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Competition entries
We have been so impressed with your Chinese dragon colouring competition entries that we have made a slideshow to showcase some of them. Well done to everyone who sent in their entries.

Friday 8th January

We hope you have all had a good week and have accessed the home learning on the website. From Monday 11th January we are going to be doing a variety of different activities and tasks. We will be setting these on the website and Google Classroom so please make sure that you have obtained your login details from the school office. We will be uploading activities on Monday morning and these will include video lessons, powerpoints, practical activities, story times and worksheets. Google Classrooms will be used to set written activities so that they can be completed and sent back to us, enabling us to give comments and feedback when needed.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Reception team.

Dear Children & Parents 


We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. Thank you so much for your cards and gifts. We were so looking forward to welcoming you back to school this week but due to current restrictions, this isn’t going to be possible for a little while. For the time being, we hope you enjoy our home learning activities and we look forward to seeing all of your super work on Google Classrooms (starting next week 11.1.21).


Keep smiling, Mrs Fortune, Mrs Chadwick, Mrs Riding :) 

We’re Going On An Elf Chase Christmas Play

Our Christmas play ‘We’re Going On An Elf Chase‘ is now available to view on the following link.

The video is password protected.

A parent mail will be sent with the password.

We hope you enjoy watching it as much the children and staff enjoyed performing and filming. 
Have a fantastic Christmas! 

Week Beginning 14.12.20

This week in phonics, we have revised the ng digraph. We practised writing words with the ng sound in. Then, we independently wrote a sentence that had lots of words with ng in. Now it is time for some festive fun before we finish for the Christmas Holidays :)

Week beginning 7.12.20

This week we have been reading Stick Man and writing about what he did on his journey. We wrote our own stories, focusing on writing in sentences and sounding out each work phonetically.

We have been writing short captions in phonics and sounding out each word. We are becoming fantastic writers!
This week we have been looking at 'Time' in mathematics. We have been learning the days of the week, months of the year and seasons. We have also ordered lots of events like the Nativity story, making a jam sandwich and our day in school. We had a very active session on Friday when we had a 1 minute timer and completed lots of physical activities to see how many we could do. Here are some of the things we did in 1 minute.

Week beginning 1.12.20

We are super proud of the children this week!

We have been looking at Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' painting and talking about lines, swirls and circles. We looked carefully at the painting and discussed what we could see and how it made us feel. The children then created their own paintings, inspired by the artist. They painted on tinfoil, using large brushes and concentrated on the lines and mixing colours. They then cut out silhouette buildings to stick on and complete their pictures. They are displayed in the classrooms and look beautiful!

Week beginning 23.11.20

In Blue Class we have been learning the months of the year and doing the Macarena actions to remember it! We hope you like our video!

Macarena months of the year

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Actions to learn the 12 months of the year
This week we set up a Technology Zone in our classrooms. We have encouraged the children to use cameras to take photos and videos. Turn toys and games on and off, playing with them carefully and correctly. We have used wind-up toys, Bee-bots, cash registers, calculators, magnetic toys and and iPads. The children have really enjoyed the challenge of using technology equipment.
We have loved our new areas of provision and have been doing lots of creative activities based on the 'Star in the jar'. We have talked about things that are special to us and drawn pictures and written captions.

Week beginning 16.11.20

We have had a very creative week celebrating the festival of Diwali. We have made Rangoli patterns, decorated Henna hands, made firework displays and played musical instruments to accompany Diwali music.

We used iPads to draw Diwali firework celebrations. We chose the background and paint colours.

Week beginning 9.11.20

This week we have amazed by how the children are becoming so much more independent in their phonetic ability and writing. We have been saying short captions before we start our writing. Look at the fabulous results!

We have also applied our phonics to our writing. We have been reading 'Room on the broom' by Julia Donaldson and have talked about what the characters look like. We have then written our own sentences describing the witch. The children have been brilliant at leaving finger spaces after one little boy explained how easy it was "All you have to do is socially distance the words". We couldn't have explained it better ourselves!
We have also been remembering those who fought for our country in the wars. We watched a CBeebies clip about Flanders field and then draw our own images.


