Welcome to Reception

On these pages you will find important information about life in Reception, including our termly topic sheet, and photos of the Reception staff, so you can put a face to the names your child mentions.

To see our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum please click here.

Topic Overview


Please note that, due to unforeseen circumstances, our New Reception Parent’s Open Evening has moved from Monday 25th June to Thursday 28th June 2018 at 7pm.
We look forward to welcoming all parents of children who are offered Reception places at Queen Edith starting in September 2018.



Three Billy Goats Gruff
This half term, we have enjoyed learning the story 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. Once we had practised the story, we created a class story map to help us to remember it. The children took part in a variety of activities to develop their learning linked to the story.  They made their own puppets of the characters from the story and put on puppet shows for others to watch. Additionally, they designed and created their own bridges using different construction toys. They also painted their own trolls and carefully cut them out.

Fitzwilliam Museum Visit

Children in Reception went by coach to the museum. They listened to a story about Princess Penelope and Prince Roland told by a member of the museum staff.  They moved from gallery to gallery as the story unfolded and looked at many beautiful things.

Children commented

“I loved today!”

"This is my painting of the lions and Holly, she was nice. I liked it when she told the story”

“ When I saw the painting, I knew I wanted to paint the deer, I love animals”

This half term in Reception, we have started thinking about Spring. We planted our own grass and cress seed and watched closely as they both grew. We thought about the different things we needed to do in order to help the plants grow. Once the cress was ready, we made our own cress sandwiches. This linked to our previous activities on healthy eating. We then wrote instructions for how to make a cress sandwich.  

‘Lost and Found’ in Reception’
This term children have learnt the story ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers. The term started with children following a trail of snowflakes to find blocks of ice in their classrooms and a message from a penguin. We explored ice and discussed freezing and melting. Children wrote about the characters, created boats that would float for the boy and the penguin to use and found out about animals that live in polar regions. They created winter dances to the music from ‘Frozen’. Each class then created their own stories based on the story. During the last week groups of children went to the local shop to buy ingredients for crispy cakes and apple sorbet. They then prepared the food and celebrated with class picnics.

Chinese New Year
In Reception we enjoyed celebrating the Chinese New Year. We did a range of activities such as making fans, lanterns and dragons. We also had a go at doing some Chinese writing. Finally, we took turns to be part of the Chinese dragon and move around the hall.
Christmas Production
Well done to all of the Reception Children for such a great effort in our Christmas production. The children worked hard to learn the story, the songs and remembering when to stand up. Thank you for all the parents who came to watch.
Goldilocks and The Three Bears 
In Reception, we have been learning the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. First, we learned the story and the actions to go with it. We then did lots of activities linked to the story. We made houses for the bears, patterned duvets for Baby Bear's bed and we have also done some writing about what the bears might say. We took some children for a walk to the local shop to buy some porridge. We then enjoyed eating it together. Children then created their own versions of the story.
In Reception, we had a fantastic afternoon celebrating Diwali. We painted our own Rangoli patterns using bright colours. We also created detailed Mendhi patterns and made our own clay diva lamps. We enjoyed listening to traditional music and dancing with colourful scarves.

The Enormous Turnip
We harvested some large turnips from our garden and talked about where food grows and which vegetables and fruit grow below or above the ground. Children learned the story of ‘The Enormous Turnip’. They made their own story maps to help them to remember it. They printed with and drew vegetables and then wrote shopping lists for the ingredients to put in our own turnip soup. Children then helped to chop the vegetables and ate the soup together. We looked at a still life painting by Cezanne and the children ‘had a go’ at their own. They enjoyed creating their own interesting stories with our story castles. We then created our own class stories based on the traditional tale and children wrote their own. We also used the story as a basis for learning about number and size.


Settling In
Children have been very busy making new friends, learning new routines, exploring their new classes and finding out about how they learn. We have introduced animal characters to represent different ways of learning. Have you been a Concentrating Crocodile or a Go for it Gorilla today?


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