Reception Class News

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Posted on Friday 22 November 2019 by Reception team

Next week, our Literacy focus will be the story We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. If you have a copy, we’d like you to share it together this weekend. If you don’t have a copy of the book, perhaps you could visit the library or enjoy watching the story read by Michael Rosen online. He’s a brilliant story teller!

Home-link – 3 challenge cubes

Please email pictures and quotes from your child listening to, retelling or re-enacting the story.  Please let us know what their favourite part is and why. This will support us in our assessment by providing evidence towards the Speaking and Reading strands of the EYFS.

Introduces a story line or narrative into their play.

Uses vocabulary and forms of speech that are increasingly influenced by their experiences of books. 

Let’s talk numbers!

Posted on Tuesday 19 November 2019 by Reception team

In Foundation 2, we focus on numbers to twenty throughout the year to get a depth of understanding of what the numbers really mean.  For example:

During the past couple of weeks we have been focusing on the number 3.

Finding 3

The children have been finding 3 by looking at their environment and at pictures. For example: 3 pigs, 3 houses, 3 noses, 3 hats…

Number stories

Once the children had looked for three around them, they have begun to tell number stories. We use the language first, then and now to tell the stories and have developed some actions to support us.

First there was one flower in the garden. Then two more flowers grew in the garden. Now there are three flowers altogether.

First there were three ice-creams. Then I ate one. Now there are two ice-creams left.

These number stories support your child’s understanding of number in real-life experiences. Looking at numbers in the environment and number stories support your child in developing a deep understanding of what ‘3’ really means.

Can your child tell you a number story that makes 3? Can your child find 3 in the environment? Please let us know what your child has done using a wow sheet – we can then celebrate their learning at school.

World Nursery Rhyme Week

Posted on Friday 15 November 2019 by Reception team

The week commencing 18 November 2019 is World Nursery Rhyme Week. Nursery rhymes play an important role in early childhood development and education. They aid language and communication, assist with learning early maths and support the development of children’s social, physical and emotional skills.

As part of World Nursery Rhyme Week we will be theming our teaching and classroom provision around well-known nursery rhymes.

These are the rhymes we will be looking at each day:

Monday – Baa Baa Black Sheep

Tuesday – Down in the Jungle

Wednesday – Incy Wincy Spider

Thursday – Row Row Row your Boat

Friday – Two Little Dickie Birds


To further engage the children, we would like them to tell us about their favourite nursery rhyme. For example, they could bring in a book to share, a picture of their favourite rhyme or even a prop. We would also love to know what your favourite nursery rhyme was whilst you were growing up. Please could these be brought into school ready to share on Tuesday 19 November.

Children in Need

Posted on Friday 15 November 2019 by Reception team

The children have really enjoyed dressing up for Children in Need today. We talked about why we were dressed up and why we had bought in £1. We then talked about those children who may be less fortunate than us. This then encouraged us to talk about what we are thankful for. Those children who had done their homelink were then able to share their drawings of what they are thankful for.

“I’m thankful for my house. It keeps me warm.”

“I’m thankful for my toys.”

“I’m thankful for my wendy house in my garden.”




Fiddly Fingers Stay and Play

Posted on Thursday 14 November 2019 by Reception team

Thank you to all those that came along to the fiddly fingers stay and play. We hope you enjoyed the session and came away with lots of ideas on how to support your child’s physical development in terms of their fine motor skills at home.

The next stay and learn will be Marvellous Maths on Tuesday 14 January 2020


Posted on Wednesday 13 November 2019 by Reception team

The children have really enjoyed climbing and balancing on the climbing equipment.

First, we talked about why it is important to exercise in order to keep fit and healthy. Then, we talked about how to keep safe on the climbing equipment. Whilst exercising we talked about the changes in our bodies. For example, our heart beat was slow at the beginning but was beating fast at the end of the PE lesson!

Reminder: Please ensure your child has a PE kit every Tuesday. It is not safe for your child to climb on the climbing equipment in their school uniform.

Fiddly Finger Stay and Play

Posted on Tuesday 12 November 2019 by Reception team

We have a stay and play session on Thursday 14th November.  We will be running two session (9-9.30am and 2.45-3.15pm).

The focus of this session is “Fiddly Fingers” which will concentrate on the important muscles needed to develop an effective pencil grip. At the session you will be able to join in with the activities with your child, many of which you can replicate at home.

Please let your child’s class teacher know if you are able to come along. We look forward to your visit.

Tricky words

Posted on Friday 08 November 2019 by Reception team

Your child has been learning tricky words. A tricky word is a word you can’t sound out – you just have to know it! Please continue to support your child to learn the tricky words on their word boxes.

So far we have learnt the, I, no and go. We have been playing lots of games to help us remember the tricky words. Here are some examples you can play at home.

Tricky word BOO

Preperation: Write the tricky words and the word BOO on individual pieces of paper and fold into a cup.

How to play: Take it in turns to take a word from the cup and collect the words you can read. If you get BOO you have to put all your words back in the cup. The person with the most words at the end of the game wins!


How to play: Use a fly swatter to hit the words. Your partner has to say the word as you splat it.

Golden star

Posted on Friday 08 November 2019 by Reception team

Well done to our golden stars this week!

The golden star is a very special badge given out at golden assembly. The golden stars this week got their star badges for making good choices, following the school rules and being kind friends.


Library Book

Posted on Tuesday 05 November 2019 by Reception team

We have changed our library day to Tuesday.

Please can your child return their library book every Tuesday.