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  • Welcome to the Reception Class.  I am Miss Baskeyfield and I will be your child’s class teacher for this academic year. I am looking forward to working together so that we have an exciting and productive year.  I hope that you enjoy the new challenges and approaches to learning that Reception has to offer! As we begin this new school year I would like to familiarise you with how things work in Class R so you can encourage your child to be organised, independent and support them in their learning.

Teaching Assistants:

  • Mrs E Banks (full time)
  • Miss C Sturt (Five mornings)

Class Information:


  • To support work in class, we ask that children read every night.
  • Precision maths folders are given out on a Thursday and we ask that they are returned on Wednesday.
  • Other homework may be issued on an ad hoc basis.


The school uses Letters and Sounds as our phonics scheme.


  • During the coming weeks your child will receive their first at home reading book and reading diary. The children have a daily phonics lesson which involves reading skills and practice; additionally we have shared reading activities, individual reading and promote reading for enjoyment and information at school. The 1:1 reading with your child at home is really beneficial- it gives your child a chance to practice what they have learned, build up their reading knowledge and learn about how books work- it is an essential part of their learning. Thank you for your support.

Reading Books:

  • These start to contain simple words which the children will meet regularly – we call them ‘tricky words’ and throughout year the children will build up their sight vocabulary of them e.g. the, go, to. The books also have words that they can blend with their letter sound knowledge e.g. c-a-t.  Please try to find a quiet time (without distractions) when you can share this book with your children. Talk to them about the pictures, help them if they are finding it tricky, discuss with them if they liked the book or their favourite part, the illustrations etc. When they have finished the book please write a comment in their reading diary, return them to school and we will change it for a new one on their reading day (you will be told this day when the first book is sent home). Please keep on reading other books to your child as it helps them build up vocabulary, story patterns and knowledge of how books work.


  • Our PE lessons are on Wednesday and Friday, please ensure that your child has their kit in school on these days and labeled with your child’s name.


  • Children may bring a healthy snack for morning break time if they wish. Children are also provided with a piece of fruit by the ‘Fruit for Schools’ scheme during the afternoon.

General Reminders:

  • Please ensure to label ALL of your child’s clothing. If things get misplaced it helps us to match the item to the child quickly before things get lost or muddled with another child’s clothing.
  • Please ensure your child has a drinking bottle in school that is labelled.
  •  In Reception it is helpful if your child does have a change of pants/socks/trousers/skirt in case of any mishaps.

Classroom Routines:

  • We have daily sessions of reading, English and maths. The children will be split into groups according to our assessments of their ability.
  • We place a big emphasis on children working collaboratively within lessons.
  • Children are provided with all of the equipment that they may need for their lessons so there is no need for them to bring pencil cases in.
  • Please contact us on the yard if we are available or write a short note.
  • Please note that we do not read messages in the reading diary unless we are reading with your child.
  • Please can you discourage children from bringing games, toys or other possessions into school other than if asked. We cannot look for broken, swapped or lost possessions.


What We’ve Been Up To:

Year 2 & Reception Share Christmas Wishes

Year 2 came into Reception today to share the letters they have written to Santa to the Reception children. The children used their speaking and listening skills and then enthusiastically Continue Reading →

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Reception Create Pizzas

Reception have been reading and learning about The Little Red Hen. The Little Red Hen creates some bread out of the flour she makes, however Reception thought it would be Continue Reading →

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Theme Week – 100 Year Armistice Anniversary

The William Amory Primary School and Nursery commemorated the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice – which recognised the significance of the end of the First World War, and Continue Reading →

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Reception Get Hands on with Numicon

Reception explored Numicon through many different activities during Maths. Some children counted using different objects to identify the numerical value of each piece, while others dipped their fingers in paint Continue Reading →

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Clay Rainbow Fish

Reception children got creative with clay today and created their own clay Rainbow Fish. The children worked hard to roll out the clay using rolling pins, and used several different Continue Reading →

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New EYFS Playground Equipment

As the final touches on the new EYFS playground equipment are put in to place, Nursery take the time to go outside and explore the new equipment. The children looked Continue Reading →

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