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This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24


Welcome to Mrs Liggat's and Mrs Oldfield's Reception Class. On this class page we will be putting lots of information and photographs about all the exciting things we have been doing throughout the year.

Make sure you check to see what the children have been doing.


Academic Year: 2018-2019 - below is some useful information for the year ahead:


Our school day begins at 8.55am each morning, please try to have the children on the playground for when the bell goes so they can walk into class with all their friends.


Our day finishes at 3.00pm and the Reception children are picked up from the Nursery gate.


Your child needs to bring their book bag to school every day.


We do P.E. on a Friday afternoon, please make sure a labelled P.E. kit is in school for this. The P.E. kit consists of a pair of dark shorts, a white t-shirt and a pair of black pumps. Please ensure that it is a named draw string bag.



In the next few weeks the children will start to bring home some words and we ask that you work with your child on learning them.When we feel your child is ready they will start to bring home a reading book. Some children will bring home a book with no words and we ask you still to share the book discussing what is happening in the picture, what the character might be saying or feeling etc. Some children will bring home books with words and we ask you to encourage them to sound talk and then read the words. Each day when your child has finished reading we ask that you fill in the Reading Record book noting down how they did, if they enjoyed a particular part and why and if they enjoyed the book they were reading. If you comment on how your child has done we will know that they have read at home and will look to change their reading book.


Reading books will be changed once a week providing the Reading Record book has been signed.


In addition the children will be able to bring home a library book that will be changed on a Friday providing the previous book has been returned.


Each morning, except for Friday, the children complete a phonics session where they learn sounds and how to use them in both their reading and writing. It is vitally important that the children are in on time so they do not miss this session.



At this stage we encourage the children to mark make as much as possible. This may take the form of drawing shapes, forming letters in their name and then eventually writing their first name and short words independently. 


We encourage the children to hold their pencil with a pincer grip and put a great deal of emphasis on correct letter formation. The children need to make a fist and then nip their thumb and forefinger together, these are the two that hold the pencil and the other 3 fingers remain in a fist. (For help on this please feel free to ask a member of staff.)


Our News, Your News books

Please check your child's book bag to see if this book is in there. If it is, a letter has been stuck in with suggestions of activities you might like to undertake with your child on a theme we will be working on in class.


Magic Moments

Each half term we have a 'Stay and Share' session, usually a Friday morning at 9.00am. At this session we ask if someone can stay and read out there Magic Moment card. These cards are then placed on our Magic Moment Tree for the children and visitors to enjoy. Please look out for the Magic Moment card and an accompanying letter explaining exactly what to do. Please do try to have someone attend these sessions as the children love to share their Learning Journeys and their news.








Artists - the children have been expressing themselves using paint, what a lovely time they had creating their first paintings in Reception.

More artists - using the small parts available and the picture frames the children worked very hard to create some wonderful pictures and pattern pictures. Amazing!

Maths - data handling - the children made pictograms of eye colour in their group. They had to place their eye correctly and the use the maths words 'more' and 'less' to discuss what they could see. We are super mathematicians in reception.

Maths - the children were working hard building a Numicon staircase, adding digit cards and then counting out pegs accurately.

Alldays farm came to visit Nursery and Reception. What a wonderful time we had stroking and looking at the animals. We also found out lots of new things. Thank you very much!

Maths - creating repeating patterns using 2 and 3 colours.

Maths - Problem solving - Who is the tallest and shortest in you group?

Expressive Art and Design - we observed sunflowers very carefully looking at shape and colour. We then painted and drew the sunflowers. We think ours are as good as Vincent Van Gogh's sunflowers!

Physical Development - outdoor play. Look at the great fun we have in our Reception garden!

We went to Mass in our Church. We were so good and listened to the story and prayers all about Jesus. Thank you Father Barry for inviting us.

Maths - Reasoning - Which is your favourite Numicon shape pattern and why?

Daily Mile Challenge - We ran four laps of the big playground, we felt exhausted, out of breath and tired, but also fit and healthy. Well done Reception, Mo Farah better look out!

Stay and Share - what a wonderful morning we had with all the parents and grandparents. The children loved sharing their Learning Journeys. It was such a special time.

Friendship Week - we made a heart to give to our special friend.

The Little Red Hen - we read the story and then we all decided we would be a good friend and help Mrs O bake bread. Each group had a turn at baking and we learned lots of new baking words. Each day we tasted the bread that had been baked. It was delicious and Mrs O was so pleased we all helped her!

Baker hats - as we have had a baker shop in our role play area we decided we all needed a baker hat. All of the children developed new skills of measuring in order to help their friend make a hat that was the right size. We are loving wearing them in the role play area.

Remembrance Day - Collective Worship - the children gathered together for a special collective worship. They listened to music, watched a short film and said prayers. It was a very special reflective time.

Autumn transient art - isn't this squirrel absolutely adorable!

Autumn transient art - isn't this squirrel absolutely adorable! 1

Mathematics - making museums. The children have loved the maths this week. We have been creating museums for different numbers making sure all of the exhibits for the number are different. We are learning how to prove it now!

The Little Red Hen - the children were authors and added their own text and speech to their stories. We think they are amazing and we hope you do to.

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Children in Need - Pyjama Day. Thank you for your generous donations.