a full PE kit in school at all times (plain white T-shirt, plain dark shorts, black pumps/trainers).

All uniform, including coats and shoes MUST be labelled please.  We have fabric pens available if needed.

We provide a healthy snack each morning and afternoon.  Please pay for this via ParentPay online.  Any queries, please speak to the front office staff.  Children have access to fresh drinking water at all times during the day, but feel free to send in a named bottle of water to keep in the classroom if you prefer.

Children receive a free school meal until the end of Year 2.  We will ask your child what they would like to order each morning after registration.  If you prefer, your child can bring in a packed lunch at any time.  We are a Healthy School so please ensure that packed lunches are nutritious, with just the occasional treat inside.

Your child will bring home a reading book each day.  Parents are expected to read with their child a minimum of THREE times per week as this will boost their learning, and help to ensure that your child reaches their full potential in school.  Please sign your child's planner each time you read with them, they will then be able to take part in our exciting Reading Challenge!

Homework will be sent out each Wednesday and must be completed and returned on Monday.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff.  We know our gate can get busy but we will be happy to speak to you once we have seen the children out.  Or  we are happy to call you at your convenience, just pop a note in your child's planner. 

We have so much to look forward to this half-term and we can't wait to see how the children engage with their learning.

 Many thanks for your  support,

The Reception staff team.

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