Clarksfield Primary School

Learning together to build a brighter future

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Angela Sweeting (Executive Principal)

Grasmere Road, Oldham, Lancashire OL4 1NG


Miss Seed, Mrs Stuckey, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Madden would like to welcome you to Reception!

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.


Here is an overview of what the children will be learning about this year in Reception.

Here is an overview of what the children in Reception will be learning about during the first half of the Autumn term.

Autumn Term:1 Parent Newsletter

 What do I know about me?



This half term we are continuing with our exciting Learning Challenge Curriculum where the children’s learning will be based around the key question ‘What do I know about me?’

Each week the children will find out about, explore and investigate the following questions –


LC1/Week 3 – How am I the same? How am I different?

LC2/Week 4 – Why do I look like I do?

LC3/Week 5 – What can I do with my body?

LC4/Week 6 – What makes a family?

LC5/Week 7 – Where in the world do my family come from?

LC6/Week 8 – What I like best is …? / My special quality.


The first two weeks of term will be spent transitioning/settling your child into their new classrooms, routines, and structures of the day.

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 (Jolly Phonics)


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 is able to select 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.   


At the beginning of each term we will send home a homework book containing a topic themed homework sheet with suggested activities that you and your child can complete together over a few weeks.  The topic sheet will also specify a date that the homework book must be returned to school for marking and for the next topic sheet to be stuck in.  Alongside this, 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.   


Thank you and we hope you find this information useful.



Look at Our Learning!

Here are some photographs of the fun activities the children have been engaged in so far linked to our topic 'What do I know about me?' - 





Here are some links to Phase 2 and 3 Phonics Games and songs to try at home with your child. 

Non-negotiable (Reception)