Reception Class News

Skipping ropes for sale

Posted on Wednesday 01 December 2021 by Mrs Taylor

This year we are continuing to work with Skipping School to develop the children’s skipping skills. Skipping School ropes (KS1 ropes and longer KS2 ropes) are now available to buy from the office.


Posted on Monday 29 November 2021 by Mrs Burke

The children enjoyed making potions in our ‘Potions Lab.’

We made a bubbling potion and children watched what happened when we mixed some magic ingredients (bicarbonate of soda and vinegar) together.


This week we will be learning the phonemes j, v, w, x. Please continue to read with your child at home. They have read their reading book three times before bringing it home. Extra reading will increase their confidence.

This week’s story is ‘Room on the broom’ by Julia Donaldson. The children will invent a new character for the story.


We are continuing to investigate the composition of numbers to 5 as well as learning to count to higher numbers.

We will be comparing size, mass and capacity and using the language heavier, lighter, taller, shorter.

Girls rugby opportunity

Posted on Wednesday 24 November 2021 by Mrs Taylor

Leos Junior Rugby Club are hosting a girls only training session, open to all girls in Reception to Year 6, on Sunday 28th November, with the aim of setting up a girls only rugby team in the area. Please see below for more information.

It’s magic!

Posted on Sunday 21 November 2021 by Mrs Burke

This week we start our mini-topic-‘It’s magic’.

Our roleplay area has been transformed into a witch’s kitchen based on the fantastic book, ‘What’s in the witch’s kitchen’ by Nick Sharratt.

The children will be scientists this week making their own potions and observing what happens when different ingredients are mixed together.


We have finished the first sets of letters and will be recapping them this week. Please continue to practise blending and segmenting words at home and learning the tricky words to, the, I, no, go, into. When we teach these words,  we look at which part of the word is ‘tricky’.  The children can still use their phonic knowledge to decode them.


We are continuing to investigate the number 5 and learning which numbers can be used to make 5.

We will also be investigating capacity and building on children’s understanding of full, empty, half full, nearly full and nearly empty.

They will make direct comparisons by pouring from one container to another and indirect comparisons by counting how many pots it takes to fill each container.

Expressive arts and design

Last week the children looked at ‘The Starry Night’ by Vincent Van Gogh and produced their own version using a printing technique.

Don’t forget our drop-in session on Wednesday.


We look forward to seeing you all.


This week in Reception

Posted on Sunday 14 November 2021 by Mrs Burke

This week is World Nursery Rhyme Week.

A nursery rhyme is a simple traditional poem or song for children. They date back to the late 1700s when the earliest versions were lullabies that mothers would sing to their babies.

Learning and singing nursery rhymes is beneficial for:

  • boosting vocabulary and language development
  •  helping children  develop literacy skills
  •  providing a fun way to support early numeracy skills
  •  helping children develop social, physical and emotional skills

We will be learning five nursery rhymes.

Sleeping bunnies, Incy Wincy Spider, Wind the bobbin up, Down in the jungle and Head, shoulders, knees and toes.

You can find links to all these rhymes at


The children are really enjoying their phonics lessons and beginning to use the letters and sounds they have learnt to blend and segment words independently. This week we will belearning the phonemes b, f, ff, l,ll. The tricky words are I, no and go.



Thank you to everyone who attended our maths presentation. I hope you found it useful. If you have any questions, please ask.

This week, the children will continue to engage with activities that draw attention to the purpose of counting – to find out ‘how many’ objects there are. They will develop their understanding of the concept of cardinality (that the last number in the count tells us ‘how many’ things there are altogether).

Children In Need

Friday is a non-uniform day to raise money for Children In Need.

Don’t forget to let us know of any ‘wow’ moments at home. Is your child beginning to notice and read words? Do they try to read signs when out and about?

Please let us know of any achievements.


Drop in session

Posted on Monday 08 November 2021 by Mrs Weekes

Drop-in session 24 November 3.30 – 4.00
Following a disruptive start to the year, where you haven’t had much chance to come into school, we’d like to invite you to ‘drop in’ and look around the Reception classroom and say hello to the staff. This isn’t a time to ask about your child’s progress, just a chance to see where they learn every day.
We look forward to seeing you.

Odd socks day

Posted on Monday 08 November 2021 by Mrs Taylor

Next week is Anti-Bullying Week.

This year’s theme is ‘One Kind Word’ and we will be taking part in Odd Socks Day on Monday 15 November.

Odd socks day is to raise awareness of our differences, individuality and personal choice. Come to school wearing your odd socks to celebrate what makes us all unique.

This year, the Junior Leadership Team have requested a voluntary donation of £1 on the day to raise money for our school charity, Dog’s Trust.

Thank you for your support.

A busy first week back!

Posted on Sunday 07 November 2021 by Mrs Burke

This week has been really busy!

We made Rangoli patterns and Diwas to celebrate Diwali.

The children are really enjoying their roleplay area which we have turned into an Indian restaurant!

This week’s learning


We are continuing to learn letters and their sounds. This week’s letters are e,u,r and we are learning the ‘tricky words’ to and the.

Most children are now bringing home a book with words. The children will be able to read these books as they only contain words with the phonemes we have learnt. They also have a word book containing words to blend. We will send new words home to add to the book each week.

Please read with your child and practise blending each day. Keep the reading book and reading record book in your child’s bookbag so we can read with your child and change their book.

Please ask if you have any questions about reading and phonics.


This week we will be learning all about the number 5 and building on their understanding of composition by decomposing 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 experience, they will consolidate their understanding of a whole being made up of smaller parts. They will begin to recognise that numbers can be made by combining parts in different ways.

Don’t forget our Maths Presentation on Tuesday.  This session will give you some guidance on how we teach Maths in Reception and how you can support your child at home.

The session starts at 6pm and will last around 20-25 minutes. There will be a question and answer session at the end of around 5-10 minutes.

Please ask if you have not received the details of the meeting.

Welcome back!

Posted on Sunday 31 October 2021 by Mrs Burke

We hope you had a great half-term break!

This term our themes will be ‘Light and Dark’ and ‘It’s magic’.


We are continuing to learn letters and their sounds. This week’s letters are e, u,r,h.  We will also learn the first ‘tricky words'(words that are not phonetic)- the, to.

Please keep practising these phonemes and using them to blend(read) and segment(spell).


Don’t forget to join us for our zoom session on Tuesday 09 November at 6 pm.
This zoom session will provide you with lots of information about how we teach maths in Reception. You will find out how you can support your child with their maths at home.

The session will start at 6 pm and last around 20-25 minutes, plus there will be a question and answer session at the end of around 5-10 minutes.

The link to this zoom session will be emailed to all parents and carers after the half term break. If you do not receive a link, please contact the school office before Tuesday 09 November.

Rugby roadshow

Posted on Wednesday 20 October 2021 by Mrs Taylor

As part of our partnership with White Rose Rugby and Moortown Rugby Club, here is an invite to a free rugby event, just for our pupils, taking place after half term on Wednesday 3rd November. White Rose Rugby have been working with classes for curriculum PE and also delivering the Thursday after-school club.

We hope you can take up this opportunity for a fun evening at Moortown Rugby Club.