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Welcome to Reception’s Class Page

With Miss Cohen, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Kearsley, and our thirty lovely Reception children!

Remember to keep an eye on our ‘News’ and ‘Planning’ page to see what we have been doing

Our Curriculum in Year Reception

At St. Mary’s we go above and beyond to ensure that the firm foundations of knowledge are put in place in order for our children to achieve their full potential actively, creatively and holistically.

We have built our curriculum so that it is sequential so that children’s learning can build both depth and breadth ; it is purposeful in order to make learning here meaningful for children living in Rothwell whilst being spiritual at all times in order to fit with our Catholic Ethos Statement.

Early Years Curriculum: Development Matters

Early Learning Goals: Early Learning Goals Posters


Meet the staff!

Miss Cohen loves everything Disney, her favourite film is The Lion King. Miss Cohen loves spending time outdoors taking her dog Zeus on long muddy walks. Miss Cohen loves to travel and explore our beautiful world.

Mrs Williams has a very cute dog called Olly who can be quite cheeky and mischievous, though he is learning to be better behaved! Mrs Williams and Mr Williams like to go for long walks with Olly and Mrs Williams is also an amazing cook. She makes delicious cakes and impressive meals. She once even made a wedding cake!



What happens in Reception?

We want to build children who are independent, confident and thoughtful. We understand that the building blocks of our school are in our hands and that is why we take a very holistic approach to education, understanding that every single one of our children is unique, individual and incredibly special! We love all of our children and that is why we are so keen to meet the varying needs of each one, ensuring that by the time they leave our Reception class they are ready to embark on the exciting journey of school life.

We like to have a very varied, lively and ever changing classroom environment where the outdoor activities and indoor activities give us the best chance of accessing the full foundation stage curriculum so that we can all do our absolute best!

In Reception we encourage lots of learning at home to help embed everything we do in school. We set exciting tasks half termly that are always completed amazingly! We also expect the children to do their flashcards/ phonic cards/ reading books on a near daily frequency so that all of the learning we do at school is underpinned at home. We really hope with strong links between school and home our little learners can achieve their full potential.

Finally, from our point of meeting we put a real emphasis on our relationship with you. We work hard to build these relationships with the hope that our parents feel happy to come and chat to us to celebrate, query and catch up on their child’s day.




 Reception Class 2020-2021

P.E. is on Monday and Wednesday

Children come to school in their P.E. kit with school uniform in a bag to change into.



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We have really been enjoying the new woodland area! During Holy Week, we used sticks and string to make our own Easter crosses. We learned that perseverance was key for this task and we used fantastic teamwork. 

Reception really enjoyed making delicious monkey biscuits for our Golden time. They almost looked to good to eat.

What a wonderful afternoon Reception have had building part of our new woodland area. The children worked with Paul and Ash from This Green Moon to build the geodome classroom and collect bugs for the bug hotel. We also explored our outdoor area and took tree rubbings to see patterns and sketched the trees carefully looking at the marks they have.

Busy mathematicians! The children represented 7 in lots of different ways and then created concept maps to share their knowledge. They have been building on their secure understanding of numbers.

In R.E. this we discussed the story of when Jesus forgave Peter. We talked about the word ‘forgiveness’ and how we might show this. We decided that shaking hands was a way of showing forgiveness so we decorated our own whilst sharing ideas as a group.

We have really been enjoying our circle time with Mrs Sheldon-Price. We have really been working on listening to others and working as a team whilst playing lots of games and doing meditation.

Welcome back Reception!

Reception has had such a busy week being back in school and have settled back in fantastically. They have been enjoying doing different activities and focusing on their feelings. There have been lots of happy feelings because we are all back together.


On our whole school DT day, Reception focused on the blanket that baby Jesus was wrapped in. The skill we used was sewing. We each sewed our own design onto felt and joined them altogether to create the blanket. We discussed the importance of the blanket and thought of words to show what it represented. These were written among the wonderful designs the children had made.


We have been recognising and describing special times or events for others by looking at the celebration of Diwali. In literacy used Talk for Writing actions to write instructions to make a Diva lamp.  In Art/DT we moulded clay into 3D models of Diva Lamps and then carefully painted them with our own designs. For Science, we learned about how to make shadows by blocking a light source using puppets to create a dark shape on the paper. We retold the Diwali story using the puppets.

