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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

Autumn Term B

Week 7

 Christmas Dinner

Reception celebrated 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.  Reception were so excited to see Santa and enjoyed catching their gifts at the end of the slide.

Hanging Christmas wishes on the tree 🎄

Santa’s Gift Slide 🎅 Ready, steady, catch!


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. 

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!

Week 6

 Nativity Story and Christmas Traditions

This week Reception received a special visit from Jacqueline Atkinson from the Holy Spirit Church and she shared 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.  Decorating the loose parts Christmas trees has been a popular choice this week.  Look at our beautiful designs!   


 Christmas Labels

We used our phonic knowledge to independently write labels.

Christmas Party

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

Week 5

 Christmas Calypso

Reception were filmed singing the song "Christmas Calypso" on Thursday.  Our whole school Christmas carol show will be released on the school YouTube channel.  The children looked amazing in the their costumes and enjoyed performing.  Well done Reception!

Christmas Calypso

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 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. 

 "Zola the Kind Hearted Elf" Zoo Lab Workshop

Reception were introduced to 'Zola' a Christmas elf who read a magical story about animals across the world and which Christmas presents would suit them best.  The children made lots of predictions about which gift would be most appropriate, before getting to meet the animals and find out.  Reception were introduced to many exciting creatures including a tarantula, snake, giant snail, rat and even a hissing cockroach.

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.  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 listened to the opposing music compositions Mars and Venus from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”.  We moved and drew shapes in response to the loud and angry then calm and quiet music.  

 Paw Patrol The Movie

We were off to the Odeon cinema to watch Paw Patrol The Movie, as part of this year’s Into Film festival. 

Week 3

 Rosie's Walk

Our story of the week is "Rosie's Walk" by Pat Hutchins.  We used position words and a map to retell the story.

 Where is Rosie?

In Maths we were challenged to spot and describe 'Where is Rosie?' the hen and played position bingo in a group.

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.  What a fab day we have had, and we raised money for a great cause at the same time!  The children enjoyed colouring in pictures of Pudsey Bear and made their own spotty cupcakes. 

Bubbles Dance

In dance we used counts of 8 to know when to change an action.  We pretended our hoops were bubbles and practised travelling and working in a space.

Week 2

Allotment Adventure

Reception helped to weed and turn the soil in the beds.

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. 

 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 created jewelled pathways for Sita.  


We made our own beautiful mehndi pattern designs.

Sparks in the Sky 

Reception listened to the bonfire night story "Sparks in the Sky".

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.

Firework Shape Pictures

In Maths we have been learning the names of flat shapes and describing them.  We used the shapes to make our own firework pictures.  

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.  Mia, Ella and Jacob were the winners!

Bonfire Night Pattern Cards

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

Week 1

Bean Bag Toss

Reception worked with a partner to toss 3 bean bags and aim for a hoop.  How many landed inside the hoop? How many landed outside the hoop?  The children recorded their score and had another go! Did you score more or less this time?  To finish we worked out who was the overall winner.

 "Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson

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