Reception - Opal

Welcome to Reception
We are Opal Class

General Information
Class Teacher: Mrs Awan
Teaching Assistants: Miss Hession 
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 Friday. EYFS children should now be wearing their PE kits as their everyday EYFS uniform so will not need to get changed for PE at school.
Please be prompt at the start of the day when your teachers will greet you at the door and invite parents in to the EYFS corridor. Please help your child to hang up their things, make their lunch choices and then say 'bye' and walk into the class independently. If you're running late, please press the buzzer on the gate and one of us will come out to meet your child.
Autumn 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.

As we return to school, our topic for the first half term is 'Friendships'.

We will be thinking and learning more about who we are, what makes us special, our friends, families and important people who can help us at school and out in the community. 


Maths - We will 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 objects and matching these to numicon and number cards
  • exploring different ways of representing numbers such as dots on dice
Maths is included in various forms in all our role play areas and also as children explore other resources such as construction toys. 
Phonics - We will begin exploring letters and sounds using the 'Read Write Inc.' letter shapes.
These inputs are taught directly (whole class/ability groups) and then supported with many linked activities in and around the learning spaces. 
We begin with single letters and the sounds they make as we explore range of multisensory activities.
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...

The Rainbow Fish

So Much


Pip and Pop - The Scary Monster



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.