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Welcome to Miss Cullen’s Reception Class


There are 25 amazing children in this class, everyone different but equally important and special!

The class is supported by Mrs Cooling and Mrs Marques.

I am very proud of the children for settling in the way they have and for the parents being so supportive and encouraging.

In reception we are guided by the EYFS learning goals.

Please use the link below to give you more information on the EYFS goals.



The main areas are:

Personal, Social and Emotional development, Communication and Language, Mathematics and

Physical development.

Autumn Term 1

The topic we will be learning about is ‘Ourselves’.

The children will be talking about why they are special and how everyone is different but special in a unique way. We are learning to draw ourselves and other people, focusing on body parts – where they are for and the names.




The School Day


The children daily lessons: Phonics, Literacy and Mathematics.


Phonics involves learning the names of letters and their sounds – this is a vital process for the children to master as it is essential to help with reading, writing and spelling.


It is very important that the letters and numbers are written correctly - the right formation is key for the future.


There are lots of learning tools online that can be used at home.



Games on this website such as:

Word wheel

Reading machine

CVC maker




It is very important that your child is in school every day and we advise that you contact the school office if your child is absent for any reason, and that holidays are during school holiday time.


At home it would be very useful for the children to practise changing their own clothes, using a knife and fork and writing their name.





Label clothes and PE kits (navy blue shorts, white t shirt, black plimsolls, spare underwear and socks)


Book bags - check them daily


Children will be taught to read through phonics - learn letter sounds


Snacks- a small piece of fruit only should be sent in a labelled box for morning playtime. In the afternoons children will be given free fruit from school (if you could take off the skin of an orange this would greatly help your child) 


Tuck shop- Tuesdays and Thursdays 20p, if required

Religious Education


In class we have been learning how to do the Sign of the Cross and The Hail Mary.

We have also been learning a lunch time and home time prayer - thanking God for the lovely food, friends and family that we have everyday.


Topics that we will be looking at:

Myself -God knows and loves each one

Welcome - Baptism: a welcome into God's Family

Birthday - Looking forward to Jesus' Birthday.


It would be wonderful if you could talk to your child about the different topics that we will be doing in class.


A time to thank God for all the wonderful things in our world.

Talk to your child about how lucky we are to have food and how we can give food to charity to share with people who are less fortunate than us.

Special Dates

Christmas Nativity - Miss Cullen's class Tuesday 12th December 2017 at 2.15pm.

Please bring in costume by Thursday 7th December.


School disco in the afternoon on Monday 18th December - children wear their own clothes - please donate £1 into the school as we are raising money for charity.


School Christmas dinner Wednesday 20th December - children wear their own clothes.



Your child will receive 4 spellings a week to learn and a spelling test every Friday.


There will be no spellings or reading given out over the Christmas holidays.

Correct letter formation is very important.


Here are the following words your child will be learning to read and spell:

45 sight words - children should be able to read write and spell

45 sight words - children should be able to read write and spell 1

Continue to send into school any observations or pictures you take of your child in relation to any learning so we can share with the class.


Reading Books


Children will continue to take home a book from our class library. Children will also take home a book from our RML reading scheme. Please spend 5-10 minutes every night reading with your child. Discuss the book with your child and encourage your child to talk about the pictures. We would encourage all parents to write a short comment in your child’s reading record book. 


In Literacy we listen to various stories we enjoy acting these stories out and we like to write about what we are learning.


What we are focusing on in literacy this term

  • To blend three sounds together to say the word

  • To ‘chop up’ simple words into their individual sounds

  • To begin to read words and simple sentences

  • To use clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning

  • To write their name and other things such as labels and captions.

  • To join in with stories and rhymes

  • Attempt to write short sentences

  • Read words in sentences


There are lots of things that you can do at home to help your child with literacy such as: spending time exploring books, asking your child questions about the books you have read together, practicing writing their name and identifying the letters that appear in their name and playing games with letters.




In maths our activities include counting, adding and subtracting, 2D/3D shapes, time, weight and height.


What we are focussing on in numeracy this term

  • To recognise the numbers to  20
  •  To count objects  to 20
  • To write numerals to 20
  • Using mathematical names for 2D/3D shapes
  • Begin to use everyday language related to money and to identify 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and 20p coins
  • To identify o'clock times
  • To estimate how many objects are in a set and then check by counting them

  • To find the total in two groups by counting all of them




There are also lots of things that you can do with your child at home to help with their numeracy such as looking at numbers in your home environment ie what numbers can you see on the doors on your street?, singing number songs which encourage counting, counting objects or actions around the home (counting steps going up and down the stairs) and playing games that involve numbers.


Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds (British English)


Listen to the 42 letter sounds of Jolly Phonics, spoken in British English. Each letter sound is clearly spoken twice, before an example word is given. Perfect for parents, teachers and children who aren't sure how to pronounce the letter sounds.


jolly phonics complete A Z

Uploaded by chingkit20 on 2014-06-14.

Jolly phonics phase 1

Uploaded by Genimar Aranguren on 2015-09-07.

Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds (British English)

Listen to the 42 letter sounds of Jolly Phonics, spoken in British English. Each letter sound is clearly spoken twice, before an example word is given. Perfect for parents, teachers and children who aren't sure how to pronounce the letter sounds.

Counting Numbers | Numbers 1-20 Lesson for Children

"Counting Numbers 1-20" is a fun video for kids that teachers how to count from 1 to 20. The first scene slowly introduces the numbers 1-20 by counting little stars on the screen, first counting from 1-20, then counting backwards from 20-1.

Well done to the children in the nativity. It was great to see all the children singing and saying lines in front of so many people.

Thank you for all the costumes and helping your child learn their lines.


School finishes on Thursday 21st December at 2.00pm - please collect your child at 2pm.



Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.

New Year fresh start! Happy New Year!


I hope everyone had a well deserved break over Christmas.

Thank you everyone for the lovely cards and gifts for Christmas.


We are now back into the school routine and ready to learn!


Our topic this term is ‘Food’.

In class we will be talking and learning about food and even baking!


Please talk to your children about the importance of healthy eating and making good healthy choices.


We will be learning Set 2 sounds this term:

ay, ee, igh,

ow (brown cow),

oo (poo at the zoo), oo (look at the book),

ar, or, air, ou,

oy, ire, ear, ure


These can be very tricky for the children because there will be 2/3 letters making one sound or the same letters for 2 different sounds - please help your child at home with the new sounds.

 At this stage, they need to be secure with the single sounds of the alphabet please practise at home 




Spring Term 1

Food: throughout this term we will be learning the names of different fruit and about the different food groups and what our body needs to stay healthy.


Topics that will be covered in our Religion lessons include:

Celebrating: People celebrate in church

Gathering: Parish family gathers to celebrate Eucharist

Growing: Looking forward to Easter

Other Faith: Islam


Homework Books

This term your child will take home a ‘homework book’ containing literacy and numeracy activities. Homework books are sent home every Monday and we would ask that you return homework books every Friday.

Class timetable - Miss Cullen