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Welcome to Reception's Class Page
We are a happy and caring class and throughout the year we will enjoy boundless opportunities to flourish and shine. We will follow our own interests and learn through themes planned by ourselves in our creative, fun and engaging environment. We will focus on subjects such as Phonics, Literacy and Maths, as well as other areas of the Early Years Curriculum. Here you will find important letters, class information and shared learning experiences.
Phonics Stay and Learn

This week in Reception we enjoyed our second ‘Stay and learn’ session. We invited our grownups in to show them some of the Phonics activities we do in class. We loved having the opportunity to share our learning at school.
A big thank you to everyone that attended.

Outdoor Area

The Foundation Stage children have loved exploring in their new, larger outdoor space. They have really enjoyed roleplaying on the stage and we have had some brilliant shows from some very enthusiastic future musicians.

Ordering familiar events

In Maths we have been thinking about ordering familiar events. We worked hard to order washing our hands, brushing our teeth and getting ready for bed.

Remembrance Day

In Reception we thought about Armistice Day. We learnt that it marks the day World War One ended. We took part in a two-minute silence at 11am to remember the people who have died in wars. We made these beautiful poppies in response.


In Reception we can use familiar shapes and objects to create and recreate patterns. We made patterns out of everything we could find in the classroom!


This week in maths we have been thinking about 2D shapes. We have named them, gone on shape hunts around school and made fantastic shape rockets as part of our learning about Bonfire Night.

Reading Area

We have enjoyed reading this week in our newly designed reading area. We have shared books with each other, read individually and even read stories to teddies.

Outdoor Learning Area
This half term we will be developing our outdoor area along with Nursery to create a joint learning space. This will mean that the children will have the opportunity to explore and play together in a much larger area. We are very excited to start this collaboration and as a Foundation Stage team we are positive that the children will greatly benefit from this new, developed environment.

This week in Reception we have learnt all about Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Mia brought in some lovely traditional clothes for us to see and we enjoyed hearing about how some her family celebrate Diwali in South Africa. We learnt that Diya lamps were a really important part of the festival and we made our very own out of clay. We also thought about Rangoli patterns and we created our own using sequins and glitter. However our favourite part of the week was when we tried some Indian food and we all thought it was delicious!

African Drumming

Reception really enjoyed the African Drumming morning on Wednesday. They listened really well and joined in with the singing and dancing.

Here is what we thought:
"I liked it when we got to sing" - India
"I liked it when they hit the drum really hard" - Rupert
"I liked learning new words" - Evan
"I liked it when we did the dancing" - Ava

Reading Books
The children have been so excited to share what they have been reading at home and are all working really hard towards their first certificate on our Rainbow Readers. We enjoyed choosing our next books to take home to read our families and can’t wait to get started. Keep up the fantastic reading Reception!
Role Play

In Reception we love to engage and play in the role play area. It helps to build our confidence and let's us use our imaginations. We have really enjoyed pretending to be hairdressers and clients in our very own salon.


We had a wonderful afternoon engaging in a skipping festival. We worked really hard and enjoyed playing skipping games and pretending to be trains. We were so brave running under the skipping rope and we all jumped as high as we could!


We really enjoyed going on an Autumn walk. We worked in pairs and had a clipboard with a list of autumnal items to find. We collected lovely colourful leaves, conkers, pinecones and acorns. We used these to make wonderful autumn pictures.

We are artists!

As part of our topic work we created wonderful self -portraits inspired by Pablo Picasso. We used pastels for the first time and thought really carefully about the colours we used. Come and see them in the classroom!

Stay and Learn

In Reception we welcomed our parents for our first stay and learn. We had a wonderful turn out and the classroom was full of children and parents engaging in lots of activities. We want to say a big thank you to everyone that came as we had a lovely morning.

Here is what we thought:

“I liked playing with my Mummy in the hairdressers” – Lucy
“ I showed Mummy what I do in school” – Maisie
“I made some letters in the playdough with Mummy, it was fun!” – Lillie
“I think that Daddy had fun!” – Oliver S
“I played with the magnets with my Mummy” Ciaran


In Maths we enjoyed going on a number around school. We used the iPads to take photos of the numbers that we found.


We were all so excited to start our Phonics learning this week. We met Fred the Frog, who is our special helper and can only say and read words in sounds. We have learnt the sounds m,a,s,d and t so far and we all tried really hard to form the sounds in our new writing books.


We really enjoyed PE this week! We all tried really hard to dress and undress independently. We played lots of games and thought carefully about finding a space in the hall.

Rhyme of the Week

Each week we will be learning a new Rhyme in Reception. This week it was all about an Elephant and his nose! We were able to locate the title, say where to start reading and we worked really hard to find the letter 'a'.


This week, Reception welcomed their ‘Year 5 Buddies’ to the classroom for the first time. Now we have settled into Primrose Lane school life, the wonderful Year 5 children have helped us to make new friends, play, feel safe and become more independent. We have got to know each other this week, eaten together and played together outside.

Here's what some of them have said:
“ I played hide and seek with my buddy, it was so much fun!” – Maisie
“My buddy showed me some new football skills.” - Oliver V
“I liked it when my buddy helped me with my dinner.” - Oliver S
‘’I like the Buddies because you get to look after them and play with them.’’ – Ellie
‘’My buddy is Oliver and I could not have asked for anyone else! Oliver is very enthusiastic and loves to run around. My favourite time is lunch time with him as he impresses me using his manners.’’ – Grace
‘’I really like the buddy system. I think it is a good idea and it is really fun. My buddy is Bethany and I like showing her around the playground and eating lunch with her.’’ - Florence

Our first few days in Reception.

We have had a fantastic start in Reception and the children have settled in beautifully. We are enjoying exploring our new classroom, getting to know each other and having lots of fun!