The Maths Mastery approach which we teach in school provides children with a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. We started by exploring number 2. We represented 2 in multiple ways; using a ten frame, time, shape, money, counters, number sentences, numicon, and positional language.

As we were celebrating Bonfire night the children used scarfs to move in different ways in time to the firework music. The children made large movements to enhance their gross motor skills and used space safely.

Reception have been showing how their respect for all the people who fought in the war. We each painted a recycled plastic bottle to turn it into a poppy and displayed this in a wreath outside our school. We showed that we remember all those people and thank them. We performed a Remembrance poem to show we understand and that we remember.

This week we did our first science experiment. As we were looking at Bonfire night we created fizzing fireworks by watching the reaction between bicarbonate and vinegar. We each made predictions about what we thought might happen. The children were so excited to see what might happen. We all wrote our findings after the experiment.

We really enjoyed our Slumber Day. We explored the story Room on the Broom. Throughout the day we did different activities relating to the story. First, we read the story and then used Talk for Writing actions to retell the story. Next, we made potions by mixing colours and magic wands using different materials. Then we had Library time where we each picked our own book to carefully read and talk about.

The Maths Mastery approach which we teach in school provides children with a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. We started by exploring number 1. We represented 1 in multiple ways; using a ten frame, time, shape, money, counters, number sentences, numicon, and positional language.


Over this half term we have been focusing on the Artist Wassily Kandinsky. We were inspired by his painting ‘Circles in Squares’. We layered materials to create our own pictures, we mixed colours and used oil pastels and chalk to create texture.

As part of our topic about People Who Help Us, we had a Zoom call with the Vets from our local area. They talked to us about their job and how they help animals. We learned about what food we should be giving our pets and the best way we can care for them. We even saw some pets on the screen; a rabbit, tortoise, stick insect and an axolotl salamander.

As part of our Understanding the world topic about People Who Help Us, we had a visit from two police officers. They talked to us about how they keep us safe and keep our world safe too. They showed us their handcuffs and all the things they have to wear to work. We even got to try on the police hats and be police officers too.


In Maths we have started to look at patterns. We have been making patterns using different colours, objects and sizes. We have made our own AB and ABB patterns all around our classroom.

Grapheme detectives! We have been on the hunt for all of the graphemes we recognise. We got our magnifying glasses and went looking for clues. When we found a grapheme we knew we wrote it down to practice our letter formation and pencil grip.

On the 15th September as a school we celebrated International Dot Day! This day is based around a book called The Dot by Peter Reynolds. This celebrates that anybody can be an Artist and aims to build confidence with the subject of Art. In Reception we wore dots, decorated dots, drew dots and ate dots to celebrate our day.

Reception have settled in brillaintly into our Rothwell St Mary’s Family and have been getting very busy!



During Reading Week, Reception have been learning about the famous author Julia Donaldson. We have been exploring the book ‘What The Ladybird Heard’ and planned lots of reading activities around it. Firstly, we looked for Rhyming strings in the story and then wrote our own Rhyming words. Next we made wanted posters for the robbers who stole our Panda Pot just like the robbers in the story. Then we used our inference skills to decide what they ladybird would say at different points of the story, if she could speak. After that, we made ladybird biscuits and used our maths skills to partition 6 into two parts using the dots on the ladybird. Lastly we retold the story by making our own story maps. We have had a wonderful week of Reading!

We really enjoyed dressing up for world book day! The children came dressed as their favourite Julia Donaldson characters. We wrote sentences to tell everyone who we were.

What a wonderful workshop. This week we were very lucky to have Tanya who worked with us doing a Fairytale’s and dragon workshop. We listen to a wonderful story about 3 magic dragons and a princess. Then we used materials to create our own characters and magical settings ready to tell our own stories.

It’s Pancake day! Reception really enjoyed measuring and weighing ingredients to make pancakes. After reading the story Mr Wolf’s Pancakes we helped Mr wolf by writing down the ingredients and then used them to help him make pancakes and decorate them.

This week we looked at the celebration of Chinese New Year! We read the story ‘Dragons in the City’ and talked about how the festival is celebrated. We dressed up, made dragons, practiced the lion dancing and tried really hard to use the chopsticks. We used our inference skills to write speech bubbles about what the characters would be saying in the story.

