Our Reception Class


A very warm welcome to our Reception class page.  In Reception, our children start their journey by settling into school life and begin to develop into confident, independent learners. I hope you find all the information that we send home useful and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask us. The staff are always on hand both before and after school and our parent drop in runs every fortnight on a Tuesday afternoon between 1.15-2.15pm.


  Our Reception Class 2018-2019


Class Information


Who's Who

Mrs Gornall- Assistant Headteacher & Reception teacher

Mrs Baines- Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hayden- Teaching Assistant (Mornings)

Mrs Bayatti- Teaching Assistant (Afternoons)



Communication, Language & Literacy Development Information

The Reading Schemes we use in Reception are:                              

  • Floppy's Phonics & Pearson Phonics Bug (Individual Home Reading Books)
  • Read, Write Inc (Guided Reading Books)



The Phonics Scheme we use in Reception is:

  • Read, Write Inc                                                                                           


Find out more about Read, Write Inc here



Reading books
All children will be provided with a reading book once they have learnt the RWI Set 1 sounds and are able to segment words and blend sounds independently.



At the beginning of Reception your child has been given a homework toolkit (Stripy zip bag) which was kindly paid for by Friends of School. This is to be kept at home and is to be used to help your child complete their homework. Please can you ensure that all the items are put safely back in the bag each time they are used as these need to be used throughout their time in Reception.

Please can you make sure that Homework Packets are returned to school by Thursday morning, so that they can be updated and sent out again on a Friday afternoon. Thank you.


Seesaw is our observation and assessment app which is used daily in class to record evidence for your child’s learning journey throughout their year with us in Reception.

Don’t forget to send Mrs Gornall observations from home through Seesaw, as it is extremely important that parents are able to contribute to their children’s learning journeys just as much as the practitioners. If you don’t have internet access at home then you can still contribute by completing a parent observation sheet and returning these to school when they are complete and you need a new one.


Please can you help!!! We are constantly trying to add to our resources and are always on the look out for the following items: Comics, magazines, prams, dolls, small world toys such as farms/train sets etc. scooters, bikes, jigsaw puzzles, games, dressing up costumes etc. If you are having a clear out  please could you check with Mrs Gornall whether we could use any items before throwing them out. Thank you.


This half term.... Spring 1 (January - February 2019)


Over the next half term our topics will include:

  • When I grow up...... My Goals in life (1 week)
  • Traditional Tales / Houses and Homes (5 weeks)

In our Literacy time we will be looking at the following texts- I want to be a Cowgirl, The Gingerbread Man, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and What's the time Mister Wolf?

We will be using a selection of traditional tales and other well known stories to learn about how stories are structured (beginning, middle and end), discussing the different types of characters found in these stories and the different settings they take place in. All of these activities  will help us to begin to develop our very own story writing skills in preparation for Year 1.


In our Maths time we will continue to use Numicon to develop more accuracy with our counting and ordering skills, finding numbers that are 1 more/less than a given number, learning to add and subtract single digit numbers, reinforcing the numbers 0-10 and starting to work more confidently with numbers 11-20.  We will also be learning about ordinal numbers, comparing and ordering objects by size, repeating patterns, o'clock times, 3D shape and reinforcing positional vocabulary.


We will also have 2 new role play areas- one inside and one outside.  The first will be a DIY Store and the second will be a Arctic Expedition Base Camp.


In our Topic work we will be learning about:

  • People who help us and their jobs
  • Our Goals (short and long term) Discussing what we would like to be when we are older.
  • Designing & creating simple structures- Walls & Bridges.
  • Different types of houses and homes in the local environment and also around the world.
  • Different parts of a house and the materials they are made from.
  • Different rooms in a house and the furniture that we might find in them.

Our SEAL theme will be looking at 'Going for Goals'.

HEARTSMART- 'Too Much Selfie isn't Healthy!' In this unit we will learn that being 'HeartSmart' means knowing that just as we are important, other people around us are important too. As we become aware of the people around us and consider their needs as well as our own, our hearts and theirs strengthen. 


Our RE focus will be 'Stories Jesus Heard'


It is also the school's 150th Anniversary during this half term, so we will be taking part in lots of different activities to commemorate this.



