Welcome to Reception


Early Years Curriculum.

The Early Years Curriculum is delivered through a different topic each half term. The topics for Autumn are All about me (Superhero’s) and Alien Invasion!

The curriculum is then divided into 7 areas of learning, Communication & Language, Physical Development, Personal Social & Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts & Design. A detailed curriculum map is available to view on the school website.


What do the children get up to in Reception?

We will have some whole group sessions (Maths, Literacy, Topic, PE etc.) followed by focussed directed activities. Lots of free play inside and outside, where staff join in to enhance and model as necessary. Assemblies, these will be a mix of class, visitor and sometimes whole school assemblies (currently via the internet). We enjoy snack and lunchtime together and have lots of stories, rhymes and action songs!

I am sure your little one will be quite worn out by the end of the school day!


Reading and Phonics

Children will learn to read through the RWI program and will begin by learning the letter sounds. They will quickly move onto reading words containing the sounds they have been learning. When they are ready they will bring home a reading book which they will need to practice.

When children are early readers it is very important that they practise each day to develop their confidence and fluency.


Library Books:

All children will visit the School Library for a story, and they can choose a book, which they are allowed to take home so you can read book together, enjoying, sharing and discussing the story.



In Reception we will be following the Healthy Movers Programme, this fun programme will be delivered in the Early Years Unit and there is no requirement to get changed into PE kits during this first term.

We will move to getting changed and going into the hall for our PE lessons in the Spring term and I will update you nearer the time.



Every Friday your child will be set some fun Homework activities, these can be accessed via Class Dojo. Each activity supports and enhances learning in school. Please note homework should be completed with adult support; it is an opportunity for you to support your child’s learning.



We have a healthy morning and afternoon snack. Snack times provide an often much needed energy boost between mealtimes and an opportunity to develop social skills as we all sit together and discuss the day.

Reception News

Lockdown Stories

As part of their Home Learning activities, our pupils were asked to write stories inspired by the events of the Corona Virus Lockdown. This book is a collection of all of the amazing stories submitted – from our Reception Children right through to our Year 6 Pupils. We hope you enjoy them as much as…

Mental Health Week – Random Acts of Kindness

As part of Mental Health Week, our pupils made pledges to show ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ to others. Throughout the week they will be carrying out these pledges and taking part in whole school Mental Health and Wellbeing activities each afternoon. #MentalHealthMatters    

Fantastic Leaflets to help us Stay Safe!

As part of a Whole School Writing Challenge, the children were asked to research information about the Corona Virus and examine the features of a good leaflet. Then they had a go at creating their own leaflets to share within our community to help keep everyone safe. The results were amazing!!! Everyone worked really hard…

Home Learning Update

  A great start to our home learning with lots of fantastic examples of our children being the ‘Best that they can be!’ Well done Team Hensingham A great start to our home learning with lots of fantastic examples of our children being the ‘Best that they can be!’ Well done Team Hensingham presentation 1…

Science Week!

This year’s Science Week theme was ‘Our Diverse Planet’. To fit in with this theme, all of our classes took part in a variety of different activities. Reception looked at Handa’s Surprise and used their senses to identify different fruits which are grown in different places around the world. Years 2 and 3 looked at how…

Halloween Disco

Thank you to everyone who came to our Halloween disco!

Reception Letters


Letter to Parents - Coronavirus 163.06 KB 49 downloads


Welcome letter for Reception Class 165.12 KB 5 downloads


Wellbeing Newsletter Autumn 2020 589.84 KB 11 downloads