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Witton Gilbert Primary School

PE is on every Monday and Tuesday. Please send in your child's wellies for lunch times and Forest Schools.

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 have been earning about pirates! We have looked at some famous pirates, where pirates live and what they do.

We have created our own pirate figure heads, we have drawn lots of pirate treasure maps, we even wrote some clues for people to help them find the treasure! We have made our own questions up for what we might ask a pirate when we find them! Lots of us have enjoyed dressing up as pirates and travelling on our own pirate ship.

We are very excited to be looking at things that might live under the sea!

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Our class assembly!

R Hallatt (RHallatt) on: Reception Blog

We were super brave in our class assembly! We sang a song about  a grumpy pirate that we made ourselves in the class, we also made some figure heads which we showed off too our parents. Thank you to everybody who came, we hope you enjoyed it!

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Our Sports Festival!

R Hallatt (RHallatt) on: Reception Blog

Last week we were lucky enough to be invited to Durham Johnston School to participate in a sports festival!

We had to do many different activities and we faced many challenges with new sports but we gave it our best. We had a very busy morning but enjoyed ourselves a lot!


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Spring Hunt

R Hallatt (RHallatt) on: Reception Blog

We have started learning about spring and we have had a think about what we might find in spring! We found out that we would find, daffodils, buds on trees, blossom, butterflies, bees and many more exciting things!

We then went out into our forest school area to see what we could find. We worked in partners to hunt for many different spring thin. We found lots of daffodils and many different plants! We struggled to find any blossom on any of our trees yet. We are noticing the weather getting warmer and we are very happy spring is here!

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Indian dancer

R Hallatt (RHallatt) on: Reception Blog

During this half term we got a very special visit from an Indian dancer! She was very talented. She gave us an assembly and told us about life in India. She then showed us her favourite Indian dance she had learnt. This was to the song ' jai ho'! After assembly she then took our PE class where she taught us 3 Indian dances!

We had lots of fun!

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