Birchills Church of England Community Academy

Welcome to Reception

                Hedgehogs                                                                                            Squirrels

  Mrs Williams and Miss Bobat                                                             Mrs Ghag and Mrs Carter 


Our Learning


All about us

A big hello and welcome to Reception! It is wonderful that you and your children will be joining us.

In Reception, we operate a broad and balanced, experiential curriculum which focuses upon the importance of learning through play. We want the children to have lots of fun as well as learn. If you have any questions, concerns or worries, please do not hesitate to come and see your class teacher, or to phone the school. We are committed to ensuring that every child has the very best, happiest and smoothest start to their school life and that parents/carers also share this.

Below are some reminders.

Literacy at home

Please read lots of different stories to your child at home. Ask them questions about what is happening in the story. Can they guess what might happen next? Ask them to re-tell the story to you. Can they tell you who the characters in the story are? Look for letters and words in the environment. Can they find the letter's' on the Tesco or Asda shopping bag etc. In school we follow the RWI scheme to teach your child how to read. Please click the following link to find out more about this. RWI scheme

 Numeracy at home

It is important that the children can say the numbers in order to 10 and then to 20. Look for numbers and shapes in the environment. Can they find a number 2 on a door or a number 7 on the bus? Can they see a square window or a circle shaped grid. Ask children to get you 3 pencils or 4 spoons. Can they count how many chairs are around the table or how many packets of crisps are in the bag, touching each item as they count etc.


Homework is given out on a Friday to be brought back into school on the following Monday. As they begin to learn sounds and start to sound out words, they will then be given a reading book. When they get their reading books, the first stage in learning to read is by looking at the pictures and memorising the story, please give your child lots of praise for this. When they start to read the words, if there are any words that they cannot read themselves, it is fine for you to read it to them.

The Curriculum

The children learn through a play based curriculum which aims to develop the whole child. The curriculum is delivered through topics and theme days which change every 1 to 2 weeks.


The children will participate in lots of physical activities in Reception, including riding bikes, climbing, running, jumping, dancing and games. We will be having PE lessons and all the children need a PE kit (white t-shirt, black shorts and black pumps). Children will take part in P.E every other week. Please see the P.E timetable below.

Names in Uniform

Please can we remind you to put your child's name in all items of their uniform, including their shoes. It is inevitable that the children will take their uniform off when they are doing PE, dressing up or painting and items of clothing do get lost.


We will be sending a dinner menu home for the first week. Please look this with your children so they can make choices at home and feel more confident to choose their own dinner at school. If your child has a packed lunch we encourage them to bring in healthy food such as sandwiches, yoghurt, fruit, cereal bars, etc.



Please can we ask that all children have a coat with them in school every day. Even if the weather is lovely in the morning by lunchtime it could be raining.


Sun Cream and Sun Hats

On sunny days, we ask you to put sun cream on your child before they come to school. Also please could you provide your child with a hat to wear in school on hot days (with their name inside).

We want your child to have a wonderful, happy year in Reception, in preparation for the rest of their school life. If there is anything that we can do, please let us know.

Thank you for your support.


Mrs Ghag and Mrs Williams.