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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 23.1.23

Posted: Jan 27, 2023 by: Reception (gquinn) on: Reception Class Blog 2022-23

We have had a great time celebrating Chinese New Year this week. We started by reading the story of how the zodiac was created, with the animals competing in a race across a river. We ordered the animals and worked out which animal’s turn it is for 2023, as well as for when we were born! We watched a video of a family celebrating Chinese New Year and learned that the colour red is used in lots of the celebrations as it represents ‘good luck’. Following this, the children enjoyed ‘dragon dancing’ to Chinese inspired music, working as a team to make their dragon dance. Please see the attached video on Tapestry! We found China on our class world map, made a label for it and made notes of our observations. We talked about the size of China compared to the United Kingdom, researched the best way to get there and how long it would take and looked at some photographs of China’s features and landmarks. Many children shared the country names that they have heard of, as well as talked about some that they have visited. If you have any photographs of your child in a different country, or family who live abroad and would like to share them, the children can share them with the class and add them to our display. These can be emailed to us or added on to Tapestry by adding an observation. Thank you! We ended our week by tasting some Chinese inspired foods and had a go at using chop sticks! It was a bit tricky!

We have worked on our computing skills this week through exploring the camera and keyboard on the iPads. We were tasked with taking a selfie and adding our faces to a template of the role we might like to do when we grow up. These turned out to be quite funny! You will be able to see these on display in the corridor at our next parents evening. 

Next week we have Miss Ingram, our student teacher from Leeds Trinity University joining our class for a placement of ten weeks. We look forward to welcoming her in to our class!

Well done to Isaac and Jake on receiving certificates this week.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Quinn, Miss Riches and Miss Kane


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