Welcome to Reception

Class Information

Welcome to Acorns and Conkers

Come and meet the team! We are a large and dedicated team. The class teachers are: Mrs J Roberts teaching Acorns and Miss K Mainwaring teaching Conkers. Reception have four wonderful LSAs: Mrs Edwards, Mrs Wakely, Mrs Jones and Mrs Barber.


Class Routines

  • Drop Off and Pick Up

    All pupils will enter the unit through the fire door by the main entrance. The door will open at 8:55 am and close promptly at 9:05am (Siblings may arrive from 8:45am) . If you arrive after 9:05am you will need to take your child to the main entrance. Acorns will be dismissed through the same door at 3:20pm. Conkers will be dismissed onto the infant playground at 3:20pm.

  • School Uniform

    Please ensure all items of clothing are labelled, including shoes!

  • PE Kit

    PE kits will not be needed until after Christmas. We will allocate your child a colour ‘house’ for their time at Evenlode. This will be the colour t-shirt they will need for P.E.  Kits are to be brought in on the first Monday of a half term. We will return them at the end of a half term for washing. Pupils will need a t-shirt in their house colour and shorts/ joggers/ leggings. Pupils will not need sport shoes until the Summer Term.

  • Water Bottles

    Water bottles are kept in a box in the classroom and children may drink throughout the day. This is in addition to any drink’s bottle included with a packed lunch. Please ensure this water bottle is clear and contains only water and their name is clearly marked. Water bottles can be purchased from the office.

  • Homework

    Home learning tasks will be allocated on your child’s Seesaw account on a Friday. We expect tasks to be completed by the following Thursday.

Information for Parents


The new foundation phase profile was developed to assess children’s abilities and development in 4 areas of learning:

  • Personal and Social Development, Well-being and Cultural Diversity
  • Language, Literacy and Communication skills
  • Mathematical Development
  • Physical Development.

This assessment will be conducted over a 6 week period and will be in the form of observations and formative assessments e.g., how they play with others, how they communicate with each other, care for themselves etc.


The children are grouped initially with the children who started on the same day during our staggered intake. These groups do will be changed regularly throughout the school year to give the children the opportunity to work with other children in their class.


As you may have noticed during your visit, Reception is divided into the Language Room, the Maths Room, Middle Area and Outside. The children work within all areas during a school day. During the afternoon session (which is topic based) the children have the opportunity to work with their friends from the other class. They also have this opportunity in the morning if they are in the Middle Area or Outside.


We use the Jolly Phonics scheme within Reception to teach Phonics.  Pupils are introduced to a new phonic sounds every day through stories, songs and rhymes.  We teach the children the letter sound not the name of the letter.

Pupils are also introduced our reading scheme, Oxford Reading Tree.  Pupils will be introduced first to the characters and their names. They will then be taught key sight words, which we have split into sets that progress in parallel to the level of book. We do test the children regularly on their flashcard words and we ask that these are learnt by sight and not by decoding/sounding out.   We will only send new words home when these words are recognised in their reading.

After Christmas the children will also take part in daily guided reading sessions which are designed to develop all pupils reading skills. Pupils will be grouped to ensure they are all reading appropriate books for their level.

One of our main focus in Reception is to improve standards in writing and we encourage the correct pencil grip. In your welcome pack you may remember receiving an example of our handwriting scheme. Initially children may find this a little tricky, but with perseverance it has proven to encourage children’s writing to flow


In the Summer term pupils will be introduced to BIG MATHS. This programme follows on from the Little Big Maths. In daily  5 minute sessions the children are introduced to their ‘Learn its’ which could include, counting, puting numbers in order, doubles, 1 more , 1 less, number bonds of 10 etc. The weekly CLIC tests will start in April, where children will be tested on their learn its. An example of this will be given to you after the Easter Holidays and the children will benefit greatly if you support them by practicing  these at home.


To help children with their listening skills we introduce Leo, who  is the listening lion. Leo will be brought home on a Friday and return to school the following Thursday. Leo will be coming home with a book which we would ask you to help your child write about activities that they have done with Leo and add photographs or drawings. When Leo is returned this will be an opportunity for your child to discuss with the class what Leo has done. Leo will come home each week with the ‘Golden Ticket’ winners from Reception.


Your child will need to bring their own snack, which may include fruit/veg, bread sticks, rice cakes or cereal bars, clearly labelled with their name please.


You may have noticed that you child may have brought home either a golden ticket or a small prize on a Friday.

The Golden ticket is for children who have achieved the 5 golden rules that week and the prize is given to the group who have gained the most treasure. These are given to children for anything over and above the golden rules and may include good effort in work etc.


Lastly we try to arrange  trips which reinforce  the topic that we are learning about at that time. We normally organise these termly. We ask for payment in advance through Parent Pay as we are a cash free school. Even though payment is on a voluntary basis, unfortunately if we do not receive sufficient funds, the trip will be cancelled.

Curriculum Information

  • Autumn 1 - When I Fall Asleep

  • Autumn 2 - Glitter and Glow

  • Spring 1 - Paws, Claws and Whiskers

  • Spring 2 - A Dragons Tale

  • Summer 1 - Scrumptious

  • Summer 2- At the Beach

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