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William Shrewsbury Primary School
William Shrewsbury
Primary School
Learning and Growing Together


Welcome to Reception 2020

  Reception Information

Week Beg 19.10.20

This week we have been looking at our families again.  This has included making models of our families and using natural materials to represent our families.  In phonics, we have learnt the sounds g, o, c, and k as well as starting to blend them together to make simple CVC words.  During maths sessions, we have been measuring and comparing lots of different objects with measuring tapes, metre sticks, cubes and other objects.  Why not have a go at home?

Please take a few moments to have a look at some of our home learning activities that you can share with your child from the tabs at the side.

We have had a very different start to our year in Reception compared to other years.  We appreciate and thank you for all of your support in these unusual times and wish you a very, safe and happy half term holiday.


Week Beg 12.10.20

This week we are looking at ourselves and our families. Children have been drawing and writing about members of their families.  We have been looking at, making and finding patterns in and out of the classroom.  In phonics we have been learning more letter sounds.  This week, we are concentrating on i, n, m and d.  The children have been very excited about bringing home their reading books.  We hope you have enjoyed sharing the stories together and talking about the pictures in the discussion books.  Don't forget to return them on Friday so we can quarantine them ready for new books on Monday.

This week Reception will be taking part in the Key Stage 1 Zoom Acorn assembly and staff are looking for children being kind and gentle, one of our five golden rules.

Week Beg 05.10.20

This week we are investigating sorting different objects and starting to learn some of our letter sounds (phonics) and rhyming words.  Have a look at our homework tabs on the left hand side of this page for ideas to help at home.  Let us know how you get on!

Reception have had a great time learning how to use all of their new equipment, taking turns and sharing.  Why not have a  look at what we have been up to below.




A huge welcome to all of our Reception families both new and old.  All of our staff are looking forward to an exciting year filled with learning and fun.  

All of our Reception children have settled really well and are enjoying finding out about their new classrooms, teachers and friends.  We hope to put photos on the page as soon as everyone have returned their consent forms.

If you have any queries, questions or concerns please try and write it in the home school diary as they are checked every day by staff.  We are happy to discuss things on the gate but please follow social distancing rules and try and leave the premises as soon as possible.


Reception are now also using twitter so please follow our adventures - @WilliamShrews


Reception Green:

  • Mrs J Pearson – class teacher and EYFS lead
  • Mrs C Smith/Mrs S Cartwright – teaching assistant

Reception Blue:

  • Mrs E Hardwick – class teacher
  • Miss S Martin/Mrs C Beckwith – teaching assistant

Reception Red:

  • Mrs S Rawlings and Mrs Cornell – class teacher
  • Miss L Smith – teaching assistant

We are also supported by Mrs Berwick, Mrs Keen, Miss Hallam and Mrs Harper .

Useful information

Labelling Uniform

Please label all uniform so it can be returned to your child promptly.


PE takes place every day in Reception. Please do not send PE kits into school as we are not getting changed at the moment.

Home School Diaries

Please can you send in your child's Home School Diary every day as we may need to send you a message.

Other Equipment

Please send in a named water bottle for your child everyday filled with fresh water only not juice as keeping hydrated is very good for young brains and good learning.  Also make sure your child has a waterproof coat in school everyday.  We try and use our outdoor area everyday even if it is a little cold, damp and blowy.


Reception Recommended Reads

We have a great selection of stories in our classrooms, especially for reception.  Have a look at link below to see some of the brilliant 50 Top reception reads you may want to share with your children.  Why not have a look at our reception teachers reading familiar stories in Reception Story Telling.

50 Top reception reads


Autumn Term:

  • Marvellous Me
  • Hello Autumn
  • Let's Celebrate

Spring Term:

  • It's Cold Outside
  • The Perfect Pet
  • Ready, Steady, Grow! (Including a visit to the farm!)

Summer Term

  • Roar and Stomp!
  • Once Upon a Time

At the very bottom of the page, you will find attachments to all our Reception topics, as well as some fun activities that you can complete at home with your child to help support their learning at this stage in the school year.   

Useful Websites




Phonic sounds