Home Page


Welcome to Reception Class!

Our Class Teacher is Mrs D Watson 

Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs K Parkins & Ms A Field

Non- Negotiables for Reception

Reception Welcome Meeting

Handwriting Guidance Link

Handwriting Example

Below is some useful guidance that you could use when supporting your children with their learning at home: 

Phonics Workshop for Parents

Show and Tell

For the Summer term we will be returning to 'Show and Tell' on a Friday. We would like to encourage children to bring in photographs, mementos, certificates or medals from hobbies outside of school, items crafted or made by your child or a special book. Please refrain from sending in toys. Attached below is a rota for which days your child is invited to bring in something special for show and tell. 

Friday 20th May 

Our book of the week this week has been 'Handa's Surprise' by Eileen Brown. We have learnt that Handa lives in the countryside in Kenya in Africa. As a class, we have looked at maps to identify where Handa lives and where we live in England. We compared the weather - the children learnt that it is much hotter in Kenya than it is where we live! It also started lots of interesting conversations about animals that we may see in Hemel Hempstead and animals you may see in the Kenyan countryside. Unfortunately we don't bump into any monkeys, elephants or giraffes on the way to school in the morning! 


In maths this week the children have been learning some new addition strategies. We have practised 'counting on'. The children have learnt that if you want to solve 6 + 5, you can put 6 in your head and hold 5 fingers up and count on from 6 until all five fingers are down again. Perhaps the children can practise this at home too! The children have also been working hard during P.E. this term. The focus has been on athletics and today the children had to practise collecting different colour cones. Pupils developed their spacial awareness skills by navigating safely through space and around others. The children also enjoyed playing some circle games at the end, particularly trying to move a hula hoop round a circle without letting go of anyone's hands! 

Friday 13th May 

Our book of the week this week has been 'The Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle. We have continued to learn lots about minibeasts and focused this week on the life cycle of a butterfly. The children observed some real caterpillars and we know soon they will create a chrysalis before turning into beautiful butterflies! 

As part of our learning, the children had the opportunity to taste some of the different foods the hungry caterpillar ate. Pupils were encouraged to try plums, apples, pears, strawberries and oranges and describe the appearance and taste of those fruits. Lots of fantastic vocabulary was used, such as "tangy", "juicy", "delicious", "crunchy" amongst others! The children also enjoyed creating their very own hungry caterpillars as part of a creative challenge this week. Pupils used the eggs boxes that the Reception families kindly provided to paint a red head and a green body. The children then enjoyed creating eyes and antennas for their caterpillars by drawing, cutting and sticking. 


In maths we have been learning number bonds to 10. We have looked at different ways of visualising bonds to 10, through ten frames, numicon and cherry models. The children have also used their fingers to help them find the missing number when looking at calculations that add to 10. 

Friday 5th May 

Our book of the week this week has been 'Superworm' and the children have really enjoyed learning all about minibeasts. We have been on minibeast hunts around the reception garden and have found spiders, snails, slugs, ants and flies. The children have learnt about different micro habitats and how minibeasts can help keep them healthy. In maths we have continued to learn about the composition of numbers to 10 and we have been using numicon to help us find different ways to make numbers. For example, we have learnt that 3 and 3 and 1 together makes 7. The children have then explored other ways to make 7 using numicon, such as 2 and 2 and 2 and 1. 


The children loved going to see the ducklings this week. The individual photos are posted below. After we held them, the children produced some lovely drawings and fantastic sentences to describe the ducklings, which we now have proudly displayed in the classroom. 

Friday 29th April 

Our book of the week this week has been 'The Rainbow Fish' and we have used this book to help us learn all about the oceans and different sea creatures. The children have learnt that there are 5 oceans in the world and that most of the planet is actually covered in water! We have looked at the names of the different oceans and having looked at the illustrations we think that Rainbow Fish might live in the Great Barrier Reef in the Pacific Ocean. 


The children have been creative this week and made their very own 'Rainbow Fish'. The children practised their scissor skills and used a variety of different materials to make their fish. We made sure we used some shiny materials too for his special scales. Pupils also practised retelling the story using the puppet theatre and we made our very own reef using some shells and fish in our water tray. 


