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Welcome to Reception

Miss Laurence's class


Well done to all our current Reception children who have settled in beautifully to life at Meadgate School!


On this page you will find information about our class and our learning.

From time to time, you will also find photographs of things that happen in our school and some links to helpful sites. Remember to also check Tapestry to see detailed observations of what your child has been up to!


If you need to get in touch with me please feel free to do so either in person, by email or via the school office.

Thank you, Miss Laurence.

Important Summer Term dates:


  • Friday 26th April: Non-uniform day
  • Thursday 23rd May: Non-uniform day
  • Friday 24th May: Non-pupil day
  • Monday 27th - Friday 31st May: Half Term holiday
  • Friday 7th June: Non-uniform day
  • Thursday 13th June: Trip to Danbury Park
  • Saturday 15th June: Summer Fete
  • Thursday 20th June: Reception parent lunch
  • Monday 22nd July: Teddy bear's picnic
  • Tuesday 23rd July: Last day for children


Reception 2019-20

If your child is starting school with us in September 2019, you will be receiving a letter by post to confirm their place and for details of upcoming transitions. However, the dates are also listed below:

  • Tuesday 4th June 1:15-2:30 1st visit
  • Tuesday 11th June 1:15-2:30 2nd visit
  • Tuesday 18th June 1:15-2:30 3rd visit
  • Tuesday 25th June 1:15-2:30 4th visit
  • Monday 1st July 6pm Parent meeting
  • Tuesday 2nd July 11:30 Taster lunch
  • Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th July: Meet the teacher appointments
  • Monday 22nd July 10-11:30 Teddy bear's picnic


We look forward to welcoming you to our school :) 





Extra Information About Our Class



Swimming lessons for Reception are on Thursday mornings during school hours. Please ensure all jewellery is removed and swimming kits are sent in with the children.


Our PE day is Friday

Please ensure that your child's PE bag is in school every day as things do have a habit of changing! Children should be fine in their white PE shirts, black shorts or jogging bottoms and black plimsolls.  They can always pop their school jumper or cardigan on if they get cold. Please make sure everything is labelled clearly with their name (biro tends to wash out). All earrings must be removed for PE and hair must be tied up.


We love to cook

In Reception, we provide the children with regular cooking activities. The children love these activities and there are so many learning opportunities within them. To ensure your child's safety, it is vital that you keep the office informed of any allergies or dietary requirements that your children have.


Photographs are a great way to capture your child's learning

Many of these will appear in your child's Online Learning Journeys (Tapestry) and around the school. We will also upload photographs of the children onto our school website for you to enjoy. (Please let us know if you would prefer us not to).



Useful websites



At Meadgate we use the government recommended document, Letters and Sounds, to deliver our phonics teaching.


Visit Oxford Owl to hear the sounds and find out more about synthetic phonics:



Visit Phonics Play for free information and games:




Read the Letters and Sounds document below:



Learn about the Jolly Phonics rhymes and actions:



Warning! - We love how Jolly Phonics actions help children remember sounds by involving different learning styles.

However at Meadgate Primary School, we ask the children to say individual sounds only once. Sounds involving elongation  are ok to use (e.g. ssssss). We believe that this reflects the spoken and written English language more accurately and can reduce the frequency of reading and spelling errors.