Reception 2022 - 2023

Miss Graystone


Pre-School & Reception

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) at Offley Primary Academy. 




Mrs Till (Owls Class Teacher Mon, Tues, Wed am)


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Mrs Rea (EYFS Lead & Owls Class Teacher Wed pm, Thurs, Fri)



Mrs Sinclair (Frogs Practitioner)



Mrs Roberts (Hedgehogs Practitioner)



Mrs Harrop (Class Cover)



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Miss Graystone (Class Teacher) - Red Team 



Mrs Scrase (Teaching Assistant) - Yellow Team


Mrs Maddox (Class Cover)




Miss May (Class Teacher) - Green Team 

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Mrs Naylor (Teaching Assistant) - Blue Team


Mrs Clarkson (Class Cover)



Mrs Crutchley (Teaching Assistant)

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Mrs Taylor (Teaching Assistant)


Miss Bellini (Teaching Assistant)

The Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is based on seven areas of learning consisting of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World.

All children learn across the seven areas of learning and they learn through their play with a combination of child initiated and teacher led learning opportunities both indoors and in our fantastic outdoor areas. Children are observed during play in order to assess their stage of development and in order to plan for their next steps and their future learning.


Here at Offley Primary Academy we aim to deliver the content of the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework, giving children a secure foundation.  We intend to provide the best quality learning environment for our children to be active participants in society, responsible contributors to it and capable of achieving independence.  We aim to develop the knowledge and skills that our children will need to live in tomorrow’s world.  ‘Joy in learning – a fun, challenging journey to be the best we can be!”.


Learning takes place through a balance of child initiated play and adult led learning. This includes the direct teaching of reading, writing and maths and daily opportunities for children to practice and consolidate their growing knowledge through high quality provision that promotes child- initiated learning. 


Here at Offley Primary Academy we aim for our pupils to become unique individuals who form positive relationships with both adults and peers. We strive for our children to become independent, curious learners who explore, take risks and ask meaningful questions.  We aim to ensure that our children are confident learners who are ready for the next stage in their learning journey.

Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage

Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (

Development Matters - non-statutory curriculum guidance for EYFS (



On The Move:

Our new topic this term is ‘On the Move.’ We will be exploring all things that move. This will include past and present vehicles, how, where and why we travel, the emergency services, living things and how our own bodies move too! We are excited to see where this topic will lead us as we follow the children’s interests. The children have already shared so many FANTASTIC ideas during our topic discussions and we cannot wait to carry them out very soon.

Can you help us?

This term, our topic will begin with a transport focus. Do you work with any exciting vehicles which you could tell us more about? We would love to learn about your role and the vehicle that you use! You could send photographs of the vehicle, of you and your uniform or even come and visit the class. If you feel that you could help make this topic even more exciting, please speak with a member of the Reception Team. A huge thank you for helping to make our new topic special!



English (Pathways):

This week the children discovered that when Naughty Bus was off on his adventures he got a little bit too close to the pond and fell straight in! The children completed some fabulous writing about what they could see in the pond. They were also very excited to discover Naughty Bus' night time route before comparing it to their own. 

We have also had a rhyming focus after exploring some words in this text. I wonder if you can complete some rhyming strings at home too?

For Example:

King, ring, sing, ding.



This week we have explored a variety of vehicles in Makaton. If you would like to practice these in the home here is a link for you to follow:

Makaton Sign of the Week - 'Rabbit' ๐Ÿฐ

Bird Makaton Signs

We also decided to revisit our ‘Wheels on the Bus’ in Makaton after exploring our Pathways text. If you would like to teach your family at home here is the link for you to follow:

Makaton Topic - TRANSPORT - Singing Hands - YouTube

Makaton - THE WHEELS ON THE BUS - Singing Hands - YouTube 

We also learnt the Makaton sign for ‘environment,’ after celebrating ‘Energy Saving Week’ here in school. We have made a class promise to turn off our lights whenever we leave our classroom. Great thinking everyone!

Environment - Makaton sign language - DanceMatters - YouTube

Here are all of our previous Makaton Signs if you wish to practise these too:

Makaton for 'same and different' - YouTube

Sign of the week "kind"

Makaton for 'To Remember' - YouTube

Flutterbies Makaton Sign of the Week: Poppy - YouTube

Makaton for 'Fire' (Blaze).๐Ÿ”ฅ

Makaton Sign of the Week - 'Celebrate' ๐ŸŽ‰ - YouTube

Makaton for 'Autumn' ๐Ÿ - YouTube  

Makaton - Autumn Colours - yellow / red / green / brown ๐Ÿ’›♥๏ธ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿงก

Makaton for 'please and thankyou' - YouTube

Singing Hands: #MakatonMonday 2016 #35 - GOOD MORNING / GOOD AFTERNOON - in Makaton - YouTube

Makaton for 'yes and no' - YouTube

Makaton Topic - FEELINGS / EMOTIONS - Singing Hands (ft Dave Benson-Phillips)

We are very proud of the children and how quickly they are picking up our signs of the week. You are all AMAZING!



This week, we have revisited some of our phase 3 sounds through the mastery phonics. This repetition is important for the children as it encourages them to be confident and secure with their reading and writing. 

j, v, w, x.


We have had great fun learning what each of these phonemes sound like, and have practised saying them ‘short and snappy.’

