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Great Kimble Church of England School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


Reception (Earth Class)

Welcome to Reception!

Dear Parents,


The Reception team, Mrs Unsworth, Mrs Whalley and Mrs Dolan, would like to welcome you and your children to Reception at Great Kimble.

We hope you had a lovely summer and that the children are looking forward to the new term as much as we are and are; the staff are very happy to be moving towards a more normal way of working.

Children in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, 

continuing the learning journey started in their previous settings. This is organised into seven equally weighted areas of learning:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communcation and Language

Physical Development



Understanding of the World

Creative Development.

Through the year the children will work towards the Early Learning Goals , which set out the expectations most children will achieve by the end of their Reception year. Your child will experience a range of activities, both indoors and out, to ensure they progress towards their Early Learning goals at their own speed. 


Our topic this half term will be 'What makes us Special?', which will allow us all to get to know each other as well as thinking about the similarities and differences between ourselves and others. We will also be finding out about Harvest and the way in which it is celebrated by Christians.


PE in Reception is on a Friday afternoon, taken by one of our  PE coaches, Mr Smith, with an extra session on alternate Mondays led by Mr Bell. Mrs Whalley takes the class to Smokey row on a Thursday, for an afternoon of outdoor learning and lots of fun! Please could you make sure that children have the appropriate clothing and footwear in school for these days, and also that all items of clothing are clearly named. 


Reception library sessions will be on a Monday afternoon, when they will be able to choose a book from the school library to take home and then exchange it for another one the following week.


Literacy this half term will focus mainly on phonics, with children learning to apply phase 2 sounds in reading and writing, as well as practising correct letter formation and learning to write their own names accurately. 


In maths our main focus will be on accurate counting and number recognition.


Reception staff are normally very accessible, however we do feel that that is certainly not the case at the moment. We are very aware that you may have questions or concerns that need to be addressed. Please feel free to ask the member of staff on the gate if you can have a word with one of us, and we will find a suitable socially distanced part of the playground for a chat. For something that needs a bit more time, please e-mail the office to make an appointment and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Fingers crossed that we will be able to get back to normal sooner rather than later, and we all hope that you and your children will quickly feel part of the Kimble 'family'.


Best wishes,


The Reception Team

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