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Welcome to Reception! 


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Welcome back, and welcome to all new starters. I hope you have had a very relaxing and enjoyable summer break and are now ready for the start of Reception. We have all had a fantastic week and the children have settled in to new routines very quickly. The children have enjoyed exploring their new classroom and are confidently accessing provision both inside and outside of the classroom. 


Morning Routines

Each child has their own coat peg . Please help your child to hang their coats and bags on their peg. Following this, please help your child complete their morning activities.

  • Lunch-time choices- If your child is having a school dinner please assist your child in selecting and option. If you would like a paper copy of the lunch menu, please ask Mrs Slater. 
  • Self-registration- Encourage your child to find their own name and place it on the Snack Area display board. 

Following this, please settle your child on the carpet with a story.  Each child has their own carpet spot. 



Communication, both to celebrate the good things and tackle any problems or concerns, plays a principal role in ensuring the very best education for your child. Parents/guardians, please do not hesitate to contact me on the school number, or via email:


Alternatively, feel free to arrange a meeting- or simply pop in for a brief chat.


Many thanks,

Miss Leeman 



Happy New Year!

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. We have had a very busy start to the year!


We started the week with an exciting task set by Maths Man! Throughout the day, Maths Man sent Miss Leeman maths challenges that the children had to solve. At the end of the day, the whole school met together and it was revealed that the children could have a whole day of Art on Tuesday!

On Tuesday the children spent the morning exploring the work of Kandinsky. Some of the children spent time re-creating the art work and others spent time exploring how colours mixed. In the afternoon Miss Richards took Reception whilst Miss Leeman spent some time in Year 1. Reception looked at creating repeating patterns in Art and created their own Rangoli pattern.

On Wednesday we started to explore 3D shapes. We are learning to name and identify the following 3D shapes:







Challenge: Can you find items around your home that match one of our 3D shapes?


In Phonics we have learnt to read and write words containing the ‘sh’ and ‘ch’ digraph. Some of the words we have learnt to read and write are:

  • Shed
  • Ship
  • Fish
  • Wish
  • Shop
  • Shut
  • Chip
  • Chop
  • Chin
  • Chick

We have enjoyed playing a game on Phonics Play this week. The children have had a go at reading the word and deciding if it is a real or nonsense word.

Challenge: Can you use a tablet or computer to play the following game?


Please see the pictures below to see what we have been doing this week!




As we approach the end of term I would like to wish everybody a very


Well done to everyone for working so hard this Term. I am sure you have all made it on to the Nice List and I hope Father Christmas brings you lots of wonderful gifts. 


Week Commencing 10th December 2018

Updated 14.12.2018 



This week we have been busy creating lots of repeating patterns using different objects and media. 

We have also enjoyed lots of other Christmas themed activities this week. 


Can you use the tweezers to decorate the Christmas Tree?

Two little Elves have been busy in our Christmas workshop! 
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On Thursday we were lucky enough to be invited to a Pantomime in the School Hall! 

A big THANK-YOU to Leeds City Council Road Safety Team for putting on a FANTASTIC show! The children LOVED it and have remembered the important safety messages. 

We've had a great afternoon at the Christmas Fayre! 

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Week Commencing 03.12.2018

Updated 07.12.2018 


This week we have been using ten frame buses to support our take away sums. 

The children have used story stems to support their understanding.

“First I had 5 people on the bus, then 2 people got off. Now I have 3 people left.”

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We have continued to work on our blending and segmenting skills this week. The children have been working in small groups to consolidate their Fred Talk.

A big thank-you to all the parents who supported our visit to Church. We all had a wonderful time decorating the Church Christmas Tree.

Our Classroom is now well and truly ready for Christmas!!

Week Commencing 26.11.2018

Updated 30.11.2018


This week we have been exploring the number 9. The children have learnt to identify and represent the number 9 in a variety of ways. 


We have also been exploring one less than a number. The children have used marbles to identify one less. Our learning objectives have included;

I can count how many objects I have

I understand that the amount changes when counters are taken away

I can work out one less by using concrete objects

I can tell you one less than a number. 


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This week we have learnt to read, identify and write

w- up, down, up, down, up

y- up, down a horn, up a horn and under the head

v- up, down a wing, up a wing


Can you read these words?

wet          web           

yap           yum 

van           vet 


Can you think of anymore words? 



Next week... 


Monday- We will be decorating the school christmas tree- please create a decoration for our tree! 


Tuesday- We will be visiting the Church- please see letter sent home on Friday for further information. 


Friday- Deadline for all Nativity costumes.



Week commencing 19.11.2018

Updated 23.11.2018



This week we learnt all about the number 8. The children enjoyed exploring the resources to find objects that represent the number 8.

We have also used a Part Part Whole Model to explore addition using concrete objects. The children have learnt to use a story stem to support addition-


“First I had 2, then 3 more came along, and now I have 5”


We have learnt to read and identify the ‘j’ and ‘v’ graphemes this week.

We made yummy jam sandwiches to support out 'j' learning. 