Phonemes are the smallest unit of sounds in the English language. They come together to form words, and breaking words down into phonemes helps children understand how they’re sounded out. There are 44 different phonemes, and they’re represented using letters or groups of letters called graphemes (simply the written symbols).

The children have also worked very hard when practicing their reading, spelling and writing some of their common exception words:


We have learnt that we cannot sound out these words, and we just have to learn them!

You are all Phonics Superstars!



This week we have been thinking about the order of numbers 1-5. We have used a range of activities for this; we have used number blocks which we put into the correct order. Did you know that when they are in the correct order they look a little bit like stairs? We also carried out races putting on coats, shoes, wellies etc. where we explored the concept of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Well done everyone, you are all Marvelous Mathematicians. 

During choosing provision the children also had the opportunity to explore which 2D and 3D shapes had 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or more sides, corners, vertices or edges. We were very impressed with their confidence when talking about these shapes and their comparison language used. E.g. “A square has more 1 more side than a triangle.”

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Big Garden Birdwatch

This week the children completed lots of activities in preparation for the Big Garden Birdwatch. They had lots of fun making bird feeders for their trees at home and even made their own binoculars which they used to spot the birds in our playground.

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Chinese New Year

The children have celebrated Chinese New Year this week in school. The children have had lots of fun exploring the Chinese New Year provison. They also got to taste some Chinese rice, which many children discovered they liked. Some even want to order it when it is next on our school menu! The children also made their very own fans before learning a Chinese New Year Fan Dance. This was followed by a Chinese New Year Parade around our school chanting:

'I'm a Chinese Dragon

See me dance!

Twisting and turning

I jump and prance. 

When it's Chinese New Year

Take a chance. 

Come and join with the Dragon Dance'.

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Mystery Reader

The children were very excited to find out who was going to be the Mystery Reader this week, making lots of predictions throughout the day! 

A HUGE thank you to our visitors this week!

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We will now be offering Mystery Reader on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays! This will still be once a week.

If you are interested in being a mystery reader, please speak to a member of the Reception Team. 


Can you help? Music Sessions:

Mrs Clarkson and Mrs Maddox will now deliver a weekly music lesson to the Reception Class every Monday during our last session of the day. If you play a musical instrument or enjoy singing, we would love to hear from you! Please do speak to a member of the team if you would like to share your musical talents with the children.  

Well done for another FANTASTIC week. Please do not forget to check in with us once again next week. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. 

Reception Team :-)



  • We request that no jewellery should be worn due to the active nature of our learning. It is also a good idea to have long hair tied back at all times. Reception Class is always on the move! Only stud earrings are permitted although these must be removed before P.E lessons by a parent/guardian.
  • Your child should come to school in their P.E kit every Friday. 
  • Please ensure all uniform and belongings are named. Jumpers, cardigans, gloves, hats and so forth easily get lost and are tricky to find if not labelled. We encourage independence from day one. Children are responsible for their own belongings.
  • It may be the Autumn Term but the weather is always unpredictable! If we are lucky enough to have some more sunshine, please ensure that you apply sun cream before your child comes to school and bring a labelled sun hat!
  • Please leave toys and teddies at home to avoid them becoming lost or stolen. Everything we will need is here at school.
  • Our book change takes place every Friday. Please ensure that all books are returned on a Friday ready for the book change.


  • The implementation of our new phonics scheme is now underway. Your child will have a daily phonics lesson and a 1:1 reading session once a week. Your child's reading session will be noted on GoRead for you to see. Please do check regularly, to access the teacher comments.
  • We ask that the children only change their books once a week to give them the opportunity to reread the texts. This will allow the children to focus on decoding in the first read, develop fluency in the second read and in further reads really understand the text (comprehension). The sharing books can just be listened to, talked about and enjoyed.
  • Our book change day in Reception Class is currently on a Friday. Please ensure your child’s reading book and sharing book is in their Reading Book Bag to allow this to be changed. Reading Book Bags should continue to be brought into school daily.
  • Please log all reading sessions that you complete at home onto GoRead/BoomReader. Reading Eggs can also be logged as a reading session on GoRead/BoomReader. If you experience any difficulties, please talk to a member of the team who will be happy to help.

Celebration Board

As well as our school celebrations, we would love to display what you have been celebrating at home! If your child takes part in any sports or clubs, and would like to bring in any photographs or certificates that they have achieved, we would love to display them for everyone to see! (We can photocopy or take a photograph of their certificates so that your original copy can stay at home).

Show and Tell

  • Our 'Show and Tell' session takes place every Thursday here in Reception Class. Please upload your optional homework, or any home adventures for us to celebrate and share. The children really do enjoy this session, and it is wonderful to witness their confidence grow the more they share. If you have any difficulties accessing Learning Book, please speak to a member of the team and they will be happy to help.

Here are some photographs of our wonderful Reception Classroom and Outdoor Area for the class of 2022-2023! We hope you enjoy looking through them. We wanted you to see where your child will be playing, learning, exploring, investigating, making memories and having great FUN!

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Useful Websites

Preparation for starting school | PACEY

Children’s Speech and Language Therapy :: East Cheshire NHS Trust

Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl - YouTube

PhonicsPlay - Phase 2 Resources
(There are many free games on this website in the phase one, two and three section. Enjoy)!

Alphablocks - CBeebies - BBC

Numberblocks - CBeebies - BBC

Counting songs - BBC Teach 



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Offley Primary Academy

Offley Road
Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1GY

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