Reception Week Beginning 30.1.23


This week, Reception have been focussing their learning around the story ‘The Gingerbread Man’, which they absolutely loved! The class particularly enjoyed learning the Gingerbread Man Song. Not only was the song frequently requested throughout the week, but we found that it also really helped the children to remember the order of the story.

On Wednesday, Reception took part in a lovely nature walk over the farmland next to the school. It was a beautiful, sunny morning, perfect for spotting wildlife and signs of new growth. The children were very excited to be outside of the school and exploring somewhere new.

The class have also been very busy preparing for next Friday’s class assembly. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Have a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team

Reception Week Beginning 23.1.23

Another busy week has flown by in Reception!

The book focus this week was the story of The Three Little Pigs.

The class had lots of fun thinking of different ways to trap the wolf, to make sure that he never bothers anyone again. Ideas ranged from putting him in a rocket and sending him into space, to putting a ring of fire around his house, so that he wouldn’t be able to leave!

Amongst other things, the children built their own strong houses for the pigs to live in safely, they role played the traditional tale and used puppets to retell the story in their own words.

In maths lessons this week, Reception have been exploring and comparing different measures and extending their mathematical language. For example, when learning about capacity, they learnt and applied new vocabulary such as: full, nearly full, empty, nearly empty. The class also had fun practically learning about mass and height.

In the Ten Ten session this week, the class learnt and applied names to different family relationships, and discussed ‘special people’ who they can trust. They also participated in a whole class activity, where together they sorted people in their everyday lives into ‘family’, ‘friend’ and ‘other people I know’ categories.

Dinosaur Egg News!!!

On Wednesday, the class received the dreadful news that the dinosaur egg that they were looking after for Professor Needham at The Natural History Museum, was unbelievably STOLEN!!!!

Luckily, Harvey had seen the thief carrying the egg, from his bedroom window the night before, and he was able to give a brilliant description of him; the police said that the information was extremely helpful! From this, the class were able to make detailed wanted posters and police reports. Some of the children also took fingerprints from anyone entering Reception,( to eliminate them as suspects) and they used their investigative skills to look for clues. The thief is still at large… hopefully the class will have some good news to share next week.

If the weather is kind to us next week, we are hoping to go for a walk on the farmland next to the school on Wednesday. If your child does not yet have wellies in school, please send some in with your child before then. Thank you.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team


Reception Class Week Beginning 16.1.23

Despite the temperature being so cold this week, the children have enjoyed playing in the outside area, where earlier on in the week, they went on an ice hunt, explored the properties and beauty of ice under the magnifying glass and experimented with ways to dissolve it.

As part of the whole school Other Faith Week, Reception class learnt about the Jewish religion and in particular the Shabbat. The Shabbat is the Jewish Day of Rest. It happens each week from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday. During Shabbat, Jewish people remember the story of creation from the Torah where God created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th day.

The children also learnt about how Jewish people go on a pilgrimage to The Western Wall in Jerusalem and how, when they get there, they write special messages to God and insert them into this special wall. Inspired by this new learning, the children wrote their own messages to God and built Western Walls from a variety of construction.

The class have built on their maths learning from last week, by finding different ways of grouping 5 into three groups and recording their learning. They were also challenged to work out missing quantities, when part of five was hidden.

In English, Reception’s learning was derived from the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children had fun hot seating the characters from the story and learning The Three Bears Rap. They also made ‘wanted’ posters, character masks, puppets,  furniture for the bears and even wrote apology letters on behalf of Goldilocks.

On Monday, the class received a letter from the Natural History Museum asking the children to look after a precious dinosaur egg. The adults in Reception were dubious and a bit worried, as the last time they looked after an egg, it cracked, the dinosaur inside escaped and this triggered a country wide hunt for it!!!

The children persuaded the adults that it would be fine and that they could take care of it. They wrote back to the museum accepting their request and on Wednesday, it was delivered!


Reception class were so excited!

The children quickly went about writing signs telling people not to touch the egg. They also designed and built display cabinets to keep it protected, as it is so fragile.

The children have also been inspired to make their own dinosaur worlds and have been using the small world dinosaurs to make up stories in them.

Have a wonderful weekend,

The Reception Team

Reception Week Beginning 9.1.23

Happy New Year!

Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and restful break.

It was lovely to see the children and their families on Monday morning. The whole class have returned to school healthy, happy and with a great attitude towards their learning!

Reception began their week by learning about the Epiphany. They thought about what gift they will give to the world this year and made crowns, which they wore to the special whole school Epiphany assembly.

Our new whole class learning focus this half term is, Time- Past, Present and Future. This week the children have been thinking about the story ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf?’ by Debbie Gilori.

You can watch the Debbie Gilori reading her book here:

The children went on to think about the best and worst time they have ever had. They also made clocks and watches from a variety of materials, they learnt about day and night and discussed the things they do as part of their daily routine. They had lots of fun playing the game ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf?’ too.

The weather has not been at all kind to us this week, so as soon as it was dry enough on Thursday, we took the maths lesson outside onto the KS2 playground. The children have been learning about the composition of the number five and had lots of fun using the hoops and beanbags to find different ways of making the number. The children learnt how to say a number sentence and some children even wrote some number sentences down, when they got back to class.

It looks like we are due to have a very cold week next week. Please ensure that your child is dressed warmly and in particular has a named hats and pair of gloves.

Wishing you a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team

Happy Christmas!

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On behalf of all of the Reception staff, I would like to offer a huge thank you for all your good wishes and generosity this Christmas. It is really appreciated!

