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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

Autumn Term B

Week 8 


What a busy week it has been in Reception with the children enjoying a week of fun, games and laughter. Have a merry little Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the Reception staff. We can't wait to return in January and hear all of the stories from the children. 

Polar Express

Investigating a Pomelo Fruit

Christmas Dinner

Week 7

 C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S Spells Christmas 

The children have enjoyed another busy week in school and the excitement for Christmas is beginning to build! We have been working hard on our Christmas production of C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S Spells Christmas and the children are looking forward to performing this on Wednesday.

Week 6 

 The Gingerbread Man

Our story of the week is the traditional tale "The Gingerbread Man". The children joined in with the repeated refrain 'run run as fast as you can you can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man' and retold the story in their own words. As we fast approach Christmas, we decided to make the classroom smell delicious by baking our own Gingerbread people. We followed the instructions, carefully measuring and mixing ingredients from the recipe.  Reception enjoyed our Gingerbread biscuits at snack time. 

The Gingerbread Man Story Ordering

Finding the Missing Cube

Week 5

 Owl Babies

The children loved listening to the story of the "Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell. After listening to the story, the children were introduced to two of our tricky words 'I' and 'my' to use in their writing. The work that was produced this week was amazing! We even made little owlets to hang on our seasonal tree in the classroom. One busy week over.   

 Number Block Stamping Patterns 


 Decorating the Christmas Tree 

The Star Was Bright Song

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 Making Owlets 

Week 4

 In the Net!

As the world cup began this week, we looked at the text "In the Net"" by Jillian Powell. The book enabled the children to listen and discuss football as a class. The children were interested to find out that football can be played by anyone, not just boys. After reading the book together the children wrote some fantastic sentences using their phonics knowledge and their understanding of sentence structure to ensure that they included finger spaces and full stops. 


 World Cup Activities

Maths Part and Whole Jigsaws

 Mono Printing

The children enjoyed creating their own mono prints of leaves by rolling paint onto a perspex panel and using their fingers to create a picture of a leaf. Once they were happy with their picture the children placed a sheet of plain paper on top of their picture and pressed down. When the paper was lifted away the children were amazed that their picture had transferred onto their paper. 


Week 3 

 Rosie's Walk 

This week Reception have been reading "Rosie's Walk" by Pat Hutchins. The story is about a hen going for a walk on a farm and she is unknowingly being followed by a fox. The fox is unable to catch the hen as it walks through obstacles. The children have been practising using prepositions when retelling the story. 


The children have been learning the terminology 'Equal' and 'Unequal'. They have been very fast at picking it up and have been amazing at sharing objects out equally between characters. 

 Children in Need 

For children in need the children enjoyed making their own Pudsey Bear jam sandwich for snack time. This activity helps to develop their ability to use a one handed tool,  fine motor skills are needed to have effective pencil grip which is essential for writing. 

Andy Goldsworthy Autumn Art

Week 2

 Sparks in the Sky

As the children have been celebrating Bonfire night this weekend, we based a discussion around what colours, smells and sounds they could hear as the fireworks produced their lovely bright colours in our dark sky. We enjoyed reading and looking at our story of the week "Sparks in the Sky" and based our classroom discussion around the story. The children were very excited to tell everyone about their own experiences. 

Making Edible Sparklers and Fireworks

 Making Hedgehog Bread

The children really enjoyed becoming bakers and made the classroom smell amazing making their own hedgehog bread. This activity developed the children's fine motor skills by kneading and rolling the dough and making spikes using scissor snips. 

 Hapa Zome

Leaf bashing, also known as Hapa Zome, is the process of creating natural prints by beating fresh leaf matter into cloth. Leaf bashing is an activity you can do in any outdoor space, however big or small

 Number Bonds to 5

 PE- Dance

 Remembrance Day 

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. 



Reception were fascinated to learn children had to sleep underground during the war to stay safe.  We found out that the prime minister Winston Churchill's siren suit was the original onesie! 

 Week 1 

 Final Halloween Celebrations 

This week the children took part in this years final celebrations of Halloween. They really enjoyed the Halloween disco that the school council organised, the children loved being dressed up in their spooky attire and dancing together in the hall. This week our big write challenge was to write what sounds we might hear if we made a witches potion. The children sounded out words into separate sounds to help them successfully complete their writing.  

Beanbag Throw

The children threw 5 beanbags aiming to get them into a hoop. Once all of the beanbags were thrown we counted how many landed in the hoop and how many were outside of the hoop. This activity has helped the children to understand that 5 can be made up of two different numbers. 

 Hedgehog Awareness Day

We painted our own hedgehogs using a fork to make it's spikes. The children also enjoyed learning some new facts about hedgehogs such as when they go to sleep and what they eat.