Clarksfield Primary School

Learning together to build a brighter future

0161 7705400

Jane Ashley (Acting Head)

Grasmere Road, Oldham, Lancashire OL4 1NG

Mrs Stuckey and Mrs Sultana Miah would like to welcome you to Reception!

Mrs Madden also works in Mrs Sultana Miah's class.

Mrs Topham also works in Mrs Stuckey's class.

Introduction to Reception:

Within Reception we encourage children to engage in a range of play activities which help the children to make progress in each of these key areas of learning and development:

  • Personal, social and emotional development.
  • Communication and language.
  • Literacy.
  • Numeracy.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world.
  • Physical development.
  • Creative development.

Your child’s time in Reception will be organised so that the children can choose from a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and complete tasks. This is also known as Continuous Provision. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in small and large group activities led by the Teachers which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.

Fun in the Sun!

This half term the children will be having Fun in the Sun, they will be exploring the following topics during this 7 week term.


We will be exploring different types of holidays such as a beach holiday, ski holidays, camping, city breaks and cruises etc. The children will find out about what to wear in the summer time, how to keep their bodies safe in the summer time and typical summer fun activities such as visiting the seaside, going to the park, going swimming etc. They will also be learning how to book holidays by playing and learning in the Travel Agents role play area of the classroom.


During this topic the children will be:

  • Playing and Learning with small world road and track activities.
  • Learning about how to keep safe on the roads.
  • Discussing personal journeys the children have been on.
  • Using chairs to be an impromptu bus/plane/car/train.
  • Exploring healthy and eco ways of travelling – walking, biking, public transport.
  • Acting out unusual ways to travel, e.g. Magic carpet/hot air balloon.
  • Looking at and labelling pictures and posters of different types of transport.
  • Using large cardboard boxes/packing crates to create vehicles.
  • Understanding the diffrent types of rescue vehicles – ambulance/fire engine/helicopter/life boat.

They will also be exploring our directed text this half term which is Naughty Bus. Children will be using their imaginations to create new ways that Naughty Bus can be naughty around the school. They will be taking pictures on the Ipads and using the work of photographer Nick Turpin as inspiration. 

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Under the Sea

This topic will be based on stories to do with ‘Under the Sea’. Week by week we will be introducing the children to a different story, allowing them to do both fiction and non-fiction writing. These are some of the books we will be looking at; ‘Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister, ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ by Giles Andreae, ‘Shark in the Park’ and Pirate Pete by Nick Sharratt, Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson and Peter Pan.

As part of this topic we would like you and your child to make something you might find under the sea. For example, a crab, a shark, a shipwreck or a submarine. Please work together with your child to write some facts about the object you have made. You might like to include the name, what it eats, what it does (e.g a dolphin can jump out of the water), what country it comes from and what features it has (e.g sharp teeth. 8 long legs).

You should have already received a Reception class newsletter outlining the children's key learning opportunities for this half term, ideas of things you can do and games you can play at home to help, however, please feel free to ask a member of staff for another copy if needed, or to discuss this further. 



Other Information


Useful Websites



Class Fund

Please can we remind all parents that the class fund money for this term is now due.  It is £1.00 per week and you are welcome to pay weekly or the full amount for the half term.  This money is used for providing the children with tasting, baking, craft and investigation activities.


Bedtime Books

Your child willcontinue to receive a Bedtime/Story book to share at home on a weekly basis.  Your child must have a book bag to put the book in before they will receive one.  School book bags can be purchased from the school office. 


Class Newsletter

We have sent home a class newsletter informing you of this half term's topic, the types of activities your child will be participating in, the knowledge, understanding, opportunities and experiences your child will gain.  There are also some ideas of things you can be doing at home to support your child's learning.  If you need another copy of this letter, please ask one of the Reception members of staff. A copy of this letter is placed in the Parent Notices window in the Reception classroom each half term.   


Thank you and we hope you find this information useful.




We may set children homework to do over the weekend to investigate further linking to the current topic, however we would prefer that rather than setting formal homework, the children could be practising to write their name, recognising and writing numbers and experiencing different things such as going to the park, holidays, sports/dance clubs and other things to share with us in school.

Here are some links to phase 2 and 3 phonics games and songs to try at home with your child. 

Non-negotiable (Reception)