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Welcome to Reception

Autumn Overview

This term’s topic is All About Me! The children will be learning about who they are, their bodies and their families. 

In English, they will be looking at stories, Goldilocks and the three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood and the Little Red Hen.   They will be reading them, watching them and then acting out the stories.

In Maths, we are following the White Rose curriculum.  Children must be able to recognise number, hold up the correct number of fingers, count out the right number of objects, use a fives frame and know how to represent numbers in many ways.

In Phonics we have looked at rhyming words or words which sound the same.  We have now begun to learn the first phonemes in Phase 2 phonics – S, A, T, P, I, N.

PE lessons are

Mrs Broome’s class -    Friday

Mrs Corcoran/Mrs Hirst’s class – Wednesday.

We would like your child to read with you at least 4 times per week. Please record your comments in their yellow reading record telling us how they have got on.  Your child will need to bring their book bag every day to school. Homework will be sent out every Friday and needs to be returned by the following Wednesday.

This half term’s project

You and your child have been asked to make a project about your family.  This can be either drawn, a collage of photographs or a 3D model. Please label the people in your child’s project.   Remember to include anyone special to your child including grandparents, cousins, aunties, uncles or even pets.


Snack money will be collected every half term (£2) from each child.  This enables us to buy them not only biscuits for snack time and treats for golden time, but also helps to provide materials for cooking, play dough and other things to help with their learning.


Please feel free to come and see us straight after school if you have any queries.

Mrs Hirst, Mrs Broome and Mrs Corcoran.


How to read with young children

Reading Video v2.mp4

This is what we've been up to in Reception B...

This is what we've been up to in Reception CH...

Bringing Batley to Life

What's in Batley

Children are learning about where they live. We took a tour around Batley and looked at buildings, businesses, leisure facilities and retail outlets.  We stopped off at the library and heard a story as well as exploring the children's section, before visiting the park. On the trip, children spotted numbers, letters, signs, 2D and 3D shapes as well as different types of transport and vehicles.   Amazing learning. 

Developing Gross Motor Skills

Our children love to be active and being outdoors.  This really develops their gross motor skills.  They undertake everything from digging in the garden, to throwing and catching, and balancing.  The boys have loved making 'potions' using the mud.  All the children enjoy looking at nature and finding mini-beasts as well as gardening with the teachers, pulling out weeds but saving the plants. 

Developing Fine Motor Skills

Children need strong muscle strength in their body to help them be able to get ready to write. Alongside developing their gross motor skills and coordination, we ensure they have lots of opportunities to develop their fine motor skills.  Children have learnt to make everything from swords, hats, crowns and masks to cars and axes.  They use some of these items as props in role play.  These activities all require good hand-eye coordination, folding and cutting skills as well as joining skills. 


Exploring shapes

Children have loved exploring shapes.  They have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes as well as building and constructing using 3D shapes. 


As well as learning about shapes, children have been learning to recite numbers correctly, order numbers, talk about weight, and, how to make things 'equal'.  They have been learning how to match numerals (1, 2, 10, 15) to quantities of items, how to count carefully and they are starting to use mathematical terminology.  


Children have been exploring and using the technology available in the setting. They have loved recording messages on the Talking Tins as well as using torches, the camera, the laptop and the Interactive Whiteboard. 

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