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Early Years

Welcome to our Reception unit.


We have three classes called Jupiter, Mercury and Comet.


We also have two outside areas, one has a big sandpit, a mud kitchen and our favourite piece of equipment - the climbing frame- which has a climbing wall, double slide and a pole to slide down. There is also a wildlife area which we will be helping to look after.The other area is our walled classroom which has a gardening area where we are going to grow vegetables, a play house, water tray and lots of space to build with the wooden blocks.


Inside we have pet stick insects. At the moment we have 4 adults and we are waiting to see how many eggs hatch out. So far we have 5 babies.



Our stick insects

Autumn 2017

 'The Rhythm of Life'.


We will be looking at things which are special to us and how these may be different for each person. We will be looking at special books and reading traditional stories. We will be talking about the special people, and special places in our lives. We will learn about the special celebrations which take place during this term.

We will also be starting Forest School. For some of us this will be for the first time, although some of us joined in with it last year when we were still in Little Learners. 


We want the children to become independent thinkers and independent dressers.


 They will need to  dress themselves independently for the P.E and Forest school sessions as well as be able to fasten their own coats to play outside as the weather turns colder.


They will decide which resources they need to use for a particular idea or activity and be able to find the resources they need or know/learn how to make a resource if it isn't readily available.




We are working on our fine motor skills by threading, colouring,cutting, and using the dough.

Autumn 2016

It's Good To Be Me...

This term we will be learning about ourselves and who we are. We will talk about our favourite things as well as what makes us both the same and different to our friends.


Our Grandparents will be invited in for the day so we can share what we do in class with them. Grandparents in Jupiter class will join us for Forest School.


We will learn about Divali and The Gunpowder Plot. We will hear a story explaining why Poppies are worn for Remembrance Sunday and join the nation in a 2 minute silence to remember all those who have fought and died for us.


We will learn how to cook delicious tasty treats including Vegan and nut free recipes.


Our term will end with us in Bethlehem celebrating the birth of Baby Jesus.


We are going to be very busy!

We have two lovely new pets in class this year. They are two female 'blue' mice both called Squeak.


They are nocturnal animals so we have a cover over their cage to protect their eyes from bright light. We have given them a 'Forever 'home as they were not wanted by their last two owners.Unfortunately they are not used to being handled and we think they were scared by their last owners as they are not as confident or brave as mice usually are. But we do not mind it makes them even more intriguing. 


They are both called Squeak as they look identical and are so fast running around their cage we  cannot tell who is who!


Our Pet mice, Squeak and Squeak - Yes they do both have the same name!

We are trying very hard to use real letters and sounds in our writing. Here we painted our favourite toy then wrote about it.

In maths we have made number books and have started to tell the time. Some of us chose to make our own clocks.

We have started our Forest school sessions. We love building our shelter to drink our hot chocolate inside on a cold day. Every time we build it it looks different!

Summer Term 2016


Into The Magical Garden

This term we will be looking at gardens and the creatures which live in them. We will be planting and growing a variety of flowers and vegetables in our outdoor classroom as well as re-building the insect habitat and  planting up a new nature area next to our playground to support our native wildlife and encourage our children to engage with and love nature.


We will be focusing on Understanding The World (science and geography) and Personal, Social and Emotional development during which we will learn about life cycles and what plants and animals need to grow healthy and strong.


We will be welcoming some new and unusual pets into our room and the children will learn how to care for and handle them safely and sensitively.


Every Friday we are also responsible for our hens and so we will learn how to feed, clean and handle these gentle creatures.

Early Learning Goals covered this term.

Spring Term 2016


Cosmic  Colours

This term  we will be investigating colour.

We will read and write about Elmer the Elephant and  investigate what happens to oil and glitter when it is added to water and learn about Rainbows.

We will learn about Shrove Tuesday, making and eating pancakes to celebrate. We will paint portraits of  our Mums to celebrate Mother's Day and learn about  Easter.

We will visit Rushmere Country Park to  search for colours in nature, learn about trees and fly the kites we designed in literacy and made in Expressive Arts and Design.

We will decorate our Classroom with a giant Rainbow made from our own hand prints and add large elephants decorated in whatever way we choose.

In Tasty Treats we will make and eat a fruit Rainbow and see if food colouring changes the way food tastes.

We will make big new colourful signs for our classroom areas to make them even more exciting.



We will watch Tim Peake blast off into space and create our own space station mobiles and use the Creation Station resources to build 3D space rockets.

We will listen to Space stories and try to watch astronaughts reading stories from the Space Station to us.



Our new classroom signs are BIG!

We made mobiles when we visited Rushmere and created pictures using the natural resources around us.

Autumn Term 2015

Welcome to Reception.


Our classes are called Mercury, Jupiter and Comet and we have  seven Key Groups. 



Here, There and Everywhere

This term we will be starting with ourselves and who we are. We will talk about our favourite things and what makes us both the same and different to our friends.

We will go on a journey to London and to Milton Keynes for the Rugby World Cup. We will compare the two places and discuss the landmarks we see there.

Our term will end with us in Bethlehem for the birth of Baby Jesus.



