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4Th February 2015 - Mrs Brooks class visited Blue Planet Aquarium. We watched the stingray and sharks get fed, we touched a starfish and we even found Nemo and Dory! We had lots of fun!

Reception Snack Money Β£1 per week- please pass in each Monday 😊🍎🍏 Thank you πŸ‹

Reception M trip to Build a Bear in Liverpool One- Tuesday 24th February πŸ’›

Reception B trip to the Blue Planet Aquarium- Wednesday 4th February πŸ’™

Kensington Library Trip


Miss McFarlane's class visit Kensington Library on Monday 9th February at 10am and Mrs Brooks's class visit Kensington Library on Wednesday 11th February at 1pm. We need lots of parents to join us so please do support the trip if you are available and come along. 😊



Reception News 2.2.15 😊❀️


This week we are focusing on reading and writing facts about sea creatures and Henry VIII and his six wives in literacy.


In maths we are looking at money and making amounts using coins. πŸ˜ŠπŸ”’


We will also be following simple recipes for cookery, painting famous London landmarks and sea creatures. Please do visit the library to help your child to find out even more about these current topics. 😊

Reception News for January 😊


We had a great start to the year! Mrs Brooks's class enjoyed following their interest of 'Under the Sea' whilst Miss McFarlane's class enjoyed 'Paddington Bear and London'. 😊


In literacy we practiced reading and writing simple letters, words and sentences. In maths we practiced ordering numbers to 20, simple addition and subtraction and 2-D shape.😊


We also began getting changed for P.E and enjoy our weekly lessons every Thursday morning with Miss Beaumont. 😊

Cookery Fun with Alex 29.1.15 😊⭐️🍝

The Tower of London in Block Play 😊❀️

History in Reception ❀️ Henry VIII

Learning all about London ❀️

Paddington Bear and London Fun ❀️


As per the letter sent out by our PE teacher, Miss Beaumont before Christmas, all children need a PE kit every Thursday. PE kits consist of a white t-shirt, black shorts or black tracksuit bottoms and pumps or trainers. The children are welcome to leave their PE kits on their pegs throughout the half term until it needs to be taken home. Please ensure your child's name is written in all of their PE kits to reduce confusion when getting changed and be understanding that mistakes often happen in Reception.

PLEASE encourage your child to dress themselves independently at home and support them with buttons, laces and shoes.

RB are learning all about Under the Sea. Tony took us on the school minibus to Lister Drive Fisheries. We saw lots of different fish!

Cookery with Alex- Tuesday 9th December 😊🍝🍡 Parents come and have fun- Mrs Brooks's class cooking in the morning at 9.30am and Miss McFarlane's class cooking in the afternoon at 1pm.

Literacy Fun πŸ’›πŸ” 

Number Fun Outdoors πŸ”’πŸŒ³πŸ’š

Patterns in Maths β€οΈπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›β€οΈπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›β€οΈπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›

Christmas in Reception πŸŽ…πŸŽ„β€οΈ

Nativity 2014

Reception News 5/12/14- This week in Reception we had a wonderful time performing our nativity. We hope it marked the start of Christmas for all of you β€οΈπŸŽ…πŸŽ„ In literacy we shared Christmas stories and in maths we looked at number language and patterns. We also decorated our house for Christmas and decorated chocolate logs for Christmas. Homework is writing about our nativity and practicing our names and number writing to 10. Next week we will be writing letters to Father Christmas, wrapping up boxes, ordering numbers and looking at ordering three items by weight. We will also be making mince pies and sharing a Christmas wish. We will also share the nativity story and make a Christmas stocking. 
Coming up on Tuesday 9th December- Cookery with Alex from Sure Start Kensington- Mrs Brooks's class cooking in the morning and Miss McFarlane's class cooking in the afternoon. Hope to see you there ❀️

We Love Mathsβ€οΈπŸ˜ŠπŸ”’


Reception News 😊❀️ w/b 24.11.14

We had great fun in Reception this week learning all about the festival of Diwali. We made Diwa lamps, Diwali cards, shared the story of Rama and Sita and made Diwali sweets. In maths we looked at different ways of making amounts up to 10 and recorded as a sum. We love our letters and sounds sessions and we are getting so good at learning letters sounds and reading and writing simple words and captions. 

Homework is name and number writing and playing I Spy with sounds g, o, u,f,l and b. 

