Reception Class

Welcome from Miss Anscombe

The school staff are all friendly, approachable, and have very good relationships with parents and children.  (Parent Survey 2018)

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Mental Health and Wellbeing Support

How parents can help their children continue their education

How parents of children with SEND can help their children

Monday 8 June was World Ocean Day!  There were lots of things going on all day, online – catch up here.


Letters from Miss Anscombe

Letter to Children 25.03.2020

Easter Letter 10.04.2020

School Closure Activities

Ideas for Learning at home from Miss Anscombe

Early Years Home Learning Collection

Classroom Secrets Home Learning Packs (download EYFS Pack)


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Updated information from 1 June, including new daily films

Read Write Inc Guide for Parents and Resources

Weekly English Ideas:

Week 9 Summer term 22.06.2020:  Listening and SpeakingReadingWritingGoldilocks

Week 10 Summer term 29.06.2020:  Listening and SpeakingReadingWritingOwls and Dinosaurs

Week 11 Summer term 06.07.2020:  Listening and SpeakingReadingWritingBoris and Sid are bad


Set 4 (08.06.2020):  Talk for Writing Home School Booklet

Set 5 (29.06.2020): Talk for Writing Home School Booklet


Google high frequency words in Reception and learn to read and spell, do 5 at a time!!


White Rose daily Maths lessonsThis page is updated weekly.  Please do this first, and then continue with other ideas.

Weekly Maths ideas

Week 9 Summer Term 22.06.2020: Maths 1Maths 2Maths 3

Week 10 Summer Term 29.06.2020:  Maths 1Maths 2Maths 3

Week 11 Summer Term 06.07.2020:  Maths 1Maths 2 – Maths 3

RE (Our World):

Letter for ParentsTeachers’ notesPosterPoster Teacher NotesScripture NotesExploreLearning Focus 1Learning Focus 2 – Respond World Template

Play Activities (Updated 15.05.2020):

Helping round the homeGamesCommunicatingArt activitiesWritingSensory PlayReading and ListeningNumbers and shapesMovement – Make Believe PlayBuilding and ModellingExploring and Measuring

PE, Art, Science, Online Safety, Outdoor Learning and other activities:  watch, listen and play games to learn all about amazing animals.

Walkabouts:  Children are encouraged to walk with an online character- we clicked in literacy, heard the story of little red hen and answered questions on what we heard.
username: Kfree
password: walkabouts

Weekly Kindness Calendar 29.06.2020 Kindness Poems

Past Kindness Calendars can be accessed here.

Please also check out our Remote Learning page for more ideas and links.  This is frequently updated with material suitable across year groups. 



We do PE on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please make sure your child’s PE kit is in school and your child is not wearing earrings. Thank you!


Autumn Term

Curriculum Information “Knock knock”

Autumn Term Take Home Task


Spring Term

Curriculum Information “A Walk in the Woods”

Spring Term Take Home Task


Summer Term

Curriculum Information “Splish Splash Splosh”

Summer Term Take Home Task

Suggested books to read with your child in Reception

Student Councillors:  Lucca and Emily.

Eco Councillors:  Darcy and Aidan.

RE Councillors:  Luciano and Zoe.

Parent Reps:  Candice Hogan, Sophia Fadil

Welcome to Reception

Examples of work done during school closure

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Gabriella made a bird feeder.  She also made paint with flour, water and food colouring, and an NHS rainbow.  And she practiced her reading by doing a treasure hunt in the garden.

Aysha went fruit and vegetable picking, and she did maths work for school.  She also learnt to ride her bike – well done, Aysha!

Luciano wanted you to see some pictures of the activities he has been doing at home school.

Aithan has been busy with school work, gardening and arts and crafts.

Here is a message from Alfie: “Miss Anscombe this is a good school, thank you I love this school. I am doing good reading and writing and good choices. I miss you, Miss Penfold and Miss Hall, and my friends and after school club, and I hope I see you next week. Lots love.” Alfie also made a rainbow for his window.

Willow lost her first tooth and says: Here is a picture of me smiling showing you my gappy tooth.  I miss you Miss Anscombe.  Lots of love Willow”.  And then she wrote another note to Miss Anscombe.

Sammy has been busy learning and working outside in the garden.  He has been learning maths (in full uniform of course as he is a man that likes routine)!! Sammy’s big news is that he learnt to ride his bike without stabilisers since being at home. 

Hello, I miss you and I have had another busy week. I have learnt and made a rock pool, which was fun. I wanted to show you my story I did after I read about Mavis the magical Cat. I wrote up to 100 on my own today too when we did maths. I hope you like my photos. Talk soon, Ted 🙂

Aysha and her sister made a video for Miss Anscombe

Zoe has enjoyed lots of cutting and sticking, painting, science experiments, and she loves to teach mum Maths and Phonics!

Since his last message, Alfie has been super busy!  He has done lots of walks, cycling, played games, lego, school work and crafts. Alfie has also really enjoyed helping around the house as well as helping daddy work on his van. 

Emmanuel has been practicing his reading.

Aithan has been really busy with lots of creative activities, but is missing his friends!

Emily has been busy making gingerbreads and practicing her sounds. She also made to a Lantern like her brother. Emily also learnt to ride her bike without stabilisers and made a butterfly feeder.

Sophia’s amazing artwork!

Sammy has been practising his reading – in full school uniform of course!

Aysha and her sister went rock-pooling

Ted made a butterfly feeder and went on a Gruffalo hunt

Phonics: We are using the Read Write Inc programme. This incorporates handwriting and reading.

Children have opportunities to read as a whole class, in small groups and individually on a daily basis. In our Read Write Inc phonics programme they have further daily opportunities to learn the valuable skills of decoding the text.
Reading books: I would like your child to share their reading book daily with you for no more than 10 minutes. Please write in their yellow reading record when you have heard your child read.

Practise counting in 1s, 2s and 10s
Recognise all numerals to 20 and be able to order them
Practise counting toys, stairs, buses, cars, vegetables… Anything will do!

A Take Home Task will be set each term which links to the topic for that term (see above).


  • Autumn Term: Knock, Knock!
  • Spring Term: A Walk in the Woods
  • Summer Term: Splish, Splash, Splosh!

Thank you for your support

Miss Anscombe

Our newly refurbished Reception Classroom

Over the summer holidays, the Reception Classroom was treated to a much needed refurbishment.  The classroom now proudly displays a suspended ceiling with LED lighting, new carpet tiles in some areas, new lino, new storage furniture, a new sink unit and counter top, and the original parquet flooring has been sanded down to its original colour and varnished, and the walls painted.  The new Reception children are very lucky to have such an amazing learning environment. Thank you to all staff members who have worked hard to make this happen.

A visit from Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions

We were visited by two members of Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions Club, Geoff Rhodes the Lions President and Andy Wavell. They generously presented each child in Reception with a picture book to keep. The book Happy to be me by Emma Dodd is a rhyming book with a body positive theme celebrating all the wonderful things that make us US! The children were very excited to take their books home and I hope this excitement of books continues with them throughout their lives. A HUGE THANK YOU to all Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions for their generosity.

What we’ve been up to so far in Reception 

Fun Learning both inside and outside

29 November was tree planting day

Christmas Craft Day with our Parents

Christmas Dinner and Elves on the Twelfth

Forest School

Our Trip to Wilderness Wood

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