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Hello and welcome to our Reception blog page!

Please read our newsletter below to find out what will be happening in reception this term.

Each week we will be writing about the exciting things we are learning in Reception.


Summer 2 Week 5

During our writing sessions this week we have been planning and writing a story about a magic carpet.  We had to write a story about a magic carpet taking us somewhere exciting and we all had some amazing ideas.  On Thursday we had a great day in our new class.  We were all very brave and had lots of fun with our new teacher Miss Lindsay.  It has made us all very excited for September.  On Friday it was Sports Day in school and we all did very well competing in all the different activities and thank you to all the adults who came to support us.  Also a big well done to orange team who were the winning team!


Summer 2 Week 4

We have been busy practising our assembly this week and practising our songs and dancing for our assembly.  On Thursday we loved showing all our grown ups our learning during our class assembly.  We were all so confident and spoke with loud and confident voices.  We hope you all liked it!  In Maths we have enjoyed using what we have learnt to help us solve number problems and puzzles.  On Friday we enjoyed story time with our new teacher for next year and we are excited for moving up day next week.   


Summer 2 Week 3

We are loving our 'All around the world' topic and this week we have been learning about France.  We have looked at the weather in France and also enjoyed looking at what food they eat in France.  Some of us even made some of the French food using Playdough.  We looked at the Eiffel Tower in Paris and worked in groups to create our own models of the magic tower.  We also looked at different holidays that you can go on in France and wrote some postcards to Paddington about our pretend French holiday. We have started to practise our class assembly and are excited to show all our grown ups what we have been busy learning next week.


Summer 2 Week 2

This week we have have been learning about Spain.  We have been busy making Spanish flags and have even learnt to speak in Spanish.  We can say hello and goodbye in Spanish and even learnt how to count to 5! We listened to some Spanish music and learnt some flamenco dancing that we will perform in our class assembly in a few weeks time.  In Maths we have been practising working with numbers to 20.  We have been learning to read and write all numbers to 20 accurately.  On Friday we enjoyed a trip to Farsley Library.  We listened to some stories and also got to choose a book to bring back to school with us.   


Summer 2 Week 1

We all had a lovely half term break and have been very excited to start our new topic 'All around the world'.  We started off our new topic thinking about where we live.  We thought about what Farsley is like and then we compared it to London.  We also looked at famous landmarks in London like Big Ben, a London bus and Buckingham Palace.  In the construction we have been building bridges to go over the river Thames.  On Wednesday we had a very special visitor!  Paddington Bear came to visit us with his passport and we all made our own passports.  In Maths we have been practising to read and write the 'teen' numbers clearly.  We have also had a lot of fun this week turning our home corner into a aeroplane role play.  We had a vote to decide what to name our plane and read our blog next week to see what we decided!


Summer 1 Week 6

This week we have been looking at the NSPCC resources called 'Let's Talk Pants' and have listened carefully about how to be safe.  We have also enjoyed singing the 'Pantosaurus' song!  In Maths we have continued to practise our doubling and have enjoyed learning how to share objects.  We shared some buns in the Playdough area and we shared some sweets out fairly among the bears. In our topic we looked at the plants that we had planted and talked about how they had changed.  We even wrote about what our plants look like now in our writing books.  On Thursday we enjoyed showing all our grown ups the work that we have been doing in our Maths and Writing books.

Enjoy the holidays!


Summer 1 Week 4

In our Maths lessons this week we have been practising how to take away.  We used a game called Playdough Smash and loved smashing the balls of playdough to find out how many were left.  Again this week, we have enjoyed being outside and playing in all the new areas and with all the new toys.  Especially we have loved experimenting with all the instruments and singing songs in the outdoor music area. In our Literacy sessions we have been creating our own story maps for Jack and the Beanstalk and we used them to help us to re tell the story.  Next week we are going to Sutcliffes fruit and vegetable shop in the village.  We will be buying some fruit to make a fruit salad back at school.  So we needed to do a class tally chart to find out our top 3 fruits.


