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Welcome to Reception 2023/2024


We would like to wish all our new Reception families a very warm welcome.  We look forward to welcoming pupils into class and getting to know them and their families. 


Please find attached below the presentation from the welcome evening we held before the summer break. The presentation contains lots of useful information around the year ahead. 


Also attached in the Reception newsletter which contains key information for the term and the Reception year. 


Each Thursday will we update the learning section of our noticeboard with the learning for the week ahead.  This is a useful resource to gain ideas on how to support your child at home.  


Any questions please do not hesitate to ask your child's class teacher. 


Reception Baseline Assessments 

During the first three weeks of our Autumn term pupils will be participating in the statutory reception baseline assessment (RBA).  The purpose of the assessment is to provide the starting point for a progress measure that will help parents understand how well schools support their pupils to progress between reception and year 6. 


The assessments are low-pressure for pupils.  They are a range of questions/games that pupils will complete with a classroom adult on the IPAD. 

Reading and Book Bags


At Fielding we follow the Read Write Inc programme.

This assessment has provided us with your child’s reading level.


Your child will receive a reading book.

The type of ‘book’ your child receives will depend on their phonics knowledge.


Some children will focus on learning the sounds of the alphabet.

Some children will receive a sound blending book to help develop their blending skills.

Some children will receive a book called ‘My Phonics Book’. A letter will be sent home with information of how this works.

Some children will receive a reading book.

In addition to this, your child will choose their own picture book.

Your child is not expected to read this book, this book is to be shared with an adult for enjoyment.


All books will be changed once a week.

Please make sure your child brings their book bag to school every day.

Please make sure that you always have the following inside your child’s book bag:

  • picture book
  • reading book
  • reading record

Please look through the reading record, there is lots of useful information inside.

Please sign the reading record every week and write a comment about how your child is progressing with their reading.

Key words

On page 18 there is the list of key words that the children need to learn to read over the year. Every two weeks we will check how your child is progressing with the reading of these words and let you know in their reading record. Please help your child to learn these words.

We will write what key word list your child is on in their reading record.

Home Learning (This starts on Friday 29.9.23)

Every Friday, your child will receive some phonics home learning from their phonics teacher. This must be done at home and does not need to be returned to school.

If you have any further questions please talk to your class teacher.


The Reception Team



Forest school

Forest School begins the week beginning 25th September 2023.

Please ensure your child has a coat and boots for these sessions.

Please make sure these items are named.

The timetable is as follows:

RH - Tuesday am

RP - Tuesday pm

RS - Friday am

RF - Friday pm

Please be aware sometimes our days and timings can change due to the weather or other events going on in school.

Fresh fruit or vegetable snack, water, packed lunch


As a healthy school we would like to remind parents that children should only be bringing in a fresh piece of fruit or vegetable for their snack each day. 


Children should bring in a bottle of water.


Children are welcome to bring in a packed lunch and this will be saved until they are in the lunch hall and replaces the school lunch option. Please let the class teacher know at the start of the day. 

There is more flexibility of what your child can eat if they have a packed lunch – see Latest News article posted on  7.9.23 called ‘Food Glorious Food’. These suggestions are for packed lunches only and snacks for clubs after school. 


Otherwise, please stick to fresh fruit or vegetables for snack time which children have in class.


Class teachers stay with their classes in the dining hall each day and will continue to inform and work with parents if they have concerns with a child not eating enough.   


Guidance on reading books that come home: 


Capturing 'Wow moments' at home

Early Years compromises of seventeen aspects of learning with skills that pupils need to achieve before the end of their year in Reception.  We value contributions from parents/carers of moments of achievement that have happened outside of school.  Click on the link below to access our wow moments cards.  If you observe your child achieving something new or wonderful then cut out the card, record the moment and pass it onto your child’s class teacher.  The wow moments are stuck in your child’s learning journey and support assessments throughout the year.  Feel free to send in as many as you would like, parents/carers usually complete a page of wow moments each half term. 


    Our Learning

    Phonics home learning

    Phonics home learning begins the week beginning 25th September 2023.

    Every Friday, your child will receive some phonics home learning from their phonics teacher. This is to be completed at home and does not need to be returned to school


    Phonics is the way we teach children to recognise the sounds in words. It helps your child to learn to read and is an essential part of your child’s education.

    In school we teach children to read through linking letters and sounds using a published programme called ‘Read Write Inc’ (RWI).  There are a range of online resources you can use to support the teaching of phonics at home. 

    Find our more here

    Weekly Learning in Reception


    Week commencing: 25.09.23


    In English we will be reading 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy.

    This story links to our Learning Challenge about Space – ‘Twinkle, Twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are?’

    Each day will be reading the story and practising a range of skills such as:

    • predicting the story
    • discussing the characters,
    • sharing our ideas and opinions about the story
    • sequencing the pictures of the story on a ‘Story S’


    We use a ‘Story S’ to show that every story has a beginning, middle and end.

    In each lesson the children have an opportunity to draw and write.

    When writing we will be focusing on hearing the first sound in a word.

    We will help children to link the letters and sounds and write the sound that matches the word they are saying.

    We will be writing labels for the items that Baby Bear collects

    e.g. box, food, boots, jam, cup.

    For example:

    We will say the word ‘box’ and ask the children what sounds they can hear.

    We will emphasise the ‘b’ in box and link the sound to the letter.

    We will write the letter ‘b’ and talk about how to form the letter correctly.

    We will also be modelling how to hold a pen/pencil correctly using the tripod grip.


     Right handed grip Left handed grip

    In class we use small whiteboards when writing, these are very effective in helping children to learn as anything can be rubbed out easily and quickly, therefore making writing less daunting for a child at the early stages of writing.

    Some children may be able to hear more sounds in a word.

    In class we have the alphabet on the walls and will have an alphabet chart on the interactive white board during the lesson.

    These visual aids support the children’s learning.

    Supporting your child at home:


    Your child can retell the story in their own words or a draw a picture of the story.

    Spending time talking to your child about the story and characters will also support their comprehension skills.


    In the Reading Early Learning Goal, the children are also expected to know five key concepts of print:


    • print has meaning
    • print can have different purposes
    • we read English text from left to right and from top to bottom
    • the names of the different parts of a book e.g. front cover, back cover, title, blurb
    • page sequencing


    Next week in English:

    We will be reading Meg on the Moon by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski.



    Week commencing: 25.09.23


    In maths we are learning about 2D shapes.

    The children will be learning to name a variety of 2D shapes

    e.g. circle, triangle, oblong/ rectangle and square.

    They will learn that these shapes are flat and can be found everywhere in our environment.


    Shape vocabulary:

    • sides
    • corners
    • straight
    • curved
    • round
    • flat


     The children will be using shape vocabulary to describe each shape:


    • a triangle has 3 straight sides and 3 corners
    • a square has 4 straight sides, all sides are the same length
    • a circle is round and has 1 curved side
    • an oblong/ rectangle  has 4 straight sides, 2 long sides and 2 short sides


    In class the children will have the opportunity to play with and explore the 2D shapes.

    Throughout the week the class teacher will be asking the children to name and describe the main four 2D shapes.


    Supporting your child at home:


    Help your child find things that are shaped like a triangle/ circle/ square/ oblong.


    Look for 2D shapes around your home and in the local environment.


    Encourage your child to use the shape vocabulary to describe a shape.


    Make a picture using 2D shapes.


    Next week in maths:

    We will be learning about 3D shapes.




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