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Welcome to Reception


A very warm welcome to the Reception class page.


Our team

Miss Turner is Foundation Stage Leader and one of the Assistant Headteachers.  Although Miss Turner is in school everyday, she teaches in Reception on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

Miss Felgate is in class every day.

Mrs Hambira is in class on a Thursday and Friday whilst Miss Turner is out of class.

Mrs Clark is in class on a Thursday afternoon covering PPA.






Here are the other adults who help us in Reception;

Early Years Teaching Assistants

What opportunities will my child have in reception?

Welcome back following our Christmas break. Thank you so much for our lovely cards and gifts.


Over the next week we will be assessing children's knowledge of their phase 2 phonics. This will help us to know how mauch children have understood and identify any gaps in their learning so far and plan for this moving forwards. Children who are secure in Phase 2 will be introduced to Phase 3 phonics.

Mathematical Development

We will continue to develop our subitising skills by identifying smaller amounts within a larger amount enabling us to learn about the composition of numbers. We will then be using five frames to give us another visual strategy for our number recognition and introducing numerals alongside this.

We continue to talk about concepts such as 'time,' 'measures' and positional language as and when teachable moments arise making this learning meaningful.


Spring Term 2022

Author experiences

We joined in with some live interactive sessions with authors including Nick Sharratt reading his 'Shark in the Park in the Snow' and Nicola Kinnear reading her story 'Dragons Don't Share.' They wrote and illustrated their stories and talked to us about this and showed us how to draw some characters. We were particularly inspired with the dragons in Nicola's session and created some fantastic dragons ourselves!


Mathematical Development

In line with some of the changes to the EYFS maths curriculum, our early years staff have been undertaking some training linked to early mathematical skills. We have introduced 'subitising' to the children this half term. We have used lots of images of natural objects such as conkers, leaves and acorns to do this. We ask the children two key questions "What do you see?" and "How do you see it?" This encourages them to notice and begin to recognise small amounts of obejcts without needing to count them. This is a very benefical skill to develop and will feed into all aspects of their mathematical understading as they move through the school.


Tales Toolkit

We have introduced Tales Toolkit to the children. This is a storytelling method, where the children are introduced to symbols that represent the 'character,' 'setting,' 'problem' and 'solution.' We use lots of props to support our oral storytelling and we also use the symbols to discuss stories we've shared together in class. Children have begun to draw pictures to create their own stories and adults scribe their ideas.


Phase 2 Phonics

We have introduced Phase 2 phonics now. Children are learning the phonemes (sounds letters make) and how to blend (use phonemes to read words) and segment (use phonemes to spell words). They are also learning the first set of tricky words which we can't blend (sound out) to read.



During the second half of the Autumn we had lots to celebrate at school with Fireworks night, Remembrance day, Children in Need and Diwali and Christmas.  Sadly, due to the restrictions we were unable to invite parents into school to share these celebrations as we normally would, but this did not stop us having a fantastic time learning about and exploring these times.  
Lots of the children shared their experiences of taking part in these celebrations and gave us time to reflect on our own beliefs  and those of others, comparing what happens and looking at similarities and differences in festivals we celebrate.



The children enjoyed listening to Christmas stories, making crafts to decorate our classroom and Christmas tree and some Christmas baking. We loved our hot chocolate with Father Christmas on the last day of term, thanks to the PTFA for organising this treat.


Remembrance day 
On Thursday 11th November we joined in with the two minute silence in recognition of Remembrance day. The children were absolutely amazing at doing this. After we watched the Cbeebies animation of the Hare on the battle field.  We spoke with the children about what was happening, paying attention to the changes of music and colours in the short film. They shared their feelings and spoke of their observations.  As a school we raised well over £350 for the Royal British Legion charity which is just fantastic!

Children in Need
On Friday 19th November we came to school wearing either pyjamas, spotty or bright clothes to join in the the celebrations of BBC Children in Need. We joined in with Joe Wicks and his challenges.  We also looked at some of the ways our money will help support children across the country.  We had lots of spotty and bright activities for the children to take part in.  As a school we raised over £180 for the charity.  Great job!


Phase one Phonics

At the start of the autumn term we focused on phase one of our phonics learning.  This provided the children with a range of activities to support their listening and attention skills and introduced them to concepts such as rhyme, alliteration and oral blending and segmenting.  This will help prepare them for the next phase of phonics.  We had so much fun exploring and experimenting with stories, songs, words and sounds! 

