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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

Spring Term A

Week 6

 Love Monster

As part of our Valentine's Day themed week we listened to the story "Love Monster" by Rachel Bright.  Love Monster sets out to find someone who will love him just the way he is. His journey is not easy and he finds out that love can find you when you least expect it.  We enjoyed a range of loved themed play activities.

Week 5

 Oi Frog

The children loved reading the book "Oi Frog" by Kes Gray this week.  They had a good giggle at flea's sitting on peas and dogs sitting on frogs and loved making up some of their own versions.​  We practised our rhyming skills while matching pictures, playing rhyming bingo.

Plan to Play

Week 4


We listened to different versions of the traditional tale Cinderella.  Reception designed, labelled and made a new dress for Cinderella to wear to the ball.   I'm sure you'll agree she was spoilt for choice!

 6 and 7

In Maths we have been exploring numbers 6 and 7.  We used double dice frames and noted they are composed of ‘5 and a bit’.

Week 3

Six Dinner Sid

Our story of the week is "Six Dinner Sid" by Inga Moore.  It is a fabulous story about a sly cat who manages to get six dinners a day!  We made lost cat and 'how to care for ...' pet shop posters.  Reception enjoyed playing in the vet role play.

 The Dog's Trust

The Dog’s Trust visited Reception.  We found out about the work the Dog’s Trust do, as well as how to be safe around dogs when out and about.  This included reminding children how to approach dogs they way want to stroke, as well as what to do if they are approached by a dog which isn’t on a lead. 

The workshop helped us to learn about taking care of our pets.  We learnt that dogs need to be fed, given a drink, taken for regular walks and kept clean and tidy.

 Five Little Speckled Frogs

We investigated different ways to make 5.  Here we are working out how many frogs are hiding in the pool.  We repeated the STEM sentences as a group '5 is made from 4 and 1'.

Week 2

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Reception have been learning all about Chinese New Year and listened to the story "Maisy's Chinese New Year" by Lucy Cousins.  We set up a Chinese take away in our role play area, counted out money to pay for food and made menus.  Reception tried Chinese food and talked about their likes and dislikes.  Using chopsticks was tricky!  We made paper crafts and completed a Numicon dragon in Maths.

Chinese Writing

Chinese Take Away and Numicon Dragon Challenge

Staircase Patterns

This week in Maths we made towers to match the Numberblocks, adding 1 more each time.  We played a game with a partner and had to guess which Numberblock was hiding.

Week 1

 Maths Mastery

Reception continued to follow the NCETM Maths Mastery scheme.  We used our 'fast eyes' to count groups of dots on a card (subitise) and then matched it to a numeral.  They also enjoyed working in pairs playing number track and dice games.  To reinforce the recognition of numbers we said the number reached.

Subitise and Number Match Game

 Squirrel's New Years Resolution

It was lovely to welcome all the children back to school on Monday after their Christmas break.  This week Reception have been reading "Squirrels New Years Resolution" by Pat Miller.  Squirrel does not know about resolutions and finds out from her friend Bear that "a resolution is a promise you make to yourself to be better or help others".  We thought of our own promise to make for our brave write this week. 

 Attendance Superstars

Well done to our superstars who achieved a special certificate and prize for their great Autumn term attendance!