Dear Parents,

    Welcome to Cherry Lane Reception.  We look forward to an exciting year full of diverse and creative indoor and outdoor learning opportunities for your child in Reception. We have a wonderful creative and engaging curriculum to inspire and support your child through the first year of their school life.

    We understand the transition to ‘big school’ can be a scary one for both you and your child but we strive to make it a happy one and one which has exciting opportunities for your child to reach their full potential.

    Topics this year in Reception are:

    Ourselves, our families and where we live

    Food, festivals and celebrations

    Fantasy and Adventure

    Transport and Space

    Animals and habitats 

    The Seaside

    To encourage the children to become more independent, they will come into the classroom on their own at the beginning of the day. They will be responsible for hanging up their coats and putting their bags and lunch boxes in the right place.

    After October half term parents are welcome to stay for the first 10 mins of the day on a Monday morning. This is an opportunity to talk with the teacher or share a book with your child or even do some craft.

    Parents are also welcome in to the classroom to support with reading, please speak to your child’s class teacher to find out when you could come in, we truly welcome all reading support as it is so vital to the children’s development in Reception

    We are always happy to speak to you about any queries or concerns you have and you can contact us before or after school or via the school office.

    Please check outside your child’s classroom for opportunities to sign up to come in and help.

    Useful Information for new parents

    PE Kits: All children should have a PE kit labelled with their name. This should include a white T Shirt, black shorts or leggings and a pair of plimsolls. Children can leave this on their peg and will be sent home at the end of each half term.

    Reading Book Bags: All children should have a book bag which they bring to school everyday. By October half term all children will be given a reading book and a reading log book which they will keep in their bag and will be expected to bring in each day.

    Please keep a check on any notices outside your child’s classroom. Teachers will put up important information on the windows as it is an excellent way of communicating with parents. It will also give you an opportunity to find out what your child has been learning each week from a poster put up on a Thursday.

    We look forward to the year ahead.  

    Miss Powell

    Foundation Stage Manager

    Here's the Plan that shows all the main subjects and topics we will be learning this academic year. If you have any questions, please just ask. Click below to download a copy.

    School News

    To find out the latest news about the school, it's important that you regularly take a look at our school newsletters.


    At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to the child's success is ​the positive involvement of parents.

    At Cherry Lane we understand that learning is a partnership between home and school.  During the year we are likely to run a number of parent workshops to assist you in helping your child at home.  Look out for these opportunities.

    I have enjoyed the parent workshops as they have made me feel more confident with helping my child at home.

    Purple Mash is an exciting and safe online environment where children can get involved in all sorts of creative projects to support their learning in Literacy, Maths, Science, Computing, History, Geography, RE, Art, Music, and Design and Technology.

    Your child has a Username and Password to access their Purple Mash account from home.

    This personal login is unique to them and will enable them to access the different activities Purple Mash has to offer and to complete any homework that has been set by the class teacher.  Please click on the image below to access the materials.

    Writing Skills

    Click on this handy little guide to help you help your child develop their early writing skills. Do talk to us about any thoughts you may have or advice you may need.

    How can I help my child develop their early writing skills

    The writing workshops gave me ideas on how I could help my child to improve the quality in their work

    Maths support 

    The maths work your child is doing at school may look very different to the kind of sums you remember. Click on this useful little guide may help you with the differences and help you support your child's learning.

    Maths resources

    I have learnt new strategies to help me support my child with their maths.


    Here are some helpful tips to make reading fun at home. Click below to download a copy. 

    Reading Resources

    The reading workshop was useful as it enlightened me with ideas that could make reading more fun with my children

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