Reception reopens from 5th June (Swallow class) and 8th June (Swift class).  

Children will be in smaller groups ("bubbles")of no more than 15 per classroom.  Children will be able to learn and play together within their bubble.  Each bubble will have an Ark Byron teacher and teaching assistant, with Miss Gillies and Miss Tsiantoula retaining responsibility for planning and pastoral care for all the children in their class.

There will be staggered entry and exit times and different school hours whilst social distancing is required:

Swallows: 9am-2.30pm

Swifts: 9.15am-2.45pm.

This will help ensure a safe entry and exit from school. It will also allow the youngest children a shorter day to allow them to settle back to school.

Lunchtimes will be shortened (as children will have less space to play) meaning learning time should not be lost despite the shorter day.

Entry/exit from school will be on a one-way, socially distanced, system round the playground – but parents will need to help with being punctual and patient and observing social distancing.

NB  On Wednesdays there will be an early pick-up so that teachers can plan together (usually we have different teachers leading learning during planning time but we will not do so in Summer 2, to minimise risk of infection):


Swifts: 12.30pm

Please here for more detailed information on how Reception will operate on re-opening: Summary for ReOpening 270520.pdf

Please see here for the variance to our Behaviour Policy for Summer 2. Behaviour Policy Covid variance.pdf

Our learning in Summer 2 will focus on settling children back into school and also the topic of Journeys.  Please click here for the books and planning we will follow this term in Reception: Summer 2 CV Topic MTP - Journeys.pdf



Please see our Well Being page for support with well-being and mental health during closure. Please contact us if you would like support with any difficulties at this unprecedented time.


Summer 2 Home Learning: 

In Summer 2 we are re-opening the Reception classes and welcoming pupils back to school. We will not be able to continue to support home learning in the same way because teachers will be in class.  We will provide learning resources for pupils who are shielding or in families with extremely clinically vulnerable members - please email us as soon as possible with this information. 

This shows the learning children will be following in school and the books we will use :Summer 2 CV Topic MTP - Journeys.pdf

WEEK 1 Learning:  Week 1 - Welcome Back RECEPTION.pdf

Summer 1 Home Learning:

Please click here for the summary: Reception Summer 1 Learning.pdf


Daily Phonics Lessons on YouTube

To help your child with learning to read, please watch the daily Read Write Inc lesson.

Read Write Inc are streaming three, short Speed Sounds lessons for children to watch at home every weekday on our YouTube channel. Please contact your child's teacher if you are unsure which lesson to choose.

Each lesson is ten minutes long and available for 24 hours.

    • Set 1 Speed Sounds 9.30 am - for children in Nursery and Reception and children who are new to English

    • Set 2 Speed Sounds 10.00 am - for children in Reception that can read Set 1 Speed Sounds and for children in Year 1 and 2

    • Set 3 Speed Sounds 10.30 am - for children in Year 1 and 2 that can read Set 2 Speed Sounds

Add lessons to help children read words with Set 1 Speed Sounds and spell words with Set 1, 2 and 3 sounds

Click here for our YouTube Speed Sound lesson schedule.

For free Read Write Inc. Phonics eBooks, activities and advice, visit Oxford Owl for Home:


Other ideas for activities with children up to 5 years old: NB These are all recommended by Ark Byron and/or The Department for Education