In November we also took part in World Nursery Rhyme where we learnt some new and some familiar rhymes together such as 'Down in the jungle,' and 'Sleepy bunnies.' We finished the week with our nursery rhyme quiz!



Autumn Term 2021

Sharing Stories

We love sharing stories together at school. We thought it would be nice to introduce ourselves to you and share a story before we meet you all in September.

Miss Turner sharing Monkey Puzzle

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Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson
Do you have a favourite story too?

Miss Felgate sharing Peace at Last

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Poor Mr Bear, he has so many good ideas in this story but nothing seems to help him sleep.

Here at Ranelagh we work as an Early Years Unit.  Each morning the nursery and reception classes share the same learning spaces.  This helps the children become familiar with all staff and helps to make transitions from nursery to reception much smoother for the children.


The children have continuous use of indoor and outdoor environments all year round and in all weathers so please ensure your child has the appropriate clothing for the weather conditions!  Please NAME all of your child's uniform including their coats, plimsolls and shoes. We also advise that you provide a spare set of NAMED clothes in a drawstring bag that can remain on your child's peg in case it is needed.  Please can we also ask that you provide your child with a pair of NAMED plimsolls to wear inside the classroom.

Virtual Tour

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Our Garden

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Starting School


During the first few weeks as we all settle in, we will be enabling children to explore the indoor and outdoor learning environments, learning how to play with and use resources with each other and the importance of taking care of things. At the end of sessions we begin to teach children new routines incorporating tidying inside and outside and transitioning to the next part of our day. They will be learning how to make new friends and build relationships with adults as around half of our new intake have joined us from other settings. We will introduce story times and will be using lots of positive praise to children during these times to model and reinforce listening and attention skills.              

We follow an approach known as 'In the Moment Planning.' This enables staff to observe the children and their interests very carefully. Following this, staff will engage in children's play with them, modelling language and supporting them through sustained shared thinking as they work through ideas and develop new skills and embed learning. 

As the half term goes on, and as the children become more settled, we gradually begin to build in more structured learning, including phonics and maths sessions. This happens when the children are able to participate in group activities. 

For more information about the teaching of phonics through the Letters and Sounds phases, see the following document;


As the term progresses, we will begin having daily teacher input for maths. We will also have additional maths circle time inputs in small groups where the activity is specifically matched to the children's next steps for learning. We deliver maths input through stories, songs, games, and teacher led activities, both inside and outside. We plan lots of activities for children to explore maths opportunities in their play.


Please support your child with learning maths at home. Some ideas to help include, counting how many steps as you go upstairs, looking for numbers on houses and street signs as you walk to school, look at the shapes of street signs as you walk to the shop, count out how many grapes you have on your plate, compare the height of family members... Who is the shortest/ tallest? Who has the biggest/ smallest feet?


We are looking at the children's Learning Journeys and carrying out assessments to plan effectively for each child's next steps.


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Snack Money


Please be reminded that we ask for a voluntary contribution of £5.00 snack money per half term.  This small amount of money enables us to provide snack such as crackers, bread sticks and yogurts in addition to the fruit that the children are provided with.  The money also allows us to buy supplies for fun cooking activities.

We ask that the money is paid promptly at the beginning of each half term to enable us to continue with this successfully. We would also be happy for you to pay in advance for a whole term which is £10, or you can pay for the full three terms.

Many thanks.


Our Learning Journey Display Squares

Each child has their own display square in our classroom, which is their own space to display fantastic work, pictures and photographs. We ask that you please send photos in which reflect your children individually and celebrate their personal experiences and achievements from home, as we will share these photos together and put them up on your child’s learning journey display square. A reminder of our class email address;


Woodland Learning


Once we are settled into class and the children are more familiar with the setting, reception children will start going to the woodland area on the school site. They will learn about the changes that occur through the seasons, to look for insects, to learn how to care for living creatures, and to take part in team building exercises such as den building to name a few activities. We experience the outdoor area in all weathers so please ensure children have appropriate clothing at school. 

If they have their own pair of wellington boots, it would be helpful to bring them to school once this is up and running, we will keep you updated!

Messy Play


In reception we have lots of opportunities for independent learning, and some of our play can be messy! The children look very smart in their new uniforms, and while we try our best to make sure they are wearing aprons at certain activities, sometimes the children are very keen and get there before we do.  We spend lots of time at the beginning of term teaching the children about wearing aprons at messy activities but inevitably they will get a little messy, and it is okay!