This week in Reception we are learning about...

 Week Commencing 19th November 2018 

The children have really enjoyed learning about addition and are now really excited to learn about length and height in our Measuring focus, we will be using vocabulary like long, longer, longest, short, shorter, shortest and tall, taller tallest etc. They have been working hard to learn about Guru Nanak and have loved the stories told about him. We are focusing on listening skills and retelling information, alongside phonics and writing.

We have begun a healthy eating and moving program to last the year where each week we have an activity to perform to keep fit and this week we have counted the number of steps to walk around the KS 1 playground, it took 120 steps. Now we get to scratch off and read a fun fact or joke.

Week Commencing 5th November 2018 

We have all had a very exciting start to our new term in Reception. We have been remembering and honouring, those who made the ultimate sacrifice, by participating in art and creative activities, celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Armistice Day. Our children made some beautiful poppy decorations for outdoors, now on display by the Solar dome.

In Maths, we have focused on both 2D and 3D shape and are now focusing on simple addition. In Literacy we have been focusing on different writing styles e.g., cards and posters, improving our fine motor skills in both.

We shall be focusing on the Sikh faith next week.

Week Commencing 15th October 2018 

We have spent a lovely week focusing on ‘more and less’ in numeracy and ‘talking about things that interest us in Literacy. Next week we will begin our focus on ‘2D and 3D shape’ in Maths and ‘listening carefully, following and remembering a story ‘in Literacy.

Thank you to all the parents and grandmothers that came on our ‘Autumn Walk’ to Warley Woods, you made it a magical experience for our little learners. A lot of good detailed observations were made by the children and new vocabulary used. A good time was had by all.

Just a quick reminder that our ‘Stay and Play’ days start on Monday 22nd and finish on the Thursday 25th October. You will be collected from the school office and it begins at1.30pm each day. Please come and share experiences with your children.

Week Commencing 24th September 2018

The children have settled into their lessons well and have enjoyed learning about the topic of ‘Ourselves’. The children are all trying their best to follow the rules, conduct and routines of the classroom, as Reception is very different to Nursery and this takes a little time. We will be learning about our families next week in Literacy reading and basing our work on the book ‘The Family book’ by Todd Park, all about different families. In Maths we shall be focusing on number formation and values.

Thank you to all the parents who sent back their child’s hobby horse application back, the first group enjoyed themselves riding their horses and naming them. If you have not sent back the permission slip back and wish your child to take a place in the next 10 children in following terms, then this needs to be done in order to be selected.

We had a smashing coffee morning on Friday, the cakes were very yummy indeed, again thank you all for your support and generosity.


Week Commencing 10th September 2018

Dear Parents and carers, we have had a smashing start to the new school year in the Reception. Thank you all, for supporting your children so well, as most have come into school every day happily and with confidence.

The children have been trying very hard with the play activities, we use to assess their abilities and have really put their best foot forward in learning the rules and routines of the classroom. Most are now confident in where they should be and what to do.

A big thank you to all of you that helped us, by putting your child’s names on all their belongings, as this proves invaluable, when things get lost after PE etc.

Just a quick reminder about swimming. Earrings (even small studs) should be taken out on the day your child goes swimming, Staff are not allowed to do this and this needs to be done at home. An extra plastic bag would be useful to put their wet costumes and towels in, within their normal swimming bag, to avoid leaks.

Hobby horse club and Tapestry club will begin in week 4, between the 24th – 28th September. Please remember to fill in and send back your club forms and we shall allocate places, when the final intake of children has had an equal chance to return theirs. Both clubs are by invitation only and these invitation letters will be given out at the beginning of week 4.

We know that these first few weeks can be a very emotional time for both children and parents and our team is here to support you in every way we can, please discuss any concerns with us and we will endeavour to help to put your minds at rest, about any aspect of school life. We assure you that those children who get upset are fine and happy once they are with their friends.

Thank you for your support

The Reception Teaching Team

Week Commencing 11th June 2018

We have had a smashing time in the sunshine this week and thank you to all who provided their child with sun protection, such as sun hats, creams and glasses.

The children have done well with their practical subtraction in maths this week and will shall be continuing with this next week.

