Reception

Welcome to Our Reception Page

On this page, you will find staffing information and all of our lovely news, along with photographs of what we have been getting up to.

Staff in Reception

Mr Beech (Phase Leader and Bluebirds Class teacher on Monday and Tuesday)

Miss Beestin (Robins class teacher)

Mrs Holland (Bluebirds class teacher Wednesday – Friday)

Mrs Papworth (Teaching assistant in Bluebirds – Not in on Fridays)

Mrs Marriott (Teaching assistant in Robins – Not in on Thursdays)

Mrs Holgate (Phase Teaching assistant Thursday and Friday)

EYFS Phase Governor: David Pass

Physical Education (PE)

Children in EYFS are taught their physical development through both our outdoor and indoor provision. Please can your child come to school in their PE kits, in a pair of trainers they can put on by themselves.

Bluebirds PE – Monday

Robins PE – Friday

Book Bags

The children should bring their book bags into school every Monday and Thursday. It will be returned to you on a Monday and Friday. This year we would like to encourage the children to empty their own bookbags, so if you have written a message for staff, please can you make sure your child is aware so they can show it to us.

Reading Books

Your child will bring home s free choice book on a Monday. Please read this with your child and return it on a Thursday. Each Friday your child will bring home two reading books. One of these will be a free choice book and one book will be from our school reading scheme. The free choice books are selected by the children. These are to support our work on ‘Reading for Enjoyment.’ It is not expected that your child will read these books totally independently but it may be a book that you share together. Please make a comment and sign in your child’s home/school diary to indicate that they have read their book. You may also use the front of your child’s diary to record any messages for us to read. We may also use them to record messages for you, so please check these regularly.

Take a look at our video: Reception, A Day in the life!

Learning at home

It is expected that all Reception children read with their parent/carer at least twice a week. In order to gain a new book, the children must have a signature and comment in their reading diary from an adult to say that they have read their previous book. They will also have a variety of homework tasks (that can be chosen from a list by you – see below).

Please feel free to make Comments on your child’s homework to let us know how your child managed with the task.

If you have any queries, please contact a member of the
Reception team.

Homework

Each half term, after the October half term, the children will receive homework, which will be available on the website. It is
expected that your child will complete the activities set. We ask you to mark and talk about your child’s homework, so any misconceptions can be picked up straight away. If you can return your child’s homework on a Monday in their bookbag we can then share their achievements.

Hometime

The school day finishes at 3.15pm. Please can we ask anyone who is picking up to stand to the left of Robins door. This will ensure the safety of us handing the children to you, as the pathway can become very congested at the end of the day due to it leading out to one of the main gates.

Please ensure if you have made any new arrangements for picks e.g. your child is going out for a tea, or a last minute alteration to your normal pick up
routine that you inform the class teacher or school office either in writing or by telling the teacher that morning.

This half term’s Homework and Knowledge Organisers.

EYFS Topic Homework Grid and Knowledge Organisers – Summer 2

Hello everyone – welcome back!  We hope you had a lovely break, are well rested and raring to go for this half term.  Our new topic is ‘Tremendous Transport.’ Please find below the links for the topic homework grid and knowledge organisers for topic, maths and English.  If you have any questions, please do not …

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Latest class news – Click the title for more.

Reading Books

Tonight your child will bring home a reading book. These books have pictures and come with a guide for you to support your child as you look at them together. Please encourage your child to talk about the front cover enabling them to think about what the book might be called. As you move through …

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Having Fun With Instruments in EYFS

Bluebirds and Robins had fun tapping and scraping and shaking instruments and trying to keep the beat. They were SO good at stopping and being quiet when they needed to as well. See if they can sing you the ‘Shake and Stop’ song!

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All smiles!

This week in our topic work we have learnt all about how to look after our teeth. We used some of the teddies to demonstrate how to move the tooth brush up and down, whilst placing small amounts of toothpaste on our brushes. We have even made our own dentist in the classroom.  We would …

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Brand New Robins and Bluebirds!