In phonics we have finished Phase 3 of the letters and sounds scheme and are now moving on to Phase 4. The children are now practising reading and writing sentences, using finger spaces and full stops. In maths we have been working hard on understanding the composition of numbers up to 10. We have been using different representations of number, such as ten frames, the part-whole model and numicon to help us visualise how smaller numbers can combine to make a bigger number. 


We also have visited the ducklings a few times! It will be Reception's turn next Wednesday to hold the ducklings. 

Friday 22nd April 

It was lovely to welcome the children back after the holidays, we hope all our Reception families enjoyed a happy and relaxing break! This week we have started our topic for this half term 'Our Amazing Planet' by thinking about Earth Day 2022. As a class we read the book 'Somebody Swallowed Stanley' about a plastic bag lost in the ocean. The children learnt that sadly there is a lot of rubbish in the oceans and we discovered the importance of the message 'reduce, reuse, recycle'. As a class we thought of ways we can be more 'Earth-friendly'. The children had lots of ideas, such as turning plastic bags into kites or umbrellas, turning off taps and lights when they're not needed, and recycling things instead of putting them in the bin! 


As part of our learning this week, the children made cress-heads and bird feeders using natural materials such as old egg shells, cotton wool, pine cones and jute twine. We picked these as they are bio-degradable. The children really got on board with the message of Earth Day by doing some litter picking across the school using litter pickers and cleaning sea creatures in the water tray that had (pretend) oil spilt on them! We also got a bit creative and made a world out of old green and blue milk bottle lids. 

Friday 1st April  

Reception class have had a lovely time this week completing lots of Easter activities, including the lovely chick hats the children are wearing in the video below. The disco was a great success and we were all very excited when Reception were announced as joint winners of the attendance award! Wow! 


Reception also performed this lovely song in sharing assembly - please have a watch at home. We hope all of our Reception families have a wonderful and relaxing Easter holiday and we look forward to welcoming the children back on Wednesday 20th April. 


Spring Chicken

Still image for this video

Friday 25th March 

We have been enjoying the glorious weather in Reception this week and spending lots of time outside. The children have enjoyed completing many challenges, including water channelling, number and word hunts and some magnetic fishing! We have started celebrating spring by walking over to the woods and making observational drawings of all the lovely daffodils that are currently growing. 


We have continued learning about people who help us, focusing this week on postal workers and thinking about the journey of a letter. We were all amazed when watching a video tour of a royal mail sorting centre! The children liked the machines that all the letters went whizzing through. As part of this learning, the children have written a very special letter. We thought about what we needed to put on the envelope to ensure it arrives where we want it to. The children learnt about addresses, stamps and what a postcode is. This morning we went on our short local walk to post our letters, hopefully they'll arrive in the post by Tuesday or Wednesday next week! 

Friday 18th March 

This week was British Science Week! We celebrated this by completing lots of science experiments in class. One of the first was the bubble machines we made. We found that by blowing air we could create bubbles! The children found this very exciting - we added some food colouring and then took some prints of the bubbles we made. We also thought about floating and sinking. The children developed their scientific thinking by making a prediction (a 'clever guess') as to which objects would float or sink. We then tested our ideas in the water tray outside. We practised thinking like a scientist to try to explain why some things float and some things do not. The children learnt that things that are heavy for their size (like a coin) sink and things that are light for their size (like a piece of driftwood) float. The children have also made 'clouds in a cup' to learn that clouds are made up of water. When these water droplets get too big or heavy, it then rains. We saw this in action by adding food colouring into shaving foam gradually before seeing the food colouring drip down into the bottom of the cup like rain. 


We have also learnt about the Jewish festival of Purim this week. The children made cards and crowns to celebrate and each made a sweet biscuit called a 'hamantaschen'. We used pastry and jam and the children especially enjoyed eating them at the end of the day! 

Friday 11th March 

We returned to our topic of 'People who Help Us' this week, focusing on the role of the police and the emergency services. The children have learnt that you can call 999 in emergency to get through to the three emergency services - the police, fire brigade and ambulance service. This week we have been having lots of fun being detectives - the children had to find the missing teddy bear, searching for and writing down clues along the way. We made some fantastic police badges and wrote some sentences about how the police can help us. The children have particularly enjoyed dressing up and role playing this week as different people who help us. They have been so imaginative and have made police cars from the large construction materials and walkie talkies using card and colouring pencils. 


