Reception - Oak

Welcome To Our Reception Oak Class Page!

Miss Simpkin (Teacher) &

Miss Powell, Mrs McGovern & Miss Power (Teaching Assistants)




Welcome to Reception Oak! We are very excited about the year ahead and helping our children to develop, thrive and have fun in all aspects of their learning during their first stage of school!

Our school Twitter / X page and Tapestry account is updated regularly, so you can see the learning and experiences taking place.


If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to speak to us at morning drop-off, or afternoon pick-up. Alternatively, Miss Simpkin can be contacted on (please type Miss Simpkin in the subject header). 


This year, Parents' Evenings will be taking place on Wednesday 18th October 2023 and Wednesday 20th March 2024


Please find attached a letter above entitled: 'Welcome To Reception Letter September 2023' detailing all the important information for the year ahead!



Welcome to our Reception class page! We hope you have all had a fantastic summer and well deserved rest! Below are the topics and books we will be planning our work around this year:





Autumn 1

All about me

  • Here We Are
  • Hello Friend

Autumn 2



  • Mouse House
  • The Jolly Christmas Postman

Spring 1

Under the sea – links to recycling

  • The Storm Whale in Winter
  • Fantastic Fish

Spring 2


  • Toys in space

Summer 1

Minibeasts/The Farm

  • Christopher’s Caterpillar
  • Christopher nibble
  • Things with wings

Summer 2


Dragons and Knights


  • How to grow a dinosaur
  • There’s no dragon in this story


Key Information



School Day

8.45am – 3.20pm


Reception Staff

Miss Simpkin & Miss Meeley- Reception Oak 

Mrs Lucas & Miss Smith - Reception Ash 



PE day - Friday

Children can come into school in their PE kits on this day.



Show and Tell

On a Friday we do ‘Show and Tell’. The children can bring something in and tell the class about it. For example, a train ticket, a photo, a leaflet, a picture they have drawn or something they have made, to show their group. This is optional, the children do not have to bring anything in if they do not want to.  



Reading Books

Please ensure you bring your child’s reading book bag into school on their specified reading day - this will be written in your child’s reading log. We advise you to support your child to read their book for 10 minutes every evening. Although, we do understand that you all have busy home lives so this is just a guideline.




In the Foundation Stage (Nursery & Reception) we have seven areas of learning and we also teach Religious Education as part of our curriculum as a Catholic school. Each half term we have a different topic. We learn through teacher and child lead learning.


The areas of learning are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design


If you would like more information on this please see the link below:




Tour of reception oak

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Reception Welcome Booklet 2020

The Coat Flip Trick - The Very Easy Way for Kids to Put Their Coats On

Quick, easy, effective and fun! The coat flip trick is the simplest and quickest way for kids to put their coats on. Bend down, flip up and zip up. What coul...

Story time with the reception staff. 

Mrs Joyce's Autumn read

There was an old lady who swallowed some leaves!

Miss Simpkin's cosy story

We hope you are all warm and cosy today.

Mrs Moran's Penguin Story

Penguin Pete's New Friends

Miss Ging's story

Creepy Crawly Calypso

Fantastic Fish

Fantastic Fish read by Miss Simpkin


Paddington Pop-Up London