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Little Leigh Primary School

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Autumn Term One

Welcome to Reception!

We just wanted to say a huge hello to new and old faces. We are extremely excited to welcome you to our wonderful school and although some elements my be slightly different due to our current climate, we can't wait to get stuck in and have lots of fun.

Our first term in Reception is 'All About Me'. In this topic we will get to know one another, we will learn about each others families and all the things we enjoy!

The most wonderful thing about Reception is about following the children's interests and therefore our topics can change quickly or can stay for a sustained period of time. This means our learning is very fluid and plans can change quickly. 

The one thing we can guarantee, is we will have lots of fun and our brains will grow every single day.

This webpage is designed to offer information about PE sessions and current topics and will be updated termly.  Be sure to follow us on twitter @LittleLeighSch so you can see regular photographic updates of what the children have been getting up to! Always remember when you're in Reception 'I've done nothing in school' can mean some wonderful things!

Over the next few weeks we will give you personal log on details to join Tapestry. This will be your child's personal observations that we regularly update and the best part is you can upload pictures for us to see too! We love to see what you have been doing at home or when out and about. 

If you have any concerns, questions or worries please feel free to come in and see me, either before or after school or you can leave a message via email, phone or in the class message book located in the school office. Be prepared though, I do like to talk! 

Miss Lloyd :-) 


All About Me

This is a perfect topic to get to know one another. We will share stories and begin to get to know one another as individuals and a class. 

Over the next few weeks we will be sharing our favourite stories and memories. We will be looking predominantly at the prime areas and focus on developing strong relationships and clear communication.

We will be recognising and writing our name along with some captions. We will be taking some listening walks and start thinking about initial and end sounds. 

We will be recognising and counting between 5 - 10. We will also be recognising and describing simple shapes. 

In PE, children will be looking at coordination and gross motor skills. We will also be doing lots of work on our balance bikes. 

 So much fun to be had! Let's get started!    

Things to do at Home

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

  • Promote social sight word reading such as Tesco or Lego
  • Read 3 x weekly and update your child's reading record with a comment. Books will be changed once a week for the start of this term. 
  • Question your children on the pictures in the books you are reading
  • Practise key word packs each time you read. 
  • Reinforce the sounds learnt in phonics sessions.
  • Encourage basic addition and subtraction at home when eating grapes or playing with Lego pieces. Ask children: how many are there altogther in these two groups or how many are left when some are eaten.   
  • 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. Focussing carefully on zips and buttons now too. 
  • Encorage children to ask questions 

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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. Gathering ideas for future topics and identifying what they already know, so we can further build on these skills. We love to see and hear about what you have been doing at home to ensure we are enhancing our environment to build on your child's interests so please do keep us updated with observations on Tapestry.  

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!


Your child participates in 2 weekly PE sessions; these take place on a Monday and Thursday.  Please ensure that your child comes into school in their PE kit due to following Covid 19 procedures. PE kits should be clearly labelled with their names (this is especially important in Reception!). Long hair should be tied back for PE and no jewellery (including earrings) is to be worn.

Forest Schools

Forest Schools will take place every Wednesday afternoon. We ask (due to Covid 19 procedures) that children come into school in the forest school attire. We will change their shoes in school as we ask wellies to remin in school.


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 a weekly individual reading session, 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 a few times so that they have a good understanding of the words and the comprehension aspects of the book This also allows them to gain confidence as their reading will become quicker. Confidence is KEY. 

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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