Reception Book Character

Assalamu’alaikum and Welcome to all new children and parents for this academic year!

Welcome to Mars Class – Reception!

Asslamulaikum (wtb) Parents!  Welcome back after the half term break, we hope you and children had a well deserved rest.

What we are learning this Year/Term

This half terms Topic, will be “Zoom to the Moon!”.

As this is a nice long term of eight weeks we will focus on two core books the first ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy and the second ‘The Marvelous Moon Map’ by Teresa Heapy.

We will use a cross-curricular approach to this topic. Both in class and in the outdoors most learning will relate to these books. We will focus on literacy and language as this is crucial for all other areas of development in the Early Years.

Reception will now take part in half an hour Phonics, literacy, maths and guided reading sessions on a daily basis! So please keep an eye out for them being a little more tired at the beginning of the term as they adjust to a more formalised learning style this half term.


At Iqra we follow the government programme of ‘Letters and Sounds’ and its recommended teaching sequence. Here are some websites that you may find useful to help you supporting your child at home learning the phonics sounds.

Youtube Search: Phoneme articulation

Youtube Search: Jolly Phonics songs

Thank you so much for supporting your child to learn their sounds!

Pie Corbett, Talk 4 Writing on Today’s Schools

Pie Corbett, Poet and Author talks about his Talk 4 Writing program for Today’s Schools.

As of March 2017 we have introduced ‘Talk 4 Writing’ in the Early years, it has boosted the communication language and literacy development in Reception. Not sure what it is? Watch the video below where Pie Corbett himself explains a little about his project.

When I grow up I would like to be a …

As part of our topic ‘Our Wonderful Selves’ reception class will be discussing what career they’d like to follow in the future, amazingly last year we had no superhero’s! Children really put thought into their future plans from doctors, nurses, vets, teachers, footballer players, astronauts and even a swimming coach!


How long till our first school trip!








Owl Babies book
Harry and the Dinosaurs play Hide and Seek book.

Reception Staff

I’m Ust Yousef and I’ve worked as Reception teacher now for 3 years. We are always happy to welcome in children, meet their families and promote a love of learning here in the Early Years Department at Iqra.

Ust Osman works in Reception as a Teaching Assistant and is always a smiling face ready to greet the children and parents – a real asset to the team.

Ust Omer works as a teacher in the Early Years on a part time basis, having joined us after having her child. Previously she completed a successful year in Year 6 – so she’s very versatile!

Latest Reception News

Blast Off!

Reception class have worked extremely hard building their own rockets from recyclable materials.  "I used a plastic water bottle and I used some sticky tape and card and my dad let me colour the shapes and cut them of paper and we stuck them down" -...

When I Grow Up…

As the first half of the Autumn term came to an end Reception class spoke about their future aspirations. They shared ideas about careers they would like to follow when they grow up.  We had, football players, fire fighters, fitness trainers, teachers, an...

Roll Up – The circus is in town!

We went to a drama workshop all about the circus which was run by Perform Drama. We had to pretend that we were a part of the circus and we acted out our scene in the school hall. It was fun! Whether you’re looking for a fresh angle on a traditional topic, a fun...

How You Can Help

  • Bring in any stories or books related to our topic that we can share in class.
  • Go to the library with your child and read stories related to the topic.
  • spend some time talking with your children about their school day.
  • Encourage sharing and waiting for their turn.
  • Encourage child to eat with spoon or fork and clean their own plate after eating dinner.
  • Encourage your child to tidy up their own toys.
  • Encourage your child to dress up independently/clean themselves appropriately when using toilets


  • Please ensure your child arrives promptly at school everyday, gates open at 8.20.
  • Dismissal for EYFS is 3.20, please ensure you are on time to collect your child.
  • Children must bring in their  school bags everyday
  • Correct school uniform will be checked on a daily basis, please ensure your child is in school wearing the correct school/PE uniform.
  • Please do not send your child wearing laced shoes, this may cause an accident.

Show and Tell will start each Monday. Please remember to check dates for when your child will take part. And please rehearse at home beforehand to make the session as beneficial as possible.

Children will recite Surah Naas every day and will continue to be trained in basic Islamic etiquettes, for example greeting one another with Salaam, saying Jazakhallah khair. This half term they will learning duaas before they sleep and when they wake up.

Please send the borrowed books back regularly so your child can take a new book home. Reading records must be signed in order for your child to receive a new reading book on Friday.

Homework is handed out every Friday and should be returned by Tuesday. We do keep a record of homework and reading, so please be punctual in completing and handing in homework. Homework is a very important aspect of learning in EYFS, please ensure your child completes homework regularly.

We always need small boxes, tubes, yoghurt pots, small plastic bottles, ribbons and material for our junk modelling. Please bring in anything you can find at home.

Your child is outdoors during the day whatever the weather, as the weather is rapidly getting cooler.They will need to have a warm jacket with a hood available every day.

Some children do have accidents during the day and we sometimes need to change their clothes. Please have a complete change of clothes in school in a named bag.

Upcoming Events

11:30 am Reception trip to the Science Mu...
Reception trip to the Science Mu...
Dec 18 @ 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
Reception trip to the Science Museum @ Science Museum | England | United Kingdom
The Reception class will be visiting the Science Museum in connection with their topic of ‘Zoom to the moon’. The children will partake in two pre-booked sessions the first ‘Destination Space’ – the second the garden[...]

School Lunch Menu

Our School lunches are provided by Dinners for Schools, an award winning company who provide healthy balanced meals that have a creative variety through the week.

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