Lowman (Reception) 2023/24

Welcome to Reception!

Mrs Emily Way (Foundation Unit Leader) – Monday, Tuesday and Friday

Miss Sian Goodwin – Wednesday and Thursday

Autumn Term 1

We have been exploring ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. The children have enjoyed making their own Wild Things, they have painted them, used chalks and also made some masks.

In maths we have been learning how many different ways we can sort objects into groups. We looked at colour, size, objects with pointy sides and also objects we could wear and couldn’t wear. We have been doing some fantastic learning with pattern making. The children have had such a positive attitude towards their learning and we are looking forward to the rest of the term!

Police Visit Reception Summer Term 2022-2023

Police visit

Week commencing 20th March 2023 – Topic is ‘People Who Help Us’

The Police came to Wilcombe and visited our Nursery and Reception classes. The Police officers showed us their equipment, answered lots of questions and we even got to do our fingerprints. The children had the opportunity to try on the Police clothing and we got to hear the super loud sirens, we had to cover our ears!

Please click here to complete the Tapestry permissions form

An introductory video to the Foundation Stage Unit lead by Emily Way

Lowman Class Teachers

Our Reception class is taught by Rebecca Gibson and Sian Goodwin. This is the first year of primary school where children are able to learn and play in a lovely indoor and outdoor setting, exploring, investigating, and making links in a motivating and flexible environment, where teachers and support staff assess through ongoing observations throughout the year.


Reception Class Teachers

Mrs Rebecca Gibson (Mon – Weds)

Miss Sian Goodwin (Thurs – Fri)


Learning in Lowman Class

Welcome to Reception!

At Wilcombe Primary School we believe that our reception children should experience a balanced combination of self-initiated, open-ended play and direct teaching in adult-led activities. We are flexible practitioners, who follow children’s interests, respond to their ideas for developing play activities, and provide structured activities (which can also be playful) to teach specific knowledge and skills.

In September we welcomed some new faces and their families to our school community. Over the course of the Autumn term we enjoyed getting to know all of you as we began our learning journey together. Here are a few photos of some of the fun things we have enjoyed doing together so far.

Take a look!


If you have not had the chance to share any of your home learning experiences with us yet, remember you can upload photos and messages via our Tapestry tool and the children are invited to share these with us in their own words during our ‘Tapestry Tuesday’ sessions. Please upload as much as you can, we love seeing what you have been up to and it will help us to keep your learning journey up to date with all of your adventures.

If you are having trouble accessing Tapestry please email wilcombe@ventrus.org.uk.  The admin team will forward your email to one of the EYFS team who will be able to help.

Home Learning

Below are some documents and videos to help to further support your children’s learning. The children have been making excellent progress with their reading and will benefit from your continued support at home. We recommend ten minutes of shared reading a day to ensure their continued progress.

Parent RWI PowerPoint

RWI Parent support materials

Autumn Term

During the Autumn term we have been focusing on settling in, allowing the children to explore the environment and create friendships.  Using the texts ‘Colour Monster’ & ‘The Ugly Duckling’ we have shared ideas around the different emotions that we feel and how to cope with these.  We have also been using our knowledge of feelings to help others when they might be feeling sad or cross.


During Read, Write, Inc we have been learning a new sound daily and we are now starting to help Fred Frog to blend sounds to read and write words.

Maths is always a great opportunity to use our problem-solving skills. It is important to us that the children have a deep understanding of number and concepts that they are using in maths. Therefore, we ask the children to help us solve daily maths problems involving real scenarios involving attendance, school dinners and packed lunches.

Christmas is a busy but exciting time in Reception. The children have been learning the Christian Christmas story and performed ‘Nativity songs’ to their family and friends.

Spring Term

In the spring term the children will be exploring ‘traditional tales’ such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Billy Goats Gruff, Little Red Riding Hood, and more. We will also be continuing to explore the changing seasons and spring animals and their habitats.