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Welcome to Reception!

Here you will find out about all of the amazing things we do in Reception.

Home Learning

With the current advice regarding self-isolation, we are compiling many useful resources that can be used at home. We want to continue to support children with their learning during this difficult time by offering support by revisiting topics that have been covered so far this year. Please click below to access subject specific resources and activities that will help engage brains and support mental well-being.


The government have introduced the Oak National Academy website with daily online lessons:


You will find lots of resources on the web pages below. Here is a practical ideas pack for maths and phonics:


Have a look on Tapestry too for lots of activities and inspiration!


Internet safety:


Adults please remember to keep an overview of your child’s internet / social media activity. Unless you have turned on privacy settings and parental controls, your child may be able to access inappropriate content or it may simply 'pop up' while your child is watching YouTube or on other sites. For older siblings, who may be allowed to use social media, there are also other dangers. Although there are many apps that allow live streaming and chat with friends, not all of them have an automatic “private mode”, and other, unknown people could be joining in chats. On our website e-safety page, we have all our newsletters, which take adults through many of the games and social media that our children have been using. Please help your children stay safe online.

Free daily phonics lessons:

(available from Monday 27th April)


We are pleased to let you know that your child can receive a daily phonics lesson on YouTube, whilst schools are closed, funded by the Department for Education. Phonics is the way we teach children to recognise the sounds in words. It helps your child to learn to read and write and is an essential part of your child’s education. During the summer term, you will be able to access for your child a daily phonics lesson by clicking on 'Letters and Sounds for home and school'.

All lessons are introduced by celebrities, including children’s TV presenters, which adds an exciting addition to the lessons.


The timetable is as follows:

10am - Reception
10.30am - Year 1
11am - Learning to Blend Extra blending practice for Reception and Year 1 children.


After watching each lesson, we encourage you to read aloud to your child and, if your child has reading books at home or can access E-books on Oxford Owl, listen to your child read. Please check Parent Mail for additional information.


Education City:


Please log in and play games on Education City. This fantastic resource can now be played free at home using your child's individual password and login - these have been sent to you individually on Tapestry. The games under EYFS (F2) are ideal for Reception age children. We would recommend the 'Letters and Sounds' games and the Maths activities/videos.

                                    Meet the team!


       Mr Kriehn    Miss O'Brien

         Chestnut Class Teacher       Beech Class Teacher


   Mrs Arnett     Mrs Mason     Mrs Lockwood

                    HLTA                    Chestnut Teaching Assistant        Beech Teaching Assistant



  Miss Drummond          Miss Lacey

               SEN support

If you wish to contact us via email, please use the address below and we will contact you at the earliest opportunity within school opening hours. Thank you




Top tips for helping your child learn at home including recommended websites and free online games and resources.

We love World Book day! Thank you to all the parents that came and read with their children!

The egg hatched - this week we found a dinosaur egg perfectly preserved in out curiosity box. We later received an email from Professor Gellor explaining that he had sent us the egg to look after. Unfortunately the dinosaur (Triceratops) escaped but luckily our CCTV caught footage of the dinosaur eating leaves and taking a nap on our slide! The children loved searching for clues and have set a trap to see if we can catch the dinosaur!

Reading at home time - thank you to all the parents that came to our first 'home time reading event' a few weeks back. We will be continuing to open early on a Monday (3pm) and will now also be opening on a Friday at 3pm. We will have book bags ready for you to collect with your child and then find a quiet comfy place to read.

                     Spring Term 2

This half term our topic will be dinosaurs. We have lots of exciting activities planned covering all the areas of development.

First we will receive a mysterious egg in the post and an email from Professor Gellar.

Next we will identify the egg as a dinosaur egg and research palaeontology and explore dinosaur digs.

Then we will focus on learning facts about dinosaurs and learning about the word ‘extinct’.

Later we will be introducing the story ‘Tom and the Island of the Dinosaurs’ and will discuss the key features of the story.

After that we will be writing a list of items we would take with us for the journey to Tom’s Island.

Finally we will be writing a letter to the characters in the story and will also be having a science themed week making volcanos erupt!

