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Lionel Primary School

Working together to provide an educational environment that inspires, challenges and nurtures each child.


Apples, Orange and Cherry classes 2021-2022


Members of Staff:

Apple Class- Mrs Hicks (Early Years Lead) and Miss Williams

Cherry Class- Mrs Kituyi and Mrs Kmiecik

Orange Class- Ms Fourie and Ms Moran

Reception Cover Teacher – Mr O’Brien



Welcome to Reception!


We hope you have all had a wonderful summer holiday and that you are looking forward to starting in Reception! We understand that many parents may be feeling unsure about your little ones starting on their school journey, but let us reassure you that this year will be filled with exciting new learning and you will be amazed at the amount of progress your child will make.


Daily Routine

We operate a 'soft start' to school in the morning, which means that you can drop your child off at any time between 8.40am and 8.55am.  Teachers or teaching assistants will meet the children at the door from 8.40am where they will say goodbye to their parents or carers, and hang up their own coats and bags in the cloakroom. We will only bring a few children into the cloakroom at a time to avoid overcrowding. Parents must stay and supervise their children outside until greeted by staff. The register is taken at 8.55am and we begin our learning straight away so please ensure that you arrive before this time. If the children are late or absent they miss vital information and learning time. If your child’s door is closed, please take them to the office to be signed in. 


School finishes at 3.30pm and you can wait in the Reception garden to collect your child from their classroom door.  


Please send your child in with a named water bottle (no fizzy drinks) and a named bag to keep their belongings in.  Please also make sure that all of their uniform is clearly labelled so that we can reunite lost items with their owners!


Children will be provided with fresh fruit and milk during the afternoon snack time. Should you wish to, you may also send in a healthy snack for your child to enjoy (no nuts or chocolate please).


Curriculum Information:

In Phonics in Reception, we follow Ruth Miskin’s Read Write Inc Scheme.  In class the children will learn new sounds daily and will begin to learn to blend these sounds to make words. Further information about our phonics learning will be shared with you in a Reception Curriculum meeting towards the end of this half term.


 Our topic this half term is ‘Magical Me’.  The curriculum map for parents can be found at the bottom of this welcome letter.  It details what we will be covering at school this half term and some simple ways that you can support them at home. 


Other Key Information:


PE kits will not be required until January 2022. The children do not get changed for PE lessons during the Autumn term.



Reading books will be issued to your child and sent home at the end of this half term. Further information about this will be shared with you during the Reception Curriculum meeting.


We will provide dates for special events, and parent’s evenings on this website and through ParentMail as and when they are applicable. We will send out a fortnightly newsletter to tell you about our learning! You can also find links to games and useful resources at the bottom of this year group page.


Discussions with your child’s teacher

We operate an open-door policy and are always available for a quick chat at the beginning and end of the day.  If you would like a longer appointment, then please email us with any questions or queries and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Our email address is:


Thank you in advance for all of your support, and we look forward to a fantastic year!


The Reception Team



Autumn 1 'Magical Me' Curriculum Map for Parents