Reception Class News

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Posted on Friday 02 December 2022 by Mrs Wood

The Cheeky Elf has arrived!
Yesterday, we noticed a plain Christmas tree in the home corner. When we looked closer, the Elf was swinging on it.
This morning, we noticed tape across our classroom door. After ducking under the tape, we saw the Cheeky Elf holding a roll of tape!

I wonder what he’ll get up to next week…

We’re definitely getting into the Christmas spirit in Reception. Yesterday, we had lots of fun listening to Christmas songs and decorating our Christmas tree.
We’ve also been busy making and writing our Christmas cards. We hope you like them!
This week, we continued to explore the purpose of counting – to find out ‘how many’ objects there are. We revisited the concept of 1:1 correspondence by making sure that we match collections of objects to the correct representations. We developed our understanding of the concept of cardinality – that the last number in the count tells us ‘how many’ things there are altogether. We also applied this concept when counting more abstract things, such as claps and jumps.

We’ve come to the end of phase 2. Next week, we’ll be revisiting and consolidating all of phase 2 graphemes and tricky words. There’ll be no phonics home learning sheet next week. However, it would be great if you continued revisit these graphemes and tricky words at home.

Next week, we’ll be your child will be learning all about what happens to our post when reading the story ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’. We sent a letter home about bringing in a stamp. If you would like your child’s postcard to be posted by Royal Mail, please provide a stamp in a named envelope by Thursday 8th December.

Yesterday, the children made safe risks when climbing and travelling on the big apparatus. The gymnastic coaches were very impressed! They showed great determination and perseverance especially when climbing up the ladders.
Poetry picnic
Click here to watch this week’s poem.
Christmas reminders
Monday 05 December – Non-uniform day
To help us get ready for our Christmas fair, please bring a prize to school on Monday.
Thursday 08 December – Christmas dinner day
Friday 09 December – Christmas fair
Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 December – Christmas production
Friday 16 December – Christmas party day
Your child can wear non-uniform.

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Skipping ropes

Posted on Wednesday 30 November 2022 by Mrs Taylor

We continue to work with Skipping School as part of the Year 2 and Year 4 skipping festivals.

While you might be thinking about Christmas presents, we have skipping ropes available to purchase from school for a subsidised price of £3.  These are available in two sizes and a range of colours.

Stars and Monet

Posted on Friday 25 November 2022 by Mrs Wood

This week, we’ve been reading the book How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. We worked together to sequence the story and talked about what happened at the beginning, middle and end.
We also had a go at writing how we would catch a star.
On Wednesday, we talked about star constellations. We researched our star sign constellations and had a go at drawing and painting our own.
On Thursday and Friday, we explored impressionism by looking at Claude Monet’s series of impressionist oil paintings of the Houses of Parliament. We used short, thin marks when using the soft pastels to create the background. When we were happy with our background, we used acrylic paint for the House of Parliament.
This week, we developed our understanding of the composition of numbers by investigating the composition of 3, 4 and 5. Composing and de-composing numbers involves the children investigating part–part–whole relations, e.g. seeing that 3 can be composed of 1 and 2.

Through practical experiences, we explored combining parts in different ways to find out the whole.
We had lots of fun playing the ‘Hats’ game.
How many children are wearing a hat? (part)
How many children are not wearing a hat? (part)
How many are there altogether? (whole)
“1 is wearing a hat. 2 are not wearing a hat. There are 3 children altogether.”

“3 children are wearing a hat. No children are not wearing a hat. There are 3 children altogether.”
“2 are wearing a hat. 2 are not wearing a hat. There are 4 children altogether.”

We watched the Numberblocks Stampoline video and had a go at printing our own Stampoline patterns of 4 and 5.

Poetry Picnic
This week’s is called Mice by Rose Fyleman.
We talked about how poems can sometimes have rhyming words in them. Can your child tell you the rhyming words in this week’s poem?
Christmas is coming!
We’ve been practising our Christmas songs for our Christmas performance. We just love to sing and dance in Reception! We can’t wait to for you to come and watch us on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December.

– PTA Christmas fair
– Friday 09 December
– Learning journey drop in’s – Monday 12, Tuesday 13 and Thursday 15 December at 8.50 – 9.30am or 3.15 – 3.45pm
– The cold weather is here! Please make sure your child comes to school wearing a suitable coat.
– Please label hats, scarves and gloves!

