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Reception Class

Curriculum Overview 2022-23

Welcome to Reception 

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 already completely competent in the morning routine of hanging up their things, changing in to their pumps, putting their water bottle and book bags in trays, 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 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

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. For indoors, we ask that each child keeps a pair of pumps in school. Please name everything that comes in to school.  


We will begin our PE sessions on Wednesday 28th September, where your children will be taking part in ‘Movement Play’ focusing on sensory opportunities linked to brain development in children up to age seven as well as more structured physical education. All the children will come to school in their PE kit on their designated PE day. Reception’s PE days will be Wednesday & Thursday. Information of what to wear is in your Adel St John Handbook.

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 milk each day until they turn 5, if you would prefer your child not to have milk, please let me 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 them to school each day.


After receiving a menu, please choose 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 (or alternative) 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.


Monday – Miss Riches & Miss Kane

Tuesday- Miss Riches & Miss Kane

Wednesday- Miss Riches, Miss Kane, Mrs Quinn & Miss Smith

Thursday- Mrs Quinn & Miss Kane

Friday- Mrs Quinn & Miss Kane


You should have received your invitation to log on to Tapestry. This will be where you can see your child’s learning and progress recorded. Further information will be on our class page on the school website and we will also be posting updates about our whole class on our class blog.

Our email addresses are given below. Please be aware that we may not be able to check these when we are teaching the children.

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to working with you and your children over the coming year.


Reception Class Blog 2022-23

Week beginning 23.1.23

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We have had a great time celebrating Chinese New Year this week. We started by reading the story of how the zodiac was created, with the animals competing in a race across a river. We ordered the animals and worked out which animal’s turn it is for 2023, as well as for when we were born! We watched a video of a family celebrating Chinese New Year and learned that the colour red is used in lots of the celebrations as it represents ‘good luck’. Following this, the children enjoyed ‘dragon dancing’ to Chinese inspired music, working as a team to make their dragon dance. Please see the attached video on Tapestry! We found China on our class world map, made a label for it and made notes of our observations. We talked about the size of China compared to the United Kingdom, researched the best way to get there and how long it would take and looked at some photographs of China’s features and landmarks. Many children shared the country names that they have heard of, as well as talked about some that they have visited. If you have any photographs of your child in a different country, or family who live abroad and would like to share them, the children can share them with the class and add them to our display. These can be emailed to us or added on to Tapestry by adding an observation. Thank you! We ended our week by tasting some Chinese inspired foods and had a go at using chop sticks! It was a bit tricky!

We have worked on our computing skills this week through exploring the camera and keyboard on the iPads. We were tasked with taking a selfie and adding our faces to a template of the role we might like to do when we grow up. These turned out to be quite funny! You will be able to see these on display in the corridor at our next parents evening. 

Next week we have Miss Ingram, our student teacher from Leeds Trinity University joining our class for a placement of ten weeks. We look forward to welcoming her in to our class!

Well done to Isaac and Jake on receiving certificates this week.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Quinn, Miss Riches and Miss Kane

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Week beginning 16.1.23

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The children have been enjoying exploring capacity and weight in maths this week. They used water, rice and various containers to investigate, using mathematical vocabulary such as full, empty, half full, half empty, nearly full and nearly empty. They used balancing scales and objects around our classroom and outdoor area to explore weight, using comparative language and making predictions before testing out their theories.

We found ice in our outdoor area and had a great time exploring it. We talked about the word ‘frozen’ and what it meant. We brought some ice in to our classroom and watched what happened. This created a great opportunity for discussion between children, where they used scientific language such as melting, freezing, solid and liquid.

To link with our superhero topic and the superheroes that we have in our community, the children have been thinking about themselves and whether they have any ideas of what they might like to do when they are older. We had some lovely ideas, including a cow girl, and have spent time creating a picture of our ideas using paint. These will be added to Tapestry for you to see, along with a video of your child explaining their reasoning.

Well done to Holly and Hussain on their certificates this week.

Next week, we will be celebrating Chinese New Year!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Quinn, Miss Riches and Miss Kane

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Week beginning 9.1.23

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We have had a super week. The children have enjoyed discussing their superhero knowledge and using this in their learning. As a class, we talked about the similarities between them all. We found that all of the superheroes helped people, wore special costumes, had super powers and were very brave. Following this, we thought about whether there were any ‘real life’ people in our world that have these qualities. This was a tricky task at first, but once we thought about it, there were so many! We have made a long list of people who help us and our communities and have looked at photographs and books of our world to see if we could find any more!

Miss Kane has taught the children the ‘superman dance’ in Movement Play this week. The children had a great time. See if your child can show you some of it! To further our scissor skills, we made superhero masks using felt tips, hole punches and wool. It took us all afternoon but it was worth it!

