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Wheatfield Drive, Bradley Stoke, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS32 9DB

Wheatfield Primary School

Inspired to Achieve

15" Rustic Welcome Sign: Dark/White
Reception Class Page

We have two Reception classes at Wheatfield Primary

RJ and RC         

Mrs Jones (RJ Teacher)  and Miss Clarke (RC Teacher)

Mrs Goldstone (RJ), Mrs Binding (RC)

Mrs Oujeil and Mrs O'Lerary (RJ/RC Teaching Assistant) 


PPA will be on Monday afternoons this is when Mrs Jones and Miss Clarke spend time preparing and planning for the weeks ahead.

(During this time, our class teaching assistants will lead music and library sessions with the children.)

Welcome to Reception

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"WPS Reception Induction 2020"

Term 1 Learning


In Reception our teachers are Mrs Jones (Class RJ) and Miss Clarke (Class RC). Our teaching assistants are Mrs Goldstone and Mrs Binding. Mrs Oujeil and Mrs O’Learly support across both classes.


We look forward to meeting with you during our virtual home visits and will share with you lots of the information below. This will also be an opportunity to discuss any questions you may have.

We use Tapestry to capture much of the learning, fun and adventures at school. If you haven’t already, please return your consent form  and we will get your account activated as soon as possible! We would also love to see weekend news and learning taking place at home too - especially your Maths Planet learning (see below!)


What should my child bring to school?
Please label every item that belongs to your child including their school uniform and belongings i.e. water bottle. You could use a permanent pen or buy personalised name labels which you can stick onto their belongings. Your child will have a peg in the cloakroom where they can store their coat and welly boots. Your child will have a drawer in the classroom for their book bag and snack.


At Wheatfield Primary we follow a scheme called Jigsaw. We use the focus for each unit as an overarching ‘theme’ for each term as we really value the importance of PSED in your child’s development.

The theme for Term 1 is ‘Being Me in My World!’

We will be focusing on…

  • Settling into our new school
  • Exploring our 5 senses
  • Getting to know one another
  • Making new friends
  • Learning the routines and rules at school
  • Exploring our feelings and emotions

Learning about our special ‘reaching the pot of gold' recognition board and our school values.

Each day, when children demonstrate going 'above and beyond' by representing our school values, they can work towards reaching the pot of gold on our class display. If they reach this, they will be given a special certificate. 


During Term 1  we will be developing our fine and gross motor skills to strengthen our hand and body muscles to support our early writing. We will learn how to hold a pencil effectively and begin to form letters as and when we learn them in our phonic lessons.

  • Give meaning to marks
  • Develop and strengthen our fine and gross motor skills in preparation for writing
  • Develop our pencil control and grip
  • Link sounds to letters and begin to form them
  • Learn to recognise and write our own name
  • Begin to write captions, labels and simple words


Reading and Phonics

We will be looking at books linked to our interests and PSED overarching theme. During the Autumn term we will be enjoying 'We’re going on a Bear Hunt', 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' and 'Peace at Last'. Through whole class book talk sessions we focus on listening to stories, asking and answering questions, and orally rehearsing to develop our vocabulary. We also use a whole school approach called The Write Stuff to help us with developing our vocabulary.


We will begin teaching Phase 2 phonics with daily carpet sessions as a whole class. You will receive a yellow Reading Record book and a 'Wheatfield Phonic Booklet' once we have started phonics and you will receive a copy of the sounds (phonemes) we have introduced each week to practise at home. 


Supporting reading at home... 

  • Your child will be able to borrow 1 school Library book which will be changed on alternate Monday's 
  • Your child will receive a ‘Wheatfield Phonics’ booklet
  • Your child will receive 1 phonic book each week
    We will start our whole school ‘Catch the Reading Bug’ challenge to support reading at home. For every 50 reads your child will get to choose a brand new book to keep from Mr Winterburn!



In Term 1 we will be covering the objectives of:

  • Learning to recognise numbers 1, 2 and 3
  • Developing our understanding on the value of the numbers 1, 2, 3
  • Developing our counting skills
  • Recognising an amount without counting (subitising) numbers 1, 2 ,3 
  • Seeing patterns, continuing and copying them
  • Positional and directional language (in, on, under, down)


Your child will receive a ‘Math Planet’ booklet which will have our termly objectives in. In this booklet, we have written suggested games and activites to support these objectives at home. Each term your child will receive a new math planet booklet which includes the objectives we are teaching in class. To earn a certificate, please upload photos/videos to Tapestry of your child engaging with the suggested activities in the booklet. If you have any difficulty with this please come and see us so that we can support you. The booklets can be kept at home and do not need to be returned to school.


Bronze 1 (Term 1 booklet) = Certificate will be awarded at the end of term 

Bronze 2 (Term 2 booklet) = Bronze Badge will be awarded at the end of the term

Term 1 Wider Curriculum

 Throughout our entire curriculum for EYFS, we always centre the needs of the children as well as their interests as the focus of our learning for our wider curriculum.

