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Gildersome Primary School

Nurture, Aspire, Achieve



 Nurture, Aspire, Achieve

Welcome to Reception 

We have two classes in Reception:

Class RS: Mrs Smart

Class RT: Mrs Turner 


PE Day: Wednesday/Thursday


Please check this page regularly for updates on what we have been doing in class during the week, important updates and reminders and information about upcoming topics and events.

Reception Blog

sp1 week 2

Janet Spencer (j.spencer) on: Reception Blog

Another busy week this week, we have looked at the beginning or our Topic. We have read the story of Supertato and the children have been busy drawing characters from the story and also a story map recalling the story.


In maths this week we have started looking at the number 7 and the stories around 7. We also touched on odd and even numbers, working out which have a pair and make them even and which ones don't.


In our outdoor area the children have used the loose parts to make traps to capture the evil pea. We have looked at floating and sinking in the water trays inside and out testing different objects. We have looked at ice and how it feels and how it can melt or react when melted.


We ended up with our celebration assembly which really, we would have loved to give everyone a certificate.



I always finish with some reminders:

This week I am putting up the numbot website again that the children can visit to help with Maths but also with a fun element in it to build robots. I will include the Oxford Owl website where we can access reading books for the children, we are on Level 3a/3b.

Have a lovely weekend and any questions please ask at the door on a morning or on an evening.

Log ins are in the back of their reading records.

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spring 1 week 1

Janet Spencer (j.spencer) on: Reception Blog

Happy New Year, we hope you all had a good Christmas or just a relaxing break with your family.

Back to reality this week and the children were all excited to be seeing their friends again.


We have got back into our routines really well. This week we introduced a new activity into our already packed daily timetable. The children previously had been coming into school and just writing their names before selecting their lunch choices. We are now asking them to expand on this and are having to complete a morning task, this could be either a writing task or a number task. We cant stress enough how important it is to make sure the children are in school on time so they can complete this without having to lose any of their choosing.

Some of our activities have still been holiday orientated, we have wrote some sentences for our news wall about what we did over the holidays as well as writing to letters to say thankyou for gifts that the children received.


We have been looking at number 6 and concentrating on number sentences both addition and subtraction.


Friday saw snow again for us and we don't know how many more times throughout the winter period we will get downfalls, please can I ask again that the children are dressed appropriately for the weather as this never stops us from accessing the outdoor area.

Just a reminder of the opening times of the doors we will opening them at 8.45 and closing them promptly at 8.55 and if they are locked you will have to take your child through the office entrance.

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Autumn 2 Week 7

Janet Spencer (j.spencer) on: Reception Blog

Had a bit of a wind down this week for Christmas.

We still have had some activities to complete but the children have just enjoyed playing.


Thursday saw our Christmas Party, we saw some lovely outfits. The children enjoyed playing corners, pass the parcel and a dancing competition. The children then enjoyed their food with friends before we had a very special visitor. We sang songs to Santa before we all got given a lovely present to pop under the tree. I am sure they all had a really good time.




Reception staff want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and best wishes for the new year.

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Autumn 2 week 6

Janet Spencer (j.spencer) on: Reception Blog

Wow we never slow down in reception. Another busy week.

Our children did amazing in their nativity, hopefully you have received the link to watch and are able to share this with your child.

With Christmas around the corner all our activities have a Christmassy feel. We have wrapped presents in a workshop, made wrapping paper in the painting area and wrote lists again to Santa.


We have also had the dressing up outfits where our children have dressed up as Santa or snowmen.


On Thursday some children enjoyed a Christmas lunch where we also had Christmas music and singing for all to enjoy. Finally Friday was our Christmas Jumper day where we all wore our jumpers, we talked about them at carpet time too. Because it’s Friday we have watched a film about Elf on a shelf so your child might talk about this.

The homework which was brought home is to last over the holidays and brought back in the new year. They have received a book from the book trust which is the child’s book to keep, we don’t want it back!!!!
While we are waiting for a delivery of new level 3 books there is the Oxford owls website with books of that level on, all children have a log on in the back of their reading record, please have a look!
One more week to go!!!!

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Autumn 2 week 5

Janet Spencer (j.spencer) on: Reception Blog

Christmas arrived in Reception this week with lots of activities that the children really enjoyed.

We also had snow which the children found fun whilst it last!


In the classroom we have decorated the Christmas tree in the home corner, decorated the Christmas tree in the playdough.


We have made baubles and springy decorations. Some children have been writing what they want for Christmas in the writing area.

The children have been learning lots more sounds and harder to read and spell words as well as looking at the number 6 in their maths lessons.

This week we have also managed to get onto the stage in the hall to practice our nativity.

Please if your child has brought lines home to learn that you practice these!

Also if we do have snow we like the children to be in wellies, this stops the children sitting around in wet feet as we only have a few changes!

All children have a wellie box in the cloakroom so we can keep them in school!

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Reception Blog - 2019-20

weeks 2&3 in school

Anna Head (a.head) on: Reception Blog - 2019-20

In school for weeks 2 and 3 we have been continuing our learning of phonics and maths.

We have also looked at life cycles of animals.  In the last two weeks we have learnt about an elephant and also a hen. We have learnt their lifecycles and also how to draw them.


We have also made fathers day cards for our Dads/Grandads. Hope you all had a lovely day.


The children have also been accessing the play provision inside.


We have been blessed with some lovely dry weather and so the children have enjoyed playing outside too, even exploring the field area again.



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