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Welcome back to Term 4


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: 'Mission to Mars' (All about space). We will be focussing on non-fiction books and space facts, as well as basing some of our learning on space-themed picture books, such as 'Here Come the Aliens' and 'Aliens Love Underpants'. 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 Space Explorers!


This term, in the first two weeks, most of us will  be working on all of our EYFS skills from our homes. 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. At the time of writing, we assume that we will be back in class together from 8th March, but this has not yet been confirmed.



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 4 together!



Phonics News

We have been focussing on Phase 3 phonics in Term 3. This has involved learning lots of our Reception digraphs and trigraphs, as well as our Reception sight words - and learning to read and write words and text containing these. Now in Term 4, we will be starting by revising the sounds we've learned so far, and practising reading and writing using these. We will learn the final digraphs and trigraphs on our Reception curriculum - and then doing lots of reading and writing revision. 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 The letter formation videos can be accessed via your Tapestry feed (put on last term).


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!
Term 4 - Mission to Mars (All about space)

Mission to Mars - mid-term map

Term 4 Knowledge Organiser

Little Owls high frequency and sight words

The Numberblocks


Place-value basketball

Number bonds to 10 song