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

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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





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It’s definitely Autumn in Reception

October 13, 2016 at 5:41 pm

Reception have been very busy learning about Autumn and Harvest Festival. The video below sums up what wonderful learning we have been doing. The song playing in the background is also a song that the children have been learning. Perhaps they could sing along as they watch…



We are into our second week of phonics and the children have been picking up the letter sounds really well. New sounds this week are:

The children have eaten the following tasty treats to help them recognise and remember the letters and letters sounds: ice cream, naan bread, mango and grapes


The children have been learning about the following numbers:

The children have counted objects and made pictures to show their understanding of the value of each number.

Look at our super work:


Next Wednesday is Reception’s trip to Blackhill Woods where they will be completing lots of ‘Gruffalo’ activities. You may want to read this book over the weekend in preperation. Alternatively,  follow the link to listen to the story on YouTube.

The Reception Team


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Welcome to Reception

October 3, 2016 at 3:40 pm

The children have all settled in extremely well and are really enjoying playing in their new classrooms.


This week, the children have started to learn single letter sounds. Each day, the children will be read a story which contains the letter sound in the title and will be trying  foods beginning with the letter sounds.

Every day, the children will be completing activities to help them spot the sound, read the sound and form the sound using cursive script. The children will learn an action alongside the sound and will come home with a ‘sound button’ sticker. If you press the button, your child should make the correct phoneme sound.

The sounds this week are:

The video below includes short rhymes to match each letter sound and models how to say the different sounds correctly.

Letter Formation

It is important that the children begin to start forming the letters of the alphabet correctly. The two pictures below show a couple of ways to make practising letter formation fun!


Shaving foam!


Tracing a letter with a magnet and magnetic ball







For guidance about forming the cursive letters correctly, please click on the link: Handwriting Powerpoint


This week, we are focussing on the numbers 1-4. The children will be finding objects to represent the value of each number and will be spotting it in the environment. They will practise saying which number comes before and after the given number, and will also be practising forming them. Similarly to the Literacy, the children will come home with a numbered sticker to share what they have been learning.

The pictures below show pieces of Numicon. Numicon is a resource that we use in school to help the children visualise numbers.

We look forward to another fun-filled week in Reception!

The Reception Team


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