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Reception Learning

Welcome to our learning page. We hope you enjoy seeing what fun we have in EYFS.

Summer Term

It is hard to believe the children are entering their final term in EYFS.

We have already had a busy half term exploring all things Space related.

Sharing our knowledge of the planets and space in mission control.

 Head sets on and ready to take take flight.


What can I see through the telescope? Super writing!

Sewing skills. Making our own alien finger puppets.

We have also been busy at the work bench using real tools to make our own moon buggies.

There has been much excitement with the arrival of a new play house and den building equipment too!

Using our secret den for writing signs for the outdoor area and playing the hand bells.

This half term we have been learning about life cycles and welcomed some tiny caterpillars into class. We watched how the grew over the first two weeks and were amazed by how much they changed in size.  It was exciting to see them crawl to the top of the pot and prepare to make their cocoons.

We made our own life cycles with play dough.

In our math sessions we learnt a special word called ‘symmetry’ and found out that a butterflies wings are symmetrical. We created our own symmetrical patterns using objects from around the classroom.


Spring Term

Dinosaurs have taken over Reception Class during this half term!

We found strange footprints in our outside area and set off to find out what they were.

Some children made binoculars to help with their exploration and clue finding.

We discovered some eggs had been left in the classroom and following lots of discussion about the size of the eggs and the shape and size of the footprints we decided they must have been left by a dinosaur.

We talked about how to care for the eggs and some children decided to make nests for them.

We wrote signs warning people not to touch the eggs.

At the end of the week we noticed our eggs had began to crack. We were excited to find out what was inside and if we had been right.

We hatched baby dinosaurs!!!!

We used the internet to help us identify what baby dinosaurs had come from the eggs.

Our dinosaur topic inspired lots of reading and writing. We enjoyed reading the story Dear Dinosaur from which we decided to write our own letters to send home.We walked to the Post box to post them and waited for our family members to receive them. We also looked at measuring the lengths of different dinosaurs learning how to use metre sticks to help us measure.



Measuring dinosaur lengths on the playground.

Story writing using a picture stimulus.


Aaaaaargh!!!!! There was a dinosaur in the playground.

We really enjoyed our dinosaur topic and decided to have a class assembly to share all our exciting learning with everyone. We tie-dyed t-shirts and printed our own designs and names on them and wore them during our performance. Some children recited some of our favourite dinosaur rhymes and we performed a fantastic dinosaur dance that we had been learning in PE.

Book Week 4th – 8th March

We have enjoyed a super week around reading and favourite books, and of course had a wonderful time dressing as our favourite characters for World Book Day. During the week we enjoyed a story called Mr Wolf’s Pancakes which of course meant we had to make our own to eat! We even made some for our buddies. There was lots of writing and storytelling happening during the week and we really enjoyed sharing books with our buddies too.

Yummy pancakes for ourselves and our buddies!


Buddy reading on World Book Day.

Open Morning

We invited our parents in to sample some of our cooking at the end of half term and spend some time with us in class to see what we spend our time doing. With Gruffalo crumble and owl ice cream alongside a cup of tea it was a fantastic morning, enjoyed by all.

” Thank you for this morning – it was really nice to spend time with our son and his friends in their school environment. He normally says he can’t remember what he has done at school during the day so was nice to see his blue book and play with the pin boards … and eat crumble and ice-cream!”

We have been using the wonderful world of Julia Donaldson books to form part of our learning in Reception class this half term. Can you guess which stories we have been reading from the activities that have been happening in class?

Our very own ‘flying’ doctors visited the role play Doctors Surgery.

We created a rock pool in the builders tray, finding items from around the outside area such as rocks and weed. We were very excited to find it frozen one morning and tried lots of different ways to melt the ice so we could rescue Crab, Blob and Bristleworm.

We also looked at making a new waterproof home for the characters in the water tray.

Our next story found us making beautiful mermaids from play dough and developing our acrobatic skills in PE!

We then headed down to the farmyard where a lovely ladybird had a cunning plan. We drew our own maps of the farmyard and learnt how to program a floor robot to move around a space. Some children drew their own ‘Snuggly Snerds’ and wrote some super descritpive sentences too.

In the story of the Princess and the Wizard we learnt all about the days of the week and created our own fabulous colour artwork using objects we found around our home. We had lots of wonderful ideas including a chocolate wrapper complete with the chocolate still inside.

Can you spot all the fantastic yellow items on this piece of art?

Forest School

We had a fabulous morning down in the deep, dark wood to end our work on Julia Donaldson stories. The children went on a hunt for mouse, snake, fox and owl in their own habitats, enjoyed hot chocolate and story telling under the shelter and made fantastic Gruffalo at work and log pile houses for snake.


In maths we have covered measuring, collecting data and money this half term. We really enjoyed putting our skills into a real life situation when we went on a shopping trip to the Co-op in Easingwold on the mini bus. We were armed with our shopping lists and basket and remembered to collect our receipts at the the till.

