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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

Autumn Term A

 Autumn Half Term Homework

Reception have been sent home individual log in details for Mini Mash, Ten Town and Seesaw.  We will be using Seesaw to post homework each week and to post work if children have to self isolate.

Well done for working so hard this half term Reception.  Have a great week off and we look forward to hearing all of your holiday news when you return.  Monday 2nd November is a teacher training day and children will return to school Tuesday 3rd November. 

 Halloween Party

Reception had a spooktacular time at our Halloween party.  The children enjoyed the spooky games which included pass the parcel, corners and pin the tail on the black cat.  I'm sure you'll agree that the children looked frightfully good in their Halloween costumes and party clothes.

 Monster Dance Moves

Reception showed their monster moves on the dance floor!

 Mummy Wrap

We worked in teams to wrap children in toilet paper from head to toe.  Don't they look terrifying?

 Dangling Doughnuts

Eating our snack time treat was really tricky!

 Cinema Treat

In the afternoon we watched the spooky movie "Hotel Transylvania".

Week 7

 "What's in the Witch's Kitchen?" by Nick Sharratt 

Reception have been writing their own spooky spells.  We have been acting out the story "What's in the Witch's Kitchen?" in our role play area and using the "Room on the Broom" story sack to recall story events.

 One More

In Maths we counted out the matching number of monster eyes and then worked out 'one more'.  We related 1 more to adding 1 object and jumping forwards on a numberline.

 Carve a Pumpkin

Our mouse skills continue to improve.  In ICT we used a drawing tool to make shapes on a pumpkin.  Try this game at home by clicking on the link below:

 Sensory Play

Reception used their senses to investigate and describe the pumpkins.

 Make a Wand Challenge

We hunted for sticks in our forest and decorated them to make magic wands.  Bippity boppity boo! Abracadabra!

 Finger Challenges

Reception completed spooky themed finger strengthening exercises.  This will help us to develop a tripod pincer grip when holding a writing pencil.

Monster Maths

Children independently completed count and match spooky challenges during plan to play time.

 Witch Brew Slime

The water tray was filled with slimy green witch brew.

Pumpkin Hammering

To develop our hand eye co-ordination we hammered golf tees into pumpkins.

 Colour Mixing

The painting easel has been very popular this week.  Children have independently followed the colour spells and mixed new colours.

Week 6

 "Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson

For homework this week, Blue Reception are trialing the Seesaw app.  Your child will come home with details on how to log in.  They can either access Seesaw on a smart device using the QR code or on a PC using the password code. 

Witch Scavenger Hunt

In Bushcraft we helped a wicked witch hunt for spell ingredients.  We put the ingredients in a cauldron and made a bubbling potion.  

 Toasted S'mores

We toasted s’mores around a cosy fire, all this hard work will go towards achieving our life skills challenge award in school.


Reception tried a huge pomelo citrus fruit during snack time.  It was really tricky to peel the skin!

Finger Challenges

We complete daily finger strengthening exercises.  This is to help us to develop a tripod pincer grip, when holding a writing pencil.

 Make a Pumpkin

In ICT we used a mouse to click, drag and drop.  Look at our scary pumpkin faces!  Try this at home by clicking on the link below:


 "Winnie the Witch" by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul

Winnie can't see Wilbur in her dark black house.  Can you stop Winnie tripping over Wilbur by painting his fur?  Reception completed the colour mixing spells to make new colours and painted Wilbur the cat.

Week 5

 Subitising and Counting

In Maths we have been counting spooky objects that can't be moved.  We also practised instantly recognising the number of objects in a small group without the need to count them.  This is called subitising and will help us develop our number sense.

 Bubbling Magic Potion

We mixed together bicarbonate of soda and vinegar to make fizzy potions.  Look what happens when the ingredients are mixed together.  What words can you use to describe the potion?

  "Meg and Mog" Zoo Lab Workshop

Rob the wizard came to visit Reception.  We helped him cast spells and met a range of animals.  Reception handled the different animals and enjoyed learning interesting facts.


In PE we tried yoga.  Yoga is great for balance, strength, relaxation, flexibility and confidence.  Follow the link below to try the moves and poses at home:


  Magical Mud Experiment

Reception made green cornflour slime.  We experimented squeezing the mixture and rolling it into a ball.  The mixture felt different and changed when we stopped rolling it.  The children developed their observational skills by describing how the mixture felt and talked about the changes they could see and feel. 


Writing Spells

Reception wrote their own spooky spells.  We used a 'Fred talk' robot voice to sound out words.  Look at our fantastic writing!

Week 4

 "Oliver's Fruit Salad" by Vivian French

Reception enjoy taking part in bushcraft sessions and love to be outdoors with Mrs McHatton.  This week we listened to the story "Oliver's Fruit Salad" by Vivian French and made our own colourful fruit kebabs. 

  Fruit Salad Shopping Lists

Reception helped Fred the frog write a shopping list to take to Morrison's supermarket.  We sounded out words by using a robot 'Fred talk' voice and included numbers.

 Floating and Sinking

We experimented with different types of fruits to see whether they float or sink.

Fruit Salad Addition

Chef Maria asked Reception to help work out the total number of pieces of fruit in her fruit salads.  They worked in pairs to count out the pieces of fruit as they moved them into the bowl.  Next they counted all of the pieces of fruit and said the number sentence to describe the total in the bowl  "2 and 5 makes 7". 

Sharing Monkeys

Max the Monkey had some has some fruit that he wanted to share fairly between his friends. Reception explored sharing different numbers of oranges, strawberries, apples and bananas between three little monkeys – Max, Marcia and Marcel.  The challenge was to share the fruit fairly and count how many pieces each friend has.

Fruit Salad Shopping List Counting

Fred followed the fruit salad shopping list to make sure that he had the correct amount of each fruit, but when he was at the shop, the shopkeeper packaged up the fruit.  The shopkeeper put a Numicon shape label on the bag.  The Reception children were asked to find the bag containing each of the correct ingredients.  We then helped Fred chop the fruit to make a delicious fruit salad!  

 "Walking Through the Jungle" by Julie Lacome

Reception listened to "Walking Through the Jungle" by Julie Lacome.  In PE we travelled different ways through the jungle including wading and leaping.  We moved like the animals in the story.  Can you guess which animals we are pretending to be? 

Make a Snake Challenge

We looked at photographs of snakes and their repeating patterns, particularly focusing on how the patterns are the same all along their bodies. Reception described the pattern out loud together, “Black, white, black, white...”.  We made our own snakes with repeating patterns on their bodies.  Reception chose whether they would prefer to make a snake that will camouflage with its surroundings (using the natural coloured pens and paper) or a snake that is scaring off predators (with the brighter colours).  The children cut out their curled and straight snake designs.

Week 3

"Walking Through the Jungle" a Barefoot Singalong

In Maths we counted crocodile teeth, continued a snake colour pattern and found objects that are longer and shorter than the crocodile from the story.  We matched lost animals to the correct habitats and created a house for the little girl using simple mouse skills in ICT.  


Week 2

 Hapa Zome

Reception enjoyed working with Mrs McHatton in the Bushcraft area.  Hapa zome is the Japanese art of bashing the natural pigment out of leaves and flowers onto fabric to create prints.  It’s a wonderful sensory experience, a really simple and effective way to learn a little more about plants and trees and a creative way to make beautiful prints.

Week 1

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 ...