Reception - Opal

Welcome to Reception
We are Opal Class

General Information
Opal Class Teacher: Mrs Awan
Teaching Assistants: Miss Hession & Miss Laine
Welcome to all our friends in Reception.
Please ensure that you check all messages on the Marvellous Me app as these are often sent directly from Mrs Awan and contain important information and reminders. If you are unsure of how to download the app or activate your personal MME account, please email the school office so we can give you an activation code.
During school closures, printed copies of all work will be available from the school office or to download from e-schools via our school website. You will also need a code to open and access this feature.
When you come to school, please remember to bring:
  • your smile
  • a named bottle of water that can be taken home to be cleaned and refilled every day
  • your coat (on colder days)
  • a packed lunch if you choose to have one 
During school closures, please access home learning packs via the e-schools icon at the top right of the screen and download. Alternatively, you can call the office if you require a printed pack. Please look out for any further information on the website main page or MME. 
PE - Every class will have allocated PE time in the hall.
Reception will now have PE every Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Children are therefore asked to come to school wearing their full PE kits (including tracksuit bottoms and black hoodie or school jumper) on these two days every week.
For now, the doors will still be opening at staggered entry times and children and parents/carers will be greeted by Mrs Awan at the gate or door. Please can you say goodbye to your little ones outside and let them come in to the building independently. If you're running late, please join the line for the next group of children or press the buzzer on the gate and one of us will come out to meet your child.
Spring Term 1

Please feel free to email any experiences/photos you have with your child to or directly to Mrs Awan on 
If you have any queries, concerns or if you are not receiving emails please call the school office and let us know.
Topic - 

This half term we will be exploring the theme 'Will you read me a story?' as we look at traditional rhymes and fairy tales.   

Over the next few weeks, we will be learning about lots of different stories, featuring a range of characters and thinking about how stories are built up, piece by piece to create something magical!


Maths - We will continue to develop our thinking about numbers and shapes as we explore activities and experiences linked to counting, matching, recognising numbers, sorting, early addition, pattern, and language linked to size, weight and measuring.
Our focus activities this half term are...
  • counting out objects and matching these to numbers
  • estimating how many objects in a small group then counting to check
  • thinking about one MORE and one LESS
  • looking for 2D shapes on 3D shapes (eg: Can you see the rectangle on this box?)
Maths is included in various forms in all our role play areas and also as children explore other resources such as construction toys. 
PhonicsAll children follow the 'Letters and Sounds' programme, as we look at groups of letters and begin word building with these.
These inputs are taught directly and then supported with many activities in and around the learning spaces. 
We are moving from single letters and the sounds they make as we start to blend them together to make and read words using a range of multisensory activities and also learn some new sounds and some short 'tricky' words too!
Reading - We link all our learning to key stories which help to develop ideas linked to the themes we are exploring. This half term, some of our focus stories are...

Jack and the Beanstalk                               

The Gingerbread Man

Little Red Riding Hood                                 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Hansel and Gretel                                       

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

The Three Little Pigs                                   

Cinderella... and many more :)

Early reading skills focus on how children can listen attentively, showing they understand the meaning of the text and how they recall and retell parts of the story in their own words.
We also use puppets and story props (such as costumes, character blocks and objects from the story) to support your child's imaginative play as they recall and extend the language they have heard.
Please check home learning packs for links to websites, videos and other resources to help you support your child's learning. 
For some other ideas, Top Marks and Phonics Play are great sites for you children to play games whilst learning simultaneously.