Class Blog for Reception

Reception Life 

Welcome to Reception!

Thank you for taking the time to come and look at the exciting learning that takes place in Reception. Please have a read of this blog to find some interesting information about life in Reception. We will keep this page updated regularly with blogs, pictures and information but please also regularly check Tapestry to see the exciting learning we have been doing in school!


The Team

Our Reception Team consists of Miss Davies and Mrs Johnson in RW and Miss Miskowicz and Miss Taylor in RB.


Learning in Reception

As you know, children in Reception are on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS).  This curriculum is predominantly play-based and celebrates the whole child’s learning and development in a holistic approach.  Our planning comes from the children - through careful observations and assessments of their play, noting the gaps in their knowledge and primarily from their interests in an overarching ‘topic’.  


In school, we typically have a daily 20 minute phonics lesson, 20 minute maths lesson and a short topic taught session. In addition to this, we have 10 minutes reading a day. We support the children’s writing development with weekly small group guided writing sessions.  This is where the children can apply their skills and knowledge of letters and sounds from their daily phonics lessons. The rest of the day is child-initiated play in the learning environments inside and outside.  We call this COOL time (Choosing Our Own Learning)!  This allows children the time for totally uninterrupted play; they can apply their learning from the taught sessions in a range of different activities and contexts.  This ensures the learning is meaningful to them and that it becomes embedded.  We try to ensure that the children have a minimum of 1.5 hours in the morning and the same again in the afternoon. 

In line with our school values, we promote the Characteristics of Effectively learning through our learning characters; use of the following learning skills; ideas iguana (creativity), have a go hippo (enthusiasm) and keep going koala (determination).


Morning Routines

Each morning, we ask that the children are dropped off at the green gate as last year between 8:25 and 8:35am. The children will then independently enter their classroom to organise their belongings and get ready for an exciting day of learning. This time of day is a busy time for teachers so we ask that any messages are passed on via the teacher on duty who will then pass the information on to the class teacher. If you have any further concerns or questions then an appointment can be made via the office. Unfortunately, due to the current situation, parents are not allowed past the green gate.


End of day routines

At the end of the day, please come to the same green gate between 2:25 and 2:35, so that we can dismiss your child to you and pass over any messages about the day. If you are ever unable to collect your child, please either phone the office or pass it on to the teacher on the gate in the morning. We will not send any child home with anyone different unless we have had a message to do so and the adult has your collection password. Please remember that on a Friday, children should be picked up between 12:25 and 12:35.


Things to bring to school

Full school uniform, a waterproof coat, book bag with reading record and book, water bottle. In the summer months, please bring a hat and sun-cream. Please ensure that every item is clearly named.


PE Kit

As independent changing for PE is part of the Health and Self-care area of the Early Years curriculum, we will be supporting and encouraging children to get changed for PE at school. Our PE day is currently Monday but please leave your child’s PE kit on their peg. We will send home the kits for regular washing.



Free fruit will be provided for all of the children in Reception. However, if your child would like to bring their own fruit then they are more than welcome to. In order to promote healthy eating, we do ask that children only bring fruit to school.



The children will continue to receive a free school lunch each day. The menu will continue to be on the school website so please have a conversation with your child each morning about what they would like to have. Alternatively, your child is welcome to bring their own packed lunch. As part of transition, Reception will be the only year group eating their lunch in the hall. 


We know that the children often get up to some amazing things out of school too. If you have visited somewhere interesting or achieved an award (swimming, karate etc.) then please let us know and upload onto Tapestry! We love to celebrate all types of learning and achievements.


We look forward to letting you know more about Reception soon and sharing pictures and learning with you.



What can we explore in Reception this week? 


What can we explore in Reception this week? 


What can we explore in Reception this week? 



Welcome to Reception! 

We are delighted that your child has been offered a Reception place at our wonderful school for September. 

For those of you whose children already attend our Nursery; thank you for continuing your journey with us, and for those who are new to our school; we welcome you. We are a thriving community and we are very excited to welcome you to our school. We look forward to your child starting their schooling with us in September and getting to know them as the wonderful individuals that they are! 

As a school, we are committed to smooth and timely transitions that allow the children to settle in, get to know their teachers and make new relationships with their friends. We fully believe that parents and carers play a key role in this transition so that you too can feel reassured that your child is safe and happy. You will be receiving a letter very soon which will set out our transition plan so that you know exactly what to expect in September. Our extremely experienced Reception Team have been hard at work creating videos and welcomes for you all to look at both now and over the holidays, so that you will know who is who on that first day. 

In the meantime, however, please feel free to browse our school website and perhaps even follow us on Facebook (Please search for Wadebridge Primary Academy). Please see the 'Starting Reception' tab that you will find on our website under 'Information' to meet the adults that will be working in Reception- you will even find some lovely videos of them reading a story! 

As mentioned in my welcome letter back in April (seems an age ago!), Cbeebies have also put together some wonderful resources that can be used to help prepare your child for school. They are worth a look as they really do help make it seem real; something that is exciting and not daunting.

We can't wait to meet you all. Stay safe and keep well.

Rebecca Whitlock 
Headteacher, Wadebridge Primary Academy


Our Values...



We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.



We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.



We are the best we can be.



We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.



We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.



We are passionate about learning.

We are excited to welcome pupils in Years 1 - 6 back into school on Monday 7 September. Each Year Group has their own Drop Off and Pick Up times. Please check the Heads Blog Page for these times if you do not have them to hand.

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