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Welcome to Reception’s Class page

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

Over the week we have some very helpful adults who come in to listen to readers or do special activities with us and we always   appreciate the help that they give to us.

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


Our class governor is Mrs Ashton.


Meet the staff!

Miss Cohen loves everything Disney, her favourite film is The Lion King. Miss Cohen loves spending time outdoors taking her puppy 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 2019-2020

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.


Term newsletter

Our first class newsletter: Reception Newsletter – Autumn 1


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 practiced brushing teeth for 2mins 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 practiced 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 perfromed our fire fighters poem for them, which they particulary 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.





Reception 2018-2019

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:2019-2020 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









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