Reception Class








Welcome to Reception at Sandringham and West Newton.  Your child’s well-being is at the heart of what we do.  It is important to us that they are settled and happy when coming to school, and this is our main priority throughout the first half term.  We endeavour to encompass the school rules of ‘Ready, Respectful, Safe’ during this time, so that school can be enjoyed by all.  The children love playing and exploring in our stimulating continuous provision and are respectful of this, helping to tidy and maintain the areas.  Our classroom environment supports and encourages independence.  Being willing to give things a go is encouraged, along with a growth mindset and developing resilience.

Story times and nursery rhymes are valued within our setting.  We prioritise communication and language and developing vocabulary.  We aim to provide a successful balance between accessing the continuous provision and more formal learning inputs.  This is designed to impart specific knowledge and understanding, enabling the children to learn new skills which they can transfer into their own learning and play.  Our focused learning times are gradually progressed over the course of the timetable and include phonics, maths, reading and topic-based inputs.  We have an open communication with parents through the online learning journal tapestry.  This is used to document learning throughout the year along with some recordings in books.

The reception class starts together full time in September of the year in which they are five.
The Little wandle phonics scheme is used to support reading and writing. Children build up a phonics library of sounds in their book bag and parents can support the classroom work by helping the child finish the colouring, learn the action that accompanies the sound and also the correct letter formation in writing.
The children learn to read using the Little Wandle books.  The books are used during supported reading sessions during the school day and are sent home each day for the children to read with parents.
Most of the learning is supported through guided and child initiated play.

Children are celebrated within our class following the PATHS (Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies) child of the week.  This also supports developing confidence and children’s emotional intelligence.  We have strong links with the local Church, with Father Paul regularly visiting for our collective worship.  We also participate in harvest, Christmas and Easter services, as well as the Nativity.


We also have just received permission to recommence our Nursery provision, which used to work in conjunction with the  Sandringham and West Newton preschool. The preschool in the village has now closed, so we will shortly be offering places for  children for the term in which they are 4. This can be for mornings/ afternoons or the whole day. We take children in,  in the first week back after each half term. we have a maximum of 8 places. For information please call the school office.


Please find below our welcome back letter, planning and timetable for Spring 1 2024




Please find below planning for this term and welcome back letter


Reception Summer 1 – Spring has Sprung!

Reception Timetable Summer 1

Reception Welcome Letter Summer 1

Reception Timetable Spring 1

Reception Topic Map Spring 1 Amazing Animals

Reception Welcome Letter Spring 1

Please find below welcome back letter and details for our new Reception class for second half of the Autumn term :-

Reception Topic Map Autumn 2

Reception Timetable Autumn 2

Reception Welcome Letter Autumn 2



Please find below welcome back letter and details for our new Reception class.

Reception Welcome Letter Autumn 1

Reception Topic Map Autumn 1

Reception Timetable Autumn 1 (1)


Please find below information for the Summer term 2023


Reception Summer 2 – Inspirational People and Community

Reception Timetable Summer 2

Reception Welcome Letter Summer 2


Reception Timetable Summer 1

Reception Summer 1 – Fantastic Fairy Tales

Reception Welcome Letter Summer 1

Please find below newsletter, timetable and planning overview for the second half of the Spring term 2023



Reception Spring 2 Spring has Sprung!

Reception Timetable Spring 2

Reception Welcome Letter Spring 2

Planning for the new Spring term 2023 can be found below


Reception Spring 1 Amazing Animals

Reception Timetable Spring 1

Reception Welcome Letter Spring 1

Planning for the second half of the Autumn term 2022 can be found here :-


Reception Autumn 2 Celebrations

Reception Welcome Letter Autumn 2

Reception Timetable Autumn 2


Reception Autumn 1 All About Me (1)

Reception Autumn 1 Reception Timetable (1)

Reception Timetable Autumn 1

Check out our latest gallery from Reception learning.

Reception tour dates new intake September 2024

Posted on September 12th, 2023

Dear Families,


Our school will be open for tours of the whole school and Reception class specifically, for those looking for a Reception place in September 2024, on these dates :-


3rd October 10-11

31st October 10-11

28th November 10-11


Please call the school office to book in 01485 540506.


If these times are not suitable please call the school office and we can rearrange a better time for you.

Welcome to our new Reception class

Posted on September 6th, 2022

Welcome everyone to Reception 2022! Here is our planning overview, timetable and newsletter for the first half of the Autumn term.

.Autumn 1 All About Me

Reception Timetable Autumn 1

Welcome letter.


Mrs Gardener, Mrs Bamfield and Mrs O’Brien

Welcome Back to the Summer Term

Posted on April 24th, 2022

If you haven’t seen the timetable for Reception for this Summer term or our welcome back letter, then please have a read by clicking on the links below.

