Reception Class

Spring Term in Reception Class

Welcome to Holy Trinity

Happy New Year! We hope you had a lovely Christmas break.

The Spring Newsletter will provide you with all of the information you need for your child’s time in school, and their learning for this term.

Marvellous Me- please ensure you are logged in to be able to receive updates and reminder messages.

Google Classroom- you will find weekly overviews for learning, as well as ideas for learning at home. If you or your family need to isolate, activities to complete at home will be accessible here. Please contact the office if you need any log on details.


What does learning look like in Reception?

For the Spring Term, learning continues to be a balance between teacher led activities as well as child initiated learning.


Our daily Phonics lessons continue this term. We learnt all of our Phase 2 sounds during the Autumn Term, and we have moved on to Phase 3. In Phase 3, children learn the remainder of the alphabet as well as new digraphs and trigraphs.

Segmenting and Blending are important Phonic skills that we practice daily.

Support for Phonics can be found on Google Classroom. This includes songs and videos, definitions of terminology and updates of our learning each day.

Reading books that the children bring home are matched to the Phonics level. This allows the children to practice segmenting and blending their Phase 2 and 3 sounds.


Our Literacy lessons are based upon exciting books! Our current text is ‘Chocolate Cake’ by Michael Rosen. We will be turning this book into a set of instructions for how to make a chocolate mug cake. We will begin by writing the title, and then look at the ingredients, finishing with writing a set of instructions for someone to follow to be able to make a cake.


Children’s reading books will match the Phonics level that the children are currently learning. Many books are based on the Phase 2 sounds in order to practise segmenting and blending them together. The books will then move onto focusing on Phase 3 sounds.

Please read with your child daily.

Books will be changed weekly. Once the children have read the book regularly and are confident with reading the book, they will then be given a new book to take home. Children need to have their reading wallets in school every day to allow for extra opportunities to read with an adult.

Children will be asked to re-read books if they are not able to reads it fluently and independently.

When reading with your child, please sign their reading record with any feedback you would like us to know.


We are currently practicing counting to 10 and then to 20. We look at recognizing numbers and counting the correct quantities to match the numerals. An important skill is to ensure 1:1 correspondence for accurate counting. Ideas for how to help your child at home can be found on Google Classroom.


This term our PE lessons will be on Wednesdays. Children can come to school in their PE kits and will remain in them for the duration of the day. This term we will be focusing on Gymnastic skills- balance, jumping, landing and climbing.

Forest School

Forest School days for this year will be Fridays. We will spend the afternoon outside exploring, climbing trees and getting muddy. For this, children can come into school on Fridays in their own clothes with a waterproof coat and wellington boots. Please make sure your child is suitably dressed for the cold and wet weather, we go to Forest School regardless of the weather!

Important Reminders

  • Please make sure all items of uniform are clearlynamed
  • Please ensure your child has a coat in school every day as we love to be outdoors
  • Please send in a pair of labelled wellies for your childwhichcan stay in school
  • Please read with your child every day and sign their reading record with any feedback you may have.
Holy Trinity School

Our motto is:

Alta Pete – Aim High

“The primary aim of the school is to help each pupil reach his or her full potential so that they may develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to take full advantage of the opportunities available in their future lives.”

If you have any questions, please speak to a member of staff at the beginning or end of the school day .

Miss Rowden & Mrs Harris