Welcome to Reception’s Class Page

Our teachers are Mrs Parkins and Miss Hancock

Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Hardcastle.

This Half Term our theme is Once Upon a Time

Our Medium Term Plan for All Creatures Great and Small

MTP Reception Summer 2 All Creatures Great and Small


Our PE days are now: Monday and Thursday

Our Monday session is a Gym lesson with Sophie (Saracens Gym Teacher).


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 2021_Information_for_parents_reception_baseline_assessment



Reception stars this week:

Kindness AwardElodie – Elodie you are always a very kind, thoughtful and patient friend.  You set an amazing example to others which was also noticed by Mrs Barnes this week.  Well done Elodie!

Star of the WeekFrankie- You have shown fantastic behaviour this week, especially when visiting your new class.  Mrs Barnes was so happy to see you joining in and trying your best all day! Well done Frankie, keep it up!

Learner of the WeekMatteo – Well done Matteo, yesterday Mrs Barnes was so impressed with your great attitude and your amazing writing. 

What a star you are Matteo, well done! 

Worker of the Week – Millie – Well done Millie you have put lots of effort into your learning this week.  You have become an independent learner who always tries her best!  We are all so proud of you, keep it up Millie!


Half Term Highlights

Wild Science Workshop

As part of our topic ‘All Creatures Great and Small’, the children had the opportunity to see, hold and touch some animals.  There was Monty the snake, Randal the skink, Gary the Giant African Land Snail and Sid the hamster.


In maths we have been learning how to double a number.  We made used mirrors to show an amount doubled, created patterns and learnt how to write the double as a number sentence.

Butter Making

As part of our learning about farm animals, the children found out about the roles of animals on the farm and where food comes from.  The children made their own butter by shaking pots of cream.  After a while the cream separated into a solid lump of butter and water.  The water was removed and the children were able to spread their butter on some bread and taste it!

Healthy Eating Week

This month we celebrated Healthy Eating Week.  We learnt about the different food groups and the need for variety in our diet.  The children were also treated to a ‘Healthy snack buffet’ on Wednesday.  The children helped to prepare a variety of different fruits and shared them out between each other.  



Our trip to Leighton Buzzard Railway  

The children had a great day travelling on a steam train, and enjoying a picnic lunch.  For some of the children this was their first experience of riding on a train!


The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration – 26th May 2022

The children had a fantastic day wearing their finery or red, white and blue.  They also had their faces painted, made crowns and flags, decorated a commemorative plate and enjoyed a picnic lunch with their friends.  In the afternoon they played ‘Pin the tail on the corgi’ and took part in a Jubilee scavenger hunt!


Once Upon a Time!

We kicked off our new theme by learning about the traditional Tale ‘The 3 Little pigs’

We have made models.


We have made and tested houses.

We have also made some pig pizzas.

We used Purple Mash on the Chromebooks to build our own houses.

We have read the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and tasted different flavoured porridges.


We also enjoyed our own Teddy Bear’s Picnic.


We read the story of The 3 Billy Goats Gruff, acted it out and made bridges for the goats to trip trap over.  We even made some Troll’s to live under the bridge.



After reading The Gingerbread Man, we made and decorated our own biscuits.


We also tested what would have happened if he had fallen into the river.

                    Look at how he has changed!!

Maths Learning – Re-grouping the Whole

We used Numicon, Cuisenaire rods and counting objects to find the different parts that make up the whole.


Reach out for Refugees

This week the children have tied yellow and blue ribbons to the school gates and thought about a message they would give to a refugee.


Neurodiversity Week

All week the children have listened to a range of stories about our differences and how everyone learns in a different way.  Here are some of the stories we have read.


World Book Day!

This year we dressed up as our favourite characters.  We also joined our Year 6 buddies to share our favourite stories.



In Phonics we have been practising segmenting sounds in words to spell.  Can you spot any digraphs?


Signs of Spring

We have been looking for signs of spring in our garden and around the school.  Basil the Bear helped us to spot buds and flowers blooming.



Feeling Good Week

The children have learnt the 5 Ways to Well Being;  Connect, Give, Take Notice, Be Active and Keep learning.  Here are just a few photos from our busy but exciting week.


Lunar New Year

We celebrated Lunar New Year in EYFS.  We heard the story of the great race, performed dragon dancing to music, cooked and ate Chinese food and made lanterns and special money envelopes.  What an exciting day learning about other cultures.

We also enjoyed a storytelling session and dancing about Chinese New Year.




Reception Learning through play!




Show Racism the Red Card Day!  We all wore red for our special day and learnt about being kind to everyone.

Mrs Rowe came to talk to Nursery and Reception about her family.

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