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Welcome to Reception!


 Each half term we will be writing about the exciting things we have been learning about in class.


Your child will be provided with  ‘Wow Moment’ slips in their book bags on a regular basis. This aims to develop a good home - school link so that we can collectively celebrate your child’s achievements.


Please do not hesitate to contact us with any concerns or queries.



Reception Staff


Class Teacher - Mrs Shaw 


Teaching Assistant - Mrs Oakley


Higher Level Teaching Assistant - Mrs Wood (Tuesday AM)




YR's trip to the park.



As a special treat for being such a wonderful class this year, YR had a trip to the park this morning. We all had lots of fun and played very nicely! It was VERY hot so we stopped for regular water breaks and all made sure we were wearing our lovely yellow hats.

Our class trip to Bridlington.


Yesterday, YR went on a school trip to Bridlington. We had the most fantastic day! The children were incredibly well behaved and were such a credit to the school. They played beautifully with each other and enjoyed building sandcastles, flying a kite, burying each other in the sand and playing football. The staff were all very impressed with how well behaved the children were - well done YR!

The Church.


The children enjoyed learning about the church during our RE lesson. Mrs McMorland very kindly brought in items which could be found inside a church. The children were very keen to dress up as a priest and an altar server!

Thursday 5th May 2016


This afternoon, Sheldon and Pebble, Mrs Quinlan's tortoises, came to visit. We learnt lots about them, such as:

  • They can live up to 150 years old.
  • They like to eat salad.




Wednesday 27th April 2016

Today we had a visit from Mrs Rigg's rabbit, Rory! The children (and adults!) loved meeting and stroking the extremely fluffy rabbit. We learnt a lot about rabbits:

  • A boy rabbit is called a buck and a girl rabbit is called a doe.
  • A baby rabbit doesn't have any fur when it is born.
  • Rabbits love to eat vegetables, especially carrots and in Rory's case, cabbage!
  • Rabbits have very strong legs and can jump quite high.
  • Rabbits like to dig.


Thank you to Mrs Rigg for helping bring our topic 'Animals' alive! I wonder whether we will have any more visitors over the coming weeks?



Yesterday afternoon (21.04.16) we had an extremely exciting time! We celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday by hosting a tea party. The Queen of Reception arrived and helped us to make Jam Penny sandwiches and cucumber sandwiches and we enjoyed a tea party in our outdoor area.



Welcome back!


We have had a lovely first week back at school after the Easter holidays. Our classroom has expanded and we are in the process of setting up a lovely quiet reading and writing area for the children to enjoy.


We have started our new topic, which is Animals. We have a Veterinary Surgery role play area, which the children are enjoying. Thank you to Luke and Lulu who have kindly brought in items for us to use in this area. If you have any toy pet carriers or vet dressing up clothes that you no longer use, we will gladly accept donations! Any items brought in will be returned next half term.

Thank you to those who have sent in photographs of their pets. If you do not have a pet but wish to send a photograph, please feel free to send one in of your child with any type of animal.


We have also started to learn the story of The Little Red Hen. The children really enjoy Talk for Writing and we have learnt half of the story already! I am sure your child would love to show you how good they are at reciting the story! Once the children are very familiar with the story, they will be asked to write the story. We will also be doing lots of nice activities based upon the book, so please check back here for photographs.


Mrs Shaw & Mrs Oakley.

Curriculum Overview for Summer Term 1.

Holy Week

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We have been learning about the events of Holy Week. We began by talking about Palm Sunday and YR did an excellent job of acting the story out.
YR Easter Egg Competition.

Here are some pictures of the Year Reception Easter Egg designs for our competition.  They all look fantastic!

The winners will be announced at the end of the week.

This afternoon, Mrs Oakley came back into class covered in bandages and in a wheelchair as part of our RE lesson on how Jesus heals the sick and how we can look after the sick. 

