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 Friday morning, 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 chidren 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 1 (April - May 2018)


Over the next half term our topics will include:

  • Minibeasts (4 weeks)
  • Planting and Growing (2 weeks)  

In our Literacy time we will be looking at the following texts- The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Lifecycle of a Butterfly, The Very Busy Spider, The Bad Tempered Ladybird, Jasper's Beanstalk and Eddie's Garden and how to make things grow.  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. We will also be learning about the days of the week, handling data and 3D Shapes.


In our Topic work we will be learning about:

  • Different types of Minibeasts and discovering the habitats that they live in, by going on minibeast hunts.
  • 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.
  • The Lifecycle of a plant- We will see this first hand when we plant our own sunflower seeds and beans, watching them grow right before our eyes. We will also discover what 4 things a plant needs to grow.

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 area 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. 



Dates for your Diary:


PE: Monday Mornings and Friday Afternoons


Parent Drop In: Every other Tuesday afternoon from 17th April 1.15- 2.15pm


Educational Visit to the Turnpike and George the Canal Barge: Monday 23rd April 10-12 pm


Safe and Sound Day: Friday 25th May




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-pn 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 enclosers 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.