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 




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 1 (January - February 2020)


Over the next half term our topics will include:

  • When I grow up...... My Goals in 2020/life (1 week)
  • Traditional Tales / Houses and Homes (5 weeks) 


In our Literacy time we will be looking at the following texts- I want to be a Cowgirl, The Gingerbread Man, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and What's the time Mister Wolf?

We will be using a selection of traditional tales and other well known stories to learn about how stories are structured (beginning, middle and end), discussing the different types of characters found in these stories and the different settings they take place in. All of these activities  will help us to begin to develop our very own story writing skills in preparation for Year 1.

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. 


We will also have 2 new role play areas- one inside and one outside.  The first will be a DIY Store and the second will be a Arctic Expedition Base Camp.


In our Maths time we will 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
  • Time


In our Topic work we will be learning about:

  • People who help us- We will learn about the different jobs that people do in our local community, what those jobs involve and decide whether these might be something that we would like to do when we our older.
  • Our Goals- We will discuss our short term goals and decide on something that we would like to achieve in 2020 and also discuss our long term goals and what we might like to be when we are older.
  • Simple structures- We will explore how to build simple walls and bridges and test our structures to see which designs are the best.
  • Different types of houses and homes- We will look at the different types of houses and homes that we have in our local area and compare these with ones found around the world. We will focus on the materials that they are built from and why different materials are used in some countries.
  • Different rooms in a house- We will learn about the different rooms in our homes, the furniture that we might find in them and how these have changed over time.


Our RE focus will be 'Stories Jesus Heard'

In this unit the children will be introduced to the stories of the Old Testament and will understand that Jesus would have heard these stories as he was growing up.

These stories will include

  • The Baby in the Bulrushes- Moses
  • Daniel in the Lion's Den
  • Noah's Ark
  • Joseph and his Colourful Coat
  • Jonah and the Whale

At the end of the unit the children will be asked which story they like best and why.


Heartsmart- Too much Selfie isn't Healthy

This unit focuses on Empathy where the children will explore the importance of others and how to love them well.

Too much Selfie isn't Healthy is about working well with others, about being a good listener and understanding that life is more about we than me.  Love without action isn't love, it's a thought.  Love requires an out; love does.  By contributing to the lives of others we find fulfilment for ourselves and learn that Too much Selfie isn't Healthy!''


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

  • Wk 1- Wind the Bobbin up
  • Wk 2- Rock-a-bye-baby
  • Wk 3- Five Little Monkeys
  • Wk 4- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  • Wk 5-If you're happy and you know it
  • Wk 6- Heads, shoulders, knees and toes.


Our PE focus this half term will be 'Balance' and our School Sports Games Value will be ’Teamwork’

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

  • Balance on one leg
  • Jump off an object and land appropriately
  • Take turns and share PE resources
  • Bend, reach and twist
  • Push and Pull with different parts of the body
  • Jump and Leap
  • Maintain their balance whilst lifting and carrying
  • Dodge effectively.

Dates for your Diary:


Healthy Lifestyle sessions start: Tuesday 7th January in the afternoon for 6 weeks

Parent Drop In: Every other Tuesday afternoon from 14th January  1.15- 2.15pm

PE: Monday Afternoons (Outdoor Play) and Friday Mornings                           

Parents Evening: 4th and 5th February 2020



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.