Welcome to Reception 2018 - 2019

Post from the Palace

Gruffalo class had a very special delivery this morning from Kensington Palace! Back in May, the children drew pictures and wrote messages to Harry & Meghan to congratulate them on the birth of their baby boy Archie. We then posted them to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and today we received a reply. 

Foods from around the world

To celebrate the end of our One Community week at school, Reception had a world food party. The children were able to try different foods that the parents kindly donated and our tummies were certainly full at the end! Your generous donations mean that we are able to continue the celebrations next week when we will get to try the sweet treats. Thank you so much.

African Dancing

Avril-Marie's mum came into school today to teach the Reception children some African dancing from Ghana. Thank you so much, we loved it. Take a look at our new moves!

A little taste of Italy

To help celebrate our One Community International Week, Gruffalo class went on a trip to Pizza Express. The children learnt about where pizza comes from and everyone got to make their own Margherita pizza to take home. Yum! Yum! 

School trip

Reception had so much fun this morning on our school trip to watch a ‘Bite- Sized Ballet production of The Three Little Pigs’ at the Picturehouse cinema in Crouch End. For most of us it was the first time seeing a ballet and we all loved it. The children were so well behaved and were a real credit to our school. 

Reception children have had a keen interest in using sticks to build campfires using sticks they have found outside. As a little treat today we built a campfire in class and gave the children marshmallows and melted chocolate for them to pretend they were toasting marshmallows over a real campfire. 


Reception visited the Methodist gardens next to the school to dig for worms. In class we have read the story 'Yucky Worms' and found out facts about them. We have learnt that worms are not yucky and that they actually help plants to grow. We bought the worms back to class and put them in our class wormery. We will take care of them for a couple of weeks before releasing back outside. 

World Book Day 2019

Reception children have had so much fun today dressing up as their favour book characters. We went on a trip to the children's book shop in Muswell Hill where we got to listen to a story and then we all bought a book using our book day vouchers. In the afternoon Gruffalo class shared stories with their buddies. 

Valentines' Day Baking

Reception were sharing their love on valentines day by baking heart shaped biscuits to share with their loved ones. We had so much fun measuring out and mixing the ingredients to make our dough. We then got to roll the dough and cut our shapes before putting them in the oven to bake before icing them. The best part was eating them! yum, yum!

Fun in the snow

We all had so much fun playing in the snow today making snow angels and snowmen. The children had the most fun throwing snowballs at the teachers!

Christmas jumper day and Christmas lunch

We had so much fun today wearing our Christmas jumpers and having our Christmas lunch.

The Christmas Experience

Today we went on a trip to St James Church to learn about the true meaning of Christmas. We travelled back in time where we met Joseph, the shepherds, Kings and finally Mary and baby Jesus. 

Phonics workshop video (video 1 of 2)

We start each phonics lesson by revising the sounds we have previously taught

Phonics workshop video (video 2 of 2)

We then introduce the new sound we are learning

Phonics workshop

Thank you so much to everyone that came to our phonics workshop this morning. It was lovely to see so many parents and grandparents there. We hope you found it useful and are now able to further support your child's learning at home. 

African dancing

As part of our whole class text called Anna Hibiscus' Song we have been learning some African dancing because that is what Anna's uncle Tunde likes to do when he is happy. We had so much fun learning the dance moves!

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Remembrance Day

This week the children have been learning about Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies. We then made our own Remembrance Day poppies using plastic bottles. You can see the displays in the classrooms. 


The Reception children and staff all had fun taking part in a zumba workshop this morning. Check out our moves!

Health Week

Reception started our 'OLM Gets physical week' by talking about healthy foods. We then made our own fruit pizzas/wraps. We had so much fun!

We can't wait to welcome all the new Reception children next week. The classes are all set up and ready for learning. Take a look at some of the photos!

 Reception Team:

Miss Haugh - Gruffalo Class Teacher        Miss Haugh - Gruffalo Nursery Nurse

Mrs Cantellow - Elmer Class Teacher        Mrs Weddell - Elmer Nursery Nurse  

Learning Support Assistant - Mrs Benmore


Information on phonics and fun games to play.