Today, the first half of our brand new Robins and Bluebirds classes joined us in school.  We are all so impressed with how they settled so quickly.  They were investigating the provision in the classrooms, beginning to learn their new routines and are starting to make new friends too!  The children even enjoyed their first …

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Reception Muddy Puddle Day

Today we have taken part in different activities and enjoyed the outdoors. We have created pictures using natural materials. We also learnt the  Green Cross Code. Then we drew a road with a zebra crossing and took it in turns to cross safely.  We took part in different problem solving tasks making our own ramps. …

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Yorkshire Wildlife Park

What a super day we  have had! We were all very excited as we got onto the coach. When we got to the park we became little explores spotting giraffes, leopards, tigers, lions, and even a polar bear or two. Well done Robins and Bluebirds your first school trip. What an adventure. We are so …

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EYFS Trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Didn’t we have a wonderful time the day we went to Yorkshire Wildlife Park! It was amazing seeing all the animals and the children were a credit to school and their families. Here’s a taster ~ more pictures to come soon.

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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

This summer, Queen Elizabeth II has her platinum jubilee – the longest reign of any British monarch! In the 70 years that she has been queen, the world has changed in many ways. Each year group at Tranmere Park have researched a decade and created a collage. These collages, collected as one, tell a story …

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Tigers Came to Tea in Reception! (Entry Point)

As part of our entry point for our new topic of ‘Amazing Animals’ we read Judith Kerr’s ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea.’ We then decided to write invitations, make masks, have our faces painted and even have a wonderful picnic lunch in the sunshine.  What a super way to start our topic and get …

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Snowy Day!!!

What a surprise this morning. A lovely white blanket of snow. We decided to bring the outdoors in. We collected some snow and played with our Antarctic animals. We found out some interesting facts and talked about why the snow melted as we were playing.

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Reception Exit Point – Food & Plants

This term we have learnt about where our food comes from, talked about healthy and unhealthy foods and even looked at planting and caring for plants. As our exit point we used different foods to create pictures. We started by learning how to use the ‘bridge’ technique when cutting our fruit, the grating techniques for …

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Shapes all around!

This week in Maths we have learnt all about shape. We first learnt  the names of  2-d and 3-d shapes. We then went on a shape hunt to discover the different shapes in and around our environment.

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Planting Beans

This week, as part of our topic we have planted some Broad Beans. We observed the different sizes and described how they felt. We then talked about what plants need to help them grow. We are going to take very good care of them and watch to see all the changes that take place. We …

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Reception Entry Point – Food & Plants

This week we have started our new topic all about Food and Plants. As part of our entry point we discovered more about our senses. We first had to smell different types of food and plants. We had to guess what we were smelling and decide if we liked or disliked the smell. We smelt …

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More Music in EYFS

Here are some pictures of Bluebirds adding music to We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

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Reception – World Book Day

We all looked fabulous today as we celebrate World Book Day. We shared some of our favourite books with our friends talking about the characters and events that happened in the stories. We then made book marks,  designed our own book covers and even went on a book scavenger hunt. As part of our music …

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Reception – Let’s Pretend Exit Point

  We have completed our topic about Let’s Pretend this week. We have continued our theme pretending to be Kings and Queens preparing for our banqueted on Tuesday. We baked  bread using a kneading technique. We were very excited on Tuesday, as we all came dressed up and one of our parents, Mrs Lee came …

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Reception – Children’s Mental Health Week

This week we have carefully thought about our mental health and wellbeing.  We talked about how other people support us when we ‘Grow Together’ (the theme of this week).  We looked at different emotions and how these emotions can make us feel.  We found out that we have lots of people who like to help …

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Chinese New Year!

This week we have celebrated Chinese New Year. We learnt it was the year of the Tiger. We decorated our home corner by creating our own lanterns. We created our own dragons by learning how to use a hole punch and split pins. Then we looked at different dragon dances. We used musical instruments and …

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Father David

As part of our RE we have being talking about how we belong to special communities and talked about places that are special to us. Today Father David came into Reception to talk about his job at St Oswald’s Church. He talked about the Bible and how he welcomed people to the church.

