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Little Red Hen

This term we have been having so much fun learning about the little Red Hen. We are able to retell the story and read our own story map. Some children have been successfully creating their own story maps. Some children are now beginning to write sentences about the characters and share their own opinions about how the characters felt and how they behaved.

Dinosaur Days

Our Dinosaur days have created a huge sense au wonder and the children have loved finding out more about dinosaurs. The children were initially introduced to the topic when the classroom had been rearranged and they found small dinosaurs and egg. The following week the children found an enormous bone and three large eggs. The children excited watch the egg and explored the bone and shared their ideas and opinions. The children learnt about different types of dinosaurs and what they ate.

Bike Ability

We were lucky to have the opportunity to have the bike ability team into our reception. The children had great fun using the bikes and playing games whilst riding in the hall.

PE and Gymnastics

This term we have been doing extra physical education sessions. James has been in this term exploring the apparatus with the children and the children have been developing their core strength and managing risks. We have also had a team from Park Community School who have been teaching gymnastics to our children every Monday. It has enabled the children the opportunity to move using different body parts and also to develop their landing abilities when jumping from heights.

Having Fun and Experiences


We have been whizzing through Phase 2 phonics and the children have learnt so many new sounds and I hope you are getting to see these at home. They have all learnt the sound, the name, the formation and words beginning with each letter. The sounds taught so for are:

s a t p i n m d g o c k ck e u r h b f ff l ss ll

There are lots of lovely ways you can help your child to develop their phonic knowledge further by playing games, noticing these letters in the books and words they take home.

Here are some websites that might be useful

For further information about phonics see our Parents Curriculum Page.

Number Time

In number time here are few areas we have explored together in our keyworker groups.

Number in order to 10/20

Learning To use a number line

Counting objects and matching amount to correct number.

Time: sequence of our day

Length: longer shorter, tallest, smallest.

Weight: heavy, light, heavier, lighter.

Money: 1p, 2p and 5p

Shapes: 2D shapes ; square, triangle, circle, rectangle

Shapes: 3D shapes ; cube, cuboid, cylinder, cone.

Here are a few websites you and your child might enjoy.

Winter Wonderland

Watching Snow White at the kings Theatre was such an amazing experience for lots of children. It was wonderful to watch them cheering and booing the characters, call out when needed and for many it was an opportunity to get up out of their seats and have a little dance. The children were all so well behaved and it was a pleasure to share this experience with them.

Our final trip this term was to Keydell’s Nursery to see the Santa’s Woodland Walk. The children went in key worker groups and had the opportunity to see all the beautiful scenery with lights and snow giving them a real sense of Christmas.

Gingerbread Man

It has been an amazing half term in Reception. We have explored and experienced so many new things.

The children have had great fun learning about the Gingerbread Man story. They started the topic when a letter arrived from Granny asking the children to help her find her gingerbread man that ran away. The children excitedly took on this challenge and searched around the school and were happy to share what they had seen and where they had seen him. Your children have brilliant imaginations.

Through this work the children can now retell the story along with the actions. They have learnt to read a story map. They can also sequence events from the story. The children invented their own story based on the gingerbread man. In the middle of our topic we had a visit from Granny, the children were able to ask Granny some questions. The children were happy to talk to Granny and tell her when they had seen gingerbread man but lots of children had difficulty asking questions. This is an area we will develop next term. To finally finish our topic Granny sent the children a box of ingredients and a recipe. The children then had to follow the recipe to make their own gingerbread man. The children loved making these and couldn’t wait to take them home to eat. Ask your child to tell you this story I’m sure you will be impressed.

Superhero Day

Superhero Day

Thursday was superhero day and it was lovely to see lots of children dressing up as their favourite superhero.

Autumn Walk

Autumn Walk

On Tuesday we went on our Autumn walk. The weather was perfect and the children were all very excited. It was a long walk for many but when we got there the children loved collecting lots of different things that reminded them of Autumn. The children collected lots of different colours and different types of leaves, they found conkers and husks. Some children found seed pods and a few children found acorns.

Talk for Writing

Talk for Writing

We have started our talk for writing and this term we have been learning Humpty Dumpty and Hickory Dickory Dock. The children have learnt the rhymes and developed actions to accompany the rhyme. We have written story maps for these rhymes and finally we change parts of the rhymes to create our own. The children have really engaged in this and we have seen some wonderful writing and creative thinking.


We hope you all had a happy and relaxing summer.

We are so excited about your child’s first year at school and all the learning fun we are going to have together. We have lots of exciting things planned including school trips and of course their first school concert! (Ideas for helping your child are in red)

We have been so impressed with how the children have settled. They are coming into school with a spring in their tails and confidence to find their friends and to begin to explore the classroom environment independently. This is great to see.


Lunchtimes has also been going well and the children have enjoyed having either school dinner or packed lunch. They seem to enjoy the lunch options and for some it’s been an opportunity to try new foods. The lunch hall is a nice social area for the children to eat and chat to their friends. The children have special small knives and forks with finger and thumb in prints in the handle to enable to the grip and use the cutlery accurately. This is also something you can help your child to develop at home. It may sound strange but this will develop their fine motor skills in their fingers which will enable them to develop more control over a pencil when writing.

Key Worker Groups

Key Worker Groups

Your children are now in their key worker groups. Within these groups they will be developing their phonic and number knowledge. They will also have the opportunity to engage in targeted activities especially designed for children’s individual needs. These groups are very important to the children as they are assigned an adult who will monitor their development and often record each child successes.

Parents Evenings to meet your child’s key worker are:-

Puppies – Monday 9th October – 3:30pm to 4:00pm or 5:00pm to 5:30pm

Horses – Tuesday 10th October – 3:30pm to 4:00pm or 5:00pm to 5:30pm

Cows – Wednesday 11th October – 3:30pm to 4:00pm or 5:00pm to 5:30pm

Pigs – Thursday 12th October – 3:30pm to 4:00pm or 5:00pm to 5:30pm

Goats – Friday 13th October – 3:30pm to 4:00pm or 5:00pm to 5:30pm

Chicks – Monday 16th October – 3:30pm to 4:00pm or 5:00pm to 5:30pm