Welcome to Reception

Hello and welcome to Reception at Loddiswell Primary School!
I am really excited to have your child start their learning journey with us and hope they have lots of fun!


This term the children have started work on their fiction narrative text ‘MonkeyPuzzle’. They will be using a variety of techniques including story mapping and image sequencing to learn and remember the story. The children will be given the opportunity to use adjectives for description whilst attempting to innovate the text by changing the main characters. The children will also be working on the book ‘Handa’s Surprise’. Both of these texts will enable the children to develop the skills necessary to write their own fiction story. Throughout these lessons, we will continue to teach the children about the basic grammar and punctuation required to construct sentences.

Once a week, we will read with the children in a whole class reading session. This will allow the children to discuss the text and ask questions about what they are reading. We will provide the children with phonics keywords, which will be regularly updated, for you to practice with your children at home.


This term we will be focusing on the unit ‘Number- Place Value within 10 andbeyond’. The children will learn to read, sequence and represent the numbers 1 to 5 as well as focus on accurately forming these numbers when writing. They will work on counting objects and groups of objects making estimates and comparisons. When confident enough the children will begin to explore numbers to 10. Following this, the children will also begin to explore number addition and subtraction. They will be using a range of resources to support their understanding of finding one more and one less than a given number. During this unit the children will also become familiar, through their play and guided group sessions, with using everyday mathematical language.

IPC – Animals & Animal Patterns

In these two units the children will be able to use their imagination in a variety of ways. We will begin by creating our own jungle in the role-play and we will discuss the children ideas and what they would like to learn this half term. If you have any unwanted items linked to a jungle theme that you would like to donate then please let me know. Thank you! We will also be listening to stories linked with our topic, trying our maths skills using animals as a theme and making all sorts of creative things linked to our topic.

Forest School
Foundation children will be introduced to their Forest School area. An important part of Forest School is learning about and respecting boundaries. A lot of time is spent so that the children are confident with their outdoor learning environment and understanding where they can play. Foundation children will experience all theseasons throughout the year and will learn to dress appropriately according to the weather. They will be introduced to the Forest School rules, for example, learning to listen for and respond to the whistle, learning how to approach and leave the fire pit, learning about the different areas of play and resources available. They will find out about our native trees, plants and insects and learn how to recognise some of them. They will have the opportunity to toast marshmallows on the fire and as their confidence grows participate in other cooking activities with adult support.

Just some reminders….

We always do PE on Friday. Please make sure your child’s PE kit is in school on that day every week.


Your child is encouraged to have a small snack during morning break. Fruit snacks are provided at school however if your child wishes to bring a healthy snack from home, please label any plastic containers with your child’s name. Thank you.

Individual reading

This will take place during the week with each child. Please encourage your child to change their individual reading book every day. Please comment and sign when you have read with your child in their yellow reading record book. We will be looking out for star readers every week and love to give out lots of stickers and star points!

Phonics Sound books

Every week we learn new sounds in our phonics sessions. The new sounds will beput in your child’s phonics sound books on a Monday. Please read the sound sheet and use the sound books at home as it helps to consolidate and reinforce their learning. Any questions about the sound a letter makes, please ask!

Please don’t hesitate to ask or write in your child’s yellow reading diary if you haveany questions.

I hope you and your child have a lovely term.

Mrs Snell

This Year’s Curriculum

Loddiswell Primary School Curriculum Map

If you would like further information in relation to the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office.

This Term’s Topics

Class teachers send out an outline of the learning each child will be undertaking that term.  If you wish to find out any further details, please contact Mrs Snell.

Overview Autumn Term 2020 Reception Topics