At Wheatfield Primary School we are very fortunate to have such fantastic outdoor spaces including our amazing onsite forest ‘The Wild Wood’. Each week your child will take part in small group Wild Wood sessions. We think about and explore our four seasons and use our school grounds in all weathers so it is essential your child has a waterproof coat and wellies in school every day.


We will also be exploring…

  • Our 5 senses
  • Looking after our bodies including self-care
  • Seasonal changes and the weather
  • Day and night
  • Getting to know our new school environment and where things are

During Term 1 the children will be developing their confidence in self-selecting by using the classroom resources. This may include junk modelling and using craft materials by using their imaginations to create, design and make creations. The children will be exploring digital media and printing within their art sessions. We will also be teaching the children how to use scissors carefully. 

We also learn many rhymes and songs from Poetry Basket. We use Charanga to learn songs including popular nursery rhymes such as ‘I’m a little teapot’. We will explore making sounds using body percussion and by exploring instruments.


Home Learning

How can I help my child at home? 


  • 1 x School Library book each alternate week (changed on Monday's)
    Library books are provided to help children develop a 'love for reading'. The children are not expected to be able to read them themselves. 

  • 1 x Phonic book each week (changed on Friday's)

  • Phonic booklet
    Your child will be provided with a phonic booklet and will be given strips of words to read (called word lists and common exception words). Common exception word lists need to be read by sight. When your child can successfully and confidently read their words put your booklet into your child's class communication box located outside of the cloakroom.


"Catch the Reading Bug" incentive - please write in your child's yellow reading record book each time you read with them.

We will acknowledge your child's reading at home and these reads will count towards earning a '50 reads certificate' and brand new book to keep from Mr Winterburn.

Julia Donaldson 10 Book Collection Set The Gruffalo The Gruffalo's Child  The Snail and the Whale Room on the Broom What the Ladybird Heard The Troll  Tyrannosaurus Drip: Julia Donaldson: 9781529020618: Amazon.com:Gold Star Stamp | stamptastic-uk


We recommend practising practical maths skills in a fun and playful way, weaving it into every day life - maths is all around us!

  • Maths Planet booklet
    Your child will be receive a maths planet booklet which has guidance on how to support maths at home. Their booklet doesn't need to be returned to school, but we would love to see photos of your child practising their maths at home on Tapestry! We will give out certificates at the end of each term for children who have had a go at maths learning at home! 

How do we learn in Reception?

 Every day children will have carpet time sessions consisting of daily Phonic, Maths and 'Book talk' sessions.

We support children through adult led activities as well as through child led play and have
access to the outdoor environment all day. Every child is provided with a weekly adult led writing and maths group session as well as being given time to read 1-1 with an adult.

We also have weekly outdoor learning sessions inspired by Forest School principles in our very own onsite
Wild Wood! Click here to find out more about Outdoor Learning at Wheatfield.

Our Classrooms

Our classrooms are designed to create a calm, nurturing and homely environment, which research suggests is the best environment for children to feel safe, learn and thrive in.

We have lots of natural and 'real' resources which encourage curiosity, discovery, awe and wonder through open ended experiences. 

Both Reception classrooms mirror one another with the same (or similar) resources purposefully planned to support children's learning and development. We have continuous provision organised within learning stations around the classroom (resources which are always available) as well as enhanced provision (new or additional resources) which are added in each week by targeting specific skills, with a focus always including early reading, writing and maths. 

We use our knowledge of children's interests and abilities to engage them in play and to
'continue their learning when an adult is not present' during child led choice time. This develops a wide range of skills such as consolidating their learning, developing their levels of independence and their resilience. 


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Autumn newsletter 

(click above to download)


Smile! :-D – English-Language Thoughts

We use an online 'learning journal' known as Tapestry to track the achievements and interests of your child.

EYFS staff regularly update your child's journal and we strongly encourage families to upload their own contributions.

We often upload class notices and other important information regarding just Reception children on our Tapestry page.

Check your notification settings to ensure you receive all updates. If you do not have access to your account, please speak to a member of the Reception team.

Tapestry Classic – Apps on Google Play
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Communication box

Gratnells Jumbo Storage Tray - Yellow - G240064 | GLS Educational Supplies

We have a yellow communication box by our cloakroom doors each morning. Please put your child's letter and sound booklet/math planet booklet and any letters/notes.

There will always be one member of staff from the Reception Team on the cloakroom door each morning to greet your child, so if you have any queries they will be available to help and pass messages on.


Whole school notices including key dates and information will be published in the weekly
school newsletter.

(Click above for school newsletter)

What should my child bring to school?

Please label every item that belongs to your child including their school uniform.

You could use a permanent pen or buy personalised name labels from the internet which you can stick onto their belongings. 


P.E Kit 

Our P.E days will usually be on Fridays.

Please make sure that your child comes into school on a Friday wearing their school P.E kit.

*We will be starting PE once the children are all in full time*

Please provide a spare change of clothes in case they get muddy/have an accident 

(Spare clothes: this does not need to be school uniform - a top, bottoms, underwear and socks)