The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Welcome to Reception!




Week 1

Clownfish have had a fantastic first week of school! We have enjoyed playing with our new friends and exploring our new class room - take a look at what we have been up to. In Phonics, we learnt the sounds; s, a and t and most of us can now recognise our own names. In Maths, we have enjoyed singing counting songs about the numbers 0-5. Some of us have spoken to the class about ourselves and shared a photo of our family.







Term 1: All About Me!

A very warm welcome to all our little ones starting school in Clown Fish today!

We hope you enjoyed our Stay and Play sessions and had a wonderful Summer. Maybe you could bring some photos of your adventures to share with us?






Our first topic is 'All About Me!' where we will be talking about ourselves; what we enjoy, who we play with, who is in our families and where we live. We will enjoy fun jobs to better our understanding of ourselves; our bodies, our senses, our homes, our families and our new school and friends. We talk about our favourite things and what we can do already. 

For further information please see our Topic Web – Term 1: All About Me!

In Literacy, we will practice holding a pencil correctly and how to write our own name. As our phonics knowledge develops, we will begin writing short words and sentences with help. By the end of the term we will be able to label ourselves and the people in our family in pictures with support.

In Phonics, we will play lots of speaking and listening games to support children to hear the sounds in spoken words. From week 2, we will begin teaching the initial sounds – s,a,t,p,I,n,m,d. You will be informed weekly of the sounds your child is learning. For help saying the pure sounds, check this link

In Maths, we will sing counting songs and practice counting objects from 0 to 10 - you can count anything! We will learn to recognise numbers from 0-10 and will begin to write these. We will play ordering games including going on a number hunt!


Upcoming Events

Home visits are an opportunity for you to ask questions and for us to see your child in a familiar environment. They will take place during the afternoons this week and next week. If you need reminding of your appointment, please speak to myself or Miss Maynard. 


Home learning

Reading books will be sent home when the children are in school full time. 

'Love to Learn' home learning will be set when the children are in school full time. This will be set every Friday to come back to school by the following Thursday. 



We do PE on Friday mornings. Please ensure your child has a complete PE kit in school and that everything is named.


Further Information

Attached you will find the Early Year’s curriculum. Throughout the year children will have the opportunity to engage and explore a variety of activities that encourage development in each of the seven areas of learning. These areas are detailed in the Topic Web above. Children need to meet the Early Learning Goal in all areas by the end of the academic year in order to achieve a ‘Good Level of Development’. 

We are here at the start and end of every day, so please pop in to see us if you have any concerns or queries, or equally if you have exciting news to share or just want a chat!

We look forward to welcoming you on 4th September!

Mrs Goodeal & Miss Maynard