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Welcome to Reception!


In Reception at The Radstone Primary School we want to give the children the best possible start to their education, we hope to ignite their curiosity and passion for learning in their first year with us.

Reception is always an exciting place to be and the environment and activities are changed on a weekly basis depending on the learning theme. Themes are derived from the children's interests and through careful observations adults provide the children with activities which enthuse and engage them, along with developing key early skills (details of the EYFS Curriculum can be found in the links below). Themes can range from Superheroes, Castles and Secret Agents to Authors, Science and Countries Around the World. 


Other additions to our weekly timetable include: 

Kinetic Letters: Bounce the Brave Monkey and Skip the Scared Monkey help us to understand our letter formation and position in our Kinetic Letters handwriting sessions. The children in Reception will take part in their daily handwriting session every morning where we will focus on building muscle strength for writing and correctly forming letters. You can find out more about Kinetic Letters here.

Phonics: The children will all have an exciting phonics session on a daily basis based on the 'Letters and Sounds' phonics program. You can find out more about Phonics here.  

Guided Reading Groups also take place where the children share books as a group, explore different sounds and learn sight words. We have also attached a Suggested Reading List for your reference below. As well as our guided reading groups, the children will visit our school Library at least once a week. 

We also participate in Book Talk sessions throughout the week. This helps to expand and develop the children’s language by exploring texts through different lenses such as feelings, touch and noticing, which will support their reading and writing.

PE lessons will take place on a Tuesday with Mrs Keites (PE Specialist Teacher). We would appreciate it if all children could bring a full, named PE kit/cold weather kit which will remain in school. Please can long hair be tied back and earrings removed on this day. To support the children with their changing, please encourage independence at home by practising getting dressed (including shoes and socks!) by themselves.  

Over the course of the year, we will be cooking up a storm in our amazing kitchen. The children will see how ingredients change as they are heated, mixed together or cooled. So that we can continue our learning around food, please remember to make a contribution towards the cost of the ingredients.

The Reception Handbook can be located in the documents below and will give you further information about Reception and what to expect from us.  

Our Reception class is taught by Mrs Beddall (Class Teacher), Miss Fry (Class Teacher), Mrs Jacobs (Student Teacher), Mrs Evans (TA), Mrs Aris (TA) and Mrs Gilbert (TA).

We will be covering a lot of exciting topics, so please follow us on ClassDojo, Twitter @RadstonePrimary and Facebook @TheRadstone to keep up to date with what is happening in the classroom.


Home Learning

Reading Books: The children will be bringing home their group reading book to share with you, please enjoy this and encourage them to pick our sounds in the story and read it together with you. It is important that this remains in their book bag when not being read.

Sounds: Please continue to work on sounding out the letters of the alphabet and spotting these using your alphabet mat (a copy can be found below).

Sight Words: The children will be given a list of the 100 most frequent words (listed below), please introduce these to them and work on them noticing and reading these.


Parent Partnership: please find below the key ways to share information with us

  1. Tapestry: Please use this to share photos and observations of your child’s learning at home, as well as, viewing and commenting on school observations. 
  2. Drop off/Collection: We are always available to talk to and collection and drop off can be a perfect time for this. Please let a member of the team know if you would like to share any key information with us.
  3. Parent Helpers: If you would like to come into school and help us, please speak to a member of the team. This can be regularly, as a one off, or to talk about a key topic or event. 
  4. Stay and Play: Each half term you will be invited in to join us for a Stay and Play session, this will give you a chance to share some of the key activities with your child and find out what they have been up to. 
  5. Parent Workshop Sessions: We will be running drop in sessions throughout the year to help you to understand the EYFS and how to help at home. 


Useful Websites




Class Dojo: Online Reward System


Contact Us

If you have any concerns or questions then please feel free to pop in and speak with us and we will do our very best to help. For longer appointments then please contact the school office and we will arrange a suitable time to meet. 

We look forward to sharing your child's first year at school with you!