Class Page for Reception


Thank you so much to all our volunteers who came with us on the school trip to Ryton Pools, we really appreciate your time and help to make the day so fantastic.  The class had a brilliant time and were so well behaved; we are very proud of them.  They enjoyed lots of different activities such as a woodland minibeast hunt, den building, digging for treasure, painting trees with mud, making homes for woodland animals and concocting all sorts in the mud kitchen.  They even enjoyed a picnic lunch outside and a play in the park too!  Please scroll down to see some photos from the trip (more in our parent window) and all the fun they had! 

Our recent learning…

A class tally showed that bees were a favourite to learn about so we have been exploring lots of different facts about them and why they are so important, making our own bee fact books and constructing beehives.  We even found out about the ‘waggle dance’ – ask your child to explain what this is.  Unfortunately the weather hasn’t been too good recently so our class underground bees have been very quiet; we hope to see more of them soon!

Just for information and perhaps a fun activity to do over half term, the Great British Bee Count begins on the 19th May – 30th June with the charity, Friends of the Earth.  You may like to take part and spot lots of bees around your garden or park. There are also some lovely ideas for outdoor activities on the Nature Detectives website which may provide some ideas for 'all things minibeast' during half term too. 

The next minibeasts we will learn about are spiders and snails (again, the results from the tally) for the last week of term. 

When we return after half term we will be having an international week in Reception.  A note has been sent home in your child’s folder about this and how you can get involved.  We are very excited to explore different cultures, beliefs and customs and would really value your support to share in this with us too.


Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely Easter and are ready for a busy and fun Summer term.

This term our topic is ‘In the garden’.  We will be exploring our class garden and learning all about the plants and creatures living there and link this to all areas of learning.

We will begin by preparing for our school Food Festival, planting a variety of flowers and fruit and vegetables ready to sell on our class stall.  We will learn what plants need to grow and will watch these changes over time.  We’ll be linking this to discussions about healthy eating, learning how we can keep healthy by enjoying a balanced diet, drinking water, exercising, keeping clean and getting enough sleep.  We will explore these themes during our PE lessons, noticing changes to our heart rate and breath.

Through reading the story ‘Oliver’s vegetables’ we will be discussing the names of different fruits and vegetables, whether they grow in trees/bushes or in the ground, whether they need a hot climate to grow, how to sort them into fruits and vegetables and will also taste them.   We will even be making our very own cool ‘Supertato’ character too!

House point challenge: can you investigate what fruit and vegetables are in your kitchen? See if you can sort them into fruits and vegetables using what you have learnt in class about seeds. Ask an adult to help you jot them down and bring your list in for a house point.

We will then go on to learn about the lifecycles of a frog and butterfly and watch these changes happen to our own tadpoles (and hopefully our own caterpillars too). As the weather starts to get warmer we’ll begin to see lots of creatures emerging and will follow the interests of the class as to which mini-beasts we learn about next.  Perhaps spiders, snails, ants, bees…we will wait and see.

We also have our school trip to Ryton Pools to look forward to, where we’ll be going on a mini-beast hunt and learn how to carefully collect and return them to their homes as well as building dens and homes for animals.  It’s going to be such a great day.

House point challenge – what mini-beasts can you spot in your garden or in the park? Can you find out a fact about them? Explore with your families and let us know what you found for a house point.

In literacy we are going to be focusing on revising all of the digraphs and trigraphs we have learnt so far, practising how to read words with these sounds as well as how to spell them (‘say the word, pinch the sounds’). We will practise recognising and spelling common exception words (tricky words) and will learn to read some high frequency words by sight e.g. this, that, for, now.  We will talk lots about sentence structure i.e. capital letter, finger spaces and full stops and will be working on how to ‘hold a sentence’. It will be very beneficial to practise forming letters at home, remembering to start letters at the top.

In maths we are continuing to revise numbers to 20; putting them in order, recognising them, writing the numeral, saying one more and one less.  We will also be doing lots of practise at adding and taking away using a number line, leading on to write number sentences. We will be learning which two numbers can be added together to make a total of 10 (number bonds). We will also cover how to double a number, make estimations, how to count in 5s and 10s and recap 3D shapes.

Here are some fun games to help you practise

- number bonds

save the whale

- number doubles

robinhood   bridgedoubles 



How you can help your child at home

- practise letter and number formation whenever possible
- record reading in the reading diaries
- look out for tricky words in books, on signs and packets
- practise blending for reading (e.g. sounding out c-a-t, then blend to read ‘cat’)
- ‘fred talk’ words to help with spelling
- talk about school and the learning during each day (encourage your child to share what they have been doing during the day)
- share reading books together, take turns to read, use different voices and facial expressions.
- look out for 3D shapes when out and about
- order numbers to 20, focusing specifically on numbers 11, 12 and 13
- talk about our Christian values in day-to-day activities at home e.g. persevering, teamwork, responsibility etc.
- discuss how to prepare food for tea and why it’s important to eat healthily
- practise cutting out whenever possible
- talk about friendships and how to resolve and negotiate with others

Useful links for learning at home:

blending picnic on pluto  buried treasure dragons

 initial sounds

- read words on dinosaur eggs >>>

- read yes or no captions with the dinosaurs >>> 

- Cbeebies – alphablocks >>>
Reveal the shape >>>
Number games with teddy >>>
Practise counting with underwater sea animals >>>
Fun apps & websites you may like to try:
Pocket Phonics
British council stories
Hairy Letters 
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