Reception 2020-2021

Reception teacher: Miss Kerry

Reception Teaching Assistants: Miss Nicoll 

Other adults in class: Mrs Jones and Miss Richardson

We are an 'Early Adopter' of the framework for Early Years settings.

Summer 2- The World Around Us

Summer 1- Castles, Princesses, Knights and Dragons

Have a look at our amazing ‘dragons, princesses and knights’ costumes for our fancy dress exit point! In the mourning we had a fashion show! We had a banquet for lunch and learnt some medieval dancing in the afternoon.

Spring 2- Things That Grow

Spring 1- Stomp, Roar, Here Comes a Dinosaur!

Reception's Tributes to Sir Captain Tom Moore

We read the story, '100 Steps' by Captain Tom Moore and everyone in Reception set themselves a personal challenge inspired by the amazing challenge Captain Tom completed last summer. We thought about something we would like to achieve for us, or to help others.

Reception’s tribute to Sir Captain Tom Moore

Maggie’s Great-Grandad Edward fought in Burma, so might have met Captain Tom there. Maggie set herself the challenge of counting to 100, because that is how Captain Tom was.


On Sunday there was no snow where we were but we looked out of the window and saw snow in the distance on one of the fields. Lucas decided his challenge would be to get to the hill with the snow. It was a long walk from home but his little legs managed it! Plus his Daddy raced him towards the end which made it more fun.


Thea challenged herself to go on her bike and ride with only two wheels!


Rose watched the video and said that he, “spread money to everyone in the world.” Her challenge is to make a medal like sir captain Tom Moore had on his clothes. She understand that medals are to be earnt. She's going to get a medal for -

  1. Doing her school work
  2. Doing PE with Joe Wicks
  3. Eating all of her tea


Zak’s Captain Sir Tom Moore challenge for himself is to eat 100 ice creams, (this wouldn’t be difficult for Zak as he loves, loves, loves ice cream!).


Iris thought she could raise money just like Captain Tom by learning how to bake cupcakes.


Ethan thought he could challenge himself by trying to run around the whole of our school.


Harry thought he could help raise money just like Captain Tom did by baking a cake.


Luke wanted to try and run an obstacle course!


Sadie decided to challenge herself by learning how to bake a strawberry cake and eating it all too.


Charlie decided he would try and walk all the way around the reservoir.


Leo has decided after watching Captain Sir Tom Moore that he wants to do 100 things with Grandad. The 1st one is going to Batley park with Archie, ( his little cousin) so he’s written it down. Leo said that he will write grandad a letter every time he wants to do something.


Phoebe's Great Grandma is going to be 100 soon, just like Sir Captain Tom Moore. Phoebe said she wants to make a nice present for her and all of our elderly neighbours.


When asked Noah if there was anything he'd like to aim towards doing he said he wants to learn to swim. Fingers crossed his lessons might start again soon!


Anna would like to clean everyone’s house to make them clean and tidy!


Poppy learned a lot about Captain Tom and was very impressed with how many laps he did and the money he raised (not to mention the birthday cards he got!). She decided her challenge would be to join mum in the 2800 squats in February challenge to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust!

'If I had a dinosaur...' by Gabby Dawnay

We thought about what we would do if we have a REAL dinosaur. Our Friday task was to use virtual reality to bring a dinosaur to life! Here are some of our photos.

Thank you for being a special friend...

We made pictures of the special friends we are missing during lockdown to spread some positivity!

Dinosaurs at home!

We are enjoying our home-learning dinosaur topic work. We used an app to bring dinosaurs back to life and tell us facts about themselves. Here are a  few examples of our work:

Luke told about his rather scary dinosaur...

Maggie told us some facts about a brachiosaurus.

Anand turned himself into a tyrannosaurus rex!

Asher told us about a t-rex!

Poppy's dinosaur told us about herbivores and carnivores:

Noah's writing and picture told us about how big a t-rex was!

Thea's dinosaur told us about his siblings. She also spoke with a stegosaurus!

Rose spoke with a very friendly tyrannosaurus rex!

Phoebe made herself into two very friendly-looking dinosaurs!

Lucas spoke with a stegosaurus!

Autumn 2- Autumn and Winter!

Reception Nativity 

This week we rehearsed and performed our version of the Nativity story. We each had roles and lines to say and were brilliant actors and musicians. We have thoroughly enjoyed this and have even kept the costumes out to make our own plays during provision time!

