Welcome to Reception 2019 - 2020

 Reception Team:    Miss Haugh - Gruffalo Class Teacher        Mrs Weddell - Gruffalo Nursery Nurse  

Miss Yetkil - Elmer Class Teacher             Miss Haugh - Elmer Nursery Nurse  

Learning Support Assistant - Ms Barry


Reception children at work and play
September 2019 - March 2020

British Science Week

Reception started British Science Week by exploring bubbles. We talked about what we could do to make the biggest bubbles. One child said "We need lots of breath and blow out slowly". We then went outside to investigate if that as true.


In maths we have been learning about positions. We went outside and used the play village to show different positions such as on, under, next to and behind. 

Drama and Storytelling

Reception had a special treat today when they took part in a storytelling and dramatic play class from Debutots. The children had so much fun listening to, and then acting out a story. The children transformed themselves into goblins, owls, wolves, hares and bears. Look at some of our videos below to see how we got on. 

Pancake Day - Shrove Tuesday

Reception learnt about Shrove Tuesday and the reasons why we eat pancakes today. We then had fun adding our own toppings to pancakes and then eating them. Yum, yum!

Love of Reading

One of our Reception children donated 30 books (yes, that does say 30!) to the class for her birthday. The Reception children have been enjoying reading these stories in class. Thank you to the birthday girl for sharing her love of reading with us all.

Well-being Week

This week we have been learning about our physical and mental health. We have been discussing the different emotions we all experience and what to do when we feel these emotions. All the children have also thought about the things they do to make them happy and calm. This afternoon we had our PAUSE afternoon where we all stopped and did some activities that make us happy and calm. In Reception we love to colour and build so all the children and staff spent the afternoon doing some of these things. 

Special parcel for Reception

Reception received a special parcel today from Elliott, the character from the book 'The Story Machine' by Tom McLaughlin.  Elliott sent a machine that he found in his attic and he wanted our help to find out what it is. The children had lots of fun investigating what it does. Some ideas included: "It cuts paper", "It makes letters", "It's a timetable" and "Its a paper machine". After investigating the children found out that it prints letters on paper. 

Santa Claus has come to town!

We had great fun at our Christmas party and we were so lucky to have a special visitor join us.... Santa. He must have heard how good we all were as he brought a present for each child. Thank you so much to the parents that organised this. The children and adults loved it!

Unexpected Visitor

We had an unexpected visitor today. We didn't see who it was but they left behind some footprints! The children then discussed who it may have been. Some suggestions were: Edgar the dragon, The Gruffalo, The Grinch or a big, giant animal! Some children spent some time investigating the footprints and found out that it has long legs and it jumps with its two feet together! We then made our own monsters and one child wrote a question asking 'Has anyone seen a monster in Gruffalo?'

Edgar the Dragon

This week we watched the John Lewis Christmas advert and talked about Edgar's special talents and the talents we all have. We then discussed how Edgar felt and why he went away to hide. Today we have been writing missing posters to try and get him back. The children have offered a reward!


Reception have been learning about Judaism in RE. We learnt about Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. Then we made our own Menorah's with eight candles on. These are used during Hanukkah, to light the eight candles for the eight days of the holiday.

Pounding Yams

As part of our whole class literacy work we have started to read a book called Anna Hibiscus' Song. In the book we learnt that Anna helps her aunties to pound yams so we decided to give it a try ourselves. We then got to eat them. Lots of us have never tried yams before and we thought they were yummy!

Our dreams for the future

This week we have been thinking about our dreams for ourselves, London and the World. These are some of our dreams.

Mary's Meals fundraising 

Last week Reception & Year 5 made Blueberry Porridge squares to celebrate World Porridge Day and raise money and awareness for Mary's Meals. Parents and carers have been very generous and we have raised a total of £170.71. It cost £13.90 to feed a child with Mary's Meals for an entire year. This means we can help 12 children, 1 for each month of the year. Thank you so much for all your support.

World Porridge Day (Thursday 10th October 2019)

Today is World Porridge Day! To celebrate and to fundraise for Mary's Meals, buddies in Reception and Year 5 made some delicious blueberry porridge bars together. We learnt that it costs just £13.90 to feed a child with Mary's Meals for an entire year. If you would like to make a donation to Mary's Meals, please send it in an envelope to your child's teacher by Wednesday 16th October 2019. All money raised will go straight to Mary's Meals charity. 

John Henry Newman 

Reception have been learning about John Henry Newman. We showed the children a picture & asked who they thought he was. Some of the responses were: a King, God, genie or Fr Mark! We then learnt that he was a very important man in the Church and he will become a Saint on Sunday.

Outdoor painting

Reception had so much fun today painting flowers on clear plastic. We have put our art work up outside our classrooms in the outdoor area. Come and take a look at our wonderful paintings!

Welcome liturgy

We held our very special Welcome Liturgy this morning for parents of Reception children and other parents and children new to our school this year. Parents were invited to light a candle as a symbol of their child and the light they bring to our school.


Reception had so much fun at our Bounce workshop this afternoon. 

First full week in Reception

Reception have had a very busy first full week at school. Take a look at some of of our photos. The children should sleep well for you this weekend!!

We look forward to welcoming our new children and their families to our school community. 

First day of school

The first day of school can be hard for mum and dad. 
Part of you feels excited, the other part feels sad.
For many years you've held their hand and been their loving guide.
Now you know the time has come to leave them by our side.
But it's only for a little while, as your child will learn and grow.
And at the end of every day, they will share with you all they know.
So as you walk away, don't worry anymore.
We'll take care of all those precious gifts, when you leave them at the door. 

Dates for your diary
Thursday 26th September at 9am – Reception curriculum meeting
Wednesday 2nd October at 9am – Welcome liturgy for new parents
Wednesday 9th or Thursday 10th October – Parent teacher consultations for reception parents.

Information on phonics and fun games to play.