Welcome to Reception


Welcome to the Reception class page. Mrs Sharples (Mon, Tues, Weds) and Mrs Leech (Thurs, Fri) are the class teachers and Mrs Heathcote and Miss Weatherby are the teaching assistants. There are 29 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 Wednesday.

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.

During the Autumn Term we will be exploring All about Ourselves as our topic. We will have fun getting to know each other and settling into our environment. We will be talking about our families, homes and how we’ve changed since we were babies. Part of our topic will be about how we stay healthy. Dental Playbox will be coming to visit us to tell us all about how to look after our teeth. We will be finding out about visiting the dentist, how to brush our teeth and what foods and drinks are good or bad for our teeth,

We will also be learning about how we use our senses.

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 Fridays. 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 Sharples or Mrs Leech 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.

Click the link below to view the meet the teacher Powerpoint

Meet the teacher YR 2017

This Week in Reception

Week: 7th May 2018

We have been having lots of fun and doing lots of learning over the last few weeks.

We have been investigating Growing and have planted our own seeds ….

We have also been reading the story ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’.

We visited Havannah and took part in the Fizzy Tots Festival. A great big thnk you to the parents which helped to make this possible.


Week: 26th March 2018


Week: 19th March 2018

We have been working really hard on our writing over the last three weeks and have also started our own Green independent Big Write writing books so you can see how well we are doing! We have written a recount about the story ‘Owl Babies’ and have also been busy in Maths learning about subtraction and using the language ‘one less than’.

Sports Relief 2018

We had fun in the hall today raising money for Sports Relief. Why not login into tapestry to see all the learning that we have done this week!! https://tapestryjournal.com/




Week: 5th March 2018

We had lots to catch up on this week due to last week’s snow days. We have been expoloring our new book ‘Owl Babies’ and have been busy writing in our new independent writing books. 

https://vimeo.com/55971653Image result for owl babies powerpoint


In PE we have begun working on a dragon dance and have been listening and responding to music.

To top off a fantastic week we invitied all our Mums and Grannies to a very special Mothers Day Tea!


Week: 12th February 2018

We have had a very busy week in Reception celebrating Pancake Day, Valentines Day and Chinese New Year. We made some yummy pancakes and Jam tarts on Tuesday. On Wednesday we made Valentines cards and had a disco in the evening to celebrate the day. On Thursday we explored Chinese New Year and had a party in the afternoon with Busy Bees. We tasted spring rolls, prawn crackers, rice and noodles and listened to Chinese music. Mrs Heathcote shared her experiences in China and we looked at pictures of The Great Wall of China and enjoyed dressing up. 

Have a lovely Half Term Everyone!!










Week: 29th January 2018

Wow, we have come to the end of our

‘Let it Snow!’ topic and have had loads of fun investigating ice, junk modelling igloos and even making pretend snow with pop corn! On our welly walks we have wrapped up warm and had loads of fun mud paintng and building a giant marble run!

In PE we have been enjoying using equipment during gym and we have been very brave using the big blue climbing frame.


We are learning how to segment and blend our sounds which is helping us to become better readers and writers and have had fun making lists and labels over the last few weeks. We have also been investigating adding amounts together and one more than and one less. You can see all the fun we have had on tapestry!



Week: 8th January 2018

Welcome back and a HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!! 

We have had a busy week exploring our new topic

                                                      Let It Snow Machine Embroidery Design and have been learning all about Penguins, where they come from and investigating ice brrrhhh!!!

We are really enjoying reading this book at the moment.


Week: 18th December 2017

Wow we have finally got to the last day of term and what a first term it has been! 

We had fun performing our first Christmas school nativity and enjoyed a more traditional Carol service at St. John’s Church, led by years three and four. We had a lovely Christmas Dinner on Tuesday and had lots of fun at the pantomine watching Aladdin with the whole school. Today we had our Christmas party and ended the day collecting all the Christmas crafts we have been busy making to share with you.




             We look forward to seeing you on January 8th 2018.   




Week: 6th October 2017

We have had a great week celebrating Bonfire Night and had hot chocolate around our little fire. We enjoyed it so much we would like to invite you to join us around the campfire next Wednesday 15th November at 2.15pm in the Reception Class Garden.

Week: 30th October 2017

Wow we have already done a whole half term in Reception how time flies when you are having fun!!!

This week our story focus was Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. You continue the fun at home by clicking here. There are lots of activities that you can do with your child.


Week: 9th October 2017

Thanks to every one who came to parent’s evening and to those who are using Tapestry to share all the wonderful suff that you are doing at home – it all looks fab!!

We have been busy in Reception meeting our new Y5 Buddies and going on our first ever …



Week: September 18th 2017


Dropped into our Reception class for a visit this week and we learned all about how to keep our teeth healthy and clean.

We had fun dressing up as Dentists and Dental Nurses and brushed and counted the teeth in some teddy bears.

Dental Play Box passed on some top tips to help us keep our teeth healthy:


Use mouth wash before brushing.

Brush for two minutes (you can use a timer).

Don’t rinse out the toothpaste.

Drink water/milk in between meals instead of sugary drinks.

We are carrying on the fun next week by making our own Dental Surgery and continuing to learn about how we can stay healthy.




To top off the week we had a whole school treat!!!

Hula Nation visited us and we made healthy fruit smoothies on a special smoothie making bike – it was really fun!

A BIG SHOUT OUT TO ….  Mason for excellent use of manners around school this week.

We noticed you!!!

Please check your child’s bookbag as your Tapestry passwords Tapestry Journal click here  are now available. Remember you can add to your journal too. We would love to see how they are learning at home.

Please remember to name all clothing that belongs to your child. 





Week: September 11th 2017

What an exciting week it has been! We have been drawing and making self-portraits, making new friends and learning what’s the same and different about ourselves. We have enjoyed reading

Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph.