Reception - Acorns & Saplings 2023 - 2024

Mrs Wilcockson

Miss Jones

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Mrs Wilcockson & Mrs Jones - Class Teachers


Our Curriculum

In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) a curricululum which sets out the standards which all Early Years settings must provide. Learning is split into....

3 prime areas: 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language 

Physical Development 

4 specific areas:



Understanding of the World

Expressive Arts and Design 


Please send in the following items everyday to make sure your child is ready for their school day.......

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Remember your book bag every day.

We can't send home books or homework without it!

Please do not put drinks bottles into bookbags as they leak onto our books and create water damage.

Send your child with a water bottle daily, clearly labelled with their name.

We encourage healthy behaviours in school, this means sending your child with water in their bottle. Please do not send energy drinks or similar, they are not appropriate for school and an alternative of water will be offered instead.

Spare clothes can be sent in a bag, clearly labelled with your child's name.

These are useful in event of an accident and can remain on your child's peg until they need changing.


We also teach daily phonics sessions and weekly guided reading sessions, led by our chosen scheme 'Little Wandle'. 

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Click the image above to see how we see and hear the phase 2 sounds learnt in Autumn term 1 Click the image above to see how we see and hear the phase 2 sounds learnt in Autumn term 2 Click the image above to see how we see and hear the phase 3 sounds learnt in Spring term 1


Here are some links that may help you to understnd how we teach reading and phonics.
Click the image below - scroll to the correct section and click download.

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How we say the sounds in each phase. Click the image below - scroll to the correct section and click download.

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Click the images here to access free ebooks for your child. Create a log in and browse the online library. Make sure you select the correct age range!


Never underestimate the benefit of reading regularly.
It promotes listening and conversational skills and memory and recall skills.

It is the one best thing you can choose to do with your child daily in order to help them navigate the world ahead.

Reading is foundational to everything we do - including understanding maths questions, reading signs, instructions and even writing cards and letters to loved ones.



Located opposite the school gates!!




Often on Thursday afternoons, the children get the chance to go into woodland area.

Children should come to school in their uniform.

Children can bring a bag of spare clothes into school which they will change into before we visit the woodlands - this should contain: spare trousers and wellies.


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Each Friday morning both classes have a P.E session.

For this your child will need to come to school dressed in their P.E clothes.

PE kits are made up of: trainers, red t-shirts, black shorts or joggers and a hoodie (grey with our school logo).

At school we have a short maths learning session daily. We use White Rose Maths and Mastering Number as our schemes. Children mainly learn through play.

Here are some fun but educational games that you can let your child use to practice our maths and computing at home.
There are no in-app purchases or adverts once you access the game.


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We follow Ready, Steady Write as our English scheme but again children mainly learn through play.

Over the school year your child will hear many of the following stories which will be used to: enrich vocabulary, develop familiarity of story structure and to support memory

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