Reception 2023 - 2024

Mrs Moss

Welcome back to school.

We hope you have had a restful Christmas break and are ready for an exciting Spring term 1!

This half term we have lots of exciting new things to learn through our topic 'We are Superheroes!'

On this page, you will find lots of information about lessons, homework, reading and phonics in Reception.

There will also be updates about what is happening in Reception.


Meet the team...

   Class teacher  -   Mrs G. Moss

   HLTA             -   Mrs H. Taylor

   Volunteers     -    Miss R. Millington

                              Miss M. Everall 


What are we learning during Spring Term 1?

Our topic this half term is 'We are Superheroes' and we will be using this to explore what qualities make a superhero, how we can be good friends and everyday superheroes. 

Read to write!

Our focused text for the half term is Juniper Jupiter by Lizzie Stewart. We will identify the seperate parts of the story, the opening, the build up, the problem and the ending, as well as explore exciting new vocabulary. We will use this learning to achieve our outcome to write our own version of the story.

At Vine Tree we aim for all our children to become fluent, confident readers who are passionate about reading.

We can achieve this together through:

  • Read Write Inc, a program to help to your child read at school
  • Encouraging children to develop a love of books by reading to them daily, at home and at school
  • Giving children access to a wide range of books at school and at home

Children who read regularly or are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners.

The children will be learning their phonics through Read, write Inc.

This is a phonics programmed that ensures early success in reading, writing and spelling. 

Read, Write, Inc is a phonics programmed that ensures early success in reading, writing and spelling.   

Please  help your child read and write their letters with the phonics homework books that I will send home.

It takes a lot of practice to remember how to write all the letters of the alphabet with the correct letter formation.

Below is a parent video to help you say the sounds:

Below is a way for your child to practise their read write inc sounds set 1.


When your child is confident reading all set 1 sounds then they are ready to practise the special friends on the sway below.



NEW WORD GRIDS - Click on  each grid  and click your way through the pile of cards. Please only work on the grids that your child has in their orange grid book.


Try to read with your child at least 3 times a week. Please find a quiet time to share your child's reading books and record what you have read in your child's homework diary. The phonics blending books and red reading books should be re-read each time you read together . This will build your child's confidence and fluency. Some children will also bring home a printed sheet which is just a little extra practise to help your child begin to read in simple sentences.

Books will continue to be changed on Mondays and please return all three books each week. Grids will also be tested and updated every Monday afternoon.



Bingo books

  • I hope your child is enjoying reading the bingo books with an adult. They should have read quite a lot of them by now. Keep reading.




The children will continue to secure their skill in counting up to 10 as well as backwards from 10 to 1. This will be achieved through number games and songs as well as targeted activities.

We will explore numbers by partitioning them using a part whole model and we will be comparing numbers by focusing on one less than an amount. We will discuss positional language as well as explore more complex patterns. We will also be introduced to height in our measurement unit.


Wider Curriculum

The children will be 'Peeking into the Past' in History, exploring Superhero materials in Science as well as investigating celebrations and why they are important to us in RE and Music. We will learn we all have different beliefs and celebrations in PSHE as well as understanding what makes a good friend and how we can help people by listening. In Art we will be using our fine motor skills to practice crafting. PE will continue to be led twice a week by Miss Street and Mr Baker.


Homework grids will be sent out with homework books during the first week of term. Please choose 4 of the learning projects to work on with your child/ren. Please feel free to include any independent work and pictures the children produce - we love to see their work!


Mondays - Please send in the red book bag containing reading books and word grids. These will be returned at the end of the day.

       Tuesdays and Thursdays - Please come to school in PE Kit.

Water bottles are to be brought into school daily.

Please send your child/ren into school with a healthy snack. Grapes and berries should be cut in half. Lolly pops are not permitted as a snack.

Book bags and water bottles will be outside at the end of each day for you to collect.

Please ensure your childs clothes are named.





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