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We have been moving over the apparatus at high and low levels. To show our ‘Champion Gymnast’ pointed toes and fingers, we have been using the equipment to show some balance shapes. 


This week we have read non-fiction texts about penguins. We thought of different facts about them. We also enjoyed creating collage penguins and developing our scissor skills. 

Repeating Patterns 

We have created repeating patterns in the different areas of learning. 


This half term we are working hard to become ‘Champion Gymnasts.’ We are exploring how to move at high and low levels and how to create a shape by balancing and holding still. To be a champion gymnast we also need to point our fingers and toes. 

Evil Pea Rules

The children enjoyed reading ‘Evil Pea Rules’ by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet. Evil pea had frozen all the vegetables so the children helped them escape from the ice. The children also created some of the characters using playdough, paint and materials from the creative area. 

Colour Mixing

We used our colour mixing skills to make orange, purple and green so we could paint the fruit and veggies who escaped from Evil Pea. 

Exploring 5

We are becoming strong mathematicians in Reception. This week we have used the part whole model to investigate different ways to make 5. 

Anti-Bullying Day

Our theme for the day was One Kind Word. We thought about what it means to be kind and how we could show kindness in Reception and at home. We enjoyed wearing our odd socks to remind everyone that we are all unique.  



Things have been getting wintery in Reception. The children have enjoyed creating lots of wintery things to find out more about the season. 

Healthy: Inside and Out

Today the children listened to the story of The Dot by Peter Reynolds. They considered what they are good at and what they would like to get better at. We thought about what it means to have a growth mindset and practised the phrase “ I can’t do it yet.” 

Poles Apart

This half term we will explore where Polar bears live and how it is different to where penguins live. We will be doing some investigating with ice and water including making some boats. 

Away in a Manger

Well done to everyone on their amazing performance of ‘Away in a Manger’. They have worked so hard on learning the songs and lines and looked wonderful in their costumes. 

1 more 1 less

This week we have explored finding 1 more and 1 less. 

Christmas fun


We had a very important visitor in school today. All the children were very excited to go and see him in his grotto. 

Number 5

This week we have been exploring number five. We are learning to count accurately to five and discover different numbers which add together to make 5. 

1st December

The countdown to Christmas has started. The children are learning songs and lines ready for our nativity performance and we are ending each day with a special story from our Christmas book tree. 

Fun in the snow

Today we took advantage of the snow and the children enjoyed playing outside.
We also placed some snow into our tuff tray indoors and the children played with the polar bears and explored how patting and mixing the snow with a spoon made it melt. 


Is it more than, fewer than, or equal to 4?
This week we have focused on number 4. The children used Numicon, multilink and five frames to create representations of numbers which were more than, or fewer than 4. We also looked at 2D shapes and counted the number of sides to see if they had more or fewer than four sides. 

Transient Art

The children enjoyed manipulating the materials to explore different shapes, patterns and designs. They were keen to share their unique creations with us. 

Outdoor Fun

The children are learning to run, jump, climb and negotiate space and obstacles safely. 


We set up a ‘stable’ and dressed up in Nativity costumes to retell the Christmas story. 

International Day

On international day we thought about what is happening to the polar bear’s habitat. Everyone enjoyed exploring what happens to ice in the water area. The children also created paintings of icebergs using ice paints and making habitats in the small world. We made a pledge to put paper in the recycling bin to help stop the earth from getting any warmer.

Number 3

This week the children have been exploring number 3. They are learning to count and subitise 1, 2 and 3. They enjoyed sorting objects to represent each number. 


Mark Making

The children are exploring mark making through different media. The are beginning to demonstrate their phonic and mathematical knowledge by writing letters and numbers as well as drawing pictures. 

Remembrance Day

The children created some beautiful poppies to help us understand the significance of Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies.    


We have been thinking about the number 2. The children have been excellent number detectives searching for all the different ways number 2 can be represented.



This week Mrs Kothapalli has been telling the children all about the festival of Diwali and how it is celebrated by families in Leeds and all over the world. They loved using the clay to make and decorate their own Diya lamps. 


The children enjoyed their first PE lesson in the gym. They explored how to find a space and how to roll a ball with control. 

Let’s have a party!

This half term we will be thinking about different celebrations such as Bonfire Night, Diwali and Christmas. 

Healthy: Inside and Out Day

Today the children thought about what makes them unique. They looked into mirrors to compare themselves and see what was the same and what was different to their friend. We named some different emotions and talked about how we all feel different too. Some children enjoyed showing different emotions on their faces for us to guess. The children shared ideas about what makes them feel happy. 


We have been investigating what we can see during Autumn. We have been enjoying looking at all the leaves, seeds and berries we collected on our Autumn walk. 

Comparing size

The children were keen to build towers using the multi-link cubes. We then introduced lots of mathematical language to compare their towers with their friends. 

We used the story of The Three Bears as a stimulus to discuss size vocabulary. 

Comparing Amounts

The children explored different amounts. We talked about whether they had ‘more than,’ ‘fewer than’ or ‘the same’ amount of objects as their friend. 

Alma Thomas

The children enjoyed learning about Alma Thomas. She was famous for her teaching and colourful artwork. They then used their artistic skills to create some colourful works of art just like her. 


In maths we have been sorting objects. We have been talking about the different groups we can use to sort the objects and which group each object belongs in. We sorted the objects by colour, shape and size. 



We provided opportunities to find and match objects which are the same. We used the language of ‘the same’ and ‘different’ to discuss them. 


The children were fascinated with the pumpkins we added to the provision this week. They have spent time mixing colours to paint them, making observational drawings, reading stories about pumpkins and we even cut them open to find out what was inside. In our tuff tray they enjoyed making 'pumpkin soup' and 'pumpkin pie'.


This week the children have loved writing the first set of letters in lots of creative ways - glitter, paint, chalk, whiteboards and salt! The Little Wandle formation rhymes have really helped them form the letters correctly. We have also been finding lots of objects around the classroom that begin with ‘s’, ‘a’, ‘t’ and ‘p’. 


In maths we explored matching objects. We talked about whether two objects were the same. We looked carefully at pairs of animals to see if they were the same or different. 

Marvellous Me

We have started our first Reception topic. The children have been thinking about what makes them special and how they are unique.

Outdoor Play

This week we have enjoyed playing outside in the sunshine. We have practised balancing on the beams, bikes and tyres and spinning in the big cones. We are also learning about how to make new friends. 


Our First Week in Reception

The children have settled really well into their new classes. 

Stay and Play

We have loved welcoming the children and parents in to explore their new classroom environments. We saw lots of happy smiley faces and were impressed with how confident and chatty all the children were. We look forward to them all starting their learning journey with us over the next couple of weeks.