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Welcome to Reception Slides 2021


Please visit our  'Welcome to Penwortham' website for our transition meeting slides and more information.


Welcome to Reception! In Reception, play is a very important part of your child’s development and most learning will be introduced through a mixture of carefully planned play, some adult-led focused activities and carpet sessions. Wellbeing is at the heart of what we do at Penwortham. We help children to have the best possible start to school life and form positive friendships with their peers. We encourage them to understand their own feelings and those of others. By the end of the year, children should be able to listen attentively, express themselves well and have resilience in the face of a challenge. We support children to be independent and engaged learners.


You can see information about our curriculum here.

The Reception Team

In Reception we have three classes. Barn Owls are taught by Miss Granger, Snowy Owls by Mrs Rowe and Tawny Owls by Mrs Redgrove. Our support staff are Ms Adams, Ms Swan, Ms Maher and Ms Ewelina. Mrs Khan and Miss Bundy support across the year group.


What we are learning this half term

You can see our Autumn 1 Curriculum Map here. 

How you can help at home

You can encourage your child to be independent in things like putting on their coat, eating with a knife and fork or organising themselves before leaving the house. 

Please read with your child; this can be done using the phonics book and the story book your child brings home weekly from school. Please record any reading at home in your child’s reading record. 

Please keep us updated on Tapestry about your learning at home. We love to see photos of what you have been up to and hear about fantastic experiences. We really enjoy seeing you comment on what your child has been learning at school. We will also post phonics videos to show you how you can support with phonics at home.

We encourage you to practise writing in purposeful ways, such as writing diaries over the holidays and writing shopping lists or letters. We have put together the key words covered in Reception on a one page sheet and as a printable resource. Please get your child to practise reading and writing these.

Useful Websites

  • There are some great activities on ICTgames.
  • CBBC's Numberblocks is a fantastic programme for showing a range of number skills
  • If you have access to an iPad, the Sounds-Write app is great to download

  • Oxford Owl has some books to read on the iPad - login details are on Tapestry

  • Epic Reading has a great online reading library
  • Earth Cubs is a fantastic resource to teach children about sustainability.

What we have been up to

Important Dates

Tuesday 14th September - Meet the Teachers Presentation, 5pm