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Meet The Team

Welcome to Reception class! Here you will find our newsletters, photos of our topic work and any important information about our class. Please pop back here to see what we have been getting up to during the term.  

There are two Reception classes. 

Shooting Stars

Teacher: Mrs Julia Mollyneaux

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Kelly 

Comet Class

Teacher: Mrs Davies & Mr Brown

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Emma Dales & Mrs Nevins

In the Reception classes, we are lucky enough to have and additional teaching assistant. Miss Sykes takes intervention groups and supports the children 1:1, in groups and during classroom activities when needed.

Class Information

Dear Parents, 

Welcome to Reception Class and to Bourton Primary School. We hope that you have all had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to the exciting times ahead. The children have had a fabulous first few days in school and are all settling in really well. They are having lots of fun exploring the classroom and making new friends. 

The children are all doing fantastically well coming into school in the mornings. We know that for some children (and parents) this is a daunting and emotional time. Please be assured that any children who are initially finding this part of the day difficult settle quickly once inside and are soon busy happily playing.  

In this first term we will be settling into school, learning new rules, new routines, investigating our indoor and outdoor environment, getting to know each other etc. In the first few weeks we will be doing some assessments with the children. These will provide us an idea of where each child is when they arrive at school. As the term continues, we will start to focus on learning about Ourselves, as well as Autumn and all the changes happening in our environment.  

This letter aims to provide some useful information about the term ahead.  


We will start teaching phonics once the children are fully settled into school. We would like to invite you to our phonics meeting on the 27th September at 4.30pm. In this meeting we will talk about how we teach children to read and write.  


We encourage the children to have access to a water bottle during the day and would be grateful if you could send in a clearly named water bottle daily, which is only filled with water. However, please be reassured that the children do have access to water if they do forget their bottle. Infant children are also provided with a free fruit or vegetable snack daily. Milk is also provided at snack time. 


Please ensure that all belongings (uniform, coats, shoes, lunch boxes, book bags, water bottles etc) are clearly labelled with your child’s name. This helps your child to recognise their name and locate their own belongings but also enables misplaced items to be easily identified and returned. 



Whilst the weather is still fairly pleasant please ensure that your child has a coat in school with them each day as we will take the opportunity to go outside in both rain and shine! We recognise that some children may find putting on and fastening their own coat difficult and we support children in practising and developing this skill in school. This is something that parents can practise at home also to help aid your child’s independence. 


We love to hear about your child’s WOW moments at home. Please jot down any of your child’s achievements on a wow voucher so that we can celebrate with them in school and add these to our WOW wall. Please ask if you need any more vouchers. 


We are fortunate to have a dedicated area for our Welly Walks. Welly Walks offer an ideal opportunity to learn outdoors, and offer a rich and sensory environment for learning, particularly for our children in Reception. We will go to the woods every Friday afternoon. Although we will not take the children outside in heavy rain/snow, we try to go out whatever the weather! Your child will need to have a pair of named wellington boots in school for our weekly Welly Walks. 


PE will take place on Wednesday afternoon with Mrs Mhertens. Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school at all times. The children will keep their PE kits on their pegs throughout the term and then they will be sent home half-termly for washing. Please can ear-rings be removed for PE. 

We look forward to sharing this year with you and your child and seeing them develop and progress to their full potential. Please speak to any member of staff if you have questions. We are here to help. 

The Reception Team 


Phonics and Reading Meeting:

Dear Parents and Carers, 

We are writing to invite you to attend our Reception Reading and Phonics Meeting. This meeting will have a number of aims and will hopefully inform you about:  

• How we teach phonics in school, the letter sounds and their pronunciation along with the rhymes for each grapheme (sound) 

 • Your child’s letter and sound homework. 

 • How you can support your child at home. 

 • The reading books your child will be receiving, our reading scheme and possible activities to complete with the books 

There will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions and to talk to the staff from the Reception Team. The meeting is for Reception parents only and will last no more than one hour in total. It will be held in the school on Wednesday 27th September at 4.30pm. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Many Thanks, 

The Reception Team 



In Maths, we will be learning about numbers 1 - 10. We will be learning to recognise, subitise (recognise amounts quickly without counting) and understand how these numbers are made up. E.g. 3 = 1 + 1 + 1 OR 3 = 2 + 1... This number knowledge will be the firm foundations for the children as they move through the school.


Our PE day is Wednesday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school.

Important Dates:

Friday 29th September - Inset Day 

Monday 2nd October - Parents Open Morning

28th October - 5th November Half Term