Welcome to
Park Spring Primary School

‘Achieving Together’



Welcome to Reception!

To get in touch with the Reception team, please email :



Teacher– Mrs Fotherby

Teaching assistants – Mrs Barry, Miss Whitehead and Miss Mulligan



Teacher– Miss Horner

Teaching assistants – Miss Waller, Miss Spencer and Miss Mulligan


Important dates

Reading records: Please ensure these are signed when you hear your child read (at least 2 times a week). They should be sent to school on a Monday to be changed and sent out.

PE: Thursday is our PE day. Please send your child to school dressed in their correct PE kit.

PE kit is;

· Round necked white plain t-shirt

· Plain black or navy shorts

· Plain black or navy tracksuit (tracksuit bottoms and jumper)

· Plain black trainers and socks.

Home Learning:  There is an expectation that children in Reception;

  • Read at least twice a week (see above)
  • Complete 20 minutes on Reading Eggs
  • Complete 20 minutes on Numbots. We would suggest that the 20 minutes is completed in 2 x 10 minute sessions to make it manageable for both Reading Eggs and Numbots.
  • Phonic Home learning will be set on a Monday and will need to be completed by the following Monday. This will be a phonics activity and spelling lists to practise orally with an adult (we suggest 2 x 10 minutes per week).

Tapestry: This is the platform that we use for recording your child’s development through the Early Years. Please check this regularly to see what your child has been doing at school. If you do any additional learning or activities at home then we would love to see them!

Useful links

Reading Eggs


Phonics Play

Numberblocks – BBC

Dough Disco


Autumn 1 2021

Week 6

This week a lot of our activities were about the story ‘The Little Red Hen’. We talked about what the animals said when the little red hen asked “Will you help me?”. They all said “Not I.” but wanted to eat the bread when it was baked! We did some writing based on this in speech bubbles.

We were also lucky enough to bake our own bread rolls in the shape of hedgehogs with Mrs Houghton. She showed us how to roll, pinch and snip the dough and use sultanas for the eyes! We were very proud of our hedgehogs and they tasted delicious!

Week 5

We talked about our emotions this week and looked at the book ‘The Color Monster’. The book is all about a monster that changes colours with its emotions. We are all a bit like the colour monster! The children really enjoyed talking about what makes them happy, sad, angry and scared;

“Playing outside with my mummy and daddy makes me happy. I have a playground at my house and I love playing there. I’m happy playing on my trampoline as well.” EW

“When my mum tells me off it makes me sad.” LE

“People not being nice to me.” (makes me angry). MB

“A roaring monster makes me scared.” HH

Week 1 and 2

We have settled in to Reception really well- learning all our new routines and exploring our indoor and outdoor areas. We have been using stories to help us; Suzie Goes to School and Harry and the Dinosaurs Go to School.





Summer 2

We made it! It has been a long half-term but we have had so much fun with our learning! We had an exciting start to the term with a trip to Hesketh Farm where we made milk to feed the calves, collected the hens’ eggs, brushed and stroked the guinea pigs, held chicks, went on Farmer Chris’s tractor to see the sheep and cows, had a picnic outside and played on the playground. It was a very busy day and we had so much fun! Farmer Chris commented on how well-behaved our children were. We were so proud of them.

The trip led us on to delving into a topic all about animals. The children carried out their own research into their favourite animal and shared facts with their friends. We shared the story Dear Zoo and even received a box of animals from there (including clues left!). The children were given the task of writing a thank you letter to the zoo.

Ahoy me matey! The children dived into a topic all about pirates and sea creatures. We enjoyed the book Pirates Wear Underpants and Shark in the Park. The children even made up their own silly rhymes. Heidi said, “The lamb in the pram!” We have drawn maps, built pirate ships, made pirate hats and telescopes, made information book about sharks and even taken on the role of a pirate in our very own pirate ship!

We have finally learnt all the numbers to 20, practised counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and created patterns. The children have been recapping all the phonics sounds they know so they are feeling confident with phonics ready for Year One.

