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Reception Information

Spring Term

We are looking forward to another fun filled half term in Reception! We will be exploring a range of poetry written in different styles by different authors. We will listen to ‘Polar Bear, Polar Bear, what do you hear?’ by Eric Carle then use what we have learned to create our own poems. We will explore the season of Winter through lots of exciting activities such as making ice, venturing outside to spot signs of winter and dressing our friend Bear to prepare him for the cold. In Maths, we will be busy finding number bonds to 5, exploring zero and counting up to 10!

We are keen for parents to support the children’s learning at home as much as possible. To help with this we produce Topic Overviews for each term outlining our main topics.

Below are some resources you may find useful with more information on  Phonics and the Early years curriculum.

For more information please click on the link to view our Early Years Foundation Stage Policy on our Policies page.

Please download our Information Booklet to find out more about the routines and expectations in Reception. You may also wish to take a look at the Reception Curriculum Map, which shows you the topics we will be covering in different subjects over the course of the year. Please talk to us if you would like more information.

Articulation of Phonemes

Below is a link to a useful video clip showing the correct ‘pure’ pronounciation of phonemes (units of sound).


Miss Barltrop

R1 Hedgehog Class

Mrs Elwood

R2 Owl Class

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We were so excited to see the fire brigade coming to help up fill up our pond! Some of us even got to wear the fire fighter’s helmet and jacket! A great big thank you to the Cambridge fire service.




Reception have been working hard in D&T this term. As part of their theme based on the book ‘Lost and Found’, the children were given a picture of a finished penguin as well as the steps that they could take to decorate them. The children then had the choice between following the design or making their own penguin. They were provided with a range of tools and materials to do this. The finished penguins looked fantastic. Well done everyone!



Winter Trees

In Reception, we have been talking about winter and thinking about changes that happen during this season. The children went outside and used chalk to draw winter trees, describing what they had drawn.




In Reception, we have been exploring melting and freezing. The children put white and milk chocolate into a bowl which was inside a bowl of hot water, stirring it until it had all melted. We then poured the melted chocolate into ice cube trays and put it in the freezer. The next day, we looked at the now solid chocolate and discussed what it had happened to it. The children really enjoyed eating it!




The animals were stuck in the ice! The children had to work out how to melt the ice to set the animals free. They melted the ice using warm water, salt and by holding it in their hands to warm it up.



Christmas Show

The children worked really hard at preparing for the Christmas show and then performing it to the school and their parents. We are very proud of the way they learnt the Christmas story and sang a range of Christmas songs in the play. Well done Reception!



Bonfire Night

This week we have been talking about Bonfire Night. The children have enjoyed making their own fireworks using paint, chalks, crayons and even leaves!




In Owl Class we have been practising recognising Numicon. Some of the children went on a hunt in the outdoor area to find the giant Numicon and place it in order from 1 to 10. We have also been looking at using Numicon to make different numbers, for example ‘4 and 2 make 6’ and ‘8 and 2 make 10’.