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Southwold Primary For Parents


Welcome to Reception

Hello! We are the Reception class and we love to work and learn together as one big happy family.

Here you will find all the information you may require linked to what is happening in the Early Years at Southwold. Our Reception team is made up of Mrs Holloway and Mrs Palser the class teachers, and our teaching assistants, Mrs Smith and Mrs Hawkins.

Our Learning Environment

Here at Southwold we offer a large purpose built indoor learning environment which we like to call our ‘Learning Garden’ and an inviting large shared outside area.


Our indoor space offers our children a bright, colourful, stimulating and positive environment. It is divided into zones which promote and encourage the children to learn and develop different key skills. We like to call our key indoor areas:

  • Centipede Centre and Butterfly Bay (reception registration base)
  • Busy Beehive (nursery base)
  • Minibeast Nook (nursery base)
  • Caterpillar corner (This is where the Reception children enjoy their snack, cooking and doing messy learning!)


The outside learning environment is divided into similar areas, however the resources and experiences differ to those on offer inside. They are on a much larger scale and encourage the development of different skills and learning opportunities. Children love to be outside so a pair of Wellies and a warm coat are always a must! We call our garden ‘Minibeast Kingdom’.

Our Daily Routine

8.45am Doors open and Reception children are welcomed into class. When your child comes into school they will need to hang their things on their peg, put book bag away in drawer, put snack and drink in designated area and then find their name and add to our self -registration tens frame. Can they say how many children are already at school? Once the children have completed their jobs, they will take part in a mindfulness activity. Then, it is off to assembly to see Mrs Wollington and the rest of the school!

We enjoy daily phonics sessions using the Read, Write, Inc scheme, narrative based on a quality text and fun Maths sessions. The rest of our day is made up of exploring our ‘Learning Landscape’ both inside and outside and taking part in activities such as Welly Wednesday, PE and Dough Gym! Our curriculum always focuses around a whole school big question and offers children learning opportunities with challenge.

We enjoy eating our lunch in the hall with the older children and even get to play on the big playground!

The end of our school day is 3.15pm.

Reading in Reception

Please see link which gives you information about the phonics programme that our school uses:

Read, Write, Inc

Snuggling down to read is the best and we love to promote reading with our Reception children. Reading happens every day and is encouraged in many ways- sharing a story, making up stories, recording stories, drawing stories, using puppets, the list is endless. When we feel your child is ready for a reading book we will start them on an appropriate level and will change these books on a weekly basis. Initially their books may be picture books and we ask that you encourage them to tell you a story using the pictures or model to your child how to do so. Please sign to say that you have heard your child read in their link book and make any comments so that we know the book needs changing. Our reading scheme begins with ‘Jelly and Bean’ and is complimented with our ‘Read Write Inc’ books. All children also bring home a quality text from our book den to share with their family. We aim to change books at least once a week.

When your child is ready we will also send home ‘Rotten Red Words’ that cannot be read phonetically and need to be sight read. Please try to help your child to learn these as it will support their fluency when reading.

Please continue to read any books you may have at home with your child and make use of your local library to develop their love of books and reading.


When your child starts school they will have an online learning journey which you can look at, at your pleasure. The team will work to upload at least one observation a week to enable you to enjoy what your child has been learning at school as well as being informed on their progress. Please take advantage of uploading photos and videos from home and sharing these within your child’s profile.

If you have not signed your Tapestry letter please do so as a soon as possible so we can get you up and running!

Let the adventure begin…

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