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

Miss Carter- Student Teacher

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.... Summer 1 (April - May 2019)


Over the next half term our topics will include:

  • Emotions and Feelings (1 week)
  • Minibeasts (4 weeks)

In our Literacy time we will be looking at the following texts- What makes me Happy?, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Lifecycle of a Butterfly, The Very Busy Spider and The Bad Tempered Ladybird. Before the holidays we were becoming great writers and nearly all of us can now write our own simple sentences. Over this half term we will become more independent with our writing and begin to look at writing simple stories based on the Eric Carle stories that we will be reading in class.


In our Maths time we will continue to develop our number skills by working with numbers to 20 and beyond and further develop our addition and subtraction skills. We will also be learning how to solve number problems which involve doubling, halving and sharing and will use our class texts to learn about the days of the week and handling data. 


In our Topic work we will be learning about:

  • Exploring our feelings and how different things make us feel- What makes us happy/sad/angry/frustrated?
  • Different types of Minibeasts and discovering the habitats that they live in, by going on minibeast hunts in different environments.
  • The Lifecycle of a Butterfly- We will see this first hand, as each of us will have our own caterpillar and will watch as it grows and changes in class.
  • The features of different types of minibeasts- number of legs, body parts, antennae, colour etc.

Some of our creative activities will include creating junk model/ clay/ papercraft minibeasts, threading spiders webs, minibeast magnets, minibeast biscuits & symmetrical butterflies.


Our new role-play areas will be a Garden Centre inside the classroom and a Minibeast Exploration Centre in our outdoor area. 


Our SEAL theme will be looking at 'Relationships'


Our RE focus will be Friendship and Special Places.  We will look at who our special friends are and discuss why they are special, as well as who Jesus' special friends were and what part they played in his life?  We will also be taking a look at places which are special to different groups of people, what they are like both inside and outside and what is special about them.


Our Heartsmart focus will be 'Fake is a mistake'  

Fake is a mistake is about having the courage to tell the truth when we need to, but it's also about knowing that we're enough as we are.  We don't have to pretend to be something or someone that we're not because we're enough as we are right now. Having the courage to tell the truth, to communicate our boundaries and to share our vulnerabilities appropriately are at the core of what it means to be powerful and that's why FAKE IS A MISTAKE!



Dates for your Diary:


PE: Wednesday Afternoon and Friday Morning


Parent Drop In: Every other Tuesday afternoon from 30th April 1.15- 2.15pm




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 by 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 cockerpoo 'Bella' to spend the morning with us, 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 yoghurts. 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.

Next we spent two weeks completing a mini topic on planting and growing. 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 then used this first hand experience to help us write our own instructions on how to plant a seed.  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 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 our everyday lives.

We finished off the half term with a lovely 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 through role-playing 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. We finished off the week with an Easter Bonnet Parade, everyone looked fantastic in their Easter bonnets, an Easter Egg hunt and our Easter Service in church where we sang our favourite Easter song 'Hot Cross Bunny'. 



During Spring Term 1, we had great fun learning about Houses and Homes from around the world, which we linked with a selection of traditional tales. Inside the children loved playing in our DIY store role-play area, which was a constant hive of activity. They say that January is always a busy month for doing home improvements and that was definitely the case in our classroom!  Outside the children enjoying playing in our Arctic Explorers Shelter where they were able to wrap up warm in their snow suits, hats and googles. They explored the Arctic environment (literally) on skis, before coming back and getting snug in their sleeping bags and bedding down for the night.  In our outdoor construction area the children used a range of different construction materials to build a variety of different buildings/shelters to keep them safe, particularly from that BIG BAD WOLF! 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 actually makes a story a traditional tale. They enjoyed retelling them using a range of puppets, masks and small world resources 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. Over the half term they developed their character voices and by the end were all excellent at taking on the role of each of the characters, particularly the Big Bad Wolf. For homework they recorded their own version of each of these stories and then uploaded them onto Seesaw. We listened to some of them in class, which helped the children to understand why traditional tales can sometimes be slightly different depending on who is retelling them.  

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 correctly. The story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears helped us to learn about measuring things by size and weight and we even made some wallpaper by creating a repeating pattern with rollers and coloured paint. We also continued to use Numicon to learn our numbers to 20,  problem solve and find different ways to make the numbers to 10.

During our afternoon learning time, we 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. The children were shocked when they discovered that some people live in mud huts, which only contain a single room and no electricity or running water. 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.  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.

During our Heartsmart time we learnt that "Too much Selfie, isn't healthy" and that rather than always thinking about ourselves we should think about the people/creatures that are in our lives and show them love, because we all have someone we can show love to. 

The children also enjoyed many other exciting activities both inside and outside the classroom which helped to support their learning these included our 150th birthday celebrations and Chinese New Year.



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.