North Lancing Primary School

Welcome to Reception!

We hope your child settles well into school and enjoys their learning experiences. We know this is a new experience for all of you so don’t forget we are around at the beginning and end of every day if there are any concerns or questions.

Term Topics

Autumn term 1: All About Me & Dinosaurs

In the first few weeks we really take the time to settle into the busy routine of school. We learn some golden rules to keep everybody happy, safe and ready to learn and begin our school journey by learning through play!

We begin our year by exploring ourselves, our identities and what makes us special! This helps us to make lots of new friends with all of the other children in the year group. We also have some dinosaur-themed learning too – we love becoming palaeontologists and learning some big words like tyrannosaurus and herbivore.

Autumn term 2: Polar Explorers

In the second half term we notice a change in the weather and as we begin to approach winter our learning takes a colder twist. Our theme is all things polar – we learn about polar animals and people who live in colder climates. It’s also a great opportunity to build a cosy igloo and investigate the chilly science behind ice!

Spring term 1: Awesome Animals

After the Christmas break we begin exploring animals around the globe – from ferocious tigers to cute otters! We spend some time playing and learning about what animals eat, where they live and how they look after themselves.

Spring term 2: Commotion in the Ocean

In the second half term we dive into some deep sea learning – we love exploring the different underwater habitats and playing with all things wet!

Summer term 1: People Who Help Us

In the summer term we begin by thinking about people in our wider community – especially those that do awesome jobs that help other people! We have visits from local volunteers and we even get to experience a real like police car and fire engine!

Summer term 2: Fairytales & Celebrations

We finish our year reflecting on some classic fairytales which we have met throughout the year! Storytelling is hugely important to us in Reception and we even begin writing our own stories too! It is the perfect time to celebrate a busy, important and fun-filled first year of school and we finish the half term with some preparation for becoming Year 1!

Daily Routine

Doors open at 8:40 and registration is at 8:50.

Our morning session usually includes daily phonics practise, a long child-initiated learning session and some book reading time.

After lunch, we begin the afternoon with some regulation and meditation time before exploring maths ideas. Afterwards we usually have some more child-initiated learning time.

Throughout every week we also have music lessons with Mrs Harris, opportunities to visit the hall for indoor P.E. and the playground for outdoor games and visits to our fantastic forest school space.

Our day finishes at 14:55 where we look forward to seeing our grown ups at the ‘Goodbye Line’ on the playground.


  • School logo navy sweatshirt
  • School logo navy jogging bottoms (elastic bottoms to prevent getting wet on the ground)
  • White polo shirt
  • Grey/black/white socks
  • Plain black shoes

View the full school uniform

PE Days

Tuesday – outdoor Games
Wednesday – indoor PE

Key Text Bookshelf

Reception documents & links

Our reception classes are:

RJ – Dingoes

RF – Dugongs

Our Reception Teachers are:

Mrs J Fowler

“I love gardening, reading and going to the theatre!”

Miss J Griffin

“I love laughing, cooking and playing dress up!”

Miss A Parnell

“I love organising, crafting and the sunshine!”

Our Classroom Assistants are:

Mrs Catling

“I love cats, biscuits and making things with giant cardboard boxes!”

Mrs Barker

“I love fitness, chatting and getting messy with arts and crafts!”

Mrs Jones

“I love rabbits, feet and dog walking!”

Mr Tsiringakis

“I love learning new things, conversation and nature!”

Mrs Rolfe

“I love reading stories, music and making friends!”