Reception (Early Years Foundation Stage)

We wish you a very warm welcome to Reception at Milton Road Primary School.


We have made exciting changes to to the Early Years Foundation Stage environment, to allow your child to play freely indoors and outdoors. Opportunities to choose their own learning, coupled with teacher led sessions, are designed to stimulate creativity and learning, all reflecting our Early Year's ethos.


We are excited and passionate about supporting your child on their journey and we invite and encourage you to be an integral part of this process. 


The Early Years Team

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The Reception children have got straight back into their learning after a well- earned break. We have been reading ‘The Girl, The Bear, and the Magic Shoes’ and ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’.  The children have been inspired by the mystery shoes that have been appearing in the classroom. We have some budding shoe designers in our mix. Lots of ‘secret’ notes have been left for the elves playing in our classrooms.

In phonics we are revisiting phase 3 sounds with a focus on reading and writing sentences. We are also teaching spelling of phase 3 tricky words.

In our maths learning we have been learning about 3D – solid shapes. We have learnt the names of: cube, cuboid, sphere, pyramid and cylinder. We have been naming, describing and experimenting! Please consolidate this learning with your chil...

What a busy half term in Foundation Stage! We have themed our learning about ‘What the Ladybird Heard’. We have role-played the story, made maps of the farmyard and wanted posters to catch the robbers! The children have been busy applying their phonic skills and challenging themselves.

In maths we have focused on subtraction. We have been using the toy animals to practise taking away. We have moved on to pictorial representations and the crossing out method. We have also been looking at the numbers 14 and 15 and representing them in different ways.

In phonics we have learnt the sounds ur, ow, or, ear, air, er, ure as well as tricky words ‘are’ and ‘all’. We have now finished learning all phase 3 sounds and tricky words. Please make sure you consolidate this learning with your child as we wil...

We have been very busy over the last couple of weeks in Foundation Stage. The children showed an interest in building bridges to help the gingerbread man. We followed this interest and chose to base our learning around the story of ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’.

A mysterious bridge appeared in our outdoor area, as well as some mysterious footprints. The troll wrote us a letter telling us he was lonely and that he needed some friends. We wrote back with some suggestions like ‘don’t eat people or goats!’

In maths we have been focussing on addition. We have been using lots of practical resources to add two groups of objects together. We have also looked at the symbols + and = . Please reinforce this at home. Some children are beginning to hold a number in their head and count on.

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Foundation stage have settled back into their learning and routines beautifully! We have been reading ‘The Gingerbread Man’ this week. We have learnt the story using actions which has been great fun! The children came up with some inventive ways to help the gingerbread man cross the river.

In phonics we have been revisiting the sounds we have already learnt and reading words, captions and sentences.

In handwriting we have been focussing on curly caterpillar letters- c, a, o, d, e, s, q, g. These letters all start with the correct formation of the letter c. Please help your child practise these letters at home.  For reference please look at the sound mat we sent home after our phonics workshop. If you need another copy please come and find us, we have spares!

In maths we have looked at number...

Happy holidays everybody!

We have been getting ready for Christmas at school. We have been busy making salt dough stars, carefully measuring out the ingredients we need to apply our maths skills. We have also been learning about the numbers 9 and 10. 

In phonics we have learnt y, z, zz, and qu as well as tricky words: ‘me’ and ‘be’. Please make sure you consolidate this learning with your child at home as we will be moving onto the rest of phase 3 after the holidays.

Last week we talked about voting and we had our own election to choose a Christmas story to read. 

The children really enjoyed their Christmas party and making hats for their delicious Christmas lunch. It was lovely to reflect on all the fun we have had this term and all the new friends made!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas from...

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