Welcome to Reception. Please click on the link to the left to access your class page.
In the Early Years at St Philip Westbrook we believe that learning should be fun.
We are devoted to providing children with a safe and stimulating environment where play and learning are combined, so that they can flourish.
We believe that every child is unique and that every day should provide exciting opportunities to explore, learn and take on new challenges.
We aim to build strong relationships with families and carers because we are committed to giving our children the best possible start to their school life; fostering independence and autonomy to develop skills for life long learning.

Reading Meeting

In the Autumn term, we would usually hold a meeting for Reception parents and carers to explain all about how we teach reading and how your child can be supported at home. As we are not able to hold the meeting in person due to Covid-19, we have recorded the meeting for you below – we hope that you find it useful.


The following video provides support and advice for helping children to pronounce their letter sounds correctly. 


Please find the Reception weekly homework listed below. The majority of homework tasks will be set on Purple Mash. Please be aware that this is also where a number of tasks have been set for those children who are isolating due to Covid. Isolation tasks are not for children who are attending school, as they will be doing similar tasks in the classroom. If children would like to complete these tasks in addition to their set homework then they are welcome to do so, however teachers will only be marking and sending written feedback to those children who are in isolation.

Phonics Bookmark Homework:

Friday 15th January –  This week we have learned the sounds ‘er’, ‘ur’ and ‘ir’. Practise blending words with this week’s sounds: er, ur, ir

Week 12 – ar, or

Week 12 – ow, ou

Week 11 – igh, oa

Week 10 – ai, ay

Week 9 – oo, ee

Week 8 – word mat

Week 7- sh, ch, ng, th

Week 6 – x, y, z, zz

Week 5 – j, v, w, ss

Week 4 –  h,b,f,ff,ll,ck

Week 3 –  c, k, e, u,

Week 2 –  n, m, d, g, o

Week 1 –  s, a, t, p, i


8th January Newsletter

18th December Newsletter

4th December Newsletter

20th November Newsletter

6th November Newsletter

9th October Newsletter

25th September Newsletter

18th September Newsletter

11th September Newsletter

Reception Intake Information

The information below contains lots of information about our school and starting in September.

Reception Starters Slides – 2020

The Early Years Foundation Stage New Parents Booklet 2020

Reception Menu Autumn 1

Homework in Reception

Weekly homework  task – Reception homework will be set on this page every Friday and should be submitted by the following Thursday. Homework  tasks alternate between a literacy or a mathematical focus.

Phonic bookmarks – Each week a phonic bookmark detailing the sounds that have been taught that week will be uploaded on this page, along with a collection of words for children to practise their blending skills. High frequency word mats will also be uploaded every few weeks so that children can practise reading words on sight.

Reading – Children should read at home at least 3 times per week. In addition to this, children will also be provided with a log on to the ‘Reading Eggs’ website so that they can practise their reading and phonic skills both in school and at home. Children will begin to bring reading books home following their first guided group read in school. Children should bring their book bags to school on Mondays and Thursdays only, as these are the days that children will be able to to change their reading books. As well as working hard on your set tasks, please also continue to work hard on your reading. Whether you read to your grown ups, or your grown ups read to you, keep sharing books and enjoying imaginative stories – we all know how much you enjoy them! 



Curriculum Information

Click on the links below to access information about the Foundation Stage Curriculum and what you can do to support your child at home.

Statutory Reception Curriculum

Guidance for Reception Parents (Look at 30-50 months and 40-60 months to view expectations for the age range and guidance for what you can do to support at home.)


Curriculum Maps

Reception Curriculum map Autumn 2

Reception Curriculm Map Autumn 1


The following list of websites contain excellent resources to support the children in their learning, in addition to the work they are doing in school.

Reading and Phonics