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Spring Term Overview 2018

Upcoming Dates 

  • Monday 19th– Friday 23rd February Half Term 
  • Tuesday 27th February - Siblings’ Parents’ evening
  • Thursday 1st March – Non Siblings’ Parents’ evening
  • Wednesday 7th March R2 – Mount Pleasant Farm Visit
  • Thursday 8th March R1 – Mount Pleasant Farm Visit
  • Wednesday 14th March Reception Mass
  • Tuesday 20th March Reception Mathematics Workshop a.m.
  • Thursday 22nd March Reception Mathematics Workshop a.m.
  • Thursday 7th June Reception Assembly a.m.

Look what we've been reading...

Look what we've been reading... 1 I Want My Hat Back

Week Beginning 22nd January 2018


Thank you to all of the parents that came to the phonic workshop last week. We hope that you found them useful and have been able to use some of the ideas at home. Our next workshop, which will be held in March, will be about supporting your child with mathematics. 


We know that at this time of year your child is picking up a pencil to write various things; please print off a phonics sound mat to help support your child with this. The sound mats can be found alongside other phonic resources in the EYFS phase information page.  

In class we have been reading ‘I Want My Hat Back’ and have been writing facts about bears. We are becoming more confident with our numbers to 20 and will need reinforcement of number recognition at home. Please support with this. 

To date we have been learning the following digraphs – qu, ng, th, sh, ch, ai and ee. See the phonics resource area for ways to support at home.


Week Beginning 18th December 
This week has been full of Christmas fun as the reception unit has been visited by Jingles an elf from the North Pole. The children have been excitedly looking for Jingles each day and have been busy writing reports about what he has been up to. The children have also been completing Christmas themed activities throughout the unit. 

We have been learning v, w, x, y and z in phonic lessons and are continuing to read/write tricky words – I, go, no, to and into.


In mathematics we have been learning about weight and have been exploring the weight of different items around the unit using a variety of weighing scales. The children have been using mathematical vocabulary of light, lighter, lightest, heavy, heavier and heaviest to explain what they have noticed and are learning to compare the weight of two to three items.

Comparing Weight

It has been a very busy and enjoyable first term with the children making good progress in their learning. Thank you parents for your continued support and we wish you a very happy Christmas! 

Week Beginning 11th December 
The children have been very busy recently preparing for the Christmas Nativity. They sang their songs beautifully during the performances and remembered to use their actions too. Everyone was very proud of them. Well done reception!

Christmas Nativity


As part of our Advent unit we held a prayer service for all of the reception children. We talked about the preparations we make during Advent to help celebrate the birth of Jesus and also discussed the different symbols of Advent (e.g. colour purple, Advent wreath and candles). The children helped decorate the prayer tables by creating their own Advent wreaths and by writing prayers for their family members. 

Advent Prayer Service

Advent Prayer Service 1
Advent Prayer Service 2

Animal Man Visit

This week we had the Animal Man in showing us lots of different types of animals including a tarantula, chameleon, owl, snake and rabbit. The children learnt lots of interesting facts about the animals and took great care when handling them. Some of the children were extra brave and were happy to have the tarantula on their heads and the snake around their neck! The Animal Man was very impressed with the care and consideration the children showed for the animals. 

Week Beginning 4th December 


Thank you to the parents/family members who supported the Christmas Bazaar on Friday. Fun was had by all and a substantial amount was raised for the school. We have been busy preparing the children for the upcoming nativity and have been learning a number of Christmas carols. 


In mathematics we have covered length and have been using mathematical vocabulary related to this e.g. long, short, longer, shorter, longest and shortest. The children went on a walk around the school grounds to collect items to compare the length. 

Measuring Length

This week we had the pleasure of watching a theatre group perform the Frog and the Princess. The show was very entertaining and was followed by a drama activity. The children talked about their favourite characters in fairy tales and also discussed good and bad characters. They were then asked to create statues of good and bad characters in different settings. It was great fun and the children loved the experience.

The Frog and the Princess


We have learnt the following sounds: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f/ff, l/ll, ss, j and v. The children have been continuing to practise reading and writing tricky words I, go, no, to, into and the. New tricky words will be sent out before Christmas and will be as follows - he, she, we, be, me, you, all, are, her, was they and my. 

Week Beginning 27th November 2017


During our RE topic of 'People who Care for Us' we were covering weddings through the bible story of 'The Wedding at Cana'. One child said, "I have never been to a wedding!" and another child said, " Can we have our own wedding at school...and there has to be dancing." This led to a number weddings taking place in the reception unit and afterwards followed a party. Please check out the photographs below. 


Week Beginning 20th November 2017


We took our learning down to the forest and whittled sticks to make a Stickman, dream catchers, dens and we also compared the length of sticks. The fun we has was unmeasurable and will be continued again in a few weeks time. 



We have made and ate cheese straws this week. The children had fantastic fun mixing, stirring, feeling and tasting their ingredients. They compared the texture to play dough and used vocabulary of sticky, squish, squeeze, kneed, roll, mushy, temperature and measure. The children compared the end product to Stickman but much tastier. 

