Welcome to Reception


Welcome to the Reception class page. Mrs Bonell is the class teacher and Mr Billington and Miss Weatherby are the teaching assistants. There are 30 children in our reception class and we have a great time learning in our play-based learning environment. The classroom has the following areas: writing, creative, role play, construction, small world, investigation, reading, Technology, finger gym, phonics and playdough. We also have an outdoor area where we can build, investigate, run, ride bikes, dig and perform.

In the reception class, we learn maths and phonics every day as a whole class which are followed by small group personalised teaching sessions. We also learn lots of other things through topics which we choose together. based on our interests.

All children have a planner which goes home every day. This is a communication tool between school and home, providing space for messages to be passed on and a record of when reading has taken place to be made. In reception each child is heard reading twice a week. We also learn ‘tricky words’ which are words we will need to recognise in books. These are added to each Thursday.

We experience a broad and balanced curriculum based on the learning areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage – Physical, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

Please go to: tapestryjournal.com  to access your child’s learning journey. User names and passwords will be sent out shortly.

PE takes place on Monday. Remember to have your PE kit in school every day. We have shared reading with parents every Friday morning so please come along and share books until 9am. Wellies are needed in school every day for the outdoor area but especially for Welly Walking Wednesdays!

Mrs Bonell will be at the classroom door before and after school every day so please do not hesitate to come and ask any questions!

If you were unable to make it to the Meet the Teacher meeting please have a look at the below presentation.


This Week in Reception

Spring Term 1

Happy new year and welcome back to the spring term! I hope you all had a lovely time with family over Christmas. It was such a hectic end to a very busy term but the main thing was the children all enjoyed themselves. There was such a great Christmas spirit particularly at the panto. Thank you so much for your support. Another big thank you from all of us for the cards, gifts, smiles and thanks. It was very much appreciated. Another busy term is already underway, lots of fun and learning but please do talk to any of the EYFS team if you are unsure/concerned about any aspect.

Week 1:

At the end of last term our class showed an interest in Superheroes and voted to do this as our next topic. So we will be learning all about goodies and baddies by reading lots of superhero stories as well as designing our own superhero capes and badges, making up our own superhero stories and thinking what would make a good superhero diet. Take a look at our learning intentions for the term by looking at our topic webs at the bottom of this page. If you have anything that might be useful to aid our learning during this topic then please do, they will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Newsletter 07.01.19

Week 2:

What a super start to our Spring term last week. The children have come in ready to learn and so far have been loving our Superheroes topic. As a little treat at the end of the term they have asked if they could have a Superhero dress up day so keep your eyes peeled for more details on that to follow shortly. Last week we read the Superhero story Supertato by Sue Hendra. The children LOVED it so we will be basing a lot of our learning on it over the next few weeks. Why not ask your child about the story and why they liked it? One of the character’s gets into all sorts of mischief in the story and I’m sure he will be causing a little mischief in our class too!

Newsletter 14.01.19

Autumn Term 2

We can’t wait to start this exciting, and busy, half term. I hope you have all had a lovely week off and have had chance to have some very precious family time. The children have chosen The Magic Sky book which has inspired their topic for this half term. We will be learning to retell the story, find out about about polar animals as well as completing some wintery crafts later on in the term in preparation for Christmas. If you have anything at home that might help us with our learning eg. books, photos, posters then please do bring them in. They would be greatly appreciated, thanks! 

Week 1:

Well what a settled start back to our half term! It’s going to be a busy one as ever but the children have showed me they are ready for it. Thank you so much for all the work you have put in over the holidays. So many children have come back really pleased to show us they can write their name, count to 20 and use their sounding out for writing. These things don’t just happen so thank you for all your hard work. Lots happening this term so please do keep an eye out for extra information over the next few weeks. Thank you! Check out the topic plans at the bottom of the page as it will give you a rough outline of what we will be covering this half term.

Newsletter 6.11.18 

Week 2:

A great first week back last week and the children can’t wait to start learning all about ‘The Magic Sky’ written by Lucy Richards. We will be learning more about the Northern Lights, which is what the story about, this week as well as finding out about arctic animals. Thank you to all those who have brought in something for our ‘bring and buy’ sale on Friday for Children in Need. Any cake donations to sell on the day would be greatly appreciated also. The children are allowed to come in non-school uniform with a donation of £1 and they may want a little extra money to buy a cake or something from the sale. Thank you!

Newsletter 12.11.18

Week 3:

Another great week last week where Reception joined with Pre-school to go on our first ‘Wellie Walk’. We looked at the changes to our surroundings during this time of year and the children were really interested in all the different leaves they found. They noticed that some were different colours and shapes so we will be looking into this more this week on our ‘Wellie Walk’. Please ensure that your child has their wellies in school, thanks. A little request please… could you bring in any of your junk for our junk modelling station? A selection of sizes would be really helpful eg. small individual cereal boxes, small bottles and could any plastic containers please be washed out. Many thanks.

