Welcome to Reception Class


Maths at Shire Oak

Parents Meeting

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Our Learning This Term

We’ve had a great half term and the children have really enjoyed being back at school. Thank you for all of your support through the period of remote learning, it was great to see the photos and videos of the children on Tapestry. After the Easter break, we will hopefully have better weather. As the weather improves, please ensure your child has a water bottle in school. On hot and sunny days, they will also need sun cream and a sun hat. Please make sure your child’s jumper or cardigan is named too.

In phonics, we are recapping all the sounds that were taught during remote learning and learning the final sounds in phase three. These sounds are digraphs (two letters that make one sound, e.g. ‘ai’ in rain) and trigraphs (three letters that make one sound, e.g. ‘air’ in pair). Later in the term we will be learning phase four sounds in phonics. Here the focus is on words with consonant clusters. This means two or more consonants together at the beginning of a word (e.g. stop), at the end of a word (e.g. bump) or both (e.g. stamp). We are also concentrating on reading and especially writing tricky words (words that can’t be sounded out using their phonic knowledge) These are the words that are on their reading rockets. As the children become more confident in using their phonics, they are learning to write sentences independently. Using their phonics to segment words and write them down in an order that makes sense. We have also been looking at how stories are structured, by finding out about characters, setting, problems and solutions in stories and making up our own.

In maths, we have been learning about numbers to ten, including one more and one less, composition and ordering. We have also learnt about 2D and 3D shapes and their properties and simple patterns. Over this term we will be looking at numbers to 20 and beyond, adding more, taking away and sharing and grouping and odd and even numbers.

We continue to follow the children’s interests, we have noticed a keen interest in dinosaurs, so that will be incorporated in our learning this term.

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!