We were also very lucky to have a special visit from Officer Punter this week! The children were incredibly excited to have a real police officer come and talk to them all about policing. Officer Punter showed the children all the different parts of a police officers uniform - a utility belt, high vis vest, body armour and police helmet. We were able to ask lots of questions about what it is like to be a police officer. The children were also very grateful to receive two Thomas & friends books all about train safety. A big thank you to Officer Punter for coming to see us! If you or someone you know work in a 'People who help us' profession and would be happy to come in, please speak to Mrs Watson. 



In maths this week we have been learning about measures. The children have been investigating length, height, weight and capacity. It was exciting to do some fun capacity and weight investigations and think about the relation between size and weight/capacity. We were amazed to discover that the very tall thin cylinder had less capacity than a normal drinking cup. When we investigated weight, the very large swimming pool float was lighter than a small metal weight! The children enjoyed carrying out more capacity investigations using the water tray outside. 


Friday 4th March

In celebration of World Book Day this week, we have been reading the story 'Sharing a Shell' by Julia Donaldson. The children have enjoyed many activities focusing around this story this week, from enjoying a rockpool made in the water tray to digging for shells in the sand tray. In our literacy based challenges this week the children made stick puppets to help them orally retell the story, using lots of new vocabulary. They also made mini books of their own retelling sharing a shell. In maths, the children made '5' shells and wrote calculations showing all the different ways you can make 5. The children decorated their shells after with sequins and colouring pencils. They also made some fantastic octopuses, by sticking on 8 tentacles, writing the numbers 1-8 and then sticking the corresponding amount of stickers on each tentacle. They came out so well! 


Thank you to all the parents and children for the fantastic effort you made on World Book Day. The costumes were amazing and we made sure we got a photo for each child! During the week we took part in lots of 'buddy reading', where pupils from all the different year groups came to Reception to pair up and read a story. There was also a special assembly for World Book Day where Reception class could show off their fantastic costumes. 

Friday 25th February 

We've had a wonderful first week back in Reception and we have now started our new topic - 'People who Help Us'. We have been focusing on firefighters this week and have thought about fire safety. The pupils enjoyed making some fire pictures using paints, as well as making some firefighter hats! We have also used the large construction equipment to make a fire engine and duplo to make our very own fire stations. The pupils were also very proud this week to produce their first piece of writing in their brand new writing books. All pupils will now be writing once a week in their books and it will be a lovely way to chart their writing progress throughout the rest of the year. 


In maths this week the pupils have been learning how to find half of whole objects and how to find half of amounts. We have learnt lots of new vocabulary, such as part, whole and equal.  To help support this concept, the pupils practised cutting fruit in half. The children made sure they were very careful when cutting to make sure they cut the fruit into 2 equal pieces. 


Friday 11th February 

This week in Reception we have enjoyed sharing the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen. We have enjoyed many activities based on the story this week, such as making a story map from craft materials, drawing our own bears and making our own 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' mini books. On Wednesday this week the children received a special letter from the bear. He explained that he had lost some of his bear friends in the Reception garden and asked Reception to help him find them. The children had a wonderful time searching the garden for bears friends and ticking off on a clipboard who they had found!  


In maths this week we have been working on finding doubles. We have learnt that a double is twice the amount, and it is when you add the same number twice. We have been practising learning our doubles up to double 5 off by heart! In P.E this week we have been learning how to do a roly-poly and used some of the gymnastics apparatus which the children found very exciting! 


We hope all our Reception families have a relaxing half term holiday and we look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 21st February. 

Friday 4th February 

This week in class we have celebrated Chinese New Year. We learnt that it is the Year of the Tiger and we had had fun discovering which year we were born in. We found out the children were either born in the Year of the Monkey or the Year of the Rooster! We read the story of Chinese New Year and how the animals of the Chinese zodiac competed in a race across a river - we then made our own stick puppets of the animals and performed the story in our puppet theatre. The children also had the opportunity this week to make either a lantern, tiger with moving parts or a chinese dragon. We learnt how to say hello in Chinese and performed a Chinese dragon dance! You can watch a clip below. 

