Welcome to Reception Class 1

 Miss Bateman

Ms Esa, Miss Daniels and Miss McKean


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 and Miss McKean 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.


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 wallks
  • A smile! 

 Our Topic

Just Imagine being... small or being big!

Drink a shrinking potion or put on the giant's shoes to visit Tiny town and The Giant's Kingdom.

This half-term we will be learning all about being small and being BIG, in Tiny Town and The Giant's Kingdom.

We will be learning about castles and recipes that a giant might like. FE FI FO FUM! We will also find out about Tom Thumb and Thumbelina in our story times. 

Perhaps they can help us with the Big Bird Watch, which we will take part in at the end of January. 

Please click on the link below to find out about our learning this half-term.

Tiny Town and The Giant's Kingdom Curriculum Map


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

07/01/19- School reopens 8.45am

08/01/19- Open Morning for prospective parents

10/01/19- Visit from The Dental Playbox Team

11/01/19- Kings and Queens Day for Infants (including Reception) in Yellow House

15/01/19- Deadline for Reception 2019 applications

01/02/19- PTA Crazy Hair Day

04/02/19- Friendship Week

05/02/19- Internet Safety Day

13/02/19- KS1 Bible Encounter Assembly

15/02/19- School finishes for half term break 3.30pm


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' and this half term we will focus on 'having a go' with the help of our Toy story character 'Have a go Wheezy'.

For more information see below.