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Welcome to Reception's blog.

Look here for regular updates.

Easter Activities:


Over the next two weeks there will be no weekly tasks set for you. However, we have created a range of suggested activities around our next learning theme, 'How Does Your Garden Grow?' You can choose to do one or all of them if you wish - it is up to you! You do not need to email pictures of these activities but if you would like to show us then you can email your class teacher on


We will still put up some stories from us as we know you are enjoying them at home. Feel free to look at the 'Useful Websites' as there are lots of fun things to watch and play. Keep reading stories and try to keep active as much as you can and continue to use the resources in your pack if you wish.  


Daily activities will be uploaded again the week beginning 20th April. 


From The Reception team

Week commencing 30th March 2020


Hello Reception children and families!


We hope you are all having lots of fun doing your learning at home. All of the Reception team are missing you but we're very excited to find out about what you have been doing. Remember you can email us at You could send us some pictures or writing you have done, or maybe some photographs. 

We have spotted lots of rainbows in windows. Have you see any? Perhaps you would like to create one and send it to us. We would love to see some to brighten our day!


Take care,


The Reception team

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Week Commencing 23rd March 2020

A big hello to Reception children and families, we hope that you are going to find this blog useful and interesting. Over the next few weeks we will be adding to the site, giving you practical ideas and fun activities to help with your child’s learning. Please remember that a Reception age child can only focus in short units of time, so please be considerate of this and flexible with their learning.  


We are excited to announce that we will shortly be uploading ‘Story time with your teacher,’ watch this space.......



Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) ideas:


As part of Understanding the World, we like to provide the children with open-ended activities. They allow the children a risk-free way to use their creativity and vocabulary to explain what they have designed or made. Below are just a few examples we found on 'Pinterest'. If you would like to find more ideas, simply search: EYFS STEM ideas. We can't wait to hear about what you get up to. 


Week commencing 2nd March


What a busy time we have had in Reception! We have started our new topic, The Three Little Pigs, and have enjoyed retelling the story using our own actions and Makaton signs as part of Talk for Writing. In Literacy, we have sequenced the story using pictures to help us. We chose a picture to describe in more detail and we were very proud of the sentences we wrote. In Maths, we have been on a shape hunt around the classroom! We were searching for different 2D shapes. We have learned their names and how to describe them. We also built houses out of the shapes, just like the Three Little Pigs!


Yesterday, we had wonderful time celebrating World Book Day. Our teachers loved all of our vocabulary costumes and we enjoyed showing them to the other children. We are very excited about our new books and we even got to listen to a different teacher reading us one as part of the celebrations!

Week Commencing 10th February 2020

This week, we have been finishing our learning on 'Panda-monium'.  In RES, we have been spending lots of time looking at maps and discussing where China is, its size relative to the UK and sharing all the facts we have learnt over the last six weeks. We have also been showing off out latest writing skills by learning about 'The Great Race'; we wrote our own list of the the animals involved. We very much enjoyed finding what animals was being celebrated the years we were born. Finally, we have been celebrating finishing our Phase 3 sounds and have begun work on consolidating some of the more challenging digraphs and trigraphs. 

Week commencing 27th January 2020

We had another busy week in Reception! 'Panda-monium' has continued and the children have been busy cooking stir fry, buying food from the Chinese shop and serving dinner in the Chinese restaurant role play! We have stilll had time to do lots of writing, phonics and number work too! We have really enjoyed reading and looking at the wonderful writing in the children's Learning Journeys along with the parent's comments and observations. Thank you for your continued support with this!



Week Commencing 20th January 2020

Reception are thoroughly enjoying their China topic, learning about pandas and their habitat, writing food orders in the Chinese restaurant role play and constructing their own Great Wall of China!

This week we have been focusing on the story of Chinese New Year and how the animals came to be represented in the Lunar Calendar. On Friday we enjoyed an art day to celebrate Chinese New Year. The children made lucky red envelopes, chinese lanterns and made cherry blossom collages.

Week Commencing 6th January 2020

What a fantastic start to 2020 we have had in Reception! Our teachers have been very proud of the way we have settled back into school.

We have started our brand new learning theme, Panda-monium! This topic is all about China and there is so much to learn.

Some activities we have done so far include, painting Pandas, Chinese restaurant role-play, learning about world maps and making our own Chinese dragon puppets. As well as this we have been doings lots of writing and Maths activities too.

In RLW, the children have been enjoying the new airport role-play where they can pack their suitcases and check in to their flights!

We are all looking forward to finding out more about China next week!



Week Commencing 16th December 2019
The children in Reception have thoroughly enjoyed their last week of term. A magical trip to the theatre, school Christmas lunch and counting down the advent calendar have made these last days of school really special for both the staff and children. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the very generous gifts you gave us and would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Week commencing 9th December 2019


We have had a wonderful week of Nativity plays! The children were all amazing and looked fantastic in their costumes. A big thank you to parents/carers for providing them. We hope you enjoyed the shows and are all feeling as proud of them as we are!


