Reception: Blog items

Reception National Storytellying Week

Date: 22nd Feb 2024 @ 10:22am

During National Storytelling Week Reception had a visitor from the National Literacy Trust who brought lots of loves stories to share with the children.  We enjoyed going up to our school library 'The Attic' to listen to the stories and then use the puppets to retell tell them in our own words.  What a lovely time everyone had.

Reception- Icy Surprises!

Date: 20th Feb 2024 @ 1:22pm

"What will melt the ice the quickest?"

This was the question that Reception had to answer when they carried out their very exciting science experiment.

They worked in small groups, discussing the changes that were happening as the ice began to melt. They used warm water, salt, a scrubbing brush and washing up liquid.

They eventually discovered that the warm water melted the ice the quickest and that salt was much better than a scrubbing brush or washing up liquid.


"I think it will be warm water that melts the ice the fastest because it is warm like the sun and the sun melts the ice when its frosty." Mathew.

"The brush is too hard to melt the ice- it's not working!" Niko.

"The warm water has melted it quicker than the others- look the toy is already out of it!" Kierah.

Reception- Internet Safety

Date: 8th Feb 2024 @ 6:17pm

This week has been Internet Safety Week . It was launched on Tuesday with a whole school assembly followed by a story in our classroom about Smartie The Penguin. Here, the children learnt, along with Smartie, how to keep themselves safe on the internet by talking to a trusted adult if things didn't seem right when playing games or doing research on the internet. 

"I watch films on Youtube" Mathew.

"I ask my mum if I can watch Peppa Pig" Luca.

"Don't talk to a stranger on the internet" Oliver.

Reception- RSE- Caring Friendships and Families

Date: 8th Feb 2024 @ 5:39pm

This week we have been learning about how friendships can make us feel happy and how we can welcome new friends. We also learnt about how members of our family are different and how they can help us too.

At storytime, we read about Ezza The Elephant and his friends and family. We then made crowns and drew pictures of our own families.

"Always ask someone to play with you if they have no friends to play with" Esmai.

"I sometimes feel nervous but I have my friend who can play with me" Elisha.

"My family is big- lots of brothers and sisters" Oliver.

Reception- Music

Date: 5th Feb 2024 @ 7:28pm

This half term Reception have been singing songs, using actions and reinforcing their learning of how to keep a steady beat whilst exploring different instruments, such as the glockenspiel and the maracas. They have learnt to follow instructions as to when to pick up and play the instrument as well as playing it in time with the music.

Acorn class also enjoyed joining in with the learning too.

Take a look at our photos.

Reception- Story club

Date: 5th Feb 2024 @ 7:19pm

This half term, Reception have enjoyed staying for their first extra- curricular club- The Story Club!

Each week, they have chilled out on cushions, got cosy under throws and snuggled up to cuddly toys as they listened to a different Wintery story each week.

This was followed by colouring pictures from the story to take home and talk about with their families.



Reception- Super Hero City!

Date: 29th Jan 2024 @ 7:46am

This week Reception have had lots of fun in PE pretending to be super heroes!

They practiced their running, jumping and hopping skills and then went on to throwing and catching. They had to listen, take turns and try not to crash into each other.

Take a look at our photos.

Reception- Road Safety Week

Date: 22nd Jan 2024 @ 7:36am

This week Reception have been learning how to keep safe and be responsible when crossing the road.

They had a special visitor from Zoe our crossing patrol warden or, as we like to say, our lollypop lady! 

We all learnt that we have to :

1- Find a safe place to cross.

2- Stay on the curb.

3- Look both ways.

4- Listen for the traffic.

5-Then walk sensibly across the road.


"I have to hold my mummy's hand when I cross the road" Lucy.

"Zoe helps me cross the road safely when I come to school" 

Reception One Snowy Day

Date: 16th Jan 2024 @ 10:15am

The children in Reception were very excited this morning to find our outdoor area covered in white, fluffy snow.  The children had a great time exploring the snow, making snow angels, sledging down the hill, build snowmen and even having a snowball fight.  

