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Reception Classes

clever caterpillars and brainy bees

We have two Reception Classes - Clever Caterpillars and Brainy Bees. Miss Young teaches in Clever Caterpillars with Miss Brinkley as Nursery Nurse.   Mrs Tallman and Mrs Wells teach in Brainy Bees with Miss Smith as Nursery Nurse.  Both classes are supported by teaching assistants - Mrs Doy and Mrs Smith.


Week Beginning 1st April 2019

For the final week of term, we will be looking at how we, and people all around the world celebrate Easter. We will be writing recipes for Easter nest cakes and then making them, going on an Easter egg hunt, decorating and rolling hard-boiled eggs and making our own Easter bonnets to help tell stories with. Please remember to bring a hard-boiled egg in on either Monday or Tuesday. There will be no outdoor learning this week, however we will be spending lots of time outside to go on several different hunts, including a chocolate egg hunt!

In Maths we will be problem solving, using addition, subtraction, halving and doubling.


If you would like to support your child further at home, you could:

  • Decorate an egg using repeating patterns.
  • Try a traditional Easter food, such as hot cross buns or simnel cake.
  • Create your own Easter egg hunt, writing clues so your friends and family to know where to look!
  • Make up your own problem solving question using either subtraction or addition, for example; There were 5 hot cross buns and 2 were eaten. How many are left?
  • Try making a model basket to hold some Easter treats, you could use a cereal box or an egg box.


Week Beginning 25th March 2019

This week will be continuing to look after our chicks and watch them change and grow. The children will each get a chance to hold a chick if they would like, during this time. We will unfortunately be saying goodbye to them at the end of this week. All our chicks are guaranteed to go to homes where they can live a long and happy life.

The arrival of the chicks held a great deal of fascination for the children so much of our plans for last week have been put on hold for this week. We will now be finding out about castles and those who could have lived in them, both real and imaginary. We will explore clothes, food and life long ago. We will be reading lots of traditional ‘fairy stories’ as well as some new ones.

In maths we will be looking at take away problems. We will be solving practical problems using fingers objects and pictures as well as simple written ones.

 If you would like to support your child further at home, you could:

  • Go for a walk and look at all the signs of new life and that spring has finally arrived.
  • Visit a historical site or remember about ones you have been to. Talk about how life long ago was different from life today.
  • Read different traditional tales. You could read lots of different versions of the same story. What differences do you notice? Which endings do you like best and why?
  • Sing number songs such as 10 fat sausages or 5 little ducks. Taking away I or 2 more.
  • Count backwards form 10 or 20. Can you count backwards from any number down to 1?

Week Beginning 18th March 2019

This week, due to such an interest from the children, we will be learning about castles, princesses and knights! We will be receiving and sending letters to a friendly giant who lives in a castle, having a look at different artefacts and building our own castles out of different materials. We will be linking this to books such as ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’.

In our Outdoor Exploration session on Thursday we will be building our own dens out of sticks and different natural materials to see if we can make them strong, sturdy and waterproof. We will also continue to visit the pond to check on the frogspawn and to see if there have been any changes.

In Maths we will be learning about 3D shapes. We will be looking at 3D shapes in our inside and outside environment and talking about what 3D shapes are best in our castle construction.  Some 3D shapes we will be learning about include; a sphere, a cuboid, a cylinder, a pyramid, a cone and a cube.

If you would like to support your child further at home, you could:

  • Go on a 3D shape hunt around your house, e.g. what 3D shape is a TV remote?
  • Make a cosy reading den out of chairs, pillows and blankets to read a book in.
  • Read a bedtime stories about princes and princesses. Talk about what clothes they may wear, where they live and what they do.


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Keeping parents informed

Each term we send letters home packed with information.  If you think you might have missed a letter then check out the Letters Home page to see what has been sent.  We also have a Calendar on the website with all the important upcoming dates.

weekly timetable

Have you ever wondered what a week in a Reception class looks like?  Would you like to know what your child does throughout each day?  Check out the timetable to find out more.