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Reception Class

Curriculum Overview 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.

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.



Week beginning 14.11.22

Posted: Nov 19, 2022 by: Reception (gquinn) on: Reception Class Blog 2022-23

We have had an exciting week as on Monday we welcomed a new child to our class! Tochukwu has settled in brilliantly and the children have been kind and welcoming as always. Welcome Tochukwu!

Our nativity practise has continued this week where we have been singing songs alongside Year One and Year Two. There are many songs to learn but the children are picking them up brilliantly. You may need tissues for a few of them! Thank you to those who have brought in nativity costumes so far. We’d love to have them all by Friday please!

We have loved receiving the children’s baby photos! Thank you for sharing them with us. We will be using these in our learning from Wednesday, so if you are yet to send one, please do so by then. Thank you.

We have been writing invitations to our family morning this week (Thursday 1st December 8.50-9.15am). We have talked about pencil grip, using cursive letter formation, capital letters at the start of our writing and for names and how to use finger spaces.

In maths the children have been exploring 2D shape. They focused on circles and triangles, talking about how many sides they each have and where they could find them around our school. Can they find any at home?

We loved our non-uniform children in need day on Friday. The children painted Pudsey bears on the computers this week. We focused on changing the width of the pen to create large and small spots for Pudsey’s eye patch!

Over the next two weeks the children will be exploring the word ‘special’. They will be thinking about how they are special, the special people in their lives, special experiences they have shared and thinking about any items or belongings that might be special to them.

Congratulations to Tochukwu and Zebedee who received certificates this week!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Quinn, Miss Riches and Miss Kane


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