Welcome to our Reception class page


 Autumn 2020-2021

Today Reception Class enjoyed celebrating Diwali. We made rangoli patterns, decorated mendhi hands, dressed up in Indian clothes and made paper diva lamps. 


Today Reception Class painted poppies for Remembrance Day.



It’s Bonfire Night! We created a large-scale firework picture by printing. We made some safe sparklers by threading small beads. We made some small firework pictures by printing with  bubble wrap and splattering paint!

Some of our amazing sign writing!

Yesterday we made a house made of straw, sticks and bricks.

It has been an exciting day in Reception Class! We discovered this morning that our straw, stick and brick house had been knocked down in the night. We asked Steve the caretaker to have a look on the CCTV cameras and this is what he discovered – a wolf in the playground! We found lots of clues that a wolf had been in our playground. There were big, muddy paw prints on the floor, fur on our climbing frame and scratch marks on the tyres.  We decided that we needed to rebuild the houses and write some warning signs to tell the wolf to keep away. We even built a trap to catch the wolf in case he decides to come back but Mrs Rothenburg said our writing was so AMAZING that the wolf definitely won’t come back to our playground again.

The Pumpkin Shop is busy this week. Children have been describing the pumpkins as small, medium, large, heavy or light. They then had to pay the correct number of coins (conkers) for each pumpkin.

We had great fun in Movement Play, collecting the Autumn leaves and shaking them off the parachute. 


MESSAGE from STARS team (autism specialist support service)

We know that changes to routine, the sensory challenges of increased handwashing and the general anxiety of the situation can have a big impact for Autistic children and young people. Below are some links to information/resources that may help. Please share these with your colleagues and the parents/guardians of the children you support. Some of these may also be useful for other children and young people in your settings.


There are some resources/information to support children and young people with Autism available on the STARS website http://www.starsteam.org.uk/coronavirus-resources I have also attached some generic symbols that may be useful for parents/carers whilst children are at home. In addition to this the National Autistic society has some useful information and links:  https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus.asp The NAS helpline remains open and could be a useful source of support for parents during the current unprecedented circumstances: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/main.aspx Tel:  0808 800 4104 Opening times: Monday to Thursday 10am-4pm and Friday 9am-3pm. The Leeds Community healthcare trust has some useful resources/information/links in its toolkit: https://www.leedscommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services-a-z/speech-and-language-therapy2/service-downloads/. There is some useful information and video clips to support with Intensive Interaction @ https://www.intensiveinteraction.org/


Generic symbols for home


Curriculum 2019-2020

Reception Autumn 1 Curriculum Map

Reception Autumn 2 Curriculum Map

Reception Spring 1 Curriculum Map

Reception Spring 2 Curriculum Map

Reception Summer 1 Curriculum Map

Reception Summer 2 Curriculum Map


Christmas Concert dress rehearsal


Owl Visitor

Reception Class have been doing lots of work around the story of Owl Babies this week. It was brilliant to bring the text to life through a special visit from Libby the Eagle Owl, Tilly the Barn Owl and Molly the Burrowing Owl. The children showcased their prior learning and asked some super questions.  What an experience!


Welly Walk

This morning, Reception Class enjoyed a welly walk around the pastures. We crunched through the leaves, splashed through the icy puddles and went trip-trapping over the bridges. 

As part of our walk, we hid some of our favourite story books around the local area. 

Find it, read it and re-hide it!


Safety Week

This is our Learning Journey display linked to Safety Week. 

Autumn 2 – Remembrance Day

We painted poppies in our own learning time and made poppies using real petals in the Creation Station. 

Autumn 1 – Diversity

Reception Class painted self portraits and celebrated our work by inviting our parents and carers to an Art Exhibition. We thought very carefully about mixing the paint to match our skin colour. Please watch our video which showcases this learning. 



Rothwell Park Cafe visit

International Studies – Spring term 

Spring Term 1 Reception Class -Topic

Last half term, the key themes for Reception Class were Aladdin, The Gruffalo and France (International Study).

Autumn Term 2

Reception Class have really enjoyed our topics this half term: The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Owl Babies and Christmas! Here are a few photos of our Owl Babies visitor and Polar Express Treat Day.