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Reception have lots of fun learning through practical activities throughout our structured school days. Mrs Armstrong and Lynsey work with your children to cover a selection of different lessons throughout the day. We take lots of pride in their hard work when it comes to learning and like to share these with you all! If you have any questions or would like to know more then please feel free to come and see us. smiley

Mrs Armstrong and Lynsey

Week Beginning 28th June 2021

Another busy week for the Reception children. We keep adding elements to our space station and the children are enjoying incorporating these into their role-play. This week we have been looking at the planets in space and learning their names and how they are different. We have also been doing some writing, thinking about what the aliens might say if they visited earth. Finally some great collaborative outdoor play as the children used a wide range of outdoor resources and grouped them, working together as a team.

Week Beginning 21st June 2021

Our role-play area has changed to become a space station. The children have loved using it this week! We have been continuing to enjoy our Aliens in Underpants Save the World story and will be starting The Smeds and the Smoos next week. In Maths we have been ordering numbers and looking at one more and one less. We have also continued our space theme by making rockets. 

Week Beginning Monday 14th June 2021

The children are loving our Light and Dark topic this half term.  To support our English work we have been creating our own aliens. Next week we will be writing sentences to describe them.   We have also been making our own spaceships and decorating underpants to go onto our own washing line!

Our number work has continued with us working on subtraction.  We know that when we subtract a number, our answer will always be smaller and we have done lots of practical work with mathematical apparatus this week.

Finally we took advantage of the sunny weather at the beginning of the week and went outdoors to explore how our shadows are created.  We looked at where the sun was positioned and where our shadow was.  We also predicted what would happen as the position of the sun changed during the day.

Week Beginning 7th June 2021


We have been taking advantage of the beautiful weather this week and have taken our learning outside.  The children have enjoyed using our new mark making area to draw pictures or apply their writing skills.  As well as making marks we have been using our new found skills in measuring to order objects in size as well as using our tape measures.

We are loving our new light and dark topic - the children are really enjoying our book 'Aliens in Underpants Save the World'.  We will be following this up with more fiction books about aliens and space which we can't wait to share! The children have also been making rockets out of different materials including Lego.

Week Beginning 24th May 2021

This week we have been writing a recount about when we planted our sunflower seeds. The children did a great job of writing fabulous sentences and remembered full stops and capital letters! In our number time lessons we have been looking at sharing by doing lots of practical activities. On Wednesday we had another yoga session which we really enjoyed. 
We have finished our topic for this half term and will be looking forward to starting our light and dark topic when we return to school after half term.

Week Beginning Monday 17th May 2021

We have had a great week of learning here in Reception Class.  We continued with our theme of measuring and used cubes and tape measures to find the height of objects.  The children are really enjoying reading the story 'Titch'.  This week we have been sequencing the story and retelling it to each other. 

In our independent learning we have been applying our phonic knowledge using the digraphs -oo, -oa, -ow and -oi as well as applying this knowledge to our reading.

As part of Well-Being Wednesday this week we enjoyed more yoga followed by planting sunflower seeds.  Mr Leary's children did a brilliant job of showing us what to do and there was some great collaborative work from all of the children. 

Week Beginning 10th May 2021

We have had an extremely busy week in Reception Class. We are enjoying our new ‘Days of the Week’ song and have been talking about our daily routines and what happens on a particular day. Our new story is ‘Titch’ which looks at size and growing. Leading on from this the children have been investigating length and have been using a wide range of apparatus to measure lots of classroom equipment. 

Week Beginning 3rd May 2021

In Reception Class this week we have been learning about our bodies and the wonderful job that they do.  We have looked at x-ray pictures and matched them to Boris our class skeleton.  We have also investigated the function of parts of our body such as the skull and ribcage and talked about what they do to protect our vital organs.  The children had lots of fun making their own skeletons to put on our Funnybones display.  We have been thinking of different adventures that Boris could get up to just like the skeletons in Funnybones.  On Tuesday we visited the Library Lodge as part of our new project - Trade-In Tuesday.  Each child has borrowed a library book to enjoy at home - these will be returned for Trade-In Tuesday and another book can be chosen.  The children loved sharing their books and can't wait to swap them for more!

Week Beginning 26th April 2021

The Reception children had a visitor to their classroom last week.  The problem was that he was scattered all over the playground!  We had the job of putting Boris our skeleton back together!  We all worked together as a team to put Boris back together again so that he was in one piece and he is now taking pride of place in our classroom.

The children are loving reading our Funnybones book.  We have enjoyed creating freeze frames from the story and are now thinking of new adventures that the skeletons might have ready to rewrite the story next week. 