In Literacy the children have enjoyed exploring our mermaid themed book and looking at instructions. They have produced some lovely pieces of work, as all are progressing with their skills. Next week we shall be continuing to focus on composing, writing and following instructions, linked to sun safety.

A huge thank you to everyone who came to see our Father’s day assembly. we all really enjoyed performing for you.

We hope everybody who celebrated Eid had a super time.

Children will continue to visit their year 1 class for story sessions next week, to get them used to their new room.

Week Commencing 11th June 2018

This week we have all been practicing hard for our Father's Assembly ready for Friday ( 15th June at 2.30pm). we have learnt songs and dances to perform and are all very excited about it,so we hope as many of you can come as possible.

The children have really tried hard with their halving and divisonwork in Maths  and are becoming more confident both practically and mentally at it. Next week we will be looking at subtraction using the concrete, pictorial and abstract forms.

The children are also working hard with their sentence writing and this will continue in Literacy next week , focusing on using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. We shall be reading 'The singing mermaid' and focusing on instructions.

We shall be taking part in Summer day on the 21st June and this involves lots of seasonal activities and fun. Please remember that now the weather is getting hotter to apply suncream to children and send in sun hats and sunglasses, so your little learner can play outside safely.

Week Commencing 04.06.18

Your little learners have made a smashing start to this their final term in the Reception and we are really seeing how confident they have become. All children had the chance to visit their new Year 1 class and teacher this week for a smashing story and getting to know your session. They were a little nervous at first at the thought of going, but soon returned full of excitement and enthusiasm, telling us about their new teachers. This is only the first of many opportunities that your child will have to spend time with their new teacher and this helps with transition to stop them worrying.

The children have made a super start to understanding and finding halves of numbers in Mathematics and we shall be continuing with this theme for next week.

In Literacy we have seen some lovely card writing and handwriting continues to improve with this constant practice, although some are finding the leads in and out of letters a little challenging, but this will enable them to join their writing up effortlessly in Year 2. Practice at home is essential for tidy and well-formed handwriting, so the more they practice at home, the better.

We have a jam packed term this Summer and we kick off the celebrations with our Father’s day Assembly on Friday 15th June at 2.30pm in the key stage 2 Hall. The children are all very excited and are learning songs and dances, as well as a few surprises! If your little learner has volunteered to speak in the assembly, please practice their words with them, to help boost their confidence. We hope as many dads as possible will be able to attend and we look forward to seeing you all there.

Here’s to an exciting fun filled term!

Week Commencing 21.05.18

The Reception have had a stunning week , having launched themselves into the true spirit of PE Week. They have all enjoyed learning how to dance to Samba music and learnt and performed a Samba dance routine with our guest instructor, which they enthusiastically performed to the whole school on Thursday. Their audience responded with cheers and chapping, much to their delight. We continued the theme of exercise and healthy eating though other sessions, all tried very hard and made our team proud.

The children worked hard with practical money problems, sorting, counting and recognition and feel that they now have a better understanding of the vocabulary involved. We shall be exploring halving and division on our return to school in the first week along with our new subtizing method.

In Literacy, we have continued with our sentence writing and we are seeing some good improvement, especially when the children ‘hold their sentences’ at least 3 times out loud and use their ‘Fred fingers’ to sound out words. After the holiday we shall be continuing with sentences and structure, exploring these through card and invitation writing.

Some children have volunteered to have a speaking part in our up and coming ‘Father’s day Assembly’ and they have all been given their lines to take home and learn. Please practice these with your little star to boost their confidence ready for their performance.

We all hope that all the children have a happy and safe holiday.

Week Commencing 14.05.18

What a smashing week the Reception has had in Maths, they have worked very hard on the concept of weight and have learnt and used the vocabulary well. The children loved the practical weighing and compared objects of their own choosing and recorded in a variety of styles. Next week we will be focusing on Money, so it helps for them, to experience looking at real coins and watching their parents in shops and this is something that can be helped with at home.

In Literacy the children are doing well with their sentence structure and many are using their ‘Fred fingers’ to hear the sounds in words. We will continue to perfect this next week through the theme of dinosaurs, which the children are though rally enjoying.

