Welcome to Reception Class


We are enjoying getting to know the children in reception class and have been happy to see how they have become very independent at putting away their things in the morning and getting to know the routines of the day. We are beginning to see new friendships developing and they have been exploring their learning environment and getting to know the adults in the class too. We have been introducing the children to the Shire Oak principles of: being kind, being safe and being our best and discussed the school rules. We have also introduced our class Shire Oak Christian value of sharing.

This year at Shire Oak, we will be using a new scheme to teach children phonics. They will start short sessions on the carpet, where they will begin to learn to read and write the first set of sounds and practise their blending (blending sounds together to make and eventually read words) and segmenting skills (breaking down words into their separate sounds and eventually writing them). There will be a meeting later this half term that will explain how we teach phonics in reception and how you can support your child with their reading and writing. I will keep you posted of the time and date for this. We will also be giving the children ‘reading books’ over the next few weeks. For most children these will be wordless until they know enough sounds to go home with books containing words. Please spend some time looking at and discussing these wordless books with your child. Their books will be changed once a week, on a particular day. This will be written in their reading records, which will be given out later.
We will also be focussing on one story every few weeks, so that the children get to know it thoroughly. We act it out, draw story maps of it, add actions and may change some aspects of it too. Each week we will also focus on a poem or rhyme.

In maths, we teach using a mastery approach, ensuring that all children have a deep, secure and adaptable understanding of mathematical concepts. Over the next few weeks, we will be focusing on matching, sorting and comparing amounts, using vocabulary such as; more, fewer, same and equal. We will also be comparing size, mass and capacity and exploring pattern. Then we will focus on numbers one to five and their composition and looking at circles, triangles and shapes with four sides. We will also cover positional language and time in our learning before Christmas. Much of the maths learning that the children do takes place in the areas of provision, both indoors and out, giving it greater purpose and meaning. We also regularly use the CBeebies series ‘Numberblocks’ in our teaching, which the children love. There will be a maths meeting for parents later in the year.

This terms focus will be on families, feelings and what makes us special. We will also look at seasonal changes (as we do throughout the year), celebrations and exploring light and dark. Including finding out about nocturnal and hibernating animals. We will also be exploring colour mixing and finding out about the artists Jackson Pollock and Frank Bowling.


Maths at Shire Oak

Parents Meeting

Click here for Ms Coulter's presentation

Outdoor learning 


In Reception we have free flow access outdoors during our child-initiated learning.

We also do some of our whole class learning outdoors too!