Reception 22-23

Welcome to Reception!

We hope that you will find the information on this page helpful in giving you an insight into some of the learning that takes place across our busy Reception classes.

Home Learning

In Reception, we ask that all children complete reading and maths activities at home. At Blackhorse, we expect all children to read their book 5x (or more) per week at home, as we know that this is beneficial in developing the children's reading skills and further consolidating their learning.


You can find further support with Phonics and reading at home here:

We also expect children to complete a minimum of 15 minutes per week playing "Numbots" (an online maths game) that will enable children to develop their counting, number recognition and number facts.


You can find the website to play Numbots here:

You can find out about our learning at school here:


Term 1

Welcome to Reception! This term our main focus will be supporting the children to feel happy and safe at school. Our first Enquiry question Who's Who? will help the children with learning the names of key adults at school but also the names of the children in their class who they will be playing with and who will be becoming their friends.


We will also explore the question What's Where? and this will help the children to find their feet at school and get to know their new setting. We will find out about where different toys and resources "live" to help keep the classroom tidy but also where our own belongings go to keep them safe while we are at school. The children will explore the wider school by locating different important landmarks in school, e.g. the library, dinner hall, head teacher's office.


We will introduce our first "Fab 5" (these are the core books that will be shared repeatedly with the children) books, which are: The Three Billy Goats Gruff; Supertato; Inside my Body; What makes me me?; Mixed. These books will help us to find out what makes us special.


Our Literacy will be mainly based on Supertato and The Three Billy Goats Gruff and we will be introduced to story maps that will help us to retell the stories off by heart. We will explore these stories further with craft activities and will even make our own real life Supertato!


In Maths, we will begin learning how to count and recognise numbers up to 5. We will compare quantities and sizes, supporting us to begin developing some key vocabulary linked to Maths.


We are really looking forward to getting started!