Welcome to
Park Spring Primary School

‘Achieving Together’



Welcome to Reception!


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

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Learning Resource Packs

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Teacher– Mrs Houghton

Teaching assistant– Mrs Barry and Mrs Turner



Teacher– Miss Horner

Teaching assistant– Mrs Hope and Miss Best



Important dates

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

Reading records: Please ensure these are signed when you hear your child read (3 times a week). They should be sent to school daily, in your child’s bookbag. They will be collected in on a Wendesday to be changed.

PE: Wednesday (LABELLED PE kit can be left in school for – half term)

Roll up and Read: Please join us each Thursday morning at 8.50 – 9.10, to share books with your child in class. The children are encouraged to bring a book from home to share with their friends.

Stay and Play: Two sessions each half term. Please see the Reception newsletter for current dates.

Useful links

Reading Eggs


Phonics Play

Numberblocks – BBC

Jolly phonics alphabet song

Dough Disco

Spring 2 (February – April)

This term we celebrate World Book Day! We love stories in Reception and will be exploring the book Where the Wild Things Are. The children will have the opportunity to create their own ‘Wild Thing’ character and use it as a stimulus to write.

As Spring approaches, it is a perfect time to allow the children to investigate plants; what they need to grow and the affects of their growth when an element is missing (such as sunlight). The children will carry out a mini-investigation and record their findings! This will all tie in with the story, Jack and the Beanstalk.

We will be challenging ourselves to investigate the number ten and what amounts make it. The children are getting very good at this and able to use special Maths language, for example, “10 – 5 is a part, 5 is a part, 10 is the whole!” We will also be looking at comparing groups to ten and will introduce the children to some simple addition, “First there were 4 apples in the basket. Then I picked 2 more. Now there are 6 apples in the basket”.

We are very proud of how well our children are remembering the phase 3 phonic sounds, especially the trigraph ‘igh’. The children will learn how to spell and read words using the digraphs and trigraphs. We are so pleased to see these already being used in their independent writing.

The ‘Reception Football Academy’ (i.e.: our lovely group of children that enjoy practising ball skills outdoors!) are focusing hard on what skills they want to practise and are now writing them down. This is a great way to encourage children to write for a purpose. We will be running lots of other exciting writing projects for our children throughout this half-term to help them develop their writing skills in a fun, engaging way!

Spring Term 1 (January to February)

The story of the ‘Naughty Bus’ will be our focus for the first part of the half term. We will be creating our own ‘Naughty Bus’ scenes, photographing them and using them to write our own story book.

We will also be looking at the stories ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man’, retelling them and acting them out.

Chinese New Year (25th January) will help us to learn about other cultures and how we celebrate different events. “Gung Hey fat Choy” – “Happy New Year” – everyone!

In Maths we will continue to look at the Number of the Week – these are 6, 7 and 8. We will also be learning about their number bonds and which numbers come before and after these numbers. We will practice counting, adding, partitioning and writing the numerals.

In Phonics we will be moving on to Phase 3 phonemes and tricky words. Some of these phonemes will be digraphs (two letters that make one sound) and some will be trigraphs (three letters that make one sound). We will continue to apply this knowledge in our reading and writing. We will also be practising our pre-cursive writing so that the letters being written are formed correctly.

Autumn 1 term (September to October)

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. They children will make bread and will 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 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.

Recent News

Grandma visits Reception looking for Little Red Riding Hood!

Reception have been reading and exploring the book Little Red Riding Hood. They wrote a ‘Get Well Soon’ card for Grandma which led to a visit from Grandma herself! The children practised their questioning skills. Read more…

Reception Roll Up And Read