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Reception at primary school

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Welcome to Reception at primary school!

Reception marks most children’s very first step into formal schooling. This can be an exciting and nervewracking time for children and parents alike!

Your child will start learning through play. They will be busy exploring, discovering, and listening to stories. They will be getting used to the school environment and learning to concentrate and listen to the teacher.

Getting ready to start primary school

Are you excited for your child to be starting primary school, but you’re not sure how to help them prepare? Take a look at our top tips, download our checklist and print a certificate for your child!

Reading in Reception

What your child will learn in Reception.

Reading in Reception

Maths in Reception

What your child will learn in Reception.

Maths in Reception

Books about starting school

Eight engaging stories and picture books to share with your child, to gently prepare them for their first term at school.

Top 8 books about starting school

Choosing a primary school

Education expert James Clements gives his advice and guidance on how to choose the right school for your child.

How to choose a primary school

Recommended books for Reception

Early readers

Practice phonics skills with these Stage 2 books from Read with Oxford.

Early readers for age 4–5

Activity books

Develop core English and maths skills with Progress with Oxford activity books.

Activity books for age 4–5

Children's dictionaries

Find the right dictionary for your child as they start learning to read.

Oxford Children’s Dictionaries

Children's fiction

Find all sorts of fun picture books for your child, and develop a love of reading.

Children’s fiction books