We are a very exciting and busy class who love a challenge!

Our class teacher is Mrs Helen Livesley. Our Learning Partners are Miss Owens and and Mrs Wood.

Our School day starts at 8:55am and I expect all my pupils to be in and ready to learn for this time. We finish at 3:20pm.

Our PE day is Thursday and children are to come into school dressed in their outdoor PE kit. Children can wear their trainers (velcro or something that they can fasten independently), plain black joggers or leggings and black Summerhill sweatshirt/hoodie with their Summerhill P.E. t-shirt underneath. Children can wear their green P.E. shorts when it is hot. Black pumps are to be left in school at all times.

Our Forest School day is Monday and children are to come to school dressed in their PE tracksuit. They must be provided with wellies and appropriate, warm waterproof trousers and a waterproof jacket which will be kept in school throughout the year.

Please be aware that Reception class access outdoor play daily and this can sometimes get dirty as we are keen to encourage discovery and exploration so it is important that children have coats and jackets that are durable and easily washed.

Homework is given out on a Thursday and due the following Wednesday.

Reading books are given out once a week and we expect that children will read and complete phonics activities at least 4 times a week at home. It is important that homework is completed weekly as this supports the children's learning within school.

Snack is provided for Reception children at a cost of £7 per half term. This can be paid either termly or £42 for the year. The children will receive a healthy snack daily as part of their learning experiences. We plan and determine the snack to develop fine motor skills (spreading, cutting, chopping etc) to develop independence and to encourage table manners and turn taking.

In Reception we also have access to free fruit / vegetables each day for snack. The children usually access during the afternoon. This is provided through the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS) which is a government programme that entitles every child in England, aged 4-6 in fully state-funded schools to a piece of fruit or vegetable each school day.

Children in Reception do not need to bring water bottles. Water and milk is readily available all day for them and they are regularly encouraged to drink. Poor hydration affects mental performance and learning ability by reducing the brain’s ability to transmit and receive information. Studies show that once thirst is felt, mental performance including memory, attention and concentration decreases by as much as 10%

To help us support your child, we ask that you keep the team informed about any worries or concerns that you or your child have. By letting us know of any difficulties, we can ensure that your child comes to school happy and ready to learn.

To see all of the wonderful learning opportunities the children are given in Reception class please follow us on Twitter @SummerhillL31!

Welcome to Reception

Reception class have settled into school life extremely well and we are very proud of the efforts and the progress they are making. We will continue to support the children in developing their independence. The learning opportunities have been great fun and we have done lots of exciting things. We have plans for many more in the New Year and look forward to introducing them to the children.

Reception staff will continue to be there to help the children every step of the way, we will communicate regularly with parents to ensure this process runs smoothly.

Reception staff

Mrs H Livesley (Class teacher) Mrs M Hay (Learning Partner)

Ms R Mattocks (1:1 Learning Partner) and Mrs L Wilson-Smith (1:1 Learning Partner)

Things you need to know

  • School starts at 8.55. Reception doors will be open at around 8.45 this allows time for you to talk to Reception staff if you have any questions. If you are not able to do this you can either leave a message in the message book which is situated in the cloakroom area or alternatively you can telephone the school throughout the day. We will endeavour to make sure we contact you within the same school day.

  • Snack – The children have free fruit and milk provided in class, in addition to this we offer a healthy morning snack. The cost of this is £5 each half term, this can be paid half termly, termly or for the full year.


  • Please make sure you are familiar with the uniform policy (you will find this on the ‘about us’ page)

  • In Reception all children are required to wear pumps when indoors.

  • We will be playing outdoors daily so children must have suitable outerwear for the time of year. Your child will need a pair of wellies and waterproofs which will be kept in school at all times.

  • PE will take place every Thursday. Please ensure that PE kits are kept in school at all times. We will send PE kits home at the end of each half term to be washed and ready to be returned when your child comes back for the new half term. Please ensure that PE kits are clearly labelled with your child’s name. In addition, please ensure that any earrings are removed for P.E.


  • Homework is issued weekly to support learning that has taken place in class.

  • There will always be a piece of homework linked to Read Write Inc, in the first instance this will be letter recognition then letter formation. Please support your child with this by encouraging the correct pencil grip and starting the letter in the correct place.

  • Each child will also have an green phoneme book, practise all letters daily until your child is confident and can read them in any order.

