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Welcome to Reception Class

Welcome to the Reception class page for Thorpe Lea Primary School and a huge, warm welcome to all our new Reception class and parents! 




On this page you will find information about: our daily routine, our topic and theme of learning for the term and special events and news.


My name is Miss Nickless and I am the Reception class teacher. 

We are also very lucky to have Miss Pate and Mrs Wingate who is our learning support assistants.  Miss Rickett  is in our classroom on Thursday mornings.



Miss Pate                   Mrs Wingate



Miss Rickett 



 PE is on Thursdays and Friday so please can you ensure that your child comes to school in their school PE kit and that all uniform is labelled as well as both their trainers. PE will start on Thursday 14th September 2023.



Snacks and Lunches

We provide fresh fruit and milk/ water during snack time. Children to bring in their own water bottle (one they recognise/ labelled) filled with water. Children can bring in packed lunches (no nuts/ chocolate/ fizzy drinks) or they can have school dinners which you can order on a daily, weekly or termly basis. You can order these via the SCOPAY website. Please order these at least 24 hours before. School dinners are free for Reception to Year 2. 


Library Day

At Thorpe-Lea, we have our very own library and the children get to visit once a week and choose a book for home to read with you. Reception's day to visit the library is FRIDAY. Please ensure your child's library book is in their bag on FRIDAY to change. If the book is not returned then your child will miss their library slot that week until the book is returned. 


Please check this page on a regular basis for updates.


Below you will find the class timetable. 


I am looking forward to having a great year in Reception with you all! :)


Miss Nickless :) 



Reception Curriculum Map 2023-2024

Reception Class Timetable 2023-2024


Our topic for this half term is



This half term in Reception we will be looking at the topic "MAGIC MACHINERY". 

The children will be looking at some of the following celebrations:


  • Cars
  • Trains
  • Boats
  • Planes
  • Rockets
  • Robots










In Maths this term, we will be looking at money, tally charts and simple graphs, double number sentences, number bonds to 5 and 10, length, 2D shapes, adding and subtracting simple numbers, sharing and halving plus odd and even numbers. 


In Literacy, we will continue to review our set 1 sounds and we will be carrying on with our Ditty stories or Red Ditty story books. We will continue to use the Read Write Inc scheme. The children will have new spellings set for them this term. The list will be given out at the start of the term. The children have to learn 3 new spellings each week. These will be written in their spelling books. Each spelling test will happen every Friday. 


In RE, our topic is "Easter". We will be looking at the story of Easter and what the signs of spring are.


In Jigsaw, we are focusing on our topic "Healthy Me". The children will learn about how important exercise is, which foods are healthy or unhealthy for them, to learn about the importance of sleep, the importance of washing their hands and developing an understanding around stranger danger. 


. In Understanding the World, we shall be looking at "Transport". The children will be designing their own mode of transport, making paper airplanes and using construction toys to make their favourite mode of transport. They will learn about the Titanic in History. 


In Expressive Arts and Design, the children are going to practise their drawing skills when designing their own cars or trains, making name rockets and designing their own Mother's day and Easter cards. 


 In PE, our focus this term is on "Superhero Dance". We shall be learning how to move in time to the music, how to create a superhero character, how to travel like a superhero, how to show expression when dancing and  how to move at different speeds. 





Ideas to support your child at home linked to this topic: (Please click on each picture to gain ideas on each weekly topic!)