In our R.E. lessons we have been learning about Jesus’s miracles. We have looked at stories from the bible and retold them using drama. This week we looked at the Wedding at Cana and acted out the miracle of Jesus turning water into wine.

This week we found some mystery footprints in our outdoor area. Who could it be? We wrote down our predictions about who could have left the footprints. Next we followed the footprints to the tent and found a penguin chick. He was lost. We thought of ideas how we could get him home to Antarctica and wrote a journey for him, what transport he would use, what he would see and also made maps to help him get back home. The children used the 3D modelling to build boats and test them in the water to see if they would sink or float. We also did an experiment to make ice, so the penguin would feel more at home, dicusssing the key words melting and freezing.

As we are learning about Antarctica, the children decided to work as a team and build an igloo. We used different skills and techniques to plan and work collaboratively to build our model using the Poddley Play.

We have been representing 4 in lots of different ways. We can show 4 using time, money, dice, 10 frame, number 4, number line, shape, part whole model, number sentences, counters, ordinal language and the word ‘four’.

This week we read the story Emperor’s Egg and looked at the life cycle of a penguin. We wrote sentences to describe the life cycle, we  used our Art skills to made our own penguins using different materials and used our Geography and ICT skills to search for Antarctica on the Ipads using a globe.



This half term our topic is Winter. This week we received a letter from Anna and Elsa asking for our help to rebuild Olaf becasue he melted. We wrote instructions on how to build a snowman using Talk 4 Writing actions. We have been retelling the Frozen story in our small world area and building our own snowmen using snow, chalk and playdough.


This week in R.E. we have been thinking about God and how we can show his love to others. We thought about different ways we could show his love by, helping people if they are hurt, giving hugs, sharing with each other and being a good friend to everyone. The children showed this through Drama, acting out different scenarios.

Over the past few weeks Reception have been exploring number 3. We have been representing 3 in lots of different ways, using 10 frames, counters, positional language, time, money, part whole model, shape, number sentences, tally, Number blocks, dice, numicon and the word 3.

This week we have been celebrating Kipper’s birthday. A mystery present was left in our classroom. We talked about what could be inside and where it came from? We looked at the story of Kipper’s birthday and wrote speech bubbles of what Kipper would be saying at points in the story. The children prepared for Kipper’s birthday making cakes, party hats and wrapped presents.

This week we have been learning about the festival of Diwali. We looked at the story of Rama and Sita and wrote instructions to make a Diva lamp. We then made our lamps out of clay and decorated them. We also created Rangoli patterns using coloured salt.

We’re getting ready for Christmas. Reception have been decorating the classroom ready for Christmas. The tree is up and we all were able to choose something to decorate it.

Reception have been getting ready for Advent. The children thought of their own Advent promise and we displayed them in our classroom to help us remember them.

We have been representing 2 in lots of different ways. We can show 2 using time, money, dice, 10 frame, number 2, number line, shape, part whole model, number sentences, counters, ordinal language and the word ‘two’.

Over the past few weeks Reception have been exploring number 2. We have been representing 2 in lots of different ways, using 10 frames, counters, positional language, time, money, part whole model, shape, tally, Number blocks, dice, numicon and the word 2.

What’s in the basket? We had a special basket delivered with different items from the 80’s inside. We worked on rhythm by clapping out the syllables of each of the objects. We took turns to put different records on the record player to listen to lots of 80’s songs.

Back to the 80s! We had a fantastic day wearing our amazing 80s costumes. We had a busy morning with Year 1 doing 80s activities. We designed our own album covers, made colourful disco necklaces, big sunglasses, we played Pacman and Tetris and even decorated biscuits linked to the 80s theme.

We have had a wonderful start to music week! Reception and Year 1 have been exploring the 80s. We listened to 80s music to see which instruments we could hear in each song. Next we learnt the dance moves to The birdie song and explored the sounds of different instruments to fit with the music.

As it was Remembrance day, Reception learnt about the importance of the day and the History. After we did our 2 minutes silence we talked about the significance of the poppy and why we wear it. We used our Talk4Writing actions to recite a poppy poem and write it down. The children used their Artistic skills to decorate and draw pictures of poppies, their Drama skills to act out the silence and the cbbc Remembrance rabbit video and History skills to understand what happened in the past.

