Reception Class News

This week’s bible story

Posted on Monday 15 November 2021 by Mrs Rowley

Persevering in life: Hebrews 12:1-2

Click the link and read the story all about Patrician St John.

Think about what you want to do this year, what you want to achieve. I’m not talking about impossible things, but maybe learning a new skill, or doing better at something, reaching the next level. What if it isn’t so easy, what if it doesn’t seem to be working out straight away – will you give up? Are you willing to fail before you succeed? If you believe in God, what difference will that make?
Just a moment of silence while we think about these things.

Bible Bits:
Listen to what the Bible says about persevering:
“Be determined and confident! Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
“Let us run with determination the race that lies before us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus….He did not give up…” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Thank you, Father, that you have given me the ability to succeed, not in everything, but in many things. Help me to play my part by working hard and not giving up. And thank you that you will give me extra help if I ask for it and trust in you. May what I learn not just help me but others too.

Remembrance, Chilli Challenges and more

Posted on Friday 12 November 2021 by Mrs Wood

This week, the Chilli Challenges have been a big hit! Many children had a go at some of the challenges and many completed all of the challenges – a big well done to those children!

Here are some of the Chilli Challenges in action:
Using our cutting skills to make a paper plate Poppy.
Making the correct amount of playdough poppies. We enjoyed subitising and talking about how we arranged the poppies onto the playdough mats.
“Two poppies here and one over here… three poppies altogether”
“Four poppies and one more equals five poppies.”
“A group of two and another group of two… four poppies.”
“One and another one makes two.”

Using cubes and rulers to measure our feet. They particularly enjoyed comparing the size of each other’s feet.
Using a drawing app on the iPad to draw pictures of the poppies growing in Flanders Fields.
We’re almost at the end of phase 2. Next week, the children will be taught the final 3 phonemes: l, ll, and ss. This week, we’ve noticed lots of children using their phonics skills when doing independent learning activities.

Using our segmenting skills when writing a sentence about Remembrance Day.

Using our blending skills to read captions.

Reading cvc words on a word hunt.

On Wednesday, Mrs Palmer taught four animal gymnastic positions: cat, seal, frog, and butterfly. To end the lesson, the children moved across the mats like animals. Mrs Palmer told me about how fabulous they were at stretching their arms and pointing their toes.


  • Please return your child’s yellow sound book on Monday 22 November so we can stick in the phase 3 sounds.
  • It’s Anti-Bullying week next week. To kick off the week, we are taking part in Odd Socks Day.  Children can come to school on Monday wearing odd socks!
  • It’s also Nursery Rhyme week. All week we’ll be learning about different nursery rhymes. To finish the week, we ask children to come to school dressed as their favorite nursery rhyme character. (This is also a non-uniform day for Children in Need – they’ve clashed!)
  • Please make sure your child’s Christmas production clothes are in a named carrier bag.

Home-Link Challenge

Thank you to all the parents that came to the Reception drop-in session. It was lovely to see lots of proud children sharing their amazing learning with you.

This week’s bible story

Posted on Monday 08 November 2021 by Mrs Rowley

Remembrance Day

How much can we remember?

Let’s start by asking ourselves some questions about today.

– What did you do as soon as you got out of bed?
– What did you eat for breakfast?
– How did you feel when you got to school this morning?

Next, let’s think about last weekend.

– What did you do on Saturday afternoon?
– What did you eat on Sunday?

How about last week?
Have you noticed how it becomes more difficult to remember events the further back in time they are?

These events may have happened quite a long time ago, but they are remembered because they were fun. Happy times tend to stay in our memories for a long time.

Sad times can stay in our memories for a long time, too.

Click the link to read all about Remembrance day and why we remember.

Have a look at the pictures of the poppy. Think about why wearing a poppy is important to people. Wearing a red poppy means, ‘We are remembering together.’

Dear God,
Thank you for the many happy memories that we have.
We are sorry that some people have sad memories at this time of year
As they remember those who have died for our country.
May we wear our red poppies with love and compassion,
And may we remember and be thankful.



Posted on Friday 05 November 2021 by Mrs Wood

This week, the children have been learning about celebrations: Diwali and Bonfire Night. Here are some snapshots of what activities we did to support our learning…
We used chalk to create fireworks.
We designed and made rockets.
We decided to change the writing area into a fire station. The children enjoyed role-playing fire officers. They pretended to answer 999 calls and made a note of any emergencies on incident forms. Each time we looked up there were fire officers putting out fires in different areas of the classroom. I think we must have had about 10 fires a day in our classroom!
We made Diva Lamps at the playdough table.

We made Rangoli patterns on pegboards.
In PE, we continued the theme and moved around the hall like fireworks.
Number 4 is our new focus number. After watching the Numberblock Four video, we noticed that the number 4 is a square number.  We talked about the different shapes the Numberblock made and had a go at making our own shapes using the cubes. We made different arrangements using conkers and talked about our arrangements, for example,
“I’ve made a triangle with one conker in the middle.”
“One, one, one, one. One in each corner.”
“I’ve got one conker at the bottom and three at the top.”
“I’ve made a square like Numberblock 4.”
We’ve decided to change the Reception timetable for maths. Instead of trying to squeeze maths in every afternoon, we are doing two maths focus days at the end of the week and three shorter maths inputs at the beginning of the week. By doing longer sessions at the end of the week, we can spend more time deepening the children’s understanding. They will now learn a new focus number every two weeks.