  • Any maths homework will be in the form of a small challenge.

  • Homework will be issued on a Thursday or Friday and should be handed in by the following Wednesday.

Reading Books

  • Children will be issued with school reading books that will be changed weekly .

  • We will endeavour to change these weekly and this will be recorded in the reading record. We ask that you also sign the reading record every time that you read with your child.

  • Please try to read regularly at home with your child in a quiet place with no distractions. Encourage them to use strategies such as using the picture as a cue, and when ready, sounding out words. Reading is a gradual process so remember to be patient and make it FUN!

  • The more experience your child has with books, the more enthusiastic they will be, try to have lots of booktime, for example, bedtime stories, and going to the library.

  • Please be aware that your child will also be engaged in daily reading activities, such as shared and guided reading.

Parents as Partners and Home/School Links

We aim to work closely with parents as partners in their child's learning, there are a number of ways in which we do this.

  • Daily access to the class by opening up early to allow parents to speak to class staff.

  • Regularly communicating with parents about what the children have been doing at school through newsletters

  • Parents who can share a particular skill, for example gardening, sewing, baking are invited in to class. Please let us know if you would like to help.

  • Themed activity afternoons.

Attendance and Punctuality

Please ensure your child attends school and please only keep them off if absolutely necessary. Also, the children must be on the playground ready for the school bell at 8.55am. This enables the children to be settled in class, ready for the school day to start. It is not nice for the children to be late or off unnecessarily as they miss out on what is happening in school.

Website and Permission forms

Our website is updated regularly with news of what the children have been doing and the topics and Creative Learning. Photos are put on regularly. If you have any changes to the permission that you may/may not have given for photographs on the website or in newspapers, please let me know and we will amend our records.


"There's no way that we can help children to learn to love and preserve this planet, if we don't give them direct experiences with the miracles and blessings of nature." Anita Olds

In Reception we try to give the children first hand experience with a range of animals throughout the year. We are looking to have resident hens, which the children will help to care for. We also try to provide other opportunities for the children to have contact with animals such as owls, minibeasts and local farm animals.

Learning in the EYFS

Our Aims:

  • To provide a secure, safe, caring and stimulating environment.

  • To ensure that all children are valued.

  • To build on what the child already knows and develop a positive attitude and enjoyment

  • for learning.

  • To provide a range of opportunities to learn through direct experience, enquiry, drama and active exploration, in the classroom and outdoors, using a wide variety of equipment and materials.

  • To encourage independence and confidence.

  • To value the role parents and carers can play to work together in partnership.

How do we do this?

We want children to be engaged in the learning process and for their learning to be relevant and purposeful. Therefore, we believe that children learn best by doing. We believe that play, both indoors and outdoors, is an ideal vehicle for young children’s’ learning. Play helps children to explore, investigate and, make sense of the world around them. Play allows children to be challenged in their thinking and helps them to practice and rehearse skills and to be motivated in their learning. Children are inquisitive and curious and we wish to build upon this in a positive and enjoyable manner.


The Early Years Foundation Stage is based around four Key Themes,

three Prime areas of Learning and Four Specific Areas of Learning

The themes:

• A Unique Child

• Positive Relationships

• Enabling Environments

• Learning and Development

Each theme is linked to an important Principle:

A Unique Child

Every child is learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person. A competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.

Enabling Environments

The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning.

Learning and Development

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.

Learning and Development is split in to three prime areas and four specific areas.

The three prime areas are:

• Personal Social and Emotional Development

• Communication and Language

• Physical Development

The four specific areas are:

• Literacy

• Mathematics

• Understanding the world

• Expressive arts and design

We plan learning experiences from the children’s’ interests and believe they should play an active role in generating ideas for the curriculum. Each class have plans for continuous provision inside and outside. Weekly plans based on all prime and specific areas are displayed outside each classroom and on the school website. The Literacy and Mathematics plans focus on whole class teaching and adult directed tasks that the children participate in. The continuous provision plan ensures each area of learning is well resourced and equipped for the children to learn, practise, transfer and develop skills.

Speak to Us

We understand it is difficult to speak to us in the playground and before school, should you have any questions, concerns or queries, please see us after school or telephone the school and we can get back to you, or make an appointment.

The Reception Team are very excited for this year!

Mrs Livesley, Mrs Hay

Ms Mattocks and Mrs Wilson-Smith