Reception Class News

Week 6 – My body

Posted on Thursday 25 May 2023 by Mr Roundtree

What a lovely sunny week we have had! Our focus book this week has been a non-fiction book all about our bodies. We have learnt more about x-rays and the different bones in our bodies.

We have used charcoal and chalk and create images of a skeleton and observational drawing of our hands. We explored smudging and creating different effects with the different materials.

We learnt more about the 5 different senses and went on a senses walk around school. It was amazing what we heard when we listened carefully. Whilst exploring on the school field we even heard a chicken! We then recorded the different things we had noticed through our senses.

We had a very special surprise when we arrived in school on Monday. Our butterflies have appeared! They are beautiful and lots of different colours. We released our special friends into the school field.

Week 5 – Farmyard Hullabaloo

Posted on Friday 19 May 2023 by Mr Roundtree

We have been down on the farm this week in Reception! Our focus story has taken us on a farmyard adventure visiting the different animals. We did some fantastic writing using adjectives to describe the different farm animals.

We have been working hard on our sewing projects and we have now finished our animal puppets. We added facial features and checked they were tightly sewn together.

In maths this week we have been learning more about number tracks. We used cubes to represent different numbers and then created our own tracks and counted starting at different points.

We have been learning more about different animals that we might see on a farm. Oscar asked “what is a baby duck called?” we decided to learn more about different adult and child animal names.

We have really enjoyed our poem this week. We really hope you enjoy it too!


Our observations on our caterpillars have continued this week. We have discovered that they have started their next stage of their lifecycle. We cannot wait to see them transform into butterflies.

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Week 4 – Rumble in the Jungle

Posted on Sunday 14 May 2023 by Mr Roundtree

We hope you all enjoyed the bank holiday weekend! This week has been actioned packed in Reception. Our focus story has been ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ we have loved exploring the different rhyming words and creating movements to match the animals.

We have been creating our very own rainforests using a range of different materials. In construction we thought of bigger objects we could use, whilst in our creative areas we used different paints to create different trees and animals.

We have used our computer skills to find out facts about different animals that live in the rainforest. We then turned these into our own animal fact files!

We have began a special project! We are learning to sew! This week we have thought about the shape of our animal hand puppets and learnt how to threat the needle. We are using running stitch to stitch the two parts together. Please keep a watch out for how these develop next week.

Our caterpillars are getting quite large now! It will soon be time for them to start the next part of their lifecycle into a butterfly.

School is closed on Monday 15 May for a staff training day. We can’t wait to see you all back in school on Tuesday 16 May.


Week 3 – Walking Through the Jungle

Posted on Friday 05 May 2023 by Mr Roundtree

It has been another busy week in reception! This week our focus story has helped us to learn more about different ways we can move and different animals we may see in the Jungle. We have moved like the different animals in the story and created story maps before writing about the animals using adjectives.

As part of our maths sessions we have been using the song ‘5 little monkeys jumping on the bed’ to help us recognise 5 as a whole and the different parts it can be broken into. We really enjoyed helping the monkeys jump out of the bed!

We have been very busy preparing for the coronation this weekend. We have created our very own afternoon tea and made crowns to celebrate this occasion.

Our beans and caterpillars are growing really well. We have transferred our beans into outdoor planters and we are hopeful that our caterpillars will soon move into their next transition phase.

This week we have focused on the nursery rhyme ‘sing a song of sixpence’ we hope you like it!


I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend and enjoy the celebrations!

Mrs Payne

Week 2 – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Posted on Friday 28 April 2023 by Mr Roundtree

We have had a wonderful week in school. Our focus book this week has been ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. We have been learning more about minibeasts and lifecycles. We went on a minibeast walk around school and discovered some tadpoles in our school pond. We have even got some caterpillars in our classroom to observe.

We have been investigating using different art materials to create caterpillars and butterflies. It was very exciting to see what happened when we painted half of a butterfly and then folded the paper.

Our PE lessons this term are focusing on different ball skills. We have introduced hockey sticks and are working hard on controlling a ball around a track. It is lots of fun!

Our poem this week is all about finding a wiggly worm. I wonder if you could help find a worm in your garden?


I hope you all have a lovely long weekend and we will see you all back on Tuesday.

Mrs Payne



Summer Term 1 – Week 1 The Bad Tempered Ladybird

Posted on Sunday 23 April 2023 by Mr Roundtree

Welcome back!

