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Little Leigh Primary School

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Autumn Term

Welcome to Reception at Little Leigh Primary School. We are so pleased that you have chosen Little Leigh and are very much looking forward to you becoming part of the school family here. This year will be full of new experiences and opportunities to explore and learn. It will also of course be great fun too, setting your child off on their lifelong journey of learning. You have now all met the Reception team: myself Mrs Taylor Wattam, Mrs Proctor who teaches on Fridays and Mrs Oultram who supports us in our classroom all week. Meeting you all this week has been delightful and I just know we are going to have a fantastic time this year!

This page is designed to share information about rules and routines we follow in school and you will also be able to find information about the topics and themes we are following. I will update regularly with photo updates too to show you what we have been up to. Be sure to follow us on twitter @LittleLeighSch. 

Mrs Taylor Wattam


You and Me, Me and You

Things to do at Home

Things that you can do at home to help your child are to:

  • Reinforce the sounds learnt in school- see phonics phase 2 and 3 sent home.
  • Practise name writing.  Please make sure your child uses lower case letters except for their initial letter.
  • Share reading books, discussing plots, characters and their feelings, as well as simply decoding the text.
  • Look over key words (sheets sent home) with your child and encourage the recognition of these words in any order.
  • Draw your child’s attention to numbers in their environment e.g. telephones, door numbers, car number plates etc.  Count things around the home. How many windows do we have etc?
  • Hunt for a range of shapes in the environment- are they 2D or 3D?  What are their properties?  What patterns can you find?
  • Encourage your child to dress themselves for school and take their uniform off at the end of the day to promote independence.

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What are we exploring?


The EYFS encourages teachers and practitioners to follow the interests of the children when deciding on topics and themes to follow. This ensures full engagement and maximises potential for learning. To begin with, we are spending the first two weeks getting to know the children and finding out about their interests and likes and dislikes. Gathering ideas for future topics and identifying what they already know, so we can further build on these skills. I have chosen a lovely book to start the autumn term off with, called, 'Only One You' by Linda Kranz. It has some very powerful messages in it that are just perfect for the age of the children and will help us to build friendships and relationships with our peers too. We will be thinking about how precious each and every one of us is and our very important role within our new class. 

In Maths, we will be focussing on counting and number recognition to begin with. We will be matching numerals and amounts and learning how to count carefully. This will be done through inviting and exciting fascination traps and our lovely natural loose parts. 

In Communication, Language and Literacy, we will be focusing on mark making in the writing areas of the classroom. We will be providing one opportunity daily to partake in, Funky Fingers and Dough Gym to develop our gross and fine motor skills in preparation for writing and this will include all children.      

In Understanding of the World, children will be thinking about their families and friends. We will look at the different types of families there are and think about our friendships and how to always treat each other kindly and fairly.  

In Expressive Art and Design, children will be creating their own pebble fish just like in our book. Each one will form part of a large display and will focus on how important we are as individuals within our class group. 

Recommended websites:

http://www.mrthorne.com/ - very useful for pronunciation of sounds

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk - lots of free phonic based games 

http://ictgames.com/literacy.html- more phonics games 

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/ - great selection  of games to support all areas of learning

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/topics/numeracy - free maths games, activities and clips

Recommended APPs:

Pocket Phonics: a super resource for teaching letters and sounds including reading, writing and spelling.

Twinkl Phonics: great for letters and sounds, alphabet work, high frequency words and letter formation.

Doodle Buddy: a paint app which helps develop hand eye coordination. 

Bee Bot: an app which helps improve directional language (forwards, backwards, left right etc.)

Quick Math Jr: a maths app which helps with number work and shapes.

Toca Doctor: an app which helps the children learn about their body and helps with problems solving skills.

Collins Big Cat also has a range of stories which you can download onto your tablets.


Please can you make sure that all of your child's belongings are clearly labelled with their names, including items such as snack pots and drinks bottles.  This helps us massively and if things get lost, they can easily be taken back to their rightful owner!

Please can we ask that your child has a spare pair of underwear in their bag, accidents are unavoidable! 


Children will receive homework weekly and it will alternate between maths and phonics. Homework goes out on a Friday and is due back the following Thursday. I will always add a clear and detailed explanation of what is expected but please do come and speak to me if you are ever unsure. 


Your child participates in 2 weekly PE sessions; these take place on a Tuesday afternoon and a Friday morning.  Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in on these days.  PE kits should be clearly labelled with their names (this is especially important in Reception!).  We will send PE kits home on a Friday. Long hair should be tied back for PE and no jewellery (including earrings) is to be worn.

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Children are encouraged to read at least 3 times a week, for around 10 minutes with an adult at home. Where possible, we would appreciate a comment in their reading diaries to let us know how your child is getting on.

Your child will also participate in 2 weekly individual reading sessions, these will be noted in their reading diaries.  During these sessions your children will have the opportunity to change their books that they read with you at home. We recommend that you read through them twice so that they have a good understanding of the words and the comprehension aspects of the book.

To help with comprehension, you may want to start with a discussion about what your child thinks the book will be about. You could also talk about the characters and explore the blurb. When you have finished, ask questions about the book. This will help you assess whether your child has fully understood what they have read.

If you feel that you require any further support with getting the most out of reading with your child, please don’t hesitate to come and speak to me.

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