Reception Class

Autumn Term in Reception Class

Welcome to Holy Trinity

We would like to welcome you all to Holy Trinity School. We hope you have had a fantastic summer and are looking forward to what we are sure w ill be a great school year.

This newsletter contains useful information about what you should expect from the Autumn term.

I f at any time you have any questions or you are unsure of anything, please ask! Staff are alw ays happy to speak to you if you hav e any questions or concerns. If we are unable to see you at the beginning of the day, please make an appointment at a convenient time.

What does learning look like in Reception?

For the first term in Reception, learning is a mix of adult-led and child-led activ ities. Adult led activities involve more formal ‘lessons’ such as Phonics, Maths and Group Work. Child led activ ities are a range of activ ities w ith w hich the children can choose to interact.


We have already begun our Phonics lessons where we are learning our Phase 2 initial sounds. We practice saying the sound, sing songs and practice our letter formation. As we begin to learn more sounds, we will be practising how to blend our sounds together to read simple CVC words (mat, sit).
To help your child at home with their Phonics, you can practise writing the letters and saying the sounds they are learning in school. There are lots of songs and v ideos online to help you with this.


During the Autumn Term, our Literacy activities will be based on key skills. Ev ery morning the children practise w riting their own names; they will then build up to spelling their names using magnetic letters. We will have a big focus on letter formation to help support our learning in Phonics.

We listen to nursery rhymes every day and read lots of books! During child initiated learning, children can choose to play with puppets and develop their story telling skills.


Children have started to bring home their reading books. These books have no words in. The children are expected to look at the book and the pictures and create a story verbally; talk and ask questions about what they can see, what is happening in the story and what they think might happen next. Please read with your child daily. Books will be changed weekly, once the children have read the book regularly and are confident in talking about what they can see.

As we progress through our Phonics and learn our Phase 2 sounds, books will begin to have simple sentences with CVC words that the children can practise blending sounds together.
When reading with your child, please sign their reading record w ith any feedback you would like us to know.


We have focused maths sessions. These begin as whole class circle time activities. We will begin by looking at Subitising, knowing how many there are of something just by looking.
We practise lots of Maths skills throughout the day. We listen to lots of songs which help us to count and to identify shapes.


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. We will begin our lessons by focusing on key skills such as throwing, catching and kicking. We will then move onto dance and gymnastic lessons.

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.

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