We hope you all had a wonderful Easter break and enjoyed the sunny weather! This term our topic focuses on ‘Life on Earth’. Our focus story is all about a ladybird who isn’t very happy but realises that it is much better to share than fight with our friends.

We have enjoyed lots of outdoor learning this week. We had a walk around school to see which mini beasts we could find. We talked about the different places we might find them. We were very excited when we reached the pond area to find lots of tadpoles in there.

We thought about different places bugs might like to live and if they ever go on holiday? We decided to create some bug hotels! We were very excited when Mr Atkins gave us a demonstration on how to safely use hand drills and screwdrivers to create our own bug hotel for outside.

We have been exploring different materials to create some models. We really enjoyed using clay and exploring different ways to create joins.

I bet you have all been wondering how our grass heads are doing. Well over the holidays they all grew hair! It was so exciting to come into class and see our new friends. We decided that they needed a visit to the salon and practised our scissor cutting skills by giving them a hair cut!

Our poem this week was called ‘pitter patter’. We hope you like it.


Week 6 – The Easter Story

Posted on Friday 31 March 2023 by Mr Roundtree

We have had a busy week in Reception! Our focus this week has been learning more about The Easter Story. We have learnt more about why this time of year is important to Christians and what things might happen over the Easter period.

We used repeating patterns to decorate eggs and Easter cards. We also used natural materials to create a cross.

In our maths sessions we learnt more about sorting different items. Did you know there are so many ways to sort things. One of our favourite ways was to sort our class by age. We found out that some people in our class are 4 and some people are 5. Some people are a little older than that too!

Our grass heads have started to grow hair! We are very excited to see what they are going to be like when we return from the Easter break.

Our poem this week was also about seeds and growing. We hope you like it.


A huge thank you to our lovely school PTA who organised a very exciting egg hunt for us this afternoon. We loved hunting for rabbit foot prints and our prizes look very yummy!


I would like to thank everyone for their support this term. It has been an exciting term of learning. I hope you all have a wonderful Easter break and fingers crossed the sun will shine for us a little!

Mrs Payne

Week 5 – The tiny seed

Posted on Thursday 23 March 2023 by Mr Roundtree

We have had a wonderful week this week learning more about growing and the changes that happen through the seasons. Our focus story ‘The tiny seed’ takes us on a journey through the seasons as a tiny seed. We have done some fantastic writing telling others about how to plant seeds and also how a seed changes through the seasons.

In our maths lessons this week we have been learning more about doubles. With the help of the number blocks we spotted patterns. Olly told us” I can see that 8 is double 4 because 4 plus 4 equals 8″. We used everyday objects to create our own doubles.

We have also created some new friends! We have made our own grass heads! We have discussed what the seeds will need and how we can be fantastic gardeners and help them to grow. Keep a look out for regular updates on our class page.

Our poem of the week is called ‘hungry birdies’ We have been working really hard on the actions so we can create birds using our hands. We hope you like it.


As always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Mrs Payne

Week 4 – Jack and the Beanstalk

Posted on Sunday 19 March 2023 by Mr Roundtree

This week we have been learning more about the fantastic story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.  We found lots of repeating words in the story and enjoyed joining in.

In provision we created our own beanstalks, made castles and furniture fit for giants and measured different beanstalks using cubes.

We thought about what plants need to grow and decided to see if we could grow our own beanstalks. It was lots of fun getting everything ready and patting the bean into the soil. We learnt that the beans will need light, warmth and water to grow.

All aboard the Hundred Decker Bus!

Posted on Sunday 12 March 2023 by Mr Roundtree

This week our focus book has been ‘The Hundred Decker Bus’ by Mike Smith. This story takes us on an amazing adventure with a growing bus!

We used our literacy skills to sequence and retell the great story. We discussed how it might feel if we went on an adventure but didn’t know where we were going! In the classroom we created our own towns labelling the different buildings, we created playdough vehicles and labelled double decker buses.

We loved the idea of each deck on the bus been a different place to do things. We decided to create a class decker bus. Thank you grown ups for our cardboard boxes! We all thought about what we wanted our deck to be and then used different materials to create it.

During our Religious Education lesson we learnt more about the Hindu Festival Holi. Holi is a colourful festival, with singing and throwing of powder paint and coloured water. It is a celebration of spring, love and new life. We decided to create our own friend who has taken part in Holi.

This week for poetry basket we used the nursery rhyme ‘Pat a Cake’ we loved creating our own actions. We hope you enjoy watching it!