Reception Information

Reception Learning Environment Video:

Key Information - Updates coming soon

Class Home Learning PE Reading Book
RD Sent home on a Friday and returned the following Friday - via Google Classroom
(from Autumn 2)


Please send your child into school in their normal school uniform. Pupils change into their PE kit at school. 

Reading books are changed on a Friday; please return them in book bags each Friday

Please note:

  • Library books will begin to be sent home later in the school year.


Curriculum Overview

Summary information about what the children will be learning each half term can be found in the curriculum overview documents. These are uploaded at the beginning of each half term and can be found by clicking the buttons below.
Paper copies are available on request from the school office.








Talk for Writing Story Maps & Model Texts

Story maps are used to help children retell the model text that is used in our Talk for Writing lessons. Use the story maps (pictures and words) below to help your child practise the model text at home. If they need support to remember the words, you can view and use the accompanying model text (words only). There are actions that accompany the text that the pupils will learn in school. The more that children internalise the vocabulary and sentence structures from our model texts, the better equipped they are for creating their own stories. And practising is fun - so please have a go with your child at home!

Autumn 1: Goldilocks & The Three Bears (model text & story map) - coming soon         

View some of the teachers reciting 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' model text with the actions below. You can practise at home with them!

Key Texts & Story Spine for Reception

The document below shows you the key texts that Reception will be using for their Talk for Writing units this year, as well as the supplementary reading texts that they will use as class readers. The class readers are set for all year groups and this makes our Horsenden Story Spine.


Nursery Rhyme Packs

Nursery rhymes are important for young children because they help develop their
communication and language skills in a fun, interactive way.

We have allocated set nursery rhymes for Nursery and Reception children to learn each half term. These will be sung in school with teachers regularly, and children should know them off by heart at the end of each half term. 
Click on the buttons below to view the half term learning packs: these include lyrics and links to videos for you to practise a home with your child.







Reception Red Words
Here is a list of words that children in Reception are expected to know by the end of the academic year. These are words which cannot be read or sounded out using phonics and are coloured red in reading books.

Please support your child to learn to read and write these words at their own pace.




Click the 'Online Learning' button below to view the recommended websites to help support your child's learning at home.


Storytelling videos 

At Horsenden Primary, we love reading books! If you want to enjoy a story read by some of the teachers, browse through the story videos below. Enjoy!

Miss Coote - new RH story video: 

Miss Coppard - new RD story video: 

Miss Narula - new RS story video: 

Miss Qazi - new RN story video: 


Aliens Love Underpants - read by Miss Coppard


Elmer - read by Miss Qazi


The Very Helpful Hedgehog - read by Miss Qazi


Laika the Astronaut - read by Miss Coppard


The Gruffalo - read by Mrs Miller