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Welcome to Reception's Class Page

(Miss Laurence's class)

Hello everyone,


Well we're back in the swing of things at school after what felt like a long time learning at home! The children in Reception have made me so proud, they really are a resilient bunch of little people and have (again!) adapted quickly to their routines. I can't believe I'm saying this, but there isn't long left of this year now (what a year it's been!), but there's still lots of learning to do and fun to be had before moving to Year One.


I will leave the home learning pencil below for now, as it could come in handy at some point, but I will not be uploading new or different work there. We will of course be doing lots of lovely learning in school every day but please continue to support your child with reading at home. We will continue to change reading books regularly and the Bug Club site will still be available for your use. 


Thanks again to all parents, carers and grandparents for your fantastic efforts with home learning; it is much appreciated!


If you ever have any questions, worries or wow moments to share, please do get in touch through the usual channels.


Miss Laurence smiley


At Meadgate School we use the government recommended document, Letters and Sounds, to support our planning of phonics. Phonics is taught daily in Reception and Key Stage 1 with enjoyable lessons of approximately 20 minutes. Phonics teaches children about letters, the sounds they make and how to use them for reading and writing


You can read the full Letters and Sounds document below:



We use a website called Phonics Play to support our teaching with fun, interactive games. The children really love these games and they are made in line with Letters and Sounds. 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

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

Important Information About Our Class



Our PE day is Friday. Due to current circumstances, we are asking children to come into school already dressed in their PE kit. Children should wear a white t-shirt or polo, black shorts or jogging bottoms and black plimsolls. Children may wear trainers at the moment, to be more comfortable, but we prefer velcro as opposed to lace ups if possible please.  Please also send a dark coloured sweatshirt or hoodie, especially while the weather is cold. Please make sure everything is labelled clearly with your child's name. All earrings must be removed for PE and hair must be tied up. 



Our Swimming lessons are on Thursdays. Please ensure children bring a swimming costume, hat, towel and goggles in a separate bag. 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. Children should come to school in their PE kit to support independent changing.


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.


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).



Miss Laurence's Writing Tips

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

Story Time with Mr Figg: A Squash and a Squeeze

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