The children were all so caring and wonderful and made Mrs Oakley Get Well Soon cards, brought her cups of water and lovely pictures.

We then linked it into how Jesus healed the sick.

You will all be pleased to know that Mrs Oakley wasn't really injured and is in fact ok! This was all part of a role play to introduce the story of Jesus healing the sick.

Here Come the Aliens!

Year R are currently learning about Space. Today, we enjoyed listening to Lulu's book, 'Here Come the Aliens!' After listening to the story, the children made their own aliens using a variety of media. Some children painted aliens, some drew pictures, some did cutting and sticking, some used Play D'oh and some used the construction materials. There were some truly amazing aliens by the end of the session! We will be using the children's aliens in our writing session of Friday, when the children will be writing a sentence (or two!) about their alien.

World Book Day 2016


Year R have made a fabulous effort today and have come to school dressed as their favourite book character. The children enjoyed talking about their costumes and their books.

Year 6 children came down to our classroom after break and read books to our children. It was a very enjoyable experience for all children! 

Kung Hei Fat Choy!


Year R have really enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year. We have read the story of the great race, spoken about the Year of the Monkey, made Chinese Dragon masks, danced to Chinese music, made Chinese lanterns and had a go at using chopsticks to eat noodles! 

Yesterday YR enjoyed making and eating pancakes! We had a range of toppings: Nutella, jam, bananas, lemon and sugar. Everybody agreed that they were delicious! We also had a go at tossing a pancake, which was great fun!
On Tuesday, the school had a visit from Mr Boffin, who entertained everybody with science experiments! We then had a workshop, during which Mr Boffin taught us all about electricity. We all had great fun and learnt a lot.

Happy New Year!


We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and have enjoyed the Christmas break. Mrs Oakley and I would like to say thank you for the WONDERFUL gifts we received from you; you have been very kind!


We are looking forward to a busy half term, filled with lots of wonderful learning opportunities for your children. We will continue to work very hard on our reading and writing. Please take the time to listen to your child read and ensure that the reading book is placed back in the book bag ready to bring to school the following day. This way, the staff at school can listen to your child read and can change books.


As always, if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask either myself or Mrs Oakley.


We look forward to watching your children continue to grow and develop in 2016.


Mrs Shaw and Mrs Oakley. 





Monday 23rd November 2015.

Today marks the beginning of Enterprise Week at St Urban's. Year R are making bags of yummy chocolates to sell. We had lots of fun melting chocolate and pouring it into moulds - the children were VERY good and resisted the urge to lick their fingers until they had finished! We have a production line on the go and will be busy making chocolates all week long!

We will be selling the chocolates at the end of this week. A letter, with an order form, will go home tomorrow, so please let us know how many bags you would like to buy. 

The money we make will be put towards buying a special treat for the classroom.

Bags of our handmade chocolates will also be available to buy at the Christmas Fayre.


Tuesday 13th October 2015.

Another busy day in Reception! Today, the  children donned their wellies and went outside armed with bucketfuls of water and sponges. They worked extremely hard, scrubbing and cleaning the new tyres, which are going to be used to create a construction area in our outside area. Well done, Year R!

Monday 12th October.

This morning, the children in YR have been very busy building a Bug Hotel. We began by collecting leaves and twigs, which we hope will soon become home to some creepy crawlies! We put some soil in plant pots and put these into the hotel to act as cosy beds. Eve Snow managed to find a snail and made sure he was safe and comfortable as the first guest at the Bug Hotel!

We also welcome Mrs Anderson, who will be volunteering in our class 5 days a week - we are very lucky!


Today we talked about the signs of Autumn. The children then enjoyed going on an Autumn leaf hunt around the playground!

Settling In.


Year R are having lots of fun and settling in very well at school. The children have made lots of friends and are enjoying exploring the classroom and the outdoor area.

Our New Reception Children.


Today we welcomed 12 of our new Reception children. They all settled into school extremely quickly and had a super first day at school!

