Reception 2020 - 2021

Miss Graystone

Welcome to Reception Class 


Teachers & Teams

Miss Graystone (Class Teacher) - Red Team
Miss Welch (Class Assistant) - Yellow Team 
Mrs Clarkson (PPA cover on a Tuesday)

Miss Winstanley (Class Teacher) - Blue Team
Miss Reed (Class Assistant) - Green Team
Mrs Clarkson (PPA cover on a Tuesday)


Spring Two – Week Six  
We have had a very busy week in Reception Class! We really have enjoyed our last few days of our ‘On The Move Topic.’ 

Next term, we will begin our new topic of ‘New Beginnings.’ We will launch this topic by exploring the season of Spring and the new life that this brings. We look forward to some more planting in our sensory garden and investigating the nature within our school grounds. Please do take a look at our Curriculum Web in the download section below. We are very excited to see where this topic will lead us as we follow the children’s interests. As always, we will keep you updated with our learning opportunities and investigations through this class page. 

Amazing Achievements:
The children have all worked very hard during our 1:1 reading and writing challenges this week. Curly Caterpillar said she was very proud as she witnessed the children’s ‘can do attitude.’ Your effort in reading, spelling and handwriting has blown us all away! 



A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to all of our ‘Champion Readers’ who have completed five reading sessions a week at home throughout this half term! This is an incredible achievement and you all certainly do deserve your medals and certificates. Well done superstars! 

Makaton/Word of the Week
Throughout this week we have been learning all about ‘Easter.’ We listened to the Easter Story and explored the religion of Christianity. We decided to learn the Makaton Sign for Easter. If you would like to practise this again at home please follow this link: 

Easter - Makaton Sign of the Week - YouTube

You might like to do the Easter Chick Makaton song this Easter Weekend too:

Singing Hands: Chick, Chick, Chick, Chick Chicken - Makaton Sign Language - YouTube

Towards the end of the week we had an Easter Egg decorating competition, Easter Crafts Activity, Easter Disco and Easter Maths challenges.



We finished the week off with a very special treat…A PANTOMIME! We loved watching ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ with each other and giggled throughout! (Oh no we didn’t…OH YES WE DID)!



During Phonics this week we have revised all of the ‘tricky words’ that we have learnt so far. Many children even made the decision to practice writing these during their choosing time whilst outdoors in the sunshine!

We have also had a big focus on ‘ar’, ‘or’ and ‘ur’ sounds. These digraphs all look very similar and can try to trick us. By the end of the week the children became experts at recognising them all! 
We have been so impressed with the word, caption and sentence writing that the children have completed this week. We focused on our careful sounding out, small neat handwriting and finger spaces. Those children who are now writing sentences also worked hard when remembering the capital letter at the start of a sentence and a full stop at the end. The teachers gave out so many airmiles for the super determination and effort shown by everyone. 
After the Easter Break we will continue revising all of our sounds with a particular focus on the trigraphs: ‘ear’, ‘air’, ‘ure’ and ‘igh.’ 
If you would like to play some Phonics games at home please use the following website and password.
username: jan21
password: home

Here is our tricky word song that you may enjoy at home too!
Tricky Words and Sight Words Song - YouTube


Reading Eggs
Please do not forget about our fantastic reading eggs website too. It is amazing to see how many of you are accessing this and the levels that you are reaching! This will be having a huge impact on your phonics knowledge and will support you with your reading and writing too. 

This week we have been looking at the number 10 again and have become brilliant at remembering our stem sentences:
I can see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 ones!
Ten ones is the same as one ten.
One ten is the same as ten ones.
This learning will prepare us for our greater exploration into teen numbers which we will begin after the third week back at school. 
This week, we have used part-part-wholes, tens frames and bead strings to explore all of the numbers that can make the number ten. Some children are becoming very confident when investigating this and even explored some bigger numbers. Here are some fantastic songs that will help you remember your number bonds to five and ten! 

I Know My Number Bonds 5 | Number Bonds to 5 | Addition Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann - YouTube

I Know My Number Bonds with DJ Count | Number Bonds to 10 | Addition Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann - YouTube



After the Easter Break we will be exploring doubling, halving and sharing (during the first two weeks back). We have some exciting indoor and outdoor activities ahead to help us explore these new concepts. We will also revisit some of our shape and measurement learning. I wonder if we will be able to name all of our 2D and 3D shapes? (Square, triangle, circle, rectangle, pentagon, hexagon, cube, cuboid, sphere, cylinder, pyramid and cone). 


