Welcome to Reception!

Willow Class

Teacher - Miss Batchelor

Chestnut Class

Teacher - Miss Loades

Teaching Assistants across the year group - Mrs Aynsworth, Mrs Nikol and Mrs Lammin,





Please check Google Classroom 


Please ensure your child comes to school dressed in their PE kit every Tuesday. Children should be dressed in either the Scotts tracksuit or shorts and t-shirt, depending on the weather. 

Book Bags and Reading Books

Your child will receive a book weekly. Please look at the back page to see what your child should be working on. This will include a decoding session, a prosody session and a comprehension session. Please sign your child's reading record 5 times a week. 


 Your child will be given homework every Friday. Please support your child in completing this homework to help them consolidate their phonics learning. Homework is due in the following Friday.


Please can you ensure that you label your child’s clothing, this includes their shoes. 

Our Topic is... 

Once Upon a Time- Traditional Tales and Fairy tales!

Termly curriculum overview

 Reading Books

Please make sure you read daily with your child and record a comment in the reading record. Please practice reading the phase words and tricky words with your child to develop their sight word recognition. 

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We’re Going to Find the Monster

This week we will read the story We're going to find the monster. We will discuss the different types of landscapes that the children come across in the story. We will look at rivers and art associated with this. 

In Phonics we will be reviewing all of the sounds we have learnt so far.

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 We will review all of the words we have learnt so far.

Information for parents can be found on Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. Please click on the link below.


Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised

Phonics Play

Please spend some time using the phonics play free resources to support your child’s decoding skills.

Click the link below to go to the website

In maths, we will consolidate our understanding of the patterns of the number system.



In PSHE we will be thinking about next year and our new teachers.

Special Box

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On a Friday, one child in class will be chosen for our special box. When it is your child’s turn, they will come home with a note to say they have the special box. Please collect five special things that are important to your child and discuss why they are special to them. It could be a teddy they have had since they were a baby, a certificate that they have been awarded or a photo of a family party. Once you have discussed them, please take a photograph and upload it to Google Classroom by the following Thursday.

Our Learning:

We created our own Gruffalo models as a home learning task. 

This week we had lots of fun walking around our local area and discussing all of the things we could see. 

Barleylands Farm Trip

Reception children enjoyed a fantastic farm trip to Barleylands Farm. This was to support our learning around animals and to know where our food comes from. We were lucky to feed the sheep and goats, and we also got to see week old piglets. We found out that the highland cow has a  very long tongue. We loved our tractor ride and were so excited to make our pizzas.

We were very surprised when our Gingerbread men ran away. We had lots of fun looking for them and were very pleased when we found them. We also retold the story pretending to be all of the characters. We discussed the changes that happened when we mixed the ingredients together and heated it.

We were very lucky to have a parent come in to talk to us about Eid. We learnt that during Ramadan Muslims do not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. Ramadan lasts for 30 days and when the Crescent Moon appears Ramadan is over. To break their fast some Muslims eat a date as they have lots of sugar to give them energy after not eating and drinking during the day. We learnt that Eid is a special celebration where families come together, share a special meal and exchange presents.  We were very lucky to also try a special dessert called Umm Ali. It was very tasty. Some of the children had the chance to dress up in a Thobe and Kameez. 

We enjoyed dressing up and celebrating World book day. We stopped throughout the day to listen adults reading.

Dinosaurs (TV series) - Wikipedia

We have really enjoyed learning about dinosaurs this week. We learnt that Mary Anning found many dinosaur fossils. We made our own dinosaur fossils and have enjoyed learning what dinosaurs ate. In our investigation area we looked at dinosaur poop to find clues of what the dinosaurs may have eaten.


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We had a lovely visit from a family in Chestnut class who came to tell us all about Chinese New Year and how they celebrate. We learnt about why red is a special colour and it symbolises luck. Children are given red envolopes with money and they wear red clothes. The children were really lucky to be able to wear the dragon costume and create their own dragon dance to the beat of the drums. 


We had a special visit from a parent in Willow class to learn about a special celebration. We learnt the story of the Three Kings which is celebrated in Spain. We learnt that Christmas lasts for 3 weeks in Spain. On the 12th day after Jesus' birth the three Kings arrived with Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. Children in Spain put their shoes around the Christmas Tree and leave water for the camels. The children listened extremely well and enjoyed hearing about the celebration.

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Paddington Bear's favourite food to eat was a marmalade sandwich. We followed instructions and enjoyed tasting the marmalade sandwich we had made. We learnt key words such as first, then, next and finally to order the instructions and practiced our fine motor skills.

Remembrance Day

We learnt about our senses and got to taste foods which were sour, sweet and salty. Look at our faces to see which food tastes we liked the most.

We brought our Heroes to school this week and told everyone about why they are our heroes.

We had lots of fun exploring our outdoor area.

During the hot weather we had lots of fun outdoors with water. 

Look at our new pets! We enjoyed playing with worms.

We had lots of fun joining in with our Pirate Day. We spoke like pirates all day and performed lots of different activities. Some of us even had to walk the plank.

We had great fun having a picnic on the moon this week after reading our story 'Whatever Next.' We retold the story and then had a jam sandwich on the moon.

We have been reading the story 'We're going on a bear hunt' and have had lots of fun exploring the story. We have tried retelling the story using musical instruments, we made our own story maps and we even went on our own bear hunt.

We were very lucky to have two Police Officers come in to talk to us about their jobs. We learnt how to keep ourselves safe and when we might need to call 999. We were all very excited to be allowed to try on some of their uniform and to climb into their Police van. We had lots of fun using their shields and testing them by throwing tennis balls at them.

Our First Week at Scotts