We have been looking at the royal wedding and the up and coming celebrations.

The hot weather is set to continue, so the Early Years Team urge you to provide a sun hat and sun glasses for your child and remind you that sun cream needs to be applied at home or by your child, as staff can’t apply this.

Here’s to a splendid last week of term and VIB day next Friday.


Week Commencing 23.04.18

The children have really engaged with our Capacity activities in Maths this week and will continue to explore, learn and experience Capacity in solid and liquid forms next week. We have heard some super vocabulary being used correctly. Well done Reception.

They have also been writing some smashing dinosaur stories, as they have all gained in confidence using their letter sounds and sentence structures. We would love you to practice these skills with them at home, using their ‘Fred Fingers’ and ‘Holding a sentence’ ( saying it 3 times out loud, so that they remember what they are writing) . We shall be continuing these skills next week, but using ‘Story maps’ to help us structure our writing.

A quick reminder that the more you read with your children, the cleverer they become, please try to read each night with your little learner.

Hobby horse club has now finished for the children selected last session. we will be sending out a letter for our last intake of riders soon.

Next week is a short week, as the children are only in on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, due to voting and a training day on Thursday and Friday.

Please remember that Monday 7th May that the school is closed for bank holiday and that the children return on the Tuesday.

Week Commencing 16.04.18

Firstly, we all hope you had a smashing Easter holiday.

The Reception and the Nursery really did us all very proud just before the end of term with a smashing Easter Bonnet parade and we would like to thank all parents, siblings and carers who helped to create such wonderful, original and beautiful bonnets.

The Reception children loved their Easter egg hunt and worked well in pairs to find the coloured eggs, receiving real ones in the end. What a way to end the term.

This week we have been focusing on the concept and vocabulary of ‘Time’ and the children have worked very hard and played some fun games, they especially like ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf’.

We have also been focusing on sentence writing and list making in literacy.

Next week we will be focusing on Capacity (how much something holds either in liquid or solid forms, lots of water and container work and filling and emptying, using the associated vocabulary.

In Literacy we shall again focus on sentence building and writing, along with onomatopoeia, which is writing down sounds e.g. animal noises etc.

PE is now only on a Thursday and please ensure that your child has their kit/ clothes for PE with them every Thursday please. It does upset them when they can’t go out with their friends and join in the fun.

Week Commencing 19.03.18

What a spectacular two weeks the Reception have had. We want to firstly thank all of the parents and carers who came to our ‘Mother’s Day Assembly’ on the 11th March and for all the lovely comments about your children’s performances and the daffodils. We love performing for you all.

We all had fun on Tuesday 12th March, when we had our ‘Spring Day’ activities. We enjoyed learning about Spring, as well as planting seeds and bulbs and learning to take care of them, using gardening tools carefully.

We were overwhelmed by the positive comments and participation in our ‘Stay and Play ‘sessions this week, so many of you came to join in the fun and learning in our learning activity areas.

Thank you to those who attended the Maths Workshop, we are glad it was helpful and are now working towards our next one.

Next week we will be focusing on sentence writing in Literacy and the concept of ‘Time’ in Maths. As mentioned in the Maths Workshop, a language sheet will be provided next week, linked to all the language we use in ‘Space, Shape and Measure’ to help you progress you little learner skills and vocabulary.

Just a quick reminder that the Nursery and Reception ‘Easter Bonnet Parade’ is on Tuesday 27th March at 1.30pm in the Key stage 2 hall, which we would love you to attend to cheer on the children as they parade their special hats. Always a favourite event.

If your children want to decorate an egg for the competition in school, don’t forget to send them in for Wednesday 28th March.

Week Commencing 09.03.18

This week we have been continuing our teaching focus on 2D and 3D shape. The children have enjoyed learning to recognise and name the shapes as well as talking about the properties they have. We have made lots of super models and pictures etc. all through the theme of our Literacy book ‘Farmer Duck’.

Our children have been trying to write sentences and words, using their RWI skills of sounding out using our Fred fingers and writing the sounds they know in order. They have worked hard on their onomatopoeia and have learnt about the different sounds the animals would make in the farmyard.

