Learning in Reception this half term


In St Chad’s Foundation Stage we get to know our children really well and we find out what interests them and motivates them. We then enhance our learning environment to reflect the needs and interests of our class to encourage and support them meet their next steps. When we observe a group of children who share an interest or fascination we start a project based upon that interest. The children lead the learning, deciding what they would like to find out next. We place a very high value on play, where children get to explore, investigate, problem solve and collaborate in a safe and engaging environment. We aim to create a calm and stimulating learning space with a home away from home feel, where children feel valued and secure.


In phonics we have introduced all of the Letters and Sounds Phase 2 sounds. We are now consolidating these sounds and working on using them to read and write words, captions and sentences. The children are really enjoying our phonics games and challenges and are working really hard to develop their skills.


In Talk for Writing we will continue to tell the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We will then work together to adapt the story, changing the characters and setting to create our own version. We will also continue with story scribing, giving children the opportunity to tell their own stories and then act them out with their friends in class.


In maths we continue to focus on embedding our understanding of numbers and the number system, then use this knowledge to solve problems, including adding and subtracting. We are working with smaller numbers to enable children to really understand the skills needed for calculation before applying them to increasingly larger numbers and quantities.


We really value outdoor learning in Reception. Working on a larger scale outdoors supports children to develop their gross and fine motor skills, which are essential as they learn to hold a pencil correctly to write and draw. Children access our outdoor classroom every day, providing them with the opportunity to embed and develop skills and knowledge across all areas of learning. They experience changes in their environment throughout the seasons, noticing and wondering about the world around them.

Meet Our Staff


Reception Class Teacher

Mrs Michaud

Links & Resources

St Chad's Church of England Primary School Northolme Avenue West Park Leeds West Yorkshire LS16 5QR Telephone: 0113 274 7110 Email: office@stchadsprimary.net For all school information and enquires, or to make contact with a member of staff, please contact Mrs. Katy Dixon, Senior Administrator Abbey Multi Academy Trust, c/o Chapter House Abbey Grange C of E Academy Butcher Hill Leeds LS16 5EA Telephone: 0113 275 7877 Email: enquiries@abbeytrust.org
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