Welcome to Reception

Class Teachers:  Miss Almond (RSA) , Miss Anna (RA)   

Early Years Practitioners:  Mrs Shah (RA), Miss Bransom (RSA)   

Learning Support Assistant:  Miss Mountford (RSA)


Dates for your diary 2019:


  • Monday 18th - Friday 22nd February - HALF TERM.
  • Monday 25th February - Children return to school.
  • Thursday 7th March - World Book Day. Dress-up as your favourite book character. £1 donation. A letter will be sent out explaining the day.
  • Friday 29th March - Mother's Day Open Morning - come and join the staff and children for some fun Mother's Day activities in the classroom. A letter will be sent out after half term.
  • Tuesday 2nd April - Friends of Cranborne Easter Egg Hunt.  A letter will be sent out nearer the time. We welcome parent helpers for this event, please let us or your class rep know if you are available. (Parents will need to have a valid DBS in place.)
  • Friday 5th April - End of term. School finished at 1:15pm.
  • Please refer to the main webpage for the full school year calendar. 



  • PE - The children have PE every Friday morning.  Please ensure that full PE kits are in school at all times.
  • Library - We visit the school library every Tuesday afternoon.  Children are able to check out a maximum of 2 books.  Please ensure that library books are returned so that your child may take out a different book regularly.
  • Homework will be given out on Friday and is expected to be handed in the following Wednesday unless otherwise stated.
  • Clothing and accessories - please make sure that all of your child's belongings are clearly labelled, so that they can quickly be identified if misplaced.
  • Please encourage your child to get dressed and put on their shoes and coats independently. We will also support this at school.
  • Reading - A big thank you for reading every day with your child at home.  It really does make a difference to their confidence and progress.  Please ensure that you write in their reading record each time you read at home and that reading records and books are sent in to school each day.  Reading books are changed twice a week and your child will read with an adult at least once a week.  Please feel free to use the reading record to write us a note if needed, we know that many of you already find this useful.


Our learning


January - February 2019

We've had a great half term travelling to Africa on the plane and to Antarctica on a cruise ship!  We've learnt all about the climates in both countries as well as the animals and read stories relating to the different cultures.  The children have used lots of fantastic vocabulary and some amazing conversations have taken place. The children have also been learning how to add and subtract and become marvellous at maths! 

Next term our topic will be based on traditional tales with an added focus on rhyming.  We encourage parents to read rhyming and traditional tales to your children over the half-term to prepare them for our next exciting topic! In maths we will be continuing to focus on number recognition for teen numbers and the correct number formation. We will also be looking at measuring e.g. comparing the lengths of two to three objects and using resources such as footprints, unifix cubes and duplo to measure and compare.

The next half-term welcomes some exciting events; World Book Day, Friends of Cranborne Easter Egg hunt and a very special Mother's Day morning for our fabulous Mums! Letters will be sent home soon.


December 2018

The children have now completed their first term in Reception! And what a busy term it has been. They have developed new friendships and learned new routines. They take pride in their classroom and outdoor environment by tidying things away and keeping it clean and safe for each other. The children have learned lots of new letter sounds (phonemes) and begun to blend these together to read and write....AND produced an amazing Christmas performance!  The Reception staff are very proud of how many different things the children have conquered over the Autumn term.

When the children return in January for the Spring term, we will be looking closely at hot and cold countries.  We will be learning about the environment of those countries, who might live there and the difference in cultures.  As always, we will apply our phonic knowledge to all of our learning, focusing on correctly forming all the letters in Set 1 of Read Write Inc. Please refer to the RWI sheet in the yellow homework folders to support your child with this at home.

Maths - we will be focusing on counting to 20 and forming those numbers correctly.  We will also be revisiting one more and one less than a number.  There are lots of fun activities to discover on Mathletics.  You will find your child's unique username and password on the inside front cover of their reading record.


Phonics and Reading Resources


Useful websites:

 http://www.focusonphonics.co.uk/sound.htm (for pure sounds) 

http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/sound-pronunciation-guide/ (for stretchy and bouncy sounds)

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ (for games and resources)

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading-owl/find-a-book (for reading books and resources)