St John the Baptist
Church of England Primary School

Welcome to Reception!

Introducing our Reception Team:

Mrs Duffill, Mrs Baggaley and Mrs Johnson are the teachers and Mrs Beardwell and Mrs Rangeley are the teaching assistants.

We have had a super start to our Autumn Term and it has been wonderful to meet our new children of September 2020.  We have been so impressed with how quickly they have settled into school and to see them happily make new friendships as they learn through play.

During their part time sessions in September, please could your Reception child bring a water bottle, sun hat and raincoat with them.  

Our current topic is 'Getting to Know You!'

During this topic we will be:  

  • Exploring our new learning environment – inside and outside
  • Learning about new rules and expectations
  • Talking about sharing, taking turns and being kind
  • Singing and joining in with action songs
  • Learning in our ‘Greengrocers’ role play area
  • Drawing pictures of our family and writing names

 Please support our topic by talking at home with your child about their learning. Thank you.

As we continue throught the Autumn Term, our topics will also include:


During this topic we will be:

 Discussing healthy foods and creating our own healthy food plates

  • Sorting and naming 2-D and 3-D shapes
  • Sharing the story Dr Dog and thinking about how we keep healthy and what happens if we don’t make healthy choices.
  • Sharing the story of Funny Bones and labelling parts of our body
  • Finding out how to look after our teeth
  • Using our senses on a walk around school. 


During this topic we will be:

    • Sharing some lovely stories, such as We’re going on a bear hunt and The Gruffalo
    • Sorting Autumn objects and counting them
    • Counting with 1:1 correspondence, counting out a given amount and labelling a group of objects with the correct numeral
    • Walking through the nature area, looking at and commenting on seasonal changes
    • Finding out about animals that hibernate
    • Tidying up the garden area, harvesting any seeds from sunflowers and beans ready to plant again in the Spring
    • Harvesting our wheat, making flour with a quern and making bread 

Below are some of our news items which celebrate the learning at home of our previous Reception children from March 2020 onwards...

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Our 2019 - 2020 Reception children have had great fun in school and at home with our learning activities linked to our Celebrations topic.  We shared stories including 'Kipper's Birthday' by Mick Inkpen and 'The Scarecrows' Wedding' by Julia Donaldson. 

The children have been busy planning parties as well as thinking about how they can help others.  They have enjoyed making model scarecrows as well as musical instruments.


Outdoor Learning at Home!

Find ideas to try Outdoor Learning activities to do at home on our webpage.

Pirate Topic!

Our Reception children who are learning at home and those learning in school, have been having great fun with our pirate topic!  They have been imagining what it would be like to be a pirate and even creating their own pirate ships and treasure maps. Using their clever phonics skills and imagination, they have been writing a message in a bottle too.





Outdoor Learning at Home!

If you are going on a walk, exploring a local outdoor area or playing in your garden, you may like to have a go at some of these outdoor learning activities. Click this link to take a look at Mrs Llewellyn's suggestions!

Minibeast Creations!

 Our children have been very busy at home and in school learning about minibeasts.






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