Reception Class News

Spring 2: Week 1

Posted on Friday 23 February 2024 by Mrs Wood

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful half-term break. Thank you to those who have emailed some pictures. If you’ve not sent any, please do send them to Sharing photos from home helps to develop your child’s communication and language skills.

This week, we’ve been reading The Train Ride by June Crebbin. We pretended we were looking out the window on a train. We used our imaginations to think about what we might see.
Yesterday, we learnt about the first locomotive. We used this website to find out lots of information about Robert Stephenson’s Rocket.  We looked at different train pictures from the past and present. After talking about what’s the same and what’s different, we had a go at putting them in order from the oldest to the newest.
Help at home: Look at the website again with your child at home. Talk to your child about Stephenson’s Rocket.

Tricky word password
This week, we’ve introduced our new tricky word password. When the children come in and out of the classroom, they have to read the tricky word on the door. We will change the tricky word daily to help children remember the tricky words.
Help at home: Continue to practise reading and writing the phase 2 and 3 tricky words.
This week, we further developed our comparison skills by looking at different sets. We encouraged the children to focus exclusively on the numerosity of sets, without being diverted by colour, shape or size. We reinforced the language of ‘more than’, ‘fewer than’ and ‘an equal number’ when describing how many objects were in each set. ‘Fewer than’ was used rather than ‘less than’, as the focus was on countable things.

Help at home: Which hand has more pom-poms? Which hand has fewer pom-poms? How do you know?

Poetry Picnic
Click here to watch this week’s poem. We had lots of fun mixing, pouring, frying and tossing pancakes.

We’ve got some exciting events coming up in March!

Monday 04 March – Whole school theatre performance
You should have received a message about this. 
Tuesday 05 March – Our first school trip to the National Railway Museum
We are very excited about this!
Thursday 07 March – World Book Day stay and learn session – 9-10am
Come and read a story or two with your child.
Wednesday 13 March – Our class assembly – 2.40pm







Cross country star

Posted on Thursday 22 February 2024 by Mrs Taylor

Congratulations to our Year 3 runner who represented Leeds today in the West Yorkshire cross country final. Competing against pupils from Calderdale, Bradford, Wakefield, Kirklees and Leeds, he ran a fantastic race at Temple Newsam and should feel very proud of achieving a top 15 finish.

Living and Learning

Posted on Tuesday 20 February 2024 by Mrs Wood

This week, our Living and Learning statement is I recognise emotions in myself and others. Yesterday, we had fun looking in the mirror and acting out different emotions with our friends. We thought about what happens to our face when we experience different emotions. 

What happens when you do an angry face?

Rowan – Your teeth go sideways.
Rayaan – It looks like a monster.
Jasmine – I know it’s angry because she’s got eyes down and straight lips.

What happens when you do a worried face?

Zara – Your bottom lip comes out.
Teddy – Sometimes your lips can go together.

We also thought about what we can do if we see someone looking sad.

Zara – Ask if they are okay.
Teddy – If someone’s looking upset, you could say sorry.
Bryher – You could ask them to play with you.

Help at home: Talk to your child about their emotions . You could play a game of Guess my emotion by acting them out together.

Spring 1: Week 5

Posted on Friday 09 February 2024 by Mrs Wood

This week, we’ve been learning all about the Lunar New Year. Our focus story was The Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson. We used our imaginations to think about what we would paint if we were given a magic paintbrush.

Teddy – I would paint a Ferrari.
Gurjeevan – I would paint a Lamborghini.
Bryher – I would paint a princess.
Gurshaan – I would paint rainbow water.
Ivy – I would paint a unicorn.

On Wednesday, we watched a video about how people prepare and celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Ayah – They clean and decorate their house.
Edie – They cook nice food.

Yesterday, we read The Great Race and learnt about how the Chinese Zodiac started. We had a go at putting the animals in order.

Help at home: Can you remember to order of the Zodiac animals? You could draw a picture or write them in a list.
Here are some of this week’s chilli challenges in action…

Finally, thank you to all who attended the parent-teacher meetings this week. It was lovely to talk about the children’s learning and their fantastic progress.

As always, I hope you all have a happy and healthy half-term break. Don’t forget to KEEP READING and send me an email of what you get up to. I look forward to seeing you all again on  Monday 19 February.



Spring 1: Week 4

Posted on Friday 02 February 2024 by Mrs Wood

This week, we’ve been super busy being superheroes! We tried using our super speed, super strength and super writing skills to capture the Evil Pea. We made wanted posters and thought of sentences to describe the Evil Pea.

He has a red cape.
He is round.
He is green.
He has a black mask.

