Reception – Bay & Holly

In Reception we are passionate about learning through play, talking and building relationships with our friends, grown-ups and the world around us.

At Parkdale, we hope to help your children as they begin to learn to read and think about stories, poems and songs, and start their journey to becoming writers. We will help them to build an understanding of numbers and problem solving through investigation.  However, English and Maths are a small part of Reception. Early Years education is all about investigating, talking and playing. 

We will explore lots of different topics; combining exciting experiences, and a cosy, welcoming environment full of opportunities to explore, wonder and create.

We will add to this webpage on a regular basis, so look out for updates and information that we post. We will also keep you up to date using Tapestry, an online learning journal.

The Reception Team 

Mrs Rippon – R Bay Class Teacher, Communication and Language Lead

Miss Hutsby – R Holly Class Teacher 

Miss Desborough – Early Years Lead, Reception and Nursery Teacher 

Miss Green – TA

Mrs Carlin – TA

Mrs Hyde – TA

Miss Kareer – TA

Class Notices

Art outdoors!

Art outdoors!

Reception were feeling very inspired on our visit to see the new Forest School site. We decided to collect fallen leaves and petals and make some art outdoors. Here are some of the pieces we created.

Recycling request!

Recycling request!

In the interests of reusing rather than buying new, we are looking for some ‘solid top’ pallets (as pictured) and some low coffee style tables. If you have any going spare, we would really appreciate them in Early Years and Year 1 please. They are perfect height for...

Medical Tracker

Medical Tracker

We are excited to introduce a new medical tracker in our school; this innovative tool will help us monitor and manage health-related information more effectively. The attached letter provides instructions on how it will be used. Please read it carefully to understand...

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Term Overview

Spring Term

Spring Term

This term the theme for Reception is “Learning to Love the World”. In Spring term, we explore sustainability, the impact we have on the world, and investigate the opportunities that we, as a community, have to protect and care for the world around us. In Reception we...

Reception Autumn Term

Reception Autumn Term

Autumn Term This term we will be thinking about “The World and My Place in it”. We will explore our identity and what it means to be 4/5 in 2023, asking ourselves  “what makes me special, and what is special to me?” As we discuss our favourite things and the things...

Reception Summer Term

Reception Summer Term

Summer Term  This term we will be exploring  * Getting Along and Fairness; Traditional Tales with a Twist, and * Parkdale in the Past. In the first half term we will explore traditional tales, reading stories and acting them out. We will ask ourselves if the...

Our Provision 

 

In our Reception classroom we aim to provide a challenging, stimulating and welcoming environment. We have curated a cosy and calm space for talking, playing and exploring. We add enhancements to our provision that follow our children’s interests and offer them opportunities to develop and grow. 

We are especially proud of our outdoor space where we work as a team to plant and grow flowers, vegetables, fruit and trees. We spend our spring term learning about the world around us and making insect and hedgehog homes; sharing our outdoor space with other living things. Outdoors, children are supported to develop gross motor skills, observe seasonal changes, role play in our playhouses, caravan and car and dig in our sandpit. 

Autumn 

School trips

Wollaton Hall Trip!

We had a great arty trip to Wollaton Hall. What a beautiful, sunny and creative day! 

2023-24

June: cycling and playing outdoors!

Class Documents & Resources

Classroom Information

Welcome to R Bay
Welcome to R Holly
The Reception Support Team
Classroom Timetables

Letters

Reception Summer Curriculum and Topic Web 2024
Gedling Country Park Trips 2024
Reception News November 23

School Trip December 2023
Reception Curriculum Letter Autumn 2023
Reception Autumn Homework Letter
Reception Spring Term Curriculum Letter
Autumn Reception Topic Web
Reception attendance letter
Reception Spring Topic Web
SCARF Letter
Reception Summer Term Curriculum Letter
Reception Summer Topic Web 2023

Supporting your child

Phonics Bug

Phonics Bug gives you access to reading books, games and activities to support your child at home. 

Phonics Play

Phonics Play is another website you can access which has lots of phonics games you can play with your children at home. https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/  

School Jam

School Jam is our Maths online platform which provides easy to follow videos, games and lots of fun activities to try at home. This will be launched in the Autumn term, Download the app or log in via Active Learn 

Purple Mash

We LOVE Purple Mash. This super platform teaches children ICT skills whilst encouraging them to be creative and explore lots of different games and activities. Logins will be shared soon! Don’t forget you need to enter the Parkdale School portal. 

Useful Links

The Early Years Foundation Stage on a Page
The Reception Baseline Assessment for Parents
Speech and Language Support in School
Small Talk
Phonics Glossary

Information for New Starters

Uniform Information

Please note from September 2022 Reception will be switching to an Active Uniform. Our new Uniform will be Parkdale PE kit only. 

Reception children will need : 

Black Parkdale PE top

Black Parkdale PE bottoms

Black or White trainers

A Parkdale PE T shirt in their House colour (until they are assigned Houses a plain white t shirt will be fine). 

They DO NOT need ties, shirts, school shoes, jumpers etc. 

Transition Information for September 2023

Previous Years