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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

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Week 4 


 Signs of Spring

Reception looked for signs 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.

 How Will You Sort Your Buttons?

In Maths we have been looking at different ways to group buttons. We looked at grouping them into shape, colour, size and number of holes. The children all had a go to order them into their own group. 


This week in music, the children have continued to learn and practice new songs. Our newly learned songs have been developing the children's confidence in using their speaking and singing voices through rehearsing .  



Room on the Broom Story Ordering 

This week we have started to creep into spooky season by reading 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson. The children have enjoyed listening to the rhyming words and joining in with the repetition of 'Whoosh' throughout the story. Everyone was amazing at ordering the story by identifying which animals came onto the broom in the correct order. The children continued to develop their fine motor skills by using scissors to cut the pictures to stick into their books. 

  Caption Writing 

The children have begun to hear initial and end sounds in simple CVC words. The children have then used their phonics knowledge to identify the written letter. 

Room on the Broom Free Play Storytelling

Week 3 

 Walking Through the Jungle

The children have been putting their phonics learning into practice by linking sounds to the written letter. The children listened to the sounds in the animal names from the story '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.


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

 Matching and Sorting

The children have begun to develop their logical thinking by matching and sorting objects into groups..  

  Making Matching Sets

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


The children have enjoyed learning some new songs this week. We have started to develop our listening skills and kept a steady beat using body percussion.  The children were brilliant and we can't wait for next week.

 PE - Witches and Wizards

In PE the children have be learning how to move safely and sensibly in a space with consideration of others. The children became witches and wizards and created a potion by suggesting things to put in before mixing it. Once we put everything in the cauldron, we mixed our potion by moving around in a circle and changing directions ensuring we didn't bump into anyone. 

Week 2


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.

Attendance Award

Well done Reception Red Room! We won the trophy for our super attendance this week 99.49%. This means we can look forward to a treat afternoon next week. Keep up the hard work and we can enjoy more treat days. Have a great weekend and I will look forward to hearing all about it on Monday. 

 Touch Counting

Reception have been watching the 'Ten Town' character stories this week in maths. The children have enjoyed meeting the characters and learning how to form the written numeral using our magic fingers. We have also began to develop our touch counting by identifying a written numeral and collecting the corresponding amount of objects.    

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.