Reception Spring Term Week 12

On Tuesday, Reception Class joined KS1 in a very special Lenten Act of Worship. As usual, the children made us proud with their excellent behaviour, respect and reverence.

In RE , the children heard the story of the 14 Stations of the cross and then made their own crosses, with a range of different materials.

Our story focus this week has been ‘The Enormous Turnip’. Amongst other things, the children have had lots of fun re-enacting and sequencing the story, creating their own enormous vegetables, writing their own super veg stories and using fruit and vegetables in their art work.

In Maths, Reception have been exploring the many different ways of weighing, comparing and ordering objects.

They have also enjoyed participating in lots of different challenges; such as finding ways to get vegetables out of a box without touching them with their hands and finding the best surface for a toy car to travel over.

Thank you for your continued support.

We wish you a wonderful Easter and look forward to seeing you at the start of the new term.

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Reception Spring Term Week 11

It’s been another busy week in Reception, it’s hard to believe that we are almost two thirds of the way through the year!

In RE this week, the children have been learning about the Last Supper and thinking how we are reminded of this story every week in church when we receive Holy Communion. They also spent a long time examining and talking about the painting, ‘The Last Supper’ by Leonardo Da Vinci, one of the most famous paintings in the world.

With the help of the adults, the children role played receiving Holy Communion themselves.

The children then demonstrated their understanding of the story through role play, writing their own versions, painting the story and building their own Last Supper scenes with junk modelling materials and other large and small construction.

The weather yesterday was glorious and so we took the opportunity to take the PE lesson with Mr Dugan outside. The children enjoyed participating in some team games that focussed on developing their throwing and catching skills.

You should have received an email to activate your Tapestry account on Tuesday. Thank you to the parents who have already activated and have liked and made comments about their child’s learning already!

Please add your own observations and photos- remember only you and the Reception staff can see your child’s account, so don’t worry about getting it wrong! Your observations will help the staff to have an all round picture of your child, which will help when they come to make final judgements against the early Learning Goals at the end of next term.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend and a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer


Reception Spring Term Week 10

In RE this week, Reception have been focussing on Luke’s account of Palm Sunday; when Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem on a donkey.  The children demonstrated their understanding of the story through role play, writing their own versions of the story, painting pictures, making palm trees and building their own gates of Jerusalem with small construction.

In Maths, the children have been looking at properties of 2D and 3D shapes, and have been sorting and constructing their own.

The children have also enjoyed listening to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. They have been busy turning the outdoor role play area into a giant’s castle complete with beanstalk, measuring and comparing  objects against giant footprints, creating string instruments, writing different endings to the story  and building their own castles.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Spring Term Week 8 Reception

What a busy week of learning!

In RE, Reception have been learning about Lent and how we prepare for Easter by praying to bring us closer to God, by giving to others less fortunate than ourselves and by doing kind things for others.

The children wrote their Lenten promises which were used as part of the Lenten assembly on Friday. Reception also took part in a special Lenten Act of Worship with their Year 6 learning partners, which was led by Sofia, Jaineel, Oliver and Claudia.

On Thursday, Reception  joined the rest of the school in celebrating World Book Day. They were very excited and proud to show off their costumes alongside the older children and teachers and enjoyed listening to one another as they explained who they had dressed up as and why.

Next week, we are looking forward to British Science week which focusses on the theme ‘Journeys’.

Wishing you all a pleasant weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Spring Term Week 7 Reception

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Have you ever wondered what happened to the dish and the spoon when they ran away in the nursery rhyme, Hey Diddle, Diddle? This week Reception class found out when they heard the story, ‘The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon’ by Mini Grey. The children had lots of fun thinking and writing about what they would do if they found a big bag of money; ideas ranged from giving it to the poor, to buying a gold Lamborghini! In the story, the dish and the spoon make some poor life decisions and as a result the spoon is put in prison.  To re-enact this, Reception decided that they wanted the outside role play area to be a police station, complete with a jail and so they have been very busy working together to create and then play in it.

In RE, the children have learnt about the importance of buying Fairtrade in order to support hardworking farmers, so that they will get fair and better prices for their products, have decent working conditions, be in a position to make their own decisions and control their future and lead the dignified lives that they all deserve. The children then designed their own posters telling everyone to buy Fairtrade. Today, they reinforced their learning by discussing Fairtrade and then drawing the Fairtrade logo with their Learning Partners.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Spring term Week 6 Reception

Well, we are officially half way through our first year of school and to mark it, Reception performed their first ever class assembly today, all about love.

