23rd October

We have been exploring shapes in reception this week and we have enjoyed looking for shapes in the environment and we have enjoyed going on shape and number hunts.  We have been celebrating Harvest and talking about where our food comes from.  We have been sharing our food during snack and thanking God for our wonderful Harvest.  The children enjoyed watching as the branches were weaved into the trees outside.  We all had a go at weaving using paper strips. We worked together and helped each other.  Great teamwork Reception well done!

16th October

We have had another very busy week in Reception.  The children have really enjoyed listening to the story ‘Peace at Last’ and listening to all of the sounds which are keeping Daddy bear awake!  We have been writing about the story and also writing about ‘The Rainbow Fish.’  In maths we have been learning to recognise numerals and counting objects to match.  The children set up their own bowling alley and recorded how many skittles they knocked down.  They learned how to add 2 amounts together and we ordered the scores.  Super listening this week during our Wake up and Shake up every morning too! Well done Reception!

9th October

This week we have been continuing to learn about ‘Ourselves.’  We talked about how we have changed over time.  We talked about some of the things we can do now, compared with when we were babies and sequenced pictures by age.  In our phonics we have been listening to sounds which are the same and making ‘Smoothies’ using objects and pictures beginning with the same sounds.  The children have really enjoyed exploring objects which have the same sounds as their names.   In maths we have been making ‘Museums of Numbers’ for the numbers 1 to 5 and making collections of lots of different objects.  We even worked out that if a brick has 3 holes in it then 3 bricks would have 9 holes.  The children are now able to get themselves dressed and undressed for P.E which is amazing, and we are so proud of them! 

2nd October

The children have been continuing to learn about rhyming words and nursery rhymes.  In construction we have been building walls for Humpty Dumpty and making models in the playdough and in the craft area.  We have been learning about ourselves, drawing self- portraits and looking at photographs of our families.  We have been learning lots of new vocabulary as we labelled our body parts. In maths we measured the shortest and tallest child in our class using non- standard measures such as the soft bricks and blocks.  We have been learning about our class value of ‘Friendship’ and reading about ‘The Rainbow Fish.’  We are understanding how to be kind and share with our friends.  We have another fantastic week in Reception.


25th September

We have had another fabulous week in Reception this week. The children are settling really well and enjoying being in their keyworker groups of Squirrels and Owls.  We are all making lots of new friends and learning about our class value of ‘Friendship.’  We have been singing lots of nursery rhymes and number rhymes and have been exploring what sounds we can hear whilst out and about on our ‘Listening Walks.’  Well done Reception you are fantastic!


18th September 

We have had a fabulous week in reception! The children have settled really well into the school routines and we are all learning our ‘Golden Rules,’ with the help of ‘Shirley’ our class puppet and the Little Red Hen.  We are enjoying our school dinners and making lots of new friends.  We are learning how to play ‘Follow my leader’ every morning during our ‘Wake up and Shake up’ and we are exploring how to move in many different directions!  In P.E we have been learning how to put our pumps on and have even completed an assault course. We are extremely proud of our reception children, you are amazing!

20th March 2020

Exciting times in Reception this week! The arrival of 6 duck eggs at the beginning of the week proved a great success as the children watched the eggs hatch in front of their eyes! We were amazed by our baby ducklings as they learned how to walk, eat and drink for the first time.  They have now been safely returned to the farm.  In maths this week we have been learning the number 18. The children made the shape of this number on the playground and made sets of 18 objects. The children ordered the numerals to 18 and counted out objects to match. We have been continuing to write about ‘The Bear Hunt’ story and we have been learning lots of new tricky words and sounds in fabulous phonics. The children have been learning about the famous landmarks of Wigan in particular, Mesnes Park and the statue of  Sir Francis Powell and Wigan Pier. The children made these landmarks in the construction area.


