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Welcome to Reception!

At North Somercotes CE Primary School we are proud of our caring, creative and happy environment where all individuals are valued equally and encouraged to achieve their full potential. We are a kind, friendly, hard-working and generally amazing class. Our teacher is called Mrs Abualzulof and our teaching assistants are Mrs Musgrove, Miss Mendham and Mr Bramall.


In term 5, we have been very busy focusing on reading longer words and recapping on the phase 3 sounds (j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er). We have been using our phonic fingers to segment and blend a range of real and made up words and when writing sentences.


Our Literacy lessons have all been about traditional tales. Our favourites were ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’, ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and ‘The 3 Billy Goats Gruff’. We have had fun planting magic beans and then wrote a set of instructions on how to plant a seed. The children have been retelling the stories verbally and in writing and have also been looking at their favourite characters in more detail.


In our Maths we have been adding, subtracting, doubling and sharing quantities and numbers. The children have been busy solving worded number problems in practical contexts and learning the number bonds to 10, but we also learnt more about 2D and 3D shapes and the differences between them.


We have decided to start the Summer Term with an ‘Argggggh’ and a bang! This term is jam packed with exciting things for everyone in Reception.




In term 6 the children will be learning about everything to do with water – pirates, mermaids, underwater animals and habitats.


In Phonics we will continue focusing on consonant blends (phase 4) and will be recapping phase 3 sounds. Also will be learning more phase 4 tricky and high frequency words. The children will have plenty of opportunities to practice their segmenting, blending and writing through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, interactive whiteboard games and handwriting activities. Phonics Play is a great website to visit at home, where there are a variety of free Phonics games to choose from http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk

In Literacy we will be thinking a lot about pirates, starting off by reading ‘Pirates Love Underpants’ and ‘Pirates at Home’. This will lead us on to think about predicting what happens next in the story whilst learning more about character descriptions.


In our Maths this term we will be learning more about weighing and measuring by using scales. We will use this knowledge to help us solve mathematical problems.


Our reading days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It is vital for your child’s literacy development that you listen to your child read as often as possible at home. We would kindly ask that you make comments in your child’s reading diary. Library books can be changed everyday and we encourage the children to do that in the mornings.


Our P.E days this term are Mondays (swimming) and Fridays (P.E). Please remember to name all of your P.E and swimming kit. We now expect children to be able to get dressed independently; please make sure you help us promote independence at home.


Magical Me happens every Thursday afternoon. This is a special opportunity for the children to bring in one item of interest, inside their bag, to share and talk about with friends and staff. This activity promotes the development of speaking and listening skills, one of the Prime Areas of the EYFS Curriculum.


The EExAT online learning journals have become available for parents to view just before Christmas and we hope that you have had opportunities to look at your child’s journal. Parental voice is invaluable to us and we would encourage families to contribute by commenting on evidence uploaded by us and by posting pictures and videos of the amazing things that your child gets up to at home. Thank you for the contributions that you have made so far.


Thank you for your continued support

Foundation Stage Team 


Reception in action…

Our trip to Rushmoor Country Park 



We thoroughly enjoyed visiting our local fire station and learning about fire safety

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We frequently visit our cookery classroom to make all sorts of delicious things such as the apple and pear crumble, butter and wonderfully nutritious shape pizzas.



Life in Reception would not be the same without regular visits from all sorts of interesting characters, such as Mr Wolf, The Bear, Shape Wizard and Bruno the Baboon!


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