We have even managed to continue with lots of our 'Symphony of Arts' activities, as well as doing all of the performances.


Today, we walked up to Upper School to watch the Year 2 play. It was lovely to watch the wonderful acting and listen to the singing. We were also very excited to be wearing our Christmas jumpers and raised lots of money for charity.


In RLW, we have been playing the game, 'Guess the Shape'. We have been feeling and describing different shapes and we impressed our teachers with the shapes we know!


We are all looking forward to a very exciting last week of term, especially our Christmas dinner next Thursday!

Week commencing 2nd December 2019

This week, we have continued to work hard on our Nativities. We have been rehearsing as much as possible to make sure we are performance-ready! We have also been continuing our learning of the Phase 3 sounds. The children are enjoying the vast amount of words that they are now able to read and write. We have also been getting stuck into the latest 'A Symphony of Arts' activities. In RES, we are enjoying the book 'Giraffes Can't Dance'. The book has inspired us to create a list of things that the children find tricky, such as turning our jumpers in the right way and doing the buttons on our t-shirts. It has been lovely to see the children supporting each other to achieve these goals. A quick reminder that as the cold weather sets in, the children will need to do their zips up before going into the garden. We kindly ask that you support your child in learning to do this independently - Thank you!

Week commencing 18th November 2019

This week, we have continued our topic: A Symphony of Arts. The children have been enjoying their new role play areas, in particular the costumes. They have also been completing a wide variety of activities, from making bubble wands to helping Nellie the elephant blow word bubbles. As we have come to the end of Phase 2 Phonics, the children have been completing their assessments. Feedback will be coming home next week so look out for this in their reading diaries! We kindly ask that you sign or initial it, to show that you have received it. The feedback will include information on how they did, and more importantly, how you can further support them at home! This week, we have also continued working on our Nativities and the children are making good progress. Please continue to support your children in learning and performing their lines, as this will help them greatly! 

Week commencing 11th November 2019

Our new topic, ‘A Symphony of Arts’ is well under way and the children are thrilled to be exploring the differing genres of drama, dance, music and art. This week they have been creating their own musical instruments, using junk modelling, and have also been composing and performing their own music. In literacy they have been looking at initial sounds in words and have been practising segmenting and blending simple cvc words. Your help in re-enforcing this at home really does make a difference, please continue.

Thank you also for your support with all things ‘Nativity.’ We have started learning the songs and I am sure that they will soon become very familiar to you too! 



Week commencing 14th October 2019
The children in Reception were very enthused to learn four more phonic sounds this week and have been busy thinking of words starting with these new sounds. They have been drawing simple maps of their journey to school and having a go at writing initial sounds. In Maths they have been looking at different ways of making numbers to 10 using some of our autumnal objects. We have been very impressed with all the children’s efforts and look forward to sharing their work with you at Parents’ Evening next week.
Week commencing 7th October 2019

This week the children have been learning all about Harvest. We have enjoyed stories, songs and have even done some Harvest Printing. The children have been demonstrating their fine motor control to complete 'Wakey Wakey' work on whiteboards - this includes tasks like writing their name, writing the numbers to 20 and drawing pictures (linked to our latest graphemes). In Phonics this week, we have learnt /i/, /n/, /n/ and /d/. We have also learnt our first Tricky word: 'I'. The children have enjoyed spotting this Tricky Word in story books around the classroom. 

Week commencing 30th September 2019

This week the children in Reception have been excited to learn their first four phonic sounds. They have been busy applying this new phonic knowledge through all areas of learning and we have been impressed with their enthusiasm and ability. We look forward to welcoming you to our first ‘Come and Play’ session next Thursday afternoon and have some creative autumnal activities ready for you to share with your children.
Week commencing 23rd September 2019
What a week of rain! Despite being trapped inside for most of the week, the children have been getting stuck into a wide range of activities. We have been junk modelling, practising our pen/pencil grip by drawing on our rolls of paper on the carpet and continuing with our 'This is me!" collages. The children have continued to learn new school routines, including Golden Rules and Achievement Assemblies. Remember to check their bookbag on a Wednesday evening to see if your child has been chosen that week!
Week commencing 16th September 2019
This week the children have enjoyed their first full week of school! Although everyone is very tired (ourselves included), we have loved watching them become more confident and making new friends. Thanks to the fantastic weather, the children have enjoyed a great deal of time in the garden; they have been exploring the mud kitchen, showing us their drawing with chalk and climbing on our adventure playground. Inside, the children have been working on their 'This is Me' pages. They have been writing their names, painting their faces and drawing their families. We look forward to finishing these next week. Thank you again for your ongoing support as we settle into life at Coten End! 

Week commencing 9th September 2019

It has been a delight getting to know the children during Induction Week! They have been very busy exploring all areas of the classroom and getting to know some of the rules and routines of the school. We look forward to welcoming all the children on Monday morning and would also like to thank you for your co-operation and support as the Reception children embark on their school journey.