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Nursery Rhyme and Anti-Bullying week

Posted on Friday 18 November 2022 by Mrs Wood

This week, we celebrated Nursery Rhyme Week. In Literacy, we read Each Peach, Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg. When reading the story, we played ‘I Spy’. The children were encouraged to describe where the characters are using prepositional language, for example, Cinderella is hiding behind the cupboard.
After reading the book, they had to find a nursery rhyme character hiding in the classroom. The children had a go at writing the character’s name or a sentence describing where the character is hiding.

This week’s chilli challenges were all linked to nursery rhymes. Take a look at some in action…

Building a wall for Humpty Dumpty.
Playing Busy Bus with our friends in the maths area.
Baking a cake as fast as we can in the playdough area.

Catching fish in the water area.

Naming Old Macdonald’s farm animals and drawing our favourite.

Drawing number stories using 5 Little Speckled Frogs.
How many frogs are sat on the logs?
How many are in the pond?
Painting ‘Starry Night’ pictures.
On Wednesday, we looked at some past and present household artefacts and compared them. Some children had a go at drawing them using charcoal.
Living & Learning
This week is also Anti-Bullying week and yesterday we talked about the definition of bullying and what we can do to stop it. Which led onto us talking about kindness.
We made a kindness heart and talked about how we can be kind.

Florence – Including someone.
Avraj – By loving someone.
Lily – By looking after them.
Ryan – You can give them a hi-five.
Awais – Give to charity.
Seerat – Help someone who’s hurt.

Poetry Picnic
This week, we decided to learn a nursery rhyme. Check out our amazing actions!

Marvellous Maths
Thank you to all of the parents and carers who came to the maths stay & learn sessions this week. It was lovely to see so many of you! We hope you all thoroughly enjoyed it. The next stay & learn is a Funky Phonics Phase 3 session in January.

– Library books must be returned every Friday.
– Learning Journey Drop In’s
Monday 12, Tuesday 13 & Thursday 15 December 8.50 – 9.30am or 3.15 – 3.45pm
A sign-up letter will be sent out shortly.
PE is on Monday and Wednesday next week.

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What have we been up to this week?

Posted on Friday 11 November 2022 by Mrs Wood

This week, we’ve been reading Night Monkey, Day Monkey by Julia Donaldson. This led us onto talking about nocturnal and diurnal animals. Ask your child if they can remember what they mean and if they can give you an example of a nocturnal and diurnal animal. 
For our writing activity, we drew a picture of the monkeys and things they saw when they were awake. Some children came up with our own ideas!
This week, we learnt four more graphemes: v, w, x, y. The children are really enjoying their daily phonics sessions and are becoming super readers! This week, we’ve noticed lots of children using their phonics skills when labelling their Day Monkey and Night Monkey pictures.

Writing process
In phonics, we’ve started to write captions, e.g. a red sock.
To help us with the process, we follow six simple steps.
1. Think about what we want to write.

2. Say it out loud.
3. Count the words.

4. Segment each word on our phoneme fingers.

5. Write each word.

6. Check our writing makes sense.

This week, we’ve been comparing the number of objects in two sets by matching them 1:1. When comparing, we noticed that some sets had more than, fewer than and an equal number. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Three Bears needed our help to make sure they had packed an equal number of things for their picnic.

They have one plate each.
They have an equal number for forks.
It’s not equal because Daddy Bear has two bananas, Baby Bear has one and Mummy Bear has none.
We need to take one banana from Daddy Bear and give it to Mummy bear.
They all have one sun hat.

We continued our comparison learning in the maths area. We explored comparing two Numicon pieces and tried to make the scales equal.

Here are some more highlights from this week…

Click here to watch this week’s poem.


  • Please make sure your child returns their reading record book every Thursday.
  • Next week is Anti-Bullying week. To kick off the week, we’re taking part in Odd Socks Day.  Children can come to school on Monday wearing odd socks!
  • It’s also Nursery Rhyme week. All week we’ll be learning about different nursery rhymes.
  • Thank you to everyone who has signed up to one of the Marvellous Maths stay & learn sessions next Wednesday & Thursday. We look forward to welcoming you back into the classroom.
  • Next Friday is Children in Need. Your child can come to school in non-uniform.

