Welcome to
Park Spring Primary School

‘Achieving Together’



Welcome to Reception!

To get in touch with the Reception team, please email :



Teacher– Mrs Fotherby

Teaching assistant– Mrs Barry



Teacher– Miss Horner

Teaching assistants – Mrs Hope and Miss Waller


Important dates

Reading records: Please ensure these are signed when you hear your child read (3 times a week). They should be sent to school on a Friday to be changed and sent out on a Monday.

PE: Thursday is our PE day. Please send your child to school dressed in their correct PE kit.

PE kit is;

· Round necked white plain t-shirt

· Plain black or navy shorts

· Plain black or navy tracksuit (tracksuit bottoms and jumper)

· Trainers and socks (preferably plain black)

Home Learning:  Phonic Home learning will be sent out on a Monday and should be returned on a Friday. The green Learning Log will be sent out over each school holiday.

Useful links

Reading Eggs



Phonics Play

Numberblocks – BBC

Jolly phonics alphabet song

Dough Disco

Autumn 2 term (November to December) 2020

An awesome Autumn 2 for Reception!

Wow, what a busy half-term! A BIG well done to Reception for settling back into school so brilliantly.

We have learnt lots of new sounds to help us read (21 to be exact!) and we are now beginning to read words, and even sentences, with these sounds in.

We are masters at numbers to five and can say how each number is made up. We can also say what one more than a given number is.

Each week our children have enjoyed reading and engaging in exciting activities based around a book. Our children have experienced a falconry visit. We met four different types of owls and asked lots of questions to the handlers. This follows on from our Owl Babies story we studied.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt was another great book we brought to life! Our children enjoyed a bear hunt in our very own Park Spring Primary grounds. They did a brilliant job at using their vocabulary to tell the story out loud, while we walked through ‘swishy swashy grass’ and the ‘oozy mud’, into a ‘big, dark forest’ to find a… BEAR CAVE! The children couldn’t wait to using their writing skills to try retell the story.

We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one!

We celebrated Bonfire Night with all our children enjoying their own sparkler, raised money for Children in Need and commemorated Remembrance Day.

As the season began to change we entered into a winter theme. Our children created fantastic polar bear paintings! They had to mix different shades of blue using water colours.

We are very proud of Reception this half-term, and we can’t wait for another fun-filled one!


Autumn 1 term (September to October) 2020 – Black History Week

Reception celebrated Black History Week! They listened carefully to the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and then engaged in a discussion about the differences between Handa and themselves, such as appearance and where she lives.

The children got creative, making African masks using a variety of resources. They then had great fun exploring movements and singing along to the ‘Mango Tree’ song. They looked at instruments, thinking how we might play them – ‘scrape’, ‘tap’, ‘shake’. The children then played along to the beat of the song.

We also studied the Nigerian photographer Seydou Keita, who took photos (in the 1930’s) of children and adults with objects that were special to them. Some children sent a picture of themselves holding an object that is important to them and explained why.

Autumn 1 term (September to October) 2020

This half term it is really important that the children adapt to the new routines and make new friends. Lots of our learning is around these areas. Our topics for this half term are ‘Owl Babies’ and ‘The Little Red Hen’.

When looking at the story ‘Owl Babies’, the children will learn about feelings and how to cope with them, as well as information about owls. The children will have the opportunity to work in groups, looking at the new group sets of books, retelling the story and understanding the basic story structure.

‘The Little Red Hen’ links to harvest time. The children will retell the story using actions, which helps them to develop their understanding of the story and their vocabulary development. The children will also learn some harvest songs. This will lead to more Autumn work. During Black History week we will be learning about influential black role models.

Maths in Reception helps children to develop a deeper understanding of number through the ‘Number of the Week’. We will initially spend 2 weeks covering each number, in order. This will involve counting, saying numbers, reading and ordering numbers, simple addition and subtraction, one more and one less and some shape, space and measures. Phonics introduces children to the sounds that letters make and we will be identifying sounds in words, blending the sounds to read simple words and segmenting the sounds to spell simple words. We will also learn some tricky words (words that cannot be sounded out yet). The more practise the children have at reading simple words, the more fluent their reading will become. We will also introduce how to write each letter (grapheme) in pre-cursive handwriting.


For new parents, here is a virtual tour to help your child with joining Reception at Park Spring.



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