Newsletter 19.11.18

Week 4:

A really successful ‘Wear your Jeans’ day on Friday so thank you for taking part and donating all those wonderful prizes for our Christmas Fayre in a few weeks. Just another polite reminder to keep an eye on the main dates for the whole school on the website or school newsletter as there is lots coming up and going on in this half term. I will also be sorting out parent logins to access your child’s online learning journey on the Tapestry website so keep an eye out for the slip in your child’s book bag. Thank you also to those of you who brought in some junk modelling for us to use in our learning at school. We are hoping to make a beautiful display with it so watch this space!

Newsletter 26.11.18

Week 5:

Thanks again for all your donations on Friday for the Christmas Fayre. They are greatly appreciated.

Just a few reminders… Nativity costumes are due in this week. Well done to those of you that have brought yours in already. Letters with your Tapestry log in details have been given out last week so please do take a look at your child’s learning and feel free to add any of your own observations.

Just a polite request – if money is needed in school is it possible to put it in named envelopes explaining what it is for as sometimes it is a little tricky to collect and keep track of children’s loose chain. Thank you for your help.

Newsletter 03.12.18

Week 5:

The children have been brilliant last week despite the changes in routine. We are so proud of them as they have been superb in all the Nativity rehearsals. You are in for a real treat watching the performances on Wednesday and Thursday. Occasionally some children may get a little upset during the performances when they see their grown-up in the audience. To reassure them please give them a lovely smile and a member of staff will be there to support them. I know it’s tempting to get out of your seat to comfort them but this can be more upsetting and unsettle other children too. Thanks for your understanding. Additionally, just a polite reminder to please leave any reserved seats free for children and staff. Thank you! Additionally, our tricky word check and readers might be on different days due to the Nativity this week.

Newsletter 10.12.18

Autumn Term 1

During the Autumn Term we will be exploring Dinosaurs and Me as our topic. We will have fun getting to know each other and settling into our environment. We will also be looking at lots of dinosaurs comparing, noticing similarities as well as finding out lots of facts so take a look at our topic web below that details the all the possible activities we will cover. 

Week 1: 

Firstly, I would like to say a massive well done to Reception class for settling in brilliantly on their first week at school. I was thrilled to see lots of happy faces on the first day! It has been a busy week this week so expect early bedtimes. We have slipped into normal routine straight away by doing our first PE session and Phonic session. All children have done really well at sitting and listening so far, so keep it up!

Newsletter 10.9.18

Week 2:

Reception are really starting to settle in well and get into the swing of things: putting their book bags in the correct boxes and putting their names in the registration baskets independently. With the colder weather coming it would be great if you encourage your child to put their own coats on themselves and even tackle those fiddly buttons and zips as we will start to encourage this more and more in school. Many thanks for your support. Finally, we had a visitor on Thursday who provided a dental playbox workshop. The children got to dress up, play with pretend dental equipment and really learn some fantastic knowledge about how to keep their teeth clean and healthy. 

Newsletter 17.9.18

Week 3: 

A busy, busy week this week with lots of new learning. If you could still bring in some of your autumn finds that would be great as we are making little creatures using the autumnal resources. Thank you! We have teamed up with our year 5 buddies this afternoon and completed a little art project together. We have had a picture together and this will go on display in the cloakroom so that children can get used to who they are. Ask them about them at home and see what they have learnt about each other so far.

Newsletter 24.9.18

Week 4:

Wow! We are half way through the first half term and the children are doing so well. I am so pleased with all the routines and rules they have got to grips with and so quickly. Thank you also to you parents and grown-ups for your support! We really can’t make this wonderful learning journey happen without you. We really do love to hear about what they have been achieving at home whether it be through you writing in learning diaries or sharing their amazing learning on proud clouds. Thanks again!

Newsletter 1.10.18

Week 5:

Another busy week trying to track down our missing dinosaur which hatched on Monday and has been missing ever since. The children did some fantastic MISSING posters asking everyone to keep their eyes peeled. This week we will be writing signs to help us with finding our baby dinosaur.

A little plea… does anybody have some large rope netting we could have please? It would be much appreciated for our display work and den making kit. Thank you.

Newsletter 8.10.18

Week 6:

Reception were superstars last week and really thought about what we need to be a kind friend. They have been celebrating each other’s success, saying kinds things and trying hard to play games that include everyone. From our observations they were really interested in writing little signs last week and have really made lots of progress with their phonics. Well done team Reception! A BIG thank you goes to Morgan’s daddy who was able to donate a giant net for our display work and den making kit.

Newsletter 15.10.18

Week 7:

Well a half term done in Reception and what a super team we have made! All children have truly got to grips with our routines and rules and are ensuring others are following too. We have learnt lots about each other, made new friends and learnt a few sounds and numbers along the way. Super job! Thank you also to you parents and grown-ups for your support. We really can’t make this wonderful learning journey happen without you. Well done!

Newsletter 22.10.18