Next week we will be learning about positional language in Maths. We will learn vocabulary associated with where something is, such as up, down, in, out, below, above, next to, between, next to etc. we will learn through games, songs, action rhymes and practical applications.

In Literacy, we shall be continuing our sentence writing focus, through the theme of Non-fiction books on farms and Spring. The children will be mapping a farm by cutting, sticking and labelling. If you would like to support your child’s learning, you can use you tube to see CBBies ‘farm’ programmes and ‘Down   on the farm’.

We are lucky to have students from George Salter school visiting here next week. These young adults will be helping with activities and sharing their experience with our little learners.

Please remember there is our Mother’s day assembly on Friday 9.3.18 at 2.30pm in the KS 2 Hall, please come to the office first, the children are very excited to perform in front of you.

Week Commencing 25.02.18

The Reception have been having a very exciting time over the last week. We have designed and decorated our own pancakes in celebration of Shrove Tuesday. We liked designing and decorating them, but we all preferred eating them a lot more.

We have also been learning all about Chinese New Year, being celebrated this week. We have made lanterns and dragons etc. It has been a creative week.

We focused on ‘Doubling’ and worked hard adding a number to itself to create a double in Maths. After half term, we will be learning about two and three dimensional shapes and their properties, exploring these through Art and other creative activities

In Literacy this week we have focused on alliteration and beginning sentence writing. After half term we will be strongly focusing on writing sentences and their different aspects and structures.

We are all excited about ‘World book day’ on 1st March and have been trying to think of characters from books we love to dress up as on the day. We are also looking forward to the parent workshops that some of you put your names down for and we feel this will be a super shared learning experience for you and your child. This is by invitation only from the slips that you returned. There are still a few places left, but it is on a ‘first come first served’ basis. Please see your child’s class teacher if you would like a place.

Week Commencing 29.01.18

Dear Parents and carers,

Last week and this week we have been focusing on addition and subtraction under the theme of Goldilocks and the three bears. The children have loved this traditional tale and have learnt about the characters and how to describe them. The children have also been using their creativity to learn about art, bear painting, music making using the musical instruments to compose bear music and learn songs, such as ‘The house of the bears’ and science, such as porridge making.

Next week we are learning through the theme of the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood. In maths we are looking at doubling and halving numbers and in Literacy we are focusing on alliteration.

A big well done to all the Reception children for their calm and sensible conduct in this week’s fire drill. You all made us proud.

We would like to remind all, that uniform needs to be worn every day to school please and that we are having a focus on the importance of attending school every day, as you need to be in it to win it.

Happy learning!

The Reception Teaching Team

Week Commencing 08.01.18

Dear parents and carers,

Happy New Year to you all from the Reception Teaching Team, it’s good to be back. Firstly, we would like to thank you for your incredible generosity over the Christmas period and the wonderful support you have given us and your children.

We are all in high spirits and looking forward to a new year of learning, investigating and exploring. This week in Maths, we have been learning to estimate how many there are in a group, using our best guesses and then counting and checking to see how close our estimates were. Next week we will be investigating sharing (division) through the theme of fairy stories/ traditional tales.

We are focusing on traditional tales this term and we have looked at labelling this week in Literacy. Next week we are focusing on lists. You can help your child learn by showing them the lists that you make e.g. Shopping lists, to do lists etc.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

The Reception Teaching Team

Week Commencing 27.11.17

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have really been getting into the Christmas spirit in the Reception this week with the rehearsals for the Christmas play in full swing. Your children are making you proud by learning their words to the songs and helping to choreograph the dance moves. We are all very excited!!!

We have been looking at measurement in Mathematics and focusing on length and height. The theme was one of our favourite books ‘Stickman’. We have ordered by height and length characters from the story. We have learnt lots of new vocabulary, such as short, shorter, shortest and long, longer, longest. As well as playing physical games by starting off in a short squat position and saying “ taller, taller, taller” until we stretch as high up as we can and shout “ tallest” and then shrinking again saying “ shorter, shorter , shortest”. We had lots of fun!