In Outdoor Learning we looked for signs of Autumn. We noticed all the changing colours and collected many different signs of Autumn.

After reading the book 'Pumpkin Soup' by Helen Cooper we made our very own soup. We all helped to scoop out the pumpkin flesh, cut the pieces up and sir the mixture. We then tasted the soup after our Outdoor Learning session to warm us up!


This week we wrote instructions of how to make pumpkin soup. 

Look at our super labels and captions!

We investigated mixing water and food colouring to make our own potions. We talked about what happened to the colours when we mixed them together. We also added white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to make the potions fizz and bubble!
In Mathematics we have been comparing groups of objects and using language that describes them like fewer, the same as and more. We were fantastic at ordering the groups from those with fewest to most.
We also did some independent problem solving activities comparing different assortments of multi link cubes and sorting them into groups with the same number.

Week beginning 2.11.20

We are very excited to be back in school after the Half Term. We have a lovely new topic all about 'Special Times and festivals'. We will be talking about what some of us did for Halloween, Bonfire night safety, Remembrance Day, the Diwali festival and Christmas.

We have changed our provision both indoors and outdoors to encourage the children to be independent, creative and explore new media and materials.

Week beginning 19.10.20

We have had a magical week after reading the story 'On a magical do-nothing day' by Beatrice Alemagna. We talked about what we could do outdoors on a do-nothing afternoon.

Here are some photos of the fun we had!

We have been programming Beebots to travel in different directions to our friends. We made the Beebots move by pressing the correct buttons to move left, right, forwards and backwards.

Week beginning 12.10.20

This week we have been sorting objects in different ways in Mathematics. We asked the children the question; How can we sort these objects?

They sorted by colour, size, shape and characteristics. They were all amazing and completed the tasks with great enthusiasm.

We have been using positional language to describe where objects are in relation to each other. We used our large Elmer model (which we made ourselves). We put them behind, next to, under and on top of each other.

Week beginning 5.10.20

This week we have been learning about colour. We read the book 'Elmer' to inspire us. We mixed and tinted colours by adding white. We read the poem 'I spy with my rainbow eye' and then made up our own poems about things we could see in our rooms.

We made a model Elmer and painted it in patchwork colours. We worked together and improved our painting technique.
We have been learning all about number 7. We found different ways of making the number 7 using mathematical equipment and classroom objects.

Phonics Homework

We will start sending homework for phonics on Friday 2nd October. We would like you to sing the Jolly Phonics songs S A T P (available on You Tube). We have also included an activity for you to do with your child this weekend. Please can these homework books be returned on Monday morning.

Reading books are also to be returned on Monday and Thursday.

Week Beginning 28.9.20

We have had a fun week doing lots of activities based on 'The Rainbow Fish'. The children have used different tools to print and make patterns. We have talked about 'feelings' in the story and focused on how the rainbow fish felt at the beginning and the end.

Here are a few of our wonderful prints and collages.


P.E begins on Tuesday 29th September. Children are to come to school dressed in their outdoor P.E kit wearing their school shoes. We will change the children in to the trainers you have brought into school for the mile run. Please see parent information letter for further details. Reading books will be sent out on Mondays and Thursdays from next week. Please make sure you return the books on these days to ensure the books can be quarantined before being sent out to another family. We appreciate your understanding :).

Please could we also ask that you refrain from sending in rucksacks daily as we have nowhere to store them and they don't fit on their pegs. Please send reading bags only.

Week Beginning 21.9.20

This week the children have enjoyed lots of new activities using natural objects to make number and letter shapes. They have also had lots of fun outside thanks to the nice weather at the beginning of the week. 

In Forest Schools, the children had to find the hidden pieces of a woodland creature jigsaw and put it together. They worked well as a team and completed the jigsaws! Well done Red & Blue Class.

Our First Week

We have had a fantastic first week in school. Red and Blue Class have settled so well in to their new routines and have enjoyed learning inside and outside. We have been very lucky with the weather this week and have had a go at running our first Woodlands' mile! The children have enjoyed reading the book SuperKid and have shared what they are super at with their friends. Well done Red and Blue Class :).

