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Summer Term

What a busy half term we’ve had! Minibeasts has been one of our favourite topics and we were fascinated to see the caterpillars change into butterflies. We were excited to see the potatoes grow and counted nearly 200, they tasted delicious!


As your child leaves us can we take this opportunity to thank you for your support this year. We wish all the children good luck in Year 1!

Our week in Reception

This week Reception have been reading The Billy Goats Gruff. They have learnt the oral story, wrote and drew pictures. The children have developed their wonderful story telling, imagination and creativity from the story. Ask your child to tell you all about it!

In maths we have been learning about money and thinking about why we need it. We have sorted, matched and identified coins. 


Morning routine

we are very proud of the children’s  morning independence as they enter school. Thank you for your continued support. 

Every morning an image is put on the whiteboard and the children write independent words, captions and sentences about it. We have really enjoyed sharing our work and we have been delighted to receive stickers, marbles in the jar and lots of house points!


Just a a few reminders:

  • Please send sun hats for outdoor play in hot weathers
  • Make sure book bags are brought to school everyday 
  • Only one, small toy for show and tell.

Our trip to Little Owl Farm

Despite the unseasonal weather, Reception had a wonderful day at the farm! We bottle fed the lambs and piglets, bathed the ducklings, held a chinchilla, rabbit and a chick. 

We had a great time playing in the soft play area. On the tractor ride we were amazed to see rheas dancing and twirling. We saw deers, sheep, bantam hens, pheasants, goats, owls and meerkats. 

We were very proud of the children's independence and exceptional behaviour. We had a fantastic time and learnt so much.

Spring Time!

What a wonderful week we have had in Reception! We looked out for signs of spring on our spring walk. We noticed lots of daffodils and were inspired to create beautiful paintings. The children enjoyed the lovely weather and were excited to make sweet smelling perfume using flowers, glitter, lemons and limes. 

The children also enjoyed watching the Wizard of Oz play and sat beautifully throughout the performance!

We have also been developing our physical skills using our lovely new equipment. 

In maths we have been investigating time, sequencing events, days of the week, months of the year and began to look at o’clock. We have also been learning to subtract or take away. 


Coming up next week we have the spring concert, talent show and African drumming. Please remember to return your family picnic slips.


Thank you for your continuous support and we hope you have a Happy Easter!

Busy week in Reception!

In maths we have been learning about capacity. We have learnt lots of new vocabulary including full, half full, nearly full, empty, nearly empty. Can your child tell you about our new learning?

We have continued to enjoy the Little Red Hen and have been busy learning to write about the story using our phonics skills. 

Everyday we enjoy our milk, bagel and fruit at the snack table. We enjoy talking to our friends and learning about healthy food.

the children are enjoying the lovely weather and are improving their physical skills by playing basketball, football and also throwing and catching.


Thank you for your support with our new morning routine, we are very proud of the children’s independence!

Finally, a big well done to Theo, our first learning champion of Reception!

Little Red Hen

Pronect Based Learning. 

What another great week we’ve had in school. We have listened to the story Little Red Hen and are learning the words and actions so we can retell it. We have thought about how kindness is shown in the story. 

In maths this we have been learning about length and have took part in lots of measuring activities and learnt lots of new words. 



  • Please make sure your child has their book bag in school everyday. 
  • Children also need their p.e. Kit EVERY Tuesday so please make sure it is in school.
  • Please make sure children have their names in their clothes to prevent any jumpers/cardigans getting lost


Morning Routine

In a morning Reception come into school, self register by writing their name and then write tricky words on their whiteboards. They do this independently and we are very proud of them.

As we approach the final term in Reception can we now politely request that all children now enter the cloakroom without an adult. Staff are ready to welcome all the children into the classroom and the children are eager to get writing. This will also help later on in the year with transition to Year 1.


Science Day!

We had a fantastic day! We took part in lots of different activities and had great fun. Children brushed teeth, tasted food, made potions, mad pop explode and learnt about static using balloons. 

Our Science Experiment!

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World Book Day

We loved listening to stories, sharing our favourite books, making masks and dressing up! Thank you for your support, we looked amazing!

Rainbow Fish

This half term our project based learning theme is “How can we show kindness?”. We have begun to explore this through the story The Rainbow Fish. We have been working hard reading and writing about the story, making friendship webs and creating lots of arts and crafts. We enjoyed the lovely weather and made boats and balanced along an obstacle course. We have also thought about kindness to animals and our new pet shop has been one of our favourite areas to play and learn in. In maths we have been counting in 1s, 2s and 10s and learning our number bonds to 10.

Last week of term!

We are very proud of the children's achievements this half term and their independence, creativity and curiosity.

This week we have finished our winter wonderland theme by learning about the Antarctic and the penguins who live their through the story "The Emperors Egg". The children have particularly enjoyed finding out about the world and looking at the world map.

In maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes, exploring these through maths, art and construction. In our classroom we now have a "We Are Exceptional" display. The children are very proud if their photo and work is on the display. There are examples of exceptional, artwork, writing, behaviour and kindness. We look forward to seeing everyone's photo and work on their in the next few weeks.


