Reception

Welcome to our
Reception Class Page
 
We will be sharing our learning here across the year. At the top you will find links to resources which will be relevant at a variety of stages throughout the year. At the bottom you can scroll down to see what we have been up to so far this year and previous years.
Teaching Team:
 
Mrs Clarke - Teacher (Mon, Tues, Wed) 
Mrs Unwin - Teacher (Thurs, Fri) 
Mrs Kennedy - TA (Wed am) / HLTA (Tues /Thurs pm)
Mrs Murray / Mrs Warne / Mrs Rose / Mrs Kingman / Mrs Haigh - TAs throughout the week. 
 
Useful Links
Please see below and to the side for useful websites and resources that you can access to support your child's learning at home throughout the year.
Letterjoin
In Reception we introduce children to writing using a pre-cursive script in order to support their development of joined up writing as they progress through the school. To support your children in learning how to form letters correctly, please go to www.letterjoin.co.uk and login using the details provided at the September 'Meet the Teacher' evening. 
Jolly Phonics
We sing 'Jolly Phonics' songs to help us learn the letter sounds or 'phonemes'. Please click on the links below to sing along to these at home. 
Throughout the Reception Year we place great importance on helping the children to develop the way that they learn i.e. their 'Characteristics of Effective Learning'. Below are some examples of what this has looked like in practice this year. 
To learn more about the Early Years Foundation Stage and to see a video of a typical day in Reception, please go to our Curriculum Overview page in the Curriculum and Enrichment section and click on EYFS.
EYFS Websites
 
 
 
 
 
 
PLEASE NOTE: Although we have done our best to check all the websites listed, please check the content  before allowing your children to access them. if you have any concerns about any of the websites, please let us know immediately.
Meet the Teacher Evening
Please see the document below for the presentation given at the 'Meet the Teacher' evening at the beginning of this academic year.
Reception 2019-2020
Autumn Term 2019
Please see below for some photos of our marvellous children settling in to school this week!!
Haven’t they done well?!
Reception 2018-2019
 
Please scroll down to see examples of activities carried out last year. 
Summer Term 2019
This half term the Reception classroom has been alive with plants and animals!!
The children have loved watching our garden grow and were very excited to add to it ourselves by planting their very own seeds (just like Jack and the Beanstalk!). Luckily no giants have come down, but we're waiting patiently to see if the beans will grow!!
A highlight of the last few weeks was the arrival of our 'living eggs'. Amazingly all 11 eggs hatched out and we even watched some of them emerging!! We were very sad when we had to say goodbye!! Luckily however our classroom was not empty of 'pets' for long as the children helped to take care of 'tadpoles', 'crickets' and 'caterpillars' until they all grew too big ( or transformed) and moved onto new homes. 
We ended the topic with a very successful trip to Shepreth Wildlife Park where we stroked hissing cockroaches, watched red pandas munching on bamboo stalks and even dared walk through the bat tunnel. It was amazing!!
Spring Term 2019
During the second half of the spring term our focus moved on to our 'Yuk or Yummy' topic where the children had excellent fun exploring a range of foods using their senses. Together we shared the story of Handa's surprise to help learn about food and culture around the world. The children loved comparing the stories of 'The Gingerbread Man' and 'The Runaway Chapati' and came up with some fantastic ideas both in the classroom and at Forest School to help them to run away (or to trap them!).
A highlight in the middle of term was 'World Book Day'. The children were so confident sharing their outfits in the whole school parade and had great fun reading their books with their Year 2 buddies!
Our topic ended by sharing the story of 'The Giant Jam Sandwich' which was a firm favourite with all. Full of enthusiasm for all things edible the children then worked really hard to make a variety of sandwiches and cakes to share at our 'Fantastic Feast'. All the children's grandparents or 'grand-carers' were invited to the tea party and a great time was had by all.
During the first half of the spring term the children were very enthused by our new topic 'It's Freezing'!! The children learnt all about a range of artic animals and worked hard to develop their fine and gross motor skills by making clay narwhals, sculpting snow (the little that settled!!) and cutting their own symmetrical snowflakes.
A highlight in the middle of term was our whole school 'Art Day' which coincided with Chinese New Year and incorporated our very own Chinese Dragon Dancing Workshop. Have a look at some of the photos below!!
At the end of term we were very proud of them being 'Go for it Gorillas' in their very first class assembly. Well done penguins!!
The second half of this term the children have loved listening to and learning a variety of stories including 'Pumpkin Soup' by Helen Cooper, 'We're Going On A Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen, 'The Rainbow Fish' by Marcus Pfister and a variety of versions of 'The Christmas Story'. The children loved making up their own version of the Bear Hunt and retelling it through dance, drama and even the sandpit! 'Pumpkin Soup' was a hit with lots of children, not just because the characters learnt how to share and take turns, but also because we got to make and try our own pumpkin soup. We were so impressed by the number of children that managed to eat it all!! At the end of term we were very proud of all Reception and their Y1 and Y2 friends when they performed their Christmas Play 'Born in a Barn' to all their friends and family. We can still hear some of them singing the songs now!!
Please take a look below at some of the fantastic work that the children have produced since October.
The focus of our 'Marvellous Me' project has been for the children in Reception to discover what they can do inside and outside of the classroom. We've been busy exploring the builders' yard, the writing corner, the mud kitchen, the creative corner, the sandpit, the play equipment and much much more!!
Please look below to see some examples of the activities that we've been up to!!