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Percy The Park Keeper

We have been learning all about Percy and his friends in Reception and we read the story 'After the Storm' by Nick Butterworth. The next day we came in to school to find that a storm had made a mess of our outdoor learning area! The children were fabulous in cleaning and tidying and we had it back to normal in no time. Well done Reception!





After we had tidied we enjoyed building a stage with wooden blocks and even made some lovely wind dancers!


Inside we have been busy building homes new homes for Percy's friends after the storm hit.

This week we have been measuring a selection of objects around Reception and have been using the language 'taller/tallest and shorter/shortest'.

Here are some of the children having a competition and seeing who can build the tallest tower:


Settling In

The children have settled so well into Reception and we have been extremely busy this term! Some of our learning so far includes how to stay healthy, repeated patterns, 2D shapes and Celebrations with Bonfire Night and Diwali. We have also been on a walk around the school grounds, both inside and outside to look at changes in the weather and going on a shape hunt! We have been learning both indoors and outdoors; please take a look at some of our learning below. We hope you enjoy it!

Our Autumn Walk

Some wonderful repeated patterns!


A huge and scary T-Rex

We enjoy reading both fiction and non-fiction books. This one is called 'Things that move.'


Ordering numbers to 10! smiley

   We love using the large wooden blocks as a base for role play. Today they were used to make a bed!


A very warm welcome to all the children and parents in Reception. We hope the children will have a truly wonderful learning experience in Reception and that parents and carers will embrace both supporting and sharing their child's journey in the Early Years.

We are very much looking forward to working with you and your children.

Best wishes

Reception Staff


Reception curriculum meeting and reading inspire workshop.


It was lovely to see so many of you attend the meeting and we do hope you found it a useful and enjoyable experience.


As we said at the meeting we are delighted with how the children have settled and we look forward to working with you on your child's journey in Reception.


Please find below copies of the information that was included in your child's folder.

Many thanks for your support.



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What we are learning during the Spring Term.


Reception have been busy exploring and investigating during Science week. We have taken part in a number of experiments where we made predictions and discussed our findings. Have a look at some of our work below...


Coke and Mentos Experiment

 We loved watching the coke exploding like a volcano from the bottle!


On Monday we had two special visitors come to Reception. They were two tortoises called Betty and Freddie. The children enjoyed observing them throughout the day and feeling their shells. Some of us had a go at holding them too! We found that Betty was much heavier than Freddy as she was the larger tortoise. We treated them to some lettuce and cucumber which they thoroughly enjoyed! Reception would like to say thank you to the tortoises for coming in to visit, we loved meeting you. frownfrownfrown







We have been busy making wind mobiles to decorate our outdoor learning area. We used different textures and materials to create our mobiles and then put them to the test outside. The more the wind blew, the quicker our mobiles moved.



Walking on Eggs!




The children were amazed at the results of this experiment as most predicted that the eggs would crack. We had lots of fun walking on eggs!




World Book Day - 2nd March 2017


We had a wonderful day celebrating World Book Day. We love reading lots of different stories and books in Reception. All of the children looked amazing and could talk about what character they had chosen to be and why. We have been busy painting pictures of ourselves as our Book Day characters so keep an eye out for them on the webpage!

Here is a small selection of the fantastic characters we had visiting Reception...









Some children have written about their character too!





Food Investigation


Children were set the challenge to use their senses to identify what the different foods were. They did a great job smelling, feeling and looking at the different foods in each container. They then used their phonic skills to write down a list of what foods they could identify.

Super investigative work Reception!

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Traditional Tales

We have been learning all about traditional tales this half term. This included Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs and The Gingerbread Man.

We have enjoyed retelling the stories using puppets and dressing up in the role play areas.

Reception have enjoyed making and tasting porridge, predicting and testing which materials are best for building a house and making gingerbread men, which thankfully didn't run away so the children were able to taste how delicious they were. We have also been counting and adding numbers together.

We hope you enjoy looking at the great learning which has taken place.


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Celebrating Chinese New Year


As part of our learning we learnt about how and why Chinese New Year is celebrated. We listened to the story about the Great Race and discovered it is the year of the rooster. We dressed up in traditional Chinese clothes, made dragons, roosters and lanterns and we even had a go at writing numbers in Chinese.

