Reception Book Character

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

Welcome to Mars Class – Reception!

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

What we are learning this Year/Term

The start of this term will entail the termly topic of ‘Our Wonderful Selves’. Children will use the core book Owl Babies to ease them into full time education and help deal with separation in issues. Have a look at our very first newsletter that should be of help to you.

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!

Keeping Reception interested!

We love ‘Harry and the Dinosaur’ stories in Reception. So we have a new dedicated area in the outdoors to accommodate the interested of our children, have a peak at our ‘Small World’ Dino area. We have a good range of natural materials for children to explore and get really quite dino-dirty!

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

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

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...

Practice makes perfect

In Reception class the children practice their letter formation right from the word go! We help our children to develop a love of writing and by the end of the year we can even write short stories. Often considered one of the more difficult languages to master thanks...

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.
  • Talk to your children about caregivers in school and at home and how they may differ.
  • Talk about how night time animals adapt to living in the dark.
  • 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 laces 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.

Children will recite Surah Faatiha every day and will be trained in basic Islamic etiquettes, for example greeting one another with Salaam, saying Jazakhallah khair, reading duaas before eating/entering the toilets.

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

Your child is outdoors during the day whatever the weather. They will need to have a waterproof coat 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.

We are looking forward to working with you and your child in this term. Thank you for your support. Please feel free to talk to any one of us, if you have any problems or queries.

Jazakha’Allah khayrun.