My name is Miss Richards and I am the Reception class teacher. I began working at Abel Smith in 2012 in Year 2, moved to Year 1 and then two years ago I moved to Reception – where my heart lies! I am an experienced Reception teacher and love the challenges and creativity that an early years curriculum brings.

Reception Staff


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