Reception 2023 - 2024

Mrs Thorpe

Mrs Thorpe


Mrs West

Mrs West


Miss McCallam

Miss McCallam


Welcome to Reception

On this webpage we aim to provide information that will help you support your child throughout their Reception year. We will update with regular newsletters and information about our ongoing topics. We would recommend that you check the website regularly to keep you fully informed with all the latest news and information. 

Staff in Reception

Miss McCalum: [email protected]

Mrs West :   [email protected]

Mrs Thorpe: [email protected]

Mrs Parry, Mrs Singleton, Mrs Ashton, Mrs Severs, Miss Pikul, Miss Powell, Miss Mendes, Mrs Mackay

Please do not hesitate to contact us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


Homework is sent out every Thursday to be returned every Tuesday. Written homework is phonics based, providing the children with an opportunity to practise and apply the phonemes taught in that week, although at the beginning of the year this will start off as practical tasks. Maths homework is practical based and shared via Class Story on the Class Dojo App. Parents are asked to send a photograph of the child completing their homework task.


Guided Reading books and sharing books will be changed on a Friday and will be kept at home for a week. Please ensure both books are returned the following Friday. If your child does not return their sharing book from the Library Nook, they will not be allowed to choose a new book. Any lost or damaged books may be subject to a £5 charge.

The books are linked to the Phonics lessons in school and the class teacher will share the reading focus in their Reading Diaries. We expect the book to be read at least three times a week and brief comments to be added to the Reading Record. The class teacher will award a Reading Dojo once a week for every child who has read at least 3 times in the week.


The sounds that have been taught during Phonics lessons will be shared through the weekly newsletter which is sent via Class Dojo every Friday. Children are to complete all the sheets in their homework folder and are encouraged to practise their phoneme flashcards at home too.

To extend the learning further you may wish to search around the house for items that start with the focus sounds.


In Reception we look at each number for two weeks. We look for our focus number in our classrooms and outside. We look at shapes, clocks, items, games, anything at all that relates to the number.

Each Thursday we will set a practical maths challenge related to what we have been learning about in class. A photo of your child completing the task should be sent to the Class teacher, on Class Dojo by Tuesday the following week.

PE lessons

Reception children have PE lessons every Tuesday. They will wear their normal school uniform for PE when they are outside. If they are working in the hall, they will put their black pumps on.

Forest School Sessions

RT - Mon 13th and Tues 14th October 2023

RW - Mon 13th and Wed 15th October 2023

RB - Wed 15th and Thur 16th October 2023

Files to Download

Our Values and EthosASPIRE, RESPECT and ENJOY

Contact us at Norwood Primary School

Head Teacher: Lee Dumbell
Norwood Crescent
Business Manager: Jo Todhunter
SEND Contact: Rachael Brookfield - SENDCo
SEND Email: [email protected]
Chair of Governors: Mrs Lesley Lee