Thank you also for your wonderful support this term. We really hope that all our families manage to keep the sickness bugs at bay  this holiday and for those children currently sick, that they make a quick recovery, in time for Christmas.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas filled with joy and laughter.

See you in the New Year!

Ms Pemberton

Reception Week Beginning 12.12.22

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!!

Reception class have had a very exciting week in school which began with a snow day on Monday!

Sadly, many of the Reception children have been poorly this week and attendance on some days was very low. It was with great sadness and disappointment that we had to cancel the class Nativity on Thursday. We are looking forward to leading the whole school in a special Valentines Day assembly, on Friday 10th February.

This week the children have enjoyed: eating Christmas dinner, watching a panto, meeting Father Christmas and partying!

Tonight we have sent home some very tired but happy children!

We’ve really missed the children and staff who have been away this week; we hope to see you all fighting fit on Monday morning!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

The Reception Team

Snow Day 12.12.22

Dear Reception,

I missed you all last week and I’m looking forward to catching up with you this week!

What a beautiful, snowy sight this morning! I hope you have lots of fun playing in it today.

Here are some some activities that you can do at home today:

Begin by listening to the story of The Snowman by Raymond Briggs (Parents, I always tell the children at the end, that the little boy made the snowman again, the next time it snowed!)

You can watch the animated version here:

After watching The Snowman, if it’s possible, go outside with you special adult and build your own snowman/ snowwoman or even a snow animal! Take pictures and upload them to Tapestry if you can. If it’s not possible to go outside, design your own snowman or collect a little snow on a baking tray and build a miniature one inside. Draw a picture of what your snowman looks like.

Discuss the big question-Does a snowman need clothing? Why? Why not?

If you could fly anywhere with your snowman, where would you go? Draw a picture and use your phonics to write some words to describe the place.

Paint your own snowy picture.

Make prints and trails in the snow outside, using different objects such as cars, dinosaurs, twigs, flowerpots, feet.

Have fun making a snow volcano. Click on the link to show you how.

Have fun making paintings in the snow using food colouring.

You will need a spray or squeezy bottle, some food colouring and some water.

Put a few drops of the food colouring in the bottle and fill it up with cold water.

Go outside and have fun painting the snow!

Just to stress, you are not expected to do all of these activities, they are just some ideas for you to choose from.

Have fun!

Ms Pemberton

Reception Week Beginning 28.11.22

This week, Reception have been learning about Advent and focussing on the meaning of the first candle- Hope.

They listened to the story, The World Made a Rainbow by Michelle Robinson. From missing friends, missing teachers, and missing grandparents, The World Made a Rainbow tackles all of the challenges of life under the recent lock-downs for little ones, while offering hope, comfort, and solidarity. You can listen to this beautiful story below.

Remarkably, very few children in the class remembered Covid 19 or the lock-downs and were fascinated to hear about how the older children in our school had to stay at home and do their learning online!

The class thought about their own hopes and used their phonics to write them down. They then put them in our class ‘jar of hopes’. They also made rainbows from various materials- a worldwide symbol of hope.

On Thursday, we were visited by Bishop John, who began the day by joining the school for a special Advent assembly. He then came to the Reception classroom, where he was treated to two songs from our upcoming Nativity performance. He was very impressed!

The children are looking forward to their performance on Thursday morning. Thank you to all of the parents who have provided their child with undergarments to wear underneath their costume. If you haven’t done so already, please send them in as a matter of urgency.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team

Reception Week Beginning 21.11.22

This week, Reception have been learning about the Jewish festival of lights- Hanukkah. The word Hanukkah means rededication and commemorates the Jews’ struggle for religious freedom.

After watching the videos above, Reception had an opportunity to explore some Jewish religious artefacts. The children also participated in lots of Hanukkah inspired activities including: creating their own menorah paintings,  making Star of David decorations and constructing their own Torah scrolls!

As a whole class, Reception discussed how they feel when they are alone in the dark and also brainstormed all the different things that give off light!

This week, Reception have also been very busy rehearsing for their upcoming Nativity performance. Please check your child’s book bag for an important letter that went home yesterday about costumes.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

The Reception Team


Reception Week Beginning 14.11.22

It’s been another busy week of learning in Reception!

This week, the class have taken part in Anti-Bullying Week along with the rest of the school.

The children began the week by listening to the story of The Ugly Duckling and watching Disney’s 1939 adaptation of the story. You can watch it here:

They also enjoyed singing along with this Ugly Duckling song.

They learnt that bullying behaviour has key aspects:

  • It’s hurtful
  • It’s intentional
  • It’s repetitive

They watched this film clip and identified the bullying that took place.

Reception learnt about what they should do if they themselves are being bullied, or if they think that someone else is. They also thought about how they could be a good friend to everyone. The children made friendship cards and pictures and gave them to their friends. Reception also made anti-bullying posters, created homes for the ugly duckling, made masks and retold the story using small world.

As part of Friendship Friday, Reception joined their Year 6 Learning Partners in the November sunshine, for a special karate lesson together. They had so much fun together!

The highlight of the week was an exciting visit from Arthur’s mum Natalia, from Year 6. She is a bus driver and she came to tell the class all about how she helps the local community. She even brought her bus with her and managed to squeeze it through the gates and park it right outside the Reception classroom. Such skill! The children had so much fun exploring the double decker, opening and closing the doors, ringing the bell and sitting in the driver’s seat! Thank you so much to Natalia and Sullivan Buses for this wonderful experience!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

The Reception Team