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This page is where you will find out lots of useful information about all the learning and fun we are having in Reception. Throughout the Reception Year, your child will partake in an ambitious curriculum which is designed in a sequential way to ensure progress towards our end of year curricular goals.


We use Tapestry to keep you up to date with your child's learning. Tapestry is an on-line system which allows us to create an individual Learning journey for every child in Reception. We can add comments, notes, photographs and videos of your child and then link these to the Early Years Curriculum. It can be accessed via the internet or downloaded as an app.


There are two Reception classes.

The staff in this class are: Mr Taplin, Mrs Uminska, Mrs Trussler and Ms Faheem.


My name is Mr Taplin and I am a Reception class teacher

and also the Early Years Lead.



Key information:


  • Fruit and milk is available daily at snack time and the fruit changes from day to day. This is a great opportunity for your child to try something new with their friends.
  • Please ensure your child has their book bag and water bottle in school every day.



How to support your child at home:


Please read daily and sign the yellow reading records. Return the reading records and completed books to your class teacher the following school day. 


There are six key areas of early mathematics learning, which provide a platform for everything children will encounter as they progress through their maths learning at primary school, and beyond:

  • Cardinality and Counting
  • Comparison
  • Composition
  • Pattern
  • Shape and Space
  • Measures



These areas form the fundamental mathematical basis of a CBeebies series of five-minute animated programmes called Numberblocks. We use these and the NCETM materials to draw out and build on the maths embedded in the stories contained in each episode.


Useful websites:



Topmarks: Lots of great Maths games. 

Numberblocks:  Sing along and learn all about numbers with the Numberblocks!



Oxford Owl: Here you will find free e-books that match your book band colour. Choose the correct book band and read a book every day.

Alphablocks:  Watch as the letters of the alphabet tell stories and make words using phonics. Play the learning game, watch clips and print colouring pages.


    Apps for EYFS:


    Curriculum Information


    The curriculum in Reception is delivered through a balance of adult led and child led learning.

    It incorporates everything we want the children to experience, learn and be able to do. Meeting all the requirements of the educational programmes in the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the flexibility to allow us to respond quickly to children’s new interests and needs.


    Religious Education and Worship


    We learn about the importance of prayer and pray throughout the school day. Reception also partake in whole school acts of Worship. 




    Our school uses ‘Talk for Writing’ to help children develop their skills in talking about and writing stories. Talk for Writing starts with enjoying and sharing stories. Through regular reading we want children to build up an extensive rich vocabulary for use in their own writing. Each half term we focus on a particular story. The children will hear the story several times and we will explore the story in a variety of ways and explore new vocabulary.




    Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them learn to read. It runs alongside other teaching methods such as Guided Reading and Shared Reading to help children develop all the other vital reading skills and hopefully give them a real love of reading.


    Our school uses the Read Write Inc. programme to get children off to a flying start with their English. RWI is a method of learning based upon letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing. for Phonics. It provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.




    When using RWI to read the children will:

    • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple prompts
    • Learn to read words using sound blending (Fred talk)
    • Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out
    • Show that they comprehend the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It'



    When using RWI to write the children will:

    • Learn to write the letter/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds
    • Learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes (Fred fingers)



    When using RWI the children will also work in pairs:

    • To answer questions
    • To take turns talking and listening to each other
    • To give positive praise to each other



    Welcome back for the final term of Reception. We hope you had a wonderful May Half Term. It is wonderful to have the longer days and to be enjoying some sunshine at last. On sunny days, please put sun cream on your child before school and send in your child with a named sun hat and water bottle.


    We are looking forward to a busy summer term - please see separate communication for Sports Day and our school trip to the zoo.


    Tapestry: Please make use of this wonderful tool for sharing photographs and information. We love to share what your child has been up to in school and also take a peek into the sort of things they love doing at home and the accomplishments they have made.

    If you are having any difficulties with Tapestry, please let us know and we will help you out.



    Over the last few weeks we have have been busy observing and taking care of our caterpillars. We have learned new vocabulary and lots of knowledge about the life cycle of a butterfly.

    We are so excited to see them grow and change.


    There are four stages in the metamorphosis of butterflies and moths:  egg, larva, pupa, and adult.



    Fascinating Facts

    • Nearly all caterpillars are herbivores. Only 1% of all caterpillars are insectivores and cannibals. Most caterpillars feed on plants. A few caterpillars eat eggs, insects, larvae, and aphids. 
    • Caterpillars usually have three pairs of small, but noticeable, true legs at the front and up to 5 pairs of fleshy false legs at the back. 
    • A caterpillar has as many as 4,000 muscles in its body 
    • A caterpillar's first meal is usually its eggshell 
    • Caterpillars have 12 Eyes. On each side of its head, a caterpillar has 6 tiny eyelets. 



    Week 1:

    Exciting news! The tiny caterpillars have arrived at school in a special pot with food. They are a dark brown colour and only about 1/2 cm in length. They do not move very much and have to be kept out of the sun.


    Week 2:

    In week two, the caterpillars have started growing and moving around more. They are about 1.5cm in length now. They have become more spiky and are eating the special food in the bottom of the pot.


    Week 3:

    Mr Taplin went to check on our little friends during Half Term. They have stopped eating and are hanging from the lid of their pot. They are just getting ready to spin a chrysalis.


    Week 4:

    This week, our beautiful butterflies have emerged and enjoyed snacking on some fruit. On Friday morning, we released them into the wild.


    Class updates and reminders:


    Summer Term 2024:


    Please ask us about our caterpillars! We are very excited to talk about them.


    Upcoming events: Sports Day (Friday 14th June) & School Trip to the zoo


    Ducks - Spring Term 2024



    We were very lucky to have four of our duck eggs hatch this year. The ducklings enjoyed being fed, cuddled and cared for by Reception. We loved watching them splash around in the little bath.

    Update: Our ducks have now left us and are safely settled in their new home. Thank you to everyone in Reception for taking such good care of them.


    World Book Day - Spring Term 2024



    We have had a wonderful day celebrating reading in Reception. We enjoyed listening to lots of stories and talking about our favourite books. Some of the children told us about who they were dressed as and why they were their favourite character.


    Christmas - Autumn Term 2023


    This Autumn term, we have had a focus on festivals and celebrations. Christmas is a very important celebration for us at Christ the King. We have had lots of fun celebrating Christmas together. We created masterpieces in our Santa's workshop, role played in our Nativity area and made our own Christmas cards. We also ordered and retold the Nativity story and performed in our very own version. We learned about the Advent Wreath & other signs that indicate the approach of Christmas.

    Autumn | Spring | Summer Communication

    Medium & Long Term Plans


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