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Welcome Reception 2020

The children have all settled in really well.

It is lovely to hear the sound of chatty and laughing voices filling the classroom again.

Autumn 1 Topic- Let's Discover

Meet the Teacher Presentation

Blooms Taxonomy- Extending children's thinking

Reception movie.mp4

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Home learning weekly work

Summer 2- July 13th


Forest School- Wildlife '30 Days Go Wild' activities
Please see 'Home learning' for phonics and maths resources to support you in teaching your child smiley

Home Learning Gallery

The Three Little Pigs Week

Poppy-3 pigs houses
Poppy- speech bubble writing

Phoebe retelling 'The Three Little Pigs' story

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Safety week and visiting the sea-side

During our 'Safety Week' we looked at internet safety and what we use the internet for.

The children sang a song to remind themselves how to stay safe on the internet.

The key message was TO TELL AN ADULT and ASK FOR HELP.


The children also looked at and discussed possible dangers around the home.


For seaside week the children made lovely seaside pictures, learnt about money and adding coins to buy ice-creams. They used all these ideas and created posters and ice-creams to sell in their ice-cream parlours.


Max- Ice-cream role play
Max- role-play posters
Max- seasdie picture
Poppy has made icecreams
Poppy- ice cream parlour
Poppy seaside picture
Poppy- role play poster
Poppy- seaside writing

Hot countries Week

Hot countries produce lots of exotic fruits.

We have made smoothies using different fruits.

Phoebe's smoothie

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Poppy- Smoothie fruit
Poppy- Smoothie Instructions
Poppy- Awongalema tree story
Lucas- counting on
Lucas- handwriting patterns
Lucas- counting on
Lucas- phonics
Lucas- more phonics
Matilda- hot country clothes
Poppy- Aboriginal dot painting
Lucas- reading

Our 'Lockdown' postcards to our friends

'Lost and Found' Week - Cold Countries

For Jelly-fish pictures- see RE section below
Max- penguin
Frank phonics
Poppy- penguins
Poppy penguin picture
Melting coloured ice
Poppy- story map of 'Lost and Found'
Retelling story using props
Poppy- Story
Which container is most suitable as boat?
Floating and sinking
Frank- counting on
Logan- capacity
Logan- cold country clothing
Logan- counting on
Logan- handwriting patterns
Logan- phonics 'are' and number work
Logan- phonics 'ur' and number work

Phoebe has frozen toy animals in coloured water.

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Watch how the colours mix when the ice melts.

Billy's Bucket Week

Max- forest school
Max 'are' sound words
Max- Billy's bucket writing
Max news- I made a tyre swing
Phoebe- Under the sea drawing
Poppy- capacity vocabulary
Poppy- sequencing
Poppy- mermaid 'hand painting'
Poppy- Writing
Frank- handwriting
Frank- matching phrases and pics
Frank- Billy's bucket writing
Capacity- match pics and measures


Ramsay caught a fish- kissed it and sent it back

The Very Busy Spider Week

Hannah's spider poem
Max's spider writing and picture
Max's spider poem
Phoebe's spider story writing
Poppy has retold 'The very busy spider' story
Logan's fish ordering
Logan's doubling spots
Max has made a nest
Phoebe's pompom spiders
Sophie's doubling spots
Mary's ordering fish

In Maths this week we are learning to 'share'

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Dinosaur Week

We have been creating our own dinosaurs, researching them and writing facts about

different types of dinosaurs.

What can you find out about the dinosaurs?

Max has created a new dinosaur on computer
Mary's nature alphabet
Max has been counting dinosaurs
Max's diary- I saw a fire.
Max's dinosuar dot to dot
Phoebe's dinosaur facts
Poppy's dinosaur facts
Poppy ordering numbers 1-20
Sophie making vegetable garden
Sophie's dinosaur
Sophie and brothers' volcano
Zendy Created her own dinosaur
Zendy's writing about her dinosaur

Rosie's Walk Week

Frank's 'The Creation'
Frank's 'Rosie's Walk' writing
Poppy going 'over, under, through' her obstacles
Poppy's Map and instructions of obstacle course
Max's chicks and chicken painting
R.E. Poppy's picture of 'The Creation'
Lucas has written about Rosie's walk
Poppy's story map about Rosie's walk
Poppy's story

