Witton Gilbert Primary School


Welcome to Reception

We are always busy in Reception and every day is different! We love learning through play and enjoy exploring the world around us!

Our topic this half term is Winter Wonderland, we are thinking about Winter in Britain and talking about animals that hibernate and migrate. We are then going to learn about how and why people celebrate Chinese New Year. We will then move on to learn all about cold places in the world, and about the people and animals that live there. We will also be using simple maps and looking at using a globe.

This term in Reception we are enjoying these books:

Getting to know us

The Reception Team includes:

Mrs Dickinson (Class Teacher)

Mrs Alvi (Teaching Assistant)

Miss Cowan (1:1 Teaching Assistant)

Mrs Hardy (Teaching assistant Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)

Mrs Dubre (HLTA covering PPA on a Friday Afternoon)

Mrs Smith (Trainee Teaching assistant Monday)


Play is the cornerstone of our Foundation Stage curriculum. Through supervised play, children are encouraged to explore, develop, imagine and investigate their surroundings in order to start to understand the world around them. Practical experiences are incredibly valuable and appropriate at this stage of learning. Play provides important opportunities for learning in many ways; observation, exploration, discovery, and communication. These opportunities are developed through both indoor and outdoor activities.

We are passionate about developing the children’s love of books and stories so we do place an emphasis on the children developing a positive relationship with literature. Our maths and literacy lessons blend fun, engaging games with focused activities, providing the children with a firm basis of understanding on which to build their later knowledge. We have regular phonics sessions which follow the Read Write Inc scheme. We aim to hear the children read individually as the combination of these activities is the key to ensuring that children learn to read quickly and with confidence.

Teaching in Reception is an absolute pleasure, laying the building blocks for a smooth transition into Year 1 and it is a joy to watch our young children develop into happy, confident children who feel set to succeed on their journey through school.

PE days are Monday morning this will be taught by external sports coaches and Wednesday.

Forest school is a Tuesday afternoon.

Cooking is on a Thursday.

Helpful Information:

Please find the Long term plan for this year below:

LTP Reception 2023 2024

Please see below to view the latest Reception Class Newsletters:

Reception Autumn Newsletter 2023

This is the timetable for this half term.

Autumn 1 timetable 2023

Photos of all the fun in Reception:


Websites we use in Reception

Phonics & Reading









At Witton Gilbert School, we use Class dojo to communicate class messages and celebrate successes with families and carers. In the event of remote learning being needed, work is shared through this service.

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If any parents have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mrs Dickinson at drop off or pick up times or via Class dojo.