Welcome to Reception

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been a fantastic start to the year and we are excited for the children’s first full week with us. We are extremely proud of the way they have settled into school as we are sure you are too. We will be holding ‘new to Reception’ meetings for parents. These meetings are useful for parents to attend as they will outline routines, expectations as well as cover topics such as the curriculum, timetables and how you can help at home. These meetings will be held on Monday 16th September at 3:45pm in the following locations:

RT (in RT’s classroom at Meteor site)

RB and RKB (in RB’s classroom at Webb’s site)

RC (in RC’s classroom at Webb’s site)

This half-term we are learning about ‘My World’. Our accompanying overview outlines what we will cover each week. This half-term there is a big focus on children’s personal, social and emotional development and communication skills.  We will be working hard to ensure children are settled and comfortable in their new environment and forming friendships with their peers. We aim to build your child’s confidence and to develop their independence as much as possible. We therefore ask you to please refrain from following your child into school in the mornings so that we can make this process as smooth as possible for your children.  This will also ensure that there is room for them to move along the corridors safely. It also helps those who are saying goodbye reluctantly in the playground to see what is expected.

We are carrying out very simple assessments over the coming weeks to ensure we know exactly what the children already know about letters and sounds and also in their understanding and use of number.  This will enable us to plan effectively to support and extend all the children in these key skills.

At Belleville we use the Jolly Phonics actions to support our teaching of Reading and Writing.  Every day we will focus on a different letter and sound.  It would benefit your child if you could follow this up at home, for example by identifying objects containing each of the sounds. You can find the sounds covered each week on the top of the overview. Each Friday we will send home a ’sound book’ for your child to keep at home so please look out for these in your child’s book bag. There will be workshops which will outline how we teach Reading, Writing and Maths at the early stages and how to support your child at home.  More information will be sent on these soon.  Please ensure that your child has a book bag that they bring to school every day. This enables us to communicate with you via letters and to send home activities which reinforce learning in school.

The children will be having weekly PE lessons this half-term.  Please ensure your child’s PE kit and bag has all items clearly named.  They will change for their lesson in school and go home wearing their PE kit. An expectation of the Early Years curriculum is that children are independent in dressing themselves.  Please support this process at home.

PE days are:                                               

    RB – Friday pm                                         

    RC – Thursday pm                                                                                                          

    RT – Friday pm

    RKB – Wednesday pm                                                            

Communicating with parent and carers is an important part of what we do, making sure you get the correct information about school news, activities and things that really matter is something we care about. We use ParentMail, a service used by over 6,000 schools, nurseries and children’s clubs to communicate with you.  You should have received an invite to parent mail with instructions on how to register. Once registered, if you have an Android or Apple smartphone, we would highly recommend you download the ParentMail App for the best user experience. If you need any assistance, please visit the help site:, contact the school office or email your queries to:

Your class teacher is always on the playground at the start and end of each day so please do come and speak to us if you have any questions and we look forward to an exciting first term!

The Reception Team

Download the overview for Autumn 1

Download the 'New to Reception' presentation notes

Download the Phonics Parent Workshop