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Welcome to Reception


Typical Reception Timetable

Key Information


Communicating with your child's class teacher: 

Our direct year group email is As both classes use this email, please make it clear in the subject line who the email is for (FAO Miss Simpson or FAO Miss Stansfield). 


Collecting your child at the end of the day:

We have now learned most parents'/carers' faces which is great for a speedy home time dismissal. If your child is being collected by another person, please ensure that your child's class teacher is aware of this in advance. The best way to do this is by contacting the school office. Due to safeguarding reasons, we cannot release a child to a person without prior instruction from the parent/carer. 


Names in clothing:

Please ensure that your child's clothing is clearly labelled with their name so their clothing can be rightfully returned (should it be taken off). 


PE days:

On PE days children should come to school in their PE kit. They will wear the kit all day.

RHS has PE on Thursday.

RGS has PE on Friday.


Library day:

Every Tuesday the children go to the school library. They have the chance to borrow a book of their choice to enjoy reading at home.



Next Half Term - Spring Term 2

Our Topic - Traditional Tales


Our Current Learning - Spring Term 1

Our Topic- Julia Donaldson



Children's Mental Health Week - 5th - 9th February 2024


We kick started the week with an assembly about Mental Health. We discussed the Mental Health Continuum and how different situations may affect how we feel. When feeling overwhelmed, the high 5 breathing technique could be really useful. We ended the assembly by each class receiving a new book to boost self - esteem.


After reading Worrysaurus, we decided to make our own happy bags. We will fill them with items that make us feel happier and we can use this as another strategy to support us managing our feelings.


Cheryl from The Little Book Shop came in on Tuesday to share a story about being brave. We really enjoyed listening to this story read by Cheryl.

Wellbeing Day - Friday 9th February 2024


We're so excited for our whole school well-being day. Photos will be added here from the day...

Stay and Play Sessions


A big thank you to our grown - ups for helping us with our learning this week. We were so proud of how well the children participated in these sessions.

The Gruffalo

We have started our new topic which is Julia Donaldson. The topic has started with a favourite, The Gruffalo. This led into some super Gruffalo paper bags, we thought very carefully about the description and added some super purple spikes on the back!

Reflection Time


This half term our focus is learning about how and why people pray. We've enjoyed looking at and learning about prayer kneelers, rosary beads and prayer mats. 

Ice Explorations


We have enjoyed exploring ice and discovered sea animals stuck in the ice! We thought about different things the animals could be saying e.g. help me!. We then had a go at writing this on speech bubbles for our writing task.



We are busy currently learning digraphs in our phonics sessions. A digraph is "two letters and one sound" e.g. sh in shop, ai in rain. We try to link the activities in the provision areas to help children consolidate this knowledge. Some of the activities this week helped the children to retain the digraph ow by drawing and crafting owls.



Reverend Simon delivered a wonderful Christingle service and we enjoyed learning about the different parts and what they represent. We were very excited to bring them home with us!


Previous Learning - Autumn Term 2

Our Topic- People Who Help

People Who Help


Christmas fun!


In Reception we have been enjoying lots of festive activities including our Christmas party, seeing Santa, making cards and colouring as well as a lovely whole school trip to the church for the carol service. 

Getting into the Christmas spirit!


In Reception we have been getting into the Christmas spirit. We started off wearing our Christmas jumpers ready for the Christmas fair. We have enjoyed starting Christmas crafts including our special Christmas cards. We all enjoyed playing out in the snow and loved making snow angels.

A visit to church


Miss Wadwell took the children across to the church as part of their learning about special places. The children enjoyed meeting Reverend Simon and listening to information about the church and Christianity.

A visit from a dentist


The children had a visit from the dentist. They loved learning about how to brush their teeth and were thrilled to receive a new toothbrush and toothpaste. They learnt about foods that were good for their teeth and foods that they should not have as much of. 

Understanding the World


Miss Wadwell does a fantastic job leading this across Reception. Last half - term, she focused on children learning what is special to them, who is special to them and why. They had an amazing time building a map with cardboard boxes to show some of Chapel Allerton. 

Look at us learning!


We have lots of time exploring in the areas of provision. These photos show some of our learning in Reception...

Reflection Time


Each week, we enjoy our reflection time session. This half term, this involves being quite and calm whilst we learn about how different countries around the world celebrate Christmas. Mrs Brown and Mrs Robertson have kindly spoken to us about Romania and Jamaica. 



The children took part in a Remembrance service at the church. Some of them held crosses with the names of some of the soldiers from Chapel Allerton. This service sparked the children's interest in poppies and they created some lovely poppies using loose parts and playdough. 

Odd Socks


The children took part in Odd Socks day as part of Anti- Bullying Week. We celerated our differences and had lots of fun making our own odd socks with our Year 6 Buddies.



The children had fun learning about Diwali (the festival of lights). They listened attentively to Mrs Maini talking about how her family celebrate Diwali. The children loved seeing the beautiful clothes the children wore and learning about the different foods that Mrs Maini's family ate. 


Following on from this the children were keen to create their own diya lamps using clay. They used their hands to mould the clay then used tools to add details. The children waited for the clay to dry before painting the lamps bright colours.

Previous Learning - Autumn 1

Our Topic- All About Me



All About Me!


We've started our new topic 'All About Me' by recognising what makes us special and unique with a brilliant book 'Incredible Me'. We've enjoyed creating a self portrait and engaged in various creative tasks to draw / paint / collage ourselves. We will be learning about The Colour Monster and developing our emotional literacy to recognise and talk our feelings. 

World Mental Health Day


As part of World Mental Health day, we read the book 'Incredible You' and shared discussions about what makes us incredible. We then completed an activity to share positive words about ourselves and reflected on what we do well.

Zones of Regulation


Inspired by The Zones of Regulation, we've created our own version to link it with one of our favourite books, The Colour Monster. This is a really useful tool to help children understand their feelings can put them in different zones. Our aim is for children to recognise these feelings and zones and to develop strategies together.

We are creative


We're enjoying a variety of art based tasks with a focus on developing creativity and imagination, enjoyment and autumn. 



We are exploring the new season with a variety of activities. We're recognising signs of Autumn and learning to name all four seasons.

Settling in


We are working really hard to learn school routines and rules and the pupils are doing really well with these new changes. Look at the photos below of us enjoying our learning areas...

How to wash your hands NHS song | NHS

Mark Making


The children are enjoying mark making both inside and outside. Some children have even tried writing the sounds we have learnt so far.



Daily Prayers


At lunchtime and at the end of the day we do a whole class prayer. The children do not have to join in with this but are asked to be respectful during this time. Below are the words to the prayers. At lunchtime and at the end of the day we do a whole class prayer. The children do not have to join in with this but are asked to be respectful during this time. Below are the words to the prayers.


Keeping healthy


Here is the hand washing video that we have used to learn how to wash our hands properly. Remember, we need to wash our hands when we have used the toilet, before we eat and when we come into a new environment. 

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!




We use the Whiterose Maths mastery curriculum in Reception. This scheme of work was developed to build a new culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths. 



We use the CBeebies Numberblocks to support our teaching of numbers.


Early Writing Skills

Please encourage your child to mark make using pens, pencils, paintbrushes etc. Part of the writing process is children ascribing meaning to marks and children gaining confidence with pencil control.