13th March 2020

This week we have been continuing  with our topic of Journeys and we have been talking about how we travel to school. The children completed a Pictogram chart and discovered that most children travel to school by car.  In Literacy we have been learning the ‘Sh and the ‘th’ sound and we have been reading ‘The Bear Hunt’ story.  The children really enjoyed going on a ‘Sensory Walk’ to discover the ‘Long wavy grass,’ the ‘squelchy mud’ and the forest just like in the story.  We have been talking about our special places and special journeys that we have been made.  We have been writing warning signs to stick on the Bear’s cave to warn the family not to go inside and building the cave in construction.


6th March 2020

In Reception this week the children set up an ‘Old Toy Shop’ and learned how to buy toys from the shop using pennies to add two amounts together.  We ordered numerals to 20 and played the missing number game, identifying one more and one less than each time.  We started our new topic of ‘Journeys’ and drew simple maps of our journeys to school and talked about what we could see, hear, touch and smell on the way.  We talked about where we live in Wigan.  The children had a wonderful day celebrating ‘World Book Day.’  You looked absolutely amazing! We read the story ‘We’re all Wonders’ and talked about using our kind hands and how we can be kind towards others. 

28th February 2020

In Reception before half term we made a ‘cake’ after reading the story ‘The Toys Party.’  We put in jam, ham, cornflakes and beans!  This week we have been learning about shapes and patterns and ordering numbers in maths.  The children have continued to explore old toys and made a Toys Timeline. We talked about how toys have changed over time and sequenced them. We enjoyed making ‘The Old Bear’ from the story using collage materials. We also went to church to mark the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.


14th February 2020

This week in Reception we have been learning the letter sounds W and X. As well as sounding and blending simple words beginning with the letter sounds W and X. We have also been using Lego bricks and Play dough to create the letter sounds. We have been playing lots of eye spy games when learning our phase 2 and 3 tricky words.

We have spent some time reading to Miss Honey and Shirley in our time to talk area in class we, had lots of fun.

In History we have been exploring new and old toys and have been playing with these in our small world corner. We have been enjoying comparing the differences between the old and the new toys during our carpet time with Mrs Clarke. We have also created a toy shop in class where we can buy old and new toys with our toy pennies.

In our magical maths we have been learning the number sixteen. We have been doing some fun activities by threading large buttons onto string as well as matching numbers from one all the way to sixteen. We have also been learning about Baptism after a visit from Reverend Mark. He came into school to talk to us all about Baptism. We had fun when Baptising Shirley our class puppet. We learnt that by Shirley being Baptised she was welcomed into God’s Family just like all of us in Reception. We had a fantastic time.


7th February 2020


This week in reception we have been exploring our fun phonics, focusing on the ‘V’ and ‘W’’ sounds.  We have been sounding and blending in the playground by using chalk to write out words that begin with our focused sounds, jumping on every sound button to help us blend whole words such as vet, van and vat… what fun we have had!  

We have also been playing a phonics eye spy game, hunting for tricky words.



In our magical maths we have been exploring the number fifteen, threading fifteen beads onto string and building towers of fifteen dinosaurs and cubes. We have also been using 2 part models to work out what 2 numbers make ‘15’



This week in literacy we have been reading the story Elmer, which is all about a colourful elephant being different and not fitting in with his herd. Reception have been drawing and writing sentences about what happens in the story.

31st January 2020

This week we have been learning the letter sounds SS and J in our fun phonics lesson. We have been making the letter sounds out of Lego blocks. In magical maths we have been tasting and voting for our favourite noodle’s vegetable, chicken or beef. We then as a class counted out our votes as well as practicing writing the number fourteen in magical maths. We have also learnt about God’s wonderful world. We all brought in some bulbs to plant in our magical reception garden we planted five each.




24th January 2020

This week Reception have been enjoying fun Phonics on the playground. We have been learning the letter sounds 'l' and 'll.' The children have been forming words with chalk on the playground and sounding and blending words. We have also been busy celebrating the Chinese New Year. We have created Chinese lanterns and we have dressed up in Chinese costumes. In our Magical Maths we have been finding the missing numbers from number bonds 1-20 using the Chinese lanterns.


17th January 2020

This week we have been learning the 'f' and 'ff' sound in Phonics. We have enjoyed ourselves sounding and blending words with 'f' and words that end with 'ff' in  the playground. We have been creating words with building blocks and lego. We have also been exploring old and new toys, past and present, and enjoyed listening to the story 'Old Bear.' In Maths we have been sorting bears into small, medium and big, what fun we have had!


