Welcome to Wharton's Reception...

Staff in Reception are: Mrs Cleary, Mrs Watts, Miss Emma and Miss Carly.

More information can be found via Seesaw and the newsletter.

Super Sonic phonics
We will have daily phonic sessions in 4 small groups. The children will work with a teacher and a teaching assistant. The children will be learning the sounds of the alphabet and to orally segment and blend. This will be carried out through practical lesson, IT and games. Most children will be working on Phase 2 of letters and sounds and their listening skills. Most children after Christmas will move onto phase 3 sounds. Children will learn to read some high frequency words and phase 2 and 3 tricky words. We will hold workshops throughout the year to support parents and carers with reading at home. We will be starting our new phonic scheme 'Super Sonic phonic Friends' very soon.


 We will be applying Phase 2 and 3 phonics into literacy lessons every day. As we move through the year children will write simple captions, longer sentences and maybe even simple stories in the summer term.

Children will be heard read twice a week in school and should be heard at home every day. Repetition is key at this early stage of reading. Children should be able to read the words in simple sentences as well as understand what they have just read. Please look on Seesaw for further information about reading strategies to help at home.

We are following the ‘White Rose’ scheme of work this year in our maths planning. Please see below for the long term plan for mathematics in Reception. Further information will be posted onto Seesaw to help at home.

Helicopter stories

This is a time when children get to tell their story. Children are encouraged to listen and take part in group stories acting them out in front  of peers. As children develop their confidence they will begin to write their own stories independently.

Dough Disco

Each morning we start the day by diving straight into strengthening our fine finger muscles and developing our gross motor movements. We complete this every morning by warming up our hands and developing onto manipulating each muscle in our hands to support each child's development. This supports balance, muscle development, communication, mark making and handwriting and much more!

Squiggle Time and 'Flipper Flappers'

We use part of each day to cross our mid-line to prepare our children for mark making and writing. These are active sessions and show clear progression throughout the year! The children really enjoy this physical session which develops with a specific programme throughout Nursery up until the end of Year 1!

At 11:45, we prepare for lunch and go into the infant Hall to eat our lunch. If your child has a school dinner, please ensure you pre order your child's lunch on the School Grid site. Packed Lunch friends eat with the other children - please ensure that all food sent into school does not contain any traces of nuts.
At lunchtime children are encouraged to eat using knives, forks and spoons. Social eating and drinking are an important part of personal, social and emotional development.

Home / School Tasks.

Please read with your child daily their own book as well as pictures books.

Name writing is very important please practice first and second names.

All items of clothes should be labelled, we encourage independent skills in Reception and making sure your child’s clothes are labelled helps them look after them. Already jumpers have been misplaced because there is no name on them.

Children need a PE kit this consists of a white t shirt, black shorts and black PE pumps. All items should be labelled.

PE is on a Monday morning for all of Reception and will be delivered by Coach Nick, with the support of Reception staff.