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Welcome to Reception 

At Brambles Primary Academy, we are READY, RESPECTFUL and SAFE.

 Welcome to Reception!

On this page you’ll find out all about the exciting things we’ll be getting up to in Reception, what learning looks like in Reception and the topics we will be learning about.

We will also give you lots of ideas and information in regards to what you can do at home to help support your child’s learning.



                            Miss. Machon                                           Mrs. Bowker

                       Maple Class Teacher                                  Hazel Class Teacher



         Mrs. Foster-McBride          Mr. Shannon             Miss. Clarke                 Mrs Juett  

                    ETA                    Apprentice ETA         Apprentice ETA                HLTA                                                                    

Important Information

P.E will take place every Tuesday and Friday.

Please click here for details of PE kit and school uniform

Please ensure P.E kits remain in school.

Reception Timetable

Home Learning

Every Monday we will send home a 'Shared Reader' book for parents and children to enjoy together. Initially, these will be predominantly read together and children will be able to talk about the pictures and make predictions about the text.  As children become more confident with their reading they will be able to read the book with much more independence, however they may require support from parents in some instances. This book will not only develop children's reading skills but their love of reading too.

Every Friday, we will be sending home or adding Maths home learning to Class Dojo. We will also be sending home a 'Little Wandle' Reading Practice book, which the children will have read 3 times throughout the week in school. These books MUST be returned every Monday.

Each time you read with your child please ensure you sign, date, comment in the yellow reading diary. 

Each half term, children will be set a range of home learning activities which can be completed over the holiday period.


Class Dojo is a great way to keep in touch with what's happening at school and to contact members of the Reception Team.  

Key Dates

Spring term 2

Monday 20th February 2023 - Pupils return to school

Tuesday 21st February 2023 - Pancake Day

Friday 24th February 2023 - Non-Uniform Day to help raise money for the Turkey-Syria earthquakes.

Thursday 2nd March 2023 - World Book Day 

Friday 31st March 2023 - Last day of Spring term 2

Saturday 1st April - Sunday 16th April 2023 - Easter holidays

 Monday 17th April - Children return to school


This half term we will be learning...

 Vocabulary list

Below is a vocabulary list of words that the children will be introduced to and using linked to our different topics this half term. 


In Reception, children begin learning phase 3 sounds (digraphs and trigraphs) and tricky words in the Spring term. Each sound has a corresponding picture and mnemonic to aid them to remember the sound on sight as well as how to form each letter.

The order the children learn sounds and their corresponding pictures are as follows:

 Spring 2 - Children will be taught:

Tricky Words

Below is the order for the phase 3 tricky words - No new tricky words will be taught in Spring - consolidation of Phase 2 and 3 tricky words.


Core Texts

                                               Beegu by Alexis Deacon



             A Man on the Moon (A Day in the Life of Bob) by Simon Bartram




                                          Whatever Next! by Jill Murphy




Links to try at home



Little Wandle Letters and Sounds


 Reading  - E-Library 


Phonics Games


Phonics Games


Nursery Rhymes



                Go Noodle


Maths Games



Maths Games 



                Go Noodle

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