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EYFS Super Soup

Bluebirds and Robins made carrot and potato soup yesterday. They practised lots of cooking skills like using bridge and claw techniques to cut (pre-cooked) carrots and potatoes as well as mashing, stirring and grinding (pepper and salt). We heard some lovely conversations about things like halves and quarters as well as cooking that they have …

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Super Veggies Take Over in EYFS!

Can you spot Cunning Carrot, Brave Butternut or Posh Potato?  This week we have continued our story all about’ Supertato’.  In English we followed on from acting out the story to re-writing it using some of the key words from our word lists.  In topic, we talked about how we could design our own superhero …

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Reception Entry Point – Let’s Pretend

Over this week we have been talking about ‘Let’s Pretend’ and what it means. We thought it was all about dressing up and turning into someone else.  We made up some wonderful creative stories using different puppets and talked about how a story begins.  We also added our own settings and invented some good and …

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Reception – Muddy Puddle Day

We have had a wonderful time today. We got out our winter warmers and braved the cold and wet weather. We then went exploring around the school grounds so that we could make our own Santa sleigh and Christmas pudding.  We mixed different types of leaves to make our mixture. Then we found pine needles, …

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Patterns

This week in maths we have talked about different patterns within the environment. We have created some super patterns using colour and shape too. As part of our learning we challenged ourselves to record our own work.

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Reception Light Up the Sky – Entry Point

Our exciting entry point for our new topic of ‘Celebrations’ was a huge success!  The children worked together to propel a rocket into the sky, then added ‘petrol’ and ‘rocket fuel’ to their containers and watched as it zoomed up higher than the school!  It was super to see the children working together so well …

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Happy Together

We thought you might like to see Bluebirds’ happy hands wreath. We drew round our hands in lots of different colours and created a wreath to remind us that we are all happy together!

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Reception – Handa’s Surprise Workshop

Bluebirds and Robins got a lovely surprise today… just like Handa in the story.  The children were transported to Kenya (I know, we made it back just in time for home time!) and walked with Handa with her basket of fruits.  Unfortunately, we were tricked by several wild animals who stole our fruits… much to …

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Painting Rainbows

We have brightened up are week by painting amazing rainbows. We talked about the different colours and why rainbows appear in the sky. We learnt how to hold our paint brushes and the water to wash them clean so that colours didn’t mix.    

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Tap! Ding! Clap! Sing!

There was a lot of tapping and dinging and clapping and singing and banging and scraping and clicking and chopping going on in Bluebirds today! We used our new free box of instruments from Artforms Leeds and learned some new songs and rhymes. It was fun!

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Robins – People Who Help Us

This week we have been find out about how different people can help us stay safe and healthy. In our classroom we created our own dentist, looked at how to call for the emergency services and used our dressing up outfits to take on different types of roles. In our book area we read the …

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Robins – Movement play

This morning we took to the hall to use the bats, balls, hoops and the soft play equipment. We jumped, crawled, balanced, ran on our tiptoes and started to understand how to stay safe when using larger equipment.         This morning we took to the hall to use the bats, balls, hoops …

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Busy Bluebirds!

Well, what a week we have had.  Bluebirds have continued to impress all of their teachers with their behaviour and super effort all week – even though we know that the children are incredibly tired!  We took part in National Fitness Day, where we were picking up pencils with our feet, hula hooping, skipping, jumping, …

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National Fitness Day

Today is National Fitness Day. To celebrate, Robins completed a set of exciting 1 minute challenges to keep us fit and healthy. We were very good at star jumps, squats, lunges and even jumping across the hop-scotch. We had a great time as you can see.  

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Welcome to Robins!

We have had lots of fun this week settling in and learning about the new routines. We have made many new friends and loved exploring our new classroom.               

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Brand New Bluebirds!

We’re here!  All of the Bluebirds joined together for the first time today at school.  We hope these photos help you to see just how much fun the children had getting to know each other.  We are so impressed with how they are all settling in already.  Keep checking back for more updates.

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