Chinese dragon dance

Still image for this video

In maths this week we have learnt about odd and even numbers. We practised a rhyme to help us remember - 0,2,4,6,8 even numbers on a plate, 1,3,5,7,9 odd numbers in a line. Perhaps the children can practise this rhyme at home to help them remember their odd and even numbers.

Today we had our growth mindset day. The children have learnt about the power of 'yet', and how we must never say we can't do something, we just simply can't do it 'yet'. The children have been thinking of goals that they find challenging and then thinking of small steps to success they can take to help them achieve those goals! 

Friday 28th January

The children have enjoyed lots of wonderful learning this week.  In particular, they enjoyed our PSHCE activity on ‘My Star Qualities’.  We had a circle time and discussed our talents, interests and skills.  We thought about what goal we would like to achieve in our lives.

In maths our focus has been ‘sharing’. We have used the interactive white board for fun learning.  We have used our whiteboards to show working out and we persevered in a practical lesson where we shared gems equally.

In phonics we have recapped trigraphs air, ear and igh.  We focussed well and used our phonics skills during child initiated learning.

In PE this week Miss Layman taught us how to balance in a variety of different ways (Please see the PE page on the school website).

Friday 21st January 

Continuing our 'Into the Woods' topic this week, we focused on Winnie the Pooh and all his friends who live in Hundred Acre Wood. The children have enjoyed listening to stories about Winnie this week, and on Thursday we decided to make honey sandwiches - Pooh's favourite! The children had to work in pairs and listen to and follow instructions carefully. Making the sandwiches was great practise for their fine motor skills. 

After we had made our honey sandwiches, we decided to write a recipe in case others wanted to make them too. The children were able to write down the ingredients we needed as well as write down a simple method. We focused on sounding out the word we wanted to write, then writing down the graphemes we have learnt for the sound. The children worked so hard on their letter formation! 


Finally we got to enjoy our teddy bears picnic! We had a lovely time in the woods with our special toys from home and the children really enjoyed their honey sandwiches. 

Friday 14th January 

It's been lovely having the children back for our first full week of the Spring term. We have started our 'Into the Woods' topic of learning and our first story has been 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson. The children have really enjoyed our activities based on this story, such as drawing a map of the Gruffalo woods and writing words to describe the Gruffalo using our knowledge of sounds. 

This week we thought about animal homes and learnt that the place an animal lives is called a habitat. We remembered in the Gruffalo that the fox lives in an 'underground house', the snake lives in 'logpile house' and the owl lives in a 'treetop house'. We decided to create these habitats in our own Gade Valley woods and worked together to move logs and sticks. We discussed during whole class learning what kind of animals you can find in woodlands in the UK. We learnt that along with foxes and owls you can find deer, badgers, squirrels and hedgehogs! Please have a look at our pictures below. 

Monday 20th December 

Today we had our Christmas party and it was a lovely way to end the term. The children played party games, danced, played pass the parcel and enjoyed some party food. Much fun was had!

The children were also particularly excited to make their gingerbread men last Friday. We first wrote recipes and designed what we wanted our gingerbread men to look like. Then the children helped to weigh the ingredients before rolling the dough and cutting their gingerbread shapes. Once the gingerbread men had baked the children had fun sticking midget gems on with icing sugar to decorate them.

Mrs Wiltshire, Mrs Parkins, Ms Field and I would just like take the opportunity to wish all our reception families a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year. It’s been a fantastic first term and the children have all made fantastic progress. We look forward to welcoming all the children back in January!

Merry Christmas!

Friday 3rd December 


In Reception this week we have been practising lots for our nativity performance next week. The children have been working hard learning the songs and actions and can’t wait to welcome you into school next week to watch our performance on Thursday.


This week our book of the week was ‘One Snowy Night’. The children have enjoyed this story and we have practised retelling events and answering questions about the story. We also took part in lots of wintery activities this week, including making snowmen out of ‘snowy’ playdough and creating some beautiful snowflakes! In maths, the children have been learning how to add. We have learnt how to add 2 numbers together and write a number sentence to show our calculation.



