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Welcome to Reception!


Our amazing team:

Imperial Class teacher: Miss Bev Howland

Cambridge Class teacher: Mrs Stephanie Baker

Support staff: Mrs Tanya Brandon, Mrs Jane Warne

Our Forest school helper: Sophie Husband


You will find on this page all the information and the exciting learning taking in our year group.



PE is on Wednesdays and Fridays. We require a full PE kit which consists of plimsolls, red top and black shorts. 


Forest school

Tuesdays (Cambridge) and Thursdays (Imperial).

Please provide your child with a pair of wellies.



Please, read with your child every day for at least 10 minutes. Discuss the pictures and ask questions about the characters or what they think might happen at the end.

Homework is sent home every Friday and needs to be returned by Wednesday. Remember to check your child's home learning folder in their book bag.


Useful links: - Phonics games - cbeebies stories and rhymes -Excellent maths & literacy resources - Lots of maths & literacy games - Games to support all areas of learning




Term 6

Under The Sea



We are going to use the following stories to support out T4W and T4R sessions. The children will have a go this term at creating their own stories!

Eid Mubarak! We celebrated the Muslim festival of Eid.

Term 5

This term we are discovering the world of minibeasts through Eric Carle's stories of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Busy Spider.

What is your favourite minibeast?


Our butterflies have all hatched safely!

Wingham Animal Wild Life Park

Doubling and halving

Applying our phonics to write simple sentences.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film

Where do butterflies come from?

Learning to subtract


Taking away food to feed the caterpillar

Ten Green Bottles Song

Term 4:

Growth and Changes

What is happening in our garden?

Planting activities

Combining groups - early addition


Spring is coming...

Our super writers!

Actively learning!

Learning to estimate

We asked children to guess the number of objects
Counting the objects to check how close they are
AnnaMaria estimated that there were 3 objects
She checked and counted 5 objects altogether.

Term 3: How do animals in cold places survive?

Polar Polar Bear,

What Can You Hear?

One very frosty morning...

Our Mighty Muscles-developing gross motor skills

PE-Moving at different speeds and heights

Learning about Polar regions and their inhabitants

We cut out 2D shapes to make cute Arctic foxes
Can you name the 2D shapes?
The belowing walrus!
What could the walrus hear in the our story?
3D shaped icebergs for our Arctic world
Et voila!

Our talented little writers

The big Polar bear
The pink flamingo. The lovely peacock.
I hear a turtle.

Change of scene...

We're going on a shape hunt....Learning to recognise and use shapes creatively

2D shapes names and properties

Most common 3D shapes

Term 2

People Who Help Us




Our new Post Office!

When I grow up I want to be ...

Who can you ask for help?
I want to protect people
I like flowers they are pretty
I want to help people
Dentists make you feel better
I like to cook
I like to build things
I will make you feel better

Forest school-Taking risks and encouraging children to become confident and independent learners.

Can you make a number?

We celebrated the Indian festival of light Diwali

Fabulous outdoor learning

Phonics-Practise hearing and saying initial sounds

Fire fighters visit

Learning about a fire fighter equipment
Putting out a pretend fire
Phonics Fox is stuck! Call 999!
Fire fighters to the rescue! Hang on Phonics Fox!
Girls are very brave too!
A fire fighter's pair of scissors!
Bye and see you soon!

Our dental and doctor practices have opened. Call 999 for an appointment!

Firefighters Song

"Who will help me make bread?" asked the Little Red Hen.

Making bread with a bread maker
Measuring the flour
Add some yeast
2 tablespoons of oil
A pinch of salt
Knead the dough into a ball
Let it prove for an hour
Do you like our little hedgehogs?
Now time to cook in the oven!

Find out how bread is made!

Our The Little Red Hen topic

Small world
We are creating our very own barn!
The children have opened a farm shop!
Answering questions about the story
Helping the Little Red Hen grind her wheat
Our story maps
Can you follow Little Red Hen's adventures?

Dingle Dangle Scarecrow Action Song

Patterns making

We've been busy!

Developing listening skills-Can you spot the rhyming words?

Fun outdoor learning

Super number work!

Great number formation
Number formation with toy cars
Ordering dinosaurs
Using the number line to copy numbers in order

This week we followed the children's interests...dinosaurs!

Term 1 All About Me!


What a busy couple of weeks it has been! The children have settled well and they have all started to learn their new routines!



Learning together
Learning independently
Working as a team-mighty muscles!
Standing and walking in a line
Taking turns on the snack table
Putting things away!
Having fun together!