Reception is a busy year with lots to do and lots to learn!

Reception is the exciting start of a child's education. During this year the children will learn through play and opportunities to investigate learning. At this age the children start to develop the understanding of key communication skills as well as developing more social relationships with their peers and adults in the environment. 

Our aim in Reception is to teach our children our key school values and skills such as resilience to make them confident and happy learners. Within our daily timetable the children will have Read Write Inc sessions to support their learning of letter sounds which will enable their learning of early reading skills. Our writing will link to shared books and interests of the children throughout the year. 

In mathematics, the children are focusing on one number a week, ensuring that they have an in-depth understanding of the different numbers and how they relate to one another. We start with the numbers 0-10 so that the children have a solid understanding of what each number means, how it can be represented and how it links to other numbers. As well as this, we also investigate shape, space and measures to allow the pupils to experience a wide range of maths. 

On behalf of all the team at Sacriston Academy, may we take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to our school.  It is both our aim and passion to offer excellence for each child, every day.  

During these unprecedented times, we are unfortunately unable to offer any transition visits to our Early Year provision in the summer term. However, we wanted to ensure you were well supported in preparing your child, so our EYFS team have filmed an amazing virtual tour, that I am sure you will enjoy. 


Sharing this video with your child will allow them to see our magnificent Nursery and Reception classrooms, as well as our fabulous new outdoor provision. If you have any queries or concerns,  please do not hesitate to email us at and we will speak with you as soon as possible.

For now, sit back, relax and enjoy your tour.  We look forward to welcoming you all to school soon, we know you will be Sacriston Stars!

Mrs A. Bartlett


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What their teacher says:

I am so proud of how our Reception children have settled into school and I love to see how much our children enjoy their learning.
Mrs Brand
Sacriston Academy music

What the children say:

I like going on the climbing frame with my friends (Willow). I like coming to school because it is all fun and I play outside (Maisey). My favourite is drawing, I love to draw everything (Willow).

The spring term

Our exciting first topic this term is called ‘Dinosaur World’ were we start this term by learning all about dinosaurs and what the Earth was like when they roamed. We will compare dinosaurs to animals that we are familiar with, and discuss them scientifically.  

For our second half term, we learn all about growth and changes in ‘Watch us grow’. For this, we will learn about different life cycles and how animals and humans change, grow and what they need to survive. We will explore the teamwork of bees, the metamorphosis of frogs and butterflies, and even look at the eggs of snakes.  

During this term the children will continue daily phonics lessons, taking place daily as they learn new sounds. After each phonic session, the children get a sticker to show their new sound which they can then continue to practice at home.  As the children are learning more sounds, we will continue to write words, captions and even sentences using our learned phonics knowledge. 

In maths this term, our Reception children will be focusing on numbers. This will be underpinned by counting, using addition and subtraction when sorting into groups and comparing groups of objects. The children will be focusing on the numbers 0-5 and what numbers look like in real-life context. Even the rhymes that we sing, help our children learn their number knowledge throughout the day.