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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

Autumn Term B

Week 7

Christmas Dinner

Reception celebrated Christmas with a Christmas dinner.  Roast turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas music and of course crackers, silly hats and bad jokes.  Merry Christmas everyone!

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.

Christmas Party

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

Polar Express

Do you believe?  Reception received a golden ticket and 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!

Week 6

The Nativity

Reception were filmed singing the song "Clip Clop" on Wednesday.  Our whole school Christmas carol show will be released on the school YouTube channel by the end of Wednesday 16th December.  

The children looked amazing in the their costumes and enjoyed performing on stage.  Well done Reception!

Mouse Skills 

In ICT we explored the website  The children continued to use a mouse to click, drag and drop.  We decorated a Christmas tree and built a Nativity scene.  Try these activities at home by clicking on the links below:

Dice Games

Playing lots of dice games will eventually allow us to recognise the number of spots without the need to count them.  This is called subitising and will help us develop our number sense.  When playing Maths games we learn how to count, recognise numbers and turn take whilst having fun!

Week 5

The Runaway Pea

Each child in Reception received the great book "The Runaway Pea" by Kjartan Poskitt as part of the BookTrust's 'Time To Read' campaign.  We created our own Runaway Pea inspired rolling prints using a tray, green marbles and paint.  The children carefully observed the new colours made when the pathways mixed.

Simple City

In the computer suite we used a mouse to click, drag and drop to make our own garden pictures.


Reception have been enjoying learning about the celebration of Christingle. They all made their own, decorating them with sweets and fruit. They learnt about the importance of each part and what it represents.

Feeling Thankful!

The local shop Drinks Express kindly donated advent calendars to all the children in Reception.  The children in class were thrilled with their generous gifts.  Thank you for your support.  

Week 4

 Whatever Next!

Reception have enjoyed a space themed week inspired by the Jill Murphy story “Whatever Next!”.  The children used props to act out the story and tried hot seating as Baby Bear.  We have been practising how to use finger spaces when writing a caption and using 'Fred talk' to sound out words from the story.

 The Planets

Reception carefully listened to the opposing music compositions Mars and Venus from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” whilst moving and drawing.  We watched a ‘conductor’ raise and lower their hands and played our instruments loud and angry or calm and quietly in response.  

Glowing Stars

In the dark den we investigated light and dark changes and how to make the stars glow more brightly.

Space Maths

In Maths we worked out one less by moving backwards on a numberline and went exploring on a space counting hunt.  We also problem solved using the Numicon shapes to make space rocket pictures.

 Aliens and Spaceships

In ICT we used the mouse to select, drag and drop to create an alien or spaceship design.  Try out some of the space activities at home by selecting the space pin or rocket paint project in 'Miss Knowles'.

Bear Bread

Reception followed simple instructions to make toasted bear bread.  Our finished designs looked just like Baby Bear.

Week 3

 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 the children cut and made paper chain decorations for our home corner and created jewelled pathways for Sita.

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!

Making our Diva Lamps

Our Finished Diva Lamps

 Peda Sweets

Reception helped to make, roll and shape traditional Indian sweets.

 Bollywood Dancing

We took part in a Bollywood dance class in PE.  The children enjoyed it so much that we followed a few more dance classes on the Smartboard back in class.  It was fun and kept us fit!  Click on the link below to try a dance class at home:

Week 2

 Leaf Man

Our story of the week is "Leaf Man" by Lois Ehlert.  Reception used the Autumn treasures we collected for homework to make our own animal and people designs.

 Autumn Prints

Reception looked at the Autumn treasures and created a mono print using warm coloured paint, plastic sheets and rollers.

Loose Parts Poppies

The children used loose parts to make their own poppy designs.

Firework Biscuits

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

 Flying Fireworks

We drew, decorated and cut out a paper firework.  This was attached to a narrow straw and placed inside a wide straw.  Look what happened when we blew ...

We had a competition to to see who's went the furthest. 

Fireworks Crafts

We made our bonfire night pictures using a range of media.  This included collage, mono prints and chalks.

 Bonfire Night Pattern Cards

Reception used the bonfire themed pattern cards and paintbrushes to mark make.