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West Denton Primary School

โ€˜A Stepping Stone into the Futureโ€™

Autumn B

Week 6

The Polar Express

Do you believe?  Reception received a golden ticket and wore pyjamas just as the children in the film did.  We watched this magical movie on the big screen.  Each ticketed passenger was  served warm hot chocolate.  Santa left Reception their very own 'first gift of Christmas' a bell from his sleigh!


Christmas Dinner

Reception celebrated with a Christmas dinner.  Roast turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas music. 

Santa's Treehouse Grotto 

We had a special visitor in our Bushcraft area.  Santa Claus came to visit and handed out treats and gifts to the children.  Reception were so excited to see Santa and enjoyed catching their gifts at the end of the slide.

Santa's Gift Slide ๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽ…. Ready, steady, catch!

 Christmas Party

Reception had a wonderful morning full of dancing, party games and party food.  Don't we look fantastic in our party clothes!

Musical Chairs ๐Ÿช‘๐ŸŽถ

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Week 5

Virtual Christmas Performance 

Reception are taking part in Newcastle Music Partnership North's virtual Christmas performance of ‘It's nearly Christmas Eve’.

It's nearly Christmas Eve Song

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Nursery Rhyme Nativity

The children have enjoyed another busy week in school and the excitement for Christmas is beginning to build! We have been working hard on our Christmas production of Nursery Rhyme Nativity and the children are looking forward to performing this on Wednesday.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Reception class have been practising for our performance. We worked as a team to decorate our class Christmas tree.

 Nativity Story and Christmas Continuous Provision

This week Reception have listened to the Nativity story.  The children used wooden characters to retell it to their friends and practised their cutting skills while making their own Nativity scene and ordering events.  Decorating the loose parts Christmas trees and playdough snowman models have been a popular choice this week.  Look at our beautiful designs!   

Loose Parts Christmas Trees and Candy Cane Threading ๐ŸŽ„

Hanging Tree Decorations๐ŸŽ„

Winter Wonderland Small World Play โ„๏ธ๐Ÿงคโ›„๏ธ

Nativity Story Maps ๐Ÿ‘ถ


In PE we used a parachute to work and play as a group.  We pretended to be Superheroes and enjoyed playing Mrs Freeze, colour superheroes, superhero capes, under the capes and catch the villain.

 It's me 1, 2 and 3!

 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.  We explored the composition of 3 and have been learning about 'part' and 'whole.' We have looked at toys with different parts and even different body parts.  The children learnt that all the parts together make a whole.  We then moved onto making sets of 2 and 3 and noted 1 and 2 are parts of 3.  Below is a link to the Numberblocks episode that explores 'part' and 'whole'


Week 4


We discovered that hedgehogs are nocturnal and are awake during the night by listening to "Wide-awake Hedgehog" during storytime.  They also hibernate and sleep for a long time during Winter.  

The children have enjoyed exploring oil pastels this week to make observational drawings.

Week 3

 Rosie's Walk

Our story of the week is "Rosie's Walk" by Pat Hutchins.  We took an aerial photo of our group story maps.  We used position words and the maps to retell the story in the correct order.

Story Maps ๐Ÿ“–

Labelling โœ๏ธ

Aerial Photographs ๐Ÿ“ธโœˆ๏ธ

Week 2

 Children in Need

Thank you to all the families who have helped us to support Children in Need once again this year by sending their children in non-uniform and giving donations to help raise money £305.16 in total.  What a fab day we have had, and we raised money for a great cause at the same time!  The children enjoyed decorating their own spotty cupcakes and tried the fundraising activity 'hook a duck' from the story "Pudsey's Great Fundraiser". 

Spotty Cupcakes ๐Ÿง

Hook a Duck ๐Ÿช๐Ÿค

 Dipal's Diwali

Reception listened to a story about Dipal and his family celebrating the Diwali festival of light.  As part of our finger challenges this week we created jewelled pathways for Sita and made rangoli patterns.

 Diva Lamp

We used salt dough to create a diva lamp.  The children painted and decorated them with jewels.  I think you’ll agree they look amazing!

Week 1

 Theo and the Velvet Onesies

Reception were fascinated to learn children had to sleep underground during the war to stay safe in London.  We found out that the prime minister Winston Churchill's siren suit was the original onesie! 

 Lest We Forget

Reception observed the two minute silence on Remembrance Day.  We watched the Cbeebies animation 'Poppies' and talked about how the rabbit was feeling. The children used loose parts to make their own poppy designs. 


This week the children have been using the song 'Five Little Peas' when looking at the number 5.  They have been making collections of 5 using a hand template and then a die frame. The children soon realised that if you put two die frames together there are 10 in total - "5 and another 5 make 10 altogether".

 Sparks in the Sky

As the children have been celebrating Bonfire night this weekend, we based a discussion around what sights, smells and sounds they could hear as the fireworks produced their lovely bright colours in our dark sky. We enjoyed reading and looking at our story of the week "Sparks in the Sky" and based a classroom discussion around the story. The children were very excited to tell everyone about their own experiences. 

Fireworks Crafts

We made our bonfire night pictures using a range of media.  This included collage, mono prints and chalks.  Reception used the bonfire themed pattern cards and paintbrushes to mark make.

 Edible Sparklers

Reception made edible fireworks.  We used icing and sprinkles to make our designs.  They were delicious!

 Bonfire Night Brave Writing

Our independent brave write this week was all about bonfire night.  We used a robot 'Fred talk' voice to sound out words.  Reception described the firework noises and spectacular sights they could see.