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Reception Class

Message from class teacher

Welcome to Reception Class. We hope your child will enjoy their year with us – learning and becoming independent in a fun and challenging way.

Facts about Mrs Bowes

    • Has a goat called Valerie
    • Likes going horse riding
    • Enjoys going camping with her family


    Facts about Mrs North

      • Mrs North would love to live on the farm at Beamish

    Checkout our class photo gallery.





    In Reception class we aim to provide a wide variety of worthwhile and meaningful experiences, which will give your child firm foundations on which to build their future education.  We provide a stimulating environment to make learning enjoyable and interesting.

    Spring Term Curriculum


    This term we will be concentrating on the following topics:

      • Recognising numbers
      • Practising writing numbers carefully, using the correct formation
      • Matching numerals to quantities
      • Estimating how many objects we can see, and checking by counting
      • Using the language ‘more’ and ‘fewer’ to compare sets
      • Finding one more and one less than a given number
      • Adding and subtracting in practical activities and recording this
      • Using language related to time
      • Recognising and using coins
      • Recognising, creating and describing patterns 


    This term we will be concentrating on the following topics:

      • Continuing a rhyming string
      • Hearing and saying the sounds in words
      • Naming and sounding all of the letters of the alphabet
      • Recognising and using digraphs, double letters and consonant blends
      • Reading and understanding simple sentences
      • Reading common irregular words
      • Writing captions and simple sentences
      • Spelling and writing simple words
      • Listening carefully to stories and predicting what might happen next
      • Following instructions using several ideas or actions
      • Speaking with confidence about activities or events
      • Holding a pencil correctly to form all of the letters of the alphabet


    Snow and Winter – During the first half of the Spring term we will be hoping for some cold winter weather to make our topic come alive! We will be basing our learning on fiction and non -fiction books and poems such as Jack Frost, Snowballs, Frozen, The snowman, The Emperors Egg, Penguin Small, Big Bear Little Bear, and Dear Polar Bear. In Science we will be describing our experiences of cold weather and finding out about ways which humans and other animals keep warm in winter. We will also be thinking about dangers of snow and ice such as avalanches, slipping and frozen ponds and will be melting and freezing lots of things! Outdoors we will be moving like snowflakes, making obstacle courses to exercise and keep warm outside and playing games where you have to freeze. We plan to have lots of fun in our role play ice palace and igloo while we learn about the Inuit way of life, and hopefully will be making lots of imaginative winter props and glistening snowy, icy pictures.

    New Beginnings – During the second half of the term we will be looking at animals and their young. We will be talking and writing about our own pets, and how to look after them and plan to have lots of fun in our new role play pet shop where we will practise using coins to pay for pets and equipment we need to look after them. Following this we are super excited to be welcoming our very own duckling family to school. They will arrive as eggs and we hope to set up our web cam as we have done in previous years to allow you to keep a close watch on our very special arrivals! We are also going to find out about other animals that lay eggs. We will finish this topic off by learning about similarities and differences between farm and zoo animals and will link this to comparisons of life on a farm long ago during our class visit to Beamish. 



     Trips and Events

      Friday 8th February – Reception children to visit NALC to take part in a multiskills event

      Friday 15th February – Image musical theatre will performing an interactive version of ‘The Selfish Giant’ for the whole school

      Monday 4th March – Katie Chapel from the Dogs Trust will be talking to Reception children about responsible dog ownership

      Monday 11th March – Duckling eggs to arrive at Byerley Park

      Friday 22nd March – School shut for staff training

      Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th March – Parents evening

      Thursday 28th March – Reception and Year One children to visit Beamish as part of their topic work



    Things to remember

      Please could parents ensure that their child always has appropriate outdoor clothing for the weather conditions, as we will be outside for periods of time.

      • PE –  Monday and Tuesday (please ensure ear-rings are removed on these days)
      • Word boxes –  Please practise with a grown-up every day, recognising and saying each word.
      • Reading books – Practise with a grown-up. Please write in the reading record book to let school know how your child has managed and return to school the next day.
      • Literacy and Numeracy activities –  Given each week to reinforce work we have completed at school. Please complete using a pencil and return to school.
      • Home Diary – On Wednesday we will send home information about what we have been learning at school. This book also contains topic related homework ideas, it will be really beneficial to complete one, or more of the suggested activities. We love to look at all the great things children get up to at home.