In Maths we have been using positional language to describe where an object is.  We used the words under, between, next to and behind to describe where the teddy was.



Week Beginning 19th April 2021


The children have returned from their Easter break refreshed and ready to learn.  We started our week by revisiting some of our learning in the Spring term, namely our shape work and some of the digraphs we have looked at in phonics.  Our topic this half term will be growing.  We are looking forward to looking at growth and change in terms of ourselves and others as well as plants and animals.  

In honour of the Queen's birthday on Wednesday the children made crowns and had great fun decorating them.  We talked about how old the Queen is, where she lives and her family.

Our outdoor area is coming along nicely and we have taken advantage of the gorgeous weather this week to take our learning outside.  We have enjoyed making a huge obstacle course, measuring different objects and creating lots of lovely concoctions in our Mud Kitchen.

Week Beginning 29th March 2021

We have had quite a busy last week of our spring term in Reception.  We are finishing our topic on growing and have been monitoring our beans (which are yet to grow despite lots of sunlight and water). In PE we have completed our gymnastics - the children have been learning to balance and roll by working on beams of differing heights.  

Our phonics learning has seen us looking at a range of digraphs including qu, ng and nk.  We have been learning to write cvc words and have been adding sound buttons in order to blend and segment the words.

In Maths we have been looking at 3D shapes this week.  The children have been learning the names and properties of a range of shapes including a Cube, Cuboid, Cone, Cylinder and Sphere.  We have also been using everyday objects to create 3D models such as boats, cars, binoculars and telescopes.  We are still working on our number bonds to 10 and our independent learning has seen lots of combinations of ten using the Numicon.

To end our term we have had an Easter Egg Hunt in the school playground.  The children all worked brilliantly in their groups to find the eggs hidden all around and were each rewarded with an Easter chocolate lollipop. 

It has been a very challenging term for all of our children and their resilience and flexibility has made us incredibly proud.  Have a wonderful Easter and we look forward to seeing you in two weeks.

Week Beginning 22nd March 2021

We have had a very busy week here in Reception Class.  This week we have been investigating the numbers 9 and 10.  We have used Numicon to look how we can add two numbers to equal 10 and have used the vocabulary more and less.  We are continuing our Growing topic and have been reading Jasper's Beanstalk in English.  The children thought of some great tips and hints to give to Jasper to help his bean to grow!

The children have been looking at life cycles of animals and we will be going onto look at the life cycle of a bean plant before planting our own beans and keeping a diary of their growth.

Week Beginning 15th March 2021

This week we have been continuing to focus on our Growing topic.  We have been looking at animals and their babies, discussing growth and change in living things.  In our Maths lessons we have been investigating the numbers 6, 7 and 8.  The children have been learning how to make these numbers using a range of small numbers.  We are working on subitising (knowing how many objects there are without counting) with numbers to ten - the children are becoming really good at this!

In our PE lessons we have been concentrating on balance.  We have been balancing on low beams and mats in our gym lessons. 
On Friday we all dressed up in non-uniform for Red Nose Day. We had a great day and even designed our own noses!

Red Nose Day - Friday 19th March 2021

Week Beginning 8th March 2021


A huge welcome back to all our Reception children.  It is absolutely wonderful to have you all back in school and we are so impressed with all the work you have been doing at home.

This week we have all been getting used to being back in school and adapting to our classroom routines.  In Maths we are revisiting our knowledge on numbers and shapes as well as continuing to work on missing numbers.  We are learning about Growing this term and our first book, 'The Growing Story' has generated lots of conversations with the children about how we grow and change as we get older.  We also have been talking about what food and drinks are healthy for our bodies as we change and grow.

Week Beginning 1st March 2021


The children are really looking forward to welcoming all of their friends back to school next week.  In the meantime, we have been investigating missing numbers up to 20 in our Maths work using the vocabulary more, less, greater and fewer.  The children have been using number lines to help them with this process.  In phonics we have been revisiting a range of digraphs including ee, ai, oa and ar.  The children are making great progress at blending and segmenting words containing these phonemes as well as learning to spell some tricky words.

We really enjoyed celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 4th March.  We all dressed up as book characters and shared our favourite books with our friends.  

Week beginning 22nd February 2021
We have had a busy week here in Reception Class.  We are preparing for World Book Day next week and have lots of activities planned.  This week we have been looking at missing numbers in a number line, using the vocabulary more and less.  Our cutting skills are getting better as we have been creating pictures (and cutting them out) of animals and their babies.  We are enjoying reading books by Julia Donaldson at the end of the day and are really looking forward to welcoming the rest of the class back on Monday 8th March.

