Welcome to Reception


Starfish Teacher:

  • Kirstyn Moss

Teaching Assistants:

  • Jenna Rees
  • Sayma Rahmatullah
  • Becky Shawyer

Reception PE Teacher

  • Mr Abbott.

Welcome to Reception at Nelson School for you and your child. The autumn term is an exciting and busy first term of the Reception year. We are looking forward to working in partnership with you to ensure your child’s first year at school is a happy and successful one.

‘Getting to Know You’ Information

Reception get to know you 2020

Recommended books for Foundation stage

Summer Term in Starfish 2021

Summer 1 Overview 2021

PE day in Reception is Friday. We will start PE sessions when the children have settled and we will inform you as to when this is. When it does, we ask that the children arrive on Fridays in their PE kits, which they will remain in all day. Please support your child at home to practice putting their own PE kit on independently. This will benefit them when later on in the year they are expected to change independently in school.


The term very much begins with “settling in” and “getting to know you”. We will initially focus on the question “Who am I”? Then, we will begin to widen our focus and ask the question “Who else lives around me?”- focusing on People who help us.

In this term, we begin our daily teaching of phonics. You will receive more information on this as the term progresses.

This term is also full of exciting events and festivals such as Harvest, Diwali, Guru Nanak’s birthday, Guy Fawkes, Hanukkah and Christmas. We will be learning about celebrations and events from different cultures and countries, which make up the Nelson community.

As well as this, in keeping with Reception good practice and ethos, we will also continue to take account of children’s interests and ideas and incorporate them, where possible, into our curriculum and learning.

Learning Journeys

Your child will keep their own Learning Journey in class and, at times, you will be invited to contribute to this with your child. We will also ask you to share your child’s “WOW” moments with us and these will be included in their Learning Journeys. More information about this will be given later.

Parent Representatives

We will be inviting parents to volunteer for the two Parent Rep roles who will act as liaison between class and parents. Please look out for the sign-up sheet on the class noticeboard if you are interested in volunteering.

Parent Readers

We are welcoming parent helpers into school to help with readers. If you would be interested in this you must have a DBS check. Please contact the school office for more information.


In Reception we have a mid-morning snack each day.  A school fruit or vegetable snack is provided in class for all children on a daily basis. However, if you wish to provide your child with a snack instead, we would ask you ONLY to send a portion of fruit or vegetables. This is in keeping with the wider healthy eating policy of the school. At Nelson the children do not have a mid-afternoon snack, however, we are aware that some children may become hungry during this time. If you wish your child to have a mid-afternoon snack, we ask that you please provide this in a small container and clearly label it.


We send the book bag home every day. Books are changed once a week.  It is important to return the bookbag every day as children may often read on an ad-hoc basis.  Children will be sent home with 2 colour coded reading books and a book to share. The children will have a reading record book to record the title of the book and for you to make a comment about their reading and understanding of the book. More information as to when we will start to send reading books home will be given to you shortly.

We also send letters and important information regarding your child learning home in their book bags. Please check them on a regular basis.

End of day pick up.

If your child is being collected at the end of the day by someone different, please inform the class teacher.

Reception Parent Consultations

We will provide more information to follow at a later date.

Reception Cake Sales and assemblies

There will be no Cake sales or assemblies during the Autumn term. We will keep you informed if these are to begin again.

Reflection Videos

Autumn 2020-21

Summer 2020


Spring 2020

Autumn 2 Term 2019

Autumn 2 Term 2019

Autumn Term 1 2019

Summer Term 2019

Spring Term 2019