Year R

Welcome to Reception

The classes in Reception are called Red Panda, Rabbit and Robin. 


Red Panda Class -  Miss Harris; LSAMrs Cook


Robin Class - Mrs Sheehan and Mrs Lawrence; LSAs - Mrs Page and Mrs Elliott


Rabbit Class - Miss Carreras; LSA - Mrs Smith


Mrs Wilkins also supports the children in Reception.


 In Reception much of the children's learning will be through play where children are offered a range of activities each with an underlying educational purpose. Play is the means by which the children explore a variety of experiences in different situations for a variety of purposes. It is a process which provides for children a way of learning about the world around them.

Staff plan activities and experiences that promote children's development and learning based on the seven areas of learning in Development Matters. The staff will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.

Prime Areas

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

  • Making relationships
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour

 Physical Development

  • Moving and handling
  • Health and self-care

Communication and Language

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking 

Specific areas


  • Reading
  • Writing


  • Numbers
  • Shape, space and measure

Understanding the World

  • People and communities
  • The world
  • Technology

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Exploring/using media & material
  • Being imaginative

Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

Please check out all the wonderful work posted on the blog and on Tapestry. All photos of children working and trips will be published on each class blog page. Please visit and comment.

Helpful Hints

  •  Please ensure that your child brings their book bag to school with them everyday and that you check their book bags when they get home as we regularly hand out letters and leaflets.
  • Children are welcome to bring a drink in with them but please do not put drink bottles in children’s book bags as they leak and ruin the reading books.
  • Please ensure that ALL uniform and possessions are named, including coats, bottles, shoes, book bags and PE kits.  (Children do not need PE shoes/daps until the summer term). In the colder weather, please ensure hats, gloves and scarves are also labelled. 
Learning at Home
As and when we feel you child is ready for their first reading book these will be sent home. Please do not worry if your child's friend has a reading book before your child does-  by half term ALL children will have been given their first book.  It is vital to your child's reading progress and development that you support their reading at home by listening to them read a minimum of three times each week. To encourage reading, we have a reading reward system which will be introduced once everyone has a book. Children will receive a marble in their colour group jar when they read three times at home so please ensure you record it every time you read at home. 
We understand that children are tired after school, so you might consider completing phonic books or reading before school or at the weekends when they are not so worn out.
Tricky Words
Tricky words are words that are not decodable (you cannot sound them out). Children will just need to read these words by sight. Once your child can read the tricky words on the sheet provided, please get them to colour the words and the castle and return the sheet for testing. We will then be able to move them on to the next set of tricky words. 
Please find below (bottom of the page) a document providing you with many creative ideas on how to learn these with your child at home and a list of the tricky words.
Most of all we want your children to settle into Holymead Primary and become confident and happy learners.
Previous Posts
Please find below resources we think you may find useful. 
Please find below presentations from the beginning of the year. 

Infant Site: 0117 3772381Junior Site: 0117 9030377 E: