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Gilmour Infant School

Learning Together, Growing Together




Miss Orford, Mrs West, Miss Davies, Mrs Bacon, Miss Woods and Mrs Slater would like to welcome you all to our reception web page.


During the year we will keep you up to date with all our learning adventures, share our achievements and all of our news.



Things to bring to school

* Gilmour School book bag 

* Water bottle

* Gilmour School P.E. Kit in a school P.E. bag, including black pumps 

*Gilmour School waterproof trousers and jacket

* Wellington Boots





  We will encourage the children to become independent learners, making decisions such as choosing where they would like to play.  Sometimes we choose to learn and play in our indoor classroom and sometimes we choose our outdoor classroom.  We will be practising putting on our waterproofs and wellington boots all by ourselves.   We will enjoy preparing our own snack,and  making sure we wash our hands before we eat. 


We kindly ask families to keep encouraging the children to dress independently at home.  This will help the children on our Physical Education days when we change into our P.E. kits.  


Phonics Time


Each day the children will participate in 30 minutes teacher directed phonic activities.  Phonics time is great fun!  To begin our phonic teaching we will be trying really hard to orally blend simple words such as dog, bin, mat, pin, map and dig. Please practise orally blending words at home.  Next, encourage your child to segment the sounds they can hear in simple words, this will help to prepare your child for writing.  


Maths is Fun 


In addition to phonics time each day the children will enjoy 30 minutes of teacher directed maths activities.  We teach our number skills through fun and interactive activities.  We will initially be revising ordering our numbers to 10.  We will then have fun recognising and ordering our numbers to 20.  Counting when you are out and about is really useful too.  Count the conkers and leaves you find on your trip to the park.  Count how many seconds it takes to walk up the stairs.  Look at door numbers on the way home from school.  The list of opportunities is endless!

Things to practise at home:

(Remember to keep the learning fun, writing in unusual places, counting when out and about.)

* Dressing and undressing independently
*Recognising own name
*Writing name independently using the correct letter formation
*Orally segmenting and blending simple three letter words, b-a-t,
* Counting to 20 forwards and backwards, starting from a variety of points
* Recognising the numbers 1 - 20
* Writing our numbers correctly

Miss Orford, Miss Davies, Miss Bentje and all the EYFS Team 

Useful websites


Real PE: Over 250 activities and 1000s of challenges to keep the whole family active

Bug Club: A range of reading books can be accessed and enjoyed together at

Topmarks: You can find many interactive learning activities for a range of subjects at

Phonics Play: A fantastic resource to keep practising your phonics can be found at

Oxford Owl: Free ebooks and activities

Oliver Jeffers World: Activities related to the books about Oliver Jeffers

Joe Wicks Daily PE: On Joe Wicks' YouTube channel he will be live streaming PE lessons aimed at children Monday-Friday starting at 9am

Booktrust: A range of free reading books, games and quizzes!?q=&sortOption=AtoZ&pageNo=1

Art and Culture: Lots of virtual museums to look around

Drawing with Jarrett Lerner: Lots of comic book and drawing activities from Jarrett Lerner

Drawing with Rob Biddulph: Drawing activities from Rob Biddulph

Draw along-a-Lenton: YouTube videos giving step-by-step instructions on how to draw characters from Steven Lenton books

Go Noodle: Videos to get your child moving, dancing and stretching

Cbeebies topics: A variety of games and activities around a range of different topics