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We are starting our final countdown in Reception- we are just astonished that we are nearly at the end of the year!

Time really does fly when you are having fun.  

Thank you to all who came and supported us during Sports Day. Well done to team Ennis for winning the cup and a big well done to every child who took part. 

We will be doing a lot of activities over the next few weeks to get us ready for Year 1 and all the children will meet their new teacher. 


Dates for the Diary 

Friday 12th July - Reports sent out 

Tuesday 16th July @9.30am - RB class assembly

Wednesday 17th July @9.30am- RM class

Wednesday 17th July- 4pm-6pm- class teachers available for appointments regarding reports if you need us.

Thursday 18th July- Transition with new teacher. 

Friday 19th July- School finishes for Summer @3.15pm 


**Please Note** Children will start Year 1 on Wednesday 4th September. -




Thank you for your support this year


Miss McDaid, Miss Black & Team




Our Topic Overview


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3


Seasons-Winter & Spring


Celebrations & Traditions.

Celebrations & Traditions.

Celebrations & Traditions.

All About Me

New Life

Growing and Keeping Healthy.


Topics will arise according to the children's interests. We believe in following the children's interests to springboard our topics for the week. So look out for lots of interesting learning going on!



Reception Curriculum Overview

The children will work towards these learning outcomes through a mix of adult led and child initiated activities.

Term 3


Topics will include: Spring/Summer, Growing, Celebrations and Traditions, Stories and Traditional Tales. Further topics will arise according to the children’s interests.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

· Children learn to play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and will form positive relationships with adults and other children.

· Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.

· Children learn to talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They learn to adjust their behaviour to different situations, and learn to take changes of routine in their stride.

Communication and Language

· Children will be able to listen attentively in a range of situations. They learn to listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They can give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately.

· Children learn to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They will develop confidence when answering ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

· Children learn to express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They will be developing their ability to use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.

Physical Development

· Children will develop good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They practise moving in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They will learn to handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing. They will be taking part in the bike ability project and will learn how to ride a balance bike.

· Children will learn the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They will continue to manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.


· Children will aim to read and understand simple sentences. They will learn to use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They will also read some common irregular words. 

· Children will also learn to use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They will also write some irregular common words. They will aim to write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.


· Children will learn to count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. They will learn to add and subtract and solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

· Children will continue to use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They will practise recognising, creating and describing patterns. They will continue to explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

Understanding the World

· Children will be given opportunities to talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They will learn about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

· Children will learn about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They will learn about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They will continue to make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

· Children will continue to recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They will select and use technology for particular purposes.

Expressive Arts and Design

· Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

· Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. We will continue to  develop their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.

Religious Education

New beginnings


Our Planet- Recycling

Religious celebrations



















What a fantastic, busy week! We have had a lot of fun making some of our final memories of Reception. We enjoyed watching the school production of 'The Wizard of Oz'- it wont be long until we grace that stage! 

We also enjoyed a visit to the book bus, enjoyed our camping experience of toasting our own s'mores on the BBQ and we even managed to squeeze in a visit with to our Year One classrooms to meet our new teachers! They were lovely and now we are getting excited about Year One! smiley


Miss McDaid's class will move on to Miss Jennings (1J)

Miss Black's class will move on to Mrs Lowther & Miss Davis (1LD)


It's the final countdown....

Fun in the Sun!

Save our planet- reduce, reuse and recycle!


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What a week...sun's out, we're out!

The floor is lava!!

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Dinosaur Invasion in school!


This week we have enjoyed learning about growing, we enjoyed discussing what we can do now that we couldn't do when we were younger. The children are so grown up now, they can do so much!


We also enjoyed planting and gardening this week and we are eager to see our cress grow in school.

We enjoyed a walk around the school grounds to discover the signs of Spring and discussed new life at this time of the year.


Our favourite part of the week was playing 'guess the baby' with our baby photographs! :)

Have a go again below and see how many you can get!


Planting cress

5,4,3,2,1...blast off!

learning about halving

Testing for waterproof materials
Testing for waterproof materials
Testing for waterproof materials
Testing for waterproof materials
Halving fun
Exploring halving
We can share by two
One for me, one for you
Looking at half
Investigating materials
Testing our ideas
"This rips"
Is it waterproof?
"The water runs off this one"
"It hasn't come through"
"It's soaking wet"
Nice and dry!
Fun in PE
Practising our ball skills
Where's it gone?
Creative fun - a car
Ready, steady, go
We're off
Cutting our jam toast in half
Mmmmmm - delicious
"I've made a double"
Problem solving - finding halves of numbers
Halving fun
Aliens in our garden!
Alien alert!
Another one!!
"Mine's a baby one"
Aliens everywhere!
Creating a space ship outside
All aboard the flying machine
Measuring using standard units
Measuring with cubes
Planting fun
Green fingers
Digging a hole
A snail!
Observing the snail coming out of it's shell
Snail on the move!!
More planting fun

Term 3!

