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Hillbrook Primary School

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Important Information




Reception have PE every Friday. Children do not require a PE kit, however we do ask that they wear trainers (preferably black).


In Reception the children read every day. All children should bring their reading book and reading record into school every day. Please ensure your child reads at home for at least 10 minutes every day and that you sign their book to show you have heard them read.

We will change the children’s reading books once ‘book finished’ has been written in the reading record

Sounds of the week – Learning to Read & Write

Children will learn new sounds and song actions every week.  Please practice the sounds of the week we are learning with your child. There will also be a rhyme of the week, please practice this as it will help to build their phonics skills.

Outdoor Learning

Please ensure your child has a warm coat and Wellington boots so that we can explore and learn outside.


There are seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and interlinked. Three areas are particularly important for forming the basis of each child’s learning. We call these the ‘Prime’ areas.

Prime areas of learning and development:

Communication and language development: – This area enables children to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; it teaches children to speak and listen in a wide range of situations.

Physical development: – This area enables children to be both active and interactive; it develops their co-ordination and control in both fine and gross motor skills. This area also helps children to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development: – This area enables children to develop a positive sense of both themselves and of others around them; it helps them form positive relationships and develop respect for others; it develops social skills and teaches children how to manage their feelings; it helps children to develop an understanding of appropriate behaviour in groups, and gives them confidence in their own abilities.

Specific areas of learning

Literacy development: – This area enables children to link sounds and letters, helping them to begin reading and writing.

Mathematics: – This area enables children to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; it enables them to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the world: – This area enables children to make sense of their physical world and their community by giving them opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design: – This area enables children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.

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