Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed


Teacher: Mrs Cornwell, 

TAs: Mrs Alefounder, Mrs Altayar and Miss Withers


News from Reception



Dear Parents,


It has been lovely to meet all of the children: some familiar and some new faces. We are delighted that everyone is coming into school quite happily. This is very important!


At the moment our priorities are settling the children into the class routines and expectations. You will see that the timetable provided is a settling in timetable so we can get to know the children and develop key skills such as listening, being ready to learn, following instructions and understanding expectations. As these develop and once all of the children have started full time, we will gradually add more whole class teaching which will ultimately include daily phonics, literacy and maths sessions. The children have a weekly PE session with Mr. Murrin on a Wednesday morning when I am out of class. We will be also be doing regular RE and PSE lessons, as well as exploring different creative and scientific based activities during Child Initiated Learning (ChIL).


In order to support the children’s learning in Phonics, it is my intention to post regular updates on Tapestry, of the new sounds that the children have learnt and how we teach these with some ideas of activities.

Our first topic is ‘Marvellous Me ‘ where we can get to know the children and they can share their likes and dislikes. Please see the topic map for more information.

Please ensure all uniform/coats/willies/lunchboxes etc are named.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to catch me after school.


Best Wishes,

Mrs Cornwell


Reception Timetable 

Phonics and Reading

At Monksmead, we follow 'Letters and Sounds'.  This is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.

 For reading, we use a scheme called Bug Club Phonics.  This scheme is aligned with the Letters and Sounds SSP (systematic synthetic phonics) programme and meets Department for Education guidance on choosing decodable books for systematic, synthetic phonics.