We then tasted prawn crackers and cooked a stir fry with noodles in a wok. It was delicious!

Chinese people eat their food with chop sticks and although we ate our food with a fork we did try out using chopsticks to pick up pretend noodles.

With lots of practice and perseverance lots of children managed to use them very well. 

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We had fun making vegetable soup.

We learnt how to make a healthy soup using potatoes, carrots, broccoli and pasta.

It was delicious!





We have been learning about Percy the Park Keeper and his friends. As part of our learning we explored our school grounds looking for signs of Autumn, patterns and animal tracks. Take a look at what we found....


Percy's tree!


Tyre Tracks

Have we found Percy's shed?



Please take a look at some of the great learning which has been taking place in Reception.


Reception have been learning all about the importance of looking after ourselves. As part of this topic the children have been using their senses to taste, smell, feel and see a selection of different types of fruit and vegetables. The children really enjoyed their afternoon of tasting which included papaya, kiwi fruit, spinach and mango.
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Reception had a great day out at Umberslade Farm. We saw lots of different farm animals and we were able to touch them and feed them.

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Welcome to Reception!


Reception Inspire Workshop

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A big thank you to all the parents and carers who attended the Reception Inspire workshop on reading and Maths. It was a great turnout and the children really enjoyed learning with you. smiley

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Den Building Day!


We had lots of fun in Reception designing, creating and making our own dens using lots of different materials. We used old sheets, boxes, wooden blocks and pegs. We worked together as a team and showed lots of our school values including cooperation, perseverance and happiness. Take a look at some of our photos.



In Reception we have got some new friends! Come and see our chicks...

We got to see the chicks hatch out of their eggs. They are now cute and fluffy, soon they will start to grow their feathers. The yellow chicks are the boys and the brown chicks are the girls.


In Reception we have been writing independently during learning time! We have been using our phonic knowledge from letters and sounds.Take a look at some of our amazing writing...







As part of our learning this half term, Reception have been learning about how we grow and change from a baby to an adult. Our role play in Blue Class is a Baby Clinic. We have been having lots of fun weighing the babies, changing them, feeding them and measuring how long the babies are. Some of the babies were poorly so we had to take care of them and check their temperature and heart beat.  




As part of our whole school Art and Design project we have been looking at a picture called- The Castle of Muiden in Winter. Reception decided to build a model of the castle using junk modelling. We thought carefully about what shaped boxes we needed to use and then painted them in the style of the castle. We loved this project and all worked together as a team to construct it!





We also celebrated Shrove Tuesday by eating pancakes! We topped our pancakes with lemon and sugar! Delicious!

This week we have been celebrating Chinese New Year. As part of our celebrations we made and ate a stir fry. The ingredients included; noodles, peppers, cabbage, bean sprouts and Chinese sauce. We cooked the stir fry in a wok! It tasted really yummy, we loved trying prawn crackers as well!



Last week in Reception we made Gingerbread Men! We had to weigh out the ingredients using the digital scales, then mix the ingredients together. Next we had to roll out the dough and cut them out in the shape of a Gingerbread Man. After that we put them in the oven to cook. Once they were cooked we took them out of the oven and put them on the rack to cool, thankfully none of them ran away and we all got to take one home to eat! They were very yummy!






In Reception this half term we are learning about Traditional Tales.

This week we are learning about Goldilocks and the Three Bears. As part of our learning we made porridge! The ingredients we used were porridge oats, milk, sugar and syrup. We made sure it tasted just right! We looked at how the porridge oats changed as they were heated up in the microwave.  

Frozen fun in Reception!

Last week in Reception we had the challenge to rescue the animals from the frozen water! We had to use a range of different tools, equipment and ingredients to rescue them from the ice! We had so much fun experimenting with salt, water and different tools to release them from the ice. Take a look at some of our photos.  





In Reception we have been celebrating Black History Month. We looked at the story of Handa's Surprise. We looked at how we are the same as well as how we are different to Handa. We got to act out the story which was lots of fun!






In Blue Class this week we have been set some challenges! One of our challenges was to build a long road for the toy cars. Take a look at our photos below of our amazing roads!!





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