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Welcome to our Reception class page!

On this web page we will be putting lots of information about all the exciting things we will be doing this year.

We are very lucky and have lots of adults who will be working in Reception this school year.

Mrs Southern - Class Teacher

Miss Lowery - Nursery Nurse

Ms Brabin & Miss Tunney - Teaching Assistants



The early years curriculum is based on learning through exploration and play. There are a number of ways you can help your child to learn and make progress:
  • Always be on time.
  • Good attendance
  • Home reading
  • Point out numbers and letters in the environment. 
  • count at every opportunity
  • Talk to your child about the world around them.
  • Ask your child what he / she has been doing in school.


Parental Involvement

We believe that parents and / or carers play a vital role in their child’s education. We will support your efforts at home and provide opportunities for you to engage in your child’s education in school.



Reading can be a special time for you and your child. Research has shown that reading for as little as 5 or 10 minutes each day can help support your child’s educational development. 

Top tips for enjoying reading with your child

Ideas for counting

Some useful information for the year ahead:


  • Children will need a labelled P.E. kit in school with them each Monday morning. This consists of a pair of blue shorts, a white t-shirt and black pumps. Please make sure that this is in a named drawstring bag.
  • Snack money is £1.00 per week.
  • Children need to bring their book bags to school on a daily basis. 

We have 5 caterpillars in class and are so excited to watch them grow into butterflies.

This half term we are learning about the Wider World. So far we have talked about we we live and where we would like to go. 

In our class we have set up our own travel agents and have been booking holidays all over the world.

Summer 2 - The Wider World

P.E. Fun! We have been thoroughly enjoying our P.E. sessions with the sports coach each Friday.

Dental Hygiene - 16.05.17

Bernie from Ellergreen & Clubmoor Children's centre came to school to talk to us about the importance of keeping our teeth clean. 

We had lots of fun brushing Carl's teeth. 

Pirate Hats - We followed simple instructions to make our own pirate hats.

Easter bingo and Easter raffle 05.04.17

Parent craft afternoon 29.03.17

Drawing and painting daffodils

Visit to Church

Nursery and Reception children went to Church to find out about how people gather together in church to celebrate. When we got back to school we set up our own church were we had a procession and took on the role of Fr Kevin. 

World Book Day

A big thank you to all children and parents who made such an effort for World Book Day. It was lovely to see so many different characters. 

We also really enjoyed Miss McNally from Year 5 coming to read to us too. 

Girl's Reading club after school


As of this week girl's afterschool reading club will now be held on a Thursday from 3.00pm until 4.00pm for this half term. This club is available for Reception girls only and will take place in our school library. The girl's will have the opportunity to look at, explore and share some of their favourite story books. They are also welcome to bring their favourite books from home.

During our last club Mr Ainsworth came along to read us one of his favourite stories. 

Girl's Reading Club


Magic 4 Children


A huge thank you to Freddie Fantastic from Magic 4 Children who joined us to give our children a magical show which was fantastic!! Take a look at our photographs below. Children and staff thoroughly enjoyed this experience. 

Kung Hei Fat Choy

We have had lots of fun over the last couple of weeks learning about Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the rooster. We know how to say happy New Year in Chinese, have made Chinese lanterns, small dragons and a large class dragon which is displayed in our classroom. We looked at 'The Great Rat Race' story and now all know which animal represents the year in which we were born. Reception children were really good at singing 'Kung Hei Fat Choy' in assembly on Friday for the whole school. 

We especially enjoyed tasting Chinese food. 

Tasting Chinese Food

Welcome back!

Happy 2017 to all our children and parents. We once again have another busy term ahead of us. This half term we will be learning about Traditional Tales as well as Chinese New Year. 


Being Creative

Reception children are very creative and are constantly making things during child initiated play. Don't forget if you create anything at home bring it into school and share it with us. 

Look what we made!

Christmas Party Day - 20.12.16

Christmas Disco 16.12.16

Christmas Dinner 15.12.16

Our Nativity Play - 14.12.16

Thank you to everyone who came to our Nativity 'Angel Express'. Reception children proved to be such fantastic shepherds which I'm sure you will agree with.

'Angel Express'

Parent Craft afternoon 01.12.16

Thank you to all parents who attended our craft afternoon. We had lots of fun and completed many Christmas activities. The children (and parents) especially enjoyed taking Christmas selfies as you can see in our photographs below. 

Parents Christmas Craft Afternoon 01.12.16

We really enjoyed our first dance session and danced to the Lion King. 08.11.16

Looking for Signs of Autumn 31.10.16

Fr Matt came to talk to us about Baptism 14.10.16

Macmillan Fun run 07.10.16

Reception children were really excited to stay for school lunch today. They brought in their menus and had chosen with their parents what they would like to eat.

All morning the children asked "Is it dinner time yet?".


Staying for lunch for the first time!


Reception children have settled in really well into their new classroom and have been really busy getting to know each other and the new daily routines. 
This half term our topic is 'Myself and My Family'. We would be really grateful if you could send in a family photograph for our class display.  

All children in Reception now have a new friend (buddy) from Year 2. The year 2 buddies not only play with Reception but they also help and guide them on the playground. 

Our first 'Stay and Play' session on Friday 9th September was a huge success. Thank you to all the families who attended. As you can see by the photographs below we all had a great time getting to know each other. 

Week beginning 05.09.16

This week children are coming to visit their new class with their parents. it has been so nice getting to know children as well as welcoming many new families into our school. 


Don't forget our first 'Stay and Play' sessions on Friday 9th September.

Feel free to come along at either 10.30 until 12.00pm or 1.30 until 3.00pm. 


Week beginning 12.09.16

Reception children will attend part time sessions this week and we are really excited for you all to start. 


Week beginning 19.09.16

All children will attend school full time and also stay for lunch. 

Exploring our new classroom

Fundamental British Values


The fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs are already implicitly embedded in the 2014 Early Years Foundation Stage. 

In the Nursery we strive to set the foundations of fundamental British values in a way that is relevant to their age and stage of development.


  • We teach children to be kind and respectful of others;
  • We teach children about the world around them and use the seasons, weather, British special days, etc. to plan meaningful learning experiences;
  • We teach children to be part of their local community;
  • We plan to celebrate festivals and mark special days from the world around us;
  • We teach the children about compromise – that some of us believe one thing and some of us believe something different, but we can all play together in the same  classroom and respect each other;
  • We teach children to work together.  We provide them with projects that involve everyone in the class.  We plan group activities where children learn to listen, take turns and value contributions from each other.
  • We teach children about the world in which they live – the world on their doorstep and the wider world;
  • We teach children to listen to and respect each other.