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Welcome to Reception! 

At Church Lane we have two reception classes - The Brown Bears and the Hungry Caterpillars 

The Brown Bears Class Teacher is Miss White.
Miss White is also our Early Years Manager. 

The Hungry Caterpillars Class Teacher is Miss Hulme. 
She is also phonics lead for the school. 

Throughout the week we have some wonderful teaching assistants working with us:

Miss Valente, Mrs Pownall and Miss Friesener.


On this page you will find lots of information about the reception year at
Wistaston Church Lane Academy.  If you have any questions please get in touch! 

General Information

General Information

  • Reading books and records need to be in school everyday so that children can read with a member of staff.
  • Reading books are changed twice a week and your child will bring home a book banded reading book and a shared book.
  • Children will need to have wellies and a waterproof coat in school at all times to play outside in all weathers.
  • Please can you name all of your child's belongings and help them to practise recognising them at home.

Our Learning and Topics

15640 RGB 282db686 b838 468c a62a 7077829cd1d8 1024xOur current topic in reception is traditional tales. 

We will be looking at a variety of traditional tales including the three little pigs, little red riding hood and Jack and the beanstalk. 


During this topic we will learn in a variety of ways, covering all elements of the EYFS curriculum. 

Personal Social and Emotional Development: 

We will continue to develop our social skills through games and structured play, including games linked to the stories we are reading. 

We will think about personal safety and learn about stranger danger. 

We will think about being kind and good friends, and how our behaviour can affect those around us. 


Communication and Language: 

We will roleplay the various stories, taking on different roles and characters 

We will orally compose sentences about the traditional tales that we are reading. 

We will think about using the past tense correctly eg. The wold blew the house down. 



We will read a variety of traditional tales, and will show understanding of what we have read. 

We will continue our phonics lessons, with words and tricky words linked where possible to our traditional tales 

We will label characters from the story

We will write sentences about the stories that we are reading. 



Our maths learning this term will include 

- 2D shapes - naming them and talking about their properites 

-Numbers to 20 - recognising and naming 

- Countine skills

-addition using  part whole model and written methods. 

Physical Development:

We will continue to work on our handwriting, keeping our letters formed correctly and sat on the line

We will take part in PE lessons with our sports coaches, learning throwing and catching skills. 

We will take part in PE lessons with our teachers, learning our balance and coordination


Understanding the World:

Technology - We will use purple mash to acces traditional tales ICT activities 

People and communities - We will think about the families in the stories that we read. We will continue to celebrate with our families and friends, including celebrations such as Easter. 

The World - We will look for signs of Spring and talk about seasonal changes. 


Expressive Arts and Design: 

We will work on our design skills - designing houses for the three little pigs 

We will learn drawing skills 

We will continue to work on our colour mixing skills 

We will learn how to use a variety of materials to build houses for the three little pigs. 


In reception we teach to the early years foundation stage curriculum. More information can be found here:


Useful Resources, Websites and Links for EYFS

In this section you will find links to websites and apps which you can use to support your childrens learning at home 

Reading and Writing 



Alphablocks are another fun way to  learn phonics -


TRICKY WORDS - Tricky word songs that we use in school 

A Website with lots of ideas for teaching tricky words -,or%20Letters%20and%20Sounds%20words.


Tricky word activity mats -




Powerpoint from support session - tricky words




Numberblocks article ten balloons

Numberblocks are a great way to learn numbers and have fun - available on IPlayer and as an app too!


Ten Town - Your child will have a login for ten town. Please speak to your class teacher if you have lost your login details.


Other websites to support with learning in EYFS

  • Twinkl They are currently providing some activities and resources for free. 


  • - some brilliant games and activities!


  • - ICT games for different subjects 


  •  - Excellent site built around the 7 areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. You can access a free 7 day trial but you need to subscribe after this period to access the content – various subscription packages available.




  •  - Visit the world with Barnaby Bear!



This link shows lots of useful apps for early years -


This document also gives further ideas of apps you can download 




Reception have PE on Tuesday and  Thursdays.

On these days we ask that children come to school in their PE clothes rather than their school uniform.

Weather dependant they can wear their shorts and school coloured PE T- shirt and House PE sweatshirt. If the weather is cold, then track suit bottoms/leggings would be more suitable. Trainers are preferable to pumps as it is possible the children may be outdoors for some lessons.

Long Term Plan

Please see the long term plan for EYFS for 2020 2021. 


Children's Mental Health

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This year's theme is Express Yourself.

We want the children  to think about how they can express themselves, talk about how they are feeling, and also who they can talk to if they are not feeling ok. 

More information for parents can be found here:

Below, we have uploaded some activities to help you and your children think about and support their mental health this week.

Please remember, all the staff at Church Lane are here if you are your child need us - please contact us if you need us. 




Parents and Carers - Children's Mental Health Week 2021

Draw your feelings:

A great activity in which your children can draw their body and think about how they are feeling – they can express this in any way they choose. The video goes through this step by step.



Cosmic Kids Yoga ? Dream Big Sports 

Meditation and Yoga for children

Your children will already be familiar with “cosmic kids yoga”

On this website you will also find guided meditations for children.  They are called “peace out”



 Mindfulness Colouring

We have uploaded some mindfulness colouring sheets to the class page that your child may wish to use this week.

Play some calm, relaxing music as your child completes these. You may wish to do one too!




Non-Screen Time

Take some time away from your screens today

Here are some ideas you could use: