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James Brindley Community Primary School
‘Working together to fulfil potential’
Ofsted 2016-2017
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James Brindley Community Primary School
‘Working together to fulfil potential’


Welcome to Reception




Welcome to the Reception web page which will be updated throughout the year with information related to our class curriculum along with news, updates and photographs of the exciting things that we have been getting up to. 


Important Information



The children will be set a Pick and Mix style homework based on phonics and understanding of number. All of the children will be required to complete the activities on their Pick and Mix at home (ideally 1 per week). Children should share some of their homework with me by sending it via email on Purple Mash (Purple Mash details will be sent home soon). I will then share the work that I receive with the class on our Homework Celebration Day on Thursday 7th December. Your Pick and Mix for the Autumn Term can be found above, alongside a 'how to use purple mash' guide. 


Reading Books

Your child will be given a reading book during the first couple of weeks in Reception. Reading books need to be in school every day. Your child will read on specific days each week both individually and as part of Guided Reading sessions. Please ensure that your child reads at least 4 times at home each week and that this is recorded in their planner. 


Spare Clothes

Please provide spare clothes for your child in a draw string bag. These will be left in school, in case your child has an accident of simply gets wet/muddy within our outdoor provision. If your child does have an accident, these clothes will be sent home and we would appreciate it if you return the spare clothes as soon as possible. We will be spending lots of time enjoying the outdoor provision so please send in a spare pair of wellington boots if you have any and again these can be stored in school. Please label all of your children’s belongings.


Creative Fund

In order to provide your children with the variety of snack, baking opportunities and creative consumables we request a contribution of £30 for the full year. During this term your child will be developing their independence by adding different toppings to their toast. They will enjoy baking some tasty treats and as the weather grows colder we will have a nice cup of warm hot chocolate. As this first term is particularly rich with festivities there will also be many other surprises along the way. We have many activities planned this term that include, seasonal crafts, making and decorating cakes, making slime, salt dough constructions and lots more. Please ensure your money is in an envelope clearly labelled with your child’s name and class.

P.E Lessons

P.E. lessons will be on Wednesdays. If your child wears earrings they will need to be removed by yourself prior to the sessions. P.E kits will stay in school for the duration of every half term. We will send these home at the end of every half term for a wash. Please return the P.E kit on your child’s first day back after the school holiday.



As a school Twitter is used as a form of communication where parents are reminded of up-coming events or given a great insight into exciting learning opportunities your child has experienced. Consent forms will be sent from the office, please ensure these are returned as soon as possible. You can follow us via the user name below:



We are very much looking forward to working with your child during their time in Reception. If you ever have any questions and queries, please do not hesitate to ask. 

Mrs Simmons and the Reception Team smiley

Useful Links


Oxford Owl Reading



Here is a link to a free online reading scheme with a variety of children's e-books.

(click on the picture to begin)





Click on the picture to access free phonics games.

Username: march20  Password: home



Here is a catchy song to help you learn our tricky words.

Maths In Reception! The opportunities are endless...

Our Reception Outdoor Vision!


The EYFS states: 

• ‘Being outdoors has a positive impact on children's sense of well-being and helps all aspects of children's development. 

• Being outdoors offers opportunities for doing things in different ways and on different scales than when indoors.

 • It gives children first-hand contact with weather, seasons and the natural world. 

• Outdoor environments offer children freedom to explore, use their senses, and be physically active and exuberant.’ 


We are looking to improve our outdoor area to make it exciting and inviting for our wonderful children. We need your help! 

We would be very grateful for anything you could donate to us and it would be highly beneficial for our children to explore and investigate with such open ended resources! Together with our caretaker we want create and build some amazing structures for our children and build up our outdoor area.

Attached are various inspirational pictures from our school Outdoor Vision and a google page for you to visit to help understand the types of equipment we are looking for and how we would use it.


Examples include..

Crates (wood/plastic)








Planks of wood (all sizes)

Plant pots




Natural materials stones, shells, straw etc


Water trays

Cable reels