Clarksfield Primary School

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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.

Our topic for this half term is all about different

Festivals and Celebrations.


The children will learn:


  • To name a range of festivals and celebrations including: Bonfire Night, Christmas and birthdays. 
  • About why each of these special times are celebrated, when they are celebrated and how they are celebrated. 
  • To share and talk about their own personal experiences of the above festivals and celebrations.
  • A range of songs, actions and story words/language in order to create an end of term performance/show for Christmas time.
  • A variety of songs and rhymes related to different celebrations such as ‘Ten Little Fireworks Standing in a Row’, ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas.’ 
  • To enjoy a range of stories such as ‘Kipper’s Birthday’, ‘The Jolly Postman’, ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’, ‘The Christmas story’, ‘Bears and the Birthday’ and ‘Harry and the Dinosaurs have a birthday.
  • To create a repeating pattern using colours and shapes.   

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.



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)