Class Page for Reception

We are having a great term learning all about sea life and the class have amazed us with their knowledge and enthusiasm.  We have developed our skills at accessing the workshop area, making incredible models such as binoculars, air tanks, submarines and boats.  There are a few up on display in the classroom so please feel free to pop in and have a look.  We have also been learning different facts and have been using this to write lists, labels and sentences (trying hard to remember a full stop).

The class interest has now moved on to the Arctic and Antarctica, where we will be finding out what it is like there and what animals live there.  Last week we were surprised when a very special parcel was delivered to our class.  It was a little penguin called Percy who had lost his way and needed help to get back home.  We set to work straight away to invent a machine to get him back to Antarctica. Well done Reception!


Well done everyone and a big thank you for helping to raise money for our outside classroom.  We are very excited to be able to order some new resources and we will let you know when these arrive. We are also very grateful to the PTA for kindly matching the money raised.  Thank you.

We’d like to thank all of the visitors we’ve had this half term.  It’s been really lovely hearing all about your interests and experiences to develop our topic and has been a great opportunity for the children to ask questions about real life events so thank you.

Website house point challenge!

When learning about the animals in the Arctic lots of us wanted to know if sharks live there.  Can you find out? Ask a grown-up to help you find the answer. Where will you look, in an information book? On the computer?  Don’t forget to let us know and you’ll get a house point!


During our daily phonics activities we will be focusing on blending for reading. We will also be learning new sounds each week, soon moving on to digraphs and trigraphs (two or three letters which make one sound).  We will continue to practise letter formation and spelling words correctly (e.g. when to use ck, ll, ss, zz), beginning to form captions and sentences.

In Maths we will be revisiting 2D shapes before moving on to learn the names and properties of 3D shapes; measuring items (even sharks!) using comparative language such as longer/shorter, longest/shortest; one more / one less; and how to add groups together and how to take away.  We are also learning to recognise numbers to 20, learning that for example 15 is ‘one set of ten and 5 ones’. 

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 
chinese dragon dance 1making blossom tree pictureschinese dragon dance 2making homes for arctic animalsmaking models at the workshopobservational drawingsbuilding outsideconstructing with friendsAustralia day collaboratingcollaboratingwriting labelsexploring the digging areausing the ipads to practise maths 2using the iPads to practise maths 1using the iwbwriting in the roleplay cornersharkspaintingcutting out sea creaturesusing our quiet areameasuringmaking our own trackcounting shells