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Welcome to Reception 


Mrs Norwood, Mrs Faulkner and Mrs John




We have lots of exciting activities planned this half term. This website page will be updated regularly so please check back as we will often post photographs of what we have been doing and there will be notices and updates posted on here. We will also provide links to resources as well as electronic copies of our weekly letters. These weekly letters will stay on the website for two weeks each before they are removed.


We will also be uploading a termly information letter which gives an overview of what the children will be learning over the coming weeks.


If you have any questions about your child's learning please let us know! 



Our Learning this half term...


Autumn 1

This half term our topic is...


Nursery Rhymes


The first term of Reception is always really busy and exciting with the children learning how to settle in to school! We will be learning lots of skills of how to communicate and play happily and successfully together.


During the first few weeks we will be supporting the children with settling into their new environment and learning about our daily routines. We will be getting to know the children by playing alongside them as well as during our planned group activities.  Our observations of the children during their play and during our group activities will enable us to identify each child's next steps for learning.


Following on from this we will revisit sound discrimination. This means that we will be playing lots of sound games to help prepare your child for the next stage of their learning; phonics. Phonics lessons will start several weeks into the school year. Your child will begin to learn sounds and they will start to recognise and write the different letters. This learning will continue all year but will start with Phase 2 sounds such as s, a, t, p, i and n. We will then start sending home sounds and reading books so that your child can practise what we have been learning in the classroom. Please check our weekly letter each week to see what we have been learning and how you can help. 


In a few weeks we will be starting our Maths Mastery lessons. We will be starting with a focus on patterns. Then we will move on to look at and work with numbers up to 6. We will practise counting, ordering and recognising these numbers as well as setting the children challenges in the classroom to complete which use numbers and shapes. Before half term we will then have moved on to early addition and subtraction. Look out for information each week in our weekly letter as we will explain what we will be learning the following week and will be giving you ideas for how to help at home.


We will be learning about ourselves and our new friends! We will be playing games and taking part in circle times, this will help us to become more confident in our new environment.  We will also be sharing our ideas through drawings and creative activities.  We will be using lots of stories to help us with our learning throughout the year and this half term is no exception. Along with sharing stories we will be learning lots of nursery rhymes! We will be focussing on rhymes linked to the children's interests and using them to theme each week's learning.   


Our PE day is Wednesday, children need to come to school wearing trainers, leggings/jogging bottoms and a polo shirt and jumper. Clothing should be in school colours.


PE sessions will not start straight away as the children are attending part time. We will let you know when the first session will be.


In the coming weeks we will also start to explore the woods in our weekly trip in our 'Little Wood Work' time (day and time to be confirmed).


Please look out for pictures on this website page so that you can find out what we saw in the woods and what we have been busy doing in the classroom! If you have given us permission for your child to appear on here then we try to put up photographs regularly so that you have an insight into what we have been learning.


We are very much looking forward to the half term ahead working with you all. smiley 




Other Information and Activities:

We work with a company called SEND Supported at school and they are releasing newsletters each week offering support and guidance to parents of children who many have additional needs in school. Please find below a link to these newsletters:

There are also lots of other resources and information available on their website. The 'Things to do Issue 2 - Resources' file has some lovely activities for all children regardless of whether they have additional needs or not. There are lots of great visual puzzles and games for children to play so please have a look if you can. There are also resources available now to support with developing children's memory skills in 'Thing to do Issue 3 - Resources.'

Literacy Links

Watch the Alphablocks episodes to help you with your letters and sounds. 


Listen to stories on CBeebies Radio.


Mr Thorne's Phonics videos are great for helping you to remember all the sounds we have been learning.  


Use this website to play lots of phonics games. You can access it for free at the moment using the username march20 and the password home.


A great website with lots of fun games and activities linked to Literacy skills.


You need to create a log in to use this site but it has lots of free book banded books that you can read at home. There are also games and questions linked to some of the books. 









Maths Links

We play these games at school with the children. 


You can access Numberblocks videos and games here. 


A great website with lots of Maths games for young children.


We currently have access to Numbots which is a story based Maths game. Your child was sent home with a username and password recently. 

Other curriculum links

If you have some dough at home practise your fine motor skills along to this song!


An app with activities for young children. It is currently free to access. 


A fantastic resource that we use in school. The log in information is contained in the home learning letter which you can find further down the page.


Activities to help your child keep active at home. 


Activities for children between the ages of 0 and 5. 


Joe Wicks is running free PE sessions for children to access Monday to Friday at 9am. 


We use REAL PE in school. You should have received a letter emailed out with log in information on Monday 23rd March so that you can access these resources at home.


A range of outdoor learning activities and information. 

Use these links to help you with your home learning activities. There are lots of fun games and activities to try out!

Use these resources if your child is experiencing any worries about the Coronavirus.

Try Dough Disco at home by following this link. All you need is a little pot of dough...


Try this website for great games and resources.

Try these fun phonics games.

This is the link to Phonics Play interactive games.

This is the link to our Jolly Phonics song. Please take a look at home.

Espresso is a fantastic resource that we use all the time in school. There are lots of games to play and short phonics videos to watch. 

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  • Binley Woods Primary School,
  • Coombe Drive, Binley Woods, Coventry,
  • Warwickshire, CV3 2QU
  • | Tel: 0247 6543 754
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