Autumn Term 2018

Christmas in Reception Class

We love Christmas in Reception class. The role play became a grotto, the elves got busy making presents and we set up our own Christmas stall selling dog biscuits and christmas cake to help raise funds for new equipment.


Super Spelling

Writing CVC words.


Super sentence work.


Marvellous Maths

We have been looking at making amounts and measuring the length of objects. We had great fun measuring each other and finding non-standard units to measure the length of other items around the classroom.

Measuring our partners.

Using straws to measure the unit.

Ordering animals by size.

Using cubes to measure objects.

We used dominoes to make different numbers before learning how to find the total of two groups. We even went on to write our own number sentences.

Transient Art

Reception class have shown their creativity in the last few weeks producing some wonderful art work using materials from around the classroom. Can you spot the girl made out of shells? Do you recognise the yellow bear with a spotty bandage?

Wonderful weather

The children have been showing a real interest in Scientific changes this term. We learnt about different types of weather including rainbows and decided to create our own versions in class. After making the sun with skittles and pouring on the rain the children were very excited to see their rainbows appear.

We also made our own rain clouds with shaving foam and coloured water. We waited for the clouds to become full of water and it to start raining into the bottom of the jar.

We were lucky enough to have a visit from Rosie who works for the Met Office. She told us lots about different types of weather before showing us how to make a cloud in a plastic bottle using a pump and warm air. The bang was very exciting. Rosie also told us about how we can measure the amount of rain that falls by just using a bucket or a tub, and when she had left two of the children went and made us some rain catchers for our outside area.

One of the children drew a fantastic picture of a volcano and as a class we had a discussion about volcanoes and what happens when they erupt. We decided to make a volcanic eruption in class. Look at what happened!

Remembrance Day

We have been learning a little bit about the importance of Remembrance day and the symbol of the poppy. Look at all the different versions of poppy art work we have created.

Chalk drawings on the tarmac.

Giant paintings on the outdoor wall.

Creating poppies using a range of different materials and objects from around the classroom.


Big School Party

To celebrate reaching the end of their first half term, Reception Class had a Big School party this morning. We had great fun playing games, enjoying cake and dancing Strictly Come Dancing style. All the children received a certificate and we are so proud of how well all the children have settled in.


Strictly Style

Cake Time

Well Done Certificates

A Trip to Spilmans Farm

Reception class had a wonderful time visiting Spilmans Farm this week. We all got to choose our own pumpkins and carve a Halloween design into them. We navigated our way through the maze, rode on the trailer, watched a spooky film and went on a creepy walk. It was our first trip out on the school minibus and we were so proud of the children’s behaviour throughout the day!

Through the Maze

Picking Pumpkins

Carving Pumpkins

Creepy Walk

Singing Pumpkins

Spooky Cinema

Pumpkins, Potions and Magic

It has been a spooktacular week in Reception, which began with one of our favourite stories Room on a Broom. The children have learnt the different vocabulary associated with capacity and have used them when creating their own potions. We have built our arm strength by hammering golf tees into pumpkins and explored different materials when making our own magical wands. Spells were created and many of us were being turned into frogs and dragons!

The Potion Table

Hammering Pumpkins

Magical Wands

Pumpkin Playdough

Collecting Conkers

Last week we ventured out into the village and had a fantastic time collecting as many conkers as we could. We couldn’t believe how spiky the shells were and how smooth and shiny the conkers were inside. We learnt all about the horse chestnut tree and investigated the shape of the leaves.

Back at school we used some of the conkers to help us with our phonics, sorting the lettered conkers into the  correct cups.

Who can collect the most?

Is this the biggest one?

Exploring the Horse Chestnut Tree

Phonics with Conkers

Marvellous Maths

In our first half term at school we have already been very busy with our maths. We have enjoyed learning different counting songs and rhymes to help us recognise and write our numbers. There has been lots of counting and ordering activities and more recently we have been focussing on patterns and shapes.

Ordering Numbers

Counting in Ten Frames

Printing Repeating Patterns

Creating Shape Pictures

Fabulous Phonics

Our phonics learning is well under way and with the help of Floppy the dog, we have already learnt many knew sounds. During our activity sessions we have been busy practising our letters in many different ways and are now beginning to read and write simple cvc words.

Letter Formation

Finding Initial Sounds

Looking at the Shape of Letters

Writing CVC Words


Meeting Our Buddies

To help the children settle into school, they are each assigned a Year 6 buddy. Over the summer holidays the Year ^ children have been busy making story bags to share with the children and help them get to know each other. We had a wonderful afternoon sharing stories and having fun with all of the different props and activities the buddies had made.

Starting School

The Reception Class of 2018 have made a wonderful start to Alne Primary School and we are very proud of how well they are settling in, making friends and learning routines. The children have been busy exploring the classroom and outside areas and have already been hands on with many different activities, including baking, planting, counting, painting and investigating. Check out what we have been up to in our first two weeks of school!

The Painting Wall



Counting and Threading

Working Together


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