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Welcome back

Posted on Friday 04 November 2022 by Mrs Wood

This week, we’ve been busy learning about autumn festivals: Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali.
Here are some snapshots of what activities we did to support our learning…

We designed and created rockets.
We explored moving in different ways like fireworks.
We made Diya lamps at the playdough table.
We made Rangoli patterns with rice.

We created our own potions and had a go at writing a list of ingredients.

My potion will turn you into…

AT – a runaway pumpkin with two legs and three arms.
FM – a rocket.
MB – a witch.
LN – a rat.
LC – jelly.
FM – a rainbow.

We created some amazing Mehendi patterns!

On Tuesday, two police officers came to visit us and shared some important information about how we can stay safe on Bonfire Night.

Later in the week, we made safety posters and reflected on the things we know.

HB – Stand back from the fireworks.
AT – Barney could wear a safety jacket.
FM – Always stay away from fireworks.
LN – When holding a sparkler, keep it away from you.
SS – Wear gloves when holding a sparkler.
AP – Keep pets indoors.

This week, we continued to practise our counting skills. We reinforced our understanding of cardinality – that the last number in the count tells us ‘how many’ things there are altogether in a set of objects. We looked at 5 as a quantity by linking the number itself to the 5 fingers on one hand. We  explored representing numbers to 5 using both our fingers and the Hungarian number pattern (die pattern).

We collected 5 objects with a partner.
Can you collect 5 objects that are all the same?
…5 that are the same but different colours?
… 5 that are different sizes? 

By using these key representations it has helped us understand the ‘fiveness’ of 5.

On Thursday, we enjoyed our first gymnastics session with two gymnastic coaches.  We showed great resilience and determination.

Click here to watch this week’s poem.


  • Early Maths Zoom – Monday 14 November at 6pm
    We will talk about how you can support your child to become a confident mathematician. A Zoom invite will be emailed to you next week.
  • If your child has their ears pierced, please make sure their earrings are removed on PE days.
  • PE is on a Monday and Thursday this half-term.
  • Marvellous Maths stay and learn sessions – Wednesday 16 & Thursday 17 November. Please return your slip by Friday 11 November.

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If you’re going to a bonfire this weekend, have a safe and happy time!
See you on Monday.

The PTA needs you..

Posted on Monday 24 October 2022 by Mrs Weekes

Do you want to make a difference to our school community?

Are you able to give some, time, skills or ideas? 

Existing members of the Moortown Primary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) are urgently looking for new parents to join. The PTA is a registered charity and they are looking for parents to take on the roles of three trustees; as well as these roles, they need enough people to help out so that organising and running the fundraising events is shared between more people.

They would like to invite you to join the PTA before the AGM on Tuesday 15 November. If you are interested in joining the PTA, please contact the school office and they will put you in touch with the right people.

Fantastic first half-term!

Posted on Friday 21 October 2022 by Mrs Wood

I can’t believe we’re at the end of our first half-term in Reception!  Over the past seven weeks we’ve laughed, explored, created and achieved so many amazing things. Have fun reflecting with your child whilst watching this video.


  • Monday 31 October – Training day – school closed
  • PE will be on a Monday and Thursday next half-term.
  • Now the weather is getting colder, please ensure your child comes to school wearing warm coat.
  • Don’t forget to write a comment in your child’s reading records.

Thank you to all who attended the parent-teacher meetings this week. If you have any other questions or concerns, please email or chat to me at the end of the day.

I hope you all have a happy and healthy half-term break. Make sure you recharge your batteries ready for another busy half-term. As always, don’t forget to send me lots of photos of what you get up to.
See you on Tuesday 01 November.

Themed menu 04 November 2022

Posted on Thursday 20 October 2022 by Steph Bones

Catering Agency, our school meal provider, will be running a special themed menu on Friday 04 November. Bonfire night menu. Please contact the office if your child would like a school dinner on this day (no action required if your child normally has a school meal on this day).

Check out the bonfire night menu here.

Finger gym Friday!

Posted on Saturday 15 October 2022 by Mrs Wood