We had a very exciting visit from Kian’s Dad. He came to speak to us about his job as a police officer. We learnt about how he keeps us safe. We got to create our own crime scene, try on costumes and even go inside the police van and turn on the siren.

This half term our topic is Celebrations! This week we have been learning about Bonfire night. We wrote our own bonfire poem’s using our senses and then used instruments to represent the different words in the poem. We also created our own firework pictures using chalk.

We had a fantastic afternoon with Junior Jam. We learnt about pitch and practiced by making different sounds with our voices. We experimented with sounds using the keyboards and worked in pairs to create our own composition.

We went on an Autumn walk around Rothwell park with our buddies. We looked for signs of Autumn and even got to play on the swings! When we came back to school we created our own pictures using the items we had collected.

As we are now in the season of Autumn, the children have been learning about different animals who are preparing to hibernate for winter. We have been reading the story  ‘Owl Babies’ and creating actions to retell the story. We decided to make our own story maps to help us and have retold the story using puppets, creating pictures and building nests. We have also been practicing our writing by labelling an owl, using our robot arms to segment each word.

In Maths we have been exploring number 1. We have been representing 1 in lots of different ways. We have been using mathematical reasoning to explain why each object is 1. We have shown 1 using our fingers, on a 10 frame, on a dice, shape, time, centimetres, numicon, writing the word ‘one’, 1st person in a line, bears, counters, money, number stories and watching number blocks. The children created their own concept maps about the number 1 and had to explain why each object was on the picture.

We were very lucky to have two visitors come and see us this week. We had a visit from a Dentist and and a Nurse. The Dentist talked to us about how to look after our teeth. We practised brushing teeth for 2 mins whilst we listened to our brushing song. We learnt about why it is important to keep our teeth healthy and how to do it properly.  The Nurse talked to us about how to keep germs away by showing us how to wash our hands and how quickly germs can spread. We practised giving injections and putting on bandages pretending to be real nurses.

This week we had a visit from the fire fighters at Rothwell Fire Station. They talked to us about their job and how they keep us safe. We were very lucky and got to go inside the fire engine, use the hose and try on their uniform. We even performed our fire fighters poem for them, which they particularly enjoyed.

Look at our beautiful handwriting! This week we have been doing lots of work on rhyming words in our Literacy lessons. We have been listening for rhyming words in poems and songs and also using our robot arms to segment the words and write them down.


Reception were very excited to spend time with their wonderful Year 6 buddies, at the buddy party this week. We are looking forward to the exciting year we will have with our brilliant role models, as they guide us through our first year at St Mary’s.

We had a very special visit from the Vets from Purple Vets in Rothwell. They told us all about their job and how they make animals better. We helped look after Dan the Dog by putting bandages on him and checking his temperature. We looked at X-rays and guessed which animal we thought it could be. We were very lucky and got to dress up as real vets and even learnt some sign language for different animal names.


To help us with our writing we have been looking at Pie Corbett’s Talk4Writing. This week Reception looked at a Police poem and created their own actions to retell it. We confidently performed the poem to the rest of the class in small groups and had lots of fun doing it.

We had a very special visit from PC Dave this week. He told us about his job and how he can keep us safe. We looked at his uniform and we had lots of questions about his Walkie-talkie. He even gave us a special homework to learn our home address.

In Maths we have been exploring and creating different patterns.We have been creating, extending, naming, and talking about patterns which will help us be strong mathematicians. Understanding patterns  will help prepare us for learning complex number concepts and mathematical operations.


Our topic this half term is People Who Help Us and we have been talking about these people and their jobs. We have enjoyed the vets role play area taking care of the animals, designing ambulances in the creative area, making our police badges and dressing up as the people that help us and sharing how important their jobs are.

This week we have been focusing on our fine motor skills to help us with our writing. We really enjoyed going to the dough disco and getting our fingers moving. We have been the moulding play dough in time to music and performing different actions such as rolling it into a ball, flattening it, putting each individual finger into the dough and squeezing it.

We had our first music lesson with Kathy. We explored the instruments and their names. Then we created different sounds to music following the rhythm.

Reception have settled in to St Mary’s fantastically. We have been exploring our new classroom and working collaboratively with our new friends. We have already built lots of strong relationships and shown our talents.





