Welcome to Reception 2018-19

Reception children are known as Chipmunks Class.

The new year has started well with all the children settling quickly into school routines.

The Reception Class Staff are:

Teacher/s:                    Miss Holland (Monday to Thursday) Mrs Risby (Friday)

Teaching Assistants:  Miss Thrower & Miss Jordan.

Support Assistant:      Miss Wilson

CLICK HERE for Reception Curriculum Map 2018-19





Parent’s evening

Parent’s evening is on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th March.

Sign up sheets will be available from tomorrow to book an appointment.

This is an invaluable opportunity for you to receive updated information with regards to your child’s achievements and successes and how you can support your child’s learning at home.




Spring Term 2 – Week 1

The first week of our new Space topic had the focus of ‘stars‘.

We looked at images of stars and discussed how pictures can be seen!

We looked at the constellations called the ‘Big Dipper’, ‘Little Dipper’, ‘Bootes’ and ‘Triangulum’. We joined the stars up to make the pictures using rulers and learnt how to measure in cm’s.

The children made a sparkly star each by cutting around a template all by themselves and decorating it with glitter. They wrote an accompanying label; ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’.

The children found out what star sign they were and used gold and silver paint to finger print their own star sign.





Spring term 2

Our new topic this half term will be SPACE.

As usual we will have a weekly focus:

Week 1     26th Feb – 1st March      Stars

Week 2    4th -8th March                Rockets

Week 3    11th – 15th March             Astronauts

Week 4    18th – 22nd March          Planets

Week 5    25th – 29th March          Aliens

Week 6    1st – 5th April                   Easter




Spring term 2

The objectives we are working on this half-term:


Personal, social and emotional development.

Confident to speak to visiting members of staff to the setting.

Work as part of a group and class understanding and following rules.

Form positive relationship with other children.


Communication,language and literacy development.

Listen attentively to unfamiliar adults in different classroom and setting situations.

Answer ‘how’ questions in response to stories.

Develop own narratives by connecting ideas or events.

RWI – small group phonics/reading according to ind. ability.

Correct letter formation.

Silently blend set 1 sounds for reading.

Read words on sight containing taught sounds.

Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words.

Spell irregular words; the,I,put,no,of,my, me.

Spell CVC, CVCC and CCVC words.

Write simple sentences which can be read by themselves.



Counting forwards and backwards 0-20.

Number recognition and writing.

Place numbers in order (f’s and B’s).

One more and one less than a given number 0-20.

Add 2 single digit numbers (counting forward).

Subtract 2 single digit numbers (counting back).

Solve addition and subtraction problems.

Use everyday language to talk about weight, capacity and position to compare and solve problems.


Knowledge and understanding of the world.

Know about similarities and differences among families.

Talk about how environments might vary from one another.

Select and use technology for particular purposes.


Physical development.

Apply appropriate pencil pressure.

Have pencil control.

Know the importance of physical exercise.

Funky fingers.

Following action songs and rhymes.

PE lessons; gymnastics and dance (Thursdays)


Expressive arts and design.

Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques. Experiment with colour, design and texture.

Represent own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art, music, dance and role-play.






Please remember your child has PE every Tuesday morning. They will need to have their PE kit in school and earrings removed on these days.

Please be aware that we monitor reading at home. It is school policy to read with your child at least three times a week at home. Remember to complete their reading record to inform us that this is happening.

New homework activities have been sent home. These contain activities/games that focus on your child’s next steps in reading, writing and maths. Please work on these as often as possible to ensure your child progresses well with their attainment.

Finally please can I remind you to ensure your child’s clothing is labelled with their name, especially their coats and jumpers/cardigans.

Thank you for your continued support 🙂




Week 1 – Sleeping Beauty

The children worked hard to produce a water colour painting of Sleeping Beauty’s castle. They drew their favourite characters from the story and added them to their painted setting.

We discussed the different gifts the Fairies gave to Sleeping Beauty and the children thought of their own gifts they would give if they were Fairies. They wrote these in speech bubbles trying really hard to sound out and write all of the sounds.

We used the internet to research what a spinning wheel is. We found out how the coat shaved from sheep is turned into wool using a spinning wheel and how this wool can then be used in knitting to make clothes. The children painted their own spinning wheel pictures and labeled them.




Spring Term 1

This half term our topic is Fairy Tales.

Each week we will focus on a different Fairytale;

Week 1 – Sleeping Beauty
Week 2 – The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Week 3 – Little Red Riding Hood
Week 4 – Jack and the beanstalk
Week 5 – Rapunzel
Week 6 – The Gingerbread Man




2018 Nativity

Chipmunks were adorable in the Christmas play.




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