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Welcome to Reception

 Welcome to our Reception class. Our Reception unit consists of 2 classes. Daffodils and Daisies. Mrs Meakin and Miss Holmes are our teachers. Mrs Barker and Miss Veli are our teaching assistants. 

In our class,  children work in groups, play with activities planned to help us progress, join in games and activities with an adult and also choose their own activities where they learn to be independent.

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In Reception we have PE on a Thursday (with Burton Albion), please remember your PE kits and if you wear earrings please remove these before PE. Please bring your reading books to school everyday and write in the diaries when you read at home. Children are expected to read at least four times a week at home to get their dollar, this shoulod be recorded in the child's reading diary. 


Children will receive RWI and Maths homework every week on a Friday. This needs to be returned to school the following Wednesday. Don't forget children can earn dollars for returning their completed homework. 

Spring Term


This half-term our topic is 'Farmyard Fun' 

We are going to be learning about farms and the animals that live on a farm. On Friday 15th March we will be visiting Ash End Children's Farm near Tamworth. We will learn how to look after the animals and we will be able to feed the animals too. Our role-play will be a Farm Shop and Cafe this half-term, we'll be pretending to be chefs, waiters, waitresses and customers. We will be reading 'What the Ladybird Heard' and 'The Three Little Pigs'. 


Friday 15th March

Our trip to Ash End House Children's Farm

We had an amazing time at the farm. We learnt how to look after the animals and we got to feed and hold some of the animals too. It was such an exciting day! Thank you to all our helpers who came along. 

Maths Workshop - Friday 25th January 2019

Thank you to the parents who attended our Maths workshop. We had lots of fun practising our Maths skills with our parents. We practised our number recognition by collaging numbers, we played lots of number games and we made shape pictures using 2D shapes and the pegboards. 

Christmas Workshop - 11th December

Christmas Trip - 10th December

Monday 3rd December - Today we made snowflake pictures in our Creative Area.

Forest schools

From this half term, reception will take turn in participating in forest schools on a Friday afternoon. Please make sure the children have a change of clothes and footwear. We will go outside in all weathers, therefore they will need to bring suitable clothing. 


The children participate in a range of activities. Check back here for photos of what the children are getting up to. 

Reading workshop for parents Friday 26th October

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Reading workshop for parents Friday 26th October 2
Reading workshop for parents Friday 26th October 3
Reading workshop for parents Friday 26th October 4

Phonics Workshop

Thank you to all the parents that joined us for our phonics workshop on Friday 12th October. We hope you found it useful to join in with a speed sounds lesson. The children enjoyed taking part in a range of phonic activities. 

Harvest Festival - Wednesday 10th October

We are very proud of our Reception children today. They did a fantastic job of performing their Autumn song during the Harvest Festival. 

MUGA Opening - Tuesday 9th October

Today we took part in lots of fun activities to celebrate the opening of the MUGA. Some of our parents joined us and at the end of the day we were joined by some Burton Albion players. 


On Wednesday 26th September we celebrated EAL day. We talked about the different languages our families speak, some children knew their parents spoke Hungarian and Polish. We then looked at the different flags that represent our class. We chose a flag that we had looked at to paint. 

Great Dragon Bake Off

We have been reading ‘The Great Dragon Bake Off’. We have baked cakes just like Flamie Oliver! We have also enjoyed doing some cupcake craft. 

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Useful links

At Riverview we follow a phonics scheme known as Read Write Inc. Below is a link which shows the correct pronunciation of sounds which will help you and your child to learn. 

Information for Parents: How to say the sounds (UPDATED)

Confused about how to pronounce the sounds found in Read Write Inc. Phonics? Worry not - 5-year-old Sylvie is here to show you how! Use this guide to support your child when practising the sounds at home. - - - Did you like this video?

Previous Learning

Spring 1

This half-term our topic is '999: What's your emergency?

We are going to be learning about people who help us in our community. We will learn what we should do in an emergency and who helps us with different emergencies. Our role-play area will be set up as a hospital so we can pretend to be doctors and nurses. We're going to have a fire station and a mountain rescue scene in our small world area and there will be lots of challenges to complete in our construction area. We will be reading Zog, Zog and the Flying Doctors and George's Dragon at the Fire Station.


Autumn 2

The topic in Reception is ‘Fire and Ice’. We will be learning about Bonfire Night, Diwali and Christmas. In December we will be going on a trip to Birches Valley to visit Santa and his reindeer. We will be talking about how we celebrate special events and how this differs to how others celebrate special events.


Autumn 1

The topic in reception this half term is Magic and Mystery! We will be reading books such as, The Great Dragon bake off, Room on the Broom and lots more. In maths we will be learning about how many beads need to go on a wand (counting), recognising numbers and shapes. We will be learning sounds and words through our RWI program and would like you to help us at home too.