Reception Phase 3 Phonics

Date: 15th Jan 2024 @ 12:34pm

This week the children have starting learning the phase 3 digraphs.  The children have been busy applying their phonics knowledge when reading and writing in the areas.  The children have been using their robot arms to orally segement the words and then finding the correct sound on the sounds mat.  Have a look at some of our wonderful writing.

Reception Winter is Here

Date: 15th Jan 2024 @ 12:28pm

This week our classroom was transformed into a winter wonderland.  We have had a lovely week exploring the season winter and discussing the changes that occur.  The children have been busy completing lots of wintery activities including building Elsa, reading wintery stories, role playing in our winter house and exploring melting ice in the water. 


"The temperature is very cold" Nikola

"It gets frosty" Levi

"The water freezes" Esmai

"It goes dark quickly" Elisha

Reception- Christmas Party!

Date: 22nd Dec 2023 @ 10:11am

This week Reception had their Christmas Party. 

They had fun dancing, playing musical statues, musical bumps and pass the parcel. Everyone took turns and clapped the winners. 

After the games we had some party food and then we were visited by a very special guest- Father Christmas! He had brought presents for everyone because they had all been good this year.

Merry Christmas to you all!

Reception Wriggly Nativity

Date: 18th Dec 2023 @ 12:19pm

Over the past week the children have been learning about the story off first Christmas and why Christmas is an important time of year for Christians.  We have been retelling the story in our own words at the story telling.  We have also been practicing our nativty and learning our songs.  We enjoyed performing to the other children in school and can wait to perform for our families and friends.

"Mary and Joseph had to go to Bethlehem" Isla

"There was no room so they went into a stable" Esmai

"Jesus was born in the stable" George

"The angels told the shepherds to go to see Jesus" Oliver

"The kings brought some presents; gold, frankinsence and myrrh"



Reception Elf Olympics

Date: 18th Dec 2023 @ 11:58am

On Friday the children in Reception enjoyed taking parting in our interhouse competition organised by the Sports Council 'The Elf Olympics.  The children worked in their house teams to complete a range of festive games including team relays races, a bauble and spoon race and dress the snowman.  The children had a great time working together to earn point for their houses Chepstow, Bathurst, Rodwell and Elston.  Well done everyone!

Reception Christmas Jumper Day

Date: 14th Dec 2023 @ 9:46pm

Today the children in schoool were invited by our school council to wear their Christmas Jumpers.  Pupils donated £1 towards our chosen charity 'Brian House' .  During Christmas Jumper Day the children enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner including turkey, pigs in blanket and lots of delicious veggies.  The children listened to Christmas songs, pulled crackers with their friends and toasted to the festivities.  What a super day everyone had!

Reception The Gingerbread Man

Date: 14th Dec 2023 @ 9:33pm

The children in Reception have been reading the story 'The Gingerbread Man'.  They have been using the props at the story telling table to act out the story, making gingerbread men at the creative table, writing sentences about the story and exploring the composing of humbers up to 5 using the part part whole model.  Have a lookat our learning

Reception- Christmas Is On It's Way!

Date: 8th Dec 2023 @ 7:49pm

The decorations are up, the tree is dressed and presents are wrapped! it's all happening in Reception this week.

Children have been working together, sharing ideas and using their critical thinking skills to get into the spiirit of Christmas. They have been using their fine motor skills to place baubles, tinsel and beads on the Christmas tree in the home corner and they have been measuring and cutting wrapping paper to wrap Christmas presents for each other.  