We’ve witnessed many determined superheroes trying to solve crimes and capture the Evil Pea. From finding and writing clues to building traps and recording messages on the iPads in the construction area, we’ve seen some fantastic team work!

Yesterday, we thought about what superpower we would have if we were superheroes.
This morning, two PCSOs visited us. They talked about their role and how they help people in our local community. We had lots of fun trying on police costumes and going in the police car.
In maths, we continued to develop our understanding of composition. We used the Hungarian number pattern (die pattern) to explore making 5. We used the ‘5 Little Aliens in a Flying Saucer’ song to help us remember the pairs of numbers that make 5. On Wednesday, we noticed there wasn’t enough space for 6 aliens on the die frame. Therefore, we used a double dice frame to explore numbers 6 and 7 that are composed of ‘5 and a bit’. 

Help at home: Number bonds to 5 game

  • Put 5 small things into a bag.
  • Ask your adult to take some things out of the bag.
  • Then, you take the rest of the things out of the bag.
  •  How many things does your adult have? How many do you have?
  • How many altogether?

This week, we learnt our final phase 3 graphemes (air, er) and tricky words (are, pure, sure)
Next half-term, we’ll revisit all of the phase 3 digraphs and trigraphs. We’ll also be reading words with:
– double letters (h-a-mm-er)
– two or more digraphs (ch-a-tter)
– ending in –ing (l-oo-k/i-ng)
– s /z/ in the middle (visit  sounds like v-i-z-i-t)
– s /s/ /z/ at the end (c-oo-k-s)
– es at the end (t-or-ch-es)

Help at home: Play tricky word SPLAT

  • Write a selection of tricky words on paper/sticky notes.
  • Place around the room or on the floor.
  • Say a tricky word for your child to jump or splat the words.

Poetry Picnic
This week’s poem was an eight-line poem called A Little House.


  • Parent-teacher meetings – Tuesday 06 & Thursday 08 February
    I look forward to chatting to you all in person next week.
  • Fiddly Fingers stay & learn session followed by a presentation and coffee morning – Monday 05 February 9am-10am

Living and Learning

Posted on Monday 22 January 2024 by Mrs Wood

Last week, our Living and Learning statement was ‘I know that some drugs can be harmful’. On Friday, Dave from d:side came to talk to us about how we can care for our bodies. The children impressed him with their amazing answers!

Strawberries are healthy.
You should brush your teeth in the morning and before bed.
Yoghurts have milk in. Milk is good for your teeth and bones.
You can have chocolate as a treat.

Guess who?

Posted on Monday 22 January 2024 by Mrs Wood

Last Friday, we had another go at drawing our faces. We looked carefully at our facial features. Can you spot your child’s self-portrait?

Spring term after-school clubs

Posted on Sunday 21 January 2024 by Mrs Taylor


We do have the following availability for clubs should your child wish to sign up.

Football Y4-6
Netball Y3-6
Drama Y3-5
Dodgeball Y4-6
Basketball KS1 Y1-3
Basketball KS2 Y4-Y6
Reading Reception – Y2


The after-school clubs for this term are available for booking. We hope your child/children can get involved with our extra-curricular activities.

Please contact the office if you have any queries about the after-school clubs.






Spring 1: Week 2

Posted on Friday 19 January 2024 by Mrs Wood

This week, we continued to engage with counting activities. A key focus this week has been the stable order principle – understanding that the position each number holds in our number sequence does not change. To help us understand the stable order principle, we used cubes, blocks and other resources to make staircase patterns.

When making our staircase patterns, we discovered that each number has a value of 1 more than the previous number.

Help at home: Make a staircase pattern at home. What will you use?

Poetry Picnic
This week’s poem is a short poem called I can build a snowman.

This week, we continued to read Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. For our writing challenges, we created missing posters and drew pictures of some of the things we would pack if we went on a journey to the South Pole. We also enjoyed watching the live penguin cam at Edinburgh Zoo.

Help at home: With an adult, use the internet to find out some interesting facts about penguins. If you don’t have access to the internet, you could look at a non-fiction book. Please bring your facts to school!

On Tuesday, we enjoyed our PE session with a Foot-Tech coach. This half-term, we’ll be developing our fundamental movement skills: running, hopping, jumping and skipping.

Here’s a snapshot of some of our winter learning activities this week…
Home-link challenge


Children’s Heart Surgery Fund

Posted on Wednesday 17 January 2024 by Mrs Taylor

This week, Lauren from Children’s Heart Surgery Fund came to visit.

Children’s Heart Surgery Fund is our new school charity, voted for by the Junior Leadership Team, and we learnt all about their work and how our donations will support the charity over the next year.

Here are some of our Junior Leaders with Lauren.