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Welcome back to Term 3


The Reception team are Miss Durham, Mrs Newth, Mrs Easton and Mrs Speight, and we are all really happy to welcome you back to another exciting term in Reception Beech and Oak! Our topic for this term is: Supertato and the Reception Superheroes. We will be focussing on the 'Supertato' picture books by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet and basing lots of our activities on these. We will also be focussing on our phonics and maths learning, and continuing with our exciting journey to becoming readers, writers and mathematicians, as well as artists and makers and explorers of the world around us. We'll keep practising our physical skills too and stay as active as we can.

We are definitely the Birdwell Reception Superheroes!


This term, as lots of us will be taking part in home learning now, most of us will  be working on all of our EYFS skills from our houses. We will be uploading daily videos on to Tapestry, and also asking you to join us for daily 'Zoom' phonics and maths sessions

For those of us in school, we'll continue to use our outside area as much as possible in all weathers, and focussing on all areas of our Early Years curriculum.



Please feel free to email us with any questions at the following email address:

We will get back to you as soon as we possibly can outside the times when the children are in class.

We are really looking forward to working in partnership with you and having the best possible Term 3 together!



Phonics News

We have been focussing on Phase 2 phonics in Term 2, in preparation for our daily phonics sessions. Now in Term 3, we will be starting by revising the sounds we've learned so far, and practising reading and writing using these. After this revision period, we will start to move on to learning the our first digraphs (two letters which make one sound). We hope you've all had fun with the new sounds and starting to read CVC words. During the home learning period, you can continue with reading books which you can access on

In our writing, we continue to place a strong emphasis on forming each letter correctly from the very beginning.smiley


We are thinking of you all every day and will here to help if you are accessing our home learning.


With very best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.


The Reception Team







'Tapestry' is our online observation platform, and we will be uploading photos and observations which allows us to share your children's learning and play while they are at school. This will be based on all seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.


We would encourage you to upload special moments of learning or play from home too, which will add to your child's learning diary, and is essential to get a full picture of their development, especially during this period of home learning. 


Please let us know via email if you have any problems with getting on to the Tapestry website.

Many thanks!

The Reception Team :)



Term One Topic Map

Term One Knowledge Organiser

Term 2 topic map


Term 3 Knowledge Organiser

Term 3 Mid-term map - Supertato and the Reception Superheroes!
Little Owls high frequency and sight words

The Numberblocks


Place-value basketball

Number bonds to 10 song