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 2020-2021


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

Miss Harrison-  1 to 1 Teaching Assistant 



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 with words once they have learnt half of 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 is 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 2 (June-July 2021)


Over the next half term our topics will include:

  • Journeys and Transport- Cars, Bikes and Trains (2 weeks)
  • Final Assessment Week- EYFS Data Finalised (1 week)
  • Heritage Project- What was life like living on the canal in Leigh over 100 years ago? (1 week)
  • Journeys and Transport- Boats and Aeroplanes (2 weeks)
  • Transition Week- Moving to Year 1 (3 days)  


In our Literacy time we will be looking at the following texts-

  • Monster Goes for a Drive- an interactive tale
  • The Train Ride
  • Letters from Felix
  • Mr Gumpy's Outing

Before the holidays we were starting 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 writing skills, so that it contains more detail and some exciting words.

In RWI we will use all the Set 1 & Set 2 sounds that we have learnt over the year to write simple sentences and continue to learn the remaining tricky red words. 

We will also have 2 new role play areas- one inside and one outside.  The first will be an Airport and the second will be an Ice-Cream Parlour and cafe.

In our Maths time we will continue to focus on our numbers with the Numberblocks, Numberjacks and Numicon. Other activities will include:

  • Doubling
  • Halving and Sharing
  • Odds and Evens
  • Weight
  • Volume & Capacity
  • Length, Height and Distance

In our Topic work we will be learning about:.

  • Transport- Different forms of transport and when we might use these. (Bikes, Cars, Trains, Planes & Boats)
  • 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 RE focus will be What is Prayer? and will help the children to understand what prayer is and the different ways people of faith talk to God.


Our Heartsmart focus will be 'No way through isn't true'  

'No way through isn't true' is about getting up and facing challenges, even when we don't feel like it. The children will learn that in life they will have to face lots of difficult situations that they may feel are impossible to get through, but this isn't the case and if you have courage they will find a way through them.


During our Music sessions we will be developing our skills of listening and appraising whilst learning the songs from the  'BBC- Listen & Play '. The children will learn to find the pulse.

  • Wk 1- The Wheels on the Bus
  • Wk 2- Down at the Station
  • Wk 3- Under the Sea
  • Wk 4- At the Seaside
  • Wk 5- Fabulous Fun and Summer Sun
  • Wk 6- Pirates


Our PE focus this half term will be 'The Olympics' and our School Sports Games Value will be ’Determination’

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

  • Develop the ability to throw an object.
  • Develop the ability to move at speed.
  • Adapt the body when moving at speed.
  • Jump safely.
  • Develop the ability to jump in different ways. 



Summer Term 1 NEWS!

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 Bad Tempered Ladybird',  'The Very Busy Spider'  and 'The Very Quiet Cricket.'


In our Maths time we learnt about simple and then more complex repeating patterns and created our own repeating pattern caterpillars using AB and ABB patterns. We learnt how to use a number track to help us add and subtract numbers, by counting on and back from a given number and we finished off the hslf term by learning the numbers from 10 to 20.


Our creative skills also continued to shine as we created junk model and paper craft minibeasts, weaved spiders webs, painted amazing pictures of minibeasts, made minibeast masks and used different techniques to create symmetrical butterflies and much more.


We also developed our ICT skills by creating our own minibeasts on Busy Things and Colour Magic and we made videos about Minibeasts using an app called Adobe Spark Video on the iPads.


During Mental Health Awareness Week we completed a mini topic all about 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 our own feelings monsters in class and took part in some yoga to help us relax and create a sense of calmness during our busy days.


In our 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.


Our Heartsmart unit was titled 'Fake is a Mistake' It helped us to understand that we should always have the courage to tell the truth and we don't have to pretend to be someone or something that we're not because we're enough as we are. 


During Spring term we were in Lockdownso News updates were done collaboratively through Seesaw


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. Unfortunately we were unable to make our clay hedgehogs due to us having to isolate at home, but we had great fun making our Hedgehog Hibernaculums out of the leaves we collected from our gardens. 

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. We learnt about the sun and moon and discovered the differences between day and night.

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 and investigated  how to light a bulb.

We particularly enjoyed learning about two new festivals which we had never heard about before- Diwali 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. 

We then moved onto learning about Dinosaurs and discovered what it would have been like on earth when the dinosaurs were in existence by reading the non-fiction 'My First Book of Dinosaurs.' We were amazed when we checked the CCTV and discovered that a dinosaur had visited our classroom and laid some eggs in a nest that we had created in our outdoor area.  We created our own dinosaurs through a variety of different creative tasks and enjoyed using a range non-fiction books and search engines on the iPads to find out lots of information about them.

The children thoroughly enjoyed their PE lessons this half term, as they created their own dinosaur dance with the help of Amy from WigLe dance and then finished off the unit with some Christmas Cheerleading.

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.

Our RE unit- Special People, helped us to reflect on people who are special and look at the reasons why. We started by discussing people who were special to us as individuals and then discussed other people who are special because of the jobs they do such as doctors, nurses, firemen, Rev Saunders. Finally we learnt about Jesus and why he is a special person to Christians. During the last two weeks we focused on the Christian festival of Christmas. We found out about the key events in the Christmas story, who was involved and where it all happened. We also discovered the true meaning of Christmas and celebrated this in class through a range of different activities.


Autumn Term 1 NEWS!

What a busy first 6 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 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".  

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 enjoy a reading book with words 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 exploring all the different activities in our continuous provision areas both inside and outside the classroom.