Welcome to Reception Class

Maths at Shire Oak

Parents Meeting

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Our Learning This Term

We have been so impressed by how the children have settled into reception class. They have come into class so confidently in the morning and have been getting to know the routines of the day. We have seen lots of new friendships developing and they have been exploring their learning environment and getting to know the adults in the class too.

In reception class it is the children who take charge of their learning, and our teaching is very much fed by their interests.

In literacy, children will spend a few weeks learning about and exploring sounds (hearing and recognising different noises in our environment, identifying rhyming patterns, etc.) before going on to learn the letters and sounds of Phase 2 in Phonics. There will be a video that shows how we teach phonics in reception and how you can support your child with their reading and writing. This will be available on Wednesday 30th September, with a question and answer session on Zoom at 5.30pm. We will also be giving the children ‘reading books’ over the next few weeks. For most children these will be wordless and guidance will be given on how to use these. 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.

In maths, there will be a strong focus on number and counting. We teach using a mastery approach, ensuring that all children have a deep, secure and adaptable understanding of mathematical concepts. This term we will be focusing on numbers to five and their composition, positional language, pattern, time and comparing groups. 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 will also be using ‘Numberblocks’ from CBeebies in our teaching, where we will focus on a different number each week. There will be a maths meeting for parents later in the year.

To keep updated with what we get up to in reception class, look at our twitter account. The address is: Reception Twitter

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!


School: 0113-275-5890

Pre-School: 0113-230-4035

Shire Oak CE Primary School

Wood Lane, Headingley, LS6 2DT

Shire Oak is a safe and inclusive school and we expect all adults who work with, visit or meet our children to uphold the highest standards of safeguarding and regard for the welfare of children.