Their teachers were very proud of them all- Well done Reception Class!


As part of the school’s Other Faith Week, Reception have been learning about Judaism. On Tuesday the class participated in a fun, hands-on workshop, where they got to wear and look at lots of symbolic Jewish artefacts.

The class also participated in a Safer Internet workshop, where the children learnt about how to stay safe and what to do if someone is being unkind online.

Wishing you all a wonderful half term break!

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer



Spring Term Week 5 Reception

Our story focus this week has been the ‘The Ugly Duckling’. The class have spent lots of  time discussing the positive aspects of being different, and recognising and celebrating the similarities and differences between themselves. Inspired by the ending of the story, some of the class decided to make their own flying creations and test them outside!

As part of Safer Internet Day, the children took part of in a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectively, critically and creatively. They each designed a poster saying, ‘Don’t post mean pictures…post this instead’, and drew a picture that had nice content and didn’t require consent from  another person.

Our Maths focus this week has been addition, and the children have had lots of fun, practical experiences creating and solving simple addition problems.

We finished our week sharing an Act of Worship with our Year 6 Learning Partners. Well done to Kate, Kiera, Alex and Thomas for leading so beautifully.

Please remember to sign up for a parent consultation time – sheets will be left out in the hall next week.

We look forward to seeing you all at our first ever class assembly on Friday at 9.15am.

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer


Spring Term Week 4 Reception

Our story focus this week has been The Three Little Pigs. The children have been thinking about what materials they would make their own houses from and have enjoyed using the building site role play area. They also made their own houses from different materials, and worked together to create this fantastic den!

Due to the freezing temperatures this week, Reception have spent a lot of time investigating ice and were surprised to hear just how loudly the ice crackled when you put salt on it!

Today, the class enjoyed using watercolour paints and painting directly onto the snow. They also had fun participating in a team challenge of making a snow person together.

This afternoon, the Year 6 Healthy Living group cut up and shared the fruit the children had brought in this morning. Reception enjoyed trying lots of different exotic flavours.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Spring Term Week 3 Reception

What another busy week of learning Reception have had!

This week, the story focus has been ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. The children have been very busy turning the fairy tale cottage into Grandma’s house. They have also been designing bags suitable for transporting a cake to Grandma, drawing maps of the forest, writing lists of items to make Grandmas feel better and writing own versions of the story. The children were also challenged to independently make a free standing tree! We had some fantastic creations in class!

After Tuesday night’s snowfall, the children were keen to get outside on Wednesday morning. They were excited to see tracks left in the snow from different wild animals and the mud kitchen became the snow kitchen for the day!

On Thursday, Reception welcomed a very important visitor to the class- Bishop John Sherrington. The children learnt about the different vestments that he wears and the religious objects that he carries, such as the crosier. They shared their learning with him and sang their favourite song, Yellow Bird.

Friday’s PE lesson built on last week’s learning and the children had lots of fun working together to perform group balances to the rest of the class.

*Reception will be doing their very first assembly on Friday 15th February at 9.15am. Please join us!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Spring Term Week 2 Reception

Since returning from the Christmas break, Reception have been reading different versions of the story ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, as part of their new topic- Traditional Tales.

During this time, the children have written their own versions of the story in various different forms and have also written ‘Wanted’ posters to help find Goldilocks. They have created letters to say sorry to the three bears from Goldilocks and have made puppets, props and masks. They have made the three bears’ cottage from a range of large and small construction and have enjoyed role playing the story in the bears’ cottage in the outdoor area.

On Wednesday, the children were shocked to find that a crime had been committed! Someone had broken into the cottage, smashed up Baby Bear’s chair and made a real mess. The cottage was taped off as a crime scene! Luckily, we had lots of police detectives in the class, who were very keen to track down the suspect. Unfortunately, even though the police used all of their available resources, the criminal remains at large!

During part of our RE lesson this week, the children were introduced to their new topic, Sacramental People. The children thought about how God is all around us and within us and that he loves everyone. The children then thought about all the people who care for them at home and discussed how God is like those special loved ones, because like them, he cares for us too.

The class have enjoyed being taught gymnastics by Mr Dugan, the PE teacher from Dame Alice Owen School, for the past two Fridays. This is set to continue for the rest of this term.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer