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Reception have settled in to life at St John's amazingly! We are all very proud of them.

Autumn 1

Reception are having a brilliant first half-term. They have completed some super learning across all areas of the curriculum and have really settled into the new school year. Maths has had a focus on numbers, counting up to 10 and having a go at writing them too! In Phonics, they have been learning some single sounds including 's', 'a', 't' and 'p' - to name just a few and our Topic ‘Twinkl twinkle we are stars’ is well underway. We have also been thinking about the seasons change, looking at lots of Autumn things all around us!  We have also be reading lots of stories including 'Goldilocks and the three bears', which the children are enjoying lots. It’s lovely having the time to get stuck into a good book and share ideas together.

Autumn 2

Reception are having a truly fantastic second term at school. We have been busy in lots of different areas of the curriculum throughout the whole term. In Maths we have been working hard to continue our learning of numbers and started to use them in number sentences! In our phonics we have been thinking about using our sounds to blend and help us read. We have loved our reading books and reading in the reading corner. Our topics have led us to think about winter and lots of stories including 'Stickman' and the classic story of 'The Snowman'. We have been hard at work learning lots of Christmas songs and having lots of fun!

Spring 1

A bit of a different half term, but Reception have been absolute super stars! There has been such brilliant learning going on both in school and at home through out remote learning! Our topic this half term has been all around 'I need a hero' and Reception have been thinking about all the heroes that help us!


In maths, Reception have been using lots of different tools to help them with their number work, looking at one more, one less and some addition too! We have also been really busy with our writing and phonics, having a go at writing sentences and even stories around some of our favourite books including Supertato and The enormous turnip!

Spring 2

We have been so happy to welcome all of Reception back into the classroom and they settled back into school amazingly! We got stuck into our learning straight away, enjoying practising our new phonics sounds and tricky words. In English we have been reading the story 'George and the Dragon', doing some super retelling of the story and brilliant writing. In maths we have been bust with shapes and patterns, using all sorts of things to make repeating patterns including our snack!


Reception have also been super a spotting the changes in our seasons, we notice that spring was on its way and wanted to celebrate it by planting out in our garden!