Reception Class News

Living and Learning: body image parent and carer guide

Posted on Sunday 08 March 2020 by Mrs Taylor

Our focus in Living and Learning, for the rest of this half term, is body image.

What is body image?

Body image describes our idea of how our body looks and how we think it is perceived by others. This can include our thoughts and feelings about our height, weight, shape, skin colour, and our appearance and attractiveness more broadly.

This parent and carer guide has been designed to give practical ideas to support your child in building their emotional resilience in this area.


Posted on Sunday 01 March 2020 by Mrs Burke

This week the children have enjoyed being scientists. We found some dinosaur ice eggs in the playground.

They worked in teams to work out how to free the dinosaurs from the ice.


Posted on Sunday 01 March 2020 by Mrs Burke

We have begun Phase 4 of the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme. In this phase children will use the phonemes learnt in Phase 2 and Phase 3 to read and spell words with four phonemes.

Children will continue to practise previously learned graphemes and phonemes and learn how to read and write:

CVCC words: tent, damp, toast, chimp

For example, in the word ‘toast’, t = consonant, oa = vowel,  s = consonant,  t = consonant

CCVC words: swim, plum, sport, cream, spoon

For example, in the word ‘cream’, c = consonant, r = consonant, ea = vowel, m = consonant

They will be learning more tricky words and continuing to read and write sentences together.

Tricky words

said, so, do, have, like, some, come, were, there, little, one, when, out, what

Don’t forget our Phonics Mornings this week.

Living and Learning: manners

Posted on Tuesday 25 February 2020 by Mrs Taylor

Our manners focus this week, in Living and Learning, is all about covering our mouth to prevent the spread of germs.

You’re just about to sneeze or cough but, oh dear, you don’t have a tissue. What should you do? Cover your mouth and nose with your hands? Surely that’s what polite people do.

But hold it! If you sneeze or cough into your hands (and then fail to wash your hands straight away), you’ll only be spreading colds and flu germs on everything you touch.

And that’s because germs (as long as they stay moist) can live for HOURS on hard surfaces such as tables, phones and door handles. And not just on objects – everybody you touch will be contaminated, too.

And of course, vice versa – if somebody else has sneezed or coughed on their hands, they’re leaving a germ-trail for you to pick up.

So what’s it best to do?

Here it is in action.

World Book Day themed menu

Posted on Monday 24 February 2020 by Mrs Taylor

Catering Agency, our school meal provider, will be running a special themed menu on Thursday 5th March. Please contact the office, in the next few days, if your child would like a school dinner on this day (no action needed if your child normally has a school meal on this day).

New school dinner menu

Posted on Wednesday 12 February 2020 by Mrs Taylor

Our new spring/summer school meal menu, starting after February half term, is now available on our Meals page. It continues to follow a three week cycle.

The menu has been created in liaison with Catering Leeds to ensure it meets the School Food Standards.  We have also incorporated feedback from our school cook, pupils and parents/carers. We will continue to offer a meat free day every week. This will be every Tuesday.

Pupils will continue to make their daily food choices at the start of the day to ensure they receive their first choice of main meal.

If you would like a paper copy of the menu, please ask at the office.

Remember, children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 continue to receive free school meals and we encourage pupils to take up this offer.  For families in other year groups, please check if you are eligible to receive free school meals for your child/children.

We welcome feedback on the school dinner menu from pupils and parents/carers.

Living and Learning: Children’s Mental Health Week

Posted on Wednesday 05 February 2020 by Mrs Taylor

Set up by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, Children’s Mental Health Week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. 

Young Minds is also a great source of information and support about young people’s mental health.

Mental health forms part of our Living and Learning long term plan and we encourage pupils to look after their mental health as well as their physical health. This maybe through the use of mindfulness and calming down techniques, recognising their own and others’ emotions and knowing how to seek help if needed. This guide shares some of the techniques we use.

In addition to Children’s Mental Health Week, Every Mind Matters is a national mental health campaign from Public Health England.

Love of Reading 

Posted on Friday 31 January 2020 by Miss Clifford

Today, Year Three  read with Reception class and shared their love of reading. See some pictures, below. 

Well done, Reception and Year 3! 

School Savings Club

Posted on Monday 27 January 2020 by Mrs Taylor

The next School Savings Club paying in date is 03 February 2020 at 3.15-3.45pm.

The account is open to all children and it is free to set up. As there is not minimum deposit requirement, it is a great way for your child/children to begin to manage their own money and understand the importance of saving. We offer paying in sessions every half term where you can bring along any savings to be paid into your child’s account.

As an extra incentive, Year 3 pupils who open an account, or who currently have an account, will be credited with £10.

If you’re unable to attend in person, please hand in any money to be deposited to the office in a sealed envelope addressed to Mrs Tiffany.

Here are the remaining paying in dates for this year (the penultimate Monday of each half term).

  • 23 March
  • 11 May
  • 06 July

To find out more about the accounts or if your child would like to open account, please enquire at the office.


Posted on Sunday 26 January 2020 by Mrs Burke

We all know the importance of reading and sharing stories with children. Spending just ten minutes a day reading with your child builds special memories and can become a favourite time of the day.

It  also helps children:

  • understand the world around them
  • develop social and emotional skills
  • build confidence with communication

Storytime is a favourite time of the day in Reception and this term the children have been able to vote for the story they would like at the end of each day.

These are some of the books we have read:

Polar Bear Son-Lydia Dabcovich

Hush Little Polar Bear-Jeff Mack

The Bear-Raymond Briggs

Big Bear, Little Bear-David Bedford

And Tango Makes Three-Justin Richardson

Penguin Small-Mick Inkpen

Cuddly Dudley-Jez Alborough

In addition, the staff in Reception have been choosing their favourite books to share with the class.

This half term I have chosen the book  Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers.

This is a sequel to Lost and Found and continues the adventures of the boy and his penguin.

Mrs Burgess has chosen Little Bear by Hans de Beer.

Why not ask your child about their favourite book?

Remember-if your child sees you reading, they will want to read too.