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Growing Lifelong Learners


Our Learning in Spring 1.


We have been exploring the differences in the world at night compared to during the day. We have looked at the importance of a good night’s sleep, and night time routines such as looking after our teeth. We have also enjoyed exploring space.


We took part in the RSPB's big bird week and enjoyed lots of learning and activities in the lead up to it. We also celebrated Chinese new year.

Exploring the differences between the day and night.


We explored the differences in the school environment in the day and at nigh. We went for a walk around school and the children used the Ipads to take photos of things that interested them. Mrs Maw then took photos of the same things once it had got dark and we compared the photos. Some of the children drew maps, showing the things that we had seen on our walk and added labels to them using their phonics knowledge.



Exploring the differences in the school in the day and the night

Learning to look after our teeth.


We have been learning to look after our teeth. We practiced our brushing skills on a giant set of teeth. We became scientists, using eggs to carry out an experiment to explore which drinks are good for our teeth and which aren't. We made predictions about what would happen to the eggs and thought about what we learnt from the experiment.

Learning how to look after our teeth

RSPB's Big Bird Week.


We have taken part in the RSPB's big bird week. We learnt about the different types of birds that visit our garden, thought about ways that we could attract more birds into the garden, made bird feeders and counted the birds that we saw in the garden and in Settle woods. We even made binoculars to help us with our bird spotting. There was lots of excitement during this learning, talking about the birds they had seen, making nests on the playground and checking the bird feeders to see if they had been eaten.

RSPB's big bird week

Celebrating Chinese New Year


We had a whole morning where nursery and reception celebrated Chinese New Year together. We wore red for the day, made money envelopes, explored noodles, painted some Mandarin symbols, explored Mandarin numbers in glitter and made lanterns. We also ran Zodiac race and tasted some Chinese food. We tasted water chesnuts, noodles, egg fried rice and prawn crackers. Most of us at least tried the foods and lots of us asked for seconds and some even asked for thirds

Celebrating Chinese New Year

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.

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 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