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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

Summer Term B

Blue Room Reception Class of 2020-21!

Congratulations to all our Reception children for having such a successful year. It has been a pleasure to teach each and every one of them. I have loved watching them grow into confident and happy learners.  I will miss my lovely class and I am unbelievably proud of the resilience, hard work and progress they made this year despite HUGE disruption.  I could not have wished for a better class!

Sadly it will be fantastic Miss Pritchard's last week at West Denton  Primary.  I am very grateful for the care and support she has provided as a valued member of staff.  I wish her every blessing in her next adventure, we will all miss you!

Week 7

 Party Time!

The children played party games to celebrate a fantastic year in Reception!

Week 6

Cycling Sessions

This term Mrs Williams has delivered cycle coaching in our Reception class. Alongside bikes from our own fleet, we also borrowed some bikes from the British Cycling Newcastle Partnership. The children loved the sessions and two thirds of the children can now ride a 2 wheeled bike. 

Sir Graham Wylie Foundation

Thank you for your support in sponsoring our children  to to run and walk around the running and mountain bike trail in order to fundraise for SGWF. SGWF sponsors the WDPS Life Skills Challenge Award (LSCA) and also helps groups of children and young people in challenging and vulnerable circumstances. 

Problem Solving

Reception have been explaining their thinking and working out how many creatures are covered up.  Some children worked out the answer by counting on, used their fingers to take away or used what they know about double facts and number bond pairs to give an answer. Super problem solving!

Week 5


The children received some of Mr Thompson's oat crop.  We used the oats to make a tasty flapjack treat for snack time.  Delicious!

NUFC Football Coaching

We had a fun filled football session with Steven.  Reception practised working as a team and their football dribbling skills.  We had to ‘walk like penguins’ with a ball, ‘take the dog for walk’ by keeping the ball close with control and then drag back.

 Broxfield Farm Trip

Reception have been learning about food and farming and the connection between the two. They enjoyed a ride through the fields on a  trailer pulled by a huge tractor.  It was a bumpy ride but lots of fun! We saw some baby calves amongst the herd of cows.  The children then milled their own flour from grains of wheat.  Reception worked in teams to make a straw filled scarecrow and finished with a catwalk.  We’re incredibly grateful to Farmer Mr Thompson for having us and to The Country Trust for making it possible.  Reception were very tired on the way back to school after our fun filled day.

Safety Talk and Four Leaf Clover Hunt

Tractor Ride and Cows

Fairy Door Hunt

Our challenge in bushcraft this week was to search around the woods to find hidden fairies and fairy doors.  We also spotted some woodland creatures on our travels.  Reception helped to keep the magical woodland area tidy by finishing with a litter pick.


Week 4

 Where does food come from?



Reception followed simple instructions and made chocolate, banana and strawberry milkshake from cow's milk.  We then wrote our own instructions using numbers, bossy language and time words.

Instructions - How to Make a Milkshake


We worked as a team to shake cream and turn it into butter.  Reception learned that the fat sticks together and makes the cream thicken.  The buttermilk was poured away and our delicious homemade butter spread on our breakfast toast.

 Sinking Boats

Reception made model boats and tested them in the water tray.  The children counted how many pebbles their boat could carry, before it sunk.  We worked out which was the biggest number and the best boat.  Dylan was the winner!

Week 3 

 Odd and Even Numbers

This week we revised counting in 2s, these are even numbers.  We worked out if numbers were odd or even by pairing cubes and working out if any were left over.  Reception also worked in teams to sort the Numicon shapes into odd and even groups.  We noticed that the odd Numicon shapes had a part that sticks out.

 How to Plant a Seed

The children were challenged to write instructions to describe 'How to Plant a Seed'.  We practised using time words first, then, next and finally.    

Writing Instructions

 Allotment Adventure

We helped to harvest the crops grown in our allotment  and planted sunflower seeds.  We will look after our seeds and watch them grow in the next few weeks.  Who will grow the tallest sunflower?

Week 2



Mrs William's has been teaching the children in Reception how to ride a bike.  In an open space we learned to balance, use the brakes, pedal, and get comfortable on the bike.

 The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We described the main character in our writing this week and practised writing sentences independently.


In Maths we have been learning double facts and enjoyed playing dominoes with our friends.


Listen to our favourite double song at home!


Week 1

 Oliver's Vegetables

Reception have been making observational drawings of vegetables in pencil and learning about healthy food choices.  We helped a fat Spiderman write a healthy vegetable shopping list to take to Morrison's supermarket.

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