Next week we will be looking at a book called Santa is Coming to Liverpool in literacy and addition and subtraction to 10 and patterns in maths. We will also be getting ready for Christmas in Reception and opening our Advent calendar each day.β€οΈπŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ

Next week we will be looking at shape, money and and learning about the festival of Diwali.😊

Party FunπŸŽ‚πŸ’«β­οΈ

Toy Library- every Friday in Reception 3.15-3.45pm😊

Maths Fun 😊⏰

Reception News 17.11.14😊

This week in Reception we have really enjoyed following our interest of parties and wrote invitations to a party in literacy and made box model cakes at the creative table. We also ate birthday cake for Teddy and had a little party of our own just for Teddy. In maths we have been ordering numbers and looking at daily routines. We also enjoyed playing What's the Time Mr Wolf outdoors. In letters and sounds we love learning our letter of the day and this week some of us have looked at rhyme. 

Homework is writing a party list and practicing our letter and number formation. 😊 This week all completed homework will win a small treat so please do spend a few minutes with your child to complete it. We loved your photos from last week about birthdays so thank you!😊


Teddy's Birthday- We love this so much!πŸŽ‚

Reception News 10.11.14

This week Reception have been learning about birthdays and getting ready to celebrate Teddy's birthday. We began to make birthday cards, decorated cakes and put up birthday decorations in the house. We practiced our numbers in maths and also remembered the heroes from war by making poppies for Remembrance Sunday. We are also loving our daily letters and sounds sessions and enjoy learning the letters of the alphabet. 

Homework- please find out about birthdays and keep practicing your numbers to 10. Can you find objects at home and out and about that begin with i, m, d and n?😊

Next week we will be looking at writing party invitations in literacy, sequencing daily routines in maths and wrapping presents for teddy. 😊

11.11.14 The children in Reception have had lots of fun making poppies on Remembrance Day x

Parents please follow this link to a great website. Thank you! Your child can have lots of fun at home sharing the songs and learning the letter sounds.










Reception News 7.11.14

This week the children have had great fun writing about their half term holiday and sharing the story of Room on the Broom in Literacy 😊  In maths we have looked at counting the total number of objects up to 10 and also looked at money using the penny coin at the end of the week. We also talked about Halloween and Bonfire Night and painted fireworks, made chocolate apples and used music to make a firework poem. βœ¨πŸ’«βœ¨β­οΈ

Homework is to write about Bonfire Night. Please also practice writing your name and numbers to 10. Play I Spy at home using the sounds e, r and h. Many thanks for your support. 😊

Next week we will be thinking about birthday parties πŸŽ‚


Please remember our parental workshop on letters and sounds on Wednesday 12th November from 9.30-10.30 and our toy library launch on Friday 14th November from 3-15-3.45



This week we also thoroughly enjoyed investigating a pumpkin and planted some of the seeds outside. πŸ˜ŠπŸŒΏπŸƒ

Room on the Broom


Parents and Families- this half term Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson (author of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child) comes to The Playhouse Theatre. Have a look at the link above for more Julia Donaldson fun!😊



Happy half term to everybody in Reception 😊

Homework is drawing The Gruffalo's Child, playing I Spy with the sounds g,o,c,k and m. Please keep practicing counting to 20 and can you make a number collage using numbers you find on food packets etc; we would love to see them in your homework books! Please keep practicing reading your words and writing your name. 😊

Follow us on twitter for news, photos and links to useful websites.

@MissMcFarlane and @MrsbrooksP 😊

Fun at Delamere πŸƒπŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸ‚

23.10.14 Reception had a wonderful time at the Gruffalo Trail and guess what? We found him!!!

The Gruffalo's Child Trail at Delamere Forest- Thursday 23rd October 

Take a look at information about the trail using the above link πŸ˜ŠπŸŒ³πŸƒπŸŒ²πŸ‚


Please remember our upcoming trip on Thursday 23rd October to Delamere Forest to complete The Gruffalo's Child Trail. This  will be a thoroughly enjoyable trip for the children and we will be doing lots of preparation for it this week.  Please remember that the children will need to wear their uniforms with wellies to the forest along with a coat and warm clothing like hats, scarves and gloves. Many thanks for your support.

Reception News 13.10.14


This week we have had great fun sharing the story of The Gruffalo. We re enacted the story, sang The Gruffalo song and described the features of The Gruffalo. We also practiced recognising numbers and began to do some simple addition through practical activities. We also had fun going to Kensington Library and sharing stories. 


Our homework is to write about our favourite stories. Please practice learning key words and playing I Spy with the sounds g o c and k. 

Next week we will be sharing The Gruffalo's Child in class. πŸ˜ŠπŸŒ²πŸƒ

Meet the Teacher in Reception-Monday 13th October at 1.30pm. We are looking forward to seeing as many people as possible for a fun afternoon. 😊

Reception News 6.10.14

This week we have been having great fun sharing the story of Little Red Riding Hood! We re-enacted the story and enjoyed making cakes for Granny and writing sorry letters from The Wolf to Granny. In maths we looked at 2-D shape and had lots of fun going on a shape hunt around school.