Summer 1 Week 3

This week we have been writing instructions about how to plant a seed and we had to use lots of bossy words.  At the beginning of the week we were very busy setting up our fruit and vegetable shop in the classroom and we had to label all the fruit and vegetables in the shop and also give them all prices.  In Maths this week we have continued to practise reading, writing and counting to 20 and we enjoyed playing bowling to practise our taking away.  Outside this week we have been organising all of our outdoor toys and we have lots of new toys and things to play with outside.  We have also been very busy creating a garden centre for our outdoor role play.  On Friday we had the Great Westroyd Bakeoff and our winners were Edith and Grace.


Summer 1 Week 2

This week in Maths we have been playing snakes and ladders with our friends.  It helped us to practise reading and counting numbers to 50.  We have also been continuing with our growing and changing topic.  We have been thinking about how we have changed from babies to toddlers to children.  An exciting surprise arrived in the middle of the week and Edie brought in some tadpoles.  We have had them on our snack table and have enjoyed watching them change.  On Friday we had a busy morning with a trip to the library.  It was so much fun choosing a book and bringing it back to school.

Summer 1 Week 1

This week we have started our topic all about growing and changing.  We have been learning about the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.  We have made a class story map and learnt some actions to help us to re tell the story.  We even had a very exciting delivery of some magic beans!  We have planted the beans to see what we can grow.  In Maths we have been reading, writing and using numbers to 20.  At the end of the week we had so much fun on Science day.  We did investigations during the day and we were even forensic scientists trying to solve the mystery of the missing dog.



Spring 2 Week 6

This week children have had a great week learning about Hinduism. They have been learning the story of Rama and Sita and retelling the story using puppets. Children have also learnt about the festival Diwali and had a go at making their own little diva lamps in the playdough. We have also been having a go at creating Mendhi patterns and Hindu temples in the drawing and construction areas. 

Spring 2 Week 5

This week children have been enjoying retelling the story of 'Super Jack'. They have created story maps of the story and have a go at writing the main events from the story. We have also had a go at innovating the story in which we change the characters and settings. As part of our math's this week we have been looking at ordering daily events. Children have also had a go at telling the time. All children had a mini clock and were taught where to position the big and the little hand when it is showing O'Clock. We talked about the fact the big hand represented the hour and the little hand showed the minutes.

As part of our role play we asked children to try and support superheroes that were behaving badly. They had to generate some ideas of how to help them and it reminded them of how they should behave in school and that they should be kind, share and not hurt others. 

Spring 2 Week 4

This week children have been continuing to practise writing sentences, especially remembering to use their finger spaces! Children are encouraged to use the phase 3 sound mat to help them when writing. We are continuing to reinforce the tricky words that can be found in the back of your child's reading book.

We have been practising the names of all 2-d and 3-d shapes as children need to be able to name them and talk about their properties. 

Spring 2 Week 3 

This week the children started the week by writing about their weekend news. We are now learning how to use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces in a sentence. As well as sounding out words using their phase 2 and 3 phonics.

In maths this week we have been practising how to add and subtract two items in the superhero shop that we have set up in the maths area. We have also been learning how to estimate how many objects we see and then check by counting them all. 

In topic this week we talked about Mothers Day and the children made special cards to take home. The children tried really hard to write their message inside the card. We hope that you like them and have a lovely day! 


Spring 2 week 2 

This week we continued learning a story called 'Super Jack'. Last week the children learnt actions to help them retell the story. This week the children retold the story by making amazing story maps. 

Unfortunately, the school week was cut a little short this week because of the snow but that didn't stop us having a fantastic celebration of 'World Book Day' on Friday. The children all looked fantastic in their costumes. Well done to everyone for making such a great effort!!

We started the day with a circle time about what the children's favourite book is and who their favourite character is. We then decided as a class to read 'The Cat in The Hat. As Miss Morris read the book Edith told everyone that she had read the story at home so came out to read a page to everyone!  We then finished the day with a world book day quiz! 



