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Reception Ladybird and Bumblebee

Welcome to Reception

Have a look at our page to find out all the things that we are doing in Reception.


Click on the links below to find out about all the things we have been doing.

Adults in Ladybird Class


Class Teachers: Miss Cox & Mrs El Barky


Early Years Practitioner: Miss Rivet 


Additional support LSA: Miss Clayton 


Adults in Bumblebee Class


Class Teacher: Mrs MacDiarmid


Early Years Practitioner: Miss Benjamin 

Welcome to Reception 2020 - 2021! 


We are really excited to welcome your children into reception at Leatherhead Trinity School. Please see below some key information about our learning. 

Please go to the 'Video Resource Centre' link to see our 'Welcome to Reception' presentation. This will give you more information about Reception this year!

Topic Map 2020 - 2021

During the year you can see our amazing learning by visiting our webpage. These are our topics for the year. These might change during the year depending on the children’s interests. Each topic is always linked a high quality text and we read widely around our topic. We start each 3 week topic by finding out what the children already know about it. Then we do an immersion activity (an exciting event linked to the learning e.g. a trip, a visitor, something exciting in class.) After that we involve the children in choosing what they would like in each area of the classroom to explore each topic so that the learning is child led wherever possible.


Autumn 1

All about me

Autumn 2

Let’s celebrate!

Spring 1

Teddies, toys and trains

Spring 2

A long time ago…

Summer 1

Terrific transformations

Summer 2

Wild and Wonderful

Homes/ myself

People who help us


+ other special celebrations 



Linked to children’s interests based on toys brought in



Life cycles




Wild animals

Key books

Little Red Riding Hood


Mog and the VET

Information books about people who help us

Key books

Kipper’s birthday

Information books about other festivals/ celebrations

The Christmas Story

I went to see Santa

Key books

Kipper’s toybox


That’s not my teddy

Key stories linked to child interest

Key books

George + the dragon


The Egg


Stomp dinosaur stomp

Dinosaur poems

Key books

The very hungry caterpillar (and other books by Eric Carle)

Minibeast poems

Oliver’s vegetables

Jack and the beanstalk

Key books

Farmer duck

Rosie’s walk

Animal information books

Giraffes can’t dance

Walking in the jungle


Throughout the day, there are lots of opportunities for children to learn through play. Learning opportunities will be set up inside and outside for the children to free flow between. These cover all areas of the early years curriculum. There will also be opportunities for children to work in focus small group activities.

An example of a typical day

8.45am - Children come in and wash hands. Register and carpet session.

During the morning, children will all have a phonics session with an adult in a small group. In the autumn term, this is usually around 20 minutes long. As the year progresses, the length of the session increases. They may also read with an adult 1:1. For the rest of the time they will have free flow and will choose their play which will all be linked to learning and supported by the adults in the session.

11.05am – Whole class maths session on the carpet.

11.30am – Lunch

12.30pm – Whole class carpet session. The learning focus of these changes daily.

During the afternoon, children will take part in small group activities that cover the whole curriculum. These last around 15 minutes. For the rest of the time they will have free flow and will choose their play, which will all be linked to learning and supported by the adults in the session.

2.40pm – Whole class story session.

3.10pm – End of the day

During one of the carpet sessions, children will have their snack.


Summer Term Learning 2021

More photos of our amazing learning!

Autumn term 2020 - Photos of our amazing learning!

Useful learning resources 

Useful Phonics and Maths Websites

In reception we use RWI (Read Write Inc) to teach phonics. It is a fantastic way to teach children to read and write. For more information on RWI, please see the link below.


We held a phonics workshop in October 2019. Please see the links below for more information. 

Red word book marks.


We use RWI to teach phonics at our school. As part of this scheme, words that cannot be sounded out are called 'red' words. (Words that can be sounded out are 'green' for go)

Below is a link to the red word book marks.  If you feel your child has mastered the book mark they are currently working on please feel free to move on to the next one.  Remember that your child needs to be able to read the words out of order before progressing to the next level.


PLEASE NOTE:  The book marks are not in order in the document.  The correct order is as follows:


Red, Green, Purple, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Grey

Highlights from 2019-2020

We went to Windsor castle to start our new castles topic.

We love our superhero topic! We have been doing lots of superhero roleplay and making up our own superhero stories. We have been making masks. We read the story Supertato and have enjoyed retelling this. Look at our amazing superhero writing!

Our new topic is toys. We brought in our toys from home and talked about them. We have been drawing them, painting them, and writing about them too.

Our Christmas Nativity!

Miller's Ark Living Nativity

On Wednesday 27th November, Early Years and KS1 were visited by Miller's Ark Living Nativity.  We were met by an assortment of animals from ducks to pigs and even two beautiful donkeys.  The children learnt about the animals and how the Donkeys, in particular, link to the Christmas story.  The children loved the hands on nature of the visit and were keen to talk about it when we got back to class.  Ruby, in Bumblebee Class, said that her favourite animals were the goats, "they looked funny, like they were smiling!"

We had a visit from the firefighters linked to our 'people who help us topic'. They showed us all their uniform and equipment, and even let us have a go with the hose!

Our first few weeks in Reception September 2019