Welcome to Reception’s Class Page

Our Teachers are Mrs Parkins and Mrs Dawes

Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Hardcastle and Mrs Meakin

This Half Term our theme is Twinkly Lights and Gloomy Nights

Our Medium Term Plan for Twinkly Lights and Gloomy Nights

MTP Reception Autumn 2 Twinkly Lights & Gloomy Nights


Our PE days are: Wednesday and Thursday


Reading: At How Wood School we encourage a love of reading and books. Please click on the following links for appropriate texts for the children.

100 Recommended reads for Reception 

100 Picture Books to read before you are 5

Reading List for Reception 

Library: Each day a different group will go to the library and select a book to take home and enjoy.  The children can keep this book for a week until they visit the library again.

Monday: Crocodiles Group

Tuesday: Giraffes Group

Wednesday: Tigers Group

Thursday: Parrots Group

Friday: Whales Group


Our Home Learning is set on a Friday via Google Classroom.  Further information to follow.

Information for parents regarding Reception Baseline Assessment 2022_Information_for_parents_reception_baseline_assessment



Each week we present four children with our school certificates: kindness, Star of the Week, Learner of the Week and Worker of the Week.

Reception stars this week:

Kindness Award – Violet – Thank you Violet for always being a kind and helpful member of the class.  You can always be relied upon to help your friends or tidy up the classroom.  Well done Violet!

Star of the Week – Mason R – Well done Mason, you always show brilliant behaviour and set an excellent example to others.  You are kind, thoughtful and always try your best!  What a superstar you are Mason, well done!

Learner of the Week – Nicole – Nicole you have been a super learner this week. In phonics you had the confidence to sound out and read words in front of the class.  You showed great letter recognition!

Worker of the Week – Fletcher – Well done Fletcher we have been so impressed with the effort you are making in your learning.  You are becoming much more confident to ‘have a go’ and show us your understanding. We are all so proud of you, keep it up Fletcher!


Half Term Highlights 

Children in Need

For this year’s Pudsey day, the children wore spots and donated towards this brilliant cause.  During the day the children learnt about the charity and how their money helps others.

We also joined Pudsey in a yoga lesson.



Reception have been learning about Remembrance Day and the significance of the poppy.  They have created lots of lovely artwork of poppies that we have displayed around our classroom.


Bird Feeders

To help encourage wildlife into our garden as the weather gets colder, we have made our own bird feeders and hung them on the trees.



In celebration of the upcoming festival of lights, the children had the opportunity to make Diya lamps and to learn a traditional Indian Dance called Kathak.

The Scarecrow’s Wedding

With Mrs Dawes’ help we created Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay.  They had the best wedding ever, the best wedding yet.  A wedding that no one will ever forget!

“Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem, Dancing Bones”

Look at our skeletons that we have made.  We practised our snipping skills and learnt how to use the glue spreader.  We also talked about the different bones in our bodies.


We have been learning about repeating patterns and have used some of our toys at home and at school to make our own patterns.  Take  look!



We have also learnt about measuring and comparing lengths, heights and weights.



At the end of last term we had a tractor visit!  We had to climb high into the cab and compared ourselves to the huge tyres!

Basil’s Birthday Party!

We have been learning about family celebrations this week and have prepared for Basil’s 5th birthday.  We made invitations, cards and bunting.  We also made sandwiches and a cake to share with Nursery.  At the party we danced, played games, sang happy birthday and ate the lovely party food.  What a fun afternoon!




In maths we have leart how to subitise.  We have looked at a number of objects and noticed the pattern they are in.  We know all the dot patterns on a dice without even counting!

In phonics we have made sure we have good listening ears!  We made extra big ears and went for a walk around the school trying to listen out for all sorts of sounds and noises.


Home Learning

We ask parents to contribute to their child’s learning through magic moments. We have an area on Google Classroom where you can send in photographs or videos of your child experiencing new things or doing something for the very first time. We will also use Google Classroom to send home little tasks and activities that reinforce the learning your child has had at school.

The children have the opportunity to choose a book from the class library once a week. During this time they can return books and choose another one to take home and enjoy with their family. Sharing a book is a good habit to get into as it is a fabulous way for children to become interested in reading as well as develop early reading skills.

Useful links and things to know

Children are asked to bring in their own water bottles.

Phonic games for children: Letters and Sounds and Phonics Play

Cbeebies: for children
Top Marks: resources for parents

Maths and literacy games

Purple Mash