Spring 2 Week 1 

This week we started our new topic... SUPERHEROES!! 

We started our topic off with a fantastic trip on Wednesday to the Rainbow factory. 

The children had a great day and were all so sensible, well done to everyone! We also had a visit this week from a real superhero. The children enjoyed asking him lots of questions about what its like being a superhero and also about how he helps people. 




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Week 6 Spring 1

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Week 6 Spring 1

This week the children made their buildings for the Three Little Pigs. The children worked together with a partner, they chose their own materials and equipment to make their model. Some children chose to make a house whilst others chose to make a flat, cottage or bungalow. All the children worked wonderfully together, sharing resources and taking turns. As you can see in the pictures the finished pieces are FANTASTIC! Everyone was very proud of their creations... Well done!! 


Week 5 

This week as part of our 'Once Upon a Time topic' we started reading the story The Three Little Pigs. The children listened to the story and discussed the main characters and story plot.


For our topic work this week we investigated and discussed which materials are most suitable for making houses. We also looked at different buildings on the board such as, flats, houses, cottages and bungalows, and talked about their features. The children then made a plan of a building they would like to make for the Three Little Pigs next week. The children all worked especially hard on their plans which we decided to make into a book. This is displayed in the classroom if you would like to see your child's plan!


On Friday we celebrated Maths Day!

We had great fun playing many different games throughout the day. We started the day by playing some number recognition games such as a number loop game. The areas were all set up with exciting maths activities for the children to explore throughout the day. For example, shape painting, threading beads to make a pattern, snakes and ladders and bingo. During the afternoon the children went on a shape hunt. Clues were hidden all over the outside area leading them to different 2D and 3D shapes.  It was very exciting! The children enjoyed it so much that they decided to make their own shape hunt for the teachers! 

Week 4 

This week in handwriting the children have been busy learning to correctly form the letters q and g by starting and finishing each letter in the correct place. In phonics this week we have been learning the sounds  ur ow oi and ear. Each phonics lesson now begins with an alphabet song so that the children learn the letter names as well as there sounds. 

In maths this week we have been counting objects and actions. On Friday the children worked with a partner to complete action challenges. They picked an action and number card to 10 or beyond, their partner then had to check that they completed the action the correct amount of times. It was great fun! 

In literacy this week the children learnt how to describe a character and completed a character description of Goldilocks. 

Finally, in topic this week the children were given a challenge... To make a chair for Baby Bear. The children had to decide where they would like to make it and what they would like to make it out of. The children had some fantastic ideas and all worked really hard on their designs. Some children made their chairs out of play-doh, others made theirs out of boxes and some children chose to use wooden bricks. Their final chairs were excellent and everyone put in so much effort. Well done everyone! 

Week 3 Spring 1

We have continued our 'Once Upon a Time' topic this week by exploring the story of Goldilocks further. We began the week by measuring the length and height of The 3 Bears, we used words to describe them such as tall, tallest, short and shortest. We also enjoying using a meter stick to measure objects in the classroom. 


In literacy this week we talked about Goldilocks and the choices she made in the story and how she made the bears feel. We decided that Goldilocks needed some rules so that she didn't make wrong choices again. The children came up with ideas such as "kind hands" and "do not eat people's porridge". Some of our rules are displayed on the learning journey board for you to see. Also in literacy this week we wrote sorry letters from Goldilocks to The Three Bears! 


As part of our topic work this week we made porridge! The children decided it was a 'porridge party'. Miss Morris took the children into the staff room to make the porridge. The children were all very excited to see the staff room and felt very special sitting on the big chairs!! We made up porridge party songs and talked about how we were feeling and used words to describe the capacity of the cups and bowls. 


