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Reception 1 Miss Bailey

Hello and welcome to Reception 1's page!


We're all going on a summer holiday!


What better way to end our seaside themed week than with a BEACH PARTY!!!!!!!

VIP Day!

We loved having the grown-ups into school to celebrate VIP Day with us! We shared one of our favourite stories: 'Supertato' and then enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon taking part in lots of 'Supertato' activities including making: Supertato salad, Supertatos, Story stone veggies, Wanted posters for the Evil Pea, traps to catch the Evil Pea and much more. Thank you to all the grown-ups who came and made it so fantastic! Here are some pictures of what we got up to...


Here are some pictures of other Supertato activities we have been enjoying in school over the last couple of weeks too. We have been so busy and have loved this topic!

COOL Time- Growth Mindset

Eureka! Trip

We had so much fun exploring Eureka! children's museum on our school trip. We learnt about;

-Our Bodies (where we went to the dentist, doctors and explored the giant bodyparts)


-Living and Working together (where we explored a whole street including the bank, post office, shop and house)


-Spark area (where we experimented with lights and shadows) and much, much more.


Have a look at some pictures of what we got up to...

We had so much fun recording our Growth Mindset video all about how we challenge ourselves in Reception by CHOOSING OUR OWN LEARNING in COOL Time! We love COOL time as it gives us the opportunity to learn through play and develop skills which we can use in the future. We are "Choosing our tomorrow!"

Growth mindset

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I can show you the world...


Recently we have been learning about different places in the world and we have taken clips from Disney films to give us some inspiration and ideas. We have learnt about France through 'Beauty and the Beast', Africa through the 'Lion King', New Orleans through 'The Princess and the Frog' and China through 'Mulan.' We have had so much fun learning about the languages, food, culture, music and people from these places and have taken part in lots of activities such as; stories, cooking, small world role play, painting, exploring instruments, writing character description and stories, discussions, messy play and much more! Here are just a few of the photos of what we have been getting up to...

Design and Technology Day

We have recently been thinking about the Polynesian islands where Moana comes from and have been enjoying lots of activities linked to this culture.  We were so excited on D&T Day to receive a letter from Moana asking if we could help her by making a boat which she could use to sail across the sea.

We decided to research different types of boats by looking on the internet and in books and we drew out some designs to record our amazing ideas. Each team had a different set of resources to work with including plastic bottles, corks, lollipop sticks or wood. They then worked together to try out their ideas and make a team boat. We were very excited to test our boats to see if they met our design criteria; to be strong and to float.

We were very proud of our boats, especially after testing them and realising that every team had managed to make a boat which would float and carry Moana!

Silly Symmetry

We had so much fun exploring symmetry using the symmetry app. Have a look at the hilarious photos of us using symmetry to make sure our faces are the same on both sides.

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Christmas fun...


We have been very excited to watch some of the Christmas adverts which are on our TVs at home. We really liked the 'Very' advert and enjoyed discussing what we would like to be when we are older. We then spent some time thinking about 'Moz' the monster from last year's John Lewis Christmas advert. We took part in some Philosophy sessions where we explored ideas like 'what makes a good friend? Was Moz a good friend in the advert?' and we did lots of fun 'Moz' activities such as writing notes and letters, making play dough Moz monsters and reading the Moz book.

We then went on to explore the 'snowman journey' Christmas advert and spent some time retelling the main parts of the story and writing story maps. We then created our own snowman stories and had lots of 'snowy' fun! If that wasn't enough we have also loved practicing and performing our Christmas show- 'I spy Christmas!' Have a look at what we have been getting up to...

Children In Need


We had a great day raising money for Children in Need. Have a look at our amazing costumes of what we want to be/ what we are good at...

Phonics - How to say the sounds

This video shows you how to say the 44 sounds that children learn in Reception. It also explains some of the language that the children will use when learning phonics.

We're going on a Leaf hunt!

We have loved collecting Autumn leaves, conkers and acorns over the last few weeks and bringing them in to show our teachers so imagine how excited we were to discover the book 'We're going on a leaf hunt' and head out on a Leaf hunt of our very own! We took our 'journey sticks' and collected Autumn objects along the way to stick onto them. We found lots of lovely things and enjoyed talking in talk-partners about what we had found when we got back. We have even turned our journey sticks into a fab display!

We have been taking part in lots of other Autumn activities too, such as printing leaves in cinnamon play dough, reading Autumn stories, exploring our Autumn nature tray, painting with leaves and much more. Have a look at what we have been doing...

Barnaby and Rosie bear's birthday!

This week we realised that it was our class bear Barnaby's birthday and he would be turning 5 so we decided to celebrate and throw a party. We had a great week writing invitations, cards, lists, making decorations, baking cakes, wrapping presents and much more. We then finished the week off with a party where we enjoyed some party games, party food and used all of the things we had made to make Barnaby's day special! Have a look at what we got up to...

Mr Potato Head kidnapped!

We couldn't believe it when we came into school to find that the evil Emporer Zurg had kidnapped Mr Potato Head and hidden him somewhere! Luckily Mr Potato Head had sent us 5 of his body parts with sensory clues to help us find him. We worked out what he could hear, smell, see, touch and taste and managed to find him hidden in our fruit box. Lots of us were then very excited to create posters to catch Emporer Zurg.

We have been enjoying lots of 'senses' activities including a feely tray, smelly play dough, scented pens, food tasting and much more...

Pirate Day

AARRGH me hearties!

We had so much fun dressing up like Pirates for National 'Talk like a pirate day'. The children have taken part in lots of different pirate activities including:

Counting and sorting treasure, writing messages in a bottle, creating treasure maps, walking the plank, role playing, reading pirate stories, singing pirate songs, playing pirate games and much more! Here are some photos of what we have been getting up to...


We are so impressed with how the children are settling into Reception and they have had a fantastic time exploring the different activities and making new friends . The children are quickly becoming familiar with our daily routines and we have already had lots of children ringing our class 'Incredi-bell' and receiving prizes from the gold box! The children have enjoyed eating their healthy school meals and have impressed the midday staff with how sensible they are in the dining hall. 


In Reception we follow the children's interests wherever possible and plan exciting topics based around the children's ideas. Each week we will update you on what we are learning about in school so that you can chat to your child and practice at home. Don't forget to check the parent notices on the door as well as our Twitter page and website.


The children have now begun PE lessons on Thursdays and so will need to bring a PE kit which can be left in school.


We are always available before or after school so if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.


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We love Reception!

We each thought of our favourite place to play and learn in Reception. Here are the photos...

Having a great time on our first day in Reception...

How to say the sounds just like us!


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Autumn newsletter


Parents Guide to the Early Years