Reception Classroom

26th February, 2021

Dear Parents/Carers and Reception Children,

I hope that this letter continues to find you all safe and well. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Monday, 8th March. The government expect all children to attend school unless they have been instructed to self-isolate or you have received a letter which states they should shield (school requires a copy of this letter to comply with government regulations). Schools have been instructed to continue with previous safety arrangements including reducing contact, maintaining ‘bubbles’ and promoting good hygiene. Please look at our updated Risk Assessment document on our website which gives specific details of the measures our school continues to take.


The following arrangements will continue:

  • Reception will re-open from Monday 8th March.
  • The school day will be: 9:15am until 3:00pm each day.
  • Children should wear a school polo shirt and jumper/cardigan, any bottoms and footwear suitable for PE.
  • Children should bring a full water bottle with them, a packed lunch from home (or order a Universal free school packed lunch), any medication they require (inhalers/epi-pen) and a cap/sun hat or other weather dependent items.
  • Sunscreen should be applied at home prior to attending school.
  • Good timekeeping is essential to prevent parents and children arriving and leaving in large numbers.
  • One adult should accompany a child to school and that adult should wear a face mask whilst they are on school property (playground/yard).



On arrival:

  • Children should line up outside the blue fence on the chalk markings for social distancing.
  • Parents should inform staff of any illness or symptoms of illness (asthma/hay fever etc.).
  • A member of staff will take every child’s temperature prior to entry, if it is raised the individual will not be able to attend school.
  • Children will use hand sanitiser immediately upon entry each day and throughout the day as directed by their teacher.


During the day:

  • Children will practise fire emergency evacuations maintaining social distancing.
  • They will work and play as a Reception ‘bubble’
  • Should a child need to use the toilet the children will use the EY boys toilet one at a time as directed by the teacher.
  • Reception will use the outside area separately to Nursery, and a barrier will be placed between EY girls and boys toilets to prevent mixing with Year 1.










  • Staggered break and lunch times have been organised to prevent contact between groups.
  • School packed lunches will be taken to the classroom and children will eat their lunches in their classrooms. They will then have a short period of time outside in the fresh air (weather permitting).


Collection from school: (3:00pm)

  • Parents should continue to maintain social distancing whilst waiting in the playground.
  • Children will take all personal items home each day.
  • Children will be released one at a time when their parents are seen.


Remote Education:

From the 8th March children will not be provided with remote education as they are expected to attend school. Should your child be self-isolating or be clinically vulnerable you will be provided with remote learning (online via your child’s class Eschools page and/or photocopied packs) from the day after school has been informed of their status.


Please continue to take care, stay safe and be kind. Thank you again for your continued support and co-operation at this most difficult time and please remember we are here to help.


Yours sincerely,

                                    Julie Cornelius


Head Teacher


Welcome to our Reception class. From exploring the dark den to going to the Dough Disco, there are always exciting things happening in Reception!

Miss. Hill teaches in Reception full-time, and she is also our Early Years Lead. She loves teaching all of the areas of the Early Years curriculum, but is happiest when there is lots of paint, glitter and sequins out for the children to get creative with! Miss. Hill also leads Science within our school.

Mrs. Howell also teaches in Reception on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. She loves to share stories with the children and she especially enjoys helping the children to explore all of the exciting resources in our outdoor area, whatever the weather! Mrs. Howell also leads PSHCE in school and runs our School Council.

Mrs. Dolan is our Teaching Assistant. She is brilliant at helping the children to learn and helping the teachers to display all of the children’s wonderful creations!


Curriculum Coverage for Reception; Autumn 2

For the start of this half-term, our topic is ‘Light and Dark’. We will be learning about nocturnal animals such as owls and bats, and about festivals of light such as ‘Diwali’. We will then be learning about Winter, and later in the term we will be learning about Christmas. We will also be continuing our music lessons with Mr. Harbisher from Tees Valley Music Service.


We will be continuing to develop our understanding of phonics by learning new sounds and reading words, captions and sentences. We will also be learning the correct formation for more letters, and we will be practising segmenting words for spelling. We will be reading lots of stories linked to our topics, and practising retelling these using a story plan.


In maths, we will be focusing on simple addition, including number bonds. We will be learning how to form numbers 6,7,8 and 9 and we will be developing our counting skills.