Welcome to Reception!

Your child’s class teachers are Mrs Law (Monday & Tuesday) and Mrs Williams (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday) and they are supported by Mrs Fawcitt.

In reception we build on your child’s previous learning experiences in their setting and bring their unique qualities together to ensure they are school ready by the end of the year.

Working in partnership with parents is of paramount importance and therefore both Miss Richards and Mrs Devon look forward to getting to know the families of the children in their reception class over the year.

We welcome your support to:

  • Make sure your child arrives on time to school.
  • Maintain excellent attendance.
  • Support your child in ensuring that they are fully equipped for the day.
  • Help your child to manage their personal care needs independently.
  • Check that your child is dressed in the correct school uniform and has a full PE kit in school each day.
  • Hear your child read or read to your child daily and write a positive comment in their diary.
  • Support your child’s learning journey at home and share home learning with the Reception staff.
  • Talk to your child about their day and encourage them to tell you about their learning.
  • Support our Positive Behaviours for Learning Policy and On-Line Safety Policy.

Reception Staff

Mrs N Law

  • Deputy Head
  • Teacher
  • SEN Coordinator


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • An introduction to Abel Smith Reception and routines.
  • Decide a shared behaviour code.
  • Safety in the EYFS garden.
  • Circle time games to get to know each other.
  • Meet the friendly faces of Abel Smith – tour of the school.
  • Explore concepts of good hygiene/ hand washing
  • Note changes to body before, during and after exercise.

Communication and Language

  • Children to share weekend news.
  • Children to share feelings after the hello song.
  • Circle time – things that make me happy, things that make me sad.

Physical Development

  • Fine Motor Skills- weekly program of tracing, threading, cutting, pegging and writing.
  • Wake ‘n’ Shake
  • How can we keep our body healthy and fit? How does what we eat affect this?  Why is it important to have a healthy, balanced diet?
  • Exploring tools in the malleable area.
  • Exploring the outdoor equipment


  • Recap of Phase one Letters and Sounds – What can you hear?
  • Introduction of Phase Two Letters and Sounds
  • Initial sounds
  • Begin to blend VC and CVC words (vowel consonant and consonant vowel consonant)
  • Sharing big books
  • Begin individual reading books
  • Writing name


  • Numbers and shapes in the environment.
  • Daily counting linked to registers, milk, lunches etc.
  • Counting different actions, carrying out actions to a given number.
  • Work based around ten in the bed, counting, taking away one each time, one more/one less.
  • Number songs

Understanding the World

  • What can I do now that I couldn’t when I was a baby?
  • Harvest
  • I.C.T. Paint program
  • Use magnifying glasses, periscopes, and kaleidoscopes to explore looking closely at objects and people.
  • Listening to different everyday noises- Soundtracks game.
  • Touching different materials, sandpaper, velvet etc.
  • Taste a variety of fruit and discuss likes and dislikes.

Expressive arts and design

  • Painting self-portraits
  • Routine songs including: good morning, days of the week, months of the year.
  • Pupils agreed choice of role-play area
  • Exploring the music area