We had a go at creating our own superhero drawings using our imagination on Friday. We thought about the superhero we would like to include in our picture, their powers, what they were wearing and what was happening. We thought about where the superhero was in their drawing and what they could see around them. We used pictures of different landscapes to help us with our ideas. These have come out brilliantly and there were some very interesting scenes being drawn!

Thank you to those who have brought in books to help us build our superhero library.

Congratulations to Sophia and Ted who received certificates this week.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Quinn, Miss Riches and Miss Kane

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Week beginning 4.1.23

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Happy New Year!

Welcome back. We hope you all had a wonderful time over the Christmas break. The children have been sharing their experiences with us, which have been lovely to hear. Thank you once again for our Christmas cards and gifts. They are very much appreciated by us all.

Our new topic for this term is ‘Calling All Superheroes!’ We have started our learning by talking about the superheroes we know and discussing what makes them super. We have spent our short week turning ourselves in to superheroes where we chose our own powers, mastered our superhero facial expressions and decided upon our own superhero name! Please ask us about these. Throughout this term we will be using Superheroes as a starting point to many challenges and learning opportunities. We will cover: people who help us, jobs and roles, our world, cultures, communities, conservation, charity and many more areas of opportunity. If you have any books at home surrounding superheroes or any of these areas, if you would like to bring them in to school to support our ‘superhero library’ for this term, that would be wonderful. Please ensure anything that comes in to school is named. Thank you.

We look forward to another busy term!

Thank you for your on-going support.

Mrs Quinn, Miss Riches and Miss Kane

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Week beginning 12.12.22

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Merry Christmas all!

Thank you for a wonderful first term. Your support means a lot to us and has a direct impact on the progress of your child at school.

This week has been full of celebrations. We have enjoyed our disco, Christmas party, Christmas Service and Sing-a-long Christmas assembly! We have had so much fun.

We sadly said goodbye to Rosie and Jim today. Mrs Dean came to tell us that their Mummy and Daddy had arrived to collect them. She passed us a letter from their parents, thanking us for all that we have done to ensure they have been happy, healthy and safe in our care. Well done, all!

Today we spent some time choosing in our classroom with our Year 6 buddies. What a treat!

Congratulations to Annie, Aurora and Daniel who received certificates this week.

Thank you once again for our lovely cards and gifts. It means a lot.

Have a wonderful Christmas.

Mrs Quinn, Miss Riches and Miss Kane

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Week beginning 5.12.22

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What a wonderful week of nativities we have had this week! We hope you have enjoyed watching us perform. We are all so proud of the children for all of their efforts throughout the many rehearsals and three performances. Thank you for your support with costumes and encouragement! We have all received the gold award this week for our efforts. Well done, Reception and Key Stage One.

We have enjoyed our Christmas Jumper Day, Christmas lunch and Christmas Santa dash today! Ask us how we got on!

Next Tuesday after school we have a Christmas disco, see the whole school newsletter for information of tickets. On Wednesday, we have our Christmas party! Please can children bring a small Christmas treat for them to eat after the party, such as a mince pie or alternative! Please do not bring anything that contains nuts. Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend and we will see you on Monday for the last week before Christmas!

Mrs Quinn, Miss Riches and Miss Kane

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Week beginning 28.11.22

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Thank you very much for attending our Family Morning on Thursday. The children were very excited to show you their learning and enjoyed sharing the activities with you. It was lovely to see so many of you there and so many smiling faces!

At the beginning of the week, the children enjoyed a visit from Jill from Abbey House Museum. The children were able to explore lots of toys from the past and sort them into items from the past and the present. The children identified the different materials that the toys were made from and talked about how they knew toys were old or new, using words like ‘shiny’ & ‘faded’. Thank you to our school governor, Jill for this wonderful visit.

On Tuesday the children enjoyed their first visit to church! We attended a lovely Advent service and were all brilliantly behaved throughout. Well done, Reception.

Our nativity performances are now just next week! We are very excited and hope you enjoy the show! For the evening performance on Thursday, please collect your child from school at 3.15pm as normal, before returning them to the main entrance at 5.30pm, thank you.

The next two weeks will be all about Christmas in Reception. We have lots of lovely things planned. Our nativity small world, advent train and Santa countdown beard have already started and we have had a visit from a very cheeky elf! Ask us about these to find out more! As of Monday, we will have a special Christmas post box in Reception, where the children can post their own Christmas cards. If your child would like to write Christmas cards to their friends at home, they may bring them in on a morning and post them in the post box. Each home time, the cards will be given out by the teachers and the children will put them in their book bags ready to open at home. This is a great way to encourage your child to write some or all of the cards! We will add a class list and cursive writing formation sheet to Tapestry to help.