We have also learnt to read and write the following RED words:

I, the, to, no

Week commencing 12.11.18

Updated 16.11.18 




We have enjoyed identifying one more than a given number. Miss Leeman taught the children a song;

“Have you seen my adding one machine?

This is how it goes.

I put a number in your ear

and the answer will appear

When I BEEP my nose.

X and one more is…”


This week we have also learnt all about the number 7.



We have been practising blending to read this week.

We also learnt to read and write two red words;

‘I’ and ‘the’



This week we have….

  • been on an Autumn Walk! The children enjoyed hunting for autumnal items and ticking them off their list
  • enjoyed dressing up for Children in Need!
  • enjoyed having our grownups for a Stay and Play session!

Week commencing 05.11.2018

Updated 09.11.2018


PE- Next week we will begin getting changed for PE. Please can all children have PE kits in school- T-Shirts and shorts.



We have enjoyed recapping all of our numbers to 6. The children have thought about different ways to represent each of the numbers including;

  • Using a clock- telling the time to the hour. 
  • Ten frames
  • Dominoes
  • Numicon
  • Numerals
  • Picture representation.
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This week has been all about blending and reading CVC words. The children have enjoyed reading CVC words and using their Fred Talk skills to blend the sound together.


This week we have learnt to recognise and write

‘f’- up, down the stem and across the leaves

‘l’- up, down the long leg.

Some of our challenges included:

  • Can you write a ‘f’ on the football?
  • Can you make a firework picture?
  • Can you make a leaf picture?
  • Can you squeeze the lemons?
  • Can you paint a picture of an animal starting with the ‘l’ sound?


We’ve had a busy week learning about lots of exciting events

  1. Bonfire Night
  2. Diwali
  3. Remembrance Day


This week we have also been learning to zip up our own coats in preparation for the colder months! Keep practising everybody!


See the pictures below to see what we have been doing in our class.

Week commencing 15th October 2018

Updated 18th October 2018 



This week we have been learning all things shape! The children have continued to explore the properties of 2D shapes this week and have had a go at building their own shapes using the open ended resources in the Outdoor Area. Our focus questions have included:

Can you build a 2D shape using lolly sticks?

Can you build a shape using the wooden planks?

How many pieces of wood will you need?

How may sides does a square/ rectangle/ triangle/ hexagon/ circle have?

What can you tell me about the difference between a square and a rectangle?


Here are some photos below to showcase our Maths learning this week:


Our focus sounds this week have been;

r- robot- “Up, down the robots body to his feet and across his arm”

b- boot- “Up, down the laces to the heel and around the toe.”

h- horse- “Up, down the horses head to his hooves and over his back.”

Some of our Phonics challenges have included;

  • Can you build a robot?
  • Can you paint a rainbow?
  • Can you create shape rocket?
  • Can you ride a balance bike?
  • Can you build a boat?
  • Can you balance on the beam?
  • Can you tie the laces on the boot?
  • Can you build a shape house?
  • Can you paint a horse?
  • Can you complete the letter formation sheets?




To celebrate Space Week, we read the story 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy. The children thoroughly enjoyed this story and chose to use the story props in their own play. 

In the Outdoor Area, the children enjoyed building a giant rocket with a little help from Miss Leeman! 

Week Commencing 08.10.2018

Updated 12.10.18 

Morning routines

Now all the children are settled and aware of daily routines as well as school rules, we have adapted the morning routines. On a morning, the children will come in, find their name on the table or carpet, and complete a writing activity until 9am. Following this, we will then gather on the carpet for the register and calendar.

School lunches will be chosen the day before at home time. If this is a problem, please speak to Miss Leeman.



This week we have explored all things SHAPE! The children have learnt to name and describe the following 2D shapes;

  • Rectangle
  • Square
  • Circle
  • Triangle
  • Hexagon

Our activities have included;

  • Shape hunt What shapes can you find?
  • Shape draw Can you draw around the shapes?
  • Shape feely bag What shape am I describing?
  • Shape did What shapes can you find in the sand?
  • Shape sort Can you sort the shapes according to their shape?



The children are continuing to impress me with their Phonics knowledge. So far we have learnt to identify and read the following sounds

  • s
  • a
  • t
  • p
  • i
  • n
  • m
  • d
  • g
  • o
  • c
  • k
  • e
  • u


Home challenges

Each child has been sent home their first reading book today. Reading books will be sent home every Friday and must be returned on a Wednesday. Reading books will only be changed if a parent comment or signature has been added to the reading record.


Can you tell a story using the pictures in your reading book?

Can you find anything around your house that begins with a sound that we have been learning in class?

Can you find something that is a square/ rectangle/ triangle/ circle shape?

Please upload any evidence onto Tapestry- we love sharing parental comments during News Time on an afternoon.


Week Commencing 02.10.18

Updated 05.10.18



Thank-you to everyone who has returned their Tapestry permission slips. All parents have been sent an activation code via email. Please login to Tapestry ASAP as the activation link only lasts for a short period of time. If you have any problems, please ask! 


