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Welcome to Reception's Class Page

Mrs North & Ms Devenish'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 Class Dojo for regular updates on our class learning :)


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

The Reception Team smiley

Important dates for the diary:



  • 19th January 2024 - swimming lessons begin for Reception class
  • Monday 19th February 2024 – Friday 23rd February 2024 - February Half Term
  • Friday 29th March 2024 – Friday 12th April 2024 - Easter Holiday
  • Monday 6th May 2024 - May Bank Holiday
  • Friday 24th May 2024 - Non-Pupil Day
  • Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May 2024 - May Half Term
  • Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd July 2024 - Non-Pupil Days
  • Wednesday 24th July 2024 - Summer Holiday begins

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. 

PLEASE ensure that all earrings are removed on PE days and long hair is tied up.

PE kits will be sent home each holiday for a good wash!



Our swimming lessons will start on Friday 19th January. 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 on your child's Class Dojo profile, the Class Story on Class Dojo 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 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.


Reading decodable books

Your child will bring home reading books with words that use the sounds they have been learning in school. You may hear these reading books called ‘decodable books’. Use the prompts inside the front and back covers to enjoy the book together and help your child practise blending their sounds to read. It is important that over a week, your child reads 4 times at home.

Phase 2 sounds.mp4

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Recommended Reads in Reception Class

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 :)

Story Time with Mr Figg: A Squash and a Squeeze

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