On Friday morning we decorated the Christmas tree with our lovely glittery pinecone decorations. In the afternoon, the children enjoyed the pantomime ‘Dick Whittington’.



Next week our learning will focus around the Nativity. We will be learning more about the Nativity story and completing lots more wintery activities.

Friday 26th November


This week in Reception our book of the week was ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’ by Janet and Allen Ahlberg. It was a lovely follow on from nursery rhyme week as we had to ‘spy’ nursery rhyme and traditional tale characters within the story. At the end of the story all the characters enjoyed some plum pie. We decided to get a little crafty in class and make our own version of plum pie, using paper plates, paint and paper. We got to show our ‘pies’ in sharing assembly this week!



We also used the baking inspiration from the book to make some jam tarts this week. The children were so excited to do some baking. They demonstrated excellent listening skills as they had to follow instructions from a recipe. The children used the equipment sensibly and each child decided whether they wanted a marmalade or strawberry jam tart.


In Maths this week we have learnt about sorting, weight and capacity. We thought about how we can sort shapes – by colour, by size, by shape, or whether it is 2D or 3D. We also looked at groups of objects and talked about the odd one out – for example, we talked about why a hippo doesn’t belong in a group of birds. The children used lots of mathematical language!


Next week, we will be reading ‘One Snowy Night’ by Nick Butterworth. We will be thinking about the change in weather as we transition to the winter season. In Maths next week, we will be learning how to add amounts together and write number sentences. 



Friday 19th November


This week was National Nursery Rhyme week so our focus has been on singing and sharing all the nursery rhymes that we know! We have enjoyed singing along, making actions and identifying rhyming words. We even performed our favourite nursery rhymes to the whole school in sharing assembly this Friday. We have learnt lots about rhyming words this week; one of our favourite activities was using the iPads with Mrs Parkins to record ourselves saying silly words that rhyme with our own name. It caused much hilarity when the children then listened to the recording of themselves saying their silly rhyming words. 


In maths this week we have been learning about positional language. We learnt how to describe where an object is in relation  to another object, for example 'the ball is next to the chair' or ' 'the ball is in between the teddy and the chair'. The children then worked in pairs using a basket and a teddy. One child placed the teddy in, on or under the basket and their partner had to describe where the bear is. We also learnt about 3D shapes. The children worked really hard to find 3D objects in their classroom environment, learning that a football is a 'sphere'. 


Next week we will be sharing the story 'Each Peach Pear Plum' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. We will be using our knowledge of nursery rhymes to try and spot all the traditional tale and nursery rhyme characters within the story! 


We're also pleased to say that many more children are now receiving a golden ticket for reading 5 times in one week. Today 65% of the class had a golden ticket - next week let's aim for even more! 

Friday 12th November 



This week our focus has been on Remembrance Day. The children really enjoyed our book of the week ‘Where the Poppies Now Grow’ and have produced some really lovely artwork to commemorate Remembrance Day. We look forward to sharing some of our artwork with you on our Celebration Evening on Tuesday 16th November.



We also enjoyed our skipping workshop on Thursday 11th. We learnt some important skills, such as forward skipping, as well as learning how to time our jumps. The children really enjoyed it and it's definitely inspired some to practise skipping at home too! 



In maths this week we have focused on shape and pattern. The children are able to recognise different 2D shapes and can describe their features, such as how many sides and vertices the shape has, along with whether the sides are curved or straight. We learnt the difference between a rectangle and a square and practised ‘seeing’ shapes in other pictures, such as the example below. Can your child tell you what shapes they can see?



We have also focused on pattern this week, learning what a pattern is and how to create their own increasingly complex patterns. The children have learnt how to continue a repeating 2 step pattern, such as ‘blue, yellow, blue, yellow’ and some children have been able to continue more complex patterns such as ‘circle, square, square, triangle, circle…’. Perhaps ask your child if they can identify patterns in their home environments? Patterns your child may be able to find are animal prints, polka dots, stripes and check for example.


Next week, we are focusing on spatial awareness and the language we use to explain the position of something. Our book of the week will be the traditional tale ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and we will be using words such as 'under' 'over' 'next to' to describe where some of the characters are in the story! 



