Welcome to Reception


Starfish Teacher:

  • Kirstyn Moss

Turtles Teacher:

  • Elizabeth Rickman

Teaching Assistants:

  • Jenna Baker
  • Becky Shawyer

Reception Cover Teacher

  • Jennifer Byrne

Welcome to the fun, exciting and busy Summer term at Nelson School!
We hope you all had a wonderful Easter break. This short letter is designed to give you as much information as we can about the rest of the Reception year.
We hope to continue working in partnership with you to ensure your child’s final term in Reception is happy and memorable, while also ensuring your child’s readiness and confidence for their transition to Year 1.

Recommended Books for Foundation stage

Mid Term Plan – Summer 1


• This term our topic is “Where are we going and how will we get there?” with specific focus on “Adventures – Real and Imaginary!” in which we will be working on a range of exciting adventure themes.

• Attached are the Early Learning Goals. This is what your child will be assessed on at the end of the school year.

• In keeping with Reception good practice and ethos, we will continue to respond to children’s interests and ideas and incorporate them, where possible, into our curriculum and learning.

Learning Journeys

  • Your child will continue to focus on their own individual Learning Journey. You are, as always, invited to contribute to this by sharing your child’s “WOW” moments with us. (PLEASE SEE THE CLASS TEACHER IF YOU NEED MORE OF THESE)


With all the phonics skills that the children have gained in Reception, this term is a good opportunity for children to use that knowledge to experience a variety of texts. Please ensure that you are reading frequently with your child at home. Children will continue to follow the structure of Little Wandle Letters and Sounds.


If your child is having a hot school lunch, please remember to select the meal in advance via Parent Pay.  Please speak to the school office if you have any questions.

Parent Helpers

We are always looking for volunteers to help within the classroom and on trips. To do this you WILL NEED a DBS check, which the school office can help you with.


We send letters and important information regarding your child’s learning home in their book bags. Please ensure they are bought to school daily and check them on a regular basis.


In Reception we have two snack times; mid-morning and mid-afternoon each day.

The school provides 1 portion of fruit or vegetable snacks for all children on a daily basis and we ask that you please provide the other. In keeping with the wider healthy eating policy of the school, please only send a fruit or vegetable snack. We feel that this not only helps promote a positive attitude to healthy eating but also encourages good eating habits. Please remember that if you are providing this in a container, please clearly name label it. We are a NUT FREE school and have children allergic, so please DO NOT bring in anything containing nuts.

Cake Sale and Assembly Dates

Turtle: Cake sale – Friday 26th May. Assembly – Thursday 8th June (9:30am)
Starfish: Cake sale – Friday 9th June. Assembly – Friday 16th June (9:30am)


EYFS – Wednesday 14th June


The Reception team work hard to ensure each child experiences a smooth and successful transition to their new year group in September. This involves lots of appropriate discussion with the children and opportunities for them to become familiar with their new classrooms and teaching staff, where possible.


Cake sale Turtles – Friday 26th May
Cake sale Starfish – Friday 9th June
Bocketts farm trip – Thursday 25th May
Sports day – Wednesday 18th June
Class assembly Turtles – Thursday 8th June
Class assembly Starfish – Friday 16th June

We hope you have found this information helpful. We aim to keep parents as involved and informed as possible. Please do not hesitate to ask your child’s teacher or other members of the Reception team if you have a question or just wish to have a chat about any of the above.

Named Property

May we remind you – please remember to label ALL children’s clothing, snack pots and water bottles, etc with your child’s name.


If your child needs any medication administered at school, it must be prescribed. Please contact the school office for more information.


Reflection Videos

Summer 2020-21

Autumn 2020-21

Summer 2020


Spring 2020

Autumn 2 Term 2019

Summer Term 2019

Spring Term 2019