Mrs Arnold
Class Teacher for Class 1

Miss Rowland
Class Teacher for Class 2

Mrs Rychlinksa
LSA for Class 1

Miss Smith
LSA for Class 2

Mrs Pawley
PPA Cover for both classes

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 Tuesday morning for Class 1 and Thursday morning for 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.


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.

Autumn Term 1


Letters home:


Autumn 1 Topic Letter

Autumn 1 Topic Web

Phonics and Maths Workshop Letter


Important dates for your diary:


Monday 11th September – Reception Children Staggered Start

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

Monday 25th September-Reception children all in AM Finish at 12pm

Tuesday 26th September-Reception children all in AM Finish at 12pm

Wednesday 27th September-Reception children all in AM  and stay for lunch

Finish at 1.30pm

Thursday 27th September-Reception children all in AM and stay for lunch

Finish at 1.30pm

Friday 29th September – Reception children in Full time. PLEASE NOTE Evacuation drill at 2pm. Pick up from Holy Trinity

Monday 2nd October-Reception children in Full time 8.50am – 3.05pm

Friday 6th October-Harvest Festival

Tuesday 17th October –Parents’ Evening – no clubs

Wednesday 18th October – Parents’ Evening – no clubs

Friday 20th October -Wonderful Welly Celebration. (Details to follow)

                                     -End of term

Half Term (23rd-27th October)


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.

  • Twinkl Phonics Suite

The Twinkl phonics App is designed to support children in developing some of the key skills taught in Phases 1-5 of the DfES Letters and Sounds Document. Activities are presented in a fun, child friendly way and covers the following:

  • The sounds and names of each letter of the alphabet.
  • Letter formation.
  • Blending sounds in CVC words.
  • The graphemes taught in phases 2-3 (including digraphs and trigraphs).
  • Initial and final blends.
  • Alternative spellings for phonemes.
  • High frequency and tricky words for each phase.

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices and needs to be purchased. This app covers each of the different phases and is a good investment to support your child through their phonic journey.




Autumn Term 2

Letters home:

Autumn 2 topic letter

Autumn 2 topic web

Smart Trees School Trip Letter

Tapestry Parent Workshop letter


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

Spring Term 1

 Letters home:

Spring 1 Topic Letter

Spring 1 Topic Web

Tapestry Questionnaire for Parents

Stay and Play

Ideas to support your child at home this term:


Spring Term 2

Letters home:

Spring 2 topic letter

Spring 2 topic web

Superhero day letter

Tapestry Questionnaire RESPONSE

Ideas to support your child at home this term:

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.

 The Early Learning Goals




Reception News