Christ Church C of E Primary School

Christ Church C of E Primary

Reception Class 

Reception Class – Curriculum Newsletter

Spring Term 1st Half


Happy New Year! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a good break.

Our theme for this half term is Traditional Tales. We will be looking at a different tale each week and focusing our topic work around these. We will also be going on a class trip to see a performance of The Three Little Pigs on 25th January. Details for this will come in a separate letter. Our role play/writing area is a post office based on the book ‘The Jolly Postman’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, which we will be reading over the half term and in which the postman delivers letters to various traditional tales characters.

We will also be observing the changes in our environment through the seasons and thinking about winter.


This term we will be focussing on number recognition, counting, adding two groups of objects together and working out 1 more and 1 less. We will also be comparing sizes and weights. Where you see an opportunity to reinforce this in their play please use it.  Every little bit of support really helps what we do in school.


We continue to learn the rest of the Phase 3 phonemes (sounds) and also the Phase 2 and 3 tricky words this half term. Please continue to practise the phonemes we have taught at home and use them to practise sounding out and blending words. To help your child develop the skill of blending, please also practise oral blending whenever possible by sounding out words for your child to blend, e.g. “Now put on your h – a- t.” Or “I spy with my little eye a c – a – t.”

Reading at Home

It is great to see so much effort and enthusiasm for reading at home, so please keep up the excellent work that you are putting in. You should be aiming to listen to your child read for 5-10 minutes each day and making notes in your child’s reading record. Do also remember to help your child with reading and writing their tricky words (you will find these in the back of the reading record).


PE will continue to be on Thursday mornings and this half term we will be practising ball skills with our specialist PE teacher, Mrs Grabham. Please make sure that PE kits are clearly labelled and in school all week. 


This half term we will be thinking about The Church as a special place for Christians. We will be learning about the things we might see, hear and feel in a Church and we will going on a sensory visit to Christ Church in January.

Thank you for your continued support


Mrs Joyce & Mrs Simpson


Reading Meeting

Here is a link to our Reading Meeting Presentation. If you have any problems accessing it, please let us know.



Following parents evening, here are also some links to phonics games and maths games that you can access with your children at home. Some are suitable for a tablet / smartphone but others are only accessible from a computer.



Some useful apps for smartphones are listed below. Read the descriptions before deciding whether this is useful for your child as they are aimed at different levels.

Pocket Phonics

Twinkl Phonics

 Interactive Alphabet ABCs



Here is an online phonics guide for parents which we will be a really useful way for you to find out more about phonics, how it is taught in class and how you can help your child at home. 

Follow the link to find out more: