Clarksfield Primary School

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Angela Sweeting (Executive Principal)

Grasmere Road, Oldham, Lancashire OL4 1NG

Mrs Stuckey, Mrs Sultana Miah, Mrs Madden & Mrs Topham would like to welcome you to Reception!

Mrs Topham works in Mrs Sultana Miah's class.

Mrs Madden 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 introduces 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 Summer Term 1 is 'Minibeasts':

Our Learning Challenge Curriculum question is: 'Are all minibeasts scary?'


During the first half of the Summer term, we are launching our new and exciting Learning Challenge Curriculum where the children’s learning will be based around the key question ‘Are all Minibeasts scary?’

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

Week 1 (Learning Challenge 1) - What are the signs of Spring?

Week 2 (Learning Challenge 2) - Why does a spider need a web?

Week 3 (Learning Challenge 3) - Where did the butterfly come from?

Week 4 (Learning Challenge 4) - Does a worm have legs?

Week 5 (Learning Challenge 5) - Why does a snail carry it's house around?

Weeks 6 (Learning Challenge 6) - Why does a ladybird have spots?

Week 7 (Learning Challenge 7) - Reflection: Building a Minibeast City. 



The children are also receiving a visit from the Bug Man this half term where they will be able to observe, feel and touch a wide variety of mini-beasts first hand. They will also observe real caterpillars growing into butterflies, and worms in a indoor classroom wormery.  


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)