Parochial C of E Primary School | Keppel Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire OL6 6NN
Tel: 01613 436070 Email: Twitter: ParochialCofE

Growing Together in God

Welcome to Reception 

This half term our topic is people who help us

We hope you are as excited about our new  year as we are!

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We will be looking at different people who help us in our community.



We will be focusing on different occupations and in what way they help us. We will also be looking at what we can do to help people in our community.

Our role play area is a post office so we will be doing lots of letter writing and parcel sending.

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We are making fantastic progress with our Read Write Inc sessions. Please have a look at the Read Write Inc website for things to help your children with at home and have a look at some of the things they do in their phonics lessons.

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 We have recently sent home our Read Write Inc book packs for your children to read at home. These are books that the children can independently sound out and blend together. We encourage the children to take care of these books and bring them into school everyday. We would appreciate your assistance with this and ensure your child's book is read and brought into school everyday. Lost or damaged books will incur a charge. Please see a member of reception ASAP if you think your book is missing


In RE this half term we will be looking at stories Jesus heard. We will be re-telling the story of Noah's Ark and creating story maps for the story.

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We have dance on Tuesdays and PE on Fridays, please provide a full PE kit clearly labelled with your child's name. We will keep these in school and send them home to be washed at the end of the half term.

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You can sign up to Tapestry, see the link below for more information. This is a fantastic way to see your child's journey through reception and get little glimpses of their work and their school day. You can also upload and home learning they do and we can share it together at school. If you need assistance setting this up please see Mrs Orchard. 


The EYFS Curriculum

Areas of Learning
Our activities are carefully planned to deliver the seven areas of learning. Below are examples of some of the activities offered:


Communication and Language – We will be having lots of group discussions about people who help us and what their job roles are. We will also be looking at the different ways that we can help in our community.

Literacy – We will be focusing on forming our letters correctly, writing on the lines from lest to right, adding labels and captions to our pictures and we are beginning to write sentences including punctuation.

Mathematics – We will be focusing on 2d and 3d shapes and their properties. Looking at number bonds and perfecting our number formation.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development – We have circle times to discuss our feelings, rules and expectations. We will be looking at how we can help people in our family, school and community. Children will be learning how to become independent at problem solving and discovering different ways to learn.

Understanding the World – People in our community and how they help us. Knowing why and when we would need their help and how to ask for it. 

Physical Development – The children will need their indoor PE kits for games sessions and wellies for outdoor play. Please ensure that children come in appropriate outdoor clothing for playing out in the cold weather.

Expressive Arts and Design – The children will explore different materials, create and design uniforms for police officers, doctors, firefighters etc.




Your child is entitled to free milk up until they are 5 years old. Please click on the picture above and fill in your details.


Remember you can watch your child's learning journey through our online journal, Tapestry.

Please follow the link above to view your child's account or even add your own observations from home.

You can upload observations from home. We would love to see some of your child's home achievements.

If you have not yet registered your e mail, please speak to a member of the Foundation Team. 


Helping your child at home

Your child should now be reading at home every day. Leaving a comment in your child's reading journal helps us to know what your child has completed at home.

Encourage your child to write at home. This can be shopping lists, sentences or even stories. encourage children to sound out their words and use the correct letter formation.


Every Friday, your child will get their home/school book which will contain details of what your child has learnt that week. We will also assign homework for your child to complete over the weekend.


Independent learning is a very important part of school life. Please can you encourage independence with your child by letting them get dressed by themselves, fastening buttons, pouring their own drinks, etc. 


Thank-you for your continued support

Mrs Orchard & Mrs Gordon