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Reception - Birch

Welcome to Reception Birch

Welcome to Reception. There are 26 children in our class. There are 15 boys and 11 girls. Miss Walker is the class teacher and our teaching assistants are Mrs Bi, Mrs Bick and Mrs Nawaz. We also have support from Miss Croxhall.  



Our Class Codes

Be Safe and Happy

Be Respectful 

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Early Years

The Early Years Foundation Stage is the curriculum we follow. There are three primary areas which are Physical Development, Communication and Language and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. There are four specific areas which are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. We will do lots of our learning through play!

Reading Books

Children will have an individual reading and library book to take home weekly. Please read with your child on a daily basis and don’t forget to write a comment so that we can see that they have read. When they have read 25 books at home, they are awarded the bronze Reading Olympic certificate in assembly. The next challenge is to read 50 books for the silver award and then 100 books for the gold award.



The children will have new homework every half term. On the homework sheet there will be different tasks for you to complete at home. Half way through the term we will collect the homework and share it with the class. At the end of the half term all of the homework will be collected in and marked. If you have any questions about the homework tasks feel free to ask someone in Reception or Year 1!




Our Targets Autumn Term


  • To recite the number names in order to 10 and beyond
  • To begin to know the days of the week (Autumn 2)



  • To learn my phase 2 sounds
  • To learn the tricky words no, go, to, the and into
  • To read CVC words
  • To begin to write CVC words


Our Targets Spring Term


  • To recognise numerals 0-10 (Spring 1)
  • To be able to partition numbers to 5 into two groups (Spring 2)



  • To learn my phase 3 sounds
  • To learn to read the tricky words he, she, we, me, be, you, are, her, was, all, they and my by sight
  • To read simple sentences
  • To write a simple sentence 

British Values

As part of our British Values in Reception we will be learning about Democracy by encouraging the children to make decisions together.  One of the ways we will be doing this is by holding class votes for example a class vote for who will be part of the School Council. The importance of valuing each others feelings and views will be embedded in the day to day learning. The children will be taught the importance of having rules and routines in place within the school and classroom. This will also be linked to the wider community such as the police and people who help us.


Children will always encouraged to think about their actions and make good choices. As part of our topics such as All About Me, we will be learning about how we are all different and how this should be celebrated. Children will be encouraged as part of their self confidence and self awareness to feel confident to express their needs and opinions. Mutual respect and tolerance will be part of the underpinning the values in Reception. An ethos of inclusion will be embedded where the children are sensitive to the needs and beliefs of others. This will be encouraged through the importance of sharing and respecting opinions. 


Take a look at our timetable!

Topic overview of the year

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

All About Me


Under the Sea

Traditional Tales

In the Garden

Amazing Animals

Here is a photo of our Spring reading corner and our author of the term.

Our author of the term is Marcus Pfisher. 

Click on our topics to take a look at some of the exciting things we have been doing in class!

Science Week!!

Rose Nose Day Friday 19th March!

    Class Dojo winner of the week: 



Here are some phonics resources you can use at home to help your child. 

Website Links

Here are some useful websites that your child can use to help support their learning.


Phonics play https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm Username: march20 Password: home

Espresso https://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/ (MME message sent out with username and password)

Topmarks https://www.topmarks.co.uk/  There are some fun games on here linking to lots of subjects!

Go Noodle https://family.gonoodle.com/ This will help keep you active at home. 

Twinkl www.twinkl.co.uk use the code PARENTSTWINKLHELP for free access. 

The Booktrust https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/ Stories and activities for children to enjoy.

PSHE https://families.jigsawpshe.com/stuck-at-home-1/ There are some nice stories on here which link to personal, social and emotional development. 

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/schedule There are lessons on here for you to complete at home if you have finished the tasks we have set for you. 


Daily Phonics Lessons

The Department for Education will be providing children with daily phonics lessons using the same scheme we provide in school. There are three sets of phonics lessons to choose from and they will be uploaded at these times;

10am - Reception Summer term

10.30am - Year 1 Summer term

11am - For extra support with blending 

The videos will be uploaded to this Youtube channel - Letters and sounds for home and school https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw/channels?view_as=public