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 the children have continued learning about space through the non-fiction books we have been reading. We have been focusing on the moon and learning about the first men to visit it.

The children really enjoyed the house music day where they took part in several activities including singing, body percussion, making musical instruments with junk modelling materials and composing music on the i-pads.


The children have been introduced to our five Learning Heroes, who have different learning skills, which help them be a good learner. They are Reggie Relationships, Richard Resilient, Rosie Ready, Ronnie Resourceful and Rachel Reflection. This half term we will be focusing on Rachel Reflective. She is good at understanding the type of learner she is and knowing her own strengths and what she needs to get better at. Rachel is good at reflecting by thinking about what she has learned and talking about it. She also likes to improve her work by thinking about how she could make it better.

Our learning hero for this week is Finlay. Well done!

Circle Time

The children 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).

Revisiting the sounds s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, l, j, v, w, x, y, z, qu, sh, ch, th, ai, ee, oo, oa, ar, or, igh, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, er and ure.

Learning the letter names and the order of the alphabet.

The children have been reading and writing phase 4 words. They have been putting these words into their own sentences and writing them.

Reading the tricky words (common exception words) I, the, go, no, to, into, he, she, me, we, be, they, was, you, said, all, are, my, her, have, like, so, do, come, some and little.

Learning new tricky words out, were and what.

The children have been writing the tricky words and short captions with them in.


The children have been practicing their letter formation.

We teach the pre-cursive script.

Shared Reading

The children have been introduced to the Oxford Tree Reading characters (Biff, Chip and Kipper) and we have been sharing big books with these characters in. The children have been making predictions about the story and what may happen next, talking about the characters and how they are feeling and then at the end of the story describing the main events and saying what they liked about the book.

Reading non-fiction books about space.


Each day we complete our daily calendar and we talk about the day, date, month, year, season and what the weather is like.

The children have been counting forwards to 100 and backwards from 20. They have also been counting in twos to 20 and tens to 100.

The children have been comparing numbers using the language less than, more than and greater than.

Recalling numbers bonds to 5 and 10.

Saying the number which is one more or one less than a given number.

This week the children have been learning all about halving. They have been learning about wholes, halves and quarters. The children have been cutting cakes in half and then into quarters. The children have been sharing objects into two equal groups and beginning to recall the halving facts.  They have also been colouring in half a shape.


The children have been practicing their ball skills – throwing, catching and bouncing.

They have also been learning some basic tennis skills – using the racquet to bounce a ball, using the racquet to bat the ball in the air and then trying to hit the ball over the net.

Music, songs and rhymes

We have continued to sing the song  ‘How are you?’

The children have been listening to the music of the planets, guessing which planet the music could be about and drawing how the piece of music makes the feel.

They have been learning rhymes and songs to do with space including ‘5 little men in a flying saucer’.


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

  • Class Presentation for parents Friday 1st July
  • Nell Bank Buddy Day Friday 8th July
  • Transition Day (day in Year 1) Thursday 14th July

Stay and Play dates – 9am to 10:00am

  • Friday  1st July

Show and Tell Rota

House Swale – Friday 1st July

House Wharfe – Friday 15th July

Useful websites