To get in touch with the Reception team, please email :
Teacher– Mrs Fotherby
Teaching assistant– Mrs Barry
Teacher– Miss Horner
Teaching assistants – Mrs Jones and Miss Waller
Reading records: Please ensure these are signed when you hear your child read (3 times a week). They should be sent to school on a Friday to be changed and sent out on a Monday.
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)
· Trainers and socks (preferably plain black)
Home Learning: Phonic Home learning will be sent out on a Monday and should be returned on a Friday.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Reception had a great day celebrating World Book Day, diving into the story The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet! The children created rockets and imagined where it would fly to, made their very own bookmarks Read more…
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 Read more…