10th January 2020

We have had a very good first week back, the children have worked really hard. This week in our Phonics we have been learning the letter sounds 'h' and 'b.' We have been exploring and building words with the 'h' and 'b' sounds. We have used foam bricks, lego and lots more to sound out and blend CVC words beginning with 'b.' We have been focusing on old and new toys from the past and present. We have talked about what materials they are made from and made simple comparisons. During our Maths lessons we have been exploring venn diagrams, we have used them to sort old and new toys.  


13th December 2019

This week we have been learning the 'e' and 'u' sounds. We have used pine cones and twigs to create our new sounds. In Maths, we have been learning our number bonds to 9, we have been using our multi link cubes and dinosaurs to create the total of 9. On Tuesday, the Coverdale Puppets came in, they performed the Nativity, we had a fantastic time! On Wednesday and Thursday the children performed their first Nativity at St Paul's. The children enjoyed singing the Nativity songs and performing in front of everybody. On Friday, the children took part in Christmas Jumper Day, they all looked very festive!

Well done Reception! 


6th December 2019

This week we have had a very busy week in Reception. We have been learning the 'c' and 'k' in Phonics. We have been using building blocks and pine cones to create the letter 'c' and 'k.' In Maths, we have been exploring sequence of pattern using natural materials such as, pine cones, conkers, sticks, twigs etc. which we collected from the playground. As part of our sensory group we explored how to brush our teeth. The children enjoyed using the tooth brushes. 


29th November 2019

This week the children have been learning the 'g' and 'o' sound in Phonics. We have been using different shapes and working in the sand to form these letters. This week we have enjoyed reading 'The Stick Man.' We put our wellies and coats on and went outside gathering 10 sticks each. In Maths we used the sticks we had collected to put them in size order from  the longest to the shortest. We had fun rolling cardboard tubes to colour mix, we then used these tubes to create our own 'Stick Man.' 


22nd November 2019

We have had a very busy week in Reception. We have been learning the 'm' and 'p' sound in Phonics. We had fun using foam, play bricks and sand to practice forming these letters. We explored number bonds from one to ten using building blocks and small world mini beasts. We have been learning about our class value of friendship and we have continued to enjoy listening to 'The Calming of the Storm.' This inspired us to make rainbows using our coloured mini beasts.


15th November 2019

This week we learned about Remembrance day and made a poppy. We talked about Anti-Bullying week and came to school wearing odd socks. In RE we listened to the story of 'The Calming of the Storm' and wrote a prayer together asking Jesus out friend for help. 


8th November 2019

This week the children made wormeries for their worms. They worked extremely well together as a team and have started to write instructions about 'How to make a wormery.' We have been finding out lots of interesting facts about worms! In Maths we explored the number '7' and added one more/ one less to any given number. We have been working hard to form our letters correctly. Using our Autumn collection of objects we made sensory bottles.



We have had a very busy week in Reception. We have really enjoyed learning about Autumn and exploring all of the Autumn objects, sorting them and writing labels. We have been learning the 'S' sound and read 'Superworm.' The children have been collecting worms and making homes for them. We then labelled our models of our 'Superworm' homes.


18th October 2019

This week the children have been learning about Harvest. We printed repeated patterns using different fruits and vegetables and wrote Harvest prayers together. We explored number bonds and number recognition. 

4th October 2019

This week we have been learning about our class value 'friendship.' We enjoyed reading 'The Rainbow Fish' and learning about our Golden Rule of sharing in class. We celebrated Shirley's 5th birthday and shared the playdough during Disco Dough Time! Our new pet dog has been named 'Pippin' after the children voted for their favourite name.


27th September 2019

This week the Reception children have been learning about rhyming words and have enjoyed singing nursery rhymes. They worked together to build Humpty Dumpty's wall and then labelled it. Great teamwork boys! We measured ourselves and compared the heights of the children. We enjoyed creating repeating patterns for Humpty's wall and explored how to make bubbles in the water.