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Reception - Birch

Welcome to Reception Birch!

Welcome to Reception. There are 15 children in our class. There are 4 girls and 11 boys. Miss Walker is the class teacher and our teaching assistants are Mrs Bick and Mrs Thompson. 



Early Years

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the curriculum that we follow which sets the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. The EYFS will provide the children with a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. 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. The children will be given lots of opportunities to develop their own play and independent exploration. 

Our Class Codes

Be Safe and Happy

Be Respectful 

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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.



Homework will be set on class dojo every week on a Wednesday. It will consolidate an activity we have been doing in school. Please return on the following Wednesday. Thank you!



Our Targets

  • I can write my own name
  • I can put my coat on myself 
  • I can eat my dinner using a knife and fork 
  • I can count and recognise numbers to 5 
  • I can join in with nursery rhymes and some stories 


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

Marvellous me

Let's celebrate!

Frozen (winter)

Traditional takes

In the garden

Near and far

Here is a photo of our reading corner.


Our author of the term is Martin Waddell.


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

    Class Dojo winner of the week: 



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 

Topmarks https://www.topmarks.co.uk/  

Go Noodle https://family.gonoodle.com/  

The Booktrust https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/