Mesty Croft Academy

Believe and Achieve



Welcome to Reception!


A warm welcome to you from all the team!


For the first few weeks of the term we will be concentrating on settling the children in to their new environments, establishing rules and routines and meeting new peers.


We are all looking forward to a fantastic year with the children. 




You are now a full time member of Mesty Croft Academy, and are about to embark on an amazing learning journey.

We recognise that every child is unique! Learning happens when you are engaged and motivated in your play; it also happens when you are happy and secure in your learning environment. Here at Mesty Croft Academy, we are very proud of our enabling environment where you will begin your lifelong love of learning.


Your year in Reception will be bursting with fantastic learning opportunities, ensuring that your time in Reception will be one that you will never forget. Each day will include Phonics, Literacy and Maths sessions, as well as opportunities for child-initiated learning using a range of vibrant learning spaces, both indoors and outside.


We foster and promote positive learning behaviours; believe and achieve!





The Early Years curriculum is split into 7 areas of learning.

Here’s what we will be focusing on this term:


Personal, Social & Emotional Development:

Build confidence settling in to a new class and environment, play alongside others, building up new friendships, share their experiences and skills with others, adapt behaviour, become familiar with routines and class rules


Communication & Language:

Speaking and listening to each other, sharing ideas, responding to instructions, answering questions, learning new songs and using language in imaginative play.


Physical Development:

Show preference for a dominant hand, move with confidence in a range of ways and explore the outdoor area.



Sharing stories, book handling skills, using pictures to tell stories, learning letter formation rhymes, developing speaking and listening skills, hearing initial sounds in words, beginning to make marks and form letters.



Counting and recognising numbers to 10, Forming numbers to 10, exploring repeating patterns.


Understanding of the World:

Creating self-portraits, exploring changes through the seasons, learning about different cultures and religions.


Expressive Art and Design:

Using imagination in play, singing songs and dancing, selecting colours for a purpose, mixing paints, making representations of people, animals and objects.

Parent Voice

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Magic Moments: Please remember to send your child's 'Magic Moment' slips so that we can celebrate their achievements together.
Remembrance Day
"This is a soldier and he is fighting to keep us safe."
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Phonics Set 1 Sounds for you to practise at home
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Our Reading Spine book this half term is.....


Handa's Surprise

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Phonics learning at home....

Can you hear and say the first sound you hear in a word?

Can you have a go at writing the first sound you heard in a word?

You can support your child hearing the first sound by playing ‘eye spy’ and then let them have a go by writing the letter.



Maths learning at home....

Can you count up to 10 and back?

What happens to the numbers when you count forwards each time?

What happens to the numbers when you count back each time?

Can you have a go at writing your numbers up to 10?

Pencil Grip
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Paint Blowing!
We created some beautiful artwork by blowing colourful paint across the paper using straws! 
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Spider Hunting!

We went on a mini beast hunt to see what we could find today!

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