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Reception Curriculum Map 2022-23

Welcome to Reception 

Morning Drop-off

Thank you for your support and patience in dropping your children off at school. We understand that the children entering the cloakroom independently may be quite different to what they were used to at nursery, however all children are already completely competent in the morning routine of hanging up their things, changing in to their pumps, putting their water bottle and book bags in trays, and entering the classroom.

3.15pm Pick-up

At 3.15pm, the children have been leaving the classroom via the ‘Garden’ door in to the Reception play area, one at a time. They are asked to sit patiently until we call their name when we can see their adult. We are getting quicker as we go! If someone new to us is picking up your child, or there is a change to the usual routine, please let us know at morning drop-off, via the office or email.

At home-time and after school, please do not allow your children to play on the climbing frame or other equipment in the ‘Garden’ area or on the school field. This is for health and safety and insurance reasons. Thank you

Outdoor Learning

In Reception we love to be outside in our garden, exploring on the field or visiting our Conservation Area. We try to go outside in all weathers (and particularly enjoy the rain!) so, if you haven’t already, please provide your child with an all-in-one waterproof suit or a waterproof coat and trousers, along with wellies to avoid lovely new uniforms from becoming not-so-lovely. These would be best left in school if possible please. For indoors, we ask that each child keeps a pair of pumps in school. Please name everything that comes in to school.  


We will begin our PE sessions on Wednesday 28th September, where your children will be taking part in ‘Movement Play’ focusing on sensory opportunities linked to brain development in children up to age seven as well as more structured physical education. All the children will come to school in their PE kit on their designated PE day. Reception’s PE days will be Wednesday & Thursday. Information of what to wear is in your Adel St John Handbook.

Milk and Water Bottles

The children have a snack (fruit or vegetable) each day and are always encouraged to try all new foods. They will also receive milk each day until they turn 5, if you would prefer your child not to have milk, please let me know. Once children are 5, their milk will need to be paid for as outlined in previous information received. Please be aware that there is a delay between your payment happening and your child being added to our school milk order. Children have access to their water bottles throughout the day and are encouraged to drink regularly. Please ensure children have their names on their water bottle and bring them to school each day.


After receiving a menu, please choose with your child and return to school the following Monday in order for us to process their lunches. Please ensure your child’s menu is named before returning them to school.

Book Bags

It is helpful if children can bring a book bag (or alternative) to school each day so they can bring home drawings and books etc. We would also appreciate a spare set of underwear and socks being kept in your child’s bag.


Monday – Miss Riches & Miss Kane

Tuesday- Miss Riches & Miss Kane

Wednesday- Miss Riches, Miss Kane, Mrs Quinn & Miss Smith

Thursday- Mrs Quinn & Miss Kane

Friday- Mrs Quinn & Miss Kane


You should have received your invitation to log on to Tapestry. This will be where you can see your child’s learning and progress recorded. Further information will be on our class page on the school website and we will also be posting updates about our whole class on our class blog. Adel St John The Baptist - Reception Class (

Our email addresses are given below. Please be aware that we may not be able to check these when we are teaching the children.

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to working with you and your children over the coming year.


Reception Class Blog 2022-23

Week beginning 30.9.22

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Thank you to everyone who came to our phonics evening on Wednesday. We hope it was helpful. The children are enjoying phonics each day. They have been talking about capital and lower case letters this week, as well as beginning to read and write three letter words already!

Thank you for sending over your front door photographs, we had fun shouting when our door came up on the screen! We will be creating a display using these next week which we will put on our blog once complete.

We have each created a self-portrait this week, using watercolour paints. We talked about what colours we could see in the mirror and used this as our focus. Our discussions led us to think and talk about how we all look different in some way, even identical twins! We know that there is only one of us in the whole world. How special we are!

The hall has been closed for two days this week whilst storage is being built. This meant that on Thursday we ate our lunch outside in the outdoor classroom! (Gravy was involved so the classroom rug was not). On the second day we had a picnic in our classroom! The children found it all very exciting.

We enjoyed our first PE sessions! These will continue every week on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure your child is able to take their trainers on and off independently. We do this many times a day when changing in to our indoor pumps so independence is important. Please only bring in lace up trainers if your child can tie them themselves. Thank you!

Our Timestable Rockstars day is on Thursday 6th October where the children come to school dressed as a rockstar. More information about this is on last week’s blog or the whole school newsletter. We are looking forward to it! We are also looking forward to our Reception disco next Saturday! 

We are continuing our ‘what we look like’ learning next week with Elmer as well as starting our Harvest Festival plans!

Have a lovely weekend!

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Week beginning 19.9.22

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The children have had another lovely week this week. They have been doing lots of one to one learning with the teachers and have also spent time working together as a class in our indoor and outdoor provision areas. We are really starting to get to know each other now! The children are picking up the routines of the day nicely, showing some good independence.

Our phonics learning has started and we are enjoying using the whiteboards during these sessions. Our short phonics evening is next Wednesday 28th September at 6pm until 6.30pm in our classroom if you would like to know more about how we teach early reading and writing in Reception, as well as how you can support at home.

Our first and second PE sessions start next week, on Wednesday and Thursday. Please can the children come to school in their PE kits on these days each week. This is a good opportunity for the children to become independent in dressing themselves in the mornings (if you have a spare hour or two!)

On Thursday 6th October, our school will be dressing up as rock stars to start the whole school ‘Times Table Rock Stars’ learning. Children do not start this learning until Year 2, but all Reception and Year 1 children are welcome to dress up as rock stars in none school uniform, with the rest of the school on this day.

Next week we will be starting our topic of ‘Marvellous Me!’ To support our learning, we’d like to ask for you to please email us a photograph of your front door! We do not need your child in the photograph, just of the door please. Please send them to We will use these photographs in our maths learning, topic learning, on our topic display and to further our learning of our ‘Knock, Knock, Who’s There?’ book. Please could we have these by Wednesday 28th September, thank you!

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Welcome to Reception!

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Congratulations to our wonderful Reception class (and parents/carers!) for a fantastic transition in to school. We are very happy that you are all here! Over the past two weeks, Reception have spent time getting to know each other and learning all about our new school. So far we have explored our busy classroom and Reception Garden, the Hall for our lunches and our huge field! We finally got to meet our Year 6 buddy, who sent us a welcome letter over the summer holidays, and had lunch together, twice! What a lovely experience this was for both parties. Our photographs have been added to displays around our classroom and we have used these photos to create our very own book, the ‘Knock, Knock Book!’ It helps us to remember all of the names and faces in our class, ask us about it!

We are all excited for next week!

Mrs Quinn, Miss Riches and Miss Kane, The Reception Team

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