Hagley Road West, Birmingham, West Midlands, B32 1AJ

Part of the Birmingham Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust (BDMAT)
Registered Office for Birmingham Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust and BDMAT Central Office: Christ Church, Church of England Secondary Academy, Daleview Road, Yardley Wood, Birmingham, England, B14 4HN

0121 675 4422

Quinton Church Primary School

Fullness of life for all, through working together with the love of Christ

Our Reception Class


Hello everyone and welcome to Reception!

Our Reception team are Miss Cadwallader and Mrs Williams.

In Reception (Early Years Foundation Stage) we provide a happy, safe and nurturing environment where children grow in confidence and independence. We stimulate children’s interests through a wide range of experiences, discussions, and opportunities to learn through play. The learning environment is planned so that different areas are used for the children to explore, investigate and develop their imaginations. Through continuous provision the children can make independent choices, build friendships and communication skills. Within the areas, children will be set challenges that build curiosity, resilience, and the motivation to learn.

The children learn through a combination of direct teaching, group work and caring, skilful interactions when the children are playing and exploring. We enjoy spending time building strong relationships with every child and believing in what every individual can do. Together we work on the children being effective communicators by developing their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. We create a love for reading and storytelling. The children learn the importance of the values of ‘being kind, being fair and being thankful.’ They work together to take turns, by sharing and listening to each other.

We aim to deliver a curriculum tailored to meet the needs of the children in our class by using our indoor and outdoor classroom. We also make the most of what our local area has to offer to enhance and develop children’s experiences further.

The seven areas of learning and development we deliver through our curriculum are:

· communication and language

· physical development

· personal, social and emotional development

· literacy

· mathematics

· understanding the world

· expressive arts and design






Reading book days and expectations: 

For reading, we use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds. The children will read with an adult within a small group three times a week developing their skills of decoding, prosody and comprehension as well as their speaking and listening skills. The children need to bring their book bags to school every day. They are given a new phonics book each week and the children choose a book of their choice to read for pleasure. We will write a note home in the children’s reading diaries to give feedback to how they are progressing in reading, celebrating what they have done well and working on small targets each week. We value the importance of home and school communication, so we love to read the comments for how the children are working on their reading at home.


P.E Days:

Every day the children will have opportunities and experiences to develop their fine and gross motor skills both inside the classroom and outdoors. As well as this, we have two P.E sessions per week. On a Wednesday morning, Reception have their P.E lesson delivered by the class teacher. On a Thursday afternoon, Reception will have their second P.E lesson delivered by a sports coach. In P.E, the children will work on negotiating space safely, build strength, balance and co-ordination when playing. They will learn to move in different ways and develop teamwork skills.


Homework :

Phonics homework will be set each week following the letters and words learned from each lesson, this will involve practising sound talking and blending as well as reading some tricky words. This will be uploaded via Tapestry so you can access it each Friday. If you require a paper copy just let us know and we will organise that for you. Additional homework may also be set through Tapestry so please keep checking it for any updates. We love to see what your child is learning and experiencing at home. So please share any photos or videos of your child practising their phonics, reading books or any other wonderful activities you would like to show us e.g. maths, helping at home, days out


Other Information: 

Each half term we focus on a new theme that we introduce through books, activities and discussions. We will send out newsletters every term explaining what Reception will be covering in each of the areas and give you details about the theme.

Our themes are:

· This is Me

· Celebrations

· Be Bold, Be Brave!

· Food, Glorious Food!

· Where My Imagination Takes Me…

· Our Wonderous Waters Near and Far!


We always look forward to what each year brings in Reception and we love having the pleasure to start your child’s learning journey with us.

If you have any questions, please just ask us in the morning or after school

Many thanks,  

Miss Cadwallader & Mrs Williams