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REP - Mrs Edge, Miss Percival & Mrs Murphy (HLTA)

RM - Miss McGregor, Mrs Jones (HLTA) & Miss Walker (LSA)

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Term: Autumn 1


Literacy (Talk 4 Writing)

Fiction: Losing Tale - Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Non-fiction: Information text  - Nocturnal Animals


Sounds Write (phonics)

Blending and segmenting words within units 1 and 2 (CVC words containing the sounds a, i, m, t, s, n, o, p)



Numbers within 3


Learning Challenge

Who is special to me?

  • Who is in my family?
  • Who are my friends?
  • Why am I special?



PE will be on Mondays and Fridays (REP) and Mondays and Wednesdays (RM). Children should come to school wearing a full PE kit.

Homework will be given out on a Friday and must be returned on Wednesday.

October 2018

National Poetry Day

We have loved celebrating National Poetry Day. We came to school dressed as characters from our favourite poems and rhymes. We performed a poem we had learned in assembly and had visits from pupils from St Hilda's, our Reading Revolutionaries and parents who spent time reading us different poems.

October 2018

Outdoor Phonics

We have loved doing some of our phonics lessons outdoors. We placed three hoops on the floors and drew some sounds in them. We then jumped in each hoop, saying each sound as we landed on it. After saying all the sounds we blended them together to read the word. We then had a go at writing the word using chalk.

October 2018


We have enjoyed playing a game using our subitising skills. We took it in turns to turn over two cards. We then compared the cards to see if they are the same or different, explaining why.

October 2018

Innovating our story

We have enjoyed innovating the story Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. We decided to change the characters in the story. We drew our ideas on large pieces of paper and shared them with our friends. We then had a vote and choose new characters to create new class stories. REP created a story called Unicorn Babies and RM changed the story to Pumpkin stories. All the Reception staff were amazed at how confident the children were at doing their first story innovations.

October 2018

Our Senses

We have been enjoying exploring our five senses. We have investigated sounds by going on listening walks and playing guess the instrument games. We read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? and made telescopes and discovered what we could see in our classrooms and observed what happens when we mix two primary colours together. We tasted different foods and used the words sweet, sour, salty and bitter to describe and catergorise them.


September 2018

Our Bodies

We have enjoyed learning all about our bodies. We took it in turns to draw around our friends and label their different body parts.

September 2018


We've enjoyed exploring different patterns and using objects in our classroom and outdoors to create patterns of our own.

September 2018

Exploring Size and Capacity

We had lots of fun exploring size and capacity in the mud kitchen. We used different sized containers to make some mud pies. We used language such as full, empty, big, small, large, medium, more and less. We spoke about how we could test which container would hold the most and least amount of mud.

September 2018

Owl Babies

We had a special visitor in our classrooms last night (18th September). We came to school to find a dark classroom with a nest on the carpet, branches hanging from the ceiling and woodland sounds. We spoke about who we thought had been to visit. Later on, we read Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. We made predictions about where Mummy owl had gone and explored some new vocabulary such as swooped.

After reading the story, we had lots of fun acting it out with our friends!

September 2018

 Classifying, matching, comparing and ordering

We have had lots of fun exploring different properties of things in our classroom and outdoor environment. We have talked about what is the same and different about different objects and have used different criterion such as size and colour to sort objects.

September 2018

Self Portraits

We have been using mirrors to look carefully at our faces. We spoke about our different features such as hair colour, eye colour and if we had freckles or not. We then used oil pastels to draw some self-portraits. We also enjoyed creating faces using paper plates and loose parts.

September 2018

Edible Art!

For our first cookery session we decided to make some toast, but with a twist. We made some edible paints using some food colouring. We then painted a design of our choice onto our bread. We allowed the paint to dry before toasting the bread. We then added a topping of our choice and practised our knife skills.

September 2018

Settling In

We have had lots of fun settling into our new classes. We have enjoyed making friends and getting to know our new teachers. We really enjoyed taking part in our first drama and PE lessons and have been showing our teachers what we know already.


The week ahead: New Food for Thought meals in school, School Book Fair in the Hall after school all week, Parents Evenings on Wednesday, School Discos on Thursday and INSET day on Friday!