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Autumn Term




This term we will be learning our phase 2 sounds. We will be focusing initial sounds and beginning to segment and blend.


In Maths, we will be learning to recognise and count numbers to 10.  We will begin to order numbers and find one more and one less.


Our topic for this term is ‘All about me’. We will be looking at a range of texts, exploring our families, feelings and friendship. We will begin to use our phase 2 sounds to write initial sounds.


In Topic, children will learn about similiaries and differences between themselves and others. We will be learning about our senses, body parts and how to express ourselves.

A day in the life of Reception

Early Years Foundation Stage Early Adopters Framework

The EYFS is guided by a framework called 'Development Matters', which outlines the learning and development for all children until the end of their reception year. 

You can view the detailed 'EYFS Early Adopter Framework - Development Matters' document by clicking the link below. 

Phoneme pronunciation videos

Here are two useful videos which demonstrate how to pronounce each phoneme. There is also a simple explanation of digraphs and trigraphs.

Welcome to Reception 1 and 2’s Class Page 2020-2021!

Here you will be able to look at photos of our learning in Reception and keep up to date with our class newsletters. 

Summer Term

This term, our topic is 'What's happening outside?' We are looking forward to lots of exciting activities, such as looking at how vegetables and plants grow by planting our own cress seeds and learning about different minibeasts by going on a minibeast hunt in our school grounds!

Sports Day 2021!

Reception 1 and 2 took part in Sports Day! We had four different races, The Humpty Dumpty Race (egg and spoon), Jack and Jill Race (carrying a bucket of water and trying not to spill any!) Three Billy Goats Gruff (jumping over hurdles) and The Gingerbread Race (run, run as fast as you can!) 

We all had a fantastic time and the children tried their best in all the races. Have a look at our pictures, we are very proud to have a Sports Day sticker! 

Minibeast Hunt

We have been busy in our outdoor area looking for minibeasts! In maths, we learnt how to make a tally, we used our record sheets carefully to record how many minibeasts we saw! We found lots of ant, ladybirds and snails and even saw a millipede! We can't wait to make our minibeast fact files. 

Planting Sunflowers!

Reception have been busy reading the Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. We enjoyed planting sunflower seeds to help us write instructions on how to plant a seed. We are looking forward to seeing how they grow! 


Reception have been very excited to start their PE lessons. This term we are practicing target games and have started our PE topic practising our throwing and catching skills. Why don't you practice at home with your siblings or grown ups? Remember to look at your partner and have your hands ready to catch! 

We used the story 'The Enormous Turnip to learn about root vegetables and how they grow. We planted some cress seeds and put them in different places in the classroom. Children predicted that the pot with the water and getting sunlight will grow the most. We also did some observational drawing of root vegetables. 

My experience of learning through Corona Virus March 2021

Easter Bonnet Parade

Science Week

Reception took part in Science Week by conducting two very exciting experiments. We enjoyed a skittle experiment where we pour hot water and cold water into the middle of a circle of skittles and we watched in anticipation for the reaction of our bicarbonate of soda and vinegar volcano! 

World Book Day 2021

Reception enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book characters, sharing stories and taking part in the Masked Reader and a Power Snuggle! We loved the hot chocolate and biscuits. 

Christmas at Howe Dell! 

Reception have been getting ready for Christmas. This week we have really enjoyed our Christmas activities. We have made snowflake paintings - exploring how to use different materials for printing, writing lists for Father Christmas practising our letter formation and using our maths to decorate patterns on baubles. 

We have been working very hard in Phonics and have now learnt all the Phase 2 sounds! 

Have a go at playing the game (linked below) to practise the sounds you have learnt. You could use your Phase 2 sound mat (Google Classroom) to build words, c-a-t, t-a-p. 

Light and Dark

Our Topic for this half term is Light and Dark. We have been busy learning about Space, creating planets and using our imaginations to be Astronauts in the Space Station! We have looked at 2D shapes to make our own shape rockets. 

We have been learning about Autumn!

Reception have been learning about the Seasons, looking closely at the changes we can see outside now we are in Autumn! We have enjoyed creating hedgehogs using leaves we collected in our outdoor area and have been busy outdoors on an Autumn Leaf hunt!

My experience of learning through the Corona Virus

Autumn Term

Reception 2 exploring their new classroom!

Miss Akthar - Reception 1

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Miss Reeve - Reception 2

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Spring Term 2020
Howe Dell World Book Day 2020 - Tell Me a Dragon

Dragon Egg Hunt

PE in Reception
In PE we have been using the apparatus. We practised travelling with confidence and skill around, under, over and through the balancing and climbing equipment. We had to remember to land on two feet when jumping off the apparatus!
People Who Help Us
This term we will be learning about People Who Help Us. We will be looking at the different people who help us stay safe in emergencies and people who help us stay fit and healthy. 

A visit from the Fire Service!

Reception had a dental visit. We spoke about important things like why we need to have healthy snacks, food and drink and why we need to make sure we brush our teeth really well! We learnt that we need to brush our teeth in the morning and evening and practised brushing teeth for 2 minutes!


In PSHE we are following the Jigsaw scheme. This half term's topic is 'Dreams and Goals'. The challenge in this lesson was to pick out all the sequins whilst blind folded. We learnt that we can find things difficult in life but we must never give up...reception are learning to be resilient. 

Computing in Reception

We are learning about different computing devices and building our skills to complete an age related game. Always remember our e-safety rules when playing on the computer. 
Autumn Term 2019
Christmas in Reception

Light and Dark 

Our topic for this half term is Light and Dark. 

This week, the children have been learning about Diwali, the festival of lights. The children made diya lamps using clay. 

Global Explorer Week

We have enjoyed learning about different explorers and going on our own exploration to Kingfisher Island. 

Have a go at exploring your local park. Look out for signs of Autumn, we would love to see what you find!

Fun and Learning in Reception so far!

Spring 2019 in R2

Spring 2019