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Welcome to Reception

Our new topic this half term is All About Me and Traditional Tales 

Our trip to St Leonard's Farm

The children absolutely loved the farm trip. They were able to hold and stroke lots of animals and their babies, had a turn on the back of the tractor, play in the fun barn, as well as the hay barn!

Pirate Party Day!

We loved dressing as pirates for the day! We did some pirate dancing, an outdoor treasure hunt, walked the plank and enjoyed some pirate books. After all those activities we were very hungry and enjoyed some pirate food at our shared table. 

Science Week!

We have all had so much fun during science week. We have looked at how colours can change and be mixed to create new colours. We made potions, for the wicked pirates to drink, used pipettes and lots of different containers. We used lots of lovely language describing the changes and predicting what we thought was going to happen. We have definitely have some future scientists in Reception!

World Book Day 2017


Well done to everybody in Reception for their fantastic World Book day costumes. We found it so hard to chose a winner as you all looked brilliant!

Phonics Stay and Play

This half term we decided to host a stay and play that focused on Phonics.This session looked at some of the activities we talked about during our phonics workshop for parents. The children have been working really hard on their phonics skills, and there has been a huge focus on writing or copying sentences. The children are happy and settled within their phonics groups, and enjoy playing lots of games to help with their learning. Again, a big thank you for everyone who came along!

A visit from Dside

Reception were visited by Dside this week. We learnt and talked about our feelings, what makes and keeps us healthy and safe, and how to look after ourselves and animals. We sat and listened quietly, waiting for our turn to answer lots of different questions. We knew lots of fruit and vegetables that are good for us! We then met a special, little, furry friend. He was so cute!

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Our Buddies smiley

We love spending time with our buddies!

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! In Reception we try and go outside in all weather so wellies and coats are always a good idea in the winter. Here are some pictures of us exploring the outdoor provision. 

A fire engine came to school!

A massive thank you to the Fire Fighters for making our Monday so special. The children loved looking inside the fire engine, watching the teachers dress up in the Fire Fighters uniforms, squirting the hose and hearing the siren go off. What a fantastic morning!

International Week

During International week, Reception chose to learn about Germany. We made German flags with paint and peg boards, Lederhosen puppets, and learnt to say hello in German too. Thanks to everyone who came to the cultural evening, it really did help celebrate the week's events!

Our visit to St Matthew's Church

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. We will assess the children’s ability in reaching the Early Learning Goal (2), exceeding (3), or not achieving (1). We thought these examples will help you to understand the expected levels, and of course 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 in ways, which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences, which can be read by themselves and others.  Some words are spelt 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. 

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Recognising numbers


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

WOW Vouchers

We are really interested in hearing anything that your child does at home, which you both think is an achievement and makes you smile. Please print off the voucher from the link below, and send the wow voucher back into school so that this moment can be celebrated in class too. 

Chilli Challenge

Please find this half term's chilli homework challenge from 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, where we can look at all the fab things you have been doing. 

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