Reception Information

We are keen for parents to support the children's learning at home as much as possible. To help you do this, we produce a termly information sheet, outlining our main topics and giving suggestions for how you might follow them up at home. You may also wish to take a look at the Reception Curriculum Map, which shows you the topics we will be covering in different subjects over the course of the year. Please do talk to us if you would like more information.

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

  Topic Overview

2016 - 17

Little Red Riding Hood
This term we have been learning the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Children have also made scones and sandwiches for the grandmother’s basket and making their own clay baskets. They have acted out the stories and created their own. Children also chose what they would like to play in the role play areas. R1 have been working in the doctor’s surgery and were visited by Dr Holdstock. R2 chose a garage and were visited by Mr Mason who told them about mending cars. Children also created their own safety leaflets and thought about how they can help to keep themselves safe.


Foundation Stage Sports Day
Children in the Nursery and Reception worked in teams to take part in 9 different activities. Year 6 children ran each activity and supported the younger children in completing the tasks such as balancing a quoit on their head, throwing and catching a ball, timing how quickly they could run to a cone and back, seeing how far they could jump etc We then celebrated with a picnic in the shade. It was great to see the way that the different age groups worked together and supported each other!


Literacy morning
Thank you very much to the many parents and carers who were able to join us for our Literacy morning on Wednesday.
Staff were delighted to see so many adults sharing in literacy activities with their children.
Children and adults enjoyed sharing stories, information books, playing with puppets, writing stories, mark making, making finger puppets and sharing class books and story sacks.
We are very grateful for your support.


Election Day in Reception
Children looked at pictures of The Houses of Parliament and we discussed how adults in the country were going to be voting to see who would be running the country. Children took on roles within our own polling station and each child had a ballot paper so that they could vote and put it in the ballot box. At the end of the day we met together to create a tally chart of the votes and see which colour had the most votes.


The Three Little Pigs
This term we have been basing our activities around the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Children have been creating their own houses for the pigs using different materials. They have been exploring materials and listening to instruments made from wood and metal. They have enjoyed listening to ‘The Carnival of the Animals’ By Saens Saint. We have looked at different shapes needed to create buildings and discussed a painting by Mondrian to see the shapes that he used. They have been using their knowledge of measuring to make sure that their buildings are the right size. Children have also explored artefacts from The Cambridge Folk Museum from homes in the past. There have been some great story maps and writing with each class have creating their own tale based on the original story. R1 have created ‘The Three Little Tigers and the Big, Bad Dragon’ and R2 have written ‘The Three Little Fairies and the Big, Bad Fox’.


Egg Hunt
Reception children celebrate Easter in Reception by going on a phonic egg hunt and invite their parents to join them!



Number Hunt


We challenge you to a number hunt this Easter! Click here to find out more.


The Three Billy Goats Gruff in Reception
Children’s learning has been based on The Three Billy Goats Gruff this term. They retold the story, found objects heavier than a troll, though about time, acted out the story, grew cress, made bridges, painted trolls and wrote descriptions of the characters. They then created their own stories based on the tale. Both classes sang songs and acted out or retold the story during their class assembly for their parents.



Chinese New Year
The Foundation Stage celebrate Chinese New Year together choosing activities in all the classrooms, such as, making fans, banners, finding the longest noodle, copying Chinese writing and making lanterns. The Reception children created their own dragon dance at the end of the day.



Whatever Next
In Reception we have used the story, ‘Whatever Next’ as a basis for our learning this term. Children learnt the story, acted it out, then created their own class and individual stories. They researched space using books and watched Tim Peake in the International Space Station. We also played addition games using stars and looked at 3D shapes in space and in our own environment. They created collage planets and model rockets. R2 decided to make a rocket in their role play area and R1 wanted a ‘night time’ house. Each class listened to ‘The Planets’ by Holst and looked at ‘The Starry Night’ by Van Gogh. They developed their own class space dances and shared them together at the end of term.




Well done!
Children in Nursery and Reception took part in a physical activity and literacy time in our school hall today.
Children took part in races and were cheered on by their friends who chanted words they had learnt from the Gingerbread Man story.
Both classes then sat together and shared gingerbread people that had been made by the Nursery children.
At home you could ask your child what race they took part in, what they shouted out to their friends and whether they chose to eat a gingerbread man or a gingerbread lady!



Reception Christmas Concert: Christmas Is……
Children sang songs and carols, narrated poems and told the audience what Christmas means to them.




The Three Bears in Reception
We told the story and created a class story map. Children then learnt to retell the story themselves. Children designed a house for the bears and wrote shopping lists. We went shopping to buy porridge and took part in activities about money and created our own shops. We made porridge and children chose which topping they would like. Children then innovated on the story and created, ‘The Three Bears and the Dragon’ and The Three Bears and the Cat’.



Celebrating Diwali in Reception
Children spent the day choosing activities from both classes and dancing to Indian music in the outside area. They made Rangoli patterns, Mendhi patterns on hand shapes, cooked chapattis and made clay divas. Children sat together outside, on a lovely sunny day, to try the chapattis. We were very pleased that one of our parents could come in and tell us how they celebrated Diwali at home.


The Enormous Turnip
We learnt the story of “The Enormous Turnip” and created a story map to help children retell the story. We learnt about vegetables that grow under the ground, cut them to see what was inside and printed with them. Children wrote shopping lists and recipes for soup. We then made turnip and vegetable soup to try and lots of children decided that they liked it! We then created our own stories based on The Enormous Turnip. In R1 we wrote “The Enormous Carrot” and in R2 we wrote “The Enormous Pumpkin”. On the last day of term, all the Foundation Stage met in the hall to tell each other their class stories.








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