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In Reception we are active learners and over the Autumn Term we will be supporting your child to settle into their new environment and routine, as well as introducing them to their learning. Your child will be given many opportunities to develop their critical thinking, explore their own skills and actively learn. This will continue throughout their time in Reception.

Within Literacy, the children will develop their sound knowledge to support their word building to read, write and develop their letter formation. During Mathematics, we begin our learning by developing number recognition, counting with accuracy and solving practical number problems alongside forming numbers correctly.

In Topic this term, our learning will focus around the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Through this familiar story we will develop our communication, understanding and design skills through retelling and acting out the story as well as using the story as a basis to learn about ourselves through Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Understanding the World.

Throughout your child’s time in Reception, they will be taught through a combination of teacher led, teacher guided and child initiated learning, with activities within the classroom and outdoor environment. 

Your child will return home  with a learning pack providing some useful resources to enable you to support your child’s learning at home. We value and appreciate your support with your child’s learning, if you require any assistance or advice with this, please feel free to speak to a member of the Reception Team.

As a large part of the school day is spent outdoors, we would appreciate it if your child brings a suitable coat every day to wear for outdoor activities (wellingtons for wet weather). Your child will be required to wear a PE kit for the PE lesson every Wednesday. PE kits will remain in school during the week and they will be sent home at the end of each term.

We operate an open door policy, so please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Reception team if you have any questions or messages. Staff will be available at classroom doors at 8:30am and the end of school at 3:00pm.  

We are looking forward to a fun filled year of learning.

Reception Team  

          Class 1                                              Class 2                                      Class 3

Mrs Bennet/Mrs Dell                   Miss Karakas (Year Leader)            Mrs McLuskie


We at Elston Hall want all our children to be independent learners, not reliant on everything being done for them.

We appreciate that they are young, but that does not stop them from doing and achieving successfully things in their own time.

Please help your child to develop the ability to make-marks and write by taking part in Dough Disco at home every day.
Make the dough, watch the video and copy the exercises. Have fun!

CLICK HERE for all you need to know about Dough Disco!

Click on the icon below for a video showing you the disco moves!

For information about the Early Years Curriculum click on the link below.

 Early Years Curriculum Information

 Characteristics of Effective Learning

Click on the links below for information regarding phonic and spelling  teaching in reception:

Autumn Term Phonics

Spring Term Phonics

Summer Term Phonics

Autumn Term Common Exception Words

Spring Term Common Exception Words

Summer Term Common Exception Words

For your information regarding the taking of photos in school, click on the link below:

Guide to the Use of Images Online

November 2019

Thank you to parents and carers that attended our recent Maths Workshop. The children really enjoyed sharing their learning with their adults.
If parents would like more information regarding our Maths provision or some fun online Maths activities please see the presentation and website links below.

 CLICK HERE for the information we shared.



October 2019

Reception children were very lucky to have some of their parents join them during their Phonics Learning. Parents were able to gain an understanding of how we teach Phonics and how to support their children at home. Parents were able to gain an insight into learning in the classroom by seeing their children during a Phonics lesson and join in with some fun Phonics activities! We really appreciate parents and carers for taking time out of their morning to share in our learning.

If parents would like more information regarding Phonics or some fun online Phonics activities please visit these websites:


Spring 2019

Over the spring term, the children have been very busy making excellent progress across the curriculum as well as developing and strengthening friendships.
We began our term discovering a dinosaur footprint in school, which excited the children immensely. This became the focus for our learning where we learnt all about dinosaurs.

This term we celebrated World Book Day, and the children learnt all about the author behind stories such as the Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, Julia Donaldson. The children enjoyed painting their favourite characters and retelling many stories. 


We also celebrated Pancake Day this term, by learning to write instructions to make a pancake and also designing and making our very own healthy pancakes. They were very tasty!


Towards the end of the term, we began looking at the changes between seasons and identifying signs of spring. We were able to spot lots of signs that spring had definitely sprung in our outdoor environments from buds, blossom and bluebells growing to observing tadpoles in our pond! 


During the last week of term, Reception visited Ray’s Farm in Bridgnorth for our Topic ‘The Farm’. The children had an excellent time, seeing lots of different animals, meeting some very friendly goats and taking a walk into the Fairytale Forest. 




Autumn 2018

Over the Autumn term we made excellent progress with our learning and were productive in our learning through many interactive and enjoyable activities.
The children have developed their critical thinking, explored and consolidated the skills they have been introduced to and shared their experiences and understanding with their peers and adults.  
We have been making new friends and developing relationships through sharing, understanding and listening.

Reception have enjoyed raising money for different charities this term, from Children in Need where we wore spotty clothes and held a bake sale and wore Christmas jumpers and ate a delicious Christmas lunch!





November 2018

Reception had fun following instructions to make poppy biscuits to share with families and worked collaboratively to create  poppies with collage materials for the school remembrance display where we paid our respects.  



Photos from 2017/2018




Autumn Term

Over the Autumn term, the children have been very busy making excellent progress across the curriculum as well making lots of friends and always having fun along the way.

Through our Topic, ‘All About Me’, the children explored the body and senses which then led into keeping healthy and importance of hand washing and brushing teeth.

November 2017

Reception thoroughly enjoyed a trip to Birches Valley on Cannock Chase, where we explored a Christmas Trail and had the chance to meet Father Christmas in his Grotto! As we walked through the trail, we were able to find all 9 of Father Christmas’ reindeer. We were even lucky enough to say ‘hello’ to the Gruffalo along the way! After we completed the Christmas Trail, it was time for lunch! It was one of the quietest times of the day and we all enjoyed our packed lunches. After we had eaten, we made our way to Father Christmas’ Grotto where we discovered some of his reindeer resting in the stable. Inside the grotto, we saw many Christmas trees and had the chance to observe a scene from the Nativity. We all had time to talk to Father Christmas and share what presents we would like to receive. We were lucky enough to receive two gifts from Father Christmas; a Christmas tree sapling and a badge! We finished our day waving goodbye to Father Christmas and the staff at Birches Valley and sang songs from our Nativity play on the coach journey home.

Our visit to Birches Valley was lots of fun; our teachers were very proud of our sensible behaviour and excellent manners. The children’s behaviour and enthusiasm was outstanding throughout the day, children were excited to share their experiences and new knowledge in discussions back at school.