Chorley All Saints Church Of England Primary School And Nursery Unit

Love to Learn, Together with the Lord

Reception Staff

Teachers: Mrs Harrison/ Miss Bass

Teaching Assistant: Miss Johnson, Mrs Rutter &  Miss Bamber

Welcome back

This half term we are reading Traditional Tales in class, exploring them in depth and using the structure of these stories to aid our understanding in beginning to write our own stories. We will explore lots of concepts linked to Understanding the World this half term, using the caterpillars in class to explore minibeasts and life-cycles, and later in the term investigating old toys and comparing them with modern toys. Our role play area this half term is a gingerbread cottage, where children will extend their storytelling and imagination, whilst outdoors we will have a garage role play.

Liverpool Underwater Street

Reception have had a great trip at Liverpool Underwater Street. Liverpool Underwater Street has lots of areas to explore and learn including whilst the children can let their imagination run free.  You can find pictures from the day when you click here.


We will:

  • Become more familiar with a wider range of phonics sounds and reading words in sentences.
  • Think about words that rhyme and develop our understanding of rhyme.
  • Write letters, lists and short captions linked to our class stories.


Reading is very important to us here at All Saints’ and we cannot over emphasise how important it is for your child to read with you regularly at home every day. You will have received with this letter a leaflet telling you how you can support your child’s reading at home, and please do find time each day to sit and enjoy reading with your child. Your child will have a reading record book that will be used both at school and at home to share progress on your child’s reading. Please make sure your child brings their book bag to school every day.

Please click here for our reading leaflet. 


We will:

  • Think about one more and one less.
  • Count forwards and backwards to and from 20.
  • Explore shapes, 2D and 3D.



We will:

  • Think about celebrations in Christianity and other Faiths.


Reception homework expectations include: reading daily with your child and recording this in their reading log; recording weekend or special activities in their Time to Talk books as often as possible; and completing three of the homework projects from the half termly homework sheet. Children are also sent home weekly with words to practise reading that are linked to the phonics sounds they have been working on that week. Thank you for your support.


Each week children in Year One will be given spellings on a Monday to be practiced in preparation for a test on the Friday.

The spellings sheet will also show the particular sounds that we are focusing on in our phonics that week.


Reception Curriculum

At the beginning of each term, your child’s class teacher will send out a new curriculum letter.  These letters outline different topics and activities which will be undertaken over the course of the term.  The letter might also indicate how you can support your child at home.

Click here to see the latest curriculum letter.


For a more detailed report on what your child will be doing this half term, please click here for the latest Medium Term Plan. 


Songs to help your children

How to pronounce phonemes:
Phonics Song:
Count to 20 song: 
Geraldine Giraffe phonics videos:

Useful websites and games for Reception Class

The websites listed below are a fun and engaging way to support your child’s learning.