Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed


Teacher: Mrs Khan

TAs: Mrs Kevin/ Ms Archer / Ms McGinley


News from Reception



Welcome to Reception Class! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas break. I am pleased to say the children have quickly settled back into Reception life and are all so enthusiastic and ready to learn. Our initial mini topics this term will be Traditional Fairy tales and space. We will then choose topics according to the children interests 

Activities planned will cover all areas of Early Years curriculum.  Topic planning is also displayed in the classroom so that you can see what your children are doing. It is always subject to amendments as we try to follow the children’s interests. If your child has been especially enthusiastic about any aspect of our topic or would really like to learn about something in particular within the topic or has suggestions for a future topic, please let us know so that we can try to include this in our planning.

Quick Reminders

  • Please look at the school dinner menu on the door and have your dinner choice ready for when you come in.
  • All children should bring a named school blue book bag and their zip reading folder to school every day to ensure homework and letters can be sent out daily.
  • Please ensure reading books, reading record book and sound mats are in the zip reading folder daily as your child is heard read on set days although these may be subject to change. Continue to hear your child read and practise the sounds we enclose in their reading folder every night.
  • Homework will go home every Wednesday and should return with completed homework by the following Please encourage your child to do as much of this homework independently as possible.
  • All children should have named water bottles.
  • School uniform for our Foundation Stage –blue joggers, white polo shirt and blue school sweatshirt/cardigan. Shoes should be trainers that fasten with Velcro
  • Don’t forget to send in your Wow Moments into school for our Wow board so that we can celebrate out of school achievements in school as well.

We appreciate your toy fund contributions of £5 per half term. From the toy fund this half term we will changing our reading corner around to make it warmer, cosier and inviting. Moreover, we will also buy some sensory play equipment. Thank you to all those you have contributed so far.

Thank you for your support. If you require any further information, please come and speak to myself or a member of the Reception team.

Many Thanks,

Mrs Khan


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.