We can't wait to meet you!

Reception 2020 Video

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Hi Red & Blue Class,

We are all so excited to meet you in September! Enjoy watching the video of your new classrooms and teachers. Have a fantastic summer. 

Blast off 

This week we have been retelling our space adventure stories verbally, before we write them.

Here are some children who have developed their own narratives to connect their ideas together. 

Space Adventure Stories

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Retelling our own story ideas

A super space story

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Another space adventure

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Thursday 5th March

We have had a super World Book Day. Thank you to all the children and their families who helped to decorate a potato and create their favourite character. Here are some images to celebrate the day.

Monday 2nd March

This week we are continuing to learn about numbers that make 10. We have been using 10 frames and quickly recalling number facts by learning songs and rhymes. We have watched 'Number blocks' on CBeebies about how many different ways we can make 10.


In Literacy we are reading the book 'Goodnight Spaceman'. We are planning our own adventures to space, thinking about who we would go with, what our rocket looks like, what planet we might visit and what happens at the end. We are using story maps to plan and  'Talk for writing' to discuss our ideas and retell verbally what we are going to write about.


In our creative areas we are making our own rockets, we are thinking about what they will look like, what shapes we could use, what materials we could cover them in. We have drawn a plan before we start constructing. 

Photographs of our rockets to follow.


This week is world book day so we are having a big focus on our favourite authors and stories. Please send in any books, labelled with names, for us to share.


Parent Learning Sessions

These will take place on Thursday mornings this half term and will focus on reading books together.

Monday 23rd February

Blast off to space!

The children have been really engaged in the new topic of space. 


Blast off to space topic!

Wednesday 12th February

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Charanga Music
Listen to our super glockenspiel accompaniments. Can you hear our repeating D's that we tried to play in time to the music?


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Chinese New Year

We have loved celebrating this special event with dragon dancing and making up our own Chinese musical accompaniments.

Chinese dragon dance

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Friday 31st January
We made a dance and worked together to move up, down, and in different directions.

Chinese dragon dance

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We accompanied our dragon dancing with our own musical interpretations. We used a range of percussion instruments.


Parent Learning session are every Tuesday morning from 8.45 until 9.00 and we are playing Mathematical games and puzzles. We love seeing everyone and the children have a great time playing with family and friends and in groups. It really improves their ability to take turns and share resources as well as improve their counting, adding and problem solving abilities.

Tuesday 28th January

Many thanks to everyone who has made a real effort to read their reading books at home over the last couple of weeks. We are linking phonics, home reading and guided reading sessions closely and it is making it easier to align the sounds and books if the children read regularly.

Monday 27th January

This week we are continuing with our Polar theme. The children are writing stories about 'Penguin Small' following on from their story maps that they drew last week. We are using narrative language to retell verbally and in written form. 

In mathematics we are finding out about the number 10. We are adding and making 10, finding 10 around the room and recording in our own ways.


We are also enjoying looking at how the Chinese New Year is celebrated. We have been talking about China, where it is, the food they eat and Chinese customs at this time of year.

We have provided lots of speaking opportunities for the children to engage in. They have been making phone calls to order meals. They have pretended to cook Chinese food together and even tasted rice and noodles and talked about their likes and dislikes. 

Friday 17th January

We are really looking forward to starting our new topic on Polar regions and animals next week. We will be looking at the North and South pole and stories about penguins and polar bears. We are aiming to encourage the children to use speaking and listening skills to retell stories on their own and make up their own polar adventures. We are focusing on narrative language and being able to speak about what happens at the beginning of their story, in the middle and how it ends.

Our provision is all ready for Monday and we look forward to our polar journeys and learning together. If the children have any books: fiction or non-fiction about this topic please send them into school, clearly labelled and we would love to share them in our whole class daily reading sessions.

Super phonic work!

We have been really fantastic at phonics this week. We have been sounding out words and also writing short phrases using our phonics.

