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Welcome to Reception!



Our Team


 Miss Simpson        Miss Middleton       Mrs Wallis            Miss Stansfield      Mrs Back     



Miss Simpson is our Early Years Lead. 






A very warm welcome to all of our new Reception families. It has been a very busy couple of weeks as we are learning the routines and settling into school life. The children are settling so well and we are so proud of them. 

Spring 1 Topic Web

Washing Hands


We're frequently discussing effective ways to wash our hands and to keep ourselves safe. We've used this video in class to support our children's understanding of how to wash their hands properly.


How to wash your hands NHS song | NHS



Below are the copies of the Reception weekly newsletters.

A Taste of Reception


Here are some photographs of us exploring in Reception...



We've had lots of messy fun exploring with container capacity! Our children are getting more confident to use the new vocabulary e.g. nearly full, nearly empty, half full / empty, full and empty.

Julia Donaldson 


We're so thrilled that our book focus this half term is Julia Donaldson! She has written so many incredible books and we're so excited to enjoy lots of these books this half term. We have started the term with The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and Stick Man.

Number 7


Our number this week is Number 7. Our pupils are showing a strong understanding of numbers and enjoy engaging in a range of creative tasks to consolidate their knowledge. Children enjoy sharing the resources, learning collaboratively and discussing the number of the week.


Christmas Fun!

A Visit From A Fire Engine

Mini First Aid

Phonics Workshop


We hope you found the workshop yesterday (Thursday 7th October) useful. Please refer to the PowerPoint below if you feel it would be appropriate or you couldn't make the session. Thank you for joining us for the workshop and we're excited to start your child's reading journey with you! Please ask us any questions you may have, we're happy to help.

Healthy Teeth


We've had fun learning about how to look after our teeth. Our pupils are great at explaining why we brush our teeth, how many times a day and for how long. We've had discussions about baby teeth falling out ready for our adult teeth. We also compared animals e.g. puppies who also lose their baby teeth.


Our Visit to St. Matthew's church


As part of our work on advent and the Christmas story, we went to visit the church. Reverend Sue was fantastic at engaging the children in this special story.

Anti-bullying week


We kicked off anti-bullying week with an 'Odd socks' day. The children loved showing each other their odd socks. The children did a great job thinking about ways to be kind to one another. 

Remembrance Day


The children have enjoyed taking part in Remembrance Day activities. Our pupils have created some beautiful poppy pictures using a range of resources and enjoyed talking about why we take part in Remembrance Day.

Growth Mindset


We have spent this week developing our knowledge about what it means to have a 'growth mindset' through a range of books, one of our favourites is Mabel and the Mountain. Our pupils have really engaged with class discussions and are beginning to use the new language e.g. 'I am going to keep trying',  'I will have another go' and 'I can do it'. We're so proud of this attitude to learning.



Mabel and the Mountain by Kim Hillyard

Mabel is a little fly with a big plan. Will she be able to prove the doubters wrong?#readaloud #book #kidsbooksreadaloud #readaloudbooksforkids


We’ve had a lovely week learning about Diwali. Our pupils have shown lots of interest in learning about this wonderful festival of light. We have coloured in Diwali cards, created rangoli patterns with colourful sand and glue, painted and printed firework pictures and created the golden temple with construction blocks. Our learning got even more exciting this morning as we had a very special visitor, our visitor celebrates Diwali and discussed why it’s special and how she celebrates. 

Harvest Festival 


We had a fabulous first visit to St Matthew's Church. Our pupils joined in with the songs beautifully and showed lots of respect during the service. 

A Taste of Reception


Here are some photographs of us exploring in Reception...




This week we introduced the number 1 Numberblock. The children had lots of fun creating their own Numberblock in the creative area.

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.



We are also really proud of the amazing drawings and paintings the children have created. They have loved discussing what they have made.

Typical Timetable


Below is a timetable for a general week in Reception, however, this can change to different circumstances.

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.