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Wendell Park Primary School

Part of the
Brackenbury, Kenmont and Wendell Park



Welcome to the Reception webpage

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs T/Mrs Jessel (Moonstone Reception) or Ms Thompson (Diamond Reception) via the School Office.

Our Friends of Wendell Park (FOWP) class reps are COMING SOON who can be contacted through the School Office.  

The Reception Curriculum

Please click here for the 2023/2024 Curriculum Map for Reception. 

Click here for our Curriculum Goals

For information re the new Early Years Curriculum, please click here

For information on what to expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage, please click here

Curriculum Newsletters

Our Autumn 1 topic is: All About Me

Reception Autumn 1 Curriculum Map 2023

Reception Autumn 1 Curriculum Newsletter 2023

Our Autumn 2 topic is: Celebrations 

Reception Autumn 2 Curriculum Map 2023 

Reception Autumn 2 Curriculum Newsletter 2023 

 Important Information

 School day - the main school gates open at 8:40am and children enter through these and then the gates into the Reception playground. 

School finishes at 3:30pm (2:40pm on Fridays)

Timetable - click here for the Reception timetable 2023/24

Water - please ensure that your child brings a named water bottle (no juice or squash please).  These will be given back at the end of each day.

Fruit/snack time - please can your child bring in a piece of fruit (in their book bag) to have at their afternoon snack time. 

PE - PE is on Thursdays and children should arrive at school in their PE kit that day (not school uniform). 

Spare clothes - please bring a set of named spare clothes to put in your child's locker, just in case of any accidents.

Stay and Play - our Stay and Play sessions take place every Friday morning from 9am to 9:30am.  This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and spend some time with your child in their class environment.  Parents are kindly requested to wear a mask during the session unless you are exempt.  Class teachers will inform parents of the date when 'Stay and Play' will start.

Show and Tell - we will send home the class 'Show and Tell' box.  If your child brings the box home, please encourage them to choose one or two favourite items to put into the box and bring into school to share and talk about with their class.  All treasured items will be returned home the same day.

Weekend Walkies Book - we will send home our class donkey to spend the weekend with you!  The idea is to walk or cycle (leave the car at home) to as many places as you can with him and if you can, write a little about your travels and draw a few pictures or take some photos to stick in the book too.  We will then share all your travels together as a class. 

Forest School

Our Reception children have the opportunity to go over to Wendell Park and take part in some wonderful nature themed activities.

These sessions take place on Tuesdays.  Your child will be given a time slot during the day to take part in the activities with some of their peers and 2 adults.  

Please send your child in with some waterproof clothing and welly boots as we will be enjoying this experience come rain or shine!

Reception Forest School Consent Form

Homework activities including reading books

Please check in your child's book bag for their red books and complete the tasks we have set.

Please ensure that homework books are returned every MONDAY, along with your child's reading book.

Homework is designed to help your child with letter formation, consolidating their letter sounds and developing early maths skills.

Reading books are given to help support your child as they learn and build the skills they need to read.  Please find a moment in the week to read with your child and make a comment in their reading record book.

Please ensure that your child's reading book/s are in their book bag every day.  Although their books are changed every Monday/Tuesday, your child's teacher/TA may read with your child at various points during the week. 

Pencil Grip Information

A few parents have asked us for some guidance on developing your child's tripod pencil grip.  We have included some information and websites below which we hope you will find useful.  Please don't worry if your child takes a little time to get used to a new grip.  As you will know, we all progress at different rates and we will be doing lots of fun fine motor activities at school (dough disco is a current favourite!) to build up your child's finger and hand muscles ready for writing. 

 Dynamic tripod grip information

Tips for Left Handers

Ten Tips for Pencil Grips

The following links are useful and give information about the different kinds of pencil grips that children use as they begin to explore writing.

Fine motor activities

10 activities to improve hand strength in children

Parent Workshops -

21st September 2023 - Nursery parent workshop on assessment using Tapestry (Reception parents new to Tapestry may also attend)

23rd November  2023 - 'Maths in Reception'

Date TBC - 'Reading with your child and phonics'


Phonics and Early Reading

Thank you to all the parents who attended the 'Reading with your child and phonics' workshop.  The presentation is available for reference and for those who were unable to attend.  There is also a parents frequently asked questions document. 

Please find below links giving guidance on how to pronounce the letter sounds and the order of Read Write Inc Set 1 sounds

Sound pronunciation