Will you be supporting the team?

This Friday marks the start of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Will you be watching and supporting our national team?

The opening ceremony will be shown on

ITV on Friday 18th September from 6.45-7.25.

There will be 48 matches played in 12 venues across England and in the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

England is expecting over 400,000 international visitors for the events!

Follow the link below for a list of the upcoming fixtures.


To get yourself ready for the matches, follow the link below for some tongue-in-cheek exercises courtesy of the RFU.

What will we be learning this term?

Prime  Areas

Specific Areas

Communication and Language

Listening and attention

Maintains attention, concentrates and sits quietly during appropriate activity.

Two-channelled attention – can listen and do for short span.


Responds to instructions involving a two-part sequence.

Understands humour, e.g. nonsense rhymes, jokes.

Able to follow a story without pictures or props.

Listens and responds to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion.


Extends vocabulary, especially by grouping and naming, exploring the meaning and sounds of new words.

Uses language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations.

Links statements and sticks to a main theme or intention.

Uses talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events.

Introduces a storyline or narrative into their play.





Continues a rhyming string.

 Hears and says the initial sound in words.

Can segment the sounds in simple words and blend them together and knows which letters represent some of them.

Links sounds to letters, naming and sounding the letters of the alphabet.

Begins to read words and simple sentences

Uses vocabulary and forms of speech that are increasingly influenced by their experiences of books.

Enjoys an increasing range of books.

Knows that information can be retrieved from books and computers.


Gives meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint.

Begins to break the flow of speech into words.

Continues a rhyming string.

Hears and says the initial sound in words.

Can segment the sounds in simple words and blend them together.

Links sounds to letters, naming and sounding the letters of the alphabet.

Uses some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning, representing some sounds correctly and in sequence.

Writes own name and other things such as labels, captions.

Attempts to write short sentences in meaningful contexts.

Personal, Social and Emotional

Making Relationships

Initiates conversations, attends to and takes account of what others say.

Explains own knowledge and understanding, and asks appropriate questions of others.

•Takes steps to resolve conflicts with other children, e.g. Finding a compromise.

Self-confidence and self-awareness

Confident to speak to others about own needs, wants, interests and opinions.

 Can describe self in positive terms and talk about abilities.

Managing feelings and behaviour

Understands that own actions affect other people, for example, becomes upset or tries to comfort another child when they realise they have upset them.

Aware of the boundaries set, and of behavioural expectations in the setting.

Beginning to be able to negotiate and solve problems without aggression, e.g. when someone has taken their toy.




Recognise some numerals of personal significance.

Recognises numerals 1 to 5.

Counts up to three or four objects by saying one number name for each item.

Counts actions or objects which cannot be moved.

Counts objects to 10, and beginning to count beyond 10.

Counts out up to six objects from a larger group. Selects the correct numeral to represent 1 to 5, then 1 to 10 objects.

Counts an irregular arrangement of up to ten objects.

Estimates how many objects they can see and checks by counting them.

Uses the language of ‘more’ and ‘fewer’ to compare two sets of objects.

Finds the total number of items in two groups by counting all of them

Says the number that is one more than a given number.

Finds one more or one less from a group of up to five objects, then ten objects.

 In practical activities and discussion, beginning to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting.

Records, using marks that they can interpret and explain.

Begins to identify own mathematical problems based on own interests and fascinations.

Shape, Space and Measures

Beginning to use mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and ‘flat’ 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe shapes.

Selects a particular named shape.

Can describe their relative position such as ‘behind’ or ‘next to’.

Orders two items by weight or capacity.

Uses familiar objects and common shapes to create and recreate patterns and build models.



Moving and Handling

Experiments with different ways of moving.

Jumps off an object and lands appropriately.

Negotiates space successfully when playing racing and chasing games with other children, adjusting speed or changing direction to avoid obstacles.

Travels with confidence and skill around, under, over and through balancing and climbing equipment.

Shows increasing control over an object in pushing, patting, throwing, catching or kicking it.

Uses simple tools to effect changes to materials.

Handles tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control.

Shows a preference for a dominant hand.

Begins to use anticlockwise movement and retrace vertical lines.

Begins to form recognisable letters.

Uses a pencil and holds it effectively to form recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed.

Health and Self Care

Eats a healthy range of foodstuffs and understands need for variety in food.

Usually dry and clean during the day.

Shows some understanding that good practices with regard to exercise, eating, sleeping and hygiene can contribute to good health.

Shows understanding of the need for safety when tackling new challenges, and considers and manages some risks.

Shows understanding of how to transport and store equipment safely.

Practices some appropriate safety measures without direct supervision.




Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring and using media and materials

Children sing songs

They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function

Being imaginative

They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.


Understanding the World

Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members

They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions

They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.

Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

Summer Term 2015


Movie Magic

This term we are focusing on movies. We will be covering the following areas of learning:


Personal and Social Development                                    Communication and Language         Listening to each other                                                               Story telling

Caring for each other                                                                  Role play

Caring for our classroom and equipment                                   Talking about films we like             Caring for our class rabbit                                                          Talking about our families and 

Working collaboratively                                                              friends

Taking turns and sharing


                                                   Physical Development                                                            

 Using tools and resources in the Design and Technology area to create backgrounds and props for their own films.

