Reception 2021 - 2022




Hello and welcome to Reception. There are two Reception classes at Beechwood, they are called Oak and Elm. We spend time as a class and time together in the afternoons playing and learning in the environment. Everyone is always happy to help you, so please always feel you can come and talk to us if you've any questions or worries. 

Who is who?

Oak Class

The class teacher in Oak Class is Miss Banks and she is supported by Mrs Mason and Mrs Nolan.

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Miss Banks           Mrs Mason           Mrs Nolan       

             Elm Class

Miss Sugarman is Elm Class' full time Class Teacher and Miss Dodd is the Teaching Assistant who helps the class all week too! 

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Miss Sugarman              Miss Dodd


What do we do?

In Reception we follow the interests of the children and plan rich opportunites for the children to learn through play. We work hard to create an exciting and stimulating environment to support the children throughout their learning. There are a number of different areas inside and within our outdoor environment for the children to explore. Following the children's interests, we have different topics which can last a half term. Additionally, we have nursery rhyme themed weeks. 


What does the day look like in Oak and Elm Class?

When the children first start school, they will have a few weeks of transition. This valuable time gives the children chance to settle in and allows them to get to know all the staff and friends, we get to know them too. During the first half term, we do something called a 'Baseline.' This is where we assess the children, through 1:1 activities and observing them in their play. We take the time to get a good idea of what the children can do and plan their next steps in learning.   

Once we know what the children can do and know, they will start to have daily Phonics, this is specific time where we teach letter sounds and learn to read and write. During Phonics, your child might be with a Teacher or Teaching Assistant from Oak or Elm class, after the children have settled into school we group the children to target their next steps. During the day, the children will do Literacy, Maths and Reading too, working in a group with an adult in their class. When they are in the continuous provision, inside or outside the classroom we will have set up activities for them to learn through their play. If you click on the tabs above, you will be able to see what our Literacy and Maths focuses are for each half term. There are games and activities you can do at home to support your child's learning. 

If you want to see what your child should be achieving, this document is really helpful and written for you, as parents. Next to it, is the Development Matters Document which is what we follow when planning and teaching in the Early Years.  Click on the images to follow the links to read them.  

What to expect, when?Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS ...


What do I send my child into school with?

Junior Book Bag

Every day, your child needs to bring their Bookbag into school. It means if there are letters or important things to send home, we can put it into their bag. Once we send Reading books home, these will need to be in the Bookbag too, so it can be changed and we can see how much Reading your child has been doing at home.


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The children can have snack each day, it costs £1 a week. You can either pay this weekly or send in money at once for a half term. 

The cost for this half term is £7.40

The children have free fruit every day too. 

You don't need to send in a water bottle, school provide one for every child and they are washed each night ready to fill the next day!  

This money also allows us to buy ingredients for making playdough with the children eack week to facilatate their learning and motor skills and ingredients for baking activites.



All children in Reception are entitled to FREE SCHOOL MEALS or you can provide a healthy packed lunch from home. Please see our suggested pack lunch ideas below for healthy lunch box ideas or speak to your child's class teacher.

We understand some children can be choosey when it comes to lunch. We are here to help! We have worked with many parents in introducing new foods and school lunches to children. Please speak to your child's class teacher for more information on how we can support you and your child.


School Uniform

Your child is expected to wear the correct uniform each day.

This includes a white polo t-shirt, a red jumper with the school logo, black/ grey trousers or a black/grey skirt with black/grey tights and black school shoes.

Little Thetford PE Kit Red Teeshirt / Black Shorts / Red Bag


Beechwood PE kit is:

Beechwood red logo T-shirt
Black shorts
Black pumps
Black or grey tracksuit trousers for winter months
Black or grey tracksuit top for winter months
Trainers for winter months

Please label all uniform including coats, PE kits and shoes. It becomes extremely difficult to locate lost uniform without a name.



At Beechwood we use an online learning journey called Tapestry in Reception and Nursery. This allows us as class teachers to take pictures and videos of the children in their learning to track their achievements and progress.

As parents you will get a parent login so you can see your child's learning at home and on your mobile phone using the app. You can also add your own pictures and videos to share with the class teachers. 


As a school we use an app called 'Class Dojo' to reward childrens behaviour in school, to keep parents up to date with class news and to contact parents through a private message service. As a parent you will recieve a login from your child's class teacher and will recieive notifications for rewards and news posts.


As a school, we take safeguarding very seriously. This includes internet safety and we are very aware that many children enjoy spending time on tablets, phones and even playing with Alexa!

Help your child to stay safe online by clicking on the image below to keep up to date on tips and ideas for online safety.



Home Learning

There is a tab called Learning at Home for you to look at things related to everything expected whilst your child is home. 


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Even though there aren't specifically activities under the 'England' category for EYFS, you can explore the Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales sections to find activities and learning opportunities. There are Maths and Literacy things to do! 

Contact the School

Beechwood Primary School

Mrs. S. Harper - Headteacher
Meredith Street

Main Contact: Miss Taylor

Tel: 01270 214490
Fax: 01270 251529

SEN Contact: Miss Geary

SEN Email: