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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

Autumn Term A

Week 7

 What's in the Witch's Kitchen 

As our children get ready for Halloween, we have been finding out what delightful things witch's keep in their kitchens by reading 'What's in the Witch's Kitchen' by Nick Sharratt. Using our knowledge of letters and sounds, we have been writing CVC words for things a witch might need in her kitchen to make potions and cast spells.  


In reception we all became mad scientist and experimented with bicarbonate of soda, washing up liquid, a bath bomb and vinegar to see if we could make a reaction in our pumpkin cauldron. The children loved seeing the colour of our potion change and bubble over the sides of our pumpkin.  

 Halloween Party

"More Than" and "Fewer Than"

 Making Magic Wands

This week the children made magic wands to cast their own spells. Firstly, the children had to collect a stick from our Bush Craft area before decorating them. I hope the children haven't turned you all into frogs!


 Supertato Night of the Living Veg

The children enjoyed the challenge of collecting the correct amount of peas with tweezers and putting the correct amount into the cup with the corresponding numeral. This developed the children's fine motor skills needed for writing and also developed their understanding of what makes up each number 


Week 6

 Room on the Broom

As we creep into spooky season, reception have continued to enjoy some spooky books. This week we have been reading 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson. Will there be any room left on the broom for our children?

The children in reception have developed their storytelling skills by ordering the story using picture prompts and writing some CVC words from the story.



 Making Hedgehogs with Leaves 

This week in Bushcraft the children enjoyed finding different colour autumn leaves and making their own hedgehogs. 


Week 5

 "Zoo on the Broom" 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.

 The Colour Monster 

This week Reception have been reading the "The Colour Monster" by Anna Llenas. This was a great story to explore and identify our emotions. The story follows a monster who learns to identify and separate emotions with the help of caring friend. The children identified and wrote about how they are feeling by using the sounds that they have learned in phonics. 

 Fine Motor Challenges

Fine Motor Challenges help our children to develop their writing skills by strengthening the muscles in their hands. This helps develop their pencil grip needed for writing. 

Colour Mixing

This week we investigated what would happen if we mixed two colours of paint together. 

 Autumn Bushcraft

This week the children were investigating pumpkins, pinecones and hazelnuts in the bushcraft area. 

Week 4

  The Invisible String ​​​​​​

Our book of the week was a lovely story called "The Invisible String" by Patrice Karst, a story about the invisible connection of love.  We created wonderful drawings showing someone we feel connected to by an invisible string.  The activity helped the children to think of all the the wonderful connections they have with their friends and family.   

 Mythical Creatures PE

This week we copied actions for fire breathing dragons, flying fairies and jumping unicorns.  We played a fun flying fairies and hide the fairies games using bean bags.


 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.

Week 3

Pirates and Portraits!


 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.  Our portraits are now proudly displayed in our corridor smiley.

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.   

 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 teeth and practised turn taking whilst playing the game crocodile dentist. 


 Witches and Wizards PE

This week in our Get Set 4 PE lesson there was a Witches and Wizards theme.  We had to stop when the freeze spell was cast and to avoid other witches as we flew around the room.  In a giant circle we created magic potions.  While playing 'the magic catcher' tag game we had to run to a cauldron hoop when hocus pocus was called.

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 ...

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