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Welcome to Reception!

First of all, we would like to wish you a big warm welcome from the Reception Team here at St. Matthews!


During our first half term we will be exploring the topic

'All About Me'.

We hope you have settled in well and are enjoying your time at school. We can't wait to get to know more about you and your family!


We will also be looking lots of different stories including 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' and 'The Very Helpful Hedgehog'.






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Our Term So Far!

So far in the autumn term we have been lucky enough to have Pyjama Drama visit us in Reception- we loved exploring the musical instruments and developing our social skills. We have celebrated the start of autumn by taking a walk round the school grounds looking at changes in the environment! We have enjoyed exploring our new classroom environments and developing relationships with peers and adults.



Pyjama Drama


On a Monday lunchtime Pyjama Drama delivers drama and play sessions to the children who signed up at the beginning of term.


Play is an essential part of childhood which develops skills that stay with us for life and Pyjama Drama we're experts in this field!

The classes they deliver develop communication and language skills, concentration, social and motor skills (and much more!). Children are led through magical adventures which allow them to learn about the world in which they live, develop essential life skills, make friends and have fun.


We were lucky enough to have Pyjama Drama visit us and deliver a session in each class too, watch below to find out more.

Outdoor Learning

Learning in the outdoors is really important for Reception as it helps us to work on our gross motor skills, which leads to better writing! We try to go outside and use our outdoor classroom in all weather- so wellies, hats, gloves and scarves (as well as coats) are vital in the winter months.


Here are some pictures of us exploring our outdoor provision.

RE in Reception

Writing and Reading Skills


Each day, every child in Reception has an opportunity to develop their writing skills. We thought it would be useful for you to see some examples of writing that are used throughout the country to demonstrate the required standard by the time children leave Reception to start Year 1.We hope these examples will help you to understand the expectations we have at school, and in turn help you when thinking of how to help your child at home. Please come and see us if you would like any advise on how to help.


'The Early Learning goal'

Children use their phonic knowledge to write words which match their spoken sounds. They are also able to write some irregular common words (tricky words). They write simple sentences, which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelled correctly and others are phonetically plausible.



Children who can segment and blend sounds easily, are able to use this knowledge when reading and spelling. Segmenting and blending individual sounds can be difficult at the beginning. Encourage your child to sound out each word and blend those sounds together to say the word. 


Maths Skills


By the end of the year, children should be able to recognise numbers 1-20. So look out for numbers at home, in the outdoor environment- everywhere! 

WOW Vouchers

We are really interested in hearing anything that you and/or your child think is an achievement outside of school- things that make you smile with pride. Please print off vouchers from the link below and send them into us at school, so that this moment can be celebrated in class!

Thank you for the WOW vouchers that we have received so far! It is wonderful to share the amazing achievements of your children at home and the children love sharing them with their peers.

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Autumn Term 1

Chilli Challenge


Please find this half term's Chilli Challenge homework via the link below. Remember, we ask for at least 3 activities to be done at your own leisure, but feel free to do as many as you like! These can be sent back into school when you have finished them so we can look at all the fabulous things you have been doing and celebrate them together in class, before displaying them on our Chilli Challenge board in the Shared Area. 

Parent Workshops


This half term we decided to host a 'Stay and Play' focused on phonics, followed by our a parent workshop. This workshop looked at some of the activities you may have seen in school and the 'Stay and Play' gave parents/carers the opportunity to come in and see how hard the children have been working to develop their letter skills.


All documents we used in the workshop, as well as any resources, are provided below.

 Again, a big thank you to everyone who was able to come along!

Other Useful Information

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