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.
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 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 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.

This half term we are taking a look at the wonderful world of ANIMALS.

We're starting our topic by looking at animals we may find at home - our pets, and then thinking about farm animals, wild animals and those found under the sea. 


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 and adding together two small groups of objects
  • recording 'how many' using marks and numerals
  • thinking about one MORE and one LESS
  • measuring time 
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 and then supported with many 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...

Dear Zoo

Rosie's Walk

Pig in the Pond

What the Ladybird Heard

Handa's Surprise

The Monkey Puzzle

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