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Welcome to Reception

School Closure Home Learning

Take a look on the ‘Video Resource Centre’  to see the latest video messages from Mrs Fox and Mrs Thompson.
We are really missing seeing your happy, smiling faces each day. A video message from you would be greatly received if you can upload one onto 2Simple to let us know what you have been doing. Take care of yourselves! xx

In Reception we love to learn and play! We have lots of different areas that we can explore and we like to challenge ourselves with our mini-me challenges. 

We have very high expectations and are striving to meet the Early Learning Goals. This includes writing super sentences, learning our numbers, counting and reading a book. We have daily phonics sessions where we follow Letters and Sounds and also use Jolly Phonics actions to support our learning.

Mrs Fox, Mrs Thompson, Mrs Wighton, Mrs Berckley, Mrs Aslam, Miss Priestley, Mrs Shahid, Mrs Purba and Mr Manning all help us with our learning. 


Mrs Fox
Mrs Thompson
Mrs Berckley
Miss Priestley
Mrs Purba
Mrs Wighton
Mrs Shahid
Mrs Aslam
Mr Manning (PE coach)

If you wish to contact us then please do so via the emails below and we will respond during school hours. Many thanks.

Important things to remember if your child is returning to school

We have put lots of measures in place to keep your children safe in school, here are some things that you can do to help;

  • send your child to school in their home clothes and wash them as soon as they return from school
  • make sure your child brings their water bottle home from school each day to be washed
  • do not send any extra bags/resources into school with your child
  • talk to your child about the importance of hand washing
  • make sure just one adult drops off/collects your child
  • please adhere to social distancing markers which are displayed


Summer 2 - curriculum map

Summer 2 - knowledge organiser

Reading in Reception

Our significant author: Julia Donaldson

Our class groups are named after the books above, but we read lots others that link to our topics across the year.

You might enjoy reading these books at home.

We use VIPERS to help us answer a range of different questions about a text.

Can you read these VIPERS sentences at home? Remember the red words are our golden words which we cannot sound out and we may need some help with the purple words.

We are all at the beach. It is hot so we got a lolly. I am going to play in the sand. I have got my bucket and spade.

Home learning - At the beach

We aim for children to be able to read and write all of these words by the end of Reception.

We have learnt these Phase 2 and Phase 3 graphemes - can you practice reading and writing them?

Useful information and websites

2Simple Observations from home. Please see the document attached with information about how to send observations to School.

Early Years Assessment Criteria

NFER Baseline Assessment Information for Reception parents

Information from our Literacy and Maths meeting

Look at our amazing learning!

2D and 3D shape

We have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes in lots of different ways. We have made models and patterns, matched labels to shapes, used different language to describe them and have been on a shape hunt.

Amazing art

This week we have enjoyed reading the story 'Sharing a Shell' by Julia Donaldson and we have created some artwork from it. Some of us have painted mermaids, some chose to chalk them outside and some of us have made a range of characters from the story. We have challenged ourselves further by writing sentences about them.

Underwater pictures

We have been using different resources to make our own underwater pictures. Some of us investigated mixing paint colours to make it look like the sea and some of us chose to use different papers and materials. We think they look fantastic!

Under the Sea

We have started our new topic of 'Under the Sea'. We enjoyed listening to the story of Tiddler by Julia Donaldson and talked about what happened in it. We also ordered numbers on fish, made models and pantings of underwater animals or objects and wrote some super sentences.


Enjoying the sunshine

Some of us returned to school today and we were really excited to see our friends and teachers. We had lots of fun in the sun! We searched for minibeasts, created games with our friends, performed with instruments and even enjoyed eating our lunch outside.

Spring walk

Today we enjoyed the sunshine and went on a Spring walk around school. We saw daffodils, tulips, crocuses, blossom and pansies. What other signs of Spring are there?

Science Week

We have had lots of fun in Science week this week. With Mrs Fox we had to see what happened to apples when we put different liquids on them. We tested milk,  vinegar, lemon juice and water. We found that lemon juice stopped the apples from turning brown, but we didn't think it would taste very nice!

Book clues

For World Book Day we brought in a bag of clues about our favourite book and we had to guess which ones our friends had brought in. We were so excited to share our clues!

