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Newsletters 2017-18

Autumn Term 1

Autumn Term 2



Click on the links below for help with teaching your child phonics.


How to say the sounds accurately –

Jolly Phonics Songs in order –

Phonics Play -

Parent Handout


Reception 2017-18

Building a nest for the owls!

This week in Reception we have been learning all about Owls with a particular focus on Owl Babies! On Friday 17th November, we all went on an Autumn hunt around the school grounds to look for objects we could use to build a nest. The children loved exploring and found twigs, leaves and moss to build a giant nest for our owls. The owls are now very cosy and warm, well done Reception!

Tiny Tales and Tunes

Reception were all super excited! As we went into the hall, we saw all the wonderful Nursery Rhyme characters displayed and we couldn’t wait to get started. Catherine, from Tiny Tales and Tunes, led us through a Nursery Rhyme adventure meeting lots of different characters. We used a parachute to bounce Humpty Dumpty into the air; had flowing sheep tails from Mary had a Little Lamb; played Jack and Jill and ended with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Thank you Tiny Tales and Tunes for a fantastic experience!

Dinosaur World

This week the children helped to create a dinosaur world! They worked together to arrange the various plants, rocks and dinosaurs. They have loved exploring the similarities and differences with our new exciting plants. “We feel like we’re in a real Dinosaur World” - Riley

A huge thank you to Palmer Landscapes in Farsley for kindly donating all of our fantastic dinosaur plants!

On Wednesday 18th October, Reception had their first PE session with the equipment! We were all very sensible and learnt how to be safe on the different apparatus. All the children loved experimenting with different jumps and movements on the spring boards, benches and high platforms.

Making Apple Crumble

After reading the story ‘The Very Helpful Hedgehog’, Reception decided to make an apple crumble! We had such fun mixing the ingredients, chopping the apples and tasting our yummy crumble.

Here’s a link to the story if you would like to watch:

For National Poetry Day we focused on Nursery Rhymes. The children loved singing and dancing at our poetry area and we even practised some whole class rhymes with actions!




Take a look at our outdoor learning!

Reception have been exploring the outdoor area this half term; from making scrambled eggs in our mud kitchen to cementing walls in our construction area. We have had so much fun! 


Our first time at scrap shed! We were so excited to get stuck in and start building. We made cars, houses and even motorbikes. The Reception staff and I can’t wait to see what ideas the children have next time.
















Our Reception children are really enjoying their weekly visits from our Year 6 children, who spend time reading their favourite books to them.

Year 6 love it too !




Our Poetry Recital

This half term our topic is ‘Everyday Heroes!’ On Friday 30th September we had some special visitors….The West Yorkshire Police. The children loved meeting Percy the police car and exploring in the police van.

Reception Class would like to thank the West Yorkshire Police for taking the time to come and speak to us.