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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 



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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