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Reception Ladybird and Bumblebee

Welcome to Reception

Have a look at our page to find out all the things that we are doing in Reception.


Click on the links below to find out about all the things we have been doing.

Adults in Ladybird Class


Class Teachers: Miss Cox & Mrs McDaniel


Early Years Practitioner: Miss Benjamin


Adults in Bumblebee Class


Class Teacher: Mrs MacDiarmid


Early Years Practitioner: Miss Rivet

Find out about some of the exciting learning that took place in 2018 - 2019

Welcome to Reception 2018 – 19! During the year you can see our amazing learning by visiting our webpage. These are our topics for the year. These might change during the year depending on the children’s interests. Each topic is always linked to a high quality text and we read widely around our topic. We start each 3 week topic by finding out what the children already know about it. Then we do an immersion activity (an exciting event linked to the learning e.g. a trip, a visitor, something exciting in class.) After that we involve the children in choosing what they would like in each area of the classroom to explore each topic so that the learning is child led wherever possible.

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We had chicks in our class! We watched them hatch and learned all about their life cycles. At the end of the week, Mrs Matthews brought in her grown up chicken so we could compare chicks and chickens as part of our knowledge and understanding of the world learning. 

Our trip to Chessington Zoo - On Friday 7th June Reception went to Chessington zoo to immerse ourselves in our new topic for this half term, ‘Wild and Wonderful’. The children saw lions, gorillas, monkeys, sea lions, penguins, sharks, zebra and many more fascinating creatures! The children were really well behaved and made us proud. Back in class we will be learning about different animals and comparing their similarities and differences. We will learn about how they change as they grow. We will also create artwork linked to our trip and do lots of writing about the different animals we saw.

As part of our 'terrific transformations' topic, we had caterpillars in our classroom! We watched as they got fatter and fatter until they made their chrysalis. Then we waited patiently for them to become butterflies. Finally we released them!

In maths, we have been learning about doubling.

Look at our amazing writing in reception!

Look at some of our wonderful spring term learning!

In February, we went to Windsor castle to launch our new 'tales, turrets and tiaras' topic. The children had a wonderful day exploring the castle. We enjoyed looking around the castle and talking about similarities and differences it had with our own homes and other buildings. We then did a workshop and listened to a story about when Queen Victoria visited Windsor. Some of us had to dress up as the different characters.

We have started our new topics about toys. To launch the topic, children have brought in a special toy from home to show to the class. We will be talking about our toys and using exciting adjectives to describe them. We will be drawing and writing about our toys too. In our role play area, we have a toy shop linked to our maths learning about coin recognition.

We have been learning about celebrations this half term. We made birthday cakes! We talked about the different ingredients we needed and talked about their similarities and differences. We also watched closely as they changed when we put them in the oven. Now we are busy writing lists of the ingredients we used!

Miller's Ark Living Nativity


Something really exciting happened in Reception and Nursery on Wednesday!  We were visited by Miller's Ark Living Nativity.  We were met by the 'Inn-keeper' who showed us around the stable where Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus took shelter.  He told us the story of how the little family came to be in his stable and then introduced us to all the animals.  We met two donkeys, two pigs and lots of sheep and goats.  We really enjoyed being able to get really close and give them lots of strokes.  It was fantastic and we are now really in the mood for creating our own Nativity for all  our grown ups to come and see in a few weeks time!

Miller's Ark Living Nativity

Today it was windy so the children decided they would make some kites!

Today it was windy so the children decided they would make some kites! 1
Today it was windy so the children decided they would make some kites! 2

People who help us topic

Our first few weeks in Reception.

In reception we use RWI (Read Write Inc) to teach phonics. It is a fantastic way to teach children to read and write. For more information on RWI, please see the link below.


How to support your child with reading