Home Page

Year R

Welcome to Reception's Class Page

(Miss Laurence's class)

Hello everyone,


Welcome to our class webpage. Here you will find useful information about life in Reception at Meadgate such as our PE and swimming days as well as advice and support about children's learning and development in the Early Years. Remember to check Tapestry for weekly updates on our class learning :)


If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or one of the school team. 

Miss Laurence smiley

Important dates for the diary:


  • Monday 28th March: Class visit to Great Baddow library
  • Tuesday 29th March: 3:15 Parent Phonics Talk and Book Look
  • Monday 4th April - Friday 15th April: Easter holidays
  • Monday 18th April: INSET day

Important Information About Our Class



Our PE day is Friday. Children should bring their PE kit to school at the beginning of each half term; it will be kept safely in the classroom. PE kit should include a white t-shirt or polo, black shorts or jogging bottoms and black plimsolls. Please also consider packing a dark coloured sweatshirt or hoodie, especially when the weather is cold. Please make sure everything is labelled clearly with your child's name. All earrings must be removed on PE days and hair should be tied up. PE kits will be sent home each holiday for a good wash!



Our swimming lessons are on Thursdays. Please ensure children bring a swimming costume, hat, towel and goggles in a separate bag each week. Earrings should be removed and hair should be styled with a swimming hat in mind! Please ensure everything is labelled clearly with your child's name. 


We love to cook

In Reception, we provide the children with regular cooking and tasting activities. The children love these times 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. Thank you.


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 may 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).




Phonics is taught twice daily in Reception and Key Stage 1 with enjoyable lessons of approximately 20 minutes. Phonics is a vital part of our timetable as it teaches children about letters, the sounds they make and how to use them for reading and writing.


In school , we often use a website called Phonics Play to support our phonics teaching with fun, interactive games.  Some of the games are free for you to play at home or you can purchase a subscription for a small charge. Check with your class teacher to see which games would be most appropriate for your child.


Visit Phonics Play to play their games below:


Phase 2 Phonics: Letter sounds and actions

Still image for this video
Watch this video if you would like to know all the Phase 2 letters, their sounds and the corresponding actions.

Miss Laurence's Writing Tips

Still image for this video
If you need some ideas on how to support your child with their writing at home, watch this video :)

Recommended Reads in Reception Class

Useful websites

Story Time with Mr Figg: A Squash and a Squeeze

Still image for this video