Celebrating Chinese New Year

On Friday 12th February the Reception children celebrated Chinese New Year.  We listened to the story about the animals taking part in a race to become part of the New Year.  This year is the Year of the Ox.  


The children enjoyed making Chinese lanterns and also did some counting with Chinese numbers.  We had a great time tasting egg fried rice, prawn crackers and fortune cookies.  The children loved reading the messages inside the cookies - I wonder if they will come true?

Week Beginning 8th February 2021

We have had a very busy week in the last week of this half term.  The children have been taking part in a science investigation.  We predicted what would happen when we added water to the Skittles and talked about how the rainbow was created.  The children loved seeing the water change colour and form rainbow patterns.


In maths we have been looking at one more and have extended our learning to two more.  To do this we have used number lines to help us.  We have also been revisiting our knowledge of 2D shapes and their properties.


We have finished our Jack and the Beanstalk story and are looking forward to our next unit of work after half term.  


Even though it is not Pancake Day just yet, we didn't let this stop us!  We decided to celebrate Pancake Day early with some yummy pancakes and delicious toppings.  As you can see from our photos, we really enjoyed eating them - empty plates all round!



Week Beginning 1st February 2021

We have been talking about healthy eating this week.  The children have enjoyed making fruit skewers.  We talked about food preparation and the children chose their own fruit.


We have also been investigating different digraphs in phonics this week.  We have revisited oa, ee, oo and ai.  The children are making great progress at using their sound buttons to sound out the different words!


In maths we have been looking at pattern.  The children have been making repeating patterns using paint.

Week beginning Monday 25th January 2021

We have had another busy week in Reception Class.  In PE we have been concentrating on balance in our gym classes.  We have used balance balls and beams to help us.  Some pieces of apparatus were trickier than others!


Our focus phonemes this week have been oo (as in moon and look).  We are looking at the differences between the two sounds and have been writing words containing both digraphs.


In our maths work we have been ordering numbers to 20 and matching numbers with their corresponding objects.  We are getting really clever at figuring out number bonds to 5 and some of us are even working on number bonds to 10!  Our maths fluency is improving all the time.


We have made some Evil Peas who are busy tormenting our superheroes in our classroom display.  You might spot some familiar faces among our superheroes!

Week Beginning Monday 18th January 2021

Another busy week for us.  We have enjoyed creating our superhero display this week - the children loved seeing their faces on real-life superheroes.  We made up names for each picture and thought about what superpowers they might have.


We have been working hard learning the digraphs ai, ee and oa this week in phonics.  We are getting really good at sounding out and adding our sound buttons.  Our recognition of tricky words is also improving all the time!


We are looking forward to creating some Evil Pea pictures - photos will follow next week!

Week Beginning Monday 11th January 2021


This week we have been reading our new book 'Supertato Veggies Assemble'.  We have been talking about our very own superheroes - we chose family members, people in the community and some of us identified a famous person as being one of our superheroes.

In maths we have been working on the number 5 and looking at number bonds up to and beyond 5.  We have been matching numbers on our Tens Frame and have been using Numicon to make numbers in different ways.  The children have loved using their individual pots of PlayDoh to make different creations!

Our Westwood Class Supermarket is also open - the children are enjoying doing their shopping and working together to make sure that the shop runs smoothly!

Welcome to the Spring Term


Week Beginning Monday 4th January 2021


Happy New Year! This week we have been measuring.  The children have been learning the language bigger/taller and shorter/smaller. We have enjoyed our new role play area which is now a shop.  Lots of goodies to buy and some super maths work being involved when counting change.  In phonics we have been learning the digraphs ee and ai.  The children have been blending and segmenting phonemes to read and write words containing these sounds.

We have created a Kindness Rainbow this week.  The children in school have collaborated to create a beautiful rainbow with their handprints.  It will take pride of place on our classroom wall - photos to follow!

Getting ready for the Christmas Holidays


We have been really busy making Christmas cards and crafts to celebrate the forthcoming holiday.  We made candy cane cards using our maths knowledge of repeating patterns - the children did a fabulous job! 

The Reception children have had a brilliant first term and we are incredibly proud of their progress and efforts.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Christmas jumper day

The Reception children are busy getting ready for Christmas.  We have done some super writing about Christmas and are working hard on our Christmas cards.  Our Naughty Bus book is finished!  It is fabulous. We are enjoying reading it in independent time and looking at the brilliant writing. 

In number work this week we have been looking at measuring.  We have measured classroom objects and have used the words 'longer' and 'shorter' in our language.  We have also been looking at different ways to make the number nine.  Some of us can find two small numbers to make nine, others have been looking at using three!

We have also enjoyed playing outdoors this week and getting some fresh air!

