Welcome to Reception

On this page you will find lots of information about our learning, dates for diaries, useful websites and resources.

Below is a summary of the learning which has taken place in the classroom this week.

This week we have been learning about China and the Chinese New Year through non-fiction and fiction books and watching film clips. The children have been learning all about the customs and they way the Chinese people celebrate the new year. They have listened to the story of the Great Race and how the each year is named after an animal. The children have been retelling the story and ordering the animals. The children have been playing in the Chinese Restaurant; taking on the roles of chef, waiter/ waitress and the customers. They have made Chinese lanterns and painted pictures of dragons. The children have enjoyed watching film clips of the Lion and Dragon dance and having a go at the dances themselves. They have also been eating noodles with chop sticks!


The children have been introduced to Learnology and the Learning Heroes we have in school. They are Reggie Relationships, Richard Resilient, Rosie Ready, Ronnie Resourceful and Rachel Reflective.

The children have been introduced to all the learning heroes and this half term we will focus on Richard Resilient. He has three learning powers which include; setting himself achievable targets, breaking down barriers to learning and ignoring distractions.

Each week we will chose a learning hero who demonstrates one of these skills.

Our learning hero for this week is Amber for breaking down any barriers to learning.


Circle Time

The children have talked about what they did at the weekend.



In phonics children have been learning all about letters and sounds. The children have been learning that each letter has a name and makes a sound (a phoneme). When the sounds are blended together they form words (e.g. c-a-t =cat). A digraph is two letters that go together to make one sound and a trigraph is three letters that go together to make one sound.

Revisited letters – s, a, t,p, i, m, n, g, o, c, ck, e, u, r, h, b, ff, f, l, ll, ss, j, v, w, x,  y, z, zz, qu, sh, ch, th and ng.

Learning new digraphs – ai (rain), ee (deep) oo ( the short sound as in book and the long sound as in moon)

The children have been thinking about words that begin with the above sounds. They have been matching objects to the initial sound / grapheme (the written letter).

The children have been sound talking (segmenting and blending) cvc words with the above sounds in, for example, sat becomes  s-a-t sat. They have been writing cvc words.

The children have been learning about what they need to include when they write a sentence – capital letters, full stops and spaces between words.

We have talked about where we use capital / upper case letters e.g. Names, days, months, places and titles.

Recognising tricky words (common exception words – children need to learn these through sight, they can not be sounded out) – I, the, go, to, no, into, he, she, we, me, be, was, you, they and all.

Learning new tricky words – are


The children have been learning to represent the sounds they have been learning. The written representation is called a grapheme. The children are learning pre cursive script, where all letters start from the line. Letter formation guides will be given out at the phonics evening but if you would like more letter formation guides, at any point of the year, please ask.

The children have been practicing their letter formation for all the letters

Shared Reading 

The children have been listening to stories and developing their comprehension skills by answering questions about the story and characters. The children have been learning that we have fiction and non-fiction books and the difference between them. They know that the information on the back of a book is called a blurb and the job of the author and illustrator and how their roles differ. The children have been learning about thought and speech bubbles. They have been introduced to inverted commas (speech marks) and they know that they mean a character is talking.

When reading fiction stories the children have been making predictions about what the stories could be about and what could happen next. They have been talking about the characters and how they feel throughout the stories and saying what they have liked about the books and why.

We have continued to learn about the Oxford Tree Reading characters – Biff, Chip and Kipper, whose real names are Barbara, David and Christopher. The children have been listening to short stories about these characters.

The children have also been listening to fiction and non-fiction about China and the Chinese New Year.



Daily calendar – talking about the days of the week, months of the year, the seasons and the weather.

We have been focusing on knowing one more and one less than a given number.

This week we have been learning all about number 9.

The children have been exploring different ways to make 9. They have used part, part whole models to learn the pairs of numbers that make 9.



Performing the Chinese Lion and Dragon dance to celebrate the Chinese New Year.



Singing songs about winter.



The children have access to a wide range of provision (indoors and outdoors) throughout the day where they can develop their own learning and interests, problem solve and work together.


Dates for diaries



Stay and Play dates – 9am to 10:15am

Monday 27th January

Wednesday 12th February


Show and Tell Rota

Friday 17th January – Aire

Friday 24th January – Nidd

Friday 31st January – Swale

Friday 7th February – Wharfe


Useful websites