Reception



Welcome to Reception Class

Lots of bubbling learners can be found in our classroom!

Our Teachers are Mrs Usherwood (Mon-Thurs am) and Mrs Donson (Thurs pm and Fri).
Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Hudson.

Summer Term

During Summer 1, our topic is ‘Animal Kingdom’. We will be learning about animal life cycles and finding out where animals live around the world. We are very excited to visit the ‘Langford Lakes’ this term to help us with our topic learning.

In Summer 2, our topic will be ‘Where do I live?’. We will be thinking about where we live and comparing it to other communities. We will also be following and creating maps to explore our local area. 

Spring Term

During Spring 1, our topic is ‘Once Upon a Time…’. We will be reading a range of traditional tales and some alternative versions of these. We will be looking at two stories in more detail, retelling these orally and bringing them to life with some role play. 

During Spring 2, our topic is ‘Ready, Steady, Sow’. We will be looking a new live and growth. We will go on nature walks to look for sings of new life and spring time and we will think about Easter. 

Spring 2- Growing

We have been thinking all about what plants need to grow. We prepared some pots with compost and then chose a seed to plant and look after at school before taking it home. Some of us chose to plant a tomato and some of us chose a sunflower. We had two different types of sunflower to choose between- Velvet Queens and Sunspot Sunflowers. 

Spring 2 – Welcoming Spring

We have enjoyed learning about the new season and have been sharing what we love about spring time. We went on a spring hunt around school, where we took photos of the ‘signs of spring’. We have also celebrated Easter and learnt why it is important to Christians. We decorated eggs and enjoyed preparing hot cross buns together. They were delicious!

We have been using our imaginations this term in lots of different ways. Take a look at our shop we made in our garden. We used lots of different things from our garden to make the shop, shelves, signs and a cafe. We enjoyed playing together in the shop and cafe.

Spring 1- Forest School    We have made a great and muddy start to our Tuesday afternoon forest school! We watched Mel make a fire and heat some apple juice for us as well as making dens, clay faces and exploring instruments in the wind.

Chinese New Year

We have been learning all about China and how people celebrate the Lunar New Year all over the world. We decided to make our own dragons to celebrate the ‘Year of the Dragon’ and held a parade through the school. We also prepared and cooked some delicious vegetables to enjoy with some noodles. We tried our best to master using chop sticks to eat them! 

Autumn Term

During the Autumn term, our topic will be ‘Me and My Family’. We will be settling into our new classroom and getting to know all the adults and our new friends. We will begin to think about ourselves and our bodies, families and where we live. We will also think about our senses.

In the second half of the term our topic will be ‘Starry Night’. We will be thinking about bonfire night, Diwali and Christmas. There will be lots of singing, dancing and most importantly, GLITTER! We will learn about the nativity story and why it is important to Christians.

Term 2: PSHE

This half term we have been thinking about Resilience. We have explored what this word means and how we feel about ourselves. We have been working on seeing ourselves in a positive way and building up our resilience when things are challenging or difficult. Our class moto is…’Keep On Trying’.  We thought about something we want to get better at and have set our own challenges. 

Spotty Day

We had a great day wearing our spotty clothes and being bears to raise funds for Children in Need. We had a teddy bear’s picnic with Pudsey and enjoyed some special biscuits baked by Mrs Carpenter. We also helped the school make a huge Pudsey bear in the school hall.

Term 1: RE

We have enjoyed meeting our persona dolls ‘Tim and Tessa’ this term, and learning that they are Christians. They have helped us to learn the story of Creation. They taught us that jellyfish are their favourite animal, and that animals are very precious to Christians, along with everything else God created. We had lots of fun making our own jellyfish. We also worked together to make jelly, which we chopped up and added hot water to. The next day we went out in the sun for a picnic!

Useful websites and apps for home learning to practise what we have been doing in school

Maths games- Topmarks offers a range of games that can be played on a computer.
Phonics games– Phonics Play offers a range of games that can be played on a computer or iPad. It is no longer free for families so please follow the registration details.
Literacy games– Topmarks also offer some literacy games including phonics ones.

Apps that may be useful
White rose maths app- used in and recommended by school
Busy Things app- used in school for independent learning
Teach Your Monster to Read
Wee Kids Maths
Reading Eggs
Aliens and Numbers