Summer 1 welcome back letter 2022EYFS Summer 1 timetable 2022

Welcome back everyone

Posted on September 8th, 2021

Dear Parents and carers and all our wonderful children, staff and governors.

A huge welcome back, it is wonderful to see everyone back together, especially seeing you all playing on the field and on the playground. Below is our first general newsletter and you will also be receiving individual newsletters from your classes, with timetables and planning overviews . If you have any questions please speak to me or your class teacher at drop off or pick up, or feel free to call the school  office.



Kind regards


Mrs Gardener

Art in the Heart Gallery

Posted on March 1st, 2021

Well done everyone that has sent in a contribution to the Art in the Heart Gallery, the work is wonderful, have a look and see if you can spot yours.


Thank you to Mrs Cressingham for arranging the project.

Here is the link.

Mrs Gardener


General Covid letter

Posted on November 8th, 2020

Dear Parents

You may be aware we have had a confirmed case in our year 3 and 4 class. The rest of the school remains open.Please read the letter below for further advice.

general covid letter (1)

If you have any questions please call the school office.


Mrs Gardener

Norfolk Libraries Summer Reading Challenge

Posted on June 14th, 2020

Even though  libraries are closed at the moment, the annual summer reading challenge will still be taking place. This year the theme comes under the title, Silly Squad!

Watch the link below to learn all about this year’s challenge:

How to join the 2020 Challenge

Step 1:Join the challenge at Parents will need to set up their own account first before setting up their children to make sure they have permission to take part.

Step 2:Set your own challenge. Children are still encouraged to read at least 6 books but you can set your own challenge for more – it’s a long time until September! You can even adjust it as time goes on.

Step 3:Get reading!

Step 4:After you finish your first book, log back in at and log your book! Get virtual rewards and unlock new buddies as you get closer to your target.

What to read?

You can ANYTHING you like – books you have at home, books you have bought home from school, library books you still have on loan. You can try the ebook library, which you can browse here: you can borrow books to read and books to listen to. It’s free, you just need a library card.

If you don’t have a library card, don’t worry, you can still join the library here:

Happy reading everyone!

Mrs Brice

Reception News

Posted on May 10th, 2020

Another busy week for our Reception pupils. Alva has been doing some perfect writing and even had a go at writing on her blackboard. Ellenie has been busy writing sentences too. Georgina made some brilliant bunting and lots of tasty treats to celebrate VE day on Friday. Stellan has been a scientist this week and has been looking at different different materials and discussing if they are solid, liquid or gas. He has also been observing caterpillars and their journey through their change into butterflies. He also has a duck and her seven ducklings living in his garden and has been looking after them and feeding them from his own hand! Taliah has been working really hard for the whole period of isolation. She is working on her number of the day in this picture. She also has a new chicken called Burt. William built his own Lego crocodile this week. He followed the instructions by himself and built it perfectly. Harriet has been busy with phonics and Literacy. This picture was from a lovely video of her singing the alphabet song.

Thank you for your brilliant Tapestry entries.

Work for w/c 11th May 2020

Posted on May 10th, 2020

Hi Everyone,

I am uploading phonics tonight. We are looking at common exception words in greater detail and thinking more about making our own sentences and writing those.

Maths has a focus on capacity and measurement this week. I will begin uploading these tomorrow. If you want to do the activities during the video then lesson 1 will require 2 jugs that will hold different amounts and then 2 teapots (or something different to jugs) that hold different amounts and water. For the stretch task after the video, you will need 3 cups, 3 teddies and a teapot.

The second lesson uses bottles of different capacity, a cup,labels, water and a funnel.

The third lesson uses rice, card to make you own cone, sellotape, a jug and a cup

The fourth lesson requires chalk, toy cars, a metre ruler or tape measure

You could just watch me do it on the video but it will be good for the children to have their own measuring to do either during or after the video as this will be a good opportunity to hear them talk about the activity and record any good quotes from their exploration.

I have recorded 4 phonics and 4 maths again so that you have a day to revisit anything that you think they might not have understood or could do with going over again. This will also give you time for music, science, DT and Literacy.

I hope that the science document that I sent you opened up ok as it was a big document. I haven’t set any new science as I don’t think that anyone has had time to do the music themed experiment that I set last week. The document and pages you need to look at are attached and referenced in last Sundays email.

I hope you have had a chance to look at the second Literacy lesson on information texts and that you have had a chance to start your own non-fiction information book on the topic of ‘people that help us’. I put a link onto the YouTube video for some good places to research your topic beforehand.

I hope everyone is doing well and feeling fine. There is now hope that we may all be together again before the end of the academic year and I look forward to this immensely.

Keep being excellent at Tapestry!

Jackie P

Contact Details

Headteacher: Jane Gardener

Secretary: Trish Birrell

Sandringham and West Newton Primary School
School Road, West Newton, Norfolk, PE31 6AXUnited Kingdom01485 540506

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