Reception 2017-2018



"Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances.

A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up."


We are always busy in Reception! The children in Reception learn through cross-curricular themes that are designed to follow the children’s interests and challenge each child to progress onto their next steps.

Play is the cornerstone of our Foundation Stage curriculum. Through supervised play children are encouraged to explore, develop, imagine and investigate their surroundings in order to start to understand the world around them. Practical experiences are incredibly valuable and appropriate at this stage of learning. Play provides important opportunities for learning in many ways; observation, exploration, discovery and communication. These opportunities are developed through both indoor and outdoor activities.

We are passionate about developing the children’s love of books and stories so we do place an emphasis on the children developing a positive relationship with literature. Our maths and literacy lessons blend fun, engaging games with focussed activities, providing the children with a firm basis of understanding on which to build their later knowledge. We have regular Read Write Inc sessions, and within that time we aim to hear the children read individually as the combination of these activities is the key to ensuring that children learn to read quickly and with confidence.

Teaching in Reception is an absolute pleasure, laying the building blocks for a smooth transition into Year 1 and it is a joy to watch our young children develop into happy, confident children who feel set to succeed on their journey through school.


Class teacher – Mrs Hallatt

Also supporting learning in Reception – Mr Hunter

PPA cover led by Mrs Bailey

Apprentice Teaching Assistant- Miss Naylor

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Reception Blog

STEM day

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On Wednesday the whole school took part in STEM day, which stands for science, technology, engineering and maths. We had lots of special visitors in the school who taught us lots of new and exciting things!

First, Captain Chemistry made parachutes with us and we tested them outside to see who's figurine could land the safest. We worked in teams to craft all different shapes and sizes of parachutes to see which design was best. The winners received a golden trophy!

Then, we had a session with Mr Bailey from animate to educate. He showed us some amazing ipad games and we got to test them for ourselves!

On the afternoon we created our own ideas in he classroom! First we had a castle building competition where we used some strange materials to create a castle! We had an ice, sand, blocks and bubble wrap team and everyone was a winner! We also has lots of different areas including: bridge building, boat building, kite crafting, making a home for the three little pigs, wrapping torches in coloured plastic and creating a marble maze!

We had so much fun.

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Harmony Day

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On Monday the whole school took part in a special day called Harmony Day! Harmony Day is all about making expressive art through nature. We were all put into groups and went off throughout the day to take part in lots of special activities! We did fun things such as pressing and laminating flowers, African drumming, making cylinders from colourful paper and weaving.

We had so much fun! We hope that the mum's,dad's and grandparents that came along had fun too.

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Come Fly With Me

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We invited our Mums, Dads, Grandmas and Granddads into the hall for an expedition of our learning in reception! We pretended we were aeroplanes and flew around the hall, landing in different countries such as Ireland and India- showing off special dance moves from those places! After we had danced, we showed our parents/ grandparents recordings of us talking about our favourite places and why! Some of them were far away places and some were much closer to home. We prepared lots of delicious foods to try from various countries, including delicious tropical fruits and poppadum's! Lots of us took part in a quiz of who can list the most methods of transport!

Thank you to all of the parents/ grandparents who came along. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

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Onion Bhajis

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As part of our travel and transport theme, this week in reception we have been looking closely at the county India. We have learnt some Indian music, Indian dances and cooked some delicious Indian food, onion bhajis- which we all tried! We mixed lots of special ingredients together to make these special treats then shared them together.

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Travel and Transport

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In Reception Class we have been learning about travel and transport. we created a 'travel zone' in our classroom where we use different methods of transport to travel to different locations, using our imaginations! We have been learning about different countries and how people might eat or dress differently from us! We have also been thinking about different methods of transport and how we could travel to these places such as cars, bikes and helicopters! We made junk models of different types of vehicles using lots of recycled card and plastic.

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