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Belle Vale Community Primary School

'Learning Together, Being Our Best'

Welcome to our school website. We are a friendly, ambitious and inclusive school where children always come first. We hope you find all the information you require. Please contact the school office if you need further information or guidance.

Reception: Miss Hitchcox (RH)




RH: Miss Hitchcox (Class Teacher)  Miss A. Burns (Learning Support Assistant) 

RN: Miss Nelson (Class teacher/ EYFS Lead) Miss J. Burns (Learning Support Assistant/Breakfast club lead)




Autumn 1- 2021

Welcome to all our new children and families who have joined our fabulous school. Thank you for your patience this year during our transition process and for attending your individual meetings before your child started, this has really helped to settle the children in.  

All of our children have settled into Reception brilliantly.

Throughout this half term the children will have lots of opportunities to explore the indoor and outdoor learning environments, make lots of new friends and develop new skills.  All adults will be playing alongside and supporting the children to adapt to school life and develop secure relationships. Along with carrying out initial assessments and planning how best to support every child in their own learning journey. 


All Reception children will also be taking part in this DfE assessment during their first few weeks in school. Further information will be sent to parents via email or can be found below.


If you have any questions please feel free to ask when dropping off or picking up. 



PE- We have PE every Friday. Please send your child into school in their PE kit and of needed, a plain navy or a school jogging suit over the top. 


Reception Baseline Assessment: Information for parents


It is really important that your child is in school as much as possible in order for them to reach their full potential, however if your child is in any way ill or showing symptoms of COVID-19, then they should not be in school. You must inform the school immediately if your child has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive. 



Children will be expected to wash their hands regularly throughout the school day for at least 20 seconds, including in the morning as they first enter the classroom. Please show your children how to wash their hands effectively and ensure they are aware of the importance of hand hygiene. 



Things to bring to school 

  • Water Bottle, which must go home each day
  • Spare clothes in case of accidents (to be left in school)
  • Warm, waterproof coat/jacket
  • Wellington Boots

Please label all clothing and belongings clearly 

Our first week in Reception

Writers and Stars of the Week

Phonics Time

 This half term, children will play lots of 'Fred Talk' games to develop the skills needed to hear initial sounds in words and orally blend simple words such as dog, bin, matpin, map and dig. Please practice orally blending words at home.  Next, encourage your child to segment the sounds they can hear in simple words, this will help to prepare your child for writing.    

We use Read, Write Inc to teach phonics. 

 A new sound is taught every day and the children learn to recognise it, write it correctly and begin to read words containing it. The children work in small groups to develop and practice the skills they need.
You can also look at the website  It contains information and shows you how to pronounce sounds correctly.


 In addition to phonics time each day the children will enjoy teacher directed maths activities.  We teach our number skills through fun and interactive activities.  Children will become confident recognising, ordering numbers to 10/ 20 and ways to make different amounts.

You can help your child by practising lots of counting forwards and backwards.  Counting when you are out and about is really useful.  Count the conkers and leaves you find on your trip to the park.  Count how many seconds it takes to walk up the stairs.  Look at door numbers on the way home from school.  The list of opportunities is endless.  More information will be sent home with ideas to help your child.


Things to practice at home:

(Remember to keep the learning fun, writing in unusual places, counting when out and about.)

*Recognising own name
*Writing name independently using the correct letter formation
*Orally segmenting and blending simple three letter words, b-a-t,
* Counting to 20 forwards and backwards, starting from a variety of points
* Recognising the numbers 1 - 10


Forest School


All children in EYFS have access to Forest School sessions. Throughout the year children get the chance to spend time exploring and learning about the natural environment while developing new skills. We will be taking part in lots of fun activities including; den building, using tools safely and outdoor art!



You can keep up to date with the fun learning activities in Reception via Twitter: @BelleValeSchool  @MissNelsonBVP, @MissBurnsBVP, @MissHitchcox, @MissABurnsBVP


Reception Home Learning

Welcome to the Reception Distance Learning section.

This section provides resources and links to aid your learning away from school.


Short Term Provision: If you are off school for a couple of days or self-isolating, you can access activities via Seesaw, share stories at home and access RWI lessons via Oxford Owl when needed.


Longer Term Provision

In the event of a class or school closure, work set by your teacher can be found in the learning packs which have been sent home. Weekly timetables, lessons and activities will be added here and onto Seesaw for completion.