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Week 12th - 15th December


We have had a fun packed week in Reception this week. We really enjoyed performing our Nativity Play on Wednesday and Thursday and the children looked wonderful in their costumes. We have also learned about the Jewish Festival of Hannakah which started this week, and some of the children shared how they have been celebrating this festival at home. Today we are celebrating Christmas as a school. The children all look very festive wearing their Christmas jumpers. We have all been very lucky to meet Santa and because we have all been very good, we all got a lovely chocolate Santa! 

We are looking forward to going to see the pantomime 'Cinderella' on Monday.


The Reception Staff wish to thank you all for our lovely Christmas gifts, and wish you all a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!

27th-1st December


We have had another great week in Reception. The Children have all been working really hard on practising our Christmas Concert so that the Mummy’s and Daddy’s are all very proud. They have been doing a great job at learning our songs and their own words. We are very much looking forward to you all coming to watch it. 


We we were very lucky and had a visit from the local Police Community Officer. She spoke to us about what she does every day and we even got 

to sit in her police car and hear the sirens. Photos will follow


Next week: 

Maths: We will be doing some Christmas Maths activities, decorating Christmas trees, making snowmen and paper chains patterns.

Phonics: we will be continuing our handwriting and reading. 

Topic: We will be focusing on Christmas and our Christmas concert. 


We will continue to rehearse our Christmas concert.


Have a a lovely week. 

The Reception Team

20th November


This week we have been continuing with our Superhero topic. The children have all had a go at uncovering secret messages and following the clues to save the superheros. They have also learnt about real life superheros such as Doctors, Fireman and Policeman. We have spoken about  when and how you should ring 999 and what information you may need to pass on e.g. their addresses.


In maths we have been learning about 3D shapes, their properties and how to describe them to each other.


The children have been busy practising their songs for our Christmas concert as well as recording our school CD on Monday.


It was so lovely to catch up with you all during our parent consultations you should all be very proud of your children and how they have settled into Reception and progressed throughout their first term.


Have a lovely weekend

The Reception Team

We had a very busy week last week.  We started with an assembly on Monday discussing Bullying and we each drew handprints and wrote about why we are unique.  We finished our week with a talent show in aid of Children in Need and have hopefully raised lots of money for this fantastic cause. 



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We will be practising our speed sound and green words and looking carefully at correct letter formation.



We are looking at 3D shapes and their properties such as faces and corners. We will be going on a shape walk around the school and building models with 3D shapes. 


Topic- Superheroes.

We will be discussing real life heroes such as the police, fire and ambulance and talking about 999 calls.


We look forward to meeting everyone during our parent consultations on Tuesday and Thursday this week.


The Reception team.








Friday 10th November

We've had another fun week in reception and have enjoyed dressing up as Superheroes.  We even thought that the Ice man had been on Monday morning and turned everything to ice.  It was fun being scientists and discovering how quickly the ice melted in different places.  

We have also been learning why we wear poppies and we will be attending a Remembrance day assembly today.  


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We will be looking at length and comparing and measuring with standard and non standard units.



We will continued to practice and write our set 1 sounds and recognising and reading out green and red words. 



We will be thinking about how we can be heroes and writing what makes us special.


Thank you for your continued support.


The Reception Team

The whole school celebrated Remembrance Day today, and had an Assembly led by Mr Ratcliffe, who was dressed in his RAF Uniform. We had a minute silence to remember all those who have died in war, so that we can live in peace!

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Welcome Back


We hope you had a super half term.  We have had a busy week but are really enjoying our new topic of Super Heroes and real life heroes.  The children have been enjoying our new Super heroes den and our Drs Surgery.  They have been dressing up and have been real Super Heroes with their writing.We also enjoyed taking part in the house cross country.


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We will continue to look at counting objects and actions accurately and we will be looking at 1 more and 1 less than a given number.



We have completed all of our set 1 sounds and have continued to blend words.  We have also started to look at red words (words that cannot be sounded out) such a do, so, I, and my.



We will be writing about our own heroes.


Thank you for your continued support.


The Reception Team.


16th-20th October


We started this week off with the children bringing in generous donations for the Harvest festival and attending the Harvest festival assembly where the children heard the story of Jesus and how he helped people by healing them.

Thank you so much for your kind donations, they have now been delivered to a shelter in St Albans.


We have been looking at the story of ' The Lion Hunt' this week and the children have all done some amazing story maps independently. They have worked so hard this week on their writing and are coming on so much. 


