Reception 2017 - 2018

Mrs Rea


Welcome to Reception


Mrs Rea

     Hello I am Mrs Rea and I am currently teaching Reception.  This will be my 4th year at Offley and I have just got married over the summer (just to confuse all of the children). I love PE and I am currently the PE co-ordinator in school alongside Mr Earlam.  Outside of school I love to go walking, watch musicals at the theatre and drink lots of hot chocolate!


Mrs Ellis 

Hello my name is Mrs Ellis I am an Early Years Consultant and trainer and have the fabulous opportunity of teaching in reception. Just a little about myself I enjoy walking going to the theatre and being creative. 


Weekly Update


Science Week

This week has been Science Week and what a busy week of learning it has been. Here is a little break down of each day.



We started our week off by designing our very own bug hotels. The children looked at some google images to see how other people had made them. We soon realised that they all looked different, but used very similar objects. The children designed their own bug hotels and wrote down what they would need. We also read the story of ‘The very Hungry Caterpillar’ and at the end of the day we had a surprise…REAL PET CATERPILLARS! They were so tiny though so we had to use a magnifying glass to see them a little better.




On Tuesday we learnt all about the human body and what our body consists of. The children already had a good concept that we have blood, bones, a brain, skull and heart. We were quite impressed with their prior knowledge. Then we used a ‘Virtual Reality’ T-shirt to actually see inside our body! The children were really intrigued and asked some great questions. We saw how the heart beats and learnt about the intestines, lungs and the stomach. It was very exciting!




On Wednesday we went out on a mini beast hunt in the wild area with Pauline, the Chair of governors. We had a fantastic time and found a worm and lots of flies. We even spotted some leaves with holes in, we thought it might have been that cheeky hungry caterpillar.




On Thursday we had the challenge of landing some eggs safely from a height of 2m! We only had a variety of resources to use, each class in the whole school had the same resources to keep it fair. We got together as a class to figure out how we could land them without cracking any. The children had some brilliant ideas and when we went out to test it we managed to save 2 eggs!




Non-Uniform Day AND Zoo2U animals in school = “THE BEST DAY EVER!”. The children had a FANTASTIC day and really enjoyed learning about food chains. All children were very brave and most of the class stroked lots of animals and some children even held a millipede!



As you can see…it’s been a busy but FANTASTIC week. A huge thank you to Miss Allan and Mrs Maddox for organising a great Science Week for us.


Check in next week.

Mrs Rea & Mrs Ellis


Class Information


PE will be on a Monday morning. Please can you ensure that your child's PE kit stays in school at all times and all items are NAMED. We will send them home every half term for a wash. Please can you also ensure that long hair is tied back on these days and that the children are not wearing jewellry - thank you.



You should have all received a log in for your child's learning journey on LearningBook. I am very much looking forward to seeing all of the great things you get up to at home and looking forward to reading your comments. If you would like any support with this please do not hesitate to speak to me.



Reception staff will collect diaries in on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday and you will notice that your child will receive stamps and stickers in their reading diaries. This is part of the 'Reading Challenge' in school. In Reception, the expectation is that children will read five times per week (20 minute sesions). 5 times = 1 sticker. If they read on ten separate occasions in one week, they will receive two stickers. 10 times = 2 stickers. However, if your child reads more than the expected amount but not enough to achieve two stickers, the additional reading sessions cannot be transferred to the following week.

This term if your child receives 10 stickers they will receive the reading reward.



Every week we have two minions (Kevin and Bob) who choose 2 children as 'stars of the week' to go home with for the weekend. This week Kevin and Bob chose Robert and James.  Well done!



Our Key Worker Groups

Blue - Mrs Rea & Miss Bell

Red – Miss Graystone

Green - Mr Shaw

Yellow – Mrs Ellis

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Offley Primary Academy

Offley Road
Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 1GY

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