Welcome to Reception

Mr Bhatti and Miss Yates would like to welcome you to Reception.

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Learning Through Play


Reception will do PE lessons on Tuesdays. 

Due to the government guidelines around opening school safely, we have made the decision at St. George’s that PE lessons are to be taught outside only and your child should attend school on Tuesday wearing their PE kit all day.  This is to ensure the PE clothes can be washed on a regular basis at home and to avoid any accidental swapping of clothes between children.


Home Readers

Children will be given a 'home reader'. This is a book that matches their developing phonics knowledge.  Your child should be able to use their decoding strategies e.g. sounding out and blending to read this book to an adult. Please make sure their book bag is brought to school and they bring their home reader in on a Thursday so it can be changed.


Homework is set on the online platform Education City every Friday. Activities are monitored by Mr Bhatti and children are rewarded in class for their efforts.

Alongside Home Readers, children are assigned reading books online via Bug Club. If you have any queries about either of these resources please see the Reception team.



In Reception, children start to be taught using the 'Letters and Sounds' programme which takes place daily. The lessons follow a clear structure of Review, Teach, Practise and Apply. Listed below are some useful resources.

Letters and Sounds for Home and School

Useful Phonics Websites

Letters and Sounds words and sentences for Phase 2 and 3


Big Question

We have so many exciting themes and topics throughout the year to learn about.

Our big question this term is 'What makes me incredible?' Children have made fantastic paper plate self-portraits to celebrate their uniqueness!

We Are Artists

Children have been developing their skills across areas of the curriculum through art! 

Autumn Learning

Children have been understanding the world around them by looking at seasonal changes and their impact, thinking about the change in weather and the clothes we wear. We loved going on a leaf hunt and explored mathematic concepts using the collected leaves: sorting by size; sorting by number of lobes; matching shape, size and colour.

Growing Cress

As part of developing an understanding of growth and changes over time, children have been planting cress seeds.  Throughout the next few weeks, we shall be observing and talking about how the cress changes and grows over time. 

Remembrance Day

We made poppies to remember all the soldiers who lost their lives during the wars.  We painted cup cake cases and lollipop sticks.  It was very messy but lots of fun!

Christmas Nativity

Reception have been in full creative Christmas mode this last couple of weeks! As well as getting artistic in crafts they have been busy filming the story of the nativity using green screen. They were true professionals! The children shone under the spotlights and cameras. Their acting skills were truly amazing. As you can imagine we have had lots of fun and laughter! They all had such a good time and quite a unique experience for their first nativity at St George’s. We hope you enjoy the finished video and we hope it helps you to remember why we celebrate Christmas. It certainly has made us smile. Best Wishes and Merry Christmas from Reception Class. The Nativity Video can be viewed on the school's YouTube channel (click here).

We have loved making rocking Santas, Christmas cards and Christmas trees. There was a lot of glitter and glue involved but we enjoyed getting creative!