Peace at Last
The Three Little Pigs
Mummy Monster
Room on the Broom
The Highway Rat
Room on the Broom
Paddington Bear
Postman Bear

Big Read

This morning we invited our parents and carers into class for a 'Big Read' to celebrate World Book Day. We loved sharing traditional tales and stories by Julia Donaldson with them. Which book do you love to read?

We love books!

The children enjoyed writing book reviews and making front covers for their favourite books.


Frosty walk

It was very chilly when we got to school this morning so we decided to go outside and explore! We found lots of ice where water had frozen. We used words like cold, slippy and wet to describe it.

Pancake Day

We had a lot of fun making and eating pancakes! We learnt the recipe, using Talk for Writing actions, and carefully followed the instructions. We then chose our own toppings - they were delicious.

Aliens Love Underpants

This week there was great excitement when an alien crept into school and stole our underpants! We thought it would be a good idea to make 'wanted' posters, so everyone else is school could keep an eye out for it.


We have really enjoyed making aliens this week! We have used different materials to create our own aliens. We then used a bar model or a part-whole model to add together the different things we have used.

Chinese New Year

We had lots of fun learning about Chinese New Year. We watched videos of families getting ready for the celebration, made New Year cards, tasted noodles and had a go at Chinese writing.

Forest School with Ash Class

The children had a lovely day taking part in a range of forest school activities such as; making characters using natural resources. using clay and sticks to make hedgehogs, making muddy hand-prints on the tree trunks, stomping in muddy puddles, and finding worms. The pictures below really  show just how much muddy fun was had. 


We have been learning about the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. We enjoyed looking at different objects and reading information books about Hanukkah. We then made our own Hanukkah cards and we decorated them with a menorah.

Christmas stay and play

We really enjoyed seeing so many of our family members at our stay and play! We made delicious mince pies, decorated snowflakes, made Christmas puddings and acted out Christmas songs.

Our Christmas 'sing and sign' performance

We were superstars during our Christmas performance! Everyone sang beautifully and did all of the signs, Mrs Fox and Mrs Thompson were very proud of us.

Forest schools

RRF had a fantastic (and slightly wet!) time at Forest School. We began with a group challenge and we had to use the different natural objects to make a skeleton. After that we used clay and things we could find to make a forest animal. Then we made leaf prints and a magical wand!

Bonfire Night

We have really enjoyed learning about Bonfire Night and talking about the fireworks we have seen! We drew and painted fireworks pictures and made some edible sparklers - they were very yummy!


This week we have been learning about the celebration of Diwali. We read the story of Rama and Sita to find out about how it began. We then decorated Rangoli patterns, made Diwali cards and enjoyed looking at different objects from Diwali. We also followed a set of instructions to make some delicious mango lassi.

International Week

This week we are having an International Week in school and Reception are finding out about the United Kingdom. We made Union Jack flags to decorate the hall with, we used blocks to build different landmarks in the UK and we have made some sandwiches for a traditional afternoon tea.

Can you name the four countries in the United Kingdom?

Making pumpkin soup

We have been looking at different fruits and vegetables that the farmers collect at Harvest time. We decided to make some delicious pumpkin soup, we carefully followed instructions to make it and then enjoyed sharing it with our families.

Gruffalo Crumble

We really enjoyed making a banana and berry crumble for the Gruffalo! We had to use our careful cutting skills to cut up the banana, we mixed the crumble and stirred in the butter. It tasted delicious!

The Gruffalo

We have been learning the story of The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. We decided to make some Gruffalo crumble so we collected lots of natural objects and mixed them up together. We then challenged ourselves by writing a list of the ingredients we had used.

Where we live

We enjoyed going on a walk around our school grounds to see what is in our local area. We talked about where we lived and what we passed on our way to school. In the Mr Maker area we made some amazing creations of our houses.


We have been looking at numbers to 10 by ordering them and representing them in different ways. In our birthday area we have been talking about how old we are and how old we will be next year.

Can you find ways to represent different numbers at home?

Now press play!

We had a lot of fun with our new drama resource today. We have been learning the story of The Three Little Pigs and listened to it through the headphones, they then gave us instructions on what to do. We had to act as the little pigs and build the houses, but then we turned into the big bad wolf and had to blow them down!

Our first week

Some of us have started in Reception and we have had a fantastic week! We have enjoyed getting to know the children and adults in our class, exploring the new areas and learning our new routines.