What's landed in our garden!?
Lets have a closer look
hmmmmm I think I spot some clues..
Let's mix up some rocket fuel
We can design a rocket to go to Space
Let's jump on this side to shoot it up to Space!
Bowling fun
"I think we may have some aliens around here now"
Ordering the story of 'Whatever Next'
"I built a rocket ship to fly to the moon"
Retelling the story with friends
Fishing for letters
Information books about Space are very interesting
Let's get in our rocket and go to the moon
I'm measuring up the rocket, will we all fit?
Painting and labelling our pictures
Space word hunt
Bike Ability, learning to ride balance bikes
Bike Ability, learning to ride balance bikes
Bike Ability, learning to ride balance bikes
Bike Ability, learning to ride balance bikes
Bike Ability, learning to ride balance bikes
"I'm making a class register of who is in."
Reading kept fun!
Solving number sentences

Pancake Day

Stay and read - we loved sharing our books with a grown up

World Book Day - we love books!

We will, we will, ROCK YOU!

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Thank you to another parent for visiting our class! We loved learning about your job as a drummer! :-)

Fun in Reception

Outdoor number problem solving
Making vegetable soup
Making vegetable soup
Exploring vegetable soup ingredients
Exploring vegetable soup ingredients
Watching the soup cook
We loved our soup!
Supertato to the rescue!
Supertato to the rescue!
Supertato to the rescue!
Valentines Day crafts
Super writing!
Building our finger muscles!
Enjoying some quiet reading time
Our writing is SUPER!
Teamwork number ordering
Enjoying the lovely weather!
Making flags
Enjoying the lovely weather!
Mark making on the shed
'Painting' the outside shed
Catching the rays
Writing fun
Visit to the computer suite
Building brilliance
dig, dig, dig!
Dinners ready!
Who wants a pancake?
Mark making in the flour
Yes no questions
Exploring outdoors
Who wants a pancake?
Who wants a pancake?
Count my spots!
Artists at work
Artists at work
Supertato to the rescue!
Supertato to the rescue!
Stay and Play
Stay and Play
Stay and Play
Stay and Play
Stay and Play
Stay and Play
Stay and Play
Stay and Play
Monster truck under construction
Monster truck under construction
Cakes anyone?
A flying car!
Flag fun

Chinese New Year fun!

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A visit from the fire fighters!

Fire fighters are go!

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Amazing visits this week!

How to press metal to make car parts
Cranes are used to lift the heavy metal!
Learning all about what happens in a car factory!

Hey Presto Music!

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We enjoyed a music concert from the guys at Presto Music. A lot of the children have signed up to receive a free session at their studios- have fun rocking it out! We definitely did in school! :)

Catching Snowflakes

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Let it snow..let it snow..let it snow!!

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Jolly January

Check out the video link below to see some Christmas Fun smiley

It's a Wriggly Nativity!

The fabulous Joseph and Mary
Give it up for the Shepherds and sheep
The delightful dancing animals!
Our beautiful Angels
The fantastic innkeepers!
Our superstar narrators and singers!
The wisest men in all the land
Our superstar narrators and singers!

Christmas is coming!

Writing our Christmas Letters to Santa
Counting into our stockings!
Finding letters in the snow!
Santa's workshop has been busy!
Santa lists :)
Lots of Christmas wishes being made
Balancing the Christmas ornaments
What shall I ask for this year?

Children in Need.

Thank you to all those who helped raise awareness and money for children in need. As a school we raised a massive £530 to donate and we are so proud of the children's attitude and understanding about the importance of helping those in need. 

We also had a lot of fun helping Pudsey count his spots he left behind in Reception, reinforcing that number is everywhere! We home you enjoy your home learning this week of spotting numbers wherever you go!



Stay and Play


What a fabulous turn-out for our first stay and play. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.  It was great to see everyone get stuck in with the love of learning we have in Reception- apologies to all parents who have since turned into frogs after trying some of the children's potions! sad

We hope you got some good ideas for supporting phonics and early reading at home and we are excited to start sending out the playbags for you to enjoy at home. 

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss McDaid, Miss Black & Team.


Children in Need

**Useful links!!**


Some parents have asked for advice on educational games/ websites that they can use at home with their child.

These are a few suggestions that we use in school and they are popular with the children. Why not have a go and have some fun! smiley


To help with reading and phonics why not check out the games on these links:


Your child might also like to play the great number games you can find by following these links:

Welcome back Reception!

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What a great start to this half term!


Thank you to all the parents who made it into school this week for Parents Evening. It was great to see you and we have enjoyed the opportunity to discuss your child's journey into Reception.

We have had fantastic responses from our parent questionnaires and we will send a follow up letter after half-term with the results. 

Everyone has been very positive about their experiences so far and we are more than happy to be working alongside you all this year to develop your child's love for learning. 


Parentshare- We are also delighted that so many of you have signed up for the Parentshare tool and we are glad to hear that you have enjoyed seeing observations of your child at school. We also welcome your observations from home too! If you haven't signed up yet and you would like more information, pop along and speak to your child's teacher. 


As always, our door is always open.

Thank you for your continued support.


Happy half-term,

Miss McDaid & Miss Black 


Learning kept fun

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We learn best when we learn through play!

The fun continues in Reception

Dragon Party!

Fruit picking for the party
Fruit picking for the party
Making dragon cakes!
Making dragon cakes!
Dragon party
Dragon party
Dragon party
Dragon party
Dragon party


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It can't rain on our parade in Reception!

Autumn Fun

We can see you!
"Let's plant lots of seeds and flowers will grow"
Team work at its best
"Let's build a campfire!"
Looking for leaves on our Autumn walk

What a busy week...lots of fun had by all!

Our first week in Reception

Reception class September 2018

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We can't wait to fill this beautiful space with our beautiful Reception classes!

Team Reception