Newsletter - Dinosaurs

Beech retelling, 'Me...' by Emma Dodd - Part 2

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Beech retelling, 'Me...' by Emma Dodd - Part 1

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                      Spring Term 1

           Our new topic is called; ‘Why would a penguin and a polar bear never meet?’

The children will learn to retell the story 'Me' by Emma Dodd. The story is about a baby penguin that finds himself lost ,alone and scared of the world. The children will use a story map, actions and visuals to support them in retelling the story without the use of the book. The children will then change elements of the story to make their very own story and contribute to a class book.


Further into the term the children will be learning about real penguins and how to find facts about them using a variety of available resources such as non fiction books and the internet. The children will also be learning about polar bears and how their habitat is different to a penguin's habitat. We will be conducting ice experiments and the children will get to choose to make either a clay polar bear or a clay penguin.



Spring Term 1 Newsletter Penguins

Stay and Play- Thankyou to everyone who came to the stay and play phonics sessions. We really enjoyed showing you how we teach phonics in reception and the children loved you being in their provision playing with them.

A surprise visitor - Last week we sent a letter to the bear from 'We're going on a bear hunt' inviting him to come and visit us. Today he visited and we asked him a few questions. His name is Barnebus B. Bear and he chased the children because they woke him up from a deep sleep. The children loved meeting him and have been busy sending him Christmas cards.

We went on a bear hunt! The children had a fantastic time retelling the story and hunting for mini -beasts.

The Bedtime Stories Event - We would like to thank everyone who came to the event and made it a special evening.

         Autumn Term 2 - We're Going on Bear Hunt.....

Our second topic is Literacy based and is named after the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt.' We will learn this story off by heart and practice retelling it using actions and a story map. The children will write letters to the bear in our role play post office and will look after poorly teddy bears in our role play bear hospital. The children will then change a few features of the story to invent their own bear stories. We will finish off the topic by learning real facts about bears and their habitats.



Newsletter for Autumn term 2

A special visitor ! Today we had a special visitor, a real fire engine. We met firefighter Barraclough and he showed the children the siren and the instruments and tools they use to put out a fire.

Exploring the brand new gym trail!

Brushing our teeth- Today we learnt about why we need to brush our teeth twice a day and which foods are good and bad for our teeth. We then practiced brushing our teeth.

Exploring our senses (Taste) - We had lots of fun trying foods with sweet and sour tastes.

            Autumn - Term 1 - 'What makes me special?'

During our first topic ‘What makes me special?’ the children will be settling into their first half term in school by sharing information about themselves, their families and their friends. Whilst learning about what makes them special, the children will also learn about their body and their five senses, the importance of their skeleton and how to keep healthy.


Shortly, we will be sending home a 'special bag' for your child to fill with their interests and photographs of their family. It would be great if parents could select the items with their child explaining the importance and why they are special such as a favourite snack, favourite toy or favourite photograph.The children will be sharing their 'special bag' in their key worker group and we can't wait to see what are in the 'special bags.'






Parents Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage or EYFS

Dates for your diary ............


Monday 2nd September - Whole School Training Day - School Closed

Wednesday 16th October - Parents Evening 

Thursday 17th October - Parents Evening 

Friday 15th November - Whole School Training Day - School Closed

Monday 18th November - Whole School Training Day - School Closed 

Tuesday 19th November - Early Year Training Day - Nursery & Reception Closed Only



Useful Websites


Letters and sounds-

Phase 2 Games-

Phase 3 Games-


Jolly Phonics Songs on You Tube

Phase 2 Sounds-

Phase 3 Sounds-

Geraldine the Giraffe (a puppet to read words using phonics). One short programme for each new sound in Phase 2 and 3. Watch on You Tube-

Alphablocks (a BBC children’s show aimed at developing phonics)-



Maths games-

Ten ways to help your child with maths-

Numberblocks (a BBC children’s show designed to help development of number)-

The Big Number Song (Helps children count to 100 in 1s)

Count by 2s-

Count by 5s-

Count by 10s-