Friday 5th November 


It was lovely welcoming the children back to school this week, we hope all our Reception families enjoyed the half-term holiday together. It’s been a super start to Autumn 2 in Reception this week; we have been learning about Diwali and have learnt about the Hindu story of Rama and Sita. The children have created some lovely Diva lamps, Rangoli patterns and lanterns to celebrate this week. We have also learnt about Bonfire Night and why it is celebrated. The children created some super firework pictures using paint and glitter – we’ve put some pictures up below for you to see! Our book of the week this week has been ‘The Lost Acorn’ along with other books in the Percy the Park Keeper series. We focused on the signs of Autumn we could see, both within the book and in real life. As a class, we discussed the change in weather we are now experiencing and how the days are shorter now the clocks have gone back and we move into winter.


Next week, our topic will be Remembrance Day. We will be sharing the book ‘Where the Poppies Now Grow’ by Hilary Robinson, which is a very sensitive introduction to why we wear poppies for Remembrance Day, suitable for the age of the children. We will also be creating lots of lovely poppy artwork around this topic that we look forward to sharing with you next week!


We also look forward to welcoming you into school on Wednesday 10th November at 9am for our phonics morning. 

Friday 15th October 2021


This week in Reception we have really enjoyed our book of the week, ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy. The children have really enjoyed playing with props from the story in the role play area, putting a colander on to use as our ‘space helmet’ and using wellies as our ‘space boots’! The children have been using their imagination, pretending the cardboard boxes are rockets, just like Baby Bear did in the story. We have heard some wonderful new language used throughout the week as the children have retold the story using these props. We have also been focusing on developing fine motor skills this week in Reception, so the children have had lots of play focusing on building up the muscles in their hands and fingers. We have used play dough, scissors, pens and pencils and tweezers amongst other things to help provide the children opportunities to really work those muscles! In maths we have continued our focus on numbers, and finding 1 more and 1 less. The children are becoming much more secure with these concepts and are learning that they can count on or back using their fingers to quickly find the answer. Next week is our last week before half term and we will be reading some Oxford Reading Tree books together.  This is to help introduce the children to the characters Biff, Chip and Kipper, as they will be reading of so many of their adventures in the months to come!

Friday 8th October 2021


This week was World Space Week so much of our learning has been themed around space. Our book of the week was Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freeman and Ben Cort. We noticed that within the book, there are lots of rhyming words. We learnt that rhyming words have the same group of sounds at the end and practised matching words and pictures that rhymed with each other. We designed our own underpants using the book as our inspiration! We have been learning new vocabulary this week, including the names of the planets in our solar system. We thought about the size of these different planets, and learnt that Jupiter is the biggest planet and Mercury the smallest. We imagined what it would be like to live on the different planets, and decided that Mercury would be much too hot and Neptune much too cold. The children also were very creative this week, and used marbles, white paint, glue and glitter to make fantastic space pictures! We're going to develop our scissor skills next week and cut them into circles, then hang our 'planets' on display. In maths we have focused on finding 1 more and 1 less using different strategies, such as counting on or counting back using our fingers, using objects or a number line. 


Next week we will continue with our space theme as the children have been so engaged in it. We will be reading Whatever Next and creating a rocket in our role play area. 

Friday 1st October 2021


What a fantastic and busy week we've had in Reception! Our book of the week was 'Rosie's Walk' and the children greatly enjoyed sequencing the story. The children also created their own mini-books based on Rosie's Walk. In maths we have been focusing on subitising, which is the ability to look at a group of objects and recognise how many there are, without counting. We practised this by trying to automatically recognise the amount of dots on a dice. We have also looked at 2D shapes and are beginning to learn their properties. We then practised making funny faces using 2D shapes!  The children are becoming much more confident in the classroom now. We have begun our 'rolling snack', where milk and fruit is accessible to all children during child initiated learning time throughout the day. The children are encouraged to help themselves when they are hungry or thirsty. In the classroom, many are now beginning to select resources and tools that they want to explore themselves, which is a big step forward. Some children are independently accessing the craft materials and paint to create some amazing pieces of artwork! We also did Forest School together for the first time, and looked for signs of autumn. The children made observations about the natural world around them and drew pictures of what they could see. 