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We set our butterflies free! After watching our caterpillars grow these past weeks into bigger caterpillars and then going into their cocoon and growing into butterflies. It was finally time to set them free. The caterpillars have loved being in our classroom where we have fed them sugar and water each day, but it was time to let them spread their wings and fly.


We really enjoyed our visit to Church. Father Eamon showed us all the different parts of the Church and explained why they were important. We were very lucky and got to try on Vestments and practice ringing the bell. We saw the pews, sanctuary lamp and the altar. We had a lovely morning.

We had a lovely morning exploring Rothwell with Year 5. We walked through Rothwell Park and went to look at all the different types of birds in the bird garden. We sat and listened to all the different sounds we could hear in the park.  We then enjoyed playing together on the park.


Our plants have grown so much! Our Lettuce is ready to eat and our Radish is ready to pull! We really do have green fingers in Reception!

It was very exciting when Emilia’s mummy came to see us. She brought a chick to show us that was 10 days old! We all got to have a stroke and feel how soft he was. Emilia’s mummy talked to us about where the chick came from and how he grew. We decided to name the chick Lucky!

Yesterday we had our final celebration with our buddies, as they will be moving to high school. They have all been amazing and supportive helping our Receptions through their first year. Thank you and we will miss you very much!


 As part of our growing topic we have grown many things and look how much they have grown. This is because we have given them lots of water and sun, so that they can grow. We have been measuring them each week to see how tall they have grown and comparing the measurements to see who has the tallest.

As the weather has been glorious the children decided they want to have their fruit and milk outside and enjoy the sunshine. We took it in turns to share our favourite thing to do when it is sunny.

Our Caterpillars have grown so big! They have now gone into their cocoon to grow into beautiful butterflies.

In our R.E. lessons we have been learning about The Church. We worked as a team and made our own Church outside. We talked about all the different items in The Church such as pews, altar, tabernacle and sanctuary lamp. We acted out what happens when we go to Church. We had a reading from the bible, sang hymns and had a blessing.


We received a special delivery! We were so excited to see a mystery box in our classroom. We carefully opened it up and inside were 5 tiny caterpillars. We are going to take care of them and watch them grow into beautiful butterflies.


This week we have been reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We looked at healthy and unhealthy foods and decided the healthy would be best for the caterpillar and us. We did some independent writing describing different fruits and then we got to eat them!

To start our topic about Growing, we have been planting our own seeds. We have learnt what our plants need to grow and how to protect them. Each day we have watered them and have moved them around our classroom, so they are getting enough sunlight. We are going to measure them each week to see how tall they have grown.

We have had a fantastic afternoon at This Green Moon! The children used the magic power of the forest to open the gate and go inside. Next we crept over the bridge to the cave, being very careful not to wake the Troll who lives there. Then we entered the village of the Swilligogs and made bracelets to show them we were friends of the forest. Finally we decorated leaves for our class tree and toasted marshmallows around the fire! Such an amazing day we have had.

This week we have been learning all about 3D shapes in Maths! We have been hunting for 3D shapes that we have in our classroom. We have been describing their properties and building our own 3D shapes.


We all had a fantastic day at Sports Day. All the children did brilliantly and tried their best in every race. Well done to you all! Thank you to all the parents who came to support the children.

Today we walked to the Post box to post our letters to The Three Bears. We talked about the journey of the letter and how it will get to the bears. We hope to get a reply soon.

“Ahhh, this porridge is just right”

This week we have been reading the story of Goldilocks and Three Bears. We have been making our own bear masks, building cottages, writing apology letters to The Three Bears from Goldilocks and tasting porrige.


“Run,Run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man”

This week we have been retelling the story of The Gingerbread Man. We wrote the story and created our own different endings, made delicious gingerbread people and acted out the story using puppets.



“I’ll huff and puff and blow your house down”

This week we have been learning the story of The Three Little Pigs. The children have wrote beautiful character descriptions, retold the story using puppets, built their own houses and tested them to see if they feel down and wrote their own stories.

During Holy Week we have been very busy learning about the Easter story. We retold the Easter story each day and wrote our own recounts. We baked cross biscuits and decorated them to remind ourselves that Jesus died on the cross and also made our own tomb out of biscuits to represent the resurrection.


