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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 Hardy and Miss Carton.


Spring 1- We will be learning all about

We will be focusing on a different 'person who helps us' each week, with the exception of Chinese New Year week thrown in the middle! We will be starting off with vets and guide dogs moving all the way through to police, firefighters, paramedics, doctors, nurses and many more along the way! 



In Phonics, will we be completing Phase 2 soon! We are moving on to reading words with 2 syllables such as 'backpack' and then moving on to phase 3 sounds such as j,v,w,x,z,zz,qu,ch,sh,th,ng. 


In Maths we are:

  • Introducing Zero
  • representing, comparing and the composition of numbers to 5.
  • Continuing to compare mass and capacity.

We will also be starting Mastery Number sessions which is a program to help children develop a good number sense.


 In RE our key question is ‘Who is Special to Christians?' 

Look at our wonderful Doctors role play!


Chinese New Year!

During week commencing 16th January, we will be going off topic for all things Chinese New Year! We will be learning about how it is celebrated, the story of the race and hopefully tasting some Chinese food as well as having a Chinese restaurant role play area!

Foundation Stage 2022

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.



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.
Believe, achieve and shine brighter together.