Just wanted to also say a big thank you to all parents for sending in such wonderful pictures of you and your children sharing a story at home. It was so lovely to see such a range of pictures, with either the children reading independently or sharing a story with family members or even pets! We have now put the pictures up in the classroom and they have been a real talking point, with children discussing their favourite book or pointing out their mums or dads! We strive to encourage a love of reading from an early age and our reading area now looks amazing with all the children's pictures. 


Friday 24th September


This week our book of the week was 'Owl Babies'. The children have completed lots of fun activities, such as creating their own cotton wool owl babies using a variety of different resources. We have also created paintings of Sarah, Percy and Bill using lots of different tools, such as sponges, paintbrushes, fingers and pens. We hope you like them! This week we have started learning our first phonemes - s, a, t, p. In sharing assembly today, the children stood up in front of the whole school and sung the songs we have learnt for these phonemes - they did extremely well! This week we have also been learning about the numbers 1-10. The children have practised reciting numbers to 10, counting objects to 10 and recognising numerals. All in all a wonderful and busy week! 


Friday 10th September


Reception class have all had a wonderful first full week. We have learnt about good behaviours in class and how to look after our learning environment. We have also enjoyed learning about each other during circle time! We have discussed our likes and dislikes and what our favourite things to do at home are. We also talked about how we are all unique and special, so we made self-portraits to show this. We thought about our skin tone, hair colour and facial features. Our lovely portraits are now on display for us all to enjoy! 

What a wonderful start to our school year! We really enjoyed getting to know your children this week and they are all settling in so well. 


Our Learning Journey Last Year- 2020-2021

This week we have been learning about the seaside! We read ‘What the Ladybird heard at the seaside’ by Julia Donaldson and enjoyed acting out the story.  One morning we came into the classroom and found magic shells on our tables! We wrote about what our 3 wishes would be.  We found out about lots of creatures that live in rock pools; we wrote about what we would find in a rock pool and drew pictures.  In Maths we read ‘One is a snail, ten is a crab’ by April Pulley Sayre and Jeff Sayre.  We had to count the legs of the things we saw in the book and we also made up our own number stories.  We have also explored what the seaside was like long ago and discussed the meaning of past, present and future.  Well done for another fantastic week Reception!

Congratulations to all our children who received certificates this week.  We were very proud to receive the sports award for our efforts in tennis.  Super work Reception!

Our ‘book of the week’ has been ‘The Train Ride’ by June Crebbin.  The children used their knowledge of phonics and understanding of sentences to write about what they could see out of the train window.  We were really impressed with their ideas and writing! We also drew the view out of the window when the train goes through a tunnel- a portrait of ourselves.  In maths we started off with 24 carriages and we investigated how many trains we could make.  Well done to all our children who received certificates!

Sports week - We have had a wonderful week participating in a variety of events including football, sitting volleyball, jumping events, archery, biathlon, hurdles, throwing event, goalball and hockey.  The children were very motivated and gave it their all!  We also enjoyed learning about the Olympics; we made our own Olympic torches and recreated the opening ceremony.  We listened to 'Chariots of Fire' and choreographed a dance made up of sports movements. Well done Reception!

Well done to our children who received certificates this week! We also awarded certificates to children who had shown the Olympic and Paralympic values throughout the week. 

Reception races - Well done Reception! We are so proud of you all.

Still image for this video

All about animals!  We have had a wonderful week learning about animals.  The animal workshop on Monday was enjoyed by all the children as they were introduced to and held a variety of animals.  The children then wrote about their favourite animal and what they had learnt.  We decided to find out our favourite animal so the children completed a tally chart which we then used to create a bar chart.  We played 'guess my animal' and the children wrote clues about their animal.  Another highlight this week was seeing the butterflies that had emerged from their cocoon and watching them be set free into the meadow!  Well done to all our children who received awards this week.