It is the last day of the Spring term so we decided to go outside on the adventure playground and enhance our physical development. We had an exciting time balancing, jumping and rolling whilst we enjoyed the lovely sunshine.

We had lots of fun on our class trip to the Theatre to watch Dinosaur Live! We really enjoyed travelling on the coach, singing songs and playing games. When we got to the Theatre we got to see lots of Dinosaurs and learn a lot more facts about them. We were amazed by what we saw!

As we have been learning about Dinosaurs we decided to look at  Dinosaurs habitats and we really enjoyed learning about Volcanoes. We decided to do our own Volcano experiment using fizzy drinks and mentos. The children predicted which one they thought would be the longest eruption and we made a tally chart to show our predictions. The children timed each test using the I pad’s and wrote down the results. We found that Limeade had the longest eruption.


We have been learning all about number 8. We have used our mathematical skills to represent 8 in different ways using money, tally, shapes, drawings, number sentences, numeral, numberblocks and numicon. We have been using our knowledge of smaller numbers to make 8, adding 2 and 3 numbers. We have shown this through our concept maps about number 8!


We used our knowledge of Dinosaurs to find out more about the T-rex. He left us some Dinosaur eggs to look after. We have put them in some water to protect them and watch them grow.

This morning when we came into the classroom we found that all the tables had been knocked over and that something had left a foot print. We wrote down our predictions with reasons why, to help the Police find out who it was.

Who could it be?


Today is World book day! The children dressed up as characters linked to our topic about dinosaurs.

To mark the start of Lent the children attended Mass for Ash Wednesday. Then they thought of their own Lenten promises and hung them on our Lenten tree.

It’s pancake day! As it was pancake day the children wrote instructions on how to make pancakes, they all got to measure the ingredients and stir the mixture to make their own delicious DINOSAUR PANCAKES!!

This week we have been celebrating Chinese New Year! We made our own Chinese masks, practised Chinese dancing, tried on traditional costumes, wrote an acrostic poem about Chinese New Year and got to make our own dragon. It was big enough for the whole class!

This half term we have been learning about Jesus’ miracles in R.E. This week we retold the story of The Wedding at Cana and had our own wedding and pretended to turn water into wine.


We have been learning all about number 7. We have been busy representing 7 in different ways. We really liked number block 7 because he is all 7 colours of the rainbow and has helped us learn the 7 days of the week. We have shown 7 using blocks, clocks, money, tally, number sentences, numicon, dominoes, fingers and wearing the 7th badge.


We had a special visit from two explorers! They have both been exploring Antarctica and the Arctic. We were very lucky to listen to their fantastic stories and learnt more information about what these places are like and  the animals that live there. We had lots of fun trying on the special clothes, seeing how many children we could get inside the tent, riding in the sledge and getting to touch real animal horns. Our favourite part was learning to dance like a penguin!



This week we have been reading the story ‘The three snow bears’. The children were really interested in the igloo that the bears lived in. We decided to make mini igloo’s using chocolate and marshmallows. Then we wrote down what we would need to make a huge igloo that we would all fit inside. We used lots of different materials to create our igloo.



After the egg had cracked we thought of ideas how we could get the penguin back home to Antarctica. We built a boat ad designed maps so the penguin would know which way to go. We enjoyed our experiment of making and melting ice. We carefully put water into the freezer and in the morning it had turned into ice. We used warm water to place the containers in to see if the ice would melt quickly or slowly. We also tested if the container would make a cracking sound when it went into the water.



The egg has cracked!

This morning when we came into the classroom the egg had cracked. We couldn’t see anything inside until we lifted the egg to see an Emperor penguin chick inside!


In Maths we have been learning all about number 6. We have been learning different ways to represent 6. We used a dice, shape, numbers, counters, numicon,pence and time. We have been working really hard writing number sentences to add and takeaway numbers to equal 6.


There is an egg in the classroom!

This morning the was a trail of snow leading to a mystery egg. What could be inside? The children decided that we needed to be careful because the egg was delicate. We shared fantastic ideas about what could be inside. We hope it hatches soon.


This week in Literacy we having been reading the story ‘Emperor’s egg’. We have been looking at lots of facts about penguins and how they look after their egg. We have been writing key words about the Winter weather, looking at Antarctica on the globe,using materials to create our own penguins and building warm homes to protect penguins.

