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Welcome to Reception at Oldswinford C of E Primary

Where we Believe, achieve and shine brighter together.’

The Reception team:

Mrs Preece (FSLion) and Miss Thomas (FSCrystal) with Mrs Harris and Miss Carton.


Our topic this half term is......

This half term our focus will be  'In the Garden.......' . We will be looking at different things that we find in the garden. The children will plant their own beans and watch them grow. We will also be developing our garden area and growing flowers and vegetables. We will look at the lifecycle of sunflowers and beans. We will then look at other living things that are in the garden including bugs, caterpillars and worms. We will have some caterpillar visitors in the classroom and the children will watch them turn into butterflies and learn about their lifecycle. We have also got our trip to Sycamore adventure on Friday 21st June next half term.

Role play- A Garden centre, cafe and green grocers


We will continue to practise reading and writing words and sentences using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops..

We will be consolidating the following sounds:- ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh and oa and tricky words:- he, she, we, me, be, was, my, you, her, they, all are. 

We will learn the following sounds:- oo, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er.

We will also learn the following tricky words:- some, one, said, come, do, so, were, when, have, there.



In maths we will be exploring 3D shapes. We will also be learning 'To 20 and beyond', 'Adding and taking away' and 'Sharing and grouping', please see below for the small steps that are included:-

Explore 3D shapes

Step1- Recognise and name 3-D shapes- cone, cube, cuboid, cylinder, sphere.

Step 2- Find 2-D shapes within 3-D shapes,

Step 3- Use 3-D shapes for tasks,

Step 4- 3-D shapes in the environment,

Step 5- Identify more complex patterns,

Step 6- Copy and continue patterns,

Step 7- Patterns in the environment.

To 20 and beyond

Step 1- Build numbers beyond 10 (10-13)

Step 2- Continue patterns beyond 10 (10-13)

Step 3- Build numbers beyond 10 (14-20)

Step 4- Continue patterns beyond 10 (14-20)

Step 5- Verbal counting beyond 20

Step 6- Verbal counting patterns

How many now

Step 1- Add more

Step 2- How many did I add?

Step 3- Take away

Step 4- How many did I take away?

Sharing and grouping

Step 1- Explore sharing

Step 2- Sharing

Step 3- Explore grouping

Step 4- Grouping

Step 5- Even and odd sharing





Our question for this half term is:-

What stories did Jesus tell?


Foundation Stage 

At Oldswinford C.E. Primary school we believe that the children’s time in Foundation Stage, the Reception class, is one of the most important times in their school life. This lays the foundation for their learning and development for the rest of their education. We work hard to nurture and care for the children and seek to make school an enjoyable and exciting place to be. Children will be able to free-flow through the two rooms and ‘middle area’ throughout most of the day with children from both classes so they can make great friendships.



There are seven main areas of learning which are split into prime areas of :

  • Communication and language development
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

Then we have ;

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and design

Each area of learning is implemented through planned, purposeful play. This takes place through a mixture of adult led and child initiated activities. Play is essential to help children relate to others, build their confidence, explore their surroundings, and think critically.

The progress the children make is assessed by 17 Early learning Goals.


What to expect in Reception

We have daily maths and phonics sessions as well as talk for writing and kinetic letters most days. We hope to put on a workshop in the Autumn term to show some of what we do.

The children have two P.E. sessions each week, so please make sure the children have had their earrings removed on those days. These will be on a Tuesday and Thursday. We shall not be beginning P.E. straight away so you have plenty time to sort a P.E. kit!

All children learn at different rates so we differentiate our experiences so all can learn effectively. Parents/Carers will be sent a dojo link so they can see weekly updates and photos of what the children are currently learning and experiencing. Always helpful when a child replies ‘we just played’, to a question about their day!

Please make sure a water bottle is sent into school each day.


Our environment


We do not set specific homework but there are ways you can support your child’s learning at home which we would always encourage.

  • Daily reading. We cannot emphasise the importance of daily reading enough. Don’t forget you can also use the online platform ‘Rising Stars’ to read with your child too.
  • Counting- children often need a little practice to count accurately moving their finger and saying the number at the same time can be challenging.
  • Talking about concepts such as size and weight.
  • Writing their name (not all in capital letters!)- we will be happy to support with letter formation if you wish.
  • Writing a sentence about a picture they have drawn or labelling it.

Miss Thomas' door from Field Lane

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Mrs Preece's door from Marlbrough Drive

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Miss Thomas' door from Marlborough Drive

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Mrs Preece's door Field Lane

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The boost reading platform.

This is an online account where you can access books uploaded by the class teacher, these books will be appropriate to your child's book band. We still encourage reading the same book frequently but you can mix it up with one of these too. You can also write these in the reading diary and they will count to climbing up the rainbow or up to the moon! Please don't rush through them, it isn't a race! There are only a certain number of books per band. If you happen to run out just let us know and we will try and upload some more as soon as possible. 



Here is the website


Your child's logon is in the following format:

last name followed by first initial

password is your child's first name.

Centre ID: 291449


For example if your child is Joe Bloggs

Username: bloggsj

Password: joe 

Centre ID: 291449


Please note some children may have a number in their username due to name similarities. We have messaged you directly if this is the case.

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Believe, achieve and shine brighter together.