Dates for your Diary:


Parent Drop In: Every other Tuesday afternoon from 15th January  1.15- 2.15pm


PE: Wednesday Afternoons and Friday Mornings

Parents Evening: 12th and 13th February 2019


Enrichment Day: Friday 15th February 2019




The 7 weeks leading up to Christmas were extremely busy in class and we learnt lots of new things through our Autumn, Light and Dark, Space, Dinosaur and Christmas topics.

It started with us looking at seasonal change and the signs of Autumn. We enjoyed exploring outside, experiencing different weather conditions, collecting Autumn treasure and using it to help us with our learning. We discovered that some animals begin to go into hibernation at this time of year because they don't like the cold and that others are nocturnal and only like to come out when it's dark outside. We got really messy when we used clay to make our own hedgehogs. 

We really enjoyed reading the story 'The Bears in the Night' which helped us to learn lots of new positional language and worked together as a class to act out the story in class, all taking on a different role.

When we read the story 'Whatever Next!' we were lucky enough to travel into space in our very own rockets, just like Baby Bear did in the story. We used colanders for our helmets, wellies for our moon boots and packed a picnic to eat when we landed on the moon.  Mrs Gornall turned our small world area into space and we created our own moon landing stories. We looked at different light sources, found out how to light a bulb and also learnt about festivals associated with light that are celebrated by different world faiths such as Diwali and Hanukkah. 

We then moved onto learning about Dinosaurs and discovered what it would have been like on earth when the dinosaurs were in existence. The children created their own junk model dinosaurs and enjoyed using non-fiction books and search engines on the iPads to find out lots of information about them.

We particularly enjoyed learning about two new festivals which we had never heard about before- Divali and Hanukkah through stories. We discovered that they were both festivals of light, but were celebrated by two different groups of people- Hindus and Jews. We enjoyed making our own Diva lamps out of clay and rangoli patterns on the computer, but especially enjoyed receiving a gift of golden chocolate coins in the Hanukkah money wallets that we made. 

During the last two weeks we focused on the Christian festival of Christmas and spent some time with our buddies. We learnt about the true meaning of Christmas and told the story beautifully through our fabulous Nativity performance. 



What a busy first 7 weeks we have had in school! We began our Autumn Term 1 by welcoming our new children into school and helped them to settle in and become familiar with our classroom routines. The children met their Year 6 buddies for the first time and got to spend two afternoons getting to know them, which was great fun!

Our first topic of "Ourselves" helped us to learn all about our bodies, what they look like both inside and out and we explored our 5 senses with lots of fun activities. We learnt about our skeletons by reading the story 'Funnybones' and the different parts of our bodies by looking at a non-fiction book called 'All about me'. We also learnt about how we grow and change and what we will look like as we grow older. Nancy, a 9 week old baby came in to visit us, so we could compare the things she could do, to the things we can do. We finished the topic off with a fantastic day out at Eureka where we explored our bodies further with lots of interactive activities and found out about keeping healthy.

During our 'Colours' topic we listened to the story of 'Elmer' which helped us to understand that it is ok to be different. We found out what happens when we mix colours and made repeating patterns with colours and shapes. We even had our own Elmer Day where we dressed up in lots of different colours and celebrated diversity.  The story of 'The Rainbow Fish' taught us the importance of friendship and learning to share with one another.

During our RWI learning time, we learnt over half of the Set 1 sounds and began to blend and segment these to read and write simple words. We will continue to learn the remaining Set 1 sounds after half term.

Our Maths learning time focussed on learning the different Numicon shapes and numerals for the numbers 1 to 10 and being able to place them in the correct order. We also learnt how to count accurately by using 1 to 1 correspondence.

During our whole class carpet times we enjoyed learning lots of new rhymes and songs, which we now sing everyday to help us with our daily routine.

In our RE time, our 'I am Special Chatterbox' helped us to understand that we are all 'Special' and that God loves each one of us as an individual. By looking at our fingerprints, we discovered that we are unique and God loves us that much that he has all our names on his hands. We found out that God is everywhere and looks after us everyday, no matter where we are or what we are doing. We know that God has a plan for each and everyone of us and as we grow and change that plan will change to.

As you can see from our pictures we had a great time taking on different roles in our Hairdresser and Shoe shop role-play areas and loved becoming different characters when we got dressed up in lots of different role-play costumes.