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The teachers in the Foundation Stage are Mrs Whiskerd the Foundation Stage Leader. Mrs Lehec and Mrs Roache. We are supported by Mrs Finch and Mrs Isham. We also have Mr Bailey and Mrs Hunt working with us each week. (We are very lucky in Reception as we also get many other adults coming to help us)





We are looking forward to a year filled with learning, friends and fun!


Please see the list below on what your child will need in school:


  • School uniform and dressed for the weather (All uniform to be clearly named please)
  • A school dinner needs to be ordered or a packed lunch sent in each day. We also provide children with milk and a snack.
  • Book Bag
  • Water bottle filled with water (we will put fresh water into bottles when needed or each morning)
  • Painting Apron
  • Wellies (Please can these be named and kept in school all year)
  • PE Kit  (All uniform to be clearly named please)
  • A smile for teachers and friends!


Please find the new parents powerpoints below which has all the information you need to know about the life in Reception over the coming year, if you have any questions please speak to a member of the Reception team.

New Parents Meeting Information Powerpoint July 2018

New Parents Meeting Information Powerpoint September 2018

Important Dates:

Dates will come through on newsletters and weekly emails so please check these emails and letters as they arrive home.





Our topic overviews are sent home at the beginning of each term. A copy will be added below and a paper copy has been sent home with all children.  It contains information about what the children will be learning in all of the different areas of the Foundation Stage Curriculum in Reception.


Please don't be surprised if there are any changes along the way to our overview as we do like to follow the interests of the children.


We will be starting our Treasure Chest planning after the October holiday so you should all have found a treasure chest in children's book bags so please return them with your children's ideas on what they would like to learn about during the next term. If you have more ideas please speak to the Foundation Team so we can provide you with further treasure chests.



Reception Overview Autumn 2 2018

Reception Overview Autumn 1 2018

Things I can do at home: (Below you will find some links of activities you might like to do at home)

Letter Sound Cards

When the children start school they will be having 4 Read Write Inc Phonic sessions a week.  The children will be learning new letter sounds and as these new sounds are taught sheets and sound cards will be sent home in book bags so please keep checking them daily. Please remember to review all previous sounds too! 

Please look at all sounds with your child and see if they can name the sound either with or without referring to the picture clue on the back of the card. You can use the cards to make  words that you can blend with your child or say a word and ask your child to find the card with the initial, final or even middle sound on it. 

A couple of minutes each day will really help your child to build on what they have been taught in school. Please continue to work on all sounds until we send more home. If you are unsure how to pronounce the sounds please use the link below.

Next Step Footstep Targets

Each child will be given a "Next Step Footstep Target" for them to work towards. Once your child has a target these will be sent home in book bags so you can also support them at home. This target is something which we feel your child needs to be able to do so please support your child at home with their target. We will be reviewing these targets on a regular basis. We will send home a new target once a  "Next Step Footstep Target" has been achieved. This could be a personal or academic target, such as, putting on and zipping up coats or recognising numbers to 20. If you have any questions please speak to Mrs Whiskerd, Mrs Lehec or Mrs Roache.



Tapestry is an online learning journal that creates an individual profile for each child. All members of the Foundation team will use iPads to record observations of the children’s learning, which we then link to the foundation stage curriculum as evidence of the children's progress. When an observation is added to your child’s profile you will receive an email. Parents are able to log onto the learning journal to view and comment on the observations that have been made of their own child.


The website can be accessed using the link below:






Tapestry is now live!! We hope you will enjoy looking at the observations we send home, please remember to talk to your child about what they have been doing, like the observation and comment so we know you have seen them, thank you for your support with this.

Once Tapestry journals have been received from pre-schools we will let you know when you can access Tapestry.


Once an email is received please follow the instructions to set up your own log in details. Please do like or comment on the observation so we can see who has seen it. Over the next term we will be sending out further observations for you to see and please watch out for a home observation challenge for parents!


If you have any problems logging in please speak to one of the Reception Teaching Team.

Creating a Tapestry observation at home

We hope that over the next year parents will support us with Tapestry by accessing the children’s Tapestry learning journeys. We welcome parents to like and comment on the observations and we look forward to seeing observations that have been uploaded from home. Please can we ask for all parents to upload their own observations so we can share with the children what they have been doing at home. If you need any help on uploading an observation please speak to the Foundation Stage Team.