Stickman also featured in the children’s Literacy and creative sessions, where we focused on initial letter sounds, fine motor skills and creative mask making.We have a very busy time coming up to Christmas and urge you to check your child’s book bag for letters and information every day please, so that no one has to miss out. We are all looking forward to our trip on Tuesday to Sandwell valley and ask you to please return any permission slips, if you haven’t already. Thank you.

We will be busy making props for the performance and practicing our dance moves next week.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

The Early years team (Reception)

Week Commencing 16.10.17

We have had another exciting week in Reception. We would like to thank all of the parents who came in during our ‘Stay and Play’ sessions. We hope that you enjoyed your time and thank you for the lovely words of encouragement we received.

We hope that the after session phonics workshops were helpful and anyone who was unable to attend can still see Miss Graham for input to help your child at home.

Happy Diwali to everyone who has been celebrating and we have reflected this in our week’s activities.

We hope you all have a happy and safe Half term holiday and look forward to seeing your children dressed for Halloween on Tuesday 31st October. Remember the 30th school is closed for a staff training day.

Have fun.

The EYFS Team

Week Commencing 18.09.17

We have had a very explorative week. We had a super trip to Warley Woods on Tuesday and the children discovered many interesting and new signs of Autumn.  Lots of good questions were asked, as we investigated nature and many good ideas were expressed, to answer those questions. We got creative by doing bark and leaf rubbings and even found a fairy door or two, much to the children’s delight. Lots of super make believe and exercise undertaken by all. We collected things that interested the children and explained the effect of littering on animals and nature in general.

A big thank you to all our volunteer parent helpers, who made this outing such an amazing success. We all had a ball!

Remember that this week coming are our ‘Stay and play’ sessions at 2.00pm – 3.00 pm, Mon- Thurs.  Where you have the opportunity to be creative and explore the learning environment and activities with your child. We look forward to seeing you.

Week Commencing 18.09.17

What an exciting week we have had in Reception this week. We have welcomed in the last of our children and everyone has been busy making new friends and exploring new toys, new books and new resources.The children have all done very well in adapting to their new routines, although this is ongoing and will take practice.

Excellent exploration of exotic fruits by all children, you were all confident and sensible in your approach to our senses games and experiments. Great attitudes!

A big well done to the Hobby Horse Club for a brilliant and confident start at their new sport. They learned to walk and trot with their hobby horses and everyone enjoyed the jumps.

For the disappointed children and parents, who were not picked out of the hat, there will be other times to join hobby horse club in the future.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and carers that Reception PE is on Thursdays and your child will need their PE kit every week that comprises a white T-shirt, black shorts and a pair of pumps/plimsolls/daps. Please remember to write your child’s name in every piece of clothing and footwear.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Week Commencing 11.09.17

This week our new children have continued to settle in well and are all trying hard to learn the routines and expectations of the children have impressed us with their 'can do' attitude and enthusiasm, joining in mental and physical learning.

We are learning about our 5 senses - sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste and linking these into healthy eating. We encourage parents to continue thier childs learning journey at home, helping then to experience new tastes, sights, smells, textures and sounds.

Have fun exploring!

Week Commencing 04.09.17

A warm welcome back to all our children. Hope they all have had a refreshing break over the summer.

This week all the children have been busy getting to know their new class teachers. They have settled very quickly in their year groups and back into routine. All ready for a busy and fun term!

Week Commencing 27.3.17

Firstly on behalf of all of the reception staff, we would like to thank you all for your amazing response and generosity on Red nose day, the children had a great time.

What an exciting week we have in the Reception this week.

The children are excited to perform their ‘Mother’s Day’ assembly after the disappointing postponement of last week and we all look forward to seeing you on Monday afternoon.

This week is also ‘Well-being’ week where we will be exploring our feelings through activities and group sessions with organisations including the Black Country women’s aid organisation.

 We will be discovering that it’s okay not to be okay and how kindness can increase our feelings of well- being on Monday.

We will remind ourselves on Tuesday that ‘we are worth it’ and feeling safe when we enter the solar dome. Why do we have rules? We know our school rules and what they mean for us and how to follow them.

Wednesday is all about having a healthy body and mind where Nursery and Reception will work together to make the Nursery garden a stimulating and relaxing place to use our senses to explore for present and future pupils.

