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Growing Lifelong Learners


Christmas has arrived in reception

Early Years 'Let's Get Ready for Christmas' Morning


On Friday 3rd December Nursery and Reception joined together to start getting ready for the Christmas festivities!


The children had the opportunity to;

1. Make reindeer food for Father Christmas's reindeer,

2. Decorate a Christmas biscuit,

3. Make a Christmas tree decoration,

4. Make their own wrapping paper.


They also engaged in imaginary role play in the 'Hot Chocolate Cafe', made their own Nativity scene, created Christmas patterns and explored the Winter Christmas table.


We are now ready and looking forward to the next few weeks of Christmas fun!

Our Learning in Autumn 2


Our topic this half term is 'Sparkle and Shine'.


Within the topic Sparkle and shine  the children will learn about the celebrations that take place during the autumn and winter seasons, focussing on Bonfire night, Diwali and Christmas and then exploring the similarities that all celebrations have, moving on to focus on the significance and symbolism of light at this time of year.

Our learning in Autumn 1


Our topics this half term are 'Me and my community' and 'Exploring autumn'


Within 'Me and my community' the children are supported into the new rules and routines of school and encourages them to make new friends and feel confident in their class. It teaches them about being helpful, kind and thoughtful at home and at school. This project also teaches children how they are unique and special, the importance of friendship and how people in their family, school and local community are important and can help them.



Within  'Exploring Autumn' we explore the natural changes that happen during the season of autumn, including how the weather changes, why trees lose their leaves and how wild animals prepare for winter.

Our learning environment

Our week


  • Thursday- library books are changed
  • Friday- PE day (please come to school in PE Kit, including shoes suitable for PE)
  • Friday- the weeks phonics sounds go home
  • All week- children are heard read (Please ensure your child's reading book is in school every day

Welcome to Reception. In Reception we learn through play. Even if it may look like we are just 'playing', we are learning. Being outside is a big part of how we like to learn in Reception, we are out in all weathers. We encourage the children to be as independent as possible and to develop a sense of curiosity. On this page you will find information about how and what we are learning. It will be updated regularly.


What does a day in Reception look like?


Our  morning 


Our afternoon