The first week of December and things are getting even busier!  We are continuing with our Transport topic and the children have made some great transport figures using Lego.  This week we are going to be talking about people who help us and looking at the sorts of transport they use in their jobs.  We are also going to be creating transport figures using junk modelling materials.

In maths we have been learning about sharing.  The children have really enjoyed sharing different numbers of sweets (then eating them of course!).  We were really impressed with their use of the word 'equal' when sharing the sweets with their friend.

The beginning of December sees us starting our new book - one of Mrs Armstong's favourites - "The Jolly Christmas Postman".  We will be doing lots of work on this over the next week, pictures to follow.

We have had a really busy week in Reception this week!  In our number work we have been investigating different ways to make numbers to ten.  We have finished our Naughty Bus book and have made our own - photos to follow!  Continuing with our transport topic, we have been making vehicles and other modes of transport with Lego.  In PE the children have loved learning archery with Mark and dance with Daniel.  A great week - well done everyone!

This week in Reception class we have been looking at different ways to make the number 6.  We also have been investigating one more.  We used our bus to help us identify numbers that are one more - some of us even used a number line to 20!


In line with our topic on Transport we made and tested parachutes - they floated really well.  We have also been reciting a different nursery rhyme every day to celebrate World Nursery Rhyme Week.  

Anti Bullying Week


This week has been Anti Bullying Week.  The children (and staff) came to school in odd socks on Monday to celebrate the fact that we are all different.  We have been talking about being kind to each other and the qualities of a good friend.

Anti Bullying Week

Lest We Forget


On Monday 9th November the Reception and Key Stage 1 children walked to Jacksdale War Memorial to lay poppies and remember the soldiers who gave their lives.  


Remembrance Day



We have had a very busy start to the second half term.  In Maths we have been investigating numbers to 10.  Some of us can identify what one more than a given number is. 


Following the firework theme this week the children have been creating some brilliant firework pictures using cardboard rolls and paint.  We also added lots of glitter to make them extra sparkly!  The children have been creating rockets using a wide variety of 2D shapes and have enjoyed using the construction to make fireworks of varying shapes and sizes.


Miss Cokkinos has been teaching us some sign language this week.  We have started the alphabet and now know how to sign the letters to L. We will be continuing this in the coming weeks and are hoping to be able to sign our names soon.


We are looking forward to making our poppies and will be learning about Remembrance Day ready for our walk on Monday.



We are learning to sign!

A Very Busy Week!

Fantastic Fireworks!

Autumn Half Term 2


We hope that you have had a wonderful half term despite the rainy weather!  We are moving our topic focus this half term to Transport and have some great activities planned.


Our first book is a big secret (we will have a big reveal next week!) but our second book will be the wonderful 'The Jolly Christmas Postman' which we can't wait to share with you.  We will also be looking at different methods of transport as well as investigating how things move and work.


In Maths this half term we will be continuing our number work but will also be looking at 2d shapes and their properties.  We are hoping to add small numbers together and continue our counting forwards and backwards to at least 20!  Keep looking at the class page for lots of photos!



In the penultimate week before we break up for half term, the Reception children are enjoying retelling the story of The Three Little Pigs.  We are going to have a go at writing a whole class version of the book next week.  


We have been looking at ways of making a single digit number this week - we are beginning to recognise that two small numbers added together can make a larger number.  Our Ten Frames have also been used for the first time!


The children have loved making paper chains which has enhanced their fine motor skills as well as cutting paper to create their wonderful houses which are now gracing our classroom.  Lots more fun guaranteed for our last week of half term in week 7!

Some of our Activities from Week 6

What a Busy Week!


The Reception children have been super busy this week and have produced some wonderful work.  From our Houses and Homes topic, we are now busy putting the finishing touches to our own houses and these will be on show very soon.  We had a great class discussion on houses and talked about what type of houses we all live in.


In Maths this week we have been continuing our number recognition and also have been counting and matching numbers to objects.  We are able to talk about the different ways of making 3 and 4 as well as practising writing our numbers using number cards to help us.


Our English continues to look at The Three Little Pigs - we have been acting out the story and the children have been thinking of captions to match pictures from the book.  A great week's work - well done everyone!

What a Busy Week! Activities from Week 5

We love PE

The Three Little Pigs


The children have been reading the story of 'The three Little Pigs' this week and have been working hard to develop their cutting skills through cutting out story characters.


A wonderful walk around Westwood

Welcome to Reception


Autumn Term - September 2020


We have had a great but busy first week in Reception.  The children have settled brilliantly and have enjoyed lots of different activities.  We have been creating buildings out of Lego and Stickle Stars, using Numicon to count to 10 and beyond and practising our scissor and pencil control.  

Reception 2020-21