Welcome to Reception Class

Our Learning This Term

We have been enjoying getting to know our new Reception class. The children are settling in well and we have seen lots of new friendships developing. 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 couple of 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 meeting on Wednesday 25th September for parents and carers to discuss some of the ways we teach Phonics at Shire Oak and how you can help your child at home. 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.

In maths, children will familiarise themselves with some of the different equipment we use in school through their play in the learning environment. There will be a strong focus on number, counting, shape and measure. This will include knowing the true size/ value of a number (and how it relates to other numbers), comparing the weight/ length/ mass of objects, and identifying shapes and patterns. 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

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!


SOSO - Switched On Shire Oak
At Shire Oak we believe having confidence and a positive attitude to learning is crucial to a pupil's success in school.
During SOSO fortnight we worked together to create a class poster that shows the steps we can take to help us with our learning.
Click here to see our poster in full.

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.