Red Hall

Primary School

Believe and Achieve


“Play is the highest form or research”
Albert Einstein


Reception Cohort with our lovely teaching assistant Mrs Pidgeon.

Our teacher is Miss Newhouse and our teaching assistant is Mrs Pidgeon. Miss Newhouse and Mrs Pidgeon always wants us to have fun with our learning, try our best and become independent learners. Please check regularly to know important dates and find out what we have been learning.

Here are some of the children on the first week using natural resources to create a Class sign with Miss Newhouse.

Reception is a very important and exciting time were the children learn skills to enable them to become confident and independent learners. The children have lots of opportunities to learn and explore through meaningful play within our provision. The children will learn through a mixture of adult led and child initiated learning. Our aim is to create an inquisitive and creative learning environment to engage and encourage creative thinking.

We observe what the children can do, how well the children are learning and use this to plan their next steps. We document this learning in our floor books, wall displays and in the children’s learning journeys. We try our best to cater to the children’s interest to inspire and engage the children. We don’t just learn indoors, we take our learning outdoors as often as possible, in all weathers! We do various activities everyday and send parents a message via Marvellousme to inform you of what your child is learning. This is because we focus on play based learning your child will most likely tell you they’ve played all day; they do not realise they are learning whilst playing.

How your child is learning at home is very important to us. You can email the School to share experiences or come into School and fill in a Wow moment for your child’s Learning Journey. By letting us know your child’s achievements and enjoyments outside of school we can build upon these experiences in School. The children and parents have opportunities throughout the year to reflect on the learning in Learning Journeys.

Our Curriculum

We have focus on seven areas of development in Reception: Personal, Emotional and Social Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World as well as Expressive Arts and Design. We timetable sessions each week to develop in each area.

Click Here to download this term’s planning map.

Reception Gallery

We understand parents work and cannot always come to all events we host at School. Click here to see the full Photo Gallery for Reception.

This week’s learning

In Literacy we learn new letters each week. We learn to recognise the letter, then write the letter in sand, shaving foam, paint or other sensory materials. When we can write the letter we make simple words.

Our focus sounds this week are: f and i.

We had something unknown land and then disappear in the Woodland area! All this week we have created stories about what might have happened. We are going to continue over the next few weeks improving our stories.

In Maths each week we focus on something different. This week we are learning about 3D shapes. We went on a 3D shape hunt and founds lots of objects.



Topic News

We begin each half term with a topic, how these topics develop depends on where the children wish to take it. In last topic of ‘Which was the biggest dinosaur?’ the children wanted to know why there wasn’t dinosaurs anymore? So we focussed more on extinction rather than which was the biggest dinosaur, we also looked at other animals close to extinction.

This term our topic is ‘What is fire?’ we are going to roast Marsh mellows and the fire brigade are coming in. I wonder where the children’s learning will go this term?





  • Homework is given out on a Monday in your child's homework book and is due in on Friday.
  • Each child must bring their book bag they were provided with in September.
  • Please label everything!
  • We use our outdoor provision daily so wellies are essential, please bring in a pair to leave in school!
  • Each child needs a PE kit for Monday mornings. They can come into School in their PE kit if this is easier, or we can assist the children in changing into their PE kit.
  • Make sure you read three times a week with your child. We encourage you to reread books with your child so you child can remember repeated phrases and the more they see words the quicker they will become at reading.
  • Finally, we have our Points make Prizes challenges for parents to help with. Expect some special prizes for these!