Reception (EYFS)

Welcome to our class web page where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.

Who’s Who?

These are the people you will meet in Reception

Teacher:  Mrs  N Gregory

TAs: Mrs T Churchill and Mrs B Milburn

Key information:

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Useful Links

Here are some links specifically for reception children and their parents/carers.

Term 4 Overview

This term we will be learning about keeping healthy, spring and Easter.  Our reading and writing focus will be largely based around traditional tales, looking closely at the types of characters, settings and plots that they have.  We will start by reading ‘The Big Pancake’, followed by ‘Hansel and Gretel’.

In number and shape, we will be learning different ways to make the number ten, followed by naming and describing 3-d and 2-d shapes.

As always, the topics we are learning will change depending on the children’s interests, allowing them to lead their own learning.


Term 3 Overview

This term we will be finding out about winter.  Our class book this term is ‘Here comes Jack Frost’ by  Kazuno Kohara.  It is a book about a little boy who meets Jack Frost and tells the story of all of the fun adventures they have together in winter.   The book contains some beautiful illustrations that we will use to inspire our artistic skills! 

This book will be the starting point of our topic, leading us to find out about and observe winter weather.  We will once again be following the children’s interests and allowing them to lead their own learning.

Later in the term we will also be finding out about Chinese New Year.


Number Bonds to 5

This week we have been using Numicon to find different ways to make 5.

Road Safety Workshop

Term 2 Overview

This term we will be reading the book ‘The Owl who was afraid of the dark” by Jill Tomlinson.  From this starting point, we will be finding out about the dark sky at night.  As we continue the learning journey, we will follow the children’s interests and explore their ideas. 

We will be creating a dark sky in the home corner using different techniques with brushes, paints and printing materials.  In maths we will continue our number work and begin to count two sets of objects to see how many we have altogether.  In phonics we will continue to learn our new sounds and blend them together to read words.    There will also be lots of practising of songs for the Christmas nativity.

This term we will also begin to think about ‘Coniston’s Learning Baehaviours’.  We will start with ‘challenging ourselves’ and ‘operate as a team’.


Exploring ice

This week, we have been excited to learn about ice.  When we went in our outdoor area this one morning this week, we found ice!  We explored the ice and found that it melted back to water when it got warmer.  Later in the week, the naughty elf visited and froze some of our toys in ice!  Because of this, we had to find different ways to melt the ice so that we could get our toys back!

The Moon and planets

Following on from our learning about the dark sky and our class books,  this week we wanted to learn more about the Moon and planets in our solar system.  We have been singing planet songs, painting planets and the Moon, and finding out some facts.  We also did an experiment to find out why some moon craters are bigger than others.  To do this, we created our own moon surface with sand and flour, then we dropped different size pebbles and rocks onto it from different heights.  We found that the larger, heavier rocks made larger craters than smaller, lighter rocks.  Rocks dropped from a greater height also made larger holes.

Whatever Next!

At the moment, we are really enjoying acting out stories and pretending in our play.  This week, we have read the story ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy.  We have learnt our own version of the story with actions to help us remember it, and this week we have been roleplying the story.  We have used cardboard boxes, colanders, welly boots and picnic sets in our play, so that we can make up our own stories about Baby Bear.  What fun we have had!

The Owl who was afraid of the dark

After reading our class book, the children wanted to find out more about owls.  We have found out how they look, where they live, what they eat and how they behave.  The children have really enjoyed painting and creating owl pictures using different painting techniques.  They have also used dough to create models, and have made nests using different construction materials.

Bonfire night

Today the children have been sharing their experiences of Bonfire night.  We have been using different resources to make pictures of bonfires and fireworks.  We made paintings, collage and 3-d models of bonfires.  The children have also learnt about Guy Fawkes.

Term 1 Overview

This term we will be settling into our class and making new friends.  We will be learning the class rules and exploring our new classroom. 

We will be reading the stories ‘Funny Bones’ by Allan Ahlberg and the traditional tale ‘The Enormous Turnip’.  These stories will be a starting point to thinking about our topics ‘All about me’ and ‘Autumn’.  From these starting points, we will follow the children’s interests so that they enjoy their learning and are fully engaged.  We will be painting, creating, cutting, sticking and using our imaginations in order to learn the skills that we need.  There will be lots of play!  The children will also be learning phonics and bringing home reading books. 

Jam sandwiches

Following instructions to make jam sandwiches. Delicious!

Being independent

We are working hard to do lots of things by ourselves.  We are being more independent by putting our own coats on, getting our own snacks and tidying afterwards, mixing our own paint colours and washing up the pallets and pots by ourselves.  We are being so grown up!

Making salt dough

We love playing in our home corner but we need more pretend food to play with.  Today we decided to make some food using salt dough.  We measured, mixed and rolled the dough.  Then we cut out, and made shapes.  Mrs Churchill baked the dough in the oven and then we painted some of it.  Now we have more pretend food for our home corner!

All about me

This week we have been learning about ourselves.  We have talked about what we like and dislike, our families, how we look and what makes us different.  We have painted self-portraits and made faces using different materials. Our story book this week has been ‘Funny Bones’ by Allan Ahlberg.  We were really interested by the skeletons in the book so we found out more.  We made skeleton pictures with chalk and cotton buds.

Communication and language

This week we have started working with different learning partners to help us explore the classroom.  We are working hard to talk to each other about the different activities in the classroom.  We are asking each other questions and explaining what we enjoy when we are playing together.

Exploring autumn

We have been finding out about autumn.  This has meant we have spent lots of time outside on the school field collecting different coloured leaves.  We have used the leaves to make pictures for printing and used different autumnal coloured paints.  We learnt how to make orange paint by mixing yellow and red together!  We’ve even used big sweeping brushes to sweep the autumn leaves on our playground!

Exploring our outside area

We have been exploring our new outdoor area!  We are especially enjoying building dens, making dinosaur parks and playing with water!

Our first week at school

Well done to all of our brilliant EYFS children who have made a great start in their first week at school.  This week we have started making new friends, explored our new classroom and learnt some new class rules.