Reception - Opal

Welcome to Reception
We are Opal Class

General Information
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.
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 
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 school hoodie or a plain black zip-up hoodie) 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.
Summer Term 2

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.

For our last half term of the year we are turning into little scientists as we introduce and develop ideas about symmetry, pattern and colour through our topic 'What is a Reflection?'

This topic will be packed full of ideas for practical activities and science investigations we can explore at school and at home as we explore ideas around reflections, shadows, pattern, textures, colours and even how some things change from liquids to solids or gases!


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...
  • continuing to extend our ideas and knowledge about numbers up to 20 and beyond
  • counting objects and matching these to numicon and number cards
  • adding small numbers together to develop our awareness of number bonds and writing our own labels
Maths is included in various forms in all our role play areas and also as children explore other resources such as construction toys. 
Phonics - All 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 (whole class/ability groups) and then supported with many linked activities in and around the learning spaces. 
We are moving on 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 - Children now have access to Oxford Owl e-books and teachers continue to offer support in how to share these at home. 
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...

The Dot



Maisy's Rainbow Dream

... and some non-fiction books to give us lots of new information


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.
For some other ideas, Top Marks and Phonics Play are great sites for you children to play games whilst learning simultaneously.