Pilgrim's Way

Pilgrims Way Primary
Village Acedemy

Welcome to Penguin Class (Reception)

The reception team would like to welcome all new parents and children to the early year’s unit.

Attached is our exciting early year’s curriculum. Throughout the year the children will have the opportunity to engage and explore a variety of activities that encourage development in each of the seven areas of learning. These areas are identified in the planning document.

This term our topic is “All about me”, please see the topic plan attached for objectives we will be focusing on and some activities we will be doing across the term.


All children are to wear;

  • White polo top / white shirt.
  • Black Trousers / Black Skirt / Black Shorts
  • Summer Dress
  • Black Shoes
  • School Jumper / School Cardigan / School Fleece

Please make sure all these items are labelled with the child’s name clearly visible.

Water Bottles

We provide a water bottle for each child. These are filled up and cleaned out daily. These water bottles are not to be taken home and will remain in school. Children do not need an additional water bottle bought in from home unless they are packed lunch.

Fruit and Milk

All children will be provided with a snack at 10.15 daily. Children will be provided with a piece of fruit and carton of milk. Free milk is available for all children under the age of five in school, funded by the UK government. Once your child turns five you will be asked to pay a subsidised rate for your child to continue to receive milk. If you would like to register your child with milk once your child turns five please contact the office.

Lunch Times

All children will be supervised in the dinner hall by a member of the reception team. They are there to aid the children carry their trays, support them to use a knife and fork and encourage them to try a variety of different foods offered. All children up in EYFS and KS1 are entitled to a free school meal. The menu is on a two week router and this can be given to you at reception upon request.

If children prefer they can also bring in a packed lunch. We are proud to say that we are a ‘healthy school plus’ and therefore no crisps or chocolate are to be bought into school.

Reading Books

Please try and read with your children each evening for 10 minutes. Please record this in the yellow reading log, if we can see the book has been read children will have the opportunity to change their reading book on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We will hear every child read in class at least once per week.

For further information on how to support your child please click here: ‘50 way to say well done’.


We do daily phonics session using the scheme ‘letters and sounds’ supported by ‘cued articulation’ program. Each child will begin in phase 2.

In Phase 2, letters and their sounds are introduced one at a time. A set of letters is taught each week, in the following sequence:

Set 1: s, a, t, p Set 2: i, n, m, d Set 3: g, o, c, k Set 4: ck, e, u, r Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

As soon as each set of letters is introduced, children will be encouraged to use their knowledge of the letter sounds to blend and sound out words. For example, they will learn to blend the sounds s-a-t to make the word sat. They will also start learning to segment words. For example, they might be asked to find the letter sounds that make the word tap from a small selection of magnetic letters

For further support on how to aid your child with maths please refer to ‘Phonics Matters’.


Once settled this term children will begin to focus on:

  • Recognising their name and ordering the letters.
  • Writing their name with pre cursive formation.
  • Forming letters with pre cursive formation.
  • Matching letters to their initial sounds and forming with pre cursive formation.


Once settled this term children will begin to focus on:

  • People or other ‘all about me’ themed objects, to be used for a variety of sorting and counting games and activities.
  • Children to complete challenges within a given time limit e.g. Who can do five star jumps before the timer runs out? Or How many times can you touch your toes before the timer runs out?
  • Children to play ordering games, missing number games, matching and counting games etc.
  • Make group or class pictograms to explore eye colours and hair colours.
  • During movement activities, encourage children to explore making different shapes with their bodies e.g. who can make a circle shape using their arms? Who can make a triangle shape using their legs?


For further support on how to aid your child with maths please click here; ‘Maths Matters’

Child initiated

In reception we value the impact of play and how this supports a child’s development. We have child initiated time in the afternoon for children to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world, technological skills, communication and language, speaking and listening, building and developing relationships, expressive arts and imagination. This time consolidates a child’s understanding and allows them to put their skills in to practise and develop them independently.

Curriculum Hour

The School holds a curriculum hour every other week. This is usually on a Thursday at 9.15-10.00. You are more than welcome to attend this session where you can see how your child accesses learning in school. Each week has a different focus; reading, writing, phonics, maths. It is an open morning for parents so you do not book you just turn up at reception! Please look out on the school website or on the noticeboard outside reception for further information and dates to be announced.


Homework will be set each Thursday and due in the following Thursday. If you ever have any questions about the homework please do not hesitate to come and speak to your child’s class teacher.


Our PE Day is Thursday. Please make sure your children have their kit in school on this day so they can fully participate in all our PE activities. This is also the day that items of our school uniform go missing as the children get changed for PE independently. To avoid this please make sure all items of clothing are labelled.

For children to participate in PE they are not allowed to wear earrings. Please remove these before children come to school.

Our PE topic this term explores different ways of moving and balancing using different parts of their body. E.g. riding bikes and scooters, climbing over climbing equipment, walking on bucket stilts etc.

As a school we have also signed up to the daily mile. Where each child in the school is expected to run a mile a day. In reception we are building up to a mile and therefore will begin by practising quarter of a mile each day.



If you have any additional questions, worries or concerns please feel free to drop in and speak to your class teacher at the end of the school day. Alternatively you can ring the school office and the class teacher will ring you back at a convenient time.


Miss Hales