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Welcome to Reception!

During our last half term we will be exploring three different topics, the first is Africa! 

This is to celebrate Miss Quirke's recent travels.


We will also be looking at the story 'Naughty Bus' and finally learning all about 'The Farm' in preparation for our upcoming trip!


Take a look at the Curriculum Web below for further information about what we are learning. 


We started our topic with the lovely story Handa's Surprise.

What is your favourite fruit?

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Our Term So Far!

So far in the summer term we have been lucky enough to have both tadpoles and ducklings come to stay with us in Reception- they have helped us to learn a lot about animal life cycles. We have also celebrated the Royal Wedding with a picnic party lunch in the glorious sunshine!



Pyjama Drama


On a Monday lunchtime Pyjama Drama delivers drama and play sessions to the children who signed up at the beginning of term.


Play is an essential part of childhood which develops skills that stay with us for life and Pyjama Drama we're experts in this field!

The classes they deliver develop communication and language skills, concentration, social and motor skills (and much more!). Children are led through magical adventures which allow them to learn about the world in which they live, develop essential life skills, make friends and have fun.


We were lucky enough to have Pyjama Drama visit us and deliver a session in each class too, watch below to find out more.

Outdoor Learning

Learning in the outdoors is really important for Reception as it helps us to work on our gross motor skills, which leads to better writing! We try to go outside and use our outdoor classroom in all weather- so wellies, hats, gloves and scarves (as well as coats) are vital in the winter months. Here are some pictures of us exploring our outdoor provision.

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Our first trip to St. Matthew's Church

Spirited Arts Week 2018


We chose to explore 'Holy Spaces' to celebrate Spirited Arts Week. First, we researched different Holy Spaces- after this, we either cut out or drew a place that was special to us! This varied from churches and temples to lovely, peaceful areas such as our back garden.

From this, we created a big collage of all our work. This is currently on display in our Shared Area if you'd like to have a look!

Writing and Reading Skills


Each day, every child in Reception has an opportunity to develop their writing skills. We thought it would be useful for you to see some examples of writing that are used throughout the country to demonstrate the required standard by the time children leave Reception to start Year 1.We hope these examples will help you to understand the expectations we have at school, and in turn help you when thinking of how to help your child at home. Please come and see us if you would like any advise on how to help.


'The Early Learning goal'

Children use their phonic knowledge to write words which match their spoken sounds. They are also able to write some irregular common words (tricky words). They write simple sentences, which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelled correctly and others are phonetically plausible.



Children who can segment and blend sounds easily, are able to use this knowledge when reading and spelling. Segmenting and blending individual sounds can be difficult at the beginning. Encourage your child to sound out each word and blend those sounds together to say the word. 


Maths Skills


By the end of the year, children should be able to recognise numbers 1-20. So look out for numbers at home, in the outdoor environment- everywhere! 

WOW Vouchers

We are really interested in hearing anything that you and/or your child think is an achievement outside of school- things that make you smile with pride. Please print off vouchers from the link below and send them into us at school, so that this moment can be celebrated in class!

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Summer Term 2

Chilli Challenge


Please find this half term's Chilli Challenge homework via the link below. Remember, we ask for at least 3 activities to be done at your own leisure, but feel free to do as many as you like! These can be sent back into school when you have finished them so we can look at all the fabulous things you have been doing and celebrate them together in class, before displaying them on our Chilli Challenge board in the Shared Area. 

Parent Workshops


This half term we decided to host a 'Stay and Play' focused on maths, following our most recent parent workshop. This session looked at some of the activities we talked about during our workshop and gave parents/carers the opportunity to come in and see how hard the children have been working to develop their number skills.


We also hosted a 2Simple workshop (there will be another one scheduled after the February half term too!). This was an opportunity for parents/carers to come in and have a go at using the new Parent Share aspect of the current system we use to record your child's 'Learning Journey'. 


All documents we used in these workshops, as well as any resources, are provided below.

 Again, a big thank you to everyone who was able to come along!

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