If you have any concerns about a child, please do not hesitate to report your concern to one of our Designated Safeguarding leads- Mrs Skillern or Mrs Deacon by emailing head@isleham.cambs.sch.uk or ddeacon@isleham.cambs.sch.uk or telephoning 01638 780336. If you think you or the child is in immediate danger and need urgent help, please call the police on 999. Alternatively, you can contact the local authority safeguarding team directly- if you are not a professional involved with the child or family, you do not have to give your name and your conversation will be treated confidentially. Telephone: 0345 045 5203 (8-6pm Monday to Friday) 01733 234 724 (out of hours) Email: referralcentre.children@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

2022-23 Reception Class



Welcome to the Reception Class 2022-2023 with Miss Simmons, Mrs Dray and Mrs Minshull.

The children’s first full day at Isleham Primary School is on Wednesday 7th September 2022.


Meet the team:

Autumn term September 2022

I hope everyone enjoyed the summer break and is looking forward to the start of their school journey at Isleham Primary School. We want to make sure that you are fully informed so please come and ask if you have any questions or queries or jot something down on Dojo. Remember your child needs to bring their reading record and reading books daily to school for us to check.


  • This term our topic is ‘All about me’.
  • If you would like to support our swimming lessons, woodland trips or would be interested in offering assistance with other aspects of the curriculum, please contact the school office for further information.

How to help your child in Reception:

  • Support your child with daily reading at home and encourage them by ticking that you have heard/seen them read in their reading record.
  • Ensure reading records and books come into school every day, please.
  • Keep an eye out for posts on this website and also on Class Dojo.
  • Practise writing your child’s name and numerals to ten.
  • Spot numbers in the environment and help them to identify them.
  • Play with playdoh to develop fine motor strength
  • Use scissors to snip and cut lines in paper.
  • Play dice games to encourage instant recognition of numbers.


 Throughout our literacy learning, we will play games, sing songs, make rhymes and listen for sounds within the environment. Our phonics journey will begin and we will be introduced to the first phase of the phonics sounds, through our song of sounds scheme. Where we can begin to blend CVC words, to make a sentence.  

Within the term we will explore books, re-tell stories together using puppets, role-play and small world equipment. Our writing journey will begin, we will familiarise ourselves with recognising our names, before mark making, which finally leads to copying letters within our names.



 Within our Maths learning this term we will go on a journey with the Numberblocks characters to count, compare and order numbers. We will secure our one to one correspondence and find one more and one less than a given number. We will look at number bonds within five. In addition, begin to explore 2D shapes through pictures and shape hunts.


This year we will be using the 'real PE' scheme. Come back here for more information after our 'real PE' training in early September.

Possible Autumn term units:

  • Unit 1 with focus on Personal Skills

In PSHE we will be exploring why we are special and what makes our individual identity. We will be talking about how we mix with others and belong to different groups (family, class, school, clubs etc.) We will look at similarities and differences within the class and why these are an important part of our lives and should be celebrated. We will also consider how what we do or say can affect the needs and feelings of other people and how we and everyone else have the right to be valued and treated fairly and equally whatever their background.


This half term in our music lessons, we will begin learning to recall nursery rhymes off by heart and use resources to get know the stories of some of the nursery rhymes. We will get an understanding that music can evoke your feelings and make you want to move (dancing, marching, being animals or pop stars.)

The nursery rhymes we will be learning are ‘1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive’ ‘This Old Man’ ‘Five Little Ducks’ ‘Five little Speckled Frogs’ and ‘Pat a cake, Pat a cake.’

We will also be listening to and responding to other styles of song such as ‘Celebration’ by Kool and the Gang, ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams, ’Happy Birthday’ by Stevie Wonder, ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ by Eva Cassidy and ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay.

We will also learn some of the vocabulary used in music by finding the pulse, copy-clapping the rhythm of names and exploring high sounds and low sounds (pitch) using voices and instruments.

Our Weekly Updates for Autumn 1:

Autumn 2- November 2022

This half term our topic is ‘Our Cool World’, we will explore festivals from all around the world including; Bonfire night, Diwali, Thanksgiving and Christmas. We have lots of exciting visitors lined up for this.  


 Throughout our literacy learning, we will continue to build on our phonics knowledge. With a strong focus on letter formation, segmenting and blending words. We will write labels, create rhyming strings, design firework poems, and write our names and captions. Within the half term, we will explore the nativity story and re-tell it through narrative.


 Within our Maths learning this term, we will continue on our journey with the Numberblocks characters. We will secure our counting, partitioning and combining skills. The children will have the opportunity to explore odd, even numbers whilst having exposure to doubling and halving. We will explore 3D shapes through presents under the Christmas tree.


This half term in our PE lessons, we will continue to follow our scheme of work ‘Real PE’. Our focus for the six weeks will be to great dynamic balances and agility skills. We will also practise performing a static balance.

 This half term in PSHE we are learning about ‘Myself and my relationships with family and friends’.

We will be working on developing our ability to form and sustain positive and satisfying relationships, particularly with members of our family and friendship groups.   

In addition, we will be thinking about how we can develop positive relationships and friendships with others from a range of different lifestyles and backgrounds. We will learn to identify special people in our lives and explore why they are so important. We will also learn about different family groupings including what we enjoy doing together and how we care for each other. As well as this, we will be thinking about friendship and what it means to be a good friend also explore why friends sometimes fall out.

Along the way, we will learn how to manage uncomfortable feelings and will begin to learn simple methods for resolving conflict, recognising forms of unkindness and empathising with others. Bullying will be explored in the context of valuing and respecting difference and diversity.


This half term in our music lessons, we will continue to learn nursery rhymes (I’m A Little Teapot, The Grand Old Duke Of York, Ring O’ Roses, Hickory Dickory Dock, The ABC Song.)

We will also complete musical activities that embed pulse, rhythm and pitch, explore our voices and use a variety of percussion instruments.

We will do this by:

  •         Finding the pulse by clapping, moving and using percussion instruments.
  •         Copy-clapping the rhythm of small phrases from the song or our names
  •         Exploring high pitch and low pitch in the context of the songs
  •         Inventing a pattern to go with a song.

Spring 1- January 2023

This half term our topic is ‘Superheroes and Villains, This topic will begin by finding out about real people who help us in our lives, before moving on to find out about fantasy heroes. As part of the topic, we will invite many real life visitors into our school to talk about all the things they do to help us. We hope to see the firefighters, police, doctors and dentists in our classroom.



 Throughout our literacy learning, we will continue to follow our ‘Song of Sounds journey to build on our phonics knowledge. We will practise reading back the words we have written to ensure they make sense. Use tricky words within our writing and allow information we have read in books to feed into our writing. Across the half term we will have the opportunity to create a New year’s wish. We will record labels and sentences about firefighters and their fire engines. We will use our descriptive skills to explore Goldilocks and Supertato characters. Before labelling our body parts and a healthy food plate.


 Within our Maths learning this term, we will continue on our journey with the Numberblocks characters. We will continue to build with blocks- exploring space and patterns before creating repeating patterns. We will learn to compare amounts using the terms ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’. We will meet numberblock zero. Before using part-, part whole model methods to partition combine and subtract numbers in a range of ways. We will explore weight and capacity when robbers leave their heavy thief bags in our classroom for us to discover.


This half term in our PE lessons, we will continue to follow our scheme of work ‘Real PE’. Our focus for the six weeks will be to great dynamic balances on a line and a static balance stance skills.