Reception Information

All of the Reception curriculum information and newsletters

Welcome to Reception

We hope that your child has had a smooth transition into starting school


Helen Dawson and Paula Symonds


Melanie McDonald

Other Adults in Reception

Charlotte Parsons, Rebecca Standen and Claire Ward

The children will be learning how to be independent:

To find their way around the setting, including toilets, painting and water play aprons etc.
To remember how many are allowed in the sand/water/ or on the role-play and climbing frame.
To learn the rules of the setting and how to play with, and share the equipment.
To know where to put coats/book bags/lunch boxes etc.
To be able to change for PE/put on plimsolls/get coats on/get ready for lunch and to go home etc.


The children will complete lots of activities that encourage them to build up the muscles in their hands. This will help to promote a strong pencil grip. Activities might include cutting, sewing, threading and Dough Disco with play dough. This term will focus on learning sounds, mark making and writing names. The children will be singing lots of Nursery Rhymes and Action songs.

Reading in Reception

The children will be bringing home two types of book to read. One will be a story book to share together – the children may need to be encouraged by you to change this book when needed. The other will be a reading scheme book. Please read these books together and encourage your child to reognise some of the words by sight.

How can you help your child?

Try to read with your child every day – even if it is only for a short period of time as this really helps your child to develop their reading skills. Sit comfortably and let your child hold the book and turn the pages at their speed. The early books don’t have any words, so please encourage your child to talk about what they can see in the pictures. What is happening? Why do you think that? What might happen next? What do you think mum/dad/the dog is saying? Sometimes you might want to take it in turns with your child to ‘read’ a page each. This is fine – try to go with your child and if they are tired or unwilling, leave it until another time.

In the Reading Records, the adults in school will write a comment to assist with you reading with your child at home. It helps us to track who is reading regularly if you sign and/or make a comment in there.

Class Rules

The children will work towards writing some simple rules for their classes. This ownership helps them to develop a sense of community and belonging.

Homework in Reception

In addition to daily reading, the children will have phonics and high frequency words sent home to practise and learn. 

Handwriting sheets and high frequency word lists will be sent home for your child to practise at home.

Connect with us

Grovelands School, Dunbar Drive,
Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3UW.

Staff Contacts

  • Executive Headteacher: Mr Jon Goulding
  • Head of School: Miss Kathleen Swaine
  • School Business Manager: Mrs Helen Fingerneissl
  • School Secretary: Miss Carol Williams
  • Chair of Governors: Mr Michael Nix
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Jon Goulding
  • Deputy DSLs: Miss K Swaine, Ms C Adams, Miss N Squires, Miss S Coates, Mr R Williams
  • Inclusion Leader: Ms C Adams