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Spring 2 - Are We There Yet?

This half term Reception will work closely with three wonderful texts, these are...

Naughty Bus by Jan Oke



Naughty Bus is an exciting tale of mysterious parcels, fun with toys, friendship and a subtle twist to teaching right from wrong. This half term reception will use this book to stimulate writing, role play and understanding of our actions and their consequences.

On Sudden Hill Linda Sarah and Benji Davies

On Sudden Hill is a poetic, rhythmic tale of friendship and imagination. This story is one that Reception will use to help to stimulate our own imaginations along side other transport themed texts such as Whatever Next and The Journey To Grandpa's. We will create our own weird and wonderful transporation from boxes and other 'junk' just like the characters in the tale, building on our creative and practical skills.

The Train Ride by June Crebbin

This rhythmic tale takes us on a journey, using repetitive phrases that children will love to join in with and anticipate the endings to. We will be using our musical skills to beat and tap out the rhythms that this text naturally encourages. We will be writing our own sentences inspired by the beautiful illustrations and sentence structures.

This half term we will be learning about:

- different types of transport

-how things move

-holiday destinations

-fast and slow

-floating and sinking

-keeping safe on the roadsand pavements

-imaginary and real journeys

We will:

-build our own vehicles

-make and study maps

-role play being safe

-investigate transport in the water and on land

-read inspiring stories about travelling








Hello and welcome to reception !

Reception 2018 – 2019

Welcome to reception!

Our reception teachers are Mrs Hughes (Monday-Wednesday) and Miss Theabould (Thursday and Friday).

Our reception teaching assistants are Mrs Walton, Mrs Andreucetti, and Mrs Q.                 

Our Classroom

Our classroom is a hive of activity where children are encouraged to explore our learning areas, make links, and learn through play whilst communicating with peers and adults. Within our reception classroom, we have a range of continuous provision areas including sand, water, reading and a creative area as well as many more.

In reception, we are learning through play, building up all of the skills that we need to be successful lifelong learners. Our day consists of a balance of child initiated play and adult led activities.  We focus on the main areas of:


  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, Social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

As a Catholic school, RE is also one of our core areas of learning and the Catholic ethos runs through everything that we do in school.

Our outside area

Outdoor play is very important to us here in reception and is where lots of our learning takes place, so please ensure your child has a coat with a hood everyday so that we are ready for all weathers!

Our school day

Our school day begins at 8.50 and finishes at 3.00.

At 8.50 the gates to the reception playground will be opened by a member of staff. The children are encouraged to enter the reception classroom independently. At home time a member of staff will open the reception gates and we will supervise the safe collection of the children. Please be on time to collect your child. If, for any reason, you are going to be late it is essential that you phone school so that we can reassure your child.

Things to remember:

  • My book bag to be brought every day for books and letters
  • My PE kit on Fridays – black shorts, yellow t-shirts and pumps. This can be left in school
  • Wellington boots – which can be left in school
  • A coat with a hood everyday


Your child will grow and learn so much this year, through topics based around children’s interests and the world around them. We aim to have lots of fun on our learning journey!

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