Wednesday 15th January

We are continuing to closely  link phonics, home reading books and guided reading books. We would greatly appreciate it if you could read with your child so that we can change the books on Monday and Thursday. 


Monday 13th January

We are really enjoying reading and retelling stories by Nick Butterworth. We have used Pie Corbett to retell the stories with repetitive actions. The children are beginning to retell the stories in writing and are using their new Phase 3 sounds. 


In Mathematics we are continuing to look at numbers in greater depth. This week we have been exploring the number 8. The children can count to 8, find 8 items and record by representing the numbers using marks.


We have also loved making new homes and beds for Percy the park keeper. The children have joined, stuck and glued a variety of materials together. They have worked in super teams, taking part and sharing resources.



Happy New Year

Thank you for all your lovely cards and gifts at Christmas time.

We would also like to say Thank you for returning the Learning Journey's with lots of information and photos of how you celebrated Christmas.



Parent Learning mornings will be every Tuesday this half term and we will be playing Number games. The focus will be on taking turns, counting, adding and subtraction and number recognition.

Friday 13th December

We have loved reading 'Stick Man' and making our own stick printing, stick man characters, stick counting and many more activities in our classrooms. We are also enjoying reading Christmas stories every day and working independently and as groups in different areas of provision.

Tuesday 27th November

This week we are reading a lovely new book called 'Star in the Jar'. We are thinking about what things are special to us, feelings and emotions. We are writing short captions and phrases about what we would put in a special jar.

In Mathematics we are looking at shape and patterns. We are looking at shape patterns, colour patterns and even rhythmic patterns.

Our creative area in the Reception classrooms has been very busy with the children making kites and rockets to transport the star from the story into space. We have been using paint, different textured materials and junk modelling materials.

Christmas Musical

The children who have a speaking part have all had their short lines sent home in reading bags. please could you help us by learning the speaking parts with the children so that they are confident to say them aloud. 

We have also sent home a note asking for costumes to be brought into school. We have some costumes in school and if you do not have a note about what they need to wear this means that we are able to provide your child with what they need..Many thanks for your cooperation.


Parent Learning Sessions begin on Thursday 21st November

They will be every Thursday morning from 8.45 until 9am until Christmas.

After Christmas they will be every Tuesday morning.

This is a time when we invite you to read with the children, work on phonics and comprehension. play number games in small groups and practise counting.

Monday 11th November

We have been making pumpkin soup. We have scooped out all the insides, roasted it, cut it and blended it.

We have also been learning about where and how pumpkins grow. We cut one open and sketched the inside.

Monday 11th November

Today in Remembrance Day. We had an assembly that the Year 5 children presented and talked about remembering the people who have served our country. We watched  a Cbeebies show about what happened in the war. We drew our own Flanders field.

Wednesday 6th November

We are really enjoying exploring the new areas of learning in both classrooms this week.


Wednesday 16th October

We have really been working hard on our phonics this week. We have been sounding out words with e sounds using eggs and spoons.


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sounding out CVC words with the e sound


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using eggs and spoons to sound out words
We have also been writing short captions to match pictures

Pots and pans caption

Cvc words

Tuesday 16th October

Just love it when children take their play and learning to another level by labeling the city they have just created.

Friday 11th October

We have had a fabulous time making Elmer the elephant biscuits. We took turns and followed instructions to make the dough and decorate with icing and sweets.

We have mixed colours, painted pictures and made Elmer the elephant by covering milk bottles in different collage materials.
We have been brilliant mathematicians, using Numicon to cover Elmer and matching cubes to numbers. We have investigated 1 more and used concrete objects to record our findings.

Friday 4th October

We are all ready for next week! We are continuing with our 'Friendship' theme and will be reading stories about Elmer.


Thursday 3rd October

We have had a busy week. We have worked on our travelling and balancing skills in P.E. We have read and retold stories about adventures under the sea. We have worked on drawing our own portraits and used ipads to draw on too. We have been on shape hunts around the school and found objects that are circles, squares and triangles. We have had a lot of fun interacting with our friends during phonics games and outdoor activities.