Welcome to Reception

Over the coming year we will be continuing to support, encourage and promote the children’s emotional development and improve their independence and self-awareness as well as continuing to improve their reading, writing and mathematical ability.

Here are some things you can do that will support your child in school for the coming year:-

  • Ensure the correct school uniform is worn and LABELLED.
  • Ensure the correct PE kit is in school - Monday - Friday
  • Support homework as appropriate and have it returned on time.
  • Read with your child at least 3 times a week and sign the reading record each times.
  • Ensure they have their reading book and reading record in school every day.

Meet our Team

Miss E May

Kerr Class Teacher

Mrs D Collins

Rosen Class Teacher

Miss Stevens

Early Years Practitioner

Miss D Sarney

Early Years Practitioner

Miss K Noades

Early Years Practitioner

Welcome to Reception

What do our Parents and Carers say about us?

“My daughter has had a very good year and she liked all the teachers and activities. We appreciate the hard work and efforts of the Reception team. We are grateful for all the efforts the school has undertaken despite Covid. Well done." 

“No other school was an option for my two children."   

"Since the day they both started they have thrived in school and are excited to go to school every day. The teachers and the support staff are incredibly polite, and they really take the time to get the know the children on a personal level, this makes such a difference."

"I think the balance between learning and playing is exactly how it should be in order to get the most out of children."

"I am so pleased with The Palmer Academy and would recommend it to anyone with children.” 


Morning Routine

In the morning the children line up by the gate to the Reception playground and will be greeted by the teacher and EYP. Children need to put lunchboxes on the trolley, put their reading books in the tray and on a Wednesday bring their Homework books in.

When entering the classroom children put their things on their pegs and then they write their name. 

As we go through the year the children will go from writing names to letter formation to tricky words to sentences.


The Register is completed by 9am. Any children who arrive after 9am will be recorded at Late.


In Reception children can get their fruit at any point during independent learning. They will need to take their name off the board and put it in the box. They take their fruit to the carpet. Children are only allowed 1 piece of fruit.


Children must ‘sign’ themselves out of the room to be able to use the outdoor area. Children need to remove their name from the board and put it on the outside list. When there is only 1 adult outside 10 children from each class can go out. If there are 2 adults outside 15 children from each class may go out.

Wellbeing Time

After lunch the children come in and lay on the floor, they will then listen to calming music or an audio story for 5-10 minutes. This time allows the children to calm down from lunch and think about the morning.

Tidying Up

Inside and outside the classrooms a piece of music, of the class’ choice, will be played to signal the start of tidy up time. House points can be awarded for good tidying up.


In Reception we give out stickers, house points and have a happy face. Children can earn these for good sitting, manners, being kind, helpful, having good idea, doing some good work, good lining up, good listening, for any good behaviour and for sharing and taking turns.  At the end of each day children get 5 minutes’ reward time.

House points

If the children get house points they go and put their house points in their house box/ list. At the end of each term the children in the house with the most points join in with a reward afternoon.


Children in Reception do not go to assemblies until Summer 1 when they only go to Monday assemblies. In Summer 2 Reception children will then go to assemblies on a Monday and a Friday.


Children in Reception start PE in September. The first week the children do not get changed but after this they do Children will need to bring PE kit in on a Monday and leave it in school till Friday.

Homework and Reading Books

In Reception children are given homework on a Friday and it is due in on a Wednesday. They need to take it out of their bags and give it to an adult in their class.

Reading books are given in on a Wednesday and need changing ready to go out on a Friday evening. We do expect children to have their reading book and reading record in school every day. At the start of the year the books will be story books which the parents will needs to read to them and discuss the story. As the children start to learn their sounds and learn to blend they will be given a suitable colour banded book which have the sounds in they have learnt.


Monday Fund

As you know your children make wonderful items to bring home in Reception. We are asking for your help to continue this tradition. If each family could make a voluntary contributing of 50p every Monday, this would help us to purchase materials that children can enjoy in their learning.

With your contribution we will be able to buy:

  • Flour
  • Corn flour
  • Pasta
  • Seeds
  • Lentils
  • Sequins
  • Food Colouring
  • Cooking ingredients
  • Gardening equipment
  • Plants
  • Shaving Foam
  • Ribbons
  • Food for food tasting
  • And much more!

By paying 50p every Monday and the contribution towards trips, you will not be asked to pay any other contributions towards your child’s Reception year.

Thank you for your support.

Parent Contribution

As part of the Early Years curriculum we would like to know about what learning your child is doing at home. It can about a range of things. Your child could have:

  • dressed themselves
  • taken part on ballet/ football/ karate lessons
  • read a word or sound in their reading book
  • written a word or sound themselves
  • started writing simple sentences
  • counted to a higher number than usual
  • learnt to ride a bike
  • recognised a new shape
  • joined in cooking at home and noticed how the food you are cooking has changed
  • when outside they have commented on something around them
  • talked about how something works
  • made a model
  • made up a story about their toys

The possibilities are endless!

Please record observations on Tapestry.

Here are some things you can do at home to support your child in school:

  • Support your child with their homework and return it on time
  • Read with them for about 20 minutes each night
  • Talk out loud about the things you see and do
  • Count with your child every night
  • Practice writing the sounds your child has been learning at school
  • Sing songs and rhymes