Reception Hedgehog Rescue

Date: 29th Nov 2023 @ 12:26pm

This week the children have been reading the story 'Oliver's Wood' which is all about an owl called Olliver who stays up late on day and discovers the sun.  He is so excited that he wants to tell his friends hedgehog and badger but they are all asleep.  The children have enjoyed retelling the story and finding out more information about nocuturnal animals.  The children we lucky enought to meet a real life hedgehog Norris from Blackpool Hedgehog Rescue.  The children learnt about how to care for a sick hedgehog, how they use their sense to find food and what they like to eat.  We followed up our visit by creating our own hedgehogs at the creative table and writing about them.


"Hedgehogs use their nose to sniff out food" Mathew

"They eat worms, slugs, beetles and snails" Hunter

"Don't feed them milk it makes them poorly" Summer G

"Hedgehogs are nocturnal" Isaac

"They come out at night and sleep in the day" Levi

Reception- Celebrate Divali

Date: 29th Nov 2023 @ 12:08pm

Reception have been talking about the Hindu and Sikh celebration of Divali 'The Festival of Light".  We talked about why the celbration was iimportant to them and how they prepared to it and celebrated with their families.  We looked at some tradition Skih clothing, maki diva lamps and painted rangoli patterns.

"They decroate their homes for Divali" Sahiti

"Diva lamps go in the windows" Sid

"The make rangoli patterns rto welconme people to their house" Esmai

"They have a special dinner with thei family"  Elisha

"They watch fireworks at night" Kisha

Reception- Switch Off Fortnight

Date: 24th Nov 2023 @ 5:59pm

This week Reception have taken part in Switch off Fortnight to try and save electricity, money and the planet from climate change.

Switching off lights when we are not in the room, turning off interactive screens when not in use and ensuring fewer electrical items are turned off at the plug socket, and not just on standby, are the main issues we are tackling in Reception now and for the rest of the year. 

"I switch the lights off to save electricty" Lucy.

"Turn things off...turn off your laptop" George.

"I switch lights off at home" Esmai.

Reception- Forest School

Date: 24th Nov 2023 @ 5:44pm

On Thursday, Reception took part in Forest School. It was a windy day but that didn't stop us wrapping up warm and venturing outside to search for animal footprints, insects and spinkle seeds to feed the birds.

We collected sticks to make a huge nest which we decided would be perfect for a big bird , such as an eagle and listened to a story and played some games too.

Reception There's no such thing as a Gruffalo

Date: 21st Nov 2023 @ 6:13pm

The children in Reception have been reading the story 'The Gruffalo'.  They have been using props at the storytelling table to retell the story, using loose parts to make their own Gruffalo models, making repeated patterns using autumnal objects, completing Gruffalo themed maths activities, making lists of the Gruffalo's favourite food and making Gruffalo food outside in the mud kitchen.  What a busy week! Have a look at our wonderful learning.

Reception Together Time

Date: 21st Nov 2023 @ 6:07pm

Today the children in Receptiom enjoyed sharing their learning with their parents and carers.  The children showed their adults how they complete their daily challenge and mini me, how they use the continuos provision and how they follow the classroon rules and routines.  We hsd a fabulous turn out and the children had a great time!

Reception- Children in Need

Date: 21st Nov 2023 @ 4:39pm

Friday 17th November was Children In Need. 

Children could join in and raise money for the charity by paying £1 to wear an item that was spotty.

In the afternoon the whole school came together for a special assembly to learn about how the money raised was spent and ended with everyone dancing to the popular song 'YMCA' .

Reception Odd Socks Day

Date: 13th Nov 2023 @ 9:13pm

Today in Reception the children have been celebrating everyones differences by wearing odd socks.  We talked about how everyone looks different, lkes different things and wears different clothes.  We discussed how being different makes us all unique.  We learnt the phrase "Everyone is different but everyone is special". The children used the different resources at the creative table to make their own odd socks. 

In the afternoon we explored the importance of having kind words and actions and the characteristics of a good friend.  The children created their own faces in the style of Andy Warhol. The talked about how all people look different and have different coloured skin, har and eyes and how it is important we are kind to them regardless of this. 

"You have to have kind words" Hunter

"Some people look different but we still have to be kind to them" Levi