We jumped straight back into our phase 2 phonics sessions. The children learnt three more phonemes (e, u, r) They also learnt two more tricky words (no, go)  These words can’t be blended.
Please keep using your sound book to practise recognising the phonemes and your word passport for blending words.

Pen disco!
On Thursday, we started pen disco. They enjoyed making large and small marks when dancing with their pens to the music. This activity supports fine motor skills and helps to improve pencil control.

I finally got married in the October half-term!
My new teacher name is Mrs Wood.
The children have been a lot better than me at remembering my new name.


  • Don’t forget to come along to the Reception drop-in session on Thursday 11 November.
  • Please make sure your child’s reading book is in their book bag every day.
  • The winter weather is creeping in! Please make sure your child comes to school in a suitable winter coat.
  • Don’t forget to join the Maths Zoom session on Tuesday 09 November at 6 pm.

Home-Link Challenge



This week’s bible story

Posted on Monday 01 November 2021 by Mrs Rowley

A persistent builder: Genesis 6:5-22

God gave Noah a pretty big job; God asked him to build a huge boat. Even though he didn’t live near a lake or ocean, Noah persevered in finishing the job that God gave him.
Someday, God might give one of us a hard job to do, too. God might ask you to be friends with a kid who everyone else is choosing to ignore. He might ask you to forgive a brother or sister who teases you every day. God was pleased with Noah’s perseverance, and God will also be pleased with you when you persevere in doing what is right.

What is the biggest project that you have built out of Lego, wooden blocks or something else?
How long did it take? Did it take much perseverance to keep going and finish the project?
What would have happened if Noah had given up and left the ark half built?

Dear God,
There are times when we face some hard challenges. Sometimes those challenges seem so big for us to do and to finish. Help us to persevere and remember that we can do it.



Posted on Thursday 21 October 2021 by Mrs Wood


We forgot to hand out the next word passport words. These will be sent out on Monday 01 November. Sorry!

Have a good half-term!


A fantastic end to a fantastic first half-term!

Posted on Thursday 21 October 2021 by Mrs Wood

What have we been up to this week?
We had a long discussion about all of the autumn treasures in their brown bags.

We went on our local walk around Wetherby to look at landmarks.

In literacy, we made missing posters to help find Leaf Man.
We used the leaves from our brown bags to make Leaf Man.

We read Funny Bones and used chalk to draw skeletons.
Check out their amazing drawing skills!
On Tuesday, the children found three frozen hands with spiders trapped inside. Of course, they were eager to rescue the spiders! We heard lots of great discussions about how to melt the ice.
“We need warm water.”
“Break it up into small pieces.”
“I’m going to squeeze it in my hand so it gets warmer and melts.”

In maths, we talked about more and fewer. The children picked up a handful of bears and compared their amount with a friend. The children were encouraged to use these stem sentences when explaining their answers:
… has/have more than …
… has/have fewer than …

Word passports
The second set of words to go in word passports have been sent out today. Please practise blending these words at home over half-term.

It was lovely to speak to all of the Reception parents at the parent-teacher meetings.  You’re doing a great job with the home-link challenges – thank you! I hope you all have a wonderful half-term. Don’t forget to send me lots of photos of what you get up to. Make sure you recharge your batteries ready for another jam-packed half-term starting Monday 04 November.



Finger gym Friday!

Posted on Monday 18 October 2021 by Mrs Wood

Finger gym activities are designed to work out the smaller muscles and fine motor skills in children’s hands and fingers.  Every Friday the children will explore a range of fun activities to help get their fingers ready for writing.

This week’s bible story

Posted on Monday 18 October 2021 by Mrs Rowley

The Good Samaritan: Luke 10: 25-37

Today, we’re thinking about how we treat people and reminding ourselves that we should never bully or intentionally hurt other people. First, think of some kind things that you could do today. Second, think of some things that you should not do today because they would upset other people.
Hopefully, many more of the kind things than the unkind things will happen today. Next, read the Bible story about someone who got hurt and think carefully to see who did and who did not help him.

In the story, someone had been badly hurt, or bullied, but only one of the three people who came by helped him. I wonder what we could learn from that story about how we treat other people, especially those who are feeling hurt or upset.
Think about these two suggestions for how you could help.
The first is that, if you see someone who is hurt or upset, don’t just ignore them – either go and help them yourself or fetch an adult who can help.
The second is to be prepared to help anyone, not just someone you like.

Dear God,
There are times when we need help from others and times when others need help from us.
Help us always to be ready to help each other, even people we don’t like, just as Jesus taught us.

Parent-partnership Zoom session – maths

Posted on Friday 15 October 2021 by Mrs Wood

Join us for our zoom session on Tuesday 09 November at 6 pm.
This zoom session will provide you with lots of information about how we teach maths in Reception. You will find out how you can support your child at home with their maths learning.

The session will start at 6 pm and last around 20-25 minutes, plus there will be a question and answer session at the end of around 5-10 minutes.

The link to this zoom session will be emailed to all parents and carers. If you do not receive a link, please contact the school office.