Sidegate Primary School

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Reception (EYFS)

Welcome to Reception (EYFS)


At Sidegate we follow the statutory Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework for pupils in the Reception Year. We aim to provide a safe, stimulating and welcoming environment where children learn through play and develop to their full potential. Through communication and interaction with parents, staff ensure that learning is personalised to each pupil. A  wide range of learning opportunities help pupils to work towards achieving the Framework’s Early Learning Goals.



Class Teachers

Class Teachers 1 Mrs Johnson - Honey Bears Class Teacher
Class Teachers 2 Mrs Sergeant - Honey Bears Class Teacher
Class Teachers 3 Mrs Page - Polar Bears Class Teacher
Class Teachers 4 Mrs Springfield - Grizzly Bears Class Teacher
Class Teachers 5 Mrs Foster - Grizzly Bears Class Teacher

15th January 2019 - 

We are incredible fact finders!  We know lots about woodland creatures, what they eat, where they live and families they belong to.  We will be developing this knowledge and linking it to stories we know.  Talk to your child about stories you know with owls or foxes or snakes or mice.  Next week we will be focusing on the number 12 and how we can partition it.  Please take every opportunity to find numbers in the environment whether it is on number plates, buses or house numbers.  How many steps to bed?  How many potatoes? How many chips?  How many altogether?  The opportunities are endless.  We have started Phase 3 phonics.  Letters learnt this week are y, z, zz and qu. These letters and sounds are more challenging.  Please work with your child for 5 minutes every night reinforcing the phonemes.  Please remember that when writing letters and numbers they start at the top.  The only letters which don't are: d and e.  


Thank you for your support.  Early Years Team.

Reading Challenge


Congratulations to those children who have already read 25 books.  A wonderful achievement.  Come on everyone, get smart and dive into a book!

Things our families say about us.


"Thank you all so very much for helping .... through Reception.  He has enjoyed everyday and can't wait to start Year 1".


"Thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough report.  We remain delighted with ..... progress and the care and attention shown by all the staff!"


"A lovely report to read, thank you for giving the time it must have taken.  I will treasure this forever."


"Reading ..... report through happy tears.  So delighted how well he has settled at Sidegate."

3rd October 2018 Phonic Share - It was lovely to see so many of you at our first Learning Share of the year.  We hope that you enjoyed learning alongside your child and have been given some ideas to support learning at home.  The presentation shared by Mrs Johnson has been uploaded to this website so that you are able to read it at your leisure.  New ILD letters have been printed so please make sure that you have signed up for this fantastic way of sharing the learning and fostering an outstanding school partnership between families and school.  Take a look at the photographs from the share which are published below.





Phonic Share October 2018

Home Learning Expectations and Information


Your child has been given a reading book, Reading/Home Challenge Book and a Phonic Book.  Please ensure they come in to school everyday.  

  • Reading books will be changed once a week.
  • Please hear your child read for 5 minutes every day.
  • Homework will be marked once a week on a Tuesday and new homework will be sent home on a Wednesday. 
  • Phase 3 Phonic Books will come home every day.  Please share the sound with your child.  Remember they are the experts and will support you with the correct pronunciation.
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