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.



At the bottom of the page, please find a selection of resources to support learning with your child at home.

We have enjoyed getting to know your children and we are looking forward to developing our partnership with you throughout the year. The children have settled very well and they have enjoyed exploring their new learning environment and making new friends.
Thank you to everyone who attended parents evening. We hope you found this useful. If you were unable to attend parents evening please see your class teacher to arrange an appointment. 
We enjoyed our Autumn walk to the park this week to collect Autumn leaves. The children have used their leaves to create many different pieces of art, including leaf hedgehogs and leaf face pictures. The week the children will also be taking part in some outdoor cooking. We will be making soup and bread and linking it to our learning about Harvest. 
Our next topic will be 'People who help us' and the children will be learning about different professions and their roles. We will spend a week looking at each profession, including Police officers, Fire Fighters, Vets and Doctors. Our learning will also be based on a story that the reception team have written for the children to include all the people who help us called 'The bad bread adventure'. 

During our topic ‘People who help us’ in term 2 we be looking to find plenty of visitors to come to the school to talk to the children about their profession and how they help people, e.g. doctors, nurses, paramedics, police etc. If you have a family member or friend who is in one of these professions who would be willing to come and talk to the children please let us know, it would be much appreciated by us and the children! 

The Reception Team

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. 

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