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Welcome to our Reception Classes!

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In Reception we have two classes - Bats and Caterpillars.

In Bats the class teacher is Helen. In Caterpillars the class teacher is Emily.

Our teaching assistants are Katrina and Emma.

Even though there are two different classes your child will be taught by all the staff throughout the day.

Our classes are made up of children who are aged between 4 and 5 years old. The children work towards the Early Learning Goals.

Topic Overview

We focus our learning on different topics throughout the year; this supports the children to make links across the different subjects. We cover several topics throughout the year including;

Autumn 1 – What Do I Know About Me?
Autumn 2 – How do I make sense of the world?
Spring 1 – Are all homes the same?
Spring 2 – Are all minibeasts scary?
Summer 1 – What is a habitat?
Summer 2 – Can I go to the moon?

Click the link on the right to see an overview of all of the topics we currently cover in our school.


Timings of the day

8.55 - 9.00       Registration (If it is raining outside then the classroom door will be opened at 8.45)
9.00 - 11.45     Morning Teaching Sessions
11.45 - 13.00   Lunchtime
13.00 - 14.50   Afternoon Teaching Sessions
14.55               Home time

Please note that we run our own breakfast club every morning from 8am. Morning Just Dance club is running on a Monday and Wednesday for EYFS to encourage good attendance, punctuality and healthy lifestyles. We also run a lot of after-school clubs too! Please look at the relevant pages on our website for more details!


In Reception we expect:

  • Reading books in reading bags to be brought in every day (once your child is ready to read).
  • Children need to be heard read at home and talked to about what they have read.
  • Reading record to be signed and please make a simple comment to share how your child has read.
  • A charge of £5 for lost/damaged reading books.
  • We encourage our children to be independent, therefore we ask parents to remain outside the building at the start and end of the day.
  • Home learning to be completed on a regular basis.


Daily Teaching

During the day your child will receive a daily Phonic lesson. In addition to this the teaching of literacy and a love of reading is also taught through Talk4Writing, 1:1 reading and opportunities to write through topic. Your child is also encouraged to write independently during continuous provision. They will also have a daily maths lesson. This includes learning number, simple calculations, shape, space and measure. Again, your child will be encouraged to explore mathematical problems in continuous provision.

More details on what your child will learn at different stages of their development can be found by clicking on the link on the right - What To Expect, When.



Children are taught phonics through the Read, Write Inc (RWI) programme with the addition of sounds from Letters and Sounds. This is a crucial time of their life and they need constant practice at home.



We expect children to read daily with adults at home. Flashcards with tricky words may be included in reading work. Topic work in class can be supported at home and your child will be asked to complete tasks.


Physical Activity

We like to encourage physical fitness here at Primrose Hill. We have extensive outdoor facilities in Early Years and we actively encourage children to be physically fit. We go outside in all weathers so your child will need appropriate clothing, for example wellies in Winter and sun hats and sun cream in Summer. As well as developing gross motor skills your child will be encouraged to develop their fine motor skills - their pen grip and scissor skills. This is supported daily by our funky fingers sessions. In addition to this, Reception have a weekly PE lesson covering dance, gymnastics and basic team games.



Children have access to a daily healthy snack and a small bottle of milk during the morning session. Throughout the day children have a water bottle labelled with their name that they can have access to throughout the day.

If you would like to discuss anything further or have any questions regarding what is being covered in Reception then please contact the office or send a message through ClassDojo to make an appointment with the class teacher.

Primrose Hill Primary School
Phoebe Street, Salford M5 3PJ
Tel: 0161 921 2400
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