Welcome to our Reception class page!  

Please see our Curriculum Overview for Reception. ReceptionLongTermOverview.docx

Please see Knowledge Organisers for Reception.    KO-Autumn1  KO-Autumn2 KO-Spring1  KO-Spring2-Spring2  KO-Summer1



Our class teacher is Mr Manchester and our teaching assistants are Mrs Fitch and Miss Cropper. Mrs Fitch provides PPA cover in Reception on a Friday afternoon.  


Key Information

Key days

Wednesday - Reading book changing day. Children will take reading books home. 

Wednesday - Forest School (pm). Children will wear all weather suits and wellies to stay help protect their uniform. 

Thursday - Visit to school library. Children can bring their library book home to be returned the following week.  

Friday - PE - please make sure that the children come to school in their school PE kit. 

We ask that you please make sure that the children bring their reading books and phonics books into school every day. Ensure your child has a named water bottle and that all items of uniform, including PE kits, are clearly labelled. 


Characteristics of Effective Learning  

Here at Banks St Stephen’s, we believe in the power of learning through play. We focus on providing a stimulating environment where children can explore, discover, and learn through hands-on experiences. The characteristics of effective learning are at the heart of our teaching approach. We value and encourage children's curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking skills. By fostering these characteristics, we aim to inspire a lifelong love for learning in our young learners.  



In Reception we are using Phase 2 and Phase 3 Phonics, following the Red Rose Phonics scheme. Phonics is taught daily through interactive sessions and exciting activities. We support children in learning letter sounds, blending words, and segmenting sounds. By incorporating phonics into our daily activities, we aim to establish a robust foundation for literacy, guiding our learners towards becoming confident readers and writers.  


Phonics at home 

We are using Phases 3, 4 & 5 phonics. Click the links below to find pronunciations to support your child at home. 

Phase 2- Phase 2 Phonic Sound Help with Pronunciation (youtube.com) 

Phase 3 - http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU2vWZKS7rY 


Spring Term 

The children have had an exciting Spring Term filled with lots of engaging learning experiences. We have enjoyed a visit from the dentist, World Book Day and an Easter Egg Hunt with our friends from Sutton Grange. The children have particularly enjoyed learning about the life cycle of frogs and butterflies. 


Summer Term 

Please see Knowledge Organisers for Summer One and Two. 




We are dedicated to providing a supportive and nurturing environment where every child can thrive. Stay tuned for updates on our Reception class's exciting learning journey! 


Useful Websites and Publications




https://www.purplemash.com/login/ (Your login is in the front of your reading record)


Parents Guide to EYFS

What to Expect When




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