Who is this creature with terrible claws, and terrible tusks in its terrible jaws? It’s the GRUFFALO!

Reception have been reading the Gruffalo’s child this week and talking about weather changes in the story. We have been experimenting making shadows just like the big, bad mouse and writing about our favourite characters. Reception also enjoyed their Gruffalo day where they were able to dress up as a woodland creature, bake Gruffalo biscuits, design their own Gruffalo and retell the story using puppets.



Christmas festivities have begun in Reception. We have enjoyed putting up our Christmas tree, playing Christmas party games, singing Christmas songs and making decorations with our buddies.

Reception all did a fabulous in our Nativity performance. They remembered all their lines and sang so beautifully! We are very proud of all of you!



This week we have been looking at the celebration of Hanukkah. We listened to the story of Hanukkah and got to hold a menorah and pretend to light the candles. We took turns to spin the dreidel a game Jewish children play and we got to eat donuts, a special food children eat at Hanukkah.


Today we had a visit from our class Governor Mrs Ashton. We were very lucky that she shared her favourite story with us, brought us some treats and told us all about herself. We hope she comes to see us again soon.


This week Reception have been learning about birthdays! We have been celebrating Kipper’s birthday. We made cards, wrote invitations, made party decorations all ready for our party. Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us.


We are grapheme detectives! This morning the children got their magnifying glasses and were on the hunt for the tiny graphemes hidden around the classroom. The children wrote down all the graphemes they could find and thought of words that had that inital sound. They used their robot arms to segment and write them down! Well done detectives we cracked the case!



Reception were fantastic and won the behaviour award for the most children on gold that week. The children had a vote and decided they wanted to have a disco with biscuits. We had lots of fun!


This week we have been looking at weddings as our celebration of the week! The children really enjoyed listening to the story of The scarecrows wedding. We made a list of items we needed for the scarecrows wedding, created our own scarecrows, designed wedding dresses and dressed up to create our own weddings.



We have been learning all about number 4! The children have represented 4 in lots of different ways. They have been adding numbers to make 4, measuring 4cm, showing 4 o’clock,making tally charts,buying items for 4 pence and making shapes with 4 sides.




This week we celebrated Diwali! We listened to the story of Rama and Sita and wrote down facts about Diwali, created masks to retell the story and made our own rangoli designs using salt.

This half term our topic is Celebrations. To start of our topic we looked at bonfire night! The children enjoyed sharing their stories from bonfire night, using their senses to describe the fireworks in our writing activity, making sparklers and drawing their own fireworks.

Over the last couple of weeks we have been exploring the number 3! The children have shown how much they know about number 3 and represented this in multiple ways each time giving an explanation of why their items show 3.


We have been learning about people who help us and have had lots of visitors coming into school to explain what their jobs are. We had a  special visit from a dentist and a nurse. We practiced giving babies injections, putting on bandages and listening to each others heart beats using the stethoscope. We also practised brushing teeth with help from the brushing bus song. We also learnt long we need to brush our own teeth for by using the 2 minute timers.



We were very lucky to have a visit from the fire service. We learn’t all about what a fire fighter does and how they keep us safe. We looked at safety uniform they have to wear. We got to try on some helmets, have a look around the fire engine and even get to use the hose.


Reception have been learning what a superhero is. We were very lucky to have a visit from a real life superhero. PC Beverly visited us from Rothwell police station. She talked to the children about how important her job is, how she can help us and keep us safe. We even got to try on the uniforms and become police boys and girls.

We have been representing 2 in multiple ways. We have been showing all our knowledge of 2 throughout the classroom. We have been exploring 2 using money, ordinal language, shape, blocks, bears, numicon and dice.



The Evil Peas have struck! They came into our classroom, messed up our home corner and trapped Supertato and his friends under a shopping basket. They left us a letter giving us instructions to set Supertato free. We used our Mathematical superpowers to crack the code. We had to work as a team to match the numicon keys to the number on the paddock. We did it! We set Supertato free and defeated the Evil Peas.



In literacy we have been reading the story of Supertato learning all about his super powers. We have been exploring materials to create our very own Supertato.

This week Reception won the trophy for having full attendance all week! Well done, lets hope we win again next week.





