Early Years Foundation Stage- Reception 2023 - 2024

Welcome to Reception!

Class teacher: Mrs Hallworth 

Teaching Assistants: Ms Green, Mrs Dunning, Mrs Carroll

Welcome to Reception’s page where you can find out about all the exciting things that we get up to!

In Reception, we create a stimulating environment that allows the children to become independent and resilient learners. Personal and social development is a significant part of the children’s time in Reception and during their first year of school, we strive to inspire a love of learning that will continue throughout their time at Moss Hey!

We have a different theme each half term:

Autumn 1 – All about me 

Autumn 2 - Celebrations

Spring 1 – Fairy Tales

Spring 2 - Let it Grow

Summer 1 - Where in the World?

Summer 2 - Our Wonderful World


Here is an idea of a typical day in Reception

  • Funky Fingers
  • Phonics
  • Carpet teach
  • Discovery time
  • Carpet teach
  • Lunch time and outdoor play
  • Carpet time
  • Discovery time
  • Carpet teach- Assembly/PSHE/RE/Interest time
  • End of day


We use Essential Letters and Sounds as our phonics scheme. I have attached a link which will direct you to the parents page.


Sun Safety

Please ensure children come to school with suncream on, a hat and a full water bottle. 

Interest time

Every Tuesday we will have Interest Time. Children can either bring something in or send a photo to talk about to the rest of the class. The aim of the session is to seek to develop the children’s self-confidence and listening skills as well as their speech and language.


You must read with your child every single day and sign the reading record. There will also be a phonics sheet sent home weekly with the sounds taught that week. Please practise the letter formation and the words and sentences in the exercise book provided.


Children need to be reading every day and reading their book more than once to gain a secure understanding. The EYFS curriculum states children need to "re-read books to build up their confidence in word reading, their fluency and their understanding and enjoyment” We will be changing all reading books on a Monday. Please write a comment so we know you have read the book. Please leave the book and reading record in their book bags at all times as we will read with the children throughout the week.


PE is on a Thursday morning. Please ensure all PE clothes and school uniforms are labelled. You will need a full indoor and outdoor kit.


We provide fruit every day, however, your child is welcome to bring in their own healthy, nut free snack if they’d prefer. Please write their name on their snack and place it in their book bag. Children are entitled to milk until they are five and then you have to pay.


Please remember to order a lunch at home. We advise ordering lunches all in one go for the term.

Class Dojo

I will post regular photos on Class Dojo to show you what we have been up to during our school day. This will be our main form of communication. Please use Class Dojo to contact me with any questions and look out for class messages and photos. 

Other information

  • Please ensure that water bottles are full and named 
  • PPA time will be on a Monday afternoon. This means that I will be out of the class during that time. The children will be taught by Mrs Platt.
  • Please provide a spare pair of pants and socks in their PE bag, even if your child is not prone to accidents. 

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Many thanks for your support.

Mrs Hallworth

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