Miss Rowland
Class Teacher

Mrs Spry
Class Teacher

Mrs Burrows

Reception News

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. 

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 Term 1


Letters home:

Autumn 1 Topic Letter

Autumn 1 Topic Web

Important dates for your diary:

Monday 9th September – Reception Children Staggered Start

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

Monday 16th September your child will swap from either the morning session to the afternoon or from the afternoon session to the morning. 

Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th September the whole class will join together for a morning session only starting at 8.50am until 12 noon.

Thursday 26th September the whole class will be together for a morning session and stay for lunch, starting at 8.50am until 1.30pm.

Friday 27th September the whole class will stay full time, starting at 8.50am until 3.10pm.

Your child will continue school full time week commencing 30th September 8.50am until 3.10pm.

Half Term (28th October – 1st November)


Spring Term 1

Letters home:



Spring Term 2

Letters home:



Summer Term 1