Reception this week

November 11, 2016 at 4:39 pm


Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to see the teachers this week at Parents’ Evening. It was lovely to share your child’s learning journeys so far. If you didn’t make it, please book a time to either see Mrs Fulton or Miss Hutchinson next week.

Don’t forget that we are holding a Reading Information Evening on:

Thursday 17th November 6.45 – 7.30pm in the North building.

It’s a really valuable time for us to share how we teach the children to read and write and what you can do to help support the children at home.


In phonics this week, the children have been learning the sounds:












We have also learnt the tricky sound ‘I’ and have practised forming the letter, reading it and writing it in a sentence.

The children have also been writing sentences about fireworks. They practised writing the words by hearing and identifying the sounds, and then segmenting them in order to spell the words.

Whilst the children were writing, they were encouraged to use a capital letter at the beginning of the sentence, leave finger spaces between words and finish the sentence with a full stop. A way that we teach sentence writing is by using objects to represent the words. This way, the children can see how many words to write and they can see a gap between each word which represents a finger space.

For example:

lego brick


lego brick


lego brick









The children have been learning about the numbers 11, 12, and 13.

They have been ordering numbers to 13 on a numberline and recognising that these numbers are made up of a ten and then ones.

The children have also been exploring how many different ways they can make the numbers by grouping Multilink Cubes together in different ways to represent the same number. For example, they may have a group of 5 and 6 to make 11, a 10 and a 1 and so on.


The children have been developing their balancing skills today. They were balancing cones on different parts of their bodies and were creating their own balances as they were doing this. The children also played a game which involved lots of running around and movement to get their hearts pumping fast. We have been explaining to the children that it is a good thing to get out of breath as it means they have been working their bodies to their maximum fitness.

Have a lovely weekend and we will hopefully see you all on Thursday evening.

The Reception Team




Logo Hexagons

Fun in the snow!

November 11, 2016 at 1:16 pm


The children were very excited to see lots of snow at school on Wednesday. All the Foundation Stage children had fun throwing snowballs, making a snowman and sledging down the hill! (I think the grown ups secretly enjoyed it too!)

Logo Hexagons

Welcome back Reception

November 4, 2016 at 3:19 pm


We hope the children have had a lovely rest over the half term. They were certainly ready for learning again on Monday morning.

We have had a very busy week this week.


We have recapped all the sounds the children learnt before half term and we have been practising blending sounds together to read CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words, for example p/ i /n to make pin. Our new sounds this week are:













On Monday, we talked about celebrating Diwali and lots of the children made Diwali cards.

RH also made a Creepy Crawly Soup which they later tasted. Click on the link to see the recipe.  The children had to read through instructions to know what to add and the amount to add. Whilst reading the instructions, the children used the pictures and the first letter of the words to help decode them. Some children also noticed that the first word ‘add’ was repeated so they were remembered this word and were able to read it at the beginning of each instruction.

See if you can recognise any of the witches in this video…



Be safe

The children have also been learning about Bonfire Night. They have learnt about Guy Fawkes and we have also talked about fire safety as part of our class assemblies this week.


Bonfire Event

Thank you to all the adults who took part in our event this morning. It was a lovely to see so many adults and there was a great atmosphere. The children loved singing around the fire and they also enjoyed taking your orders for hot chocolate and crispy cakes – we hope you all received what you asked for! If you couldn’t make it, the video below gives you an idea of all the exciting activities the children have completed this week.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Reception Team


Logo Hexagons

Containers with lids – needed!

November 4, 2016 at 8:06 am


Nursery are wondering if anyone has any containers with lids that people no longer use that we could have? They could be plastic bottles, gravy granules containers, plastic jars/tubs all with lids.

If you have any we would really appreciate it if you could leave them with your child’s class teacher and we will pick them up from there.

Logo Hexagons

Busy, busy in Nursery!

October 21, 2016 at 6:48 am


The Nursery children have been busy exploring our environment and making lots of new friends. At the end of our sessions we do lots of singing of songs, nursery rhymes and number songs.

We will start our class library after the half term. Letters will explain how it will work. The children will need to bring a bag to school every Wednesday.

Diwali takes place at the end of the half term holiday – Sunday 30th October. The children have listened to the story of Diwali and seen how people celebrate the festival of light. There was also the opportunity to make a Diwali card. Happy Diwali!

Parents evening
Letters for parents evening are going out this week for most of the children. The Nursery team will be doing a drop in session so you are welcome to come and look around Nursery and chat about your child.

Have a great half term
The Nursery team

Logo Hexagons

Gruffalo Hunting at Blackhills Campsite

October 20, 2016 at 4:15 pm


The children had a fabulous day in the woods yesterday completing lots of activities based on the story ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson. The children rotated around four activities.

The four activities were:

Designing a Gruffalo on a biscuit

Hunting for animals from the story

Making homes for the animals to live in

Designing a piece of artwork using nature  in the style of Andrew Goldsworthy




At the end of the afternoon, Mrs Fulton read the story of ‘The Gruffalo’ as the children walked through the woods. Suddenly they bumped into an unexpected visitor…

The Gruffalo was feeling very sad as nobody wanted to speak to him because he looked scary. The children all said they would be his friend and decided that he may look scary, but he’s actually really shy and very kind. 

 We  had a lovely day and the children were enthusiastic and extremely well behaved. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped us today – we couldn’t have done it without you.

The Reception Team





Logo Hexagons
Skip to toolbar