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West Denton Primary School

β€˜A Stepping Stone into the Future’

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Signs of Autumn

Reception looked for sigs of Autumn in bushcraft.  We found hazelnuts, sycamore seeds, fir cones, acorns and conkers.  They sorted the Autumn treasures into sets and carefully broke opened the conker casings.

 "Walking Through the Jungle" by Julie Lacome

We’ve been reading "Walking Through the Jungle" by Julie Lacome.  This repeating story was great for retelling from start to finish, as we recalled the ‘action words’ used throughout the story: walking, running, leaping, swinging, creeping and wading.

In our writing we mad a list of the animals from the story, listening carefully to the initial sounds.  In phonics we have been linking sounds to letters and some children are beginning to use these letters in their writing. 


The children have enjoyed learning some new songs. We developed our listening skills and kept a steady beat using body percussion.  Reception were brilliant and we can't wait to work with Jane again next week.

 Name Train

We've been learning to recognise our name, match the letters and then sequence them.

  Match and Sort into Sets

Reception found objects that match and are the same.  We then guessed the sorting rule and grouped objects into sets.

Matching ✏️✏️


 In Maths, we have been looking at the numbers 1-3 and learning to 'subitise' - seeing how many there are without counting and recognising 1, 2 and 3 in different positions and patterns.

Subitise πŸ‘€

Week 2

Carrot Soup

Reception harvested the carrots they planted in Nursery with Mrs Hughes.  We carefully chopped the ingredients to make a delicious carrot soup for snack time.


This week we have been thinking about ourselves and what makes us special.  We shared the gorgeous book "We Are All Different" before discussing and comparing our hair, eye and skin colours.  We painted our own portraits while carefully looking at our facial features in a mirror.

Week 1

 The First Day

My delightful new Reception class have settled into school life seamlessly!  Here they are enjoying their first week.  We have been learning routines and how to use the classroom equipment.  They explored the indoor and outdoor environments, stayed for lunch and have been making new friends.  All of the children have settled in very well and I am looking forward to a fun filled year!  Have a look at some of the things we have been up to ...

In Reception we balance adult led activities and child initiated play.  Through adult led activities we can introduce children to new ideas and provide opportunities for them to develop their skills.  During play children explore their own ideas, learn how to use resources and use imagination and creativity.

Welcome to Blue Reception 2023