I will also be holding an 'Introduction to Tapestry' evening on Thursday 8th November at 6pm. Please come along to find out more about the benefits of Tapestry. 



This week we have explored Ten Frames. The children have been busy exploring ten frames on the Maths table using a variety of different objects. 

One of our Maths focus activities this week involved matching the ten frame to the superhero number. 

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We have enjoyed exploring the sounds of different instruments this week. 

Can you play your instrument loud/ quiet?

Can you make a fast/ slow beat? 

Can you copy my beat? 

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We have been learning to identify the initial sounds in objects this week. 

The children have enjoyed going on a trip on Bertha to Bus to the zoo. 

"Bertha the Bus is going to the zoo. 

Who does she see as she passes through?" 


The children worked in groups. They took it in turns to select an animal picture card, identify the initial sound and match it to the correct grapheme. 

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We've also been extremely grown up this week! 

The children have used their Phonic knowledge to have a go at reading some of our green words containing the following graphemes;

s a t p i n g o c. 


Fantastic blending everybody! 

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Week Commencing 24.09.2018

Updated 28.09.2018 


It’s been another lovely week in Reception!


This week we have been exploring Numicon. We started by playing a game of pass the parcel with Numicon. The children had to guess which piece of Numicon was hiding behind the wrapping paper and match it to the correct piece of Numicon.

We had great fun!

We have also been busy exploring the Numicon in the Outdoor Area too!

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Miss Goodison, who teaches our class on a Friday morning has shared some special friends with us this week! The children have been very excited to meet;

Rainbow the monkey

Timmy the turtle

Birdie the blue bird

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In Phonics we have been consolidating our knowledge of rhyming skills. The children have been exploring ways to continue a rhyming string. We have been playing games such as ‘Rhyming jumps’ where the children have jumped through the hoops saying a rhyming string.


We have also started to think about the initial sounds in a word and have used the ‘Sound Pots’ to explore the initial sounds of objects.

On Wednesday we enjoyed our PE outside with Mr Peate. We continued to practise our balancing skills and played games that involved exploring movement.

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Week commencing 17.09.2018

Updated 21.09.2018


What another fantastic, fun-filled week we have had in Reception!

This week we have enjoyed spending time in the Outdoor Area to explore the different areas. The Mud Kitchen and Digging Area have been extremely popular this week! The wet weather has meant we can make mud pies and dig with ease!


On Thursday we enjoyed a sensory exploration afternoon. Unfortunately the rain meant we couldn’t go outside, however we had fun exploring inside! The children enjoyed exploring;

  • Shaving foam
  • Moon sand (flour and baby oil)
  • Gloop (cornflour and water)

Apologies to Mrs Hart and Mr Hough; we made a big mess but we tried our best at tidy up time!

Messy Play!


This week in Phonics we have learnt to read and write the following sounds;

p i n.

The handwriting rhymes are as follows;

p- up, down the pirates plait and around his face

i- up, down the insects body and a dot for his head

n- up, down Nobby and over his net.


We have had a go at writing the letters using chalk and water;

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This week we have celebrated Bobby Bear’s birthday! Bobby is our class bear who chooses to go home with somebody at the end of the week.

Bobby was 5 on Tuesday and the children helped to celebrate by making cards and drawing pictures.


We have had lots of birthday themed activities this week;

  • Can you make a birthday cake in the Playdough Area? How many candles have you got on your cake?
  • Can you write a birthday card? What number will you write on it? Can you write your name?
  • Can you put X amount of sweeties in the party bags?
  • Can you wrap a parcel for Bobby Bear?
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Tidy up officers

A big well done to our Tidy-up Officers this week! They have been super stars at tidy-up time and were promoted to Tidy-up Officers! Their role was to inspect each of the areas in the classroom to check to see if they were tidy.

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Week commencing 10.09.2018

Updated 14.09.18

What a fantastic first full week we have had in Reception. The children have been busy exploring the areas of the provision both inside and outside of the classroom. We have also been busy developing our classroom and tidy-up time routines.

The highlight of the week has to be out SUPERHERO dress up day! The children all came dressed in fantastic outfits and were all eager to share with their friends.


This week we have been focusing on our counting skills. The children are developing the skill of how to count with one to one correspondence and identify the amount. We have also introduced a ‘number of the week’ display. The children spent the afternoon hunting for our special number and representing it in a variety of different ways.


We have been developing our rhyming skills this week. The children have enjoyed creating a silly rhyming soup as well as playing rhyming pairs. We will continue to consolidate this skill next week.

The children have learnt three new phonemes and graphemes this week; ‘s’, ‘a’ and ‘t’. Each sound has a special handwriting rule;

s- up, slither down the snake

a- up, around the apple and down the leaf

t- up the tower, down the tower and across the tower.


Photographs and observations will uploaded onto Tapestry as soon as I have received all permission slips.

A photographer from the Yorkshire Evening Press will be in school Monday afternoon. If you DO NOT want you child to be in the photograph, please speak to Miss Leeman.


Have a great weekend,

Miss Leeman

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