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Alfred Salter Primary School

Building strong relationships, celebrating difference and creativity today.
Inspiring individuals who will fulfil their potential as world citizens of tomorrow.


Welcome to Reception


Our teachers:

Violet Class:       Judith and Alisa

Magenta Class:  Charlotte and Rachel



About our class:


Reception consists of two classes, which have adjoining classrooms with a shared outdoor area.

Our ethos is to promote opportunities for collaboration between others to develop and nurture autonomy in a safe, secure and stimulating environment. Children are encouraged to explore and extend their individual interests through a variety of enjoyable and challenging learning experiences.

The learning environment is planned for in accordance with the Early Years statutory framework as set out in the 'Development Matters in the Early Years' (September 2012).

At Alfred Salter we value and celebrate each child's unique background and experiences. We understand and recognise the importance of working together by building relationships with parents/carers as these have a positive impact on the children's learning.



Half term holiday - 19th - 27th October.

We look forward to seeing you all back at school on Monday 28th October 2019!







Literacy - We have finished reading 'Once There Were Giants'. The children have really enjoyed this story. After the holidays we will be reading 'The Three Little Pigs'. 


Task: Can you draw a picture of a pig and bring it in to show us?


Phonics - This week we have learned the sounds; b  h  g  c   

                We have been focussing on our letter formation (see the letter formation resources sheet below).


Maths - We extended our knowledge of sorting this week by organising oursleves into different groups (e.g. hair colour and clothing). 


Task: Can you sort your family into adults and children?






Thank you to all the parents that attended the reading workshop today! It was lovely to see so many of you there.

For those who couldn't make it, the powerpoint presentation is saved in the resources section at the bottom of the page. 


Literacy - The children have loved looking at the story so far (Once There Were Giants). We have compared the characters to our own families and sequenced pictures of growing up from a baby to adulthood.


Task: Can you remember the character's names?


Phonics - We have been consolidating the sounds; n  o  p  s  m  i  a  t  

                 We have been building words with these sounds in such as top, map, man etc.


Maths - This week we have been sorting obkects. We sorted them by their colours and other features.


Task: Can you sort your toys into groups?






Thank you for all the lovely photos that have been brought in. The children have loved looking at them and guessing who is who?


Please can you make sure that your child brings a named coat to school so that they can go outside!


Literacy - Our new story is 'Once There Were Giants'. The children have really enjoyed talking about the characters - especially the little girl.


Task: Discuss what you and your child were like when you were babies.


Phonics - We have introduced three new sounds. They are;   n   o   p.



Maths - We have counted items on pictures and discussed which has more.


Task: Can you draw 5 things?







Next week we would like you to bring in a photograph (doesn't have to be the original) of your family and of yourself as a baby.



Literacy - This is our last week looking at the story of 'The Elves and the Shoemaker'. We have been sequenced and drawn the key events from the story.


Task: Can you remember what comes at the beginning, middle and end?


Phonics - We have focused on the sounds - s, a, t, i, and m. We have practised spelling cvc words e.g. sat, mat and sit.


 Maths - This week we have been practising counting out using 1-to-1 correspondence (1 object at a time).


Task: Can you count out objects for the numbers 4, 7 and 12.





The children have all settled in really well and we have had a brilliant first couple of weeks in Reception!


Please could you check that all items of clothing are labelled as we have had some mix ups. Thank you!



Literacy - We have been learning about the story of 'The Elves and the Shoemaker'. We have been retelling the story and talking about the feelings that the characters have.


Task: Can you remember who the characters in the story are? Can you describe them?


Phonics - we have been recapping some of the sounds from the alphabet.


Maths - We have been doing lots of counting to 20 and recognising the numerals.


Task - Can you find any numbers in your house?



Letter formation resources

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