Our homework this week is to make a shoebox Granny's house using  a selection of materials and decorations. We will be displaying all of your shoebox homes in school and really look forward to seeing them 😊


Can you play I Spy and look for objects that start with s a t i p and n 😊


How many 2-d shapes can you find out and about- can your child spot circles, triangles, squares and rectangles this week?😊

Next week we will be looking at The GruffaloπŸ˜ŠπŸŒ²πŸ‚πŸƒ



Little Red Riding Hood 🌲🏑

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Reception News 29.9.14

This week the children have had great fun sharing the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have re-enacted the story, painted the characters, read a recipe for porridge and made porridge in literacy. We have also looked at size and positional language in maths. The children are really enjoying their daily letters and sounds session as we look at a different letter of the alphabet each day. smiley


Homework 29.9.14

This week we ask your child to draw a picture of their favourite and find objects that are huge, middle sized and small at home.


Next week in Reception we will be looking at Little Red Riding Hood and learning all about 2-D shapes. 

Reception News 22.9.14


This week in Reception the children have really enjoyed sharing the story of The Gingerbread Man. We have painted the Gingerbread Man's house, made gingerbread biscuits and enjoyed making ginger spiced play dough. We have also been matching numbers to objects up to 10 and practiced counting and recognising numbers to 10. smiley



Homework 26.9.14

This week we ask that the children draw and label a picture of the gingerbread man. Please try and visit your local library to share the story. 

Shoebox Homes- this week we are asking you to get creative with your child by making a home using a box and decorations. We please bring these into school for us to display in Reception. 😊

Why not have a look at for a link to the gingerbread man story and gingerbread man counting activities. Next week our book focus will be Goldilocks and the Three Bears 😊


The Great Outdoors in Early Years πŸƒπŸŒ²πŸŒ»

A Big Welcome to Reception!smiley


Welcome to Reception where the children will have lots of exciting fun learning indoors and outdoors. The children are settling in very well and getting to know new routines and having lunch in school. smiley


Reception Staff

Miss McFarlane- Reception Teacher

Mrs Brooks- Reception Teacher

Mrs Davies- Teaching Assistant 

Miss Maloney- Nursery Nurse

Miss Roberts- Nursery Nurse


In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The children will enjoy a daily literacy and maths time. In literacy we will share a range of books, poems, rhymes and non fiction over the year and further develop a love of reading. We will teach the children key reading and writing skills and enrich communication and language development throughout the year. In maths we will teach key number and shape, space and measure skills through a wide range of practical activities. The children will have a daily letters and sounds session where we teach the letters and sounds of the alphabet and how to read, sound out and write simple words. We also teach the children a range of creative, musical and understanding the world topic concepts throughout the year. We also follow the children's interests through a wide variety of quality play experiences. smiley




Each week the children will take home reading books to share with you. We read with the children regularly each week and we kindly ask that you bring in your child's book bag each day. The children will also have the chance to share library books regularly. Book bags can be purchased from the office at £3.50.




Homework will be given out on a Friday and will consist of a practical activity along with a simple writing and maths activity. Your child will be given a homework book and we ask that homework is returned to school on Monday. Many thanks for your support.




P.E in Reception is on Thursdays. P.E bags can be left on the children's pegs in the cloakroom.




Please ensure that all of your child's belongings are clearly labelled so that they can be easily found.


Outdoor Play


In Reception we access the outdoor area in all weathers and we use our outdoor classroom daily for a wide range of practical activities that support what we do in the indoor environment.  We support the importance of outdoor play in the early years and how it enriches the children's physical, personal, social and emotional development as well as enhancing communication and language skills. You can leave wellies and any waterproof coats on the children's coat pegs. Please clearly label any outdoor clothing you bring in to school. Many thanks.


Cookery and Snack


Each Thursday we do a cookery activity with our Reception children. We kindly ask for £1 per week towards the cost of cooking ingredients and daily snack. Please hand in your £1 each Monday.


Stay and Play


You will have the opportunity in Reception to enjoy spending time with your child in school. We will let you know when stay and play sessions take place and look forward to seeing you there.


Toy Library


This year Reception will have the opportunity to borrow a toy and take it home for a week. The Toy Library will begin soon and will run each Friday straight after school. Toys are borrowed each Friday and returned to school the following Thursday. We hope that the children have lots of fun choosing a toy to borrow. Each class will take turns to borrow the toys and it is a great way of seeing the kinds of toys we use to support early years and quality play.


Trips and Visits


This year we will organise a range of trips for the children. We will inform you in plenty of time for upcoming trips and visits.


Early Years Links ( for letters and sounds) (for literacy and maths) ( great for traditional stories) ( for all things dinosaur related!)