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Shay Lane Primary School

 Welcome to Reception!

Reception News


  • Please ensure your child brings their reading book into school everyday as they will have their book changed when they have read with a member of staff.
  • Tuck shop day is Friday. Please send your child in with 25p (in the correct change) on Friday morning, the children will count their money after the register. 
  • PE is on a Monday morning

Planning and Information

Our Learning

Long Term Plan

Autumn 1 - Ourselves and Dinosaurs Curriculum Overview Autumn 1
Autumn 2- People Who Help Us Curriculum Overview Autumn 2
Spring 1- Winter Wonderland/Arctic Curriculum Overview Spring 1
Spring 2- Celebrations/Space Curriculum Overview Spring 2
Summer 1 - Growth and Change                                                                   Curriculum Overview Summer 1
Summer 2- Water, Water Everywhere Curriculum Overview Summer 2


Reception follow the EYFS Statutory Framework and asses using Development Matters. Follow the links to find out more information.

Click here to find guidance on your child's development and how you can help them at home.

How can I help my child at home?


Read with them daily. This can be their school books, a book from home or a bug club book online. Expose them to a variety of text types such as magazines, comics, stories, non-fiction etc. Your child can read to you or another family member to practise their skills and it is equally beneficial for children to be read to. Whilst you are reading a book together, ask a few questions about what is happening or about what a word means.

Bug Club- Log on details were sent home with your child, if you need another copy please let a member of staff know

 Oxford Owl - a free to join website with eBooks (including some Read Write Inc based books), games etc

 Phonics Play- access to some free phonics based games

Spelling and writing

We have been learning to write in Reception and practise at home helps to consolidate their learning. The children spell using their phonics knowledge and knowledge of our tricky words. We segment (sound out) the word to identify the sounds and them write the word sound by sound. You can help by encouraging them to write at home this could be a shopping list, a letter to somebody, a birthday card, anything that makes them enthusiastic about writing.

  Phonics Play- access to some free phonics based games


Maths can be found everywhere and it can be fun. Some nice ideas for counting include: counting the stairs or how many steps until you reach a destination, counting how many bus stops you pass, counting out amounts of food whilst serving up lunch or dinner. The children have also been learning how to add, subtract, halve and double, the children love to solve problems, especially in everyday contexts. Give them a real life problem at home and watch them work hard to solve it, such as halving some sweets with a sibling or finding how much more they would need for a recipe etc. Shapes, weight and measurements are all excellent maths topics which can be explored with your child at home. It isn't all number based

 Crickweb - online maths games

Topmarks - online maths games


Read Write Inc Phonics

 We use the Read Write Inc phonics scheme at Shay Lane. Below we have links to printable sheets to help your child at home. The first section has the sounds that we are learning. The second section has green words, these are phonetically decodable words linked to the sounds, as the children come across them more frequently they should begin reading them on sight (without sounding them out.)

The last section had our red words, these are the tricky words which need to be read on sight as the children cannot sound them out. 

Set 1 Set 2
Sounds Sounds

Green Words 1

Green Words 2

Green Words 1

Green Words 2

Red Words 1

Red Words 2

Red Words 1

Red Words 2