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Welcome to the Reception class page

Mrs Herrington - Teacher Mrs Buddimir - Teacher
Mrs O'Connor - Teacher Ms Hopkinson - Nursery Nurse
Miss Halima - Nursery Nurse Mrs Rajun - Teaching Assistant
Miss Aisha - Teaching Assistant

We would like to welcome Mrs Shaida back from her maternity leave. She will be working in both of the reception classes.

Latest news from Reception

Summer 2

Reception Baseline Assessment Information for Parents

This term’s topic is named “All Creatures Great and Small.”

We will be using the theme to find out about the similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries, looking first at animals and living things in our local habitat and then learning about animals in Africa and Asia. We will be using the following fiction and non-fiction books to create an exciting few weeks.

Best Test Six dinner Sid Are you an ant
Dear zoo Handa's surprise Walking through the jungle


Summer 2 Review A Pirate’s Life For Me!

What a great half-term we have had!

It all started with a visit from the notoriously fierce pirate, Captain Ann Bonny. She asked the Reception children to take care of her treasure chests whilst she was away on The Seven Seas. We agreed to learn all about the life of a pirate and to guard her treasure.

           Captain Anne Bonnie               Pirate writing

We have enjoyed having a pirate den in our role play area, a place where we can be sociable as well as using our maths, oracy and literacy skills. We made some very detailed maps with labels and instructions and learned how to subtract by taking away golden coins.


Alongside being pirates, we have also we learning about living things with a big focus on planting and growing. Our reception garden has potatoes, beans, herbs, sunflowers and beetroot now growing. Let’s hope the snails don’t enjoy eating it all before we do!

As always, we have been very busy in the creative department and were very excited to exhibit some of our artwork in the whole school outdoor art gallery.


We ended this half term with a pirate day and the return of Captain Ann Bonny. We dressed up in our best pirate clothes and played outdoor pirate themed team games. The galleon obstacle course was a challenge, but we all managed it without falling into the ocean!

                                    Class Pirates                      Obstacle course


Summer 1 Reception 2021

We are very excited about our theme “A pirate’s life for me!”

We will be launching the pirate theme with a visit from the notorious Captain Anne Bonny who will be recruiting a crew of kind and generous trainee pirates!

We have some exciting new books lined up, including some non-fiction texts and some story books.

We will be learning how to write labels, captions and instructions, focusing on applying our phase 2 and 3 phonic knowledge. The role play “Pirate’s Den” looks very inviting and we hope that the children will find lots of opportunities to independently practice their writing and reading. It will be a good opportunity to develop language and social skills.

In maths, we will be securing the children’s knowledge of numbers within 20. We will be working out what one more and one less is than a number and combining two groups of objects to find the total. For a challenge, we will be practicing counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.

We are excited about all of the creative skills we will be using and developing during this half term. We will be using drama, movement, music and art to represent the children’s ideas, thoughts and feelings.

Useful links for this term: Song “When I was One” Counting To 20 Song  Subitise with a pirate  1 more/1 less game (choose your level)  Pirate Phonics Game (choose phase 2/3)

Our Fabulous Pirate Den!

The Pirate den


Summer 1 - Overview planning- Pirates



Week 1 Imagine you’re a pirate Imagine you're a pirate
Week 2 On a pirate ship On a pirate ship
Week 4 Mrs Pirate and The Night Pirates  Mrs Pirate The night pirate
Week 5  Captain Beastie's Pirate Party Captain Beasties Pirate Party
Week 6  Pirate Poetry Pirate Poetry
Week 7  A New Home For A Pirate A new home for a pirate


Spring 2 - Review

It was wonderful to have all our Reception children able to return to school last half term.

The children settled back in with big smiles, enthusiasm and motivation.

We enjoyed several stories over the course of the half term, focusing on a new book each week. The most popular story was “The Smartest Giant In Town” by Julia Donaldson. It is a story about a very kind giant named Jim who helps some very sad animals along the way. We used this book as a focus for our PHSCE, as it links to our theme of relationships. We enjoyed learning about rhyming words and made up our own rhyming booklets. In maths we focused on size comparison and positional language, alongside number skills. 

We have enjoyed having a café in our domestic role play area, practicing our speaking, listening and conversational skills. It has been a good opportunity to use and play with money for a real situation and practice our writing skills in a purposeful situation.

We enjoyed a science based week where the children had the opportunity to be inquisitive scientists in our “pop-up laboratory.”

We have some very talented artists in both classes, so keep an eye out on our Twitter Feed for some amazing art!


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Spring 1

 Our theme for Spring 1 is ‘ Here Come the Bears’. 

For remote learning, you will have a weekly pack of worksheets, activities, and practical tasks. These will be collected every Thursday from school. There is a timetable at the front which will include daily links to on line lessons and videos. The timetable is also on this web site, and you can follow the links by clicking here. You will also be sent these links via text message each day. There is also a menu of 50 Things type activities at the front of your pack. Please choose an activity from here each afternoon and tick off when completed. We would love to see photos of your child doing these fun tasks. You may if you wish e-mail photos to school or share them with the teacher when you come to collect your next pack on Thursdays. If for any reason you can’t access any of these links, or don’t understand anything, please give us a ring or e-mail us at school.

Telephone:  01535 610212


Below are some links to the books we would like you to enjoy at home. Look out for more links on your weekly timetables and afternoon story text link.  

 Big Smelly BearsWaJ5pbGHelene 50 things 



Fun Maths Games with Mrs Herrington.