Week 2 Spring 1 

The children have had a fabulous week! They all enjoyed the theatre production of Goldilocks and got very involved with the actors. They loved shouting "hes behind you!" and "watch out!!" Children talked about how the story in the production was a bit different to the story we had been sharing together in class. They loved meeting the bears, especially baby bear who was a very good singer! We have been retelling the story using pictures and props which has helped children re write the story in their little zig zag books which you can view in their literacy books. 

Children have been learning about capacity and have been exploring this through using real porridge oats. They had to put porridge into the bowls ensuring they all had different amounts in. They then ordered the porridge from empty (nearly empty) through to full (nearly full). Children then explored weight and had a go at using real weighing scales to weigh different items. Children then had to order the items from lightest through to heaviest. 

This week in phonics we have learnt the sounds ai (rain) ee (sheep) igh (night) and oa (boat).  It is important that children practise writing words with these sounds in at home and see if they can put them into a sentence. 

Week 1 Spring Term

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We hope that you all had a lovey break and welcome back to school. 

This week we have been writing New Years Resolutions. The children thought of some fantastic things that they would like to improve this year such as, tidying their room and eating more fruit. 

In Maths we have been matching numbers to groups of objects and playing bingo. 

On Friday the children came into school and found a crime scene!! 

Someone had broken Baby Bears chair and left clues behind. 

The children talked about their ideas and explanations of how the incident had happened. After looking at many clues the children decided it was Goldilocks!!



Week 7

This week has been especially festive! We have been busy making Christmas cards, calendars and Christmas decorations, we hope that you all love the Christmas gifts the children brought home as much as we enjoyed making them!! 

On Wednesday we had our Christmas party, the children played party games and showed off their super dance moves. A special visitor came to the party to see the children too... SANTA!! He told the teachers how good all the children have been this year and gave them all a present. 

We also made delicious snowmen biscuits by decorating biscuits with icing sugar, marshmallows and smarties. Needless to say all the children thoroughly enjoyed making them and eating them too! We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! 


Week 6

It has been a busy but magical week this week. During the start of the week we were all very busy rehearsing for the Nativity on Friday. The children worked exceptionally hard throughout the week practicing their lines, stage positions and song words. On Thursday the children amazed the rest of the school with their performance of 'It's a Baby'. The dress rehearsal was fantastic, all the children sang beautifully and said their words clearly. 

On Friday the children were all very excited to get dressed up and perform in front of their families and it was without doubt their best performance yet! The children looked fantastic and all spoke clearly, remembered their lines, positions and dancing feet!!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting the children with their lines and costumes. We were very proud of all the children. It was a truly magical performance. Well done everyone!! 


Week 5

The children have had a busy week this week learning Christmas songs and rehearsing on stage in preparation for the Nativity next week. All the children are trying really hard to remember their lines and parts, well done everyone!

In phonics this week we have been learning the sounds jvwx. The children have been practising to blend and segment words using these sounds in words such as fox, jam, wig and  van. In handwriting the children have been learning to form the letters s and a. One of the rainbow challenges this week was also to write these letters so the children have had lots of practise! 

In maths this week we have been using tens frames and counters to find one less from a group of 5 or 10. On Friday morning it was too icy to go outside so we played a big floor game inside by taking turns to roll a dice and then find one less. The game was a huge success and we had a great time indoors. 

In the workshop this week the children had the opportunity to make a sparkly Christmas decoration to hang on a Christmas tree. We are all starting to get very excited now about Christmas!

Week 4

This week we have continued to learn about birthdays. Throughout the week we prepared for a birthday party for Kipper on Friday. Each child made a party place mat by writing their own name on it and drawing a party picture. The children also wrote their name on a party hat and decorated it using sparkles, pens, feathers and tissue paper. We have also practised to sing the Westroyd birthday song.  

In Maths this week the children have been learning about adding two groups of objects together to find the total amount

In handwriting this week we have focused on forming the letters j and g correctly. The children are trying hard to form their letters correctly and have also been practising this every week as one of their independent rainbow challenges, well done everyone!

