Learning in Reception this half term


In St Chad’s Foundation Stage we get to know our children really well and we find out what interests them and motivates them. We then enhance our learning environment to reflect the needs and interests of our class to encourage and support them meet their next steps. When we observe a group of children who share an interest or fascination we start a project based upon that interest. The children lead the learning, deciding what they would like to find out next. We place a very high value on play, where children get to explore, investigate, problem solve and collaborate in a safe and engaging environment. We aim to create a calm and stimulating learning space with a home away from home feel, where children feel valued and secure.


Our main focus this half term will be to ensure children settle well into school so that they feel happy, secure and ready to learn. We will be learning new routines and making lots of new friends. Children will meet their Year 6 buddies and will have many opportunities to play and learn together.


In phonics this half term we will begin to learn the sounds from Phase two of Letters and Sounds. In our daily phonics sessions, we will learn some new sounds and practise those we already know. We will learn to blend sounds to read words and segment words into their sounds to help us to write them. Sessions are fun and playful, using a range of games and activities.


In maths we will follow a mastery approach, focusing on numbers and counting skills, to provide children with a strong foundation on which to build their mathematical understanding. We will focus on smaller numbers to ensure children’s understanding of the number system is embedded and that they can apply this knowledge to solve a range of problems.


We really value outdoor learning in Reception. Working on a larger scale outdoors supports children to develop their gross and fine motor skills, which are essential as they learn to hold a pencil correctly to write and draw. Children access our outdoor classroom every day, providing them with the opportunity to embed and develop skills and knowledge across all areas of learning. They experience changes in their environment throughout the seasons, noticing and wondering about the world around them.

Meet Our Staff


Reception Class Teacher

Mrs Michaud

Links & Resources

St Chad's Church of England Primary School Northolme Avenue West Park Leeds West Yorkshire LS16 5QR Telephone: 0113 274 7110 Email: office@stchadsprimary.net For all school information and enquires, or to make contact with a member of staff, please contact Mrs. Katy Dixon, Senior Administrator Abbey Multi Academy Trust, c/o Chapter House Abbey Grange C of E Academy Butcher Hill Leeds LS16 5EA Telephone: 0113 275 7877 Email: enquiries@abbeytrust.org
Company No.: 07705552