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Welcome to Reception

Our main ethos is to plan our curriculum with the interests of the children in mind.  We believe that we can achieve a high level of engagement, learning outcomes and mind- set towards learning through adapting our styles of teaching to suit your child’s interests.  When your child first starts school they will be allocated a week where they will have the chance to be the VIP.  This experience, allows your child to drive the learning through their interests allowing us to get to know them as a person.
Their first few weeks always seem very daunting but we assure you that we are parents first! Reception staff are available everyday after school to answer any brief queries.  Please come and speak to us if you have any questions. 

Mrs Williams
Mrs Fullwood

Weekly Timetable



Monday (Mrs Williams/Mrs Fullwood)


Tuesday (Mrs Williams/Mrs Fullwood)


Wednesday (Mrs Williams/Mrs Fullwood)

  • Forest School (Forest School kit required)

Thursday (Miss Thomson/Mrs Fullwood)


Friday (Miss Thomson/Mrs Fullwood)

  • PE (PE kit required)

What Can Parents Do?

Be positive!  We completely understand how hard it is for families when their children start school.  It feels like a huge step.  At Lickhill we are very much about welcoming the families.  Right from the beginning we hope that you can see that we are human!  Working together is what will make school a positive place for you and your child.  


Communication Books

To accommodate our busy lives we have put in place a communication book for you to use.  The children will have designed their front covers during their transition weeks and will bring this book to school everyday.  We will place any communication we feel is important in these books and will also place a weekly class newsletter in their books so you are aware of the learning that will be coming up in the week.  This gives you the chance to support your child’s learning at home.  It also provides a means of communication if you are not always picking up. 



The expectation for our children is to read three times a week. We realise how tired the children are when they first start school so please log any stories that you have shared together. Their reading log is on the reverse of their communication book.   Our aim is for the children to love books!



The children will be given home learning tasks on a fortnightly basis.  These are tasks that can be enjoyed a family, they will range from going for a walk, with the purpose of road safety or creating a collage of their favourite character or playing a game and learning how to lose as well as win!


Sight Words and Spellings

Reception children have 45 sight words that they are expected to read by the end of the Reception Year.  These are very much embedded into our daily routine and we learn them through actions. They are sent home during the year, for you to be able to support them at home. If they are magical at recognising them their next challenge is to spell them!


During the two yearly discovery cycle, these are the topics we will cover.

Cycle 1



Cycle 2

2019 /2020


Magical Me


Celebrations/ Festivals


People who help us

Celebrations/ Festivals

Around the World 

Traditional Tales



* These topics are subject to

change according to the interests of the children.