We had an amazing sports day! They joined in with an obstacle race, class challenge to pass the ball and we finished off with races on the field on our specially marked out track! The children were very encouraging towards each other, cheering and clapping for their friends. They made us very proud!


Summer 1

We have loved starting a new term all being back in school learning and playing together! We delved straight into The Three Little Pigs traditional tale. We retold the story using puppets, discussed what scares us (as the wolf scared the pigs!) and built the pigs’ houses using different materials. The children used their phonic skills to rewrite the story of the Three Little Pigs – with some children even writing in full sentences!

Then, a crime was committed at Park Spring! Our outdoor building bricks were stolen! We investigated the crime scene and found clues – the big bad wolf’s fur and a paw print! The children became Police Officers and wrote incident reports. We discussed why the wolf would steal our bricks in our oracy lesson and made WANTED posters to try and track down the wolf.

Many of the children have learnt all the phase 3 phonemes! We are now practising reading and writing sentences with the phase 3 sounds in.

In Maths, we have moved beyond the number 10 and have explored numbers 11, 12 and teen numbers! The children have completed addition and subtraction stories, as well as discovering how to halve shapes and share amounts.

Spring 2

We had a surprise visit from a very special someone… the EASTER BUNNY! She delivered special Easter treats.

The children learnt and performed Spring Chicken to share with our families (and those in school that could hear us from their windows!). They were brilliant at learning the signs to go alongside the words in the song.

The children had lots of practise retelling stories using key vocabulary and actions and became very familiar with different types of characters and settings. They then became authors themselves! The children used props to create their own stories and told them using vocabulary learnt. They then had a go at writing their story. We enjoyed sharing them with one another. Well done Reception!

The children learnt about 2D and 3D shapes by exploring them and talking about their properties. Myah described the cube as being “smooth with square faces.” The children were challenged to build a tower as tall as possible using 3D shapes and use reasoning to explain why they chose particular shapes. When asked why Logan chose to place a pyramid at the top of his tower he said, “It’s like a roof. You can’t put anything on top, it just slides.” We have also learnt to partition numbers 8,9 and 10


Our first 2 weeks have been focused on our dinosaur topic. We were all Remote learning for Week 1 and enjoyed reading different dinosaur books, using dinosaurs to help us count and writing about dinosaurs.

Here is some of our amazing Home Learning about dinosaurs;
4th March is World Book Day! 
We celebrated in class and at home. We started the day by reading ‘The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet’, then we watched a special live broadcast by the people that organise World Book Day and saw the author, Tom Fletcher, perform a song as well as trying to draw a cow and a ladybird like Lydia Monk, the illustrator. We also read stories together and at the end of the day we all joined together to show some of our learning that we had done in between all the stories! Here is some of our fantastic learning;

Spring 1

It was a strange start to the half-term as it was back to remote learning for some of our children. Mrs Fotherby has kept these children very busy with 3 live lessons every day and a wonderful story time, just like at school! We are very proud of our resilient, hard working children.

The half-term began with ‘Friendship Week’. The children enjoyed reading The Rainbow Fish and thought about what made a good friend – trying extra hard to be one. They took part in lots of team games and really showed compassion and kindness all week.

We loved reading The Naughty Bus! We had great fun finding out what adventures the bus went on and even created our own scenes for our very own ‘naughty bus’. The children used these scenes to inspire their writing.


The Naughty Bus sent us on a little journey around our local area.  We studied Bramley and Pudsey on Google maps, spotting our local shop, train station, park and even some of our homes. We discussed the features of our local environment and compared it to Tong Village. The topic led us on to thinking about how to look after our environment. Bella told us, “The more trees you chop down, the less air we have!” Oscar suggested, “Put your rubbish in the bin”.

The last story we studied this half-term was Little Red Riding Hood. We read lots of different versions of the story, including one from the wolf’s perspective! We are experts at retelling the story of LRRH and even made our own puppets to do so. The children made a fantastic effort at retelling the story in their own words, trying very hard to write in sentences.



