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Cookham Dean CE Primary School

Where we all flourish

You make known to me the path of life.
Psalm 16 verse 11


Welcome to Reception!


In Reception we believe in providing a safe and stimulating environment where all children can flourish.  We understand that each child is unique and that children learn best when playing and learning are combined. We know that the most successful learners are happy, engaged, confident, curious, and resilient.  We aim to help them become independent learners, good communicators and risk takers as well as develop their creativity and empathy.  We provide a purposeful, nurturing environment which reflects our core values and the interests of our children. It allows children to develop skills for now and success in the future and offers challenges so that children are able to achieve their full potential.



If you haven't already done so, have a look at our curriculum map below for more detail on what your child will be learning during their time in Reception.  This can be found under 'Useful Documents'.

The Team


The Reception Team is a follows ;

Ms Riley

Mrs Holt (Wednesday)

Our Teaching Assistant is Ms Gilbey. 

Ms Young and Ms Ranson also work in reception supporting children with 1:1 needs.


Autumn Term News

Our reception children have settled in really well and are getting used to the longer days, rules and routines.  We have 3 special rules in Reception - 

  • Be Safe
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Ready


This term we are spending a lot of time supporting the children in getting to know each other, building relationships and exploring the Reception Environment.

We have started our new phonics and reading programme "Little Wandle Letters and Sounds"

There are some really helpful videos on the Little Wandle website for parents and you can find the link to the Little Wandle website at the bottom of this page.  You will be able to help your child by using the same sounds that we teach them in school and there is information on the progression of sounds as well as the approach to reading.  We would highly recommend that you have a look at the page and videos for parents so that you can support your child on this journey.



Recording of Phonics and Reading session 29th September 2021

Spring Term News


Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas break.


This term we are going to start by exploring Winter, taking a look into arctic exploration, animals, weather patterns and see where the children lead us, the possibilities are endless!


We will also be looking at new digraphs and tricky words in phonics, along with learning all about mass, capacity and application of our well-known mathematical concepts such as addition, subtraction and subitising with larger numbers.


As always, keep an eye on our class dojo for regular updates and don’t forget to have a look at the bottom of this page for some helpful websites and videos.

Summer Term News


The summer term has arrived and we have lots of exciting learning opportunities to look forward to. This term we are going to be conducting experiments, observations and creating art based on lots of summery themes such as the upcoming Jubilee, our trip to Windsor Castle, the Queen, an exciting sunflower project, the history of transport and a special focus on bees.

We will also be continuing to progress our phonics skills by reading longer words, compound words, various word endings and of course, building our bank of tricky words.

In maths we will be extending our knowledge of the number system to 20 and applying our skills in addition, subtraction, grouping, sharing and measuring to these larger numbers.

As always, keep an eye on class dojo for weekly updates, phonics support and any additional information.

Summer Term Overview

Home Challenges

Additional Information:

Useful Documents

Useful websites and Apps:


Reading :

Bug Club

School code: ktjp


Writing: (letter formation and spellings)

Writing Wizard App




Use your mathletics log ins to access video lessons and games

Practice addition facts and number bonds.





Use your Purple Mash (MiniMash) login to play games

Online games - some tablet friendly, but others need Flash.

Videos, games and activities linked to their favourite characters.

This website gives parents lots of free simple and fun ideas to promote all areas of learning.

Lots of free resources at Orchard Toys Online.

Lots of fun indoor crafts, activites, apps, etc.





  • Numberblocks
  • Alphablocks
  • Story Time From Space




Instagram accounts with lots of great ideas for learning & play at home:


  • @beckys_treasure_baskets  
  • @fiveminutemum




Home learning


Should there be a need for home learning, we will use Microsoft Teams and Class Dojo.  Please check your emails for details about joining our Teams group called Reception 2021 and look out for messages on Class Dojo


You can still find some really great links to websites and resources on our class page as well as details for Bug Club, Purple Mash and Mathletics.


Look forward to seeing you all on Teams soon!