Baking Cheese Straws


We have learnt the following sounds: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b and this week f/ff and l/ll. The children have been continuing to practise reading and writing tricky words I, go, no, to, into and the. We have been enjoying singing along to this tricky word song

Week Beginning 13th November 2017

We would like to thank everyone for their contribution to the Blessing on November 2nd we appreciate all those individuals who read or walked with us. It was a very reverent occasion which was helped by the year six buddies. We are very proud of all our children!


This week we have begun singing our Christmas Nativity songs. Watch out for more singing as the week's progress. The children in reception will participate in the nativity by leading a class song with singing and actions.

Look what we've been reading...

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Owl Babies


For the past couple of weeks we have delving into the book ‘Owl Babies’. We have been reading the story in class using actions; sequencing main events; walking around our school to collect things to make nests; talking about main characters, setting and exploring non-fictions texts about owls.

Picture 1 Making a Nest
Picture 2 Reading Owl Babies
Picture 3 Creating Leaf Art


We have recently been learning about 2D shapes. The children wanted to go on a walk around our school to find shapes in our environment. We looked at the properties of shapes and played games to familiarise the children with corners and edges.

2D Shape Activities

Look what we found in the messy play...

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Thank you to the parents who attended last week’s rearranged phonics workshop. It was nice to see parents having the opportunity to play and learn alongside their child. We have learnt the following sounds: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u and this week r.


Please continue to encourage your child to write at home e.g. shopping lists, cards and letters to relatives or Santy. This will give them greater confidence within the classroom.

Phonics Presentation

Week Beginning 30th October 2017

The children have come to school eager and excited to learn. We have been covering communication and language by listening to their stories about the half term.


This week we are learning about Bonfire Night and how people celebrate this event. The children have been creating pictures of fireworks; making rockets and play dough fireworks.


In phonics we are learning g and o this week. Sounds learnt so far include s,a,t,p,i,n,m and d. Please continue to support with homework i.e. tricky words and letter formation. So far the children have been learning to read and write ‘I’, ‘no’, ‘to’, ‘go’, ‘into’ and ‘the’.


This week are starting to focus on the book Owl Babies and this will continue for two weeks. Please support by reading this book at home if you have it or watch it through the following link:

Prompts – main character, setting, joining in with repeated refrains and finding tricky words in the story.

Bonfire Night Activities

Week Beginning 16th October 2017

This week we have been learning about Diwali and talking about different celebrations. We have listened to the story of Rama and Sita; decorated Mendi hands and created rangoli patterns using various materials.


We are starting to prepare for our Blessing which is happening in church on the 2nd of November. All parents/family members are welcome and walkers will be needed so please speak to a member of staff if you can help.


Diwali Activities

Week beginning 9th October 2017

The children have settled well into school life and routines are becoming the norm. It has been lovely to see friendships blossoming and the children’s confidence growing.


We would like to thank all of the parents who attended the parent’s phonics workshop and as the last workshop was heavily disrupted we have rearranged this to Thursday 9th November. If you haven’t previously attended please come along as they are beneficial to your child. We have made the PowerPoint available under EYFS phase area. The children have been taught the following sounds to date – s, a, t, p, i.


As you are aware the children have come home with a tricky word zip lock bag please keep these in your child’s book bag at all times as we will keep adding words to them. So far the children have been learning to read and write ‘I’, ‘no’, ‘to’, ‘go’ and this week ‘into’ and ‘the’. We will send out the letter formation (book) on a weekly basis and your child will have a week to complete this. We will collect these in every Wednesday. On a Tuesday and Friday we will renew your child’s library book. Please adhere to these days.


If you are available on the 17th October we will be introducing the children to our local area. You are more than welcome to attend as we will need extra adults. Please let us know - thank you.



Autumn Curriculum Sheet 2017

Welcome to Reception!

Our team includes Mrs Hill (R2), Mrs Carr (R1), Mrs Naylor, Miss Adkins, Mrs Hulme, Miss Baxter and Miss Lappin.


A very warm welcome to all the reception children and parents! We hope you all had a lovely summer enjoying the sunshine (or lack of).


Your child’s happiness is at the forefront of our minds as we believe they should be able to grow as a unique child in a stimulating and secure environment. We work with parents to ensure every child grows into a self-confident, independent and social individual who is motivated to learn.


In reception we aim to lay down the foundations for all future learning, this is achieved through a play based approach which promotes personalised learning enabling the children to access all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.


We have access to the outdoor environment and a natural curiosity about the world often leads the children into various lines of enquiry where the adults support and extend each child’s thoughts and ideas. We encourage the children to take pride in all they do and enjoy celebrating their achievements with them.


Look what we're reading...

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Reception Induction Presentation

Useful Websites 

Phonics play - there are several free games to play that will help your child with their blending and segmenting.

Phoneme pop! - the sounds/letters drift by on bubbles and your child has to pop the matching sound!

Phonics Pronunciation:

Phonics Support (Mr Thorne Does Phonics):

Jolly Phonics Songs:


Mud Kitchen

We feel the children would benefit from accessing mud play. Your child will need to bring in old clothing and wellies. Here are some pictures of the mud kitchen.

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