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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 ;

Mrs Crook (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday am) 

Mrs Jordan (Wednesday pm, Thursday and Friday) 

Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Duncan. 

Mrs Holt will be with us every other Wednesday to cover PPA time.


We will update you with any further information here before the start of term so keep an eye on this space.






Home learning


As we are in a situation where many children may have days at home, we would like to give you some guidance about what you can do to support your child's learning should you be in this situation.  Obviously the health and wellbeing of everyone comes first and we are just trying to provide an option for those that feel they would like to maintain a bit of structure and routine to their days.  In school, we will be doing a daily phonics session and a maths session so these would be good starting points.  You will find a weekly overview below called 'home learning ideas' which is a summary of what we will be doing in school - though bare in mind things change as we follow children's interests.  Please use this, only if your child needs to be absent from school over several days and in addition to the other great websites and resources listed on our class page.  Phonics play is currently still available for free and you should also now have log ins for Purple Mash, Bug Club (reading) and Mathletics.  These are all great resources to use so have fun exploring what's on offer!

Useful Documents



Useful websites and Apps:



YouTube video clips from Mr T does phonics. Very useful to hear how to model the sounds for Phase 2 & 3 Phonics letters, digraphs and trigraphs.


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




Cookham Dean CE Primary School, Bigfrith Lane,

Cookham Dean, Maidenhead SL6 9PH.

Tel: 01628 482734.