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 2017-2018 

Class Information


Who's Who

Mrs Gornall- Assistant Headteacher & Reception teacher

Mrs Baines- Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs Jackson- Teaching Assistant (Mornings)

Miss Thistlethwaite- 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
Please note that the children's reading books are changed weekly on a Thursday evening, so it is important that your child remembers to bring their reading packets into school on that day. They will be given 3 reading books- 2 phonics bug books and 1 RWI book. All reading packets should be placed in the 'Books for changing' box as the children come into school. Thank you.



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 postcards 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.... Summer 2 (June-July 2018)


Over the next half term our topics will include:

  • Journeys and Transport- Cars, Bikes and Trains (2 weeks)
  • Heritage Project- What was life like living on the canal in Leigh over 100 years ago? (1 week)
  • Final Assessment Week- EYFS Data Finalised (1 week)
  • Journeys and Transport- Boats and Aeroplanes (2 weeks)
  • Transition Week- Moving to Year 1 (4 days)

In our Literacy time we will be looking at the following texts- Monster Goes for a Drive, The Train Ride, Mr Gumpy's Outing and Letters from Felix.  Before the holidays we all started to become authors and were beginning to write simple stories with a beginning, middle and end. Over this half term we will continue to become more independent with our writing in preparation for Year 1 and further develop our story writing skills, so that they contain more detail and some exciting words.

In our Maths time we will continue to develop our number skills by working with numbers beyond 20 including counting in 2's, 5's and 10's and further develop our addition and subtraction skills by working with number lines and learning to count forwards and backwards from a given number. We will also continue learning about 3D shapes and vocabulary that helps us to describe the properties of these shapes.


In our Topic work we will be learning about:.

  • Transport- Different forms of transport and when we might use these. (Bikes, Cars, Trains, Boats, Planes)
  • Journeys- What types of journeys might we go on?, What will we need to take with us? and What might we do when we get there?

Some of our activities will include creating different types of transport using a range of different materials, packing a suitcase, having a picnic, making our own passports, finding out how a car works and looking under the bonnet. Plus lots more....


Our new role play area will be an Airport inside the classroom and an Ice-Cream Palour in our outdoor area.


Our SEAL theme will be looking at 'Changes' and will link in with our transition week and preparing the children for their move into Year 1


Our RE focus will be Special Places and will involve the children learning about the Church and places that are special or significant to followers of other religions.



Dates for your Diary:


PE: Monday Mornings and Friday Afternoons


Parent Drop In: Every other Tuesday afternoon from 5th June 1.15- 2.15pm


Educational Visit to the Boat Museum at Ellesmere Port: Monday 18th June 


Sports Day: Tuesday 19th June 1.30pm


Class Photographs: Monday 25th June


Summer Fayre: Saturday 30th June 12pm


Last day of term: Thursday 19th July (finish at 3.30pm as usual)




During Summer Term 1 we were very busy learning all about Minibeasts and were amazed at all the facts that we found out about them.

Did you know.........

  • That a spiders web is only called a web when a spider lives in it and when a spider leaves it, it is then called a cobweb!
  • Caterpillars have 12 eyes!
  • Caterpillars have 6 legs all the rest are false!
  • Ladybirds lay their eggs and then they only take 4 days to hatch!
  • Butterflies only live for around 5 weeks!

We started our topic by going on a minibeast hunt around school to see what kinds of creepy crawlies we could find. We found lots of spiders, worms, woodlice and were extremely excited when we discovered a spiders web in our outdoor area full of tiny eggs. We watched carefully as the eggs hatched and tiny orange spiders emerged, frantically crawling everywhere. 


The first book we looked at in our Literacy time was 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and this helped us to learn all about the Lifecycle of a Butterfly. We all had our own tiny caterpillar delivered to class during the first week back and they were put into a little pot with food, so that the children could watch them grow. Each day when they came into school they were eager to see how they had changed overnight. You can imagine how excited they were when they came into school to discover that they had turned into cocoons and again when they turned into butterflies.

We continued to learn about minibeasts by reading some of Eric Carle's other stories in our Literacy time these included 'The Very Busy Spider' and 'The Bad Tempered Ladybird.'


In our Maths time we learnt about data handling and how to create bar charts by choosing different ways to sort minibeasts into groups and then presenting this information in a graph. We continued to develop our understanding of 1 more/ 1 less by using number lines, our addition and subtraction skills using money and learnt all about doubling, halving and sharing.


Our creative skills also continued to shine as we created junk model minibeasts, paper craft minibeasts, minibeast finger puppets, amazing paintings of minibeasts, minibeast masks, symmetrical butterflies and much more.


We also developed our ICT skills by creating our own videos about Minibeasts using an app called Adobe Spark Video on the iPads.


During the final two weeks we completed a mini topic on plants. We learnt about the lifecycle of a plant and observed this first hand when we planted our own sunflower seeds and watched them grow right before our eyes. We also discovered what 4 things a plant needs to grow and what other things can be grown in soil, including fruits and vegetables.


In our SEAL and RE time we learnt about Relationships and Friendship. We read stories about Jesus and his special friends- the disciples and also stories linked to this theme such as 'The Rainbow Fish' and the story of 'Ruth and Naomi'. We talked about our special friends and drew pictures of them using the app Paper 53 and to show them how much we cared for them we made them friendship bracelets using resources in our creative area.


