Welcome to Reception


In Reception we believe that learning through play, engaging themes and a broad and balanced curriculum both independently and with support, ensures our children are happy, engaged and always achieving.

Look at our fantastic learning through play and exploring this term!

KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the maths work in school.  Instant recall facts help enormously with mental agility within maths lessons. When children move onto written calculations, knowing these facts can be very beneficial.  Each child will have a termly handout which sets out their KIRF and other facts which can be practiced at home.  This means that the work at school can be supported at home.  

Recommended Reading

We expect children to read at home at least three times a week. We encourage children to read everything and anything, including books, comics, magazines, poetry, road signs, cereal boxes, recipes, newspapers, websites and even books they write themselves. 


Below is a list of recommended books for your child’s age group. Some of these books are ideal for adults to read to your children and others would be great for children to read themselves. For more information about each of these books, click on: 

Everyone can access free e-books and audio books from Northamptonshire library service. If families are not already members, they can join using this link:


The Book Trust have lots of fun reading activities


We regularly read a variety of books from Pie Corbett's Reading Spine as either part of our daily whole class read or for children to dip in to when they choose from bookshelves in our classes. Here, you can see the books your child might experience in other year groups too.

Other information to help you:

All children's reading books are changed on a Wednesday(please ensure a note has been made in your child's reading journal!). Books are also changed throughout the week when needed or appropriate. Our Classroom Library is available for children to change their library book throughout the week. Children will visit the Library on a Thursday with their class teacher.


Parents are often invited to stay and read with their children, watch a phonics input or learn about building fine motor control.  We also have a learning library available to sign out fun activities for the weekend. Your weekly Tapestry challenge will be uploaded on a Friday morning and we LOVE to see all of your home learning. 


PE is on a Thursday with Miss Blackwell. Please make sure your child comes to school in their PE kit on this day. 


Every term we will go on a seasonal walk to our local park at least once. Look out for our photos on twitter! We also spend time with our local community singing, dancing and story telling with the elderly residents at Templemore House. Throughout the year we explore our community with visits to the shops, post office and other areas of interest. We also invite our local community in, with visits from the fire brigade and our local PCSO. 


Keep your eye out for dates of other trips and visits.