You can also listen to some wonderful stories read by the Reception Team. We hope you enjoy them.














Focus - Theme “Here come The Bears!
PHSCE Focus- Families are Special

Week 1

Book - We’re Going On a Bear Hunt - predictions

Sequencing the story from pictures
Writing a caption for the main events in the story.
Labelling Bears
Maths Ordering numbers to 10/15/20
Phonics - segmenting/blending
Revise phase 2 and Phase 3 qu,sh, ch, ng

We are going on a bear hunt


Week 2

Book - We’re going On a Bear Hunt - orally retelling

Finding out about Brown Bears
Sentence stems – A brown bear is/has/can
Maths - 1 more/1 Less than a number
Phonics - Revise Phase 2 sounds
Reading tricky words, CVC words
Words that end in s
Week 3

Book - Bumble Bear - Predictions

Predictions using talk stems
Phonics - ai, ee, igh oa
Finding out about different bears and their environments (focus on polar bears)
Maths - One More/One Less, 10 more/10 less

Bumble Bear 
Week 4

Book - Bumble Bear

Speech bubbles and “post its” for captions and exclamations!!
Phonics - oo, ar, or
Find out about bees and honey
Maths Money - counting in ones and counting on from 2, 5 10
PHSCE - Families are special
Week 5

Book - The Cave Who am I?

Find out about Panda Bears
Adjectives to describe bears
descriptions of bear environments
Phonics - ur, ow, oi, ear
Maths - Money counting 1p and 10p – change after spending 1p/10p /Counting in tens
  The Cave
Week 6

Book - The Cave

Messages in greeting cards
To… from…
Invitations to Teddy Bears Picnic
Phonics - ur and double letters, ll, ss, bb,
Maths - Length and 2Dshapes

Autumn 2 Review

We enjoyed a magical half term through our theme, “Magic and Sparkle.”

The children learned the story of Room On A Broom, through the song and actions. There was lots of re-telling the story with masks and broomsticks as props. The Colour Monster was a wonderful book to use for PHSCE and the children were able to explore emotions and feelings through the story. They produced some wonderful art work and writing linked to the story, and it inspired a lot of talk and language.

The Colour Monstor

The children have been very good at telling the adult what they want for lunch using full sentences. “Please can I have fish” or “Please can I have a cheese sandwich.”

The role play “Magic and Potion” shop was a big hit, and it provoked lots of writing, language and maths opportunities.

The classes have enjoyed working in smaller phonics groups and we are impressed with the children’s oral segmenting and blending.


Autumn 2

Room on the BroomIn this next half term we are hoping to bring a bit of “Magic and Sparkle” to our Reception classes. We will be reading “Room on The Broom”, “Winnie The Witch”, The Story of “Rama and Sita”, “The Colour Monster” and “Wake Up Charlie Dragon”. Through these stories we will be learning about different celebrations including birthdays, Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Christmas, weddings and other special family times. Alongside Phase 2 and 3 phonics and reading we will be exploring rhyming, list making and labelling as well as all the independent writing in all areas of provision. Talking and communication will be a big focus for us this half term and we will be encouraging the children to speak in sentences and to ask and answer questions. We will continue to promote #50 Things to encourage language development at home and school. We will be making potions and spells and recording this in maths as well as introducing simple addition (one more) and continuing to order, read and write numbers to 10 and 20.

Autumn 1 Review

We have had such a good start to the school year in both our reception classes. The children have settled happily and confidently into new routines and have enjoyed getting to know the staff and each other.

The Funnybones theme has been an inspiration and delight for the children who have been engaged in all sorts of skeleton fun. Through the Funnybones stories, the children have had the opportunity to learn about themselves physically and emotionally, their families and their friends. They have explored their new school environment, making the most of our outside space as well as the indoor provision. There have been lots of fabulous writing going on and the children have especially enjoyed using bone pens to write down their skeleton stories. The children have been using numbers in all sorts of challenges, including counting how many jumps/hops/skips they can do in 30 seconds. They liked tasting different foods to find out what makes a healthy diet to make our bones grow well. Two books we especially enjoyed were, “The Jar of Happiness” and “Pete the cat’s White Shoes.” We made our own class jar of happiness. We are looking forward to seeing each other in Autumn Two for a theme of Magic and Sparkle!

Autumn 1

It has been great to welcome back the children after such a long period of time. We are incredibly proud of all the children and how well they have settled into their new Reception class fulltime. They all seem to be enjoying our classroom lunchtimes together and are showing lots of independence.


Follow the story link 

Our theme for this half term is “Funnybones.” This is a fun storybook about 3 skeletons who all live in the same household. Through these books, we are learning about ourselves, our feelings and emotions and how to keep our bodies healthy.

English English

We will be reading books from the Funnybones series of stories and re-telling them orally. The children will have lots of opportunities to practice their writing skills in all the areas of the indoor and outside provision. This includes lots of fun activities to develop the motor skills that they need to be able to use a pen or pencil successfully. The children will read a reading book with an adult each week. Books need to be brought back to school  every Friday and a new book will be give out on the following Monday (due to COVID precautions) We have started our daily phonics programme so you can ask your child, “what sound did you learn at school today.”   Phonics Songs 

Maths Maths 2314

This half term, we are focusing on counting. This includes saying numbers in the correct order, counting out amounts accurately and saying one number for one object and counting out a small group of objects then matching the number to the group. For some children we will be working with numbers 1-5. When they are secure with this, we will be working with larger numbers up to 20. 

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