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Reception - Swifts

Welcome to Reception - Swifts!


Welcome to Swift class! We are looking forward to sharing your learning and achievements with you. 

Meet our team


Mrs Mountney is the Swift class teacher. Miss Brown, Miss Bozier, Mrs Lanni and Miss Moore are teaching assistants who all help in the Swift class. 

Mrs Arnott will be teaching in Swift class on Wednesday afternoons.


  • A reading book is sent home daily – please write a comment or sign the home school diary to show that you have read with your child each day. We change our books on Mondays and Thursdays. Please ensure that your child's book bag is in school each day.
  • We do P.E on Monday mornings and this is done outdoors whenever possible or in the school hall. Every child needs a full P.E. kit in school and a pair of trainers and /or plimsolls.
  • Please ensure that are items of clothing are labelled and in particular school sweatshirts or cardigans. This will enable us to return the correct clothing to the correct child. You may need to re-write their name in after a few weeks as they often fade in the washing machine.

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Our Learning - 13.9.2021


Next week, our learning will be based on the story; All Are Welcome. We will be discussing the different children in the story and the activities that they are doing in school. We will make links to our routines and learning in school. In circle time, we will be thinking about what makes us special and unique. 


In phonics, we will be using our listening skills to play some oral blending and segmenting games, and trying to work out what the word is. You could support your child with this at home by listening for sounds in the environment and playing I-spy. 


In maths, we will be looking at and identifying patterns in the classroom and the natural environment. On the maths table we will be sorting socks and using vocabulary to describe the size, shape, colour and length. As an additional challenge, we will be using the socks to measure ourselves and other things in the classroom. 


We will be getting use to the lunchtime routine, eating in the hall with our friends before going outside on the reception playground.

A day in Reception


To begin our day, the children will come into the classroom hang up their coat and bag and wash their hands. Next, they find their photograph and place it on the 'Zones of Regulation' display to show how they are feeling. After register we sing the days of the week song, discuss the date and the weather and then count how many children are in class today. Then, the children take part in a whole class phonics session followed by a child-initiated learning time.  After snack the children listen to the story of the week being read, join in with repeated refrains and discuss the story. This is followed by a short maths session and opportunities to consolidate this new learning are provided during child-initiated learning.


During the lunch hour, the children will be supported by mid-day supervisors and some of the reception staff, who help them with their lunch and encourage them to try new foods. After lunch, the children play in the outdoor learning environment and particularly enjoy using the climbing equipment.


The afternoon starts with a reading session, small groups of children will be heard read individually and the others will take part in a larger group guided reading session. This is followed by another period of child-initiated learning. At the end of the day, the children have a circle time session or a story before getting ready for home.

Our Learning - 6.9.2021

What are we learning about?

This half term, our topic is 'All about me.' We will be thinking about ourselves and what makes us unique and special. As part of our PSED work will be talking about our families and the activities we like to do together when we are at home. We will also be exploring the reception environment and finding out all about our new friends.


In phonics lessons, we follow the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme of work and introduce the Jolly Phonics' actions for each sound. Watch out for the children singing the songs at home and doing the actions, they are quite catchy!  We will be learning new Phase 2 phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (written letters). We will also be encouraging the children to have a go at reading and writing simple words and captions independently. For more information about phases 2 and 3 phonics, please visit the link at the bottom of this section.


In maths lessons, we will be exploring and recognising numerals to 10 and placing them in order as well as developing our understanding of place value.




Your child will have an online learning journal through the Tapestry app. For guidance on how to use the app, please speak to Mrs Mountney, who can support you with: signing up, viewing observations and uploading observations from home. We would love for parents to contribute to the journals by uploading learning achievements from home! This could be from a club, new experiences or a skill that has been mastered at home!   


At Hillshott Infant and Nursery school we follow the PenPals handwriting scheme. Our younger children are introduced to four main characters which help them to memorise the sequence for writing each letter correctly. The key thing to remember is that all letters start from the top
(apart from d and e).


Pattern practice and ‘play’ writing are an important part of handwriting development. Your child will be practicing letter formation in a number of exciting ways: in sand, using paint, in the air, on the interactive television screens and iPads, as well as on paper with a pencil!

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Use the websites below to help your child with their home learning.

For lots of great ideas, games and practical activities in all areas of learning (including e-books) 

For phonics games (they have a free login which will be valid for a short period of time)

For phonics games (phase 2 and 3 games)

For practical maths activities

For some great practical Literacy activities

For activities and different topic games


For practising sciences skills and engaging children in conversations (free to sign up)


For filtering results on any of these websites children in Reception are working at ‘EYFS’ stage or ‘Early Years