Jack and the Beanstalk Week

poppy little bean song .mp4

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Max has described his castle. Lots of fantastic features named- flag, drawbridge, moat.
Max has also made an 'oubliette'. Can you find out what that is?
Lucas Castle
Lucas 2D shape castle
Frank's castle
Castle and speech bubble
Poppy's story
Castle 2D shapes
Addition and subtraction
Jelly bean addition
Jack and the beanstalk work
Jelly bean fine motor game
Phoebe being creative
Logan- story map
Max's Jack and the beanstal story
Logan- crack the code
Planting seed
Watering seeds
watering plants
Max's castle
Beau is reading
Mary's stickman
Mary's practising her writing in sand
Story map
Elsie's 2D shape castle
Elsie's crack the code
Elsie's story
Elsie's story map
crack the code

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Week

Logan- Repeating patterns
Logan- Hungry caterpillar list
Logan- cvc words
Logan- addition to 20
Max's butterfly
Harrison's cocoons
A butterfly has hatched
Addition using Lego
Number work
Frank's Easter Garden
Harrison is observing caterpillars
Life-cycle of a butterfly
My 'Virus' Diary
Hungry caterpillar list of food
Hungry caterpillar subtraction
Zendy lists food caterpillar ate and subtraction
caterpillar cakes

Religious Education

We will flourish and reach our God-given potential.


The Creation

Our topics this term interweave the theme of CREATION throughout.

Planting and growing of seeds.

Awe and wonder of the wonderful animal and creatures God created.

The cycle of life.

God created all the lovely creatures.

He created the jelly-fish.

Are jelly-fish made from jelly?


Reception class made wax art jelly fish paintings.
The Creation Pictures


Our Easter Gardens

Max's Easter Garden

Max said

"The Angel is sat on the tombstone on the left and Jesus and Mary on the right.

The heart tombstone is because everybody loves Jesus.

No cross because that bit doesn't exist now Jesus is alive again."



Growing seeds
Making bread rolls
Making crayons
Playing shop
Shadow drawings
Caterpillar nature picture
Stick man
Mary's 'Counting hands'
Stick numbers

Writing ideas!

Fantastic writing Poppy! On to Rainbow!

Welcome to Reception


A very warm welcome to Reception.


Mrs Powell is the class teacher and the teaching assistants are Mrs Randall and Mrs Brandram-Jones.


We have a lovely large classroom with a cloakroom and toilets.


We have a reflection corner where you can sit quietly, read books, talk quietly to your friends or take some time out to think about things.


We have lots of construction toys, counting equipment and mark-making tools easily accessible at all times.


Indoors we have a messy area offering a range of sensory activities.


A large role-play area occupies the classroom and children are encouraged to select their own themes such as a cafe, hospital, police station, shop and post office to name a few.


We also have a large outdoor classroom where we have our own garden, sand area, play house as well as a wide range of large building equipment. All of this is fenced and gated for security.


All of our learning is done through play and follows the interests and needs of the children.

World Book Day


Reception have dressed up as a book character. They enjoyed looking through their books with each other. We made finger puppet characters from our chosen books. Lots of discussion as they drew their characters.

French Day


Reception learnt the primary colours in French - bleu rouge jaune. They enjoyed running around and finding the correct colour.

Reception Spring Letter

Christmas Nativity

Diwali - story and colouring

Diwali - lotus flower

Diwali - firework patterns

Harvest festival - Little red hen story retelling

Pumpkin and chocolate muffins

Using the pumpkin flesh in cooking

Baking pumpkin muffins

Feeling the texture of the pumpkin flesh

Scooping out flesh and seeds

Pumpkin collecting

Picking our school grown pumpkins

Exploring Autumn tray

Autumn colours

Playdough hedgehog

Percy the Park Keeper

September 2019


We have been playing lots of ‘Getting to know you’ games.


We have explored the school environment.


We have been focusing on building our relationships and having lots of fun!


We play games that make us excited and happy but we also make sure we take time out to relax, unwind, be quiet and reflect.