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 A Big Warm Welcome To Our School Community    

  We hope that you have had a lovely time over the summer and are now ready to start the new school year. If you have any questions or need any further information about your child's transition, please email a member of the Reception Team :

Autumn Term
Our Topics
Please note that themes are subject to change to, to follow the interests of the children.

Autumn 1 - Mavellous Me 
Key books: Who's in my family?  It's ok to be different, The Jazz Man, Leaf Man, The Lost Acorn, Pumpkin Soup, Autumn Poems

Autumn 2-  Let's Celebrate
Key books: Sparks In The Sky, Kipper's Birthday, Dipal's Diwali, Rainbow Fish, The Christmas Story, The Jolly Postman, Festive Poems.

Read Write Inc

At Ireland Wood Primary School, we follow the Read Write Inc literacy programme, to ensure every child is a successful reader. Phonics lessons are taught on a daily basis and are both fun and multi-sensory, to appeal to the different learning styles of our children. Please follow our progress in Reception, as we begin our learning journey.

These are the Set 1 Speed Sounds written with one letter:
m a s d t i n p g o c k u b f e l h r j v y w z x.

These are the sounds written with two letters (your child will call these 'Special Friends') :
sh th ch qu ng nk ck.

You can help your child practise the Speed Sounds they have learnt by using the practice sheets in their Family Fun books. 

Please watch the following video to support your child when learning Set 1 Sounds
Sounds Pronunciation Guide
Children In Need

It was great to see everyone dressed up in their spots and Pudsey Bear merchandise today. We have had a lovely day learning all about fundraising and we really enjoyed watching Mr Blackburn complete his 'dunk the headteacher' challenge. Thank you for all your donations to Children In Need.


We have been learning about Diwali this week and the children have enjoyed making diyas, rangoli patterns and other related craft activities. We are really impressed with how much the children can talk about the traditions and rituals associated with Diwali.

Exploring Time

During our exploring time, children have the opportunity to draw, create, build and engage in imaginative play based on our current topic. Here are some pictures showing you what the children have been doing in the Autumn term.

Mark Making

We have had lots of fun developing our finger strength by taking part in dough disco and pen disco. The children have enjoyed listening to music as they make marks in various ways.

Autumn Walk

In October we went on an autumn walk in our school environment. Together, we looked for signs of autumn and worked in pairs to collect a range of natural materials. The children collected leaves, conkers, pine cones and twigs. We spoke about all the different thing that we could see, hear, feel and smell. The children learnt the new vocabulary : crunchy, crisp, shiny and rustling.

Our Reading Journey

This term we have begun our reading journey by listening to: environmental sounds on our autumn walk, listening to instrumental sounds in our music lessons, listening to rhyme and alliteration in our autumn poems and listening to voice in our keyworker groups. During our phonics lessons we have worked extremely hard to learn the set 1 sounds. We have been listening to each individual sound, naming words that contain each sound, saying the sound and orally blending and segmenting the sound within a word. The children are now learning how to read these new sounds in VC and CVC words. We are very proud of them all!

Marvellous Maths

1 to 5-This term in maths we have been matching and sorting amounts into groups. We have also been learning how to represent, compare and identify smaller numbers within a larger number. The children have really enjoyed taking part in conceptual subitising games and now know what to look for when comparing various totals. When learning about shape, we have explored pattern, and learnt all about Circles, Triangles and shapes with 4 sides.


In the weeks leading up to Christmas the children enjoyed participating in lots of different activities. They worked hard practising songs for their Crafty Carols performance. For this, children learnt Makaton signs to Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Jingle Bells. We were very proud of the children's efforts.

Homework Grids

Please aim to complete one or two activities each week, over the half term. You can tick off and date the grid as your child achieves/completes each task. Please share photos and videos with the Reception Team, using the Evidence Me platform. Thank you for all your support at home.

Useful Documents

Here are some documents that you may find useful as your child begins their learning journey at Ireland Wood Primary School. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a member of the Reception team.

Reception Autumn Newsletter
Apps to support learning

Here is a list of apps that your child may enjoy whilst supporting their learning:-

  • Numberblocks
  • Maths, age 3-5
  • Bugs and numbers
  • Alphablocks
  • Hairy Letters
  • Pocketphonics
  • Jolly phonics
  • Superwhy! Power to read
  • Beebots
  • Scratch Jr

Useful websites:-