We have learnt all about the number 6, 7, and 8. We know what is one more/less then each number and how to partition each. The children have been brushing up on their subitising skills (where they recognise an amount without counting it). We are also great at reciting double facts to 5!

The children have moved on to learning even harder sounds in phonics (j, x, z, zz, ch, sh, oo). We have practised reading and writing words – and even sentences – with these sounds in!

We can’t forget to mention our special friends – the hens! The children have kindly been taking it in turns each week to feed, water and clean up the hen’s poo! We have even made some yummy scrambled eggs using their eggs.

We are looking forward to another jam-packed term!


Autumn 2 term (November to December) 2020

An awesome Autumn 2 for Reception!

Wow, what a busy half-term! A BIG well done to Reception for settling back into school so brilliantly.

We have learnt lots of new sounds to help us read (21 to be exact!) and we are now beginning to read words, and even sentences, with these sounds in.

We are masters at numbers to five and can say how each number is made up. We can also say what one more than a given number is.

Each week our children have enjoyed reading and engaging in exciting activities based around a book. Our children have experienced a falconry visit. We met four different types of owls and asked lots of questions to the handlers. This follows on from our Owl Babies story we studied.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt was another great book we brought to life! Our children enjoyed a bear hunt in our very own Park Spring Primary grounds. They did a brilliant job at using their vocabulary to tell the story out loud, while we walked through ‘swishy swashy grass’ and the ‘oozy mud’, into a ‘big, dark forest’ to find a… BEAR CAVE! The children couldn’t wait to using their writing skills to try retell the story.

We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one!

We celebrated Bonfire Night with all our children enjoying their own sparkler, raised money for Children in Need and commemorated Remembrance Day.

As the season began to change we entered into a winter theme. Our children created fantastic polar bear paintings! They had to mix different shades of blue using water colours.

We are very proud of Reception this half-term, and we can’t wait for another fun-filled one!


Autumn 1 term (September to October) 2020 – Black History Week

Reception celebrated Black History Week! They listened carefully to the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and then engaged in a discussion about the differences between Handa and themselves, such as appearance and where she lives.

The children got creative, making African masks using a variety of resources. They then had great fun exploring movements and singing along to the ‘Mango Tree’ song. They looked at instruments, thinking how we might play them – ‘scrape’, ‘tap’, ‘shake’. The children then played along to the beat of the song.

We also studied the Nigerian photographer Seydou Keita, who took photos (in the 1930’s) of children and adults with objects that were special to them. Some children sent a picture of themselves holding an object that is important to them and explained why.

Autumn 1 term (September to October) 2020

This half term it is really important that the children adapt to the new routines and make new friends. Lots of our learning is around these areas. Our topics for this half term are ‘Owl Babies’ and ‘The Little Red Hen’.

When looking at the story ‘Owl Babies’, the children will learn about feelings and how to cope with them, as well as information about owls. The children will have the opportunity to work in groups, looking at the new group sets of books, retelling the story and understanding the basic story structure.

‘The Little Red Hen’ links to harvest time. The children will retell the story using actions, which helps them to develop their understanding of the story and their vocabulary development. The children will also learn some harvest songs. This will lead to more Autumn work. During Black History week we will be learning about influential black role models.

Maths in Reception helps children to develop a deeper understanding of number through the ‘Number of the Week’. We will initially spend 2 weeks covering each number, in order. This will involve counting, saying numbers, reading and ordering numbers, simple addition and subtraction, one more and one less and some shape, space and measures. Phonics introduces children to the sounds that letters make and we will be identifying sounds in words, blending the sounds to read simple words and segmenting the sounds to spell simple words. We will also learn some tricky words (words that cannot be sounded out yet). The more practise the children have at reading simple words, the more fluent their reading will become. We will also introduce how to write each letter (grapheme) in pre-cursive handwriting.


For new parents, here is a virtual tour to help your child with joining Reception at Park Spring.



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