Goodbye Butterflies

Still image for this video

Our book of the week has been 'The very hungry caterpillar' by Eric Carle.  The children have been busy writing captions to go with pictures from the story and also writing a list of all the foods the caterpillar ate.  In maths we have been learning about money and exploring symmetry and created butterflies to reflect our understanding.  We enjoyed being in the woods early on in the week and were very excited to find lots of minibeasts.  The children worked hard with their talk partners to create a butterfly using natural materials.  We were very interested to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly and explored changing tones of green to make our own caterpillars.  Well done to all our children who won awards this week.

This week we have been learning about spiders!  We started off by reading the book 'Aaaargghh, Spider!' by Lydia Monks.  We were very interested to then find out more facts about spiders.  The children have created their own mini books full of information and illustrations about spiders.  They have created some wonderful webs by threading wool onto paper plates.  In Maths we have been practising adding and subtracting and each group made their own board game to consolidate these skills.  We have included a picture of the backdrop for our role play area- it is full of animals that the children have drawn.    The children have enjoyed their first swimming session this week - all the adults have been impressed with the confidence the children displayed when in the water- great work Reception! 

Well done to our children who won awards this week!

This week our ‘book of the week’ has been Superworm by Julia Donaldson.  The children have been writing character descriptions and lists of ingredients for a potion to give to the Wizard Lizard.  We have also enjoyed making our own superworms! Well done to all our children who received certificates this week.

We hope you all have a wonderful half term!

This week we have enjoyed reading 'Surprising Sharks' by Nicola Davies.  We learnt lots of interesting facts about sharks and wrote about them in our books and painted pictures.  We also enjoyed our time in the woods and have been painting our observations of bluebells.  Well done to our children who received certificates for reading, handwriting and CHAMP of the week and also well done to our sport award receiver- who received his award for long jumping!

The Three Little Pigs

This week Reception have enjoyed a variety of activities themed around the story of ‘the three little pigs’.  They have acted out the story, written the story and thought of a more suitable meal for the wolf.  They have also enjoyed observing their sunflowers. .Well done to the children who received certificates this week!

 Bearded dragon visit

This week we had a visit from ‘Ozzie’ the bearded dragon.  Before he came we discussed what we would like to find out about him.  The children came up with some brilliant questions! They were very attentive during his visit and afterwards they were able to talk about what they had learnt.  
Our book of the week was ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell.  Reception have been working hard to use their phonics when writing and this week have written about their favourite animals, made ‘Dear Zoo’ books and created a checklist for a zookeeper.  In Maths we have been working at doubling numbers.  We created meals for the animals by doubling all the ingredients.

Well done to our Wonka bar winner and to the children who received a handwriting certificate and a CHAMP of the week certificate!

The Elves and the Shoemaker

This week we have really enjoyed desiging our own shoe, decorating a shoebox and making a home for the Elves.  We were good at acting out the story and writing speech bubbles to go with the characters.  The children were very motivated to complete maths investigations involving measuring their feet and shoes and have worked at estimating and counting.

Today is Daily Mile Day; the children have been talking how we can be healthy.  They used their phonics knowledge to write about their ideas and were really proud of their work.  We put our best effort into completing our mile today in tracktine- Well done Reception!

Well done to our children who received reading certificates, a handwriting certificate, and CHAMP of the week! 

Billy Goats Gruff

We have enjoyed the story about the goats and the troll.  In our writing we used our phonics to write about what the goats said to the troll.   In our maths this week we have been estimating and counting, and creating subtraction number sentences.  We enjoyed finding out about objects that float and sink.  We also enjoyed building little bridges in the woods! On Thursday we learnt about Earth Day and we played a game where we sorted objects into the correct recycling containers.

Well done to our children who received reading certificates, a handwriting certificate, and CHAMP of the week!  We were proud of ourselves as this week we also received a sports certificate from Miss Layman- for being so attentive when learning archery skills - well done Reception!

We have had a wonderful first few days back at school.  The highlight of this week was baking our biscuits.  The children worked really well as a team at their tables; they were attentive, patient and followed the instructions.  We really enjoyed making them and showing them to our Nursery friends.  We also enjoyed eating them- they tasted delicious! A few of the children have asked for the recipe so they can make them at home (see below) please do add any pictures of home baking to Tapestry.

We have also enjoyed measuring our beanstalks and continued estimating and measuring during our time in the woods.