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 2019-2020


Class Information


Who's Who

Mrs Gornall-Deputy Headteacher & Reception teacher

Mrs Baines- Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs Harrison- Teaching Assistant

Mrs Jackson- 1 to 1 Teaching Assistant

Mrs Bayatti-  1 to 1 Teaching Assistant 

Miss Nelson- Student Teacher




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 2 (February - April 2020)


Over the next half term our topics will include:

  • Animals- Pets, Farm & Zoo (3 weeks)
  • Planting and Growing (2 weeks)
  • Easter (1 week)     

In our Literacy time we will be looking at the following texts- The Great Pet Sale , Duck in a Truck and Dear Zoo, which link with our animals topic and Jasper's Beanstalk and Eddie's Garden which link with our Planting and Growing topic.

Before the holidays we were becoming great writers and most of us were beginning to write our own sentences, so we will continue to work on this in preparation for story writing in the Summer term.

In RWI we will use the Set 1 letter sounds that we learnt during Autumn term to further develop our blending and segmenting skills and to read and write simple sentences independently, as well as learn the new Set 2 sounds- ay, ee, igh, ow, oo, oo, ar, or, air, ir, ou, oy.

Our new role play area indoors will be a Vets complete with reception area, waiting area, treatment area and pet care centre plus lots of furry friends and our outdoor area will be a Zoo.

We are also hoping to take the children to a local vets, so that they can experience what it is like to work in a real vets.


In our Maths time we will continue to focus on the numbers 6-10 with the Numberblocks, Numberjacks and Numicon. Activities will include:

  • Learning to count accurately and order numbers correctly.
  • Focusing on the key principles of counting: One to one correspondence, Cardinality and Stable order with those numbers.
  • Subitising numbers 1 to 10.
  • Conservation of number- arranging blocks in different ways, but the number remains the same.
  • 1 more/less to 10 
  • Combining 2 groups to find the whole
  • Addition and Subtraction with numbers to 10.
  • Number bonds up to 10- Tens frame and Part-whole model
  • Spatial awareness and positional Vocabulary
  • 2D and 3D Shapes
  • Money


In our Topic work we will be learning about:

  • Pets- What animals make suitable pets? What things do we need to look after them properly? How are poorly pets made better?
  • Farm animals- What types of animals would we find on a farm? What are adult and baby animals called? Where do they live on the farm?
  • Zoo animals- What types of animals would we find in a zoo? Why are animals kept there? Where in the world do these animals come from? What interesting facts can we find out about them?
  • 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 and will also discover what 4 things a plant needs to grow.
  • The Easter Story- What is the real meaning of Easter? 



Our RE focus will be 'Stories Jesus Told' 

In this unit the children will explore the stories jesus told and know that he told them to teach us about God.

These stories will include

  • The Good Samaritan
  • The Lost Sheep
  • The Lost Coin
  • The Sower 


Our RE focus will be 'Easter'

In this unit the children will explore the events of Easter through a variety of multi-sensory experiences, ensuring that pupils know it is a celebration of Jesus' death and resurrection.



Heartsmart- 'Don't rub it in, rub it out!'

This unit focuses on Forgiveness and learning how to process negative emotions, disappointment and hurt.

Don't rub it in, rub it out is about choosing to forgive, leaving the pointing finger in our pocket and accepting that we too need grace just as much as we give it away. Everyone makes mistakes. Don't demand perfection, instead celebrate progress, that's what loves does.


During our Music sessions we will be developing our skills of listening and appraising whilst learning the songs from the  'Our World' Unit in the Charanga Scheme. The children will learn to find the pulse and sing the following songs:

  • Wk 1- Old Macdonald
  • Wk 2- Incy Wincy Spider
  • Wk 3- Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Wk 4- Row, row, row your boat
  • Wk 5- The Wheels on the bus
  • Wk 6- The Hokey Cokey


Our PE focus this half term will be 'Gym in the Jungle' and our School Sports Games Value will be ’Respect’

During this unit of work the children will learn how to:

  • Move in a range of different ways
  • Increase the ability to move around and onto equipment
  • Increase the ability to move under and onto equipment
  • Increase the ability to move over and onto equipment
  • Increase the ability to move through and onto equipment  

Dates for your Diary:


PE: Monday Afternoons (Outdoor Play) and Friday Mornings       


Parent Drop In: Every other Tuesday afternoon from 3rd March 1.15- 2.15pm


World Book Day: Thursday 5th March 


Sports Relief: Friday 13th March


Easter Service in Church: Friday 3rd April



Spring Term 1 NEWS!

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 Base Camp 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 10,  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 Mental Health Awareness Day, Chinese New Year and  Safer Internet Day. Adam from the Healthy Lifestyle team also came in every Tuesday for 6 weeks to help us learn about how to stay healthy. We danced, learnt about fruit and vegetables, played with the parachute, made wraps & healthy cereal learnt how to brush our teeth properly and did some physical exercise.


Autumn Term 2 NEWS!

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 with the story 'Hedgehog Howdedo'. 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, as we worked together as a class to act out the story, 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 Divali 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. We created our 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. 

Throughout our Heartsmart Unit 'Don't forget to let love in' Boris helped us to discover that we are important, we matter, we're one in a million and above all we're loved.

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 'Everyone loves a baby". 


Autumn Term 1 NEWS!   

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.

Our first full week in school was especially exciting when we were lucky enough to take part in Bikeability and all learnt how to ride a balance bike safely and with control.

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 interactive 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 when we read the story "The Elephant and the Bad Baby".  We finished the topic off with a fantastic day out at 'Imagine that' where we explored our bodies further with lots of interactive activities. These included how to make bath bombs and slime, a volcano explode and a rocket zoom across the room.

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 and we had great fun making our own yummy Rainbow Fish biscuits.

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 and start to take a reading book home for the first time.

Our Maths learning time focussed on the Numberblocks and learning the different Numicon shapes and numerals for the numbers 1 to 5. We explored lots of different activities in continuous provision which involved us trying 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.

During our Heartsmart Unit, 'Get Heartsmart' we were introduced to the robot Boris and the nasty Scrapman and even made our own Boris' to live with us at home.

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