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Welcome to Reception!

Our teacher is Miss Kelly and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Falber (Mon-Thurs), Mrs Francis (Friday AM) and Miss Brooks (Friday PM)! PPA cover is Miss Cooper on a Thursday 10-12.


The Spring term topic is...

'Julia Donaldson' 



Welcome back to the 2nd Spring term we hope you had a lovely half term, we've enjoyed hearing what the children have got up to during their time off. 

Reception children have been thrown straight back into the busy school day and they should be very proud of what they do Day to day! School days are extremely busy, keep a look out on this page for some exciting highlights of what we get up to here in Reception class. Scroll down for plenty of photographs or click the hyperlinks!


Dates for your diary:

Wow Day trip to Noah's Ark - 22nd January 

Class assembly - Friday 23rd March 

Easter Bonnet Parade - Friday 23rd March



Children will be taking home a reading book and reading log each week. Please ensure children have these in their book bags each school day. 

Children also have their own Tapestry Early Learning Journal online and remember you can add observations of your child from home which can count to appropriate assessment.

Some children are also bringing home spellings so watch out for these in book bags. Tests take place on a Friday.



Children are making good progress in their phonics. At St Josephs we follow the phonics play planning structure which incorporates the joy of Jolly Phonics! The children love the songs and actions that we use to help us learn the sounds. Songs are on Youtube if you would like to have a look!


Communication and language/Literacy

To introduce our new topic 'Julia Donaldson' we read one of the favourites (The Gruffalo), we had to sequence the story talking about the different characters the mouse bumped into. We had masks and puppets to help us with this. Not only are we reading the Gruffalo but in week 3 we have read 'Superworm'! This made us laugh lots and we enjoyed performing as a group to the rest of our class when learning different phrases from the story! 




For the first part of Spring term we are looking at addition and subtraction. In the first week we looked addition on a number line. We are continuing are work in finding number bonds to 10. As well as addition we are now recapping skills in subtraction.


Topic - Science

In science we went on a  'Journey walk' around the school. We had to look around and find things and talk about what material it was. We also had to decide whether the material was natural or handmade. Once we got back to the classroom we created our very own Journey string map and drew pictures of what we had found on our journey. In week 3 we have learnt lots of facts about Earthworms!



Physical development

In PE we will be developing skills in various games and building team skills and general gross motor skills. We will also be getting the parachute out to play games and sing songs. 


Wow Day (Part 1)

This term we are getting not one but two Wow days! Our first wow involved welly walks and many Gruffalo activities. During our welly walk we saw some strange creature lurking behind the tree - it was the Gruffalo! He wasn't scary at all - in fact he was very kind and read us a super story all about himself. We joined in with the words as we know the story very well! After listening to the story we were given a ball of clay to mound into our very own creatures. We had the Gruffalo as inspiration. Did yours have terrible teeth in his terrible jaws? Or a black tongue? Throughout the day


Wow Day (Part 2)

For our second Wow day we had a visit to Noah's Ark Zoo Farm and what fun it was! We really enjoyed walking around the zoo and finding many different animals. Some of our favourites were the elephants, bears and giraffes! Not only did we see lots of animals around the park we even got to see some up close. We listened to a talk that explained some information about certain farm animals and what they do! Please see below some photographs of our trip.





Wow Day - Part 1 (Spring Term)