Welcome to Reception Class 1

 Miss Bateman

Ms Esa, Miss Daniels, Miss McKean and Miss Butler


My name is Miss Bateman and I am very happy to welcome you as your child's class teacher.

Ms Esa is also a teacher in Reception Class 1 and will join us on a Tuesday afternoon.

Miss Daniels, Miss McKean and Miss Butler are our EYFS teaching assistants.

We feel it is really important to work closely with parents and carers in order to support your child's learning and development. If you have any questions or worries, or if you would like to talk to us about your child's progress, please let us know and we can arrange a time to meet for a chat.

Download: Parents' Guide to the EYFS

Please also refer to our activity passport to see the range of opportunities school and parents can work together to provide.

What to bring each day

  • Coat
  • Reading book bag with reading record inside
  • Lunchbox
  • Water bottle (named)
  • PE kit (after a holiday) with a spare set of underwear and socks (Tuesday- PE lesson)
  • Wellies (to be kept in school please) for Welly Wednesday walks
  • A smile! 

 Our Topic

We will be eggsploring with a real chick-hatching experience!

We will experience the joyfulness of hatching chicks in front of our very own eyes!

Just Imagine... an Eggstravaganza!

Put on your Egg doctor's jacket and x-ray glasses and enter the egg hatching area with caution. Who knows what might hatch today! Help build a nest and wait for the eggs to hatch. Use your glasses to look inside the eggs, can you identify what is growing inside? Can Keith the dinosaur help hatch an egg? Become an egg doctor and find out! Why not take a visit next door to the dinosaur museum to find out more.

This half term we will be learning all about animals that hatch from eggs- oviparous animals. Oviparous animals are animals that reproduce by laying eggs. This is how most fish, amphibians, reptiles, insects and arachnids reproduce. All birds and monotremes (the platypus, the most well known) also reproduce like this. 


Superstar writers...  Our name writing challenge is on! We are going to try our best to learn to write our full names forming each letter correctly. Can we do it before Christmas? Challenge accepted! Click on the image to enlarge it.

Well done Class 1. You did it!

Take a look below at the great progress we are making with our writing. We are helping Tom turtle learn to write letters using the correct formation. Click on the image to enlarge it.

19/09/18- Well done Lantz, you have written a perfect 's'.

24/09/18- Harry PC, Tom turtle loves your 't' letters. Great work!

27/09/18- Haniya, i, i, i, down and a hook. Excellent 'i' formation. Well done.

27/09/18- Well done Harry, you have worked hard to teach Tom about the letter 'p'.

01/10/18- Mmm! Great writing Lillie. Tom is going to try and write as many m's as you!

Maths rockstar of the week... In Maths we are working hard to develop our problem solving and verbal reasoning skills working with numbers. Click on the image below to see more. (Coming soon!)


 Learn to write numbers with this super number song...


Helicopter stories/ Talk for Writing/ Word Aware

This half term we will focus on Talk for Writing. We will learn the traditional tale of The Three Billy Goats gruff by heart and then make up and write our own versions of the story.

The helicopter approach of story telling and story acting is based on the work of Vivian Gussin Paley, Patron to MakeBelive Arts. In its simplest form children tell their stories which are written down by an adult word for word. The class then gather around a taped stage where the stories come to life as the adult reads the story aloud and the children take on different roles to act out the story. I can't wait to hear our first set of stories this year!


Homework- daily reading

Please hear your child read for at least ten minutes every day at home and record a comment in their Reading Record book. Discuss the meaning of words and what is happening in the story. Can they demonstrate understanding when talking about what they have read? This additional support at home is hugely beneficial to the children and sets them in a good routine for homework as they progress through school.



To find out more about how we teach phonics please read the information below.

What is phonics?

Letter formation mats

Sound mats



Please look at the School Office section of our website to view the Wilmslow Academy School Lunch Menu and discuss with your child what they would like each day so they are confident to make their choice as part of their morning routine.

Snack time

Class 1 and Class 2 will come together each morning to have a healthy snack provided by school.  

Your child is also entitled to have free milk until their fifth birthday. If your child does not have milk they will be offered the option of water. We recommend that your child has a named water bottle in class which they can access throughout the school day.

 Reception News

 Dates for your diary

23/04/19- School reopens 8.55am

25/04/19- (Afternoon) Forest School. Session 3 of 4 

26/04/19- (Morning) Football coaching session outdoors for EYFS 

29/04/19- Class photos

01/05/19- EYFS/KS1 Bible Encounter assembly

02/05/19- (Afternoon) Forest School. Session 4 of 4

03/05/19- (9.05am) Class 2 Assembly. Family and friends welcome

06/05/19- Bank Holiday

10/05/19- (9.05am) Class 1 Assembly. Family and friends welcome

17/05/19- PTA Crazy day

24/05/19- School closes


Learning Powers

Children develop and learn in different ways and our class learning powers link strongly to the characteristics of effective learning in the EYFS- Playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically.

We have learnt to 'be cooperative' with 'Cooperative Potato Head', to 'have a go' with the help of Toy Story character 'Have a Go Wheezy. We have embedded 'aiming high' with the character 'Improving Slinky and this half term we will focus on 'thinking for ourself' with the help of our Toy story character 'Curious Buzz'.

For more information see below.