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Reception Miss Murphy

Miss Murphy’s Reception Class


In Miss Murphy’s Class there are 23 children. The class is supported by Mrs Cooling and Miss Simpson.



In Reception we provide a range of stimulating activities that give the children a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress though out the school and life.
We follow the EYFS learning goals. You can find these goals on the following link: 
The prime areas of learning are:
Personal, Social and Emotional development, Communication and Language, Mathematics and
Physical development.

Our topic this term is 'Bears'
We will read the following books in class:




We will discuss these books in class and complete work related to these books.  We will learn about bears and their habitats e.g. Panda bears live in China.

Our Day
This term we will continue to learn letter names and sounds which will help us develop our reading and writing skills. We will focus on writing CVC words and we will begin to write sentences.


You can practise these sounds at home


This term we will learn the following sounds:


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 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
  • To understand rhyme and identify rhyming words
  • To attempt to write short sentences
  • To know that information can be retrieved from books and computers


Early Learning Goals:

  • To read and understand sentences
  • Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and to read some common irregular words.
  • Use phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds.
  • Write irregular common words.


There are lots of things that you can do at home to help your child with literacy such as: spending time exploring books, asking the children 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, money, weight, capacity and height.



What we are focusing on in numeracy this term 

  • To recognise numbers to 20
  • To count objects 10 and then to 20
  • 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
  • Begins to use everyday language related to money
  • To begin to use vocabulary about subtraction and adding.
  • Using mathematical names for 2D and 3D shapes
  • Use everyday language related to time  
  • To describe the position of an object e.g. behind, beside, under, over


Early Learning Goals:

  • Says a number which is one more/one less than a given number to 20
  • Can add two single-digit numbers and count on to find the answer
  • Solve problems, including doubling, halving, sharing.

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 i.e. 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.


PE – we have PE twice a week on Tuesdays with Miss Coady (Sports Coach) and Thursdays with Miss Murphy. In PE we learn many skills such as catching, kicking and throwing. We enjoy taking part in gymnastics and dance lessons. 


Our timetable


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Hymn Practice


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 ask all parents to write a short comment in the reading record books.



Things to do at home

Please continue to encourage your child to dress and undress themselves. Encourage your child to use a knife and fork independently. Continue to send into school any observations or pictures you take of your child in relation to our topic to share with our class.


Homework books


Children will continue to take home their ‘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.

Dates for your diary


Our class liturgy – Thursday 19th May
Trip to London Zoo - 7th July

Please use the links below to support your child's learning