Welcome to our Reception Class Page. We are really looking forward to meeting and working with our new Reception children. The transition from Nursery to School can some times be an anxious time so please use the links below for some helpful tips.

EYFS Parents Guide

keeping Children Safe in Education



In Reception class at Old Stratford we strive to work by the children’s interests. We work to make our class a fun engaging  place for all children, and keep our play-based  learning so exciting that all children don’t want to leave !!!




We will continue to focus on a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts through our English sessions and daily story times.

The children have been learning their sounds through the ‘ Read Write Inc’ programme  and applying this knowledge of sounds to begin to read words.  It has been a real treat seeing how well the children are now reading – they are recognising key words, building unknown words by using their sounds, using pictures to help them re-tell stories and lots more!  They are so clever!

Please do keep practising at home. The practise really does make such a big difference !!!


 The emphasis this term will be to continue developing skills of blending sounds to make whole words.  Please encourage your child to use the sounds they know.  For those children already showing brilliant skills in this area, we shall focus upon comprehension – predicting what is going to happen and reporting what has happened.



Writing skills are really improving.  All children are making meaningful marks and including letter shapes in them.  Most of the children know lots of their letter sounds and can hear them in words too.  This means they are writing them.  Wow!

 Any opportunities for your child to draw, write or create will support your child in these skills.


In Maths:  

Children will continue to be given lots of opportunities to recognise numbers and shapes.  Any practise you can do at home will be so helpful.  Look at the prices of food items or numbers on packets - practising the ‘teen’ numbers would be an enormous help.  Thank you!


You can help too - e.g “find the number 3, count on 1 or 2 or 3 – where are you? OR find the number 5, count back 1 – where are you?”  Encourage your child to slide their finger forwards and backwards.”  Perhaps your child could challenge you too!




PE days are on Mondays and Fridays, please encourage your child to leave their PE kid on a Monday and bring it home on a Friday.

All children do need a change of clothes; in case of accidents.  Children are usually happier to be changed into their own things, rather than any spares we might have.  These can be kept in their PE bags

We really need the children to have named wellies in school.  We do not expect great weather this term, but would still like to make full use of our outside space – the children will be able to join in fully if they have wellies.  We would also really like to continue WELLY WALKS - children do need wellies for this.


If you have any questions or queries, please do ask either at the start of the day or when you collect your child at the end of the day.  We will do our best to find out the answers! 



Please find below  pictures of  some of the activities we have completed this half term:
 - ‘ Slime’ investigation

  • Making fruit kebabs
  • Going on a 2D shape hunt
  • Junk Modelling
  • Reading and writing
  • Bubble investigations
  • Making repeated patterns