In literacy the children learnt how to write a list. They practised writing each word on a new line and sound talked each word to write a list of ingredients to make Kippers birthday cake. 

On Friday morning we made a birthday cake for Kipper and then in the afternoon we had a birthday party celebration. The cake was delicious!! 

Week 3 

This week we have been learning about birthdays as part of our celebration topic. We started the week by talking about birthdays and how each of us celebrate them. 

We looked at images of card shops to see what kind of things they sold and then started making items to sell in our own card shop. The children made cards by drawing a picture on the front of the card and then wrote who they were to and from. 

In maths we have been looking at adding one more to a group. To do this we made cakes in the playdough area and then added candles to our cakes. The children were excited to wear their new chefs hats! 

On Friday we celebrated children in need. All the children made a fantastic effort by dressing up as super heroes or wearing something spotty. During the day we made Pudsey bear puppets, decorated buns for the cake sale and painted Pudsey bear faces. In the afternoon we also walked up to the main school for a children in need assembly. 


Week 2

This week we have been learning about the celebration Bonfire night. We discussed bonfire night and the reasons why we celebrate it. In the role play area this week we built a bonfire and pretended to toast marshmallows whilst singing bonfire night songs. 

The children have really enjoyed painting firework pictures with tubes and have been using the workshop area to make rockets. 

This week we have also introduced our rainbow challenge board. Each week we are giving the children three different challenges to complete. For each challenge your child completes they will receive a coloured lolly pop stick. Once all challenges are complete and they have made their rainbow they will receive a sticker!

In Maths this week we have been learning about patterns and how to create and recreate  patterns using actions and colours. First we looked at action patterns, for example clap, tap shoulders, clap and tap shoulders. Next we used the coloured bears to finish a simple repeating pattern for example red, blue, red and blue. At home you could support your child by asking them to make patterns in different ways, for example by looking at patterns using size or shape.  

In the reading area this week we have also introduced a new tricky word reading game. The children have been taking turns to roll a dice and then read the tricky word their counter lands on. 

In literacy over the next few weeks we will be learning about the story 'Kippers Birthday'. This week the children retold the story by making their own story maps.



Week 1- Autumn 2 2017


Children have had a great week back after their break. We have had a focus this week called 'Black History Week'. Children have been learning about Mo Farah and Kari Miller. We spent time looking into who Mo Farah was and watching him race during the London Olympics in 2012. Children were so interested in him and wanted to practise their racing skills too. We set up a race track and asked children to sign in and they had to see how many laps they could run in 2 minutes. They then recorded their scores using tally marks. Children were also interested in the fact that Mo Farah won lots of medals including four  gold medals! We enhanced the workshop area and children were able to make their own medals using a variety of equipment. 

We also looked into who Kari Miller was and discussed that she was a paralympian. Children were interested in what she could do even though she didn't have her own legs. Kari was famous for 'sitting volleyball' and the children got to practise sitting volleyball during P.E this week and found it very tricky!

This week we have also been exploring 2-D shapes (flat shapes for example, triangle, pentagon) and have been discussing their properties and seeing whether we could find any shapes in our environment.

In Phonics we have been learning the sounds 'h,b,f,l' and children have been making and writing simple words with these sounds for example, hat, bat, fat and leg. It is important that children practise these sounds at home and start to put these words into sentences, orally to start with and then written down. We have been reading the story of Handa's Hen and unpicking who the main character was and talking about were the book was set. Children also had a go at predicting what might happen next and talking about how each character was feeling.




Week 7-


This week children had a visitor from a 'real' nurse called Dr Lowry. He taught the children how to put a bandage on and how to make a sling using their jumpers. Children enjoyed accessing the toy medical kit in the home corner to practise some of these skills. During literacy we continued to say and write simple sentences using a sentence opener. Children had to talk about what they wanted to be when they were older and had to use the sentence stem 'I want to be a ...' when talking to their learning partners. Children then recorded their ideas in their literacy books. This week children learnt the phonic sounds 'ck    e   u   r' and had a go at reading simple words with these sounds in and putting the words into sentences, for example 'My dog has a red collar'. In maths this week children have been thinking about money. They have been trying to buy objects that cost less than 5p using pennies. Photographs of this work are in their maths books. 


