We Love To Get Messy!

This week has been an eventful week in Reception! We have been busy immersing ourselves in paint and enjoying watching and discussing fireworks, becoming conductors of our own...


This week has been an eventful week in Reception! We have been busy immersing ourselves in paint and enjoying watching and discussing fireworks, becoming conductors of our own orchestra to create a fireworks painting to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Some of us liked being covered in paint more than others!!

We also had an exciting time using the ‘Spheros’ outside (which are little robots that we directed through blobs of paint) that we controlled from our ipads.

We hope the children have enjoyed this week and thank you for all your support in sending old clothes and gathering autumn leaves.


Next Week: 

Focus Book: Kippers Birthday

We will be continuing our celebrations topic to learn all about Birthday Parties, a celebration that we hope the children will find very relevant and exciting. We will be planning a birthday party for our class puppet and writing a list about all the things that we will need to have a really fun birthday celebration.

Our Challenges:

Yellow- To make repeating patterned wrapping paper using the 2D shapes that we have been learning about in our previous week.

Red – To cut out and stick images of food from magazines, practicing our fine motor control and will create our own healthy/unhealthy party food plate.

Blue – To write a list of party things that we will need using our knowledge of taught sounds.

Orange (Adult-led) – To write a list of words to help Kipper to learn how to write a list.

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th of November: Learning Conversations will be taking place via Teams, we are looking forward to sharing and celebrating all of the amazing things your children have been doing in school. Please enter the lobby ten minutes before your appointment and wait to be accepted in.
  • Please return Nativity permission slips by Monday 16th at the latest. Thank you if you have already done this.


Our children have had their first full-change P.E. Session yesterday and it was certainly a little challenging!

We really need your help to make this as less stressful as possible for all and you can do this by:

  1. Encourage your child to undress and fold their clothes into a neat pile independently. Model how to do this but do not do it for them.
  2. Get an earlier start, giving an extra 10 minutes and encouraging your child to get dress independently in the mornings will help.
  3. Model strategies of how to turn/pull jumpers, tops and trousers the right way round if inside out, this will help when changing back.
  4.  Place shoes and socks into pairs.
  5. Finally, there are still so many items without clear name labels, It is important that it is easily visible for your child to see and be responsible for.
  6. MAKE IT FUN! Use a timer and challenge them to get faster but keep tidy!


Other News:

Please give permission for Tapestry via WISEPAY. If you experience any difficulties please email enquiries.

As part of our commitment to promote physical health and wellbeing, we wanted to share with you these home opportunities and experiences to encourage the children to stay active.


  1. Free after school sport club opportunity:  https://www.youthsporttrust.org/AfterSchoolSportClub, #YSTAfterSchool. The Youth Sport Trust will deliver a free virtual after school club as part of a national response to the second lockdown. The 30-minute club will take place at 5pm each weekday on YouTube Live and be led by a different member of the YST’s Athlete Mentor network. Aimed mainly at primary-aged children, a different theme has been assigned for each day of the club – Adventure Monday, Tuesday Play, Wild Wednesday, Thinking Thursday and Fun Friday.
  1. British Orienteering – get active this autumn. Free downloadable activities for families to do at home, in the garden or in your local green spaces. https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/get_active

Thank you for your support and apologies if children  go home with other children’s clothes by accident, we will get there!

Have a restful weekend everyone!

Reception Team