Using tools to manipulate dough, create layered pictures, prepare fresh food, 

Develop spacial awareness

Developing running techniques

Ball skills; throwing, catching, dribbling


Literacy                                                                                          Mathematics

Phonics                                                                                        Working with numbers up to 20

Writing play scripts and blurbs                                                    Telling the time

Writing about  their weekends                                                    Weights and measures

Handwriting                                                                                 Doubling, Halving


Understanding  the World                                                          Expressive Arts and Design

Using technology  to suit  their needs:                     Using songs, dances and materials to express 

mobile  phones, microphones,                                  own feelings and thoughts

programmable robots, ipads, netbooks,                    Mix materials to create new effects 

flip cameras                                                               Create backdrops and movie props for their 

Learn about jobs in the film industry                        films  

Backdrops to show different places in                      Use musical instruments to create sound 

the world                                                                   effects

Create special effects  for their movies                     Sing songs from famous children's  films         Film clips showing scenes and actors from               Create own movies, work as a director, 

the past and present                                                 script writer, actor, costume designer ,

How film making has changed over time

Understand the need for a healthy diet,

Prepare then eat or drink healthy

'Tasty Treats'

Understand how plants grow and how to 

care for them.




Reception Walk of Fame

What time is it?

Our stage area.

Spring Term

Commotion in the Ocean

This term we will be learning about the ocean and the creatures which live in it. We will cover the seven areas of learning through a mixture of adult led skills lessons and child initiated activities (activities planned and chosen by the children themselves). 




We made jelly fish to hang from our ceiling. We had to carefully thread beads onto pipe cleaners and attach them to bowls.

Autumn Term

Who is behind the door this week?

Welcome to Reception!

Our classes are called Mercury and Jupiter .


Each term we learn about new things, this term our topic is called 'I Love Where I live' and we are learning about how special we all are.


Termy Overview

As this is the first term for the children at school we are mainly focusing on Personal, Social and Emotional aspects of the EYFS. The children are learning to become independent learners who can share, take turns and look after their own personal needs.


There will be lots of opportunities to practise putting on coats, hats, scarves, gloves, shoes, wellingtons and waterproof clothes. You can help your child by teaching them how to put on and take off their uniform so they can quickly and independently change for P.E, Forest School, Outdoor activities and if they have an accident and need to change clothes.


Pre-schools and nurseries have a higher ratio of adults to children, so when your child starts in our Reception class it is important that they become independent learners and begin to work nicely with other children. We discuss class rules, and ensure all children know what these are. To help with this we have 'Secret Students' who each day receive counters to go into a pot if they have remembered the class rules and worked well all day long. As the terms go on we expect higher levels of good behaviour to match the length of time the children have spent with us. We give out Values bricks, stickers and lots of praise for good behaviour, independence and when children help others. 


We introduce the children to 'Phonics' and have daily phonics sessions when the children learn letter sounds and names as well as spellings, reading key words and writing. We also introduce daily handwriting sessions, where the children learn cursive (joined up) writing.


We have weekly 'News writing ' sessions where the children work with their key workers to put into practise the phonic skills they are learning.


There is a weekly literacy skills lesson. This term the children are focusing on using 'emergent ' for caption writing, letter writing, and story writing.


They have a weekly maths skills session starting with counting,number recognition, number ordering and formation from 0-20 and beyond. They will work on understanding addition and subtraction again with numbers 0-20. They will also work on 2 and 3D shapes as well as sequencing patterns, and sorting.


The children learn how to mix powder paint to create new colours in art and how to join together recycling materials to create models.


We have started weekly Spanish language lessons which will continue through the year.


We will learn about Harvest, Diwali, Bonfire Night, Christmas, including performing a Nativity play in December.


The children are encouraged and supported in their 'Child Initiated' play by key workers so they can embed their newly learned skills in their own activities and we will extend their understanding and sort out any misconceptions held by the children.


There are lots of opportunities for children to continue to develop their speaking an listening skills. This is through carpet time, role play, small world play, use of ICT, adult initiated and child initiated activities.


The children can access the outside classroom whenever they wish regardless of weather as long as they dress appropriately i.e wear waterproofs and wellingtons, hats scarves, gloves as necessary. The outdoor classroom also has opportunities for expressive art and design, communication and language, literacy, maths, physical development, understanding the world and Personal, Social and Emotional development.



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Have you seen the Kids’ Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites.

Has your child been added to our Values Board? Come in and see.

We celebrate all of our birthdays.

We know how to mix colours to create new colours. We created 'All Saints Church' in Leighton Buzzard by mixing up new colours.

We made Poppies from bottles to create a 'Poppy Garden' to remember fallen war heroes and commemorate the 100 Year Anniversary of the 1st World War.

We learnt about Guido Fawkes and then painted pictures of the fireworks we had seen in the sky.

We love to paint and chose to paint what was special to us. These hang in our 'Art Gallery'.