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17th June Another exciting week in Reception. Emma from Exotiv Zoo came to visit with some friends. We learnt lots of facts about all the animals and got to hold them too. Can you guess what the animals are?

10th June This week we celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee. We read books by Steve Antony about The Queen’s Handbag and The Queen’s Hat. The whole school had a jubilee picnic and we had a picture hunt in our garden.

Thursday 26th May After reading 'Silly Doggy' by Adam Stower we wrote to our teddy bears to invite them for a picnic. We made our own sandwiches and brought our bears outside for an adventure on the playground. We found out about all sorts of bears and which one was out favourite bear as well as the famous bears such as Paddington and Winnie the Pooh. We imagined what animal we might like to find in our garden just like Lily and her bear. I wonder what animal you would choose?

We found some snails hiding in our outdoor area so created a mini beast hunt as well as painting using the watercolours.

Another busy week in Reception with British Science week as we found out about growing seeds, how plants grow and thinking about how we have grown. It was also National Poetry week and we learnt a new poem every day. We finished the week with Red Nose Day, helping others and finding the Giant’s lost glasses.

We started this term by celebrating Shrove Tuesday with pancakes and traditional toppings of lemon and sugar. All the children tasted them and we almost had 100% thumbs up. On Thursday it was world book day and we celebrated words, reading and favourite stories. What a busy first week!

Mental Health week ; Reception began the week by reading The Colour Monster and talking about feelings. We thought about how to keep our hearts and heads healthy. We had lots of fun using art and music to help us relax and to express our emotions. .

Reception began their week with a visit from the Tooth Fairy who left us a story and some purple disclosure tablets to help us brush our teeth thoroughly. We had really sparkly white teeth afterwards. We also celebrated NSPCC Number Day with lots of fun maths activities and counting. Everyone joined in with dressing up too. What a great week!.

This week we had a visit from the air ambulance and got an opportunity to look at the helipad. Every time we see the red helicopter we will know they are helping somebody.

In Reception this week we have been hula hooping. We had lots of fun spinning and rolling hoops. In maths we have been doing lots of measuring and weighing using the balance scales.

Off to Antarctica and a lost penguin. Reception have found a penguin in their garden and have been exploring ice, drawing penguins and finding out penguin facts this week.

Reception thoroughly enjoyed their Christmas dinner o Tuesday. In class we have been dressing up as characters from the nativity story and completing challenges from our Christmas elf.

Christmas is coming. We received two parcels and had to unlock them by writing the password ‘Santa’. Inside we found a tree and decorations. We have been preparing our classroom for the Christmas festivities as we found out about the first ever Christmas.

It was all about shapes this week a we looked at how the shapes were made, how they grew and the numbers we noticed as we created the shape.

Children in Need 2021

Odd sock day & Anti Bullying week. This week we have been thinking about how we are all unique. We designed our own socks, thought about kind hands and words and how to be a good friend.

The children in Reception began the week recalling stories about fireworks and bonfires they had been to over the weekend as they recreated their memories by drawing firework pictures, thinking of words to describe the sounds they heard and using the their experiences in a firework dance in PE. During the week the children noticed poppies being worn and we talked of memories and people who help to keep us safe. On Thursday we joined in with the whole school community in a 2 minute silence. The children showed their respect and thoughtfulness by remaining silent throughout.

5th November The children have settled really well back into the second half of our autumn term. This week has all been about shape. We have made pictures, played shape games, found shapes around our school. I wonder what shapes you can find this weekend? We found out about the Hindu festival Diwali and the shapes used in Rangoli patterns. We have talked about how to stay safe on bonfire night this weekend and how to keep ourselves and our pets safe.

National Poetry Day 2021 Performance

Earlier in the term, the children celebrated National Poetry Day.  This year’s theme was ‘Choice’.  Each year group read a range of poems and chose their favourite to learn and perform to other year groups.  Please listen to our performances of  'All about me' and 'The Big, Green Crocodile!' - we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed learning and performing it.

Reception Poem Performance - All about me

Reception Poem Performance - The Big, Green Crocodile

We had a harvest celebration this week. We talked about how the crops were harvested and some of the children shared how the combine harvester cuts the wheat and how the tractor collects the grain in it's trailer. We also got a letter from a Troll who lives under our slide. We have been writing to him and had lots of fun in drawing club as we have drawn new adventures for the troll and the Billy Goats Gruff.

4th October - Everyone knows we love to play in boxes. Our boxes were trains, planes, boats, and much more. We also created patterns in maths and our message centre is always a hive of activity. Mrs Gleave asked us to complete a survey of how we travelled to school, so we made a huge chart to show her.

1st October - This week we have been sharing photographs of our families and drawing self portraits. We also shared the story Goldilocks and the three bears so there was lots of story telling and cooking in the home corner.

24th September. We have had a busy week in reception. Mr Bowen brought his violin and trumpet in so that we could listen to the sounds they made. We sang along to the music. We have also been learning letter sounds, sorting socks and buttons and doing a lot of building.

What a fantastic start to Reception!

Welcome to Reception.


Key information for parents:

  • Reception children enter school through the door into their classroom from their outside play area.
  • Doors open at 8:45 am and collection time is 3:10 pm 
  • Reception will have PE on Monday each week and children should attend school in their PE kit this day.
  • Reading books in Reception will be changed on Thursday and new books sent home on Fridays.



Mrs Shore and Mrs Stirland look forward to seeing you in Reception.

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