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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 28.11.22

Posted: Dec 2, 2022 by: Reception (gquinn) on: Reception Class Blog 2022-23

Thank you very much for attending our Family Morning on Thursday. The children were very excited to show you their learning and enjoyed sharing the activities with you. It was lovely to see so many of you there and so many smiling faces!

At the beginning of the week, the children enjoyed a visit from Jill from Abbey House Museum. The children were able to explore lots of toys from the past and sort them into items from the past and the present. The children identified the different materials that the toys were made from and talked about how they knew toys were old or new, using words like ‘shiny’ & ‘faded’. Thank you to our school governor, Jill for this wonderful visit.

On Tuesday the children enjoyed their first visit to church! We attended a lovely Advent service and were all brilliantly behaved throughout. Well done, Reception.

Our nativity performances are now just next week! We are very excited and hope you enjoy the show! For the evening performance on Thursday, please collect your child from school at 3.15pm as normal, before returning them to the main entrance at 5.30pm, thank you.

The next two weeks will be all about Christmas in Reception. We have lots of lovely things planned. Our nativity small world, advent train and Santa countdown beard have already started and we have had a visit from a very cheeky elf! Ask us about these to find out more! As of Monday, we will have a special Christmas post box in Reception, where the children can post their own Christmas cards. If your child would like to write Christmas cards to their friends at home, they may bring them in on a morning and post them in the post box. Each home time, the cards will be given out by the teachers and the children will put them in their book bags ready to open at home. This is a great way to encourage your child to write some or all of the cards! We will add a class list and cursive writing formation sheet to Tapestry to help.

As a reminder, children are to please return their reading books to school on a Thursday so that they can be changed. Each time anyone reads with your child at home, please make a quick note or take a quick photo or video and upload to Tapestry to let us know. Thank you.

Congratulations to Nancy and Ollie who received certificates in our Celebration Assembly this week.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Quinn, Miss Riches and Miss Kane


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