Our maths activities have been on repeating patters this week and the children have all had a go at beginning their own patterns. They even had a go at making fruit kebabs and creating patterns out of these. It was also a good chance for children to try different fruits. 


For Diwali we all had a go at making diva lamps and acting out the story of Rama and Sita. 


Thank you for all your support this half term.  We have really enjoyed getting to know your children and we are delighted at the progress they are making already.


Have a lovely and restful half term. 

The Reception Team.  

Friday 13th October.


We have had another super week in Amethyst class and the children have enjoyed learning a dance in assembly and have been learning some new songs in music.  We have also been on a Bear Hunt and have been drawing and writing some amazing story maps. 


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We will be introducing the sounds z, ch, qu, x and ng. 



We will continue looking at our favourite books and writing about a Lion Hunt



We will be looking at and recognising patterns.


Hope you have a super weekend.

Mrs Pollington and Mrs Luck.


Bear Hunt 9/10/2017


Yesterday we went on a Bear Hunt.  We travelled across the grass, through a river, in the mud, through a forest and in a snowstorm. What do you think we spotted in a cave? 



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Onyx Class came and visited the children in both Reception Classes toady, so that they could read their stories to Amethyst and Aquamarine children. The children in  Onyx Class had written fables suitable for younger children. Both classes really enjoyed listening to the stories.

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  Friday 6th October 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended the Curriculum meeting , we hope it was useful and informative.  Please see the powerpoint from the meeting if you were unable to attend. 


This week we have had lots of fun listening to and making story maps of 'Going on a Bear Hunt'  We have practiced our counting and built some very tall towers.   We've been doing lots of writing and mark making again have started to blend sounds to make words.  


W/C 9th October 2017


We will be looking at shapes all around us.  We will be making shape biscuits and learning about the properties of shapes.



We will continue to practice all our sounds and introduce new sounds. We have started to blend our sounds to make words.  What words can you make with the sounds we have learnt so far?  



We will be going on our own Bear Hunt and making our own Story Maps.  We will also be re telling the story. 


Reminder- We have individual class photos on Monday 9th October. 



 Have a super weekend

Mrs Pollington and Mrs Luck. 

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       Friday 29th September 2017


This week we have had lots of fun learning about Rosh Hashana.  We also enjoyed singing and learning how to use our voices in different ways. In our maths lessons, we went on a search for different objects and had to count them carefully by touching and moving each one.  We also started to use numicon to help with our counting.  We've been doing lots of writing and mark making too,in our choosing time and some of us even made a book about worms!


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We will be counting objects, ordering and recognising numbers up to 20.



We will continue to practice all our sounds and introduce the new sounds e, l, h, r, and j.  We have started to blend our sounds to make words.  What words can you make with the sounds we have learnt so far?  Have a look at the sounds picture below.



We will be talking about our favourite books and the teachers favourite books.



Wednesday 4th October 2017  - Nursery and Reception Curriculum meeting.  


Have a super weekend

Mrs Pollington and Mrs Luck. 

Phonic Sounds and pictures

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Friday 22nd September.


This week we have enjoyed sharing our memory boxes, which has helped us to learn more about each.  The children have enjoyed our phonics sessions and have started to blend the sounds they have learnt, to make words.  We have also had fun finding things that begin with the same letter as our names on a sound walk. 


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We will be introducing the sounds c, k, b, u and f.



We will be estimating and counting groups of objects.



We will continue with our topic 'All about me,' and we will be talking about our feelings and how we can play together nicely.






Friday 15th September.


We have had another super week in Amethyst class and the children have enjoyed having lunch and staying all day. They are getting used to the routines and making friends. We have enjoyed hearing all about their families and they have drawn and labelled some super pictures.


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We will be introducing the sounds i, n, p, g and o.



We will continue with our topic 'All about me' We will be sharing our memory boxes and decorating them with our names.



We will be recognising numbers 1- 10 and counting and sorting objects.







Welcome to Amethyst Class!


We have had a lovely first few days in Amethyst Class. The children enjoyed exploring all the different areas in the class and making new friends. We have enjoyed seeing their lovely smiley faces!


Next week we will be starting phonics and learning the sounds - m, a, s, d, t.

We will be playing some 'getting-to-know-you' games and starting our topic -

All About Me!

Take a look below at what we have been doing this week!



Year Overview - Reception 2017- 2018