Thursday we address healthy relationships and how we get on with others, identifying what a bully is and what they do, why they do it and strategies to help us overcome unkind words and actions.

Friday is ‘Good to me’ time and your little learners chance to celebrate all that they have achieved over the week.  Share in your child’s experiences by looking at our photos on the school website and ask them to explain what they did. Remember speaking, listening and responding is one of the most important skills your child will learn, so they need chance to practice sharing their knowledge with you and answering your questions.

Our focus in Literacy, Maths and free flow is Spring.

Literacy skills include talking about spring and writing their thoughts into sentences and key words.

In maths we are learning how to halve and share (early division) using practical challenging, but achievable activities.

Don’t forget to make your Easter/Spring Bonnet together, the parade is on Monday 3rd April at 1.15pm.

Here’s to an exciting week .

Week commencing 20.3.17

This week the reception classes, RC and RD will be having fun exploring capacity in Maths. Pretending to be Little Red Riding Hood or the wolf, they will be using a variety of containers, bottles and baskets, water, toys, sand, rice and pasta to further our use of skills and language in this area. Using language like full, empty, part full and part empty can be used in everyday activities at home to support your child’s learning, washing up or bath times are great opportunities.

In Literacy we have been continuing our work on Fairy Tales (following your suggestions about your children’s interests) by learning how to retell a story in sequence using key events. They are finding out about settings, beginnings, middles and ends. Why not ask your little learner to tell you a bed time story?

Mother's Day Assembly has been postponed until further notice due to school closure on Thursday 23rd March 2017.

The classes are also excited about wearing red for Friday’s red nose day fun. 


Dinosaurs love underpants


This week we have read the story 'Dinosaurs love underpants'. This week we have been focusing on retelling the story using our own words. The children have then mapped their stories out on a story mountain. The children have had a chance to design and make their own underpants and do lots of fun dinosaur crafts.

This week the children have learnt all about fossils and have had the oppourtunity to make their own. The children have had the chance to look at a selection of fiction and non-fiction books about dinosaurs and have enjoyed learning dinosaur facts this week.

In Maths we have been focusing on subtraction, the children have been learning to practically subtract a single digit number from another singal digit number.

Introduction to Dinosaurs

9/1/17- 13/1/17


Our new topic this month is 'Dinosaurs', the children were very excited to find a dinosaur egg in the classroom when they arrived on Monday morning. The children made sensible predictions about what was in the egg. They built a nest and looked after the egg until it hatched. The children were very excited to see that it was a baby dinosaur. They loved seeing our dinosaur grow and and enjoyed our virtual dinosaur that visited our classroom.

This week the children have read the story 'tryranasuras drip'. The children enjoyed the rhyming aspect of the story and could make their own rhyming sentences. In Maths the children have been working really hard on counting different amounts.


This week we have given an events letter out to all parents that outlines any events that are coming up between now and Easter.

Christmas celebrations


21/11/16- 25/11/17


This week in Reception we were very lucky to have the ECO bus visit us. We learnt all about how important recycling is and how what items around school and home we can recycle. We finished off the day planting our own cress seeds. We are looking forarwd to looking after them and seeing how well they grow.






Over December in reception we have been very busy. We have been writing letters to Santa and we have enjoyed playing in our Santas grotto, wrapping presents and writing cards. We also got to meet the big man himself, when he visited us for our christmas party.

The children have worked really hard this month learning all the songs and actions for our christmas production 'Robins so excited'.

We finished off our very busy term, by invitng our parents in for our stay and play christmas activity afternoon.


We hope you all have a fantastic christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in the new year!

Autumn 7/11/16- 11/11/16

This week we have been learning all about Autumn. The children have enjoyed making lots of Autumn crafts. We have been really busy learning all about the seasons and how they change over the year. Next week we are going to be going on a leaf hunt. We are very excited!

Diwali 31-10-16 to 5-11-16

This week the children have had lots of fun completing Diwali activities. The children have made Diva Lamps out of clays  and paper. 

The children really enjoyed going in to the imagination studio of watch an interactive fireworks display. 

The children finished the week by attending a mask making workshop. 






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