Welcome to Reception

Our Reception classes are called Butterflies, Dragonflies & Ladybirds

Reception Team: Mrs Race (EYFS* Phase Leader), Miss Bartleet, Miss Cumberland, Miss Vines, Mrs Wimpress, Mrs Biggs, Mrs Gosling, Mrs Barker & Mrs Jones.

Headship Team member overseeing Reception & Nursery: Mrs C Claydon (Headteacher)

You can contact the team via email

Reception and Nursery use an online platform called Tapestry to share learning with parents. They will also use Tapestry to share home learning activities for pupils that are self-isolating. Look out for Mrs Race's weekly blog which will give you a flavour of what our reception classes have been up to each week. Please email the EYFS team if you need any help with Tapestry.

*EYFS = Early Years Foundation Stage = Nursery & Reception classes in a primary school

Tapestry blog by mrs race

Every week Mrs Race (EYFS Phase Leader) writes a blog post and shares it with Reception parents on Tapestry.

18th September 2020 This week in Reception has been very busy. The children are now at the end of their first full week in school, and have become so much more confident throughout the week. They are probably now very tired though!

We would like to thank you all for your support with entering and exiting school. We have noticed a great improvement in arriving at school on time, rather than early, and it is making a big difference to the levels of congestion we are seeing, so thank you very much.

This week the children have been experiencing their first Phonics lessons. We have introduced your child to the phonemes (letter sounds) s, a and t. Perhaps they can look for these when they are sharing their book with you this week, as they have brought home their first sharing book also.

They have had their first 'Squiggle While You Wiggle' lessons. This involves using 'flipper flappers' (two small clothes) and moving our arms to some bouncy music. The idea behind this is for children to develop strong arm muscles as these big arm movements have been proved through research to have a positive impact on fine motor skills, supporting early writing skills.The children have loved this. Ask them to show you their Squiggle While you Wiggle' moves for this week!

We have also used the big sand pit for the first time this week, which is brand new, having been developed for the EYFS children shortly before lockdown.

Another first for this week was PE! The children were great at this, showing great concentration as they explored a giant obstacle course, and showed us their ball and hoop skills.

We are continuing to get to know your children and find out what they can do, and have enjoyed starting to work with each child as they have drawn their family, and talked about them.

For talk homework this week, please would you talk to your child about new friends they might have made. Can they tell you the activities they have done with their friend? Please encourage them to use whole sentences when they talk to you.

A few small reminders about life at Gusford - dogs are unfortunately not allowed on site at the collection and arrival times for your child. The only exception to this is Pebbles, our school dog. Also, the drink bottles that children may bring to school can only contain water, promoting us being a healthy school. Also spillages will result in spoiled school work if covered in squash, whilst water will dry off and be (nearly) as good as new.

Useful Documents

summer holiday activities

Enjoy your summer holidays, make the most of the sunshine and stay safe. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to school in September. Below are a some optional summer holiday activities.

home learning for reception

Mrs Race, Mrs Baker & Miss Vines would like to welcome you to the Reception page of our school website.

Home Learning activities will continue to be shared twice a week on Tapestry. In addition you might like to try the activities suggested below. Further down on this page you can find lots of other home learning activities, many of which are suitable for all ages. Remember you can contact the Reception team at any time using the

Welcome back to reception

NEW Summer Term Home Learning - All Ages

All Age Groups - Spring Term & easter Holiday activities


Alongside the work we have set as a school, if you have internet access and your child has the use of a tablet or laptop they might like to join in with the online lessons on offer at the Oak National Academy or BBC Bitesize. Follow the links below to try these out.

BBC Bitesize is a free online study support resource designed to help with learning, revision and homework!

Bitesize provides support for learners aged 5 to 16+ across a wide range of school subjects. It also supports children and young people’s wellbeing and career choices. From April 20th Bitesize will be publishing daily lessons to help students across the UK with home schooling.

Bitesize guides are written by teachers and subject experts and are mapped to follow the curricula of the UK.

To support the hard work of schools in delivering remote education, the Oak National Academy launched on Monday 20 April. This brand-new enterprise has been created by 40 teachers from some of the leading schools across England, backed by government grant funding. It will provide 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subject


Reception slideshow

Reception Letters

Reception admissions 2020

These slides were shown at the Zoom meeting for new families on 30th June 2020.

Gusford Reception Induction powerpoint 2020 (1).pptx