Adel St John The Baptist

Reception Class

Morning Drop-off

Thank you for your support and patience in dropping your children off at school. We understand that the children entering the cloakroom independently may be quite different to what they were used to at nursery, however all children are ready to be independent in their morning routine of hanging up their things, changing in to their pumps, putting their water bottle away and entering the classroom.

3.15pm Pick-up

At 3.15pm, the children have been leaving the classroom via the ‘Garden’ door in to the Reception play area, one at a time. They are asked to sit patiently until we call their name when we can see their adult. We are getting quicker as we go! If someone new to us is picking up your child, or there is a change to the usual routine, please let us know at morning drop-off, via the office or by email.

At home-time and after school, please do not allow your children to play on the climbing frame or other equipment in the ‘Garden’ area or on the school field. This is for health and safety and insurance reasons. Thank you.

Reading Mornings

As of January 2024, Reading Mornings will be held on a Tuesday. Reading morning is an opportunity to come in to the classroom with your child and share a book together. Reading Morning will start 8.50am and finish at 9.10am.

Outdoor Learning

In Reception we love to be outside in our garden, exploring on the field or visiting our Conservation Area. We try to go outside in all weathers (and particularly enjoy the rain!) so, if you haven’t already, please provide your child with an all-in-one waterproof suit or a waterproof coat and trousers, along with wellies to avoid lovely new uniforms from becoming not-so-lovely. These would be best left in school if possible please. Please provide a named coat hanger on which we can hang the wet waterproofs! Thank you. For indoors, we ask that each child keeps their pair of pumps in school, we will send these home at the end of a term for you to check their fit. Please name everything that comes in to school. 


Reception’s PE days will be on a Tuesday & Wednesday. Please can all children come to school in their PE kit on their designated PE days. 

 Milk and Water Bottles

The children have a snack (fruit or vegetable) each day and are always encouraged to try all new foods. They will also receive cow’s milk each day until they turn 5. This will begin at the start of the children’s first full week of school, Monday 18th September. If you would prefer your child not to have milk, please let the school know. Once children are 5, their milk will need to be paid for as outlined in previous information received. Please be aware that there is a delay between your payment happening and your child being added to our school milk order. Children have access to their water bottles throughout the day and are encouraged to drink regularly. Please ensure children have their names on their water bottle and bring fresh water to school each day. The children are able to re-fill their bottle throughout the school day as needed.


After receiving a menu in your child’s book bag, please select a food choice for each day with your child and return to school the following Monday in order for us to process their lunches. Please ensure your child’s menu is named before returning them to school.

Book Bags

It is helpful if children can bring a book bag to school each day so they can bring home drawings and books etc. We would also appreciate a spare set of underwear and socks being kept in your child’s bag. This could be in a spare bag, left on your child’s peg, or inside their book bag.


Monday – Miss Griffin & Miss Smith

Tuesday- Miss Griffin & Miss Smith

Wednesday- Miss Griffin, Mrs Milne & Miss Smith

Thursday- Mrs Milne & Miss Smith

Friday- Mrs Milne & Miss Smith


As of Wednesday 13th September, you should have received your invitation to log on to ‘Tapestry’. This will be where you can see your child’s individual learning and progress recorded. Further information will be on our class page on the school website as well as weekly blog updates about our whole class learning and experiences.

Our email addresses are given below. Please be aware that we may not be able to check these when we are teaching the children but we will aim to get back to you as soon as we can.



Reception Class Blog

26th June

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We are having a delightfully sunny week in Reception. We have been making the most of the weather and have been outside for most of the week. We have had lots of fun writing promises for our Reflection tree, devising drama for our class assembly and we have really enjoyed reading Six Dinner Sid!  

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Healthy Living Week

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We are having a great week for Healthy Living Week. We had a great time at Sports Day competing in eight different events to earn points for our house.  We will find out who wins on Friday. Today, Wednesday, we have had Amy from the YMCA leading a peaceful Yoga session as a special one off from our usual gymnastics. 


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Last week of Summer 1

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Another fabulous week in Reception. The children have been working hard on learning the digraphs 'wh' and 'qu' and putting them within words. We have been finishing our shape learning and moving onto doubles. 

They have loved creating diagrams based on our Christian Values this week.

These are the twelve Christian Values we have in school. 


We can't wait to share our dioramas with you.

The children are progressing well in gymnastics and have been practising their balances with week. 

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Pizza Express

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Reception had a great trip to Pizza Express in Headingley on a rainy Tuesday morning this week. The children loved getting on the 28 bus from Adel. Lots of members of the public were complimentary about the children's politeness during the journey. There were two chefs on hand to help us make pizzas as part of our Growing topic. Thank you for all the adult support. We couldn't do it without you.

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The eggs are hatching

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I am writing this on Wednesday lunchtime and we currently have five chicks who have hatched. We have all written predictions of what would be happening with eggs. This week was our last Forest School session with parent helpers. Thank you so much to all who have joined us. It has been lovely to spend time with you in our beautiful woodland area. The whittling of sticks seems to be a very popular activity. We have had two glorious PE sessions outside this week (no gymnastics due to school photographs) and the children are adapting brilliantly to getting changed in school and are demonstrating how carefully they can fold and care for their clothes.

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24th April

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Reception have had another great week.

We have been practising our clove hitches in Forest School, starting our gymnastics lessons with our expert teacher Amy from the YMCA and writing full sentences in phonics.

We have been enjoying using Beebots and iPads in our classroom.

This has been the last week in our dinosaur mini-topic and we have all written the parts of a dinosaur and dinosaur fact cards using our phonics skills.

We are very excited for our chicks coming on Monday!

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17th April

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The children have had a great first week back. We have started our Growing topic where we will be learning about things that grow. We have been enjoying the signs of Spring during our Forest School sessions (we even spotted frogs and frogspawn)! We have been building shelters, fires and practising our knots. Our new Christian Value is faithfulness. We will be starting our RE learning about the Creation story. We are all looking forward to our trip to Pizza Express where we will be putting our learning about how food grows into practice.

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Last week in school before Easter

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Reception Class have had a great last week in school. After a very soggy start to the week during Monday's Forest School, the weather improved and we have enjoyed lots of outdoor learning. The children walked with their Year 6 buddy to church on Tuesday morning. We have loved the parachute. We have been creating and recognising lots of patterns in maths. Someone even created the Smeds and the Smoos red and blue stone wall under the slide. We have finished our Dance unit with performances to each other including the key ballet skills such as gallops, skips and pliés.

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Finding 2D shapes within 3D shapes

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The children enjoyed printing with or drawing around a 3D shape and their friends guessed which 3D shape had been used to create the 2D shape.

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Forest School

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Reception have loved their first Forest School this week. Thank you for all your help in getting them suited and booted and your unwavering support, even in the pouring rain.

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