Parents have been emailed a link to view a recording of our nativity. 

Christmas Party!

We had so much fun at our Christmas party and it was great to dress up and dance together. We played lots of party games, had crisps, chocolate and juice. At the end of the afternoon we met Santa Claus, who visited our class and gave each of us a present.  

Ice- Science

We conducted a science experiment to find out more about the melting process of ice. We put blocks of ice in different places around the classroom and outsider area and monitored them to discover if they melted at different rates in different areas. We noticed that the ones in the warm room and on the radiator melted much faster, and explained that this was because heat makes things melt.

Christmas is upon us!

We decorated the Christmas tree, each of us placing a bauble on and working cooperatively to place the star on top. We also read the first Christmas story and are using the nativity scene to role play the story.

Diversity and Respect 

We read the story, ‘it’s ok to be different,’ by Todd Parr and each found something that was different about us from our friends. We used the saying, “our.... is different and that’s ok!” to describe our uniqueness and difference. 
We learnt about being proud of the things that make us unique. 

Take a look at some of the wonderful learning taking place in Reception this half term...

Cornelia Parker

We were inspired by the artist, Cornelia Parker, to create hanging sculptures. We each made one string and when we placed them together as a team, we were very impressed at how colourful and interesting they were.

Autumn Learning

Our Focus Number: 2

We are learning about the number two and are gaining a deep understanding of what '2' means. We created concept boards to familiarise ourselves with what 'two' looks like and the different ways it can be represented. We also learnt about 'pairs' and how this links to the number two. We found lots of odd and even things around the classroom and have found that using Numicon is really helpful with this. We used the numicon to work out two was even, as it had an even-top!

‘Stanley’s Stick’ by John Hegley

This week we have enjoyed the story, ‘Stanley’s Stick’. Today we visited the wildlife garden to collect our own sticks to turn into something amazing! We had lots of fun collecting sticks and exploring the mud and trees.

Bonfire Night: Why do we have bonfires?

Today we learnt the reasons why people will have bonfires and fireworks tonight. We found out about the famous Guy Fawkes and the naughty things he did to the King. We made our own bonfire pictures and talked about bonfire and firework safety.

It was lovely to hear children coming into school the next day saying, “I held my sparkler as far away from my body as I could...” and, “we put water out for the sparklers...”.

Autumn 1- All About Me!

This half term we have shared things about ourselves and found out about our friends in Reception. We have shared our favourite books and foods, told each other about the special people in our families, discovered more about the area we live in and thought about what we would like to be when we grow up.

Here are some photos of us enjoying learning through provision so far.

Our Favourite Foods

We are enjoying the story, ‘Oliver’s Fruit Salad,’ and are thinking about our favourite foods, and if they are healthy or unhealthy choices. We each made a shopping list of healthy foods we would like in a fruit salad, and once Miss Kerry had bought them from the shop, we made our very own healthy fruit salads!

World Mental Health Day
For world mental health day this October we thought about how we might feel in different scenarios. We looked at different facial expressions and body languages that give us clues to how people feel. We acted out scenarios that might happen in our classroom, such as someone pushing in front of us in a queue, a friend letting us share a toy and finding that our picture was broken, and discussed how best to resolve these.

Our Maths topics this half term have focused on 1-1 correspondence, counting to ten, the wonderful world of one and repeating patterns. We have enjoyed learning through provision and expanding our knowledge of counting.

Black History Month

For Black History month we learnt about Usain Bolt and Jesse Owens; two famous athletes who inspired us! We painted pictures, made medals and held races to see who was the fastest. We celebrated their achievements as inspirational people of colour.

We are all Artists!

Our inspiration artist of this half term is Bridget Riley. We painted some stripes and spots, inspired by  her colourful work. Take a look at our photos below.

Home Learning Videos

Writing with your child at home- a quick guide

Topic- Friday 15th January

Phonics- Friday 15th January 

Group 1- Tricky Word I

Science/ Art- Thursday 14th January

Dinosaur skeleton

Phonics for Group 2-

Monday 11th January

Tricky words

Phonics lesson- Group 2

8th January

Looking  at the ‘ch’ phoneme.

Phonics Group 2- 7.1.21

A recap of Phase 3, set 1 sounds.

Phonics Lesson- Group 1   7.1.21

Phase 2 recap

Please note this lesson is in two parts. You will need to watch both videos.

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