The children are doing a super job in their P.E sessions. This week, our games focused on teamwork and listening skills. A highlight was our ‘superhero game.’ All children wore a cape. The aim of the game was to capture as many capes as they could without their own cape being taken! The winners were those who had the most capes. We were so impressed with the children’s ability to avoid obstacles whilst running at high speeds. We had great listening by everyone too – you really are superheroes Reception Class! 

P.E Challenge: Can you practice balancing on one leg like a flamingo? How long can you balance for before you begin to wobble? Now try the other leg.

Here are some more pictures of what we have been up to this week. We hope they make you smile!


Well done for another incredible week everyone! Wishing you all a wonderful Easter Break with your loved ones. Stay safe, have fun and make lots of fantastic memories. We cannot wait to see you all very soon for the summer term!

The Reception Team

Reception Messages

 Topic Support – ‘New Beginnings’
Due to Covid-19 we are unable to invite guest speakers/parent helpers into our classroom. We have been trying to do this as creatively as we can through online/virtual opportunities and by bringing exciting real-life resources/activities to the classroom instead. We are very grateful to those who have already supported us last term. 
Do you have a job role or an interest in gardening, wildlife, nature or animals? We would love to learn about your role and what you get up too! You could send photographs or even a video that we could share with the class. If you feel that you could help make this topic even more exciting please get in touch by emailing: 
If the file you are trying to send is too large you can create a dropbox link and email that for us to follow instead. You could even use learning book to upload your video to your child's personal page for us to share. We look forward to seeing them and I am sure your children will do too! 

As the warmer weather approaches please ensure that your child wears sun cream and brings a labelled sun hat to keep them safe in the sun. Many families choose to apply sun cream which is protective for the whole school day. If however, you would like your child to reapply their sun cream throughout the school day, please ensure that the sun cream bottle that you provide is clearly labelled. They will be encouraged to apply this independently. This sun cream can be stored in school. 
Spare school uniform is still also recommended. These can be kept in your child's book bag. As always please label everything so that your child can easily identify their own items.

Mystery Reader– Can you help us virtually?
Thank you to everyone who has sent in a Mystery Reader Video so far. The children have loved them. If this is something you would be interested in please read the message below...
We would usually begin inviting parents/carers into the setting as our mystery reader (by booking this with your class teacher). This would usually take place at 2:45 on a Thursday. Due to Covid-19 and the safety measures in place, we are unable to invite you into the classroom. However, we do not want that to put you off! We will happily accept videos of you being the mystery reader instead and we will play these during our session on a Thursday. Some of the staff members in school have already helped us by recording their favourite stories. We cannot wait to play these to the children on our interactive whiteboard for all to see! You can email your video to: If the file is too large you can create a dropbox link and email that for us to follow instead. Or once set up, you could even use learning book to upload your video to your child's personal page for us to share. We look forward to seeing them and I am sure your children will do too!

Star of the Week (Toy Notice)
Each week two pupils will be chosen for ‘Star of the Week’ from our Reception Class. They will receive a certificate from their class teacher for their hard work. The ‘Star of the Week’ usually brings home a soft cuddly toy and their diary to complete over the weekend as a special treat. Due to Covid-19 guidelines we have had to make some amendments to this process. We now have two ‘squidgy’ toys that will visit your home if your child is lucky enough to be the ‘Star of the Week.’ These make it easier for us to keep them clean using our wipes at school. These toys are very delicate and we encourage adult supervision when your child is playing with these at home. We hope to replace them with our usual soft cuddly toys when it is safe to do so. We have also made the decision to send separate sheets that can be filled in at home and brought back into the setting. This can then be added to our class diary which will remain in the class setting.

Frequent Handwashing
Due to the requirement of frequent handwashing throughout the school day, little hands may become sore! To prevent this from happening we recommend that you provide a hand moisturiser (that your child can apply independently) for the school day. We will encourage them to access this after every hand wash. Please LABEL the moisturiser with your child’s name to help avoid it becoming lost in the classroom.


Useful Links
Phonics Sounds - Correct Pronunciation:
http://www.phonics (mathematics)



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