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The Whiteoak Academies of
Hannah More Infants and Grove Juniors.
Planting dreams. Nurturing hearts. Growing minds.
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Hannah More Infants and Grove Juniors.
Planting dreams. Nurturing hearts. Growing minds.


Welcome to Reception


The Ladybirds and Honey Bees have settled beautifully at school over the past couple of weeks. They have made lots of new friends and have adapted fantastically to the new school routines. We are so proud of them! 



We have two classes in Reception, Ladybirds and Honey Bees.  Miss Mellor teaches Ladybird class and Miss Dowling teaches Honey Bee class 


We have three wonderful Teaching Assistants supporting us with our learning in Reception: Mrs Sparrow, Mrs Mobbs and Mrs Weston. 


Our PE days this year will be Mondays and Wednesdays.  Please send children into school in clothes suitable for PE on those days.



Term One in Reception 


During Term 1 we will be ensuring that the Reception children get to know one another, and us, by playing circle time games and doing lots of small group work.  We will also be focusing on speaking and listening and building up the children’s concentration skills, again using games and fun activities.


Our topics this term will include ‘All about Me’ where we have already begun to talk about the children’s families and pets, hobbies, likes and dislikes.  The children will explore this topic through creative activities, mark making, stories and play.


During our first couple of weeks we have been exploring a wonderful picture book, ‘You Choose’, which explores a range of scenarios where children can choose where they would like to live, sleep and play.  The book is great for encouraging discussion and the children have been really enjoying talking about it amongst themselves.


We will also be exploring ‘The Fox and the Star’ in depth this term. This is a beautiful fiction book, full of wonderful illustrations! We’re really looking forward to this one!


We’ve already started our phonics programme and will build on this daily.  It is a very effective and enjoyable way of teaching the children early reading skills.  The children will be bringing their first individual reading books home to share with you later this term.


The children will enjoy a class story every day.  We have a great selection of books in school and will be reading favourites by authors such as Julia Donaldson, Eric Carle, Judith Kerr, Michael Rosen and Shirley Hughes, amongst many others.


For our maths learning, we use the White Rose scheme, through which we aim to build deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths.  This is all done through practical and engaging activities.  This term we’ll be exploring matching and sorting, making comparisons and pattern.

Reception Long Term Planning

Reception Termly Planning

Our Focus Books Term 1 📚

Sounds of the English Phonic Code -Synthetic Phonics

In Reception the children receive daily phonics teaching. The video below outlines the letters the children will be learning and provides a demonstration of how each sound should be pronounced.

Recommended Reading List for Reception

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What to expect, when? 

A guide to your child's learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage. 


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