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Witton Gilbert Primary School

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Reception 2018-2019


"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 – Mrs  Dubre, Miss Lockett, Mrs Alvi

PPA cover led by Mrs Dubre

Apprentice Teaching Assistant- Miss Bainbridge

Reception Newsletters

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Reception Blog


R Hallatt (RHallatt) on: Reception Blog

This half term we are going to be learning about India! We have been doing some research at home and we already have lots of facts abut India.

We have looked at some beautiful dresses and have had a chance to see them on. We are also familiar with the Indian flag and have talked about the colours in it.

we look forward to learning more!


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Chinese Dragon Dance

R Hallatt (RHallatt) on: Reception Blog

We have been learning about Chinese New Year and have explored how they celebrate it. We watched videos of dragon dances and then had a go of one in the hall with Nursery. We really enjoyed doing it!

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R Hallatt (RHallatt) on: Reception Blog

We have been learning about Antarctica and The Arctic. We have sung songs about Penguins, explored how to melt ice, looked at the life cycle of a Penguin and have enjoyed the book 'Lost and Found'. A Penguin called Nap even visited us and we have been writing to him!

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Celebrating Diwali

R Hallatt (RHallatt) on: Reception Blog

This week we have been celebrating Diwali with Indian dancing and henna hand art with Mrs Alvi. In our maths, we made Rangoli patterns using 2D shapes.  

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Such fun!

R Hallatt (RHallatt) on: Reception Blog

We have been having so much fun in Reception and learning about our new class that we haven't had time to stop and write our blog. Watch this space though as we will be filling it with exciting events soon.

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