Welcome to Reception Class 1

 Miss Bateman

Ms Esa, Miss Daniels and Ms Little


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 Ms Little 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: New parents' meeting presentation (18/06/19)

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- A Different Me!

In our indoor role play areas we will be able to imagine what it might be like to be a different me...

Sat on Blackpool Promenade watching an open-air concert or in a magical fancy dress shop!

Language will be a key focus in our outdoor role play aeroplane, beach shop and circus skills area.

We will be introduced to new words through our Word Aware learning that link to our Blackpool Tower Circus visit

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


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


03/06/19- INSET day

04/06/19- School opens at 8.55am

04/06/19 to 07/06/19- Nursery visits (New starters Sept 2019)

10/06/19 to 14/06/19- Home visits (New starters Sept 2019)

10/06/19- NSPCC Parent Workshop 2.15pm

11/06/19- Dance workshop for EYFS 

13/06/19- PTA Style of my Own evening

18/06/19- 7pm Parents' Evening for September Reception starters

21/06/19- NSPCC Enrichment Day

24/06/19 to 28/06/19- National School Sports Week

26/06/19- School Games Day

05/07/19- Summer Fun Night 6.30-8.30pm

10/07/19- EYFS visit to Blackpool Tower Circus

12/07/19- Annual Reports issued to parents

19/07/19- Moving up morning- children visit the new class

23/07/19- school closes at 1.15pm

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.