We will, as our pupils are growing and learning with us, care for, support and safeguard them whilst striving to encourage them to be responsible citizens and do the same for each other and their wider community.


We will strive to ignite our pupils’ desire and enthusiasm to learn without limits.


We will aim to encourage our pupils and school community to develop academically and socially which will develop their desire to explore the wider world, skilled and equipped to find out even more.


We will foster belief through believing in yourself, taking on challenges and digging deep within yourself to conquer fears.






Our teaching team...





Miss S ZealMrs H PilkingtonMrs B CoxMrs R Poole 
Mrs J OgdenMrs C RostronMrs K RayMrs S Taylor 
Miss G BelfieldMs B HallMrs B Wright  

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Meet Mrs Pilkington
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Download the presentation from our
Reception Transition Talk 2024/2025 
Wednesday 17th July 2024


Start of the day – Doors open at 8:35am. Children can enter school and will be asked to complete morning tasks. 

Registration – 8.35am-8.45am. Registers close at 8:45am, after which a child will be marked as late. 

Snack Time – 9:30am Reception sit down together for morning snack

Lunch Time – 11.30am until 12.30pm. Year 1 will usually eat in the canteen from 11.30am to 12.00pm

Snack Time – 1:00pm-2:00pm Reception will have a free-flowing snack out in the afternoons.

End of the day – Our teaching time will end at 3.00pm and the children will exit from the Reception Classroom doors shortly after.





The weekly Reception Phonics homework will go out each Thursday and is expected to be completed by the following Wednesday. This is usually a phonics sheet, which can remain in their homework folder for ongoing practice.


During their reception year the children learn all the graphemes/phonemes from phase 2 and 3 phonics. It is expected that the children practise phonics daily. This could be by recalling phonemes, writing graphemes, oral blending or segmenting, reading or writing words containing the graphemes they have learnt, recognising or writing tricky words, reading or writing sentences, playing phonics games.


During the Autumn and Spring term, a project-based homework will be set, known as ‘Six Ways to Be Smart'. Usually, the child will have 6 weeks to complete one of the six given tasks. The time available is much greater than our weekly homework and therefore, we expect that the standard of work in the finished piece should reflect this. We encourage parents to upload videos or photos of the children completing their projects to Tapestry, so we can share them with the children in class. Click on our 6WTBS page for current details.


During the school holidays, we do not send home weekly phonics sheets or a Little Wandle reading book. Instead we send out a booklet of homework tasks which your child can work through independently. It is expected that these booklets are completed over the holidays and sent back into school the following week.





Children are expected to read for 10 minutes each day. We ask that a note is made in their reading record to show this, so that we capture your child’s reading experience across the year. Please ensure that reading records are in school each day as we often use opportunities to read in school. 


Your child will bring their Little Wandle reading book home on Thursday. They will be expected to read this book to you on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They then need to bring their Little Wandle reading book back into school on Monday morning, as the book will then be used by another child. Please write in their reading record how they have done with their reading, this could be in reference to decoding, fluency or comprehension. Remember they will have read this book 3 times at school during this week, so they should be familiar and fluent when doing their reading at home.


On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday please enjoy a reading for pleasure book with your child. This is an age-appropriate book such as a story that you read to them or a non-fiction book following one of their interests. If you would like to borrow some reading for pleasure books from school, please let your child's teacher know.





We ask for children each day to bring in to school a water bottle of their own with fresh water inside, children have access to their bottles throughout the day and they will be sent home at the end of the day to be cleaned. Should your child require anything other than water, ie for medical reasons, please notify your child’s teacher.





Each day, we will ask children to select one of 3 options for their lunch. Lunch choices can be accessed on the website. CLICK HERE


All children in Reception are entitled to free fruit and milk. They receive their free fruit in the afternoon, however we like to offer them an additional, more substantial snack in the morning that we can all sit and eat together. Through providing additional snacks the children get to learn about healthy eating, develop their communication skills during the social time of eating and also build on their independence. Some examples of snacks we have are hummus and vegetables, cream cheese and crackers, yoghurts and toast. The cost of this snack is 60p per week. We would be grateful if this could be paid online via the Arbor portal. Payment can be made termly or as a one-off annual fee.





Children will participate in a Rugby Tots PE Lesson every Wednesday. This is usually outdoors, but can sometimes be indoors during bad weather. Please can you ensure children have the appropriate kits in school at all times in case of opportunities for extra curricular sport or if the PE day changes. We recommend you send in kits at the start of each half term and we will send them home at the end of each half term to be cleaned.


Indoor PE Kits should contain – White T-shirt, Red Shorts, pumps

Outdoor PE kits should contain a plain Blue / Black or Grey Tracksuit. Trainers are preferable for outdoor PE.


Additional indoor kit is available at Classworx on King Edward Road, or Finesse Schoolwear on Pickford Street. 





Full details of our curriculum can be found on our school curriculum page




These are the titles of our topics that we do in Reception to support our teaching and learning…


Autumn 1

All About me!

Spring 1


Summer 1




Autumn 2


Spring 2

New Life

Summer 2

On the Move


In the EYFS there are 7 areas of Teaching and Learning.

3 Prime areas...

Communication and LanguagePersonal, Social and Emotional DevelopmentPhysical Development  
...and 4 specific areas 



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design



In EYFS we have 3 Characteristics of Effective Learning, which describe the behaviours children develop in order to learn. 

Playing and Exploring


Active Learning


Creative and Critical Thinking





Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (PSHE)

This year, key elements of our PSHE curriculum is being delivered through My Happy Mind, a science-backed programme designed to help children build resilience, self-esteem and confidence. During Relationship Week in the Spring Term, our teaching staff will deliver a series of lessons on Relationship and Sex Education (RSE), using the Christopher Winter Project (CWP) materials. Click below to download the Scheme of Work for Reception


CWP Scheme of Work for Reception

Meet Mrs Zeal & Mrs Pilkington

Reception Transition Talk 2024/2025

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  • Lyon Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire,
  • SK11 6QX
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