We have learnt all about the number one. We have been representing one in lots of different ways using resources.


   Information about Planning

Here is what is happening in our class this year:

Overview:2020-2021 overview

Autumn One: 

In RE our topic is God’s World:God’s World

Our topic this half term is People who help us:Half-Term-Planning-Overview-autumn-1

KO: KO- People who help us

Autumn Two: 

In RE our topic is God’s Family :God’s Family- RE A2

Our topic this half term is Celebrations: Half Term Planning Overview

Spring One:

In RE our topic is Getting to know Jesus: Getting to know Jesus

Our topic for this half term is Winter: Half Term Planning Overview

Knowledge Organiser: KO- Winter


Spring Two:

In RE our topic is: Joy and Sorrow

Our topic for this half term is: Jungle- Half Term Planning Overview

Knowledge organiser: KO Jungle

Summer One:

In RE our topic is:New Life 

Our topic for this half term is: Traditonal TalesHalf Term Planning Overview

Summer Two:

In RE our topic is:

Our topic for this half term is:


Helping at Home

Following our Maths information evening for parents, we have shared some useful documents to see how Maths is taught in school. The most effective way for you to help would be to practise the ‘progression in number facts’ and times tables.

Parents’ Information Evening Nov 18

Progression in number facts

Rothwell St Mary’s Calculation Policy

We have created this page to give you more information ready for when your child joins our family next academic year. It was wonderful to see some of you at the doorstep visits and hopefully, you all received your starter packs and have begun to look through the information.

The PowerPoint will give you some information and show you pictures of a previous Reception class which we would have shown you at the New Parents Meeting. There are also pictures of the Reception classroom and the areas of provision for you to look at with your child so that they can be excited about starting school.

new parents meeting


What could you do between now and September? 



What support will my child have at lunchtime? 

Reception are taken into the lunch hall by Miss Cohen and Mrs Williams. Then they are cared for by teaching assistants from throughout the school both in the hall and out on the playground/ field.

What if my child is a fussy eater? 

Our School lunch menu is displayed on the website and there are always lots of options for your child to choose from. The staff that are in the lunch hall support and encourage children to try. In our experience children usually try new food and enjoy them because they are eating with their friends.

My child struggles to hold a pencil or mark make should I worry? 

No, this is not something to worry about. Your child will learn in Reception the way to hold a pencil through activities. They will encourage and develop their fine motor skills.  Mark making is a very important step before writing and is to be encouraged. Any ‘scribbles’ are amazing and should be celebrated.

What happens if my child has a toileting accident? 

Please do not worry! All children have accidents at some point even if they never normally do and this is completely normal. We ask that you put spare pants and a change of clothes in your child’s bookbag. If your child does have an accident they will be assisted by either Miss Cohen or Mrs. Williams. They will encourage your child to be as independent as possible but will help where necessary.

How can I help my child at home?  

When your child starts in Septemeber it will be extremely helpful to practice flashcards/reading every night and record this in their reading record. This will be completed at school as well.

What happens if my child is a little bit unsettled at  drop off time? 

Even if your child is really upset we do encourage you to leave them as soon as possible. In our experience children usually settle much quicker and with minutes. A telephone call to you will be made to let you know that your child is fine.

Do I need to give my child snacks? 

No, your child will not need to bring snacks with them. They will bring a water bottle daily, this will be filled in school.

There are no children from my child’s nursery going to school with them.

Please do not worry. As Rothwell St Mary’s does not have a nursery we take children from lots of different settings. So most children have come to us without knowing other children. They very quickly form new friendships.

Does my child need a school book bag and a P.E. bag?

Yes, your child will need a school book bag that they will bring to school every day with their flashcards and reading record inside. On P.E. days they will need a separate bag as well for their uniform, as we will be getting changed after P.E.

What is the best P.E. bag?

In our experience we have found the best bag for P.E. is a backpack with large straps. The string bags are a health and safety issue and can get wrapped around necks.

My child is summer born, does that matter? 

No, each child is unique and on their own journey. Regardless of their birth month children develop and progress at their own pace. We encourage independence and this will help your child enormously.


Does my child need pumps and trainers? 

Yes, your child needs pumps for inside the classroom which stays in school and trainers which they wear Monday and Wednesday for P.E.

Pumps:                                                                                                                                                                                               Trainers