Welcome to Reception


Reception Year at Wylam First School



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A Happy New Year!

Hello everyone! I cannot believe it is January already and almost half way through the school year.  It was a wonderful first term and we enjoyed getting to know you.  I also wanted to say a very big thank you for your wonderful Christmas gifts and Christmas wishes.


Half Term Theme: ‘Trees and Forests and Me oh my…’

In Foundation Stage this term we will be exploring the world of trees and forests and making lovely plans incorporating the children’s ideas. Please keep this in mind for our show and tell afternoons. Reception will also have the opportunity of working alongside the Nursery and their partnership project with Northern Stage focussing primarily on Communication and Literacy.


Phonic Books/Numeracy

Please use your phonic books regularly at home as we will be continuing our phonic/literacy lessons everyday – including rhyming CVC words, word building, simple sentences and punctuation (full stops and capital letters).


We will be introducing the language of addition and working through simple addition calculations. We focus on numbers 11-20 and we also introduce money this term and evaluate 2D and 3D shapes.


Parent/carer helpers

We always welcome parents/carers/family members into the Reception classroom to have a chat about your child, have a look at displays/children’s work etc. If you ever find yourself having any spare time you are welcome to come in and help. We are always glad to have an extra pair of hands!


P.E. and outdoor play

P.E. will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  P.E. bags must be in school on these days.  Please remember to ensure that all P.E. items are clearly labelled with your child’s name (please don’t forget the plimsolls too!). Outdoor play is an entitlement to children working within the Foundation Stage. We like to go outside at every opportunity even when it is raining! We have a set of Wellington boots in class but please make sure that on cold/wet days that your child brings a named warm coat with a hood so that they can continue to enjoy learning in our lovely school grounds.


Playtimes at school

Children in Reception have 2 playtimes a day. They are allowed to bring in a small POCKET SIZED toy to play with in the playground and this is to be kept in their coat pocket or in their book bag or tray and is only to be used at playtimes.


I look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks and I will particularly look forward to our discussions at the parent consultations in this spring.


Sean Daly

Class Teacher

Click here on The Classroom to see what our school theme is for 2013/2014.


School Choir

Wylam First School choir is open to all children in Years 2, 3 and 4. We meet every Friday lunchtime (12.30 - 1:00) in the nursery classroom. We sing a wide variety of songs and the emphasis is always on having fun. We have performed at a wide variety of venues throughout the North East. Read more about it here.