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Welcome to the Reception Page.


Here is a short video of our Reception area at Holly Grove

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Reception Transition Powerpoint for New Parents

General Information


Here you will find lots of information about Reception. Our page will be updated regularly with key information and dates related to Reception. 

Please check back again soon. 



This is our creative day. We are very lucky to run a woodwork programme in Early Years, where children will learn different life skills, such as hammering, sawing and sanding etc. Children then adapt these skills to complete a project of their choice for the end of term. Woodwork is taught in small groups where each child has the opportunity to progress in the different skills, when children are not completing the woodwork task other activities are readily available in line with our creative curriculum such as experimenting with instruments and making mixed media pictures. 



On Tuesdays we split into our 3 key worker groups, where children rotate to complete a maths and ICT task. We also run a DEMs programme as part of a third task. Children rotate throughout the morning to complete all three tasks. 



On this day we split into 2 different groups whilst one group has the opportunity to go outside in our very own Forest School area homing in on our environment and the world around us, the other group has the opportunity to experience in various life skills, including cookery, science experiments and discussing ways in which we can keep healthy



This is our sporty day, children to come dressed already for P.E. They will need green/black shorts, plain white t-shirt, green/black jogging bottoms and green/black tracksuit top with trainers. No earrings and hair tied back. In the morning children take part in Dance/ Gymnastics and in the afternoon team games developing skills such as throwing / catching, negotiating space. Also on a Thursday, children take part in fine motor skills by having the opportunity such as sewing, scissor skills and jigsaws. 



This is our Literacy day, where we usually take part in a big write, using our phonics to write simple sentences depending on the topic in which we are learning about and then in the afternoon children have enrichment where they develop their friendship skills within the whole school community. This gives the children opportunity to experience different activities throughout the school along with working with different adults in the setting,



At Holly Grove we are a reading school and encourage reading at every opportunity. In Reception we follow the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme and also the Harper Collins scheme, children are only given reading books when they are ready. Each child reads with a teacher at least twice weekly and we ask you read this book with them at home at least 3 times a week. Children have the opportunity to choose a library book to take home and read during class reading sessions which we offer 10 minutes everyday. Children change this book twice weekly. If a child reads three times weekly they will be given a raffle ticket, if they read every day they will be given two raffle tickets. Raffle tickets are drawn out at the end of each month for your child's chance to win some free books. 


We are starting a new exciting reading initiative for children to share at home, 1 child per week will be chosen to take home the 'Bear and Bud' rucksack, which will include a book of the child's choice, a bear to share the story with and also a book review diary for the child to record whether they would recommend the story to another child. 


Aswell as all the exciting experiences we offer the children at Holly Grove, children also have timetabled big maths sessions to develop their numeracy skills and number knowledge 3 times weekly and also take part in daily phonics sessions. Along with this children also take part in daily massage which promotes SMSC.


Community Links

As we provide the children here at Holly Grove with as many exciting experiences as possible, we often visit the local church to help learn and gain knowledge from Matt the vicar and his team with termly visits to the church. 

Also looking and learning about our environment we are taking the children on a trip to our local Farm. 


British Values

To help promote British values within Reception, children are taught about different communities and cultures, where we often celebrate festivals around the world, such as Chinese new year, Diwali, pancake day, Christmas etc. Children also learn and gain knowledge from visitors who come in to speak to the children about special days such as World book day, Remembrance Sunday. As part of school, children in Reception think very highly of our TORCH values where they strive to  show attributes to be chosen for the TORCH child of that week. 


Class Dojo

Like with the whole school we award monster points to children who show the superhero learning powers within Reception, children who do good tidying up and also children who complete their homework. As part of an incentive the more monster points the children earn the better the prizes. Please find attached Receptions prize list.