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Welcome to  Reception Class 2020-2021!

This half term in PE we will be learning how to move with confidence and skill around, under, over and through balancing and climbing equipment. Here is a video to show you the kind of things we will be doing in PE.  We will also be practising our catching and throwing skills.
Summer 1

Autumn 1 PE

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Virtual Phonics Evening 21st September 2020
Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend the virtual phonics session on the 21st.  Attached is a recording of the session. It is a whistle stop tour! The Recording starts some way into the session and doesn't include the explanation of the terminology we use in the teaching of phonics, this can be found in the accompanying notes. Who can remember what a digraph is?!

Virtual Phonics Session 21.9.2020

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Notes to accompany virtual phonics evening

Letters to Parents 2020-2021
Spring Term 2021
Autumn Term 2020

Protecting Our Children

In school we use a scheme called Protective Behaviours as part of our Taking Care Project. We have added some useful links for you to use.

Gallery 2020-2021

Special Visitor!

We had a special visit from Santa today (socially distanced of course)! He dropped off some Christmas presents to the children before carrying on to the North Pole to make preparations for his busy night!

Gallery 2019-2020

If you're looking for something to do over the summer holidays then take a look at the Passport ideas.

Bridges Topic

The Reception children have been keeping busy with their topic work over the last fortnight. They have completed a range of topic challenges and produced some brilliant work. Well done everyone!

Thank You Southam & District Lions

Reception have been building friendship bridges in class this week and used their friendship handprints to thank The Southam & District Lions for kindly donating hand sanitiser to our school. Well done Reception

Learning about the Olympics

Our recent whole school topic focusing on the Olympics has kept the Reception children busy! They have challenged themselves with a range of activities and challenges from learning about the Olympic rings, designing their own medals and flags and holding their own Olympic events. Well done everyone!

The Gingerbread Man

The Reception children have enjoyed their Traditional Tale 'The Gingerbread Man' this week. They have been using their phonic skills to write story sentences as well as reading and following a recipe to make some delicious looking gingerbread. Great work Reception!

The Three Billy Goats Gruff Home Learning


The Reception children have had lots of fun learning about 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' this week. They have been busy with a range of activities to help them develop their learning in a range of areas. It is fantastic to see the effort and enthusiasm the children are putting into their home learning. They all look very proud of their achievements! Well done Reception!

Tricky Words


The Reception children have been using a selection of activities to help them learn their tricky words. It is great to see them begin to use their new tricky words in their writing. Keep it up Reception!

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Little Red Riding Hood Home Learning


The Reception children have continued to be very busy with their home learning. This week their learning has been focused around the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The children have also used this opportunity to learn about healthy and unhealthy food. They have then used this knowledge to carefully choose items to put in a basket for Grandma. It is great to see the children enjoying their learning and being so proud of their achievements.

Little Red Riding Hood

Home Learning for The Three Little Pigs

The Reception children have been really engaged with their traditional tales this term. This week they have been working hard at home with their families to learn and retell The Three Little Pigs. They have been using a range of tools and materials to build houses for the pigs and using their creative skills to make character masks too. 

The Three Little Pigs

Reception Home Learning


The Reception children have been very busy with their home learning focusing on Traditional Tales. They have been working on different challenges to learn, retell and act out the stories. 

Our 'Junk' Cars

We had great fun making our vehicles. We did our own designs and then built and painted them.

Stay and Play

Our Stay and Play afternoon was well attended. Lots of parents came to play with their children and the children loved showing off their learning. It was a lovely warm and positive atmosphere.

In Reception, we have been learning about vehicles. We looked at rockets, tyre tracks and vehicle construction. We made our own rockets and tyre tracks.

Faith Week 2019

During Faith Week we learnt about Christianity and made some super colourful crosses.

Our New Marble Run

We have had great fun playing with our new Marble Run which was purchased by the PTFA. A BIG thank you to the PTFA for raising money so that we can have extra things to do and play with.