Year R having lots of fun making Under the Sea mobiles with our class governor, Mrs Appleyard!

We have had a lovely week in YR and have enjoyed painting, reading, writing, dancing and using Numicon to make the number 10.


We hope you all have a lovely Easter smiley

A visit from a dentist...10.03.15

This afternoon Lucinda the dentist came to talk to the children in Reception about good oral health. The children really enjoyed the visit and are aware of how important it is to brush their teeth.


Superhero Paintings. 09.03.15

As part of our Superhero topic we spent the morning painting our own superheroes. The children worked very hard and created some excellent paintings!

An Amazing Artist certificate was awarded to Kye James for a fantastic painting - well done, Kye!

World Book Day.


On Friday, the children in YR came to school dressed as a book character - lots of effort had obviously been put into the costumes and they all looked fantastic! We had fun guessing each other's characters and enjoyed reading our favourite books from home.

Good Samaritan and Worker of the Week Awards - Autumn Term 2014

Phonics Parents Evening

Autumn Term Two - 




The children have been learning about 'Celebrations and Festivals' this half term. The children have settled into school life and are continuing to gain confidence in all areas of the curriculum. 


We have learned about the following celebrations:

  • St Andrew's Day
  • Hannukah
  • Advent
  • Christmas
  • Harvest Festival


We also participated in 'Enterprise Week' whereby the children created a Christmas table decoration and sold them to the public. We were given a budget to buy resources and were able to make a profit of £50 - Thank you!


It has been a very busy half term with lots of preparation for our Christmas production of 'The Smallest Angel'. It was an absolute success! The children were a credit to the school and to you as parents/carers. Thank you for your support during this period and regarding costumes. 


I hope that you have had a restful and enjoyable Christmas break. On behalf of all the staff, I would like to thank you for your kind gifts and cards; these are very much appreciated. I would also like to thank you for your continuous support throughout this term, it has been a pleasure to teach your children. 


Best wishes, 


Miss Wakefield

Thursday 16th October 



This week we have been reading 'The Tiger who came to tea'. We created our own shopping lists for Sophie and created healthy meals for the Tiger. In maths we explored repeating patterns by creating tiger hats.


Today we were visited by a real - life Tiger! She explained that she had a tummy ache because she has eaten a lot of unhealthy food. She asked if YR could help her to create a healthy meal. The children and the Tiger created some healthy jam sandwiches and sequenced the corresponding instructions. The Tiger also taught the children a 'Tiger Dance' and even ate lunch with the children!


We have had a great day and the Tiger very much enjoyed her visit. 



Friday 3rd October 2014


Can you believe that it is October already? This half term is flying by!

This week we have been learning about our bodies and the senses.


In literacy we read the story entitled 'Funny Bones?'. We sequenced story events, discussed the repeating phrases in the story and discussed our favourite part of the story.


The children have enjoyed many practical activities this week such as labelling body parts, food tasting, smelling investigations and skeleton maths games.


Reception won the attendance trophy (100%) for the third week running! This is a fantastic achievement. A big thank you to parents and carers who ensure their children attend school every day.


Autumn Walk


On Tuesday 7th October we will be going on an Autumn walk through the Woodlea woods. The children will be collecting leaves, conkers and any other autumnal objects in preparation for their autumn collages. As part of a class reward, the children will have the opportunity to play in the Woodlea playground too.


Please remember wellies!


Have a great weekend


Reception Team




Exploring our bodies and the senses

Friday 12th September 2014


What an excellent start to the year! The children have settled in fantastically to school life. 


This week we have been learning about school routines, painting self -portraits and exploring the classroom. The children really enjoyed playing on the outdoor equipment.


Next week we will begin our phonics lessons using the 'Jolly Phonics' programme. We will be learning the following sounds:




Have a great weekend, 


Reception Staff


Thank you!


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Learning about aircraft marshalling

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Independent Learning Time

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