Have a lovely half term and thank you for your continuous support! During half term why not encourage your child to:

  • enjoy lots of stories
  • write their name
  • look for shapes 
  • go on a number hunt 

Chinese New Year!

What a busy and creative week!

Reception have enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year this week. They have found out about the names of the years and how people prepare for the celebration. The children were excited to find lucky money envelopes in their drawers and learn that gifts of money are given. Reception discovered that Chinese writing is very different to ours and wrote their own messages. They have tasted Chinese food and enjoyed noodles, spring rolls and prawn crackers. The children then played in our Chinese restaurant where they served meals and wrote menus. Reception watched Chinese ribbon dancing and were inspired to create their own dances.

In maths they have been learning about prepositional vocabulary such as infront, beside, under, behind, above and below.

We are very proud of the childrens phonics work and continue to practise our phonemes and improve our handwriting.


Useful websites:


www.phonicsplay.com - phase 2 and phase 3



Have a lovely weekend!

The Snowman and Artic Animals

We have enjoyed two more busy weeks learning through our winter wonderland theme. Reception have investigated ice and were excited to make artificial snow. We gave looked at a map of the world and found the Artic and Antarctic and discovered the animals that live there.

Reception are working hard to apply their phonics skills to writing and have been learning addition and subtraction in Maths.



  • Book bags need to be in school EVERYDAY.
  • Please ensure your child has their names in their clothes, if any lost clothes, take a look in the lost property box as it is full of jumpers.


Hope you all have a good weekend!

The Reception Team.

One Snowy Night

Welcome Back! We are very proud of the exceptional start the children have made to the Spring Term showing independence and curiosity. We began our week by introducing our winter wonderland theme and sharing the text 'One Snowy Night!'. Reception have been busy learning new phonics sounds, shapes, numbers and about winter time. We have enjoyed exploring the outdoor area in particular playing in Percy the Park Keepers hut and re-enacting the story. On Tuesday we were excited to begin our new P.E. lessons with Mr Bettington.


A few reminders...

  • Please remember bookbags EVERYDAY!
  • Visit www.ruthmiskin.com for information on how to say the sounds so you can help your child with phonics at home.


Have a lovely weekend!

The Reception Team.

Our Christmas Party!

Fun, fun, fun in Reception!

What a busy and exciting end to our first term in Reception! The children have continued  to learn and play exploring our Christmas theme and have developed their physical skills in our new larger outdoor area.

We are very proud of the children' performance 'Miracle in Town' and how well they all sang and remembered their words. We had so much fun at our Christmas party playing party games, dancing and eating party food.

We would like to thank you for your continued support and we look forward to an exciting Spring Term. Thank you for all your cards, gifts and good wishes.

Please remember book bags after the holidays and PE will now be on a Tuesday and Friday.


Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

The Reception Team.

A visit from the Elf

On Monday we were amazed to find we had a new member to the class! An elf had come to visit and asked us to help him get ready for Christmas. We then helped him to build a fireplace, decorated the home corner, make Christmas cards, write letters to Santa and make toys in the construction area.


We have continued to practise our phonics every day and learn new sounds. In maths we have completed lots of challenges counting and using numbers to 20. When the rain stopped we developed our physical skills outside.


Thank you for all the costumes we are working hard practising and we are looking forward to performing for you. Tickets will be given out next week. We are looking forward to our party on Thursday 20th December. Can you please send a £1 donation and we will organise food and drinks.


Have a lovely weekend!

The Nativity and Maths Challenges

The Nativity

This week we were excited to find a manger and a baby in our classroom. We discovered after talking it was baby Jesus, we then read the Nativity story. This inspired us to draw, paint and build the Nativity scene and begin to think about Christmas. We have worked hard practising our play and learning new songs. We are really proud of everyone learning their lines. 


In maths we are counting, writing, reading and matching numbers. We are continuing to work hard to learn new sounds in phonics.
Just a quick reminder to remember book bags EVERYDAY!


Date for the diary!

The Christmas Play "A Miracle in Town" is:

Monday 17th December - 9.30am

Tuesday 18th December - 1.30pm


2 tickets will be given to each child for EACH performance!

Any problems with costumes please see a member of staff.

Happy Birthday Maisie

The children discovered our new text by playing pass the parcel and finding "Happy Birthday Maisie" inside. Throughout the week the children have made birthday cards, wrote invitations, decorated the home corner ready for a party, wrapped presents and counted candles onto cakes. We celebrated on Friday with a party for Maisie, we iced biscuits, made sandwiches and drinks. Then we played lots of birthday games and had lots of fun!


Alongside this the children have continued to work hard on their phonics and handwriting in group times and throughout child initiated activities. In Maths the children have been investigating, counting and recognising numbers.


Please could you ensure all children have their book bags EVERYDAY!


Ways to help at home

  • Tell or read a story
  • Visit www.ictgames.com for maths games to support learning
  • Read with your child regularly


Have a lovely weekend!

The Reception Team.

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