Week 6-


Children have really enjoyed this week, especially after the builder visited us on Monday! He inspired us all! Children were really interested in finding out how bricks and concrete were made. They particularly enjoyed making their own pretend walls in the sand area using sand and water to make the cement. We have also been building walls in the building area and have added sounds to the bricks to help us make simple words. This week we have been learning the phonic sounds 'g  o  c  k'. Children have been trying to read simple words with these sounds in, for example 'got, egg, cat, kit'. We have been encouraging children to put these words into full sentences. During our literacy time we have been watching the story of 'Whistleless' and having a go at re ordering the story and using 'Talk for Writing' strategies to help us with this. Children have also been encouraged to talk in full sentences as well as starting to write sentences too. In Number we have been looking at what the number 4 and number 5 actually mean. Children have been picking a number and finding that amount of objects. As an extra skill they had to take a photograph of the number and objects they found to add to their number books.


Week 5-


Children are been enjoying continuing to learn about People Who Help Us. We have been exploring what a paramedic does and how they help people. Children have been finding out about dentists and discussing why dentists have very important jobs. 

Children have been learning the sounds 'i, m, n , d' this week. We have been trying to sort pictures that begin with these sounds and also trying to write simple cvc words with these sounds in including the sounds from last week too, for example  'mat,  nap, dip'.

In maths we have been learning about what '1' and '2' actually mean and what those numbers actually look like, for example 'I have 1 pen, 1 dice, 1 teddy' It is important that children don't just recognise the number digit but they know what it really represents. Children have also been learning how to count objects to 4 and then 10 if they are able too.

In literacy children have been thinking about what they can't do...yet! We have created a display of what we can't do yet and have talked to children about the importance of not giving up and not saying you can't do something. It is important for children to be resilient and motivated to improve on skills they find tricky.


Week 4-


Children have been enjoying finding out about people who help us at school and have been interviewing the office staff to find out what their job is and how they help us. We have been reading our special book 'The Dot' and thinking about what an art gallery is. Some children said they had been to an art gallery before and explained that they displayed lots of different types of  art work, some of which they might like but some pieces that maybe are not as aesthetically pleasing to them. Children had a must do activity in which they had to draw a picture of their family and have a go at writing key names, with a family word mat to support them. During the end of the session each partner had to look at each others pictures and say 'I like it because...'  They were all very positive about each others work. We have been been counting forwards and backwards from 0-20 and children have enjoyed singing backwards to a song on you tube that is very fast and fun. Children have also been practising forming an 'o' this week as it follows on from the 'c' learnt last week. All children are enjoying reading their books with an adult and we ask if book bags can be in every day in case its your child's turn to read. It would be great if parents could comment on how their child's done while reading. We do appreciate that most children have a book without words but we feel this is important as most children are not fully confident with the first few sets of phonics sounds. 


Week 1-3-


Children have settled in well into Reception. They are getting used to the rules and routines in Reception and are making lots of new friends. We have been thinking about our new topic of 'People who help us' and we have been researching what jobs are important. Children have been focusing on 'Police officers' and 'Fire fighters' so far as well as looking at who helps us at home. All children had a go at doing a job at home to help someone in their family. They loved doing this and said their parents were very happy that they had helped out. We have been re-capping on Phase 1 phonics to ensure children can listen well and can hear sounds at the beginning and end of words. Children have been allocated a random learning partner. The idea behind this is that they help each other to learn and progress during lessons. Children are really enjoying sitting with their partners and supporting each other on the carpet. We have been focusing on forming letters correctly and we practise particular letters every week ensuring we start at the right point and go the correct way round. 

Questions to support your child when reading.