Reception Blog

Reception - What's happening this half term (autumn first half term)?

9th September 2021 Posted by Reception

This half term our topics in Reception we will be ‘Starting school’, ‘All about me’ and ‘Autumn’.

Physical Development

In school we will be developing skills in holding and using a pencil, developing independence skills in self-care eg going to the toilet, putting on own coat. Our PE lessons will also begin this term, children should come to school dressed in their PE kit on this day.

Ways that you can help at home are:

Support your child in becoming independent in the skills above.

Important Information:

If your child wears earrings there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E. lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

We advise parents to take earrings out if possible as plasters need to be managed independently by the children – teacher‘s cannot put plasters on or take them off.

Communication and Language

In school we will be learning to develop our attention by listening to stories, practising following simple instructions and sharing our own experiences with others.

Ways that you can help at home are:

Share stories with your child.

Give your child sets of instructions to follow at home, eg first eat your breakfast, then brush your teeth.

To share memories of important events at autumn.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Our learning this term will be to say when we do or don’t need help, to form good relationships with adults and children in school.

Ways that you can help at home are:

Encourage your child to verbalise their needs and use good manners.


This term our learning focus will be to give meaning to marks as we draw, write and paint. This will be extended so that children begin to form recognisable letters in order to write their name. We will be paying particular attention to the way that letters are formed so that children are able to form letters cursively. Children who are already writing their names will be learning to write their surname, use capital letters and finger spaces correctly and keep the height and size of letters correct.

Ways that you can help at home are:

Encourage children to identify recognisable letters in the environment and make links to their own name.

To practise writing their name.


In school we will be using number names and number language appropriately. We will also be developing children’s knowledge of shape and space by playing with shapes and making arrangements with objects.

Ways that you can help at home are:

Discuss shapes around the home. How many can you find?

Look at numbers in the environment. What number is on your door?

Understanding of the World

Activities we will be doing in school that you can do at home:

Talk about special times or events for family or friends.

Encourage children to comment and ask questions about the world around them.

Expressive Art and Design

In school we will be experimenting with colour, texture and resources. Expressing our feelings through song and dance.

Ways that you can help at home are:

Role play

Build stories around different toys or objects in the home.

Explore rhythm and movements to songs.

Please ensure that your child has a pair of wellies and a water bottle in school (don’t forget to label them).

Reading at home: This half term each child will receive a reading diary, please ensure that it is used and brought to school every day in their book bag. Please do not bring rucksacks as these do not fit in drawers and damage our books.

Please can you also make sure that all belongings are clearly labelled with your child’s name and class.

Important dates:

Roald Dahl Day (dress up) —Monday 13th September

National Poetry Day – Wednesday 7th October

Class RN - Our Final Term in Reception

16th July 2021 Posted by Miss Nahar

​Wow! It has been an amazing time getting to know you all. I firstly want to thank you all for your continuous positivity and support. It truly has been an adventure with you all.

Summer 2 learning in RN

We had 3 week of Little Red Riding Hood which was extremely fascinating and the children loved learning to re-write the story using key features of a narrative. The children thoroughly enjoyed becoming authors.

During the summer holiday, you can help your child make up their own stories using these key features for the beginning, middle and end part of the story. Please focus on using adjectives to describe character, setting and feelings. Remember to use punctuation, check grammar and spellings. Encourage your child to use all their phase 2 and 3 phonics.

Key features of a narrative bank

Beginning- Character and Setting

Once upon a time

A long time ago

Early one morning

One day

Middle-Problem in the story


But then…


All of a sudden

Ending-Resolution in the story



They lived happily ever after.

The end

In Maths we began to practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s as well as counting in Spanish. Then we consolidated our learning and worked with numbers within 20. We counted on and back on the number track making addition and subtraction number sentences. We also learnt the days of the week, sequence time and events, doubling and halving. Finally we did some number bonds to 10 in preparation for Year 1.

During the summer holiday, you could consolidate on these and get the children to practise counting and recognising their numbers and shapes (2d and 3D).

A holiday pack will be available online for you to work throughout the summer if you wish to do so.

Hope you all have a great Summer holiday. Good luck in Year 1. I will miss you all very much. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. Hope you enjoyed their virtual graduation.

Have a very happy Summer holiday

Class RB - Our Final Term in Reception

16th July 2021 Posted by Miss Barnett

So for our final term in Reception we have been learning all about the story Little Red Riding Hood. We have acted out the story, rewritten it and thought about the different features that are needed in a story. We have read lots of different versions of the story, so we know that fairy tales are not always retold exactly the same way. We even made up our own endings!

In maths we have been practising all we have learnt this year. We have been naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes, using numbers to 20 (and beyond) to solve problems by adding, subtracting, halving and doubling. We have even been learning and exploring number bonds to 10. Phew! What a busy term.

We recently enjoyed our sports day and have explored recreating famous art works by Matisse, Van Gogh and Kandinsky.

I can't believe that we are at the end of the school year RB. We have had so much fun over the past year despite everything that has been going on in the world around us. I still remember your first day here at Yardley Primary when you astounded me with how well you came into school it was as though you had been doing it for years. You have been a truly amazing class and I look forward to watching you grow as you progress through the school.

Thank you for a fabulous year, enjoy the summer and I will see you soon,

Miss Barnett​

Class RB - Our Final Term in Reception

14th July 2021 Posted by Miss David

For our final term in Reception, we have been learning all about the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We have acted out the story, re-written parts of it and watched an animated version of it.

In maths, we have been recapping and consolidating our learning. We have been naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes, we have been working with numbers up to 20 to solve problems involving adding, subtracting, doubling and halving. We have also been learning and exploring number bonds to 10.

The children thoroughly enjoyed their Sports Day too! They behaved sensibly and listened very well. Their physical development has improved so much this year and it really showed in their performance, on the day.

​I can't believe it is our final term in Reception. The children have been on an incredible journey and I hope they have enjoyed every minute of it. I know I have! I feel honoured to have met such a lovely bunch of kind and caring children. Thank you for being so amazing RD, seeing you all flourish has been so beautiful to watch and be part of. I will miss you all incredibly!

Enjoy the summer holidays! See you soon!

Miss David and Mrs Erdinc​

Class RG - Summer 2

29th June 2021 Posted by Mrs Ankcorn-Lane

Oh my gosh the end of the year is in sight! It has gone so quickly,I can't believe I will have to say goodbye to my lovely class very soon!

This term we have been reading the story of Little Red Riding Hood and we have been writing our own versions of the story making sure that we use key features of a narrative. We enjoy the pasrt when the big bad wolf comes into the story!

In maths we have been looking at counting along a number line, we have used pizzas to help us with halving, we have doubled on butterflies and we have used Farmer Pete's sheep to help us make our number bonds to ten.

In RE we have learnt about refugees and asylum seekers and we have celebrated art week where we have let our creative sides out. We focussed particularly on observational drawing.

In PE we have been training for the Olympics! We have practised the shot put and the races amongst other events.

Well it really is time to say goodbye. It has been an absolute pleasure to teach RG this year. I wish you all the best for Year One and I hope you have a very happy summer holiday. Rest well so you are ready to impress your new teacher in September!