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Class Name: Eric Carle

Welcome to Reception!


Teaching Team

  • Mrs Preston
  • Mrs Worrall
  • Miss Chittim


To promote a love of reading and to inspire our children, Reception class author is: Eric Carle.

At Five Spires we recognise that reading is the key to unlocking so much for our children. We encourage all of our children to read a variety of texts and authors.

Suggested texts for Reception:

  • The Colour Monster Goes to School
  • Dogger
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Girl and the Dinosaur
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Handa’s Surprise
  • The Jolly Christmas Postman
  • Sulwa
  • The Naughty Bus
  • Look Up!
  • Dear Dinosaur
  • Just Ask
  • Erol’s Garden


PE is on a Tuesday. Please ensure that your child has the appropriate clothing, that earrings are removed and long hair is tied up for these sessions. We kindly ask that all clothing and footwear is clearly labelled.

Our Learning

To find out what we are learning, please see below the yearly overview. The overview shows how the year is broken into six exciting mini missions to develop a sense of awe and wonder.

Yearly Overview - Long Term Plan

White Rose Maths

We follow the White Rose Maths scheme of learning for Reception. Each block is broken into smaller steps of learning where children develop their knowledge and understanding of key concepts in a variety of contexts.

Rec AutumnRec SpringRec Summer

Read Write Inc.

We follow the literacy programme Read Write Inc. in Reception. It teaches reading and writing through a systematic approach rooted in phonics. The programme begins in the autumn term with 20-minute daily lessons, building up to an hour a day by the end of the summer term. In the autumn term, children begin to learn set 1 speed sounds, as shown in the sound chart below.Read Write Inc Chart


We believe homework plays an important role in consolidation, revision and practise of skills learnt in school. It helps keep parents informed about their child’s learning and progress. Through homework, children learn independence as well as organisation skills. Homework will be set at the start of every mini mission and there will be a set number of tasks to complete. We encourage parents to upload home learning onto the online learning journey, Tapestry.  

Daily Reading

Please encourage your child to read at least four or five times a week in order to foster a love of reading. Any books, magazines, newspapers they read should be noted in the Reading Records.


TapestryWe use the secure online learning journal Tapestry to celebrate children’s learning and development, both at home and in school. We encourage parents to upload photographs and observations of home learning, special events and milestones onto Tapestry each week.

Reception Baseline Assessment

The Reception Baseline Assessment is a short, interactive and practical assessment of your child’s early literacy, communication, language and mathematical skills when they begin school. The assessment became statutory for all schools in September 2001. Your child cannot ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ the assessment. Its main purpose is to create a starting point to measure the progress schools make with their pupils.

Class News

 To keep up to date with our news and key dates, please click the link to our Padlet newsletter.

 Reception Padlet Newsletter

Parent Relationships

At Five Spires Academy we develop strong and respectful partnerships with parents and carers. We strive to develop ways to support your child both at home and in school. At the beginning of the school year each child will be assigned a ‘key person’ who will help ensure your child’s learning and care is tailored to their individual needs.

Throughout the year parents and carers will be invited into school for parent consultations, play and stays, celebrations and seasonal performances.

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