Willow Grove, Milton Keynes, MK19 6AZ


Old Stratford Primary School


'Creating Lifelong Learning Opportunities for Everyone'

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 Thursdays, please encourage your child to leave their PE kit in school until the end of term and the teacher will advise if it needs to be sent home for washing.

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 see our latest Term Newsletter

 Summer 1 Topic Letter.docx

 If you would like to do some learning at home with your child, try some of the following links. 

Bitesize have put together a great resource for all year groups. Have a look here and choose a subject that you would like to explore. Try and do a mixture of subjects and different activities. Follow the link to get started  make sure you click on the correct Key Stage for your child KEY STAGE 1. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/znyh7nb

Don't forget the fantastic maths resource for online lessons and activities https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ 

If you would like to access the Government learning platform please use this link https://www.thenational.academy/

Please click on the following link to see suggested activities from Mr Andrews.

Mr Andrew's Home Activities