We finished off a very busy half term, celebrating the Royal Wedding with a party in our playground, by releasing our butterflies, so that they could go and lay their eggs and continue their lifecycle and a very exciting final day learning about staying safe in the sun, home and around strangers.



Spring Term 2 seemed to be a very quick term, but we still managed to pack a lot of exciting learning opportunities in!!!

We started with a mini topic on feelings and the children were given the opportunity to think about their own feelings and events that can sometimes affect them. We talked about the things that make us happy and also the things that make us sad and what we can do when we are feeling like this. We made a feelings patchwork in class, which showed all the different things that make us happy.

We then moved on to learning about animals, focusing on a different group of animals each week and thoroughly enjoyed playing in our Vets role-play area inside and our Zoo role-play area outside.

Firstly we looked at Pets and the types of animals that make a good pet. We read the story 'The Great Pet Sale' which helped us to learn about money and different coins. Mrs Gornall brought in her pet Tortoise 'Tilly', we learnt how to look after her and made our own split-pin pets on the creative table.  

We then looked at Farm animals and the types of animals that you might find on a farm. We learnt about the types of foods which are produced by farm animals such as eggs, milk, meats etc and how these are used to make other food products such as cheese and yogurts. We read the story 'Duck in a Truck' and created our own endings to the story.  We also had lots of fun making our own farmyard animal finger puppets out of felt.

Finally we looked at Zoo animals and learnt about where they live in the wild. We painted and collaged pictures of these animals and looked at their different patterned skins. We read the story 'Dear Zoo' and wrote our own letters to the Zoo asking them to send us an animal and guess what they replied and sent us a lovely baby giraffe!! The most exciting part of this week was checking in with lots of different animals in zoos around the world via live webcams. We watched penguins swimming in the cold water in Edinburgh and tigers prowling around their enclosures in sunny San Diego.

In our RE time we learnt about the 'Stories Jesus Told' as he travelled around with disciples and the hidden meaning behind each of them. We listened to the story of 'The Good Samaritan, The Lost Sheep and The Lost Coin' and discussed how the messages in each of these stories could help us in or every day lives.

We finished off the half term with a week learning all about Easter Story and the real meaning of Easter.  We learnt about Palm Sunday, The Last Supper, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We role played each of the key events- riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, washing feet and eating bread and drinking wine (blackcurrant juice), Jesus dying and then rising again. Just before we went home we held our Easter Bonnet Parade, everyone looked fantastic in their Easter bonnets. Thank you to everyone for your help in making them.



During Spring Term 1 we had great fun learning all about Houses and Homes from around the world, which was linked with traditional tales. The children loved playing in our role play areas which were a DIY store inside and an Arctic Explorers Shelter and Construction Site outside.  Site safety rules were always followed and the children made sure that hard hats and high visibility jackets were worn at all times, well most of the time!!  

During our Literacy time the children learnt about traditional tales and what makes a story a traditional tale. They enjoyed retelling them using puppets and masks and became really good at using the repetitive language in stories like The Gingerbread Man, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

During our Maths time we used the story of The Gingerbread Man to learn about ordinal numbers and the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff to use positional vocabulary. The story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears helped us to learn about measuring things by size and weight. We also continued to use Numicon to learn our numbers to 20,  problem solve and find different ways to make the numbers to 10.

We also learnt about the different types of homes we live in, the materials they are made from and how these are very different from other homes found around the world. We looked inside our homes, labelled the different rooms and discussed the types of furniture that we might find inside them. 

In our RE time we learnt about the 'Stories that Jesus heard' as a boy,  which fitted in perfectly with our worship theme for the half term of 'Old Testament Heroes'.  We listened to the stories of Noah, Joseph's Colourful Coat, Moses, Daniel in the Lions Den, Jonah and the Whale and David & Goliath and learnt that we should put our trust in God, just like the people did in these stories because he will always be there for us.

The highlight of the half term had to be our 'iSing Pop' concert. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning each of the songs and sang their hearts out during the two concerts that we performed at Christ Church.

The children also enjoyed many other exciting activities both inside and outside the classroom which helped to support their learning. Here are just a few of the things we got up to, including our 'Safe and Sound' day which focused on Road Safety.



The 7 weeks leading up to Christmas were extremely busy in class and we learnt lots of new things through our 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.

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.

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. 


In our RE time we also learnt about Jesus, what a special person he was and listened to stories from the Bible about some of the amazing things that he did to help people, when he was alive. We then discussed some of the special people that are alive today and the important jobs that they do to help us. Rev Saunders came into school to tell us all about his special job as a Vicar.


Our Christmas Party

What a busy first 8 weeks we have had in school! We began our Autumn Term 1 by welcoming our new children into school and helping them to settle in. The children met their Year 6 buddies for the first time and got to spend an afternoon 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. Molly, a 3 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 Underwater Street 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 were 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.

In 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. 

We also enjoyed learning lots of new rhymes and songs, which we now sing everyday to help us with our daily routine.


Adam from the Healthy Lifestyle team came in every Monday for 6 weeks to help us learn about how to stay healthy. We danced, learnt about fruit and vegetables, played with the parachute, made a smoothie and wraps, learnt how to brush our teeth properly and did some physical exercise.