Harvington C of E First and Nursery School

‘Together we love, learn and grow’



Welcome to Reception Class



Class Teacher: Mrs Brown

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Prosser and Mrs Stowers 


Class Governor: Mr Beard 

PTFA Link: Mrs Jones and Mrs Harris

Our theme this half term is
'The Little Red Hen'




During our first few weeks we will be working on transition, friendships, settling into Reception class and learning the rules and expectations. We will be learning about ourselves and how we have changed and developed. 



We will be learning about harvest and Autumn, re telling the story by acting it out, discussing how to work as a team, making our own little red hens and cooking our own bread rolls. 





We will be recapping our phase 1 phonics with a focus on oral blending. Practise at home by giving your child instructions in 'sound talk' and see if they can orally blend the sounds together. eg. "Can you go and get your 'c-oa-t". This will help them to blend when they begin to read simple words.


We will then move on to our phase 2 sounds. We will begin to recognise and say the sounds correctly and then begin to segment and blend to read simple words. 




We will start by sending home 'sharing books'. These are for you to read to your child, discuss the characters, predict what might happen, what to do they like about the story/ what do they not like about the story. 


Your child will then bring home their first reading book. This may be a picture book, initial sound book or a book with simple words and sentences. This is for your child to read to you. We will change books on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Unfortunately due to Covid 19 our volunteer readers are unable to come into school, we therefore ask that you prioritise this at home. Please write in the message book and let us know when you have read with your child. 




Monday - Forest School 

Thursday and Friday- PE (please ensure children come into school in their PE kit- joggers, jumper and trainers/ pumps will also be needed)


Please ensure children have named wellies which can stay in school. We go outside in all weathers! Please ensure children have a named coat, water bottle, sun hat and book bag daily. 


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Key Information




Children should put their message books in the box each day. We aim to read with the children every week, unfortunately due to Covid 19 our reading volunteers are unable to come into school. Please support your child at home by reading daily (please remember to write in the message book when you have heard your child read).


Please remember your child needs a water bottle for lunchtime and if they have a lunch bag please put an ice pack in during warmer weather to keep food cool.


Please do not put water bottles in book bags as we do not want our books to become damaged.


During the first half term children will be able to choose their lunch when they arrive at the lunch hall. Please look at the menu with your child and discuss what they would like. If you would prefer them to have a certain meal, please write this in the message book.  After the first half term children will be asked what they would like for lunch in the morning during registration, this is to help prevent wastage for class catering who cook our lovely lunches.



Thursday and Friday- PE:


Please ensure children come to school in PE kits, including joggers, jumper and trainers or pumps. 


Monday - Forest School:


Please ensure your child has named wellies in school. If possible, please can girls wear trousers rather than skirts/ dresses for forest school sessions.


Inspirational Person



James Braidwood


James Braidwood was the first director of the London Fire Engine Establishment (the brigade which was eventually to become the London Fire Brigade).


We will be learning about James Braidwood throughout the year, especially within Autumn 2 where we will be learning about

'People Who Help Us'. 


We will be looking at how fire engines have developed and changed since the 1800's. 




We consider ourselves partners in your child's learning.

At Harvington C.E. First school we have an open door policy which means we are always ready to help and discuss anything concerning your child's welfare and education.


Let's Count up to Ten - Counting Song

Learn how to count to 10 with zero zero superhero. Ask your child to teach you the actions that we have learnt in our maths lessons.

Colors Song | Color Words | Rock Your Body to the Colors | Jack Hartmann

Your children will move, dance, sing, bop and rock as they learn twelve (12) of the basic colors. In addition, all the color words rhyme with a fun movement word so your children will hear the movement word, the rhyming color word, and see the color.


We are learning how to form our letters correctly. We will be starting our lowercase letters on the line starting with a tick and ending with a flick! Please encourage this at home too!