As a reminder, children are to please return their reading books to school on a Thursday so that they can be changed. Each time anyone reads with your child at home, please make a quick note or take a quick photo or video and upload to Tapestry to let us know. Thank you.

Congratulations to Nancy and Ollie who received certificates in our Celebration Assembly this week.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Quinn, Miss Riches and Miss Kane

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Week beginning 21.11.22

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Rosie and Jim are still being brilliantly looked after. They are providing us with daily conversations about keeping healthy, happy and safe. Some brilliant ideas have been shared, thank you! This week we had a special table for them in our classroom with lots of extra ideas to discuss as well as a giant mouth with matching giant toothbrush!

This week we have enjoyed: creating a timeline in our classroom, discussing our own lives as babies in the past, looking at our baby photos and guessing who’s who, exploring old and new toys, thinking of quiz questions for older generations about their time at school and reading the story of the treasured toy, Dogger! 

We have also liked: talking about things that are special to us, exploring ‘Minimash’ in the computing suite, singing with our friends in Year One and Year Two, using our muscles to make cinnamon dough, investigating number in our maths area and creating our own activities in our outdoor garden!

We have used our phonics knowledge to help us finish writing our Family Morning invitations for Thursday 1st December (8.50-9.15). Our phonics is coming along nicely, thank you for your support in reading at home. We are also impressed with the progress in writing, particularly when forming cursive letters. Well done, children!

Thank you for providing the children with their nativity costumes. Our preparation is well under way.

Next Tuesday will be our first walk to church for advent!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Quinn, Miss Riches and Miss Kane

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Week beginning 14.11.22

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We have had an exciting week as on Monday we welcomed a new child to our class! Tochukwu has settled in brilliantly and the children have been kind and welcoming as always. Welcome Tochukwu!

Our nativity practise has continued this week where we have been singing songs alongside Year One and Year Two. There are many songs to learn but the children are picking them up brilliantly. You may need tissues for a few of them! Thank you to those who have brought in nativity costumes so far. We’d love to have them all by Friday please!

We have loved receiving the children’s baby photos! Thank you for sharing them with us. We will be using these in our learning from Wednesday, so if you are yet to send one, please do so by then. Thank you.

We have been writing invitations to our family morning this week (Thursday 1st December 8.50-9.15am). We have talked about pencil grip, using cursive letter formation, capital letters at the start of our writing and for names and how to use finger spaces.

In maths the children have been exploring 2D shape. They focused on circles and triangles, talking about how many sides they each have and where they could find them around our school. Can they find any at home?

We loved our non-uniform children in need day on Friday. The children painted Pudsey bears on the computers this week. We focused on changing the width of the pen to create large and small spots for Pudsey’s eye patch!

Over the next two weeks the children will be exploring the word ‘special’. They will be thinking about how they are special, the special people in their lives, special experiences they have shared and thinking about any items or belongings that might be special to them.

Congratulations to Tochukwu and Zebedee who received certificates this week!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Quinn, Miss Riches and Miss Kane

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Week beginning 7.11.22

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Rosie and Jim seem to have been having a great time at all of the homes they have visited. Thank you so much for adding such wonderful photographs, videos and comments to Tapestry. The children have enjoyed sharing their experiences of how they looked after them with the class. Some great communication and language skills have been shown, particularly when asking and answering questions. We are adding these uploads to Rosie and Jim’s diary, kept on our display wall. Thank you again for all of the support in this, we have loved seeing them!

This week we have enjoyed painting pine cones, creating poppies on the computers, doing yoga and singing lots of new songs!

We will be holding a ‘Family Morning’ on Thursday 1st December at 8.50-9.15am (in place of reading morning) to share some of our learning from our ‘Marvellous Me’ topic. You and any other family members including younger siblings or grandparents are welcome. We hope you can make it! To further our learning in this, we are beginning to talk about our lives so far, particularly looking back in to the past. Please could you and your child choose a photograph of them as babies and upload it to Tapestry. We will be talking about when we were younger, how babies might need similar things to help keep them healthy, happy and safe and also playing a ‘guess who?’ game! Thank you.

Our nativity roles have been allocated (Reception are horses, donkeys and cows!) and slips have come home tonight to inform you of your child’s part and costume requirements. You may start to bring these in from Monday, with the deadline being Friday 25th November. Please name everything that comes in to school. Thank you.

We have had many children without new reading books this week as last week’s have not been returned either on Thursday or today. Please remember to bring both books back on a Thursday for them to be changed. Thank you.

Congratulations to Ivannah and James who received certificates at our Celebration Assembly today.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Quinn, Miss Riches and Miss Kane

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