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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

Autumn Term A

Week 3

Pirates, Portraits and Pens!


 Pirate PE

We continued our Get Set 4 PE lessons.  This week we developed our ability to move safely and stop with control.  We loved playing the game 'all aboard the ship'.  The children had to match actions for climb the rigging, walk the plank, submarine, sharks, all aboard, scrub the deck and Captain's coming.


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.

The new felt tip pens have during been very popular this week during plan to play.

Name Train

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


Week 2

 Queen Elizabeth II

We were saddened to learn about the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.  The reception children remembered how Her Majesty had shared a sandwich with Paddington during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.  In memory, we made our own during snack time and listened to the story "Paddington at the Palace" by Michael Bond.

  The Little - Big Hair Assembly - World Afro Day

Reception took part in the Big Hair Assembly by listening to "Daddy Do My Hair: Beth's Twists" by Tola Okoguwu.  The event and story aims to change negative attitudes towards Afro hair.  We worked with a talking partner to think of words to describe Beth's twists and were inspired to try some of the beautiful hairstyles during play.   

@worldafroday #worldafroday #thebighairassembly


Roald Dahl Day

We watched short clips of the Roald Dahl story "The Enormous Crocodile".   Reception made scissor snips crocodile teeth, played in the muddy river water tray, created wanted posters, ordered numbered sharp teeth, completed a giant crocodile jigsaw and practised turn taking whilst playing the game crocodile dentist. 


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.

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 ...