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Cotham Gardens Primary School

A Co-operative Academy

Welcome to Reception!

 Welcome to our year group page.  On here you will find information about what your child will be learning over the next term and couple of weeks.  We hope that you enjoy looking through some of the photographs of what your child has been learning through their play.


Mrs Marsh
Class Teacher
Early Years Leader

Miss Pink
Early Years Practitioner

Miss King
Class Teacher

Mrs Dowle
Early Years Pracitioner

Miss Wasiewicz
Class Teacher   Assistant SENDCO

Miss Davis 
Early Years Practitioner

Updated: 28th October 2018

 Term 2


This term our topic is going to be Castles.

this is an exciting topic for us as we will be working together with year 1 to learn about castles.  this joint learning will be ended with a fantastic medieval banquet.  Over the course of the term children will be taking part in activities to prepare for this banquet.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Our PSED focus for this term we will be starting the Jigsaw curriculum. This terms topic is Celebrating Difference.


Communication and Language

We have started to look at story telling and will continue learning the skills we need to tell stories. This terms stories will have a focus on our castle theme.                      


Physical development

In preparation for term 2 please ensure you send your child in with a plain t-shirt, black or navy shorts/trouser and a pair of dark daps or trainers. All items must be named and placed in a named bag which can remain in your child's classroom.

We will start doing PE the week beginning 5/11 with a focus on movements in a space.

Book Bags

You will all now have received your child’s new book bag with a school reading book and a book to record how there reading has gone.  It is very important that each of them have a book bag that comes into school every day.  These are great for protecting the books but they also help the children see books as precious things and reading books as a valuable activity.


We will be exploring numbers through a range of activities such as careful counting using our counting fingers, and finding different ways of creating our numbers up to 20. We will also be focusing on recognising and recalling our numerals up to 20.



This term we will begin learning our phonic sounds. We will learn a new sound everyday which will include an action and a rhyme for how to form the letter.

I spy is a great game that you could play with your child at any time to practise learning the initial sounds.


The sounds we have learnt so far are: 

s (ss) - Slither down the snake

a - Round the apple, down the leaf

t - Down the tower, across the tower

p - Down the plait and over the pirate's face

i - Down the body, dot for the head

n - Down Nobby, over his net

m - Masie, mountain, mountain 

d - Round his bottom, up his tall neck, down to his feet

g - Round her face, down her hair and give her a curl

o - All around the orange


Next term we will be learning:

c - Curl around the caterpillar

k - Down the kangaroo's body, tail and leg

e - lift of the top and scoop out the egg

u - Down and under, up to the top and draw the puddle

r - Down his back then curl over his arm

 h - Down the head to the hooves, and over his back

b - Down the laces to the heel, round the toes

f (ff) - Down the stem and draw the leaves

l (ll) - Down the long leg

j - Down the body, curl and dot

v - Down a wing, up a wing

w - Down up down up

x - Down the arm and leg, repeat the other side

y - Down a horn, up a horn and under his head

z (zz) - zig zag zig

q (qu) - Round her head, up past her earrings and down her hair

If you are interested in practising phonics at home with your child, a great website with fun games that we use in school is:

(We are currently working on phase 2 sounds in phonics).



In literacy this term we will be practising our name writing and focusing on segmenting and blending CVC words. We will also be looking at labelling the features of a castle.