Reception Class News

This week in Foundation…

Posted on Friday 23 February 2018 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

During our first week back after half term, Foundation have been learning about Chinese New Year through stories, film, activities and discussions.

  • What can your child tell you about Chinese New Year?
  • What stories can they remember from this week?

We’ve also been visited by ‘The Bug Lady’! Lots of the children were very brave, holding the minibeasts in their hands, on their legs and stroking their shells. We found out many interesting facts and were very proud of how well the children listened.

  • Can your child tell you which minibeasts they saw?
  • Where do the minibeasts come from?
  • What were the differences between the girl and boy stick insects?


Next week, we’re looking forward to lots of ‘World Book Day’ inspired learning. Don’t forget your costumes on Thursday and parents/carers, please do join us for our Stay and Play to share a book with your child: 8.30-9.15am.

Well done…

Posted on Tuesday 13 February 2018 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Foundation had another great half-term of learning! Enjoy a lovely break with your family and friends and don’t forget to fill in those Time to Talk sheets (sent home on Friday), so that we can hear all about it when we return to school on Monday 19 February.

The Story of The Creation

Posted on Thursday 01 February 2018 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Foundation enjoyed an incredibly fun and interactive workshop this morning, presented by Hand to Mouth Ministries.

The workshop focused on the story of The Creation, with a particular emphasis on how special all of God’s creations in nature are. The children discussed how individual and special we all are, especially to the people who love us.

Take a look at the pictures below which capture some special moments from the experience.

What can your child tell you about the story they heard today?

Pure Sounds- Phonics

Posted on Thursday 01 February 2018 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

F2 children have now learnt all Phase 2 phonics sounds and are moving on to Phase 3.

It’s really important that children pronounce ‘pure sounds’ when practising and using their phonics in reading and writing.

The video posted below has been created by teachers Mrs Flynn and Miss Eckersley, who teach Reception at one of our federation schools. (You might recognise Mrs Flynn!) It gives examples of both the correct pronunciation of each phase 2 sound and the actions we use in class to remind ourselves of the sounds.

Please use this video to help support your child’s learning at home.

Wonderful Workshops

Posted on Sunday 21 January 2018 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

We were lucky enough to experience two wonderful workshops in Foundation this week.

The charity D:side visited us at the start of the week. Through a fun and interactive session, the children were taught different ways to keep happy, healthy and safe. They discussed ways to be a good friend, the foods and activities that will keep our bodies healthy and important information about medicines: who is allowed to administer it, where medicines should be stored and why we shouldn’t touch it.

Can your child tell you some facts they have learnt this week about keeping healthy and safe?

On Wednesday, the children  enjoyed their first ‘Mini-Music’ workshop led by ArtForms – Wetherby Music Centre. They had a fantastic time learning percussion instrument names/ how they are played and playing along to a beat, stopping and starting on cue. They also sang songs and played along to the tunes with the instruments. We are looking forward to continuing the music sessions over the next few weeks and developing lots of new skills!


Marvellous Mathematics!

Posted on Thursday 18 January 2018 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

A big thank you to all of the parents who were able to attend the Marvellous Mathematics Stay and Play this afternoon. The children are always so excited to share their learning with you and we hope you enjoyed seeing our Maths in action!



Rainy Play, Hip Hip Hooray!

Posted on Thursday 11 January 2018 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

The weather this week has been very grey and drizzly but that hasn’t stopped Foundation showing some amazing child-led learning.

We’ve had rainy painting and phonics on the board and we’ve seen fantastic, imaginative construction – making dens, racing cars and helicopters.  The children have also been making bottle-top boats, floating them in puddles and then on the tuff tray. They’ve been experimenting with ways to make them move faster.

Who says rainy days have to be dull?!

Welcome to Spring 1!

Posted on Thursday 04 January 2018 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

A warm welcome back to Foundation stage this week. Children have been full of beans talking and writing about all of their lovely, festive news!

It’s great to see that the children have come back ready to learn with fantastic attitudes. We’ve seen hairdressers, show performers, dogs and dinosaurs through their independent imaginative play this week, giving us lots of exciting planning ideas for upcoming learning.

We’re beginning to trial having snack times together in Foundation. We hope this will provide another opportunity for talking and learning together. It also has other benefits such as making sure the children all have their snack in the morning (keeping up those energy and concentration levels) and that they are using ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in their daily interactions.

PE will start again next week for F2 children. If you’ve not done so already, please return a named kit to school by Tuesday 09 January. PE will now take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

A letter will be coming home with your child tomorrow about our next Stay and Play session. ‘Marvellous Maths’ will take place on Thursday 18 January at 2.30pm. We hope to see lots of you there 🙂

The Christmas Experience

Posted on Thursday 07 December 2017 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Foundation children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in ‘The Christmas Experience’ on Tuesday. They took part in creative activities and role playing; enacting the Nativity and considering the true meaning of Christmas.

Community Week

Posted on Friday 24 November 2017 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

As part of Identity week in school, Foundation have been thinking about our school community and the people who work here. Mrs Coster from the school office spoke to the children on Monday about her role and Mrs Philip spoke to the children this afternoon about the work that the lunchtime staff do to ensure the children have a healthy lunch. F2 children also went out in groups throughout the week to do some busy jobs with Mr Atkins and talk about the work he does in school and how it keeps us safe.


The children thought about the people who help us in the wider community. They have enjoyed  our new ‘Doctor’s Surgery’ role play, our sensory firefighter’s play, our ‘dentist’ fiddly fingers tooth brushing experience and dressing up as police officers in the outdoor area.


We worked together this week to create a map of Wetherby – the community in which we live. We looked at aerial photographs of Wetherby and the children printed green paint to create the background. Later in the week we added roads, rivers and buildings. Today, the children added their own house with their picture on. Keep an eye out for how we use our wonderful map creation in our next themed role play area, coming soon!