Christ Church C of E Primary School

Christ Church C of E Primary

Reception Class 

Welcome to Reception!



Reception Class – Curriculum Newsletter



Welcome to Reception Class!


Our theme for this half term is Autumn and Ourselves.


The children will be looking at nature and the changing season this autumn and thinking about Harvest. We are planning an Autumn Walk in Oxleas woods which we hope will inspire the children to look closely at nature around them and give them a starting point from which to observe the changes of the seasons throughout the year. This will also link to our work in RE.


We will also be talking about ourselves, who we are, the things we like and about our families.


In Literacy we will be using the book Where the Wild Things Are as a focus. We will retelling the story, talking about characters and creating wild characters of our own. We might even have our own Wild Rumpus in the woods!


Phonics is also an important part of our literacy lessons and new phonic sounds will be taught in daily sessions. You can find out more about the teaching of phonics on the Reception Class page of our school website and we will be in touch with parents and carers later in the term about a meeting to discuss how we teach phonics and reading and how you can support this at home.


Once phonics lessons are well under way we will start Guided Reading with the children. Your child will receive a reading record where we will make a note of the story they should be reading with you at home. The reading record is also for you to write in each time you read with them.


Numeracy activities will also run through the theme of ‘Autumn’ where we will be focusing on counting with numbers from one to 20, recognising numbers and being able to place them in order. You can support this at home by singing number songs with your children, practise counting using 1:1 correspondence and raising their awareness of numbers around them (car number plates, buses, door numbers). 


In RE our topic is ‘God’s Wonderful World?’ where we learn the story of The Creation and talk about the importance of looking after the world and the similarities and differences between ourselves and others. Towards the end of the half term we will also be learning about Harvest and why Christians believe it is important to be thankful to God.



Thank you for your support, we look forward to an enjoyable first half term!


Mrs Joyce and the Reception Team




 Below is a link to a presentation showing how the letter formation we use. We talk to the children about letters always starting on the line, and we have been using the phrase 'lead in' before reading the phonics patter that goes with the letter e.g. for 's', "lead in and slither down the snake".

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Phonics Games 

Some useful apps for smartphones are listed below. Read the descriptions before deciding whether this is useful for your child as they are aimed at different levels.

Pocket Phonics

Twinkl Phonics

 Interactive Alphabet ABCs



Here is an online phonics guide for parents which will be a really useful way for you to find out more about phonics, how it is taught in class and how you can help your child at home. 

Follow the link to find out more: