Reception 2023 - 2024

Ms Marshall-Clarke

Welcome to Reception

Hello and welcome to our Sandbach Primary Academy Reception class page. Ms Marshall-Clarke is the reception class teacher. This term, we will be supported by Miss Shatwell, Miss Philips and Ms Vick. Mrs Whiteway will also be supporting Reception in the morning for Phonics. For an update each week, please see the 'This week in the classroom' tab above. 

General Information about Reception

  • Drop off and pick up - your child will enter through the Reception class door on their own. We kindly ask adults not to come through the classroom doors. At home time, Ms Marshall-Clarke will dismiss children one at a time to their parent or carer. If there is a change to which adult will be collecting your child, you must inform the school office.
  • Reading Together - Reading is a cornerstone of learning. We celebrate children who read at home at least 4 times per week. Don't forget to record these moments in the reading log provided. Reading together is a small step that makes a big difference! 
  • Reading books - your child will come home on a Monday with a 'Reading for Pleasure' book to share together at home. This is book for you to read and share with your child at those special times. They will also bring home a decodable 'Big Cat' reading book. This book will match the graphemes and tricky words that we have learnt in group reading and phonics. 
  • PE  - Every Monday with our sports coach, children should come to school in their PE kit on that day.
  • Stay hydrated - Remember to send your child with a refillable water bottle everyday - please only fill these bottles with water.
  • Snack - All children will receive free snack each day - fresh fruit, milk and water. In addition, children can purchase school hot snack for 20p - 30p per day. Please click here for more information relating to our healthy snack policy.
    Money can be sent into school termly, weekly or daily however it is easier to send this in termly or weekly and we will inform you when your child's balance becomes low. A gluten free option is available.

Summer 1 Curriculum

Communication and Language
We will continue to talk about about the books that we read, developing the language to talk about each illustration and relating it to our own lives. We will be focussing on answering abstract how and why questions and responding to a range of sentence structures e.g. plurals.

Personal, social and emotional development
We will be focussing on showing resilience and perseverance in the face of challenge. We will learn about toothbrushing. We will learn about looking after others and understand why it is important to take turns, wait politely and tidy up after ourselves.

Physical development.
In PE we will be experiencing athetics, learning to jump off one and two feet, jumping for height and throwing accurately towards a target.


We will continue to embed of knowledge Phase 3 sounds in our Little Wandle Phonics lessons, applying it to longer and compound words.

We will be writing sentencescontaining taught sounds and developing our oral story telling skills. We will be inspired by, The Storm Whale in Winter and The Wooly Bear Caterpillar to write lists and captions, create fact files and much more.

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We will be learning about numbers within 10, we will also be looking at patterns and doubling. We will compare capacities, lengths and weights and compare and decomposs 2D and 3D shapes.

Understanding the world
We will learn about Eid and about different places of worship. We will continue to study plant lifecycles by watching our bean plants grow and plannting more vegetables. We will learn about animal lifecycles and different animal habitats and groupings e.g. birds and fish. We will try new fruits and vegatables and learn about where in the world they come from. We will explore what is near our homes and plan a dog walk. We will sequence events in the school year so far.

Expressive arts and design
We will create observational drawings of animals and learn to join materials with flanges and L braces. We will create a graphic score and link instruments to a character, explore high and low pitch and create our own patterns using percussion instruments.


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Crewe Road, Sandbach, CW11 4NS
01270 918922