Mrs Pawley
Class Teacher for Class 1

Miss Rowland
Deputy Assistant Head
Class Teacher for Class 2

Mrs Rychlinska
LSA for Class 1

Miss Smith
LSA for Class 2

Mrs Ley
LSA in Class 2

Year group information

Welcome to Reception. This page will contain all the information you need to have for a successful first year at Tewkesbury C of E Primary School.

 Physical Education

P.E is on Friday morning for Class 1 and Class 2.

Please ensure your child has their P.E kit in school and that items are clearly labelled.

Your child needs to have a white t-shirt with black or navy shorts. Your child will not require plimsolls until the Summer term.


Here you will find key information to support the use of our Tapestry Online Journal at home.

Parents Guide – website

Parents Guide iOS

Parents Android

Ideas to support your child at home this term:

Websites to support you child with phonics at home:

  • This youtube video shows you how to pronounce each of the Jolly Sounds correctly.

  • Mr Thorne and Geraldine the Giraffe

Videos introduced by either Mr Thorne or a mischievous giraffe called Geraldine.

A Fun way to look for objects beginning with the initial sound.

  • Letter formation

A great website for children to watch how the letter shapes are formed.

  • Different games linked to the Letters and Sounds Phonics programme.


What is ‘Welly Boot’ Day?

Children will have the opportunity to take part in Welly Boot sessions once a week. These sessions are timetabled outdoor sessions, where the children will have the opportunity to explore the outside space. This is separate to the children’s daily experience of their Foundation Stage outside classroom. Welly boot is an opportunity for your child to experience nature and the outdoors in all weathers in a safe, secure environment. The main focus for these sessions will be in the Keystage 2 outside area at the back of their playground.


Our Welly boot experiences aim to:

  • develop speaking and listening skills
  • extend children’s learning through real life experience and exploration
  • improve their confidence, independence and self esteem
  • to provide enjoyable and rewarding challenges
  • develop children’s teamwork, cooperative skills and awareness of the needs of others
  • to enable children to be self-motivated, make choices and initiate their own learning
  • to help children understand, appreciate and care for the natural environment.


Children will be supplied with a waterproof jacket and trousers, which will protect their school clothes.

Children should have their own wellies for these sessions. These should be named and kept in school throughout the week. A spare pair of socks (also named) would be useful and can be kept in your child’s PE kit.

In the colder weather, hats, scarves and gloves are essential as is a sun hat in the warmer summer months. Children will be required to wear their wet weather trousers throughout the whole year during these sessions.


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Autumn 1: Week 2

Our first week in school!

This week we have been very busy in Reception getting to know our classroom and school environment but most importantly making lots of new friends!

We have had lots of fun learning our school routines and playing together indoors and in our outdoor classroom. We have explored the whole school to find out where everybody is and what jobs they do.

We have been painting our portraits!

We spent time looking in the mirror and noticing our features. We looked at our friends in the class and we talked about our similarities and differences!

We have also been talking about what makes us special and we have found out about some of the things we all like and dislike.

Do you like our class portrait display!

Class 1:

Class 2:


Autumn Term 1


Letters home:

Autumn 1 Topic Letter

Autumn 1 Topic Web

Important dates for your diary:

Monday 10th September – Reception Children Staggered Start

AM sessions 8.50am-12.00pm. PM sessions 1.15pm – 3.05pm

Wed 19th Sept – Reception Phonics and Maths workshop 2.15pm or 5.15pm

Monday 24th Sept-Reception children all in AM Finish at 12pm

Tuesday 25th Sept-Reception children all in AM Finish at 12pm

Wednesday 26th Sept-Reception children all in AM Finish at 12pm

Thursday 27th Sept – Reception children all in AM  and stay for lunch. Finish at 1.30pm

Thurs 27th Sept – Tapestry Workshop at 9.15am

Friday 28th Sept – Reception children in Full time. Please note: Evacuation drill @ 2pm

Fri 5th Oct – Harvest Service @ Holy Trinity @ 2pm             

Half Term (22nd – 26th October)


Spring Term 1

Letters home:

Spring Term 1 Topic Letter

Spring Term 1 Topic Web

These topic letters will give you an overview of what is happening in Reception this term. The topic web will give you an idea of the skills your children will be covering linked to the EYFS Curriculum and the 7 areas of learning.

When I Grow Up

Stay and Play

Our sessions this term will be:

Session 1: Monday 11th February at 9.15am to 10.15am

Session 2: Tuesday 12th February at 9.15am to 10.15am

Session 3: Wednesday 13th February at 9.15am to 10.15am

Please come and sign up on the sheets in Reception.

Spring Term 2

Letters home:

Spring 2 Topic Letter

Spring 2 Topic Web

Superhero Celebration Day Letter

These topic letters will give you an overview of what is happening in Reception this term. The topic web will give you an idea of the skills your children will be covering linked to the EYFS Curriculum and the 7 areas of learning.

Early Learning Goals for Parents

These are the Early Learning Goals which are the end of year expectations for your child in Reception. We have provided a leaflet for parents that outlines these end of year expectations.

Summer Term 1

Summer 1 topic letter





Reception News