Welcome to the Reception team

Miranda Hemmings

EYFS Leader / Plum Teacher






Nicola Carlile

Assistant Head / Apple Teacher

Teaching Assistants...


Sally Ashworth


Rachel Cummiskey



Danielle Owen



Have a look at what we will be learning this year in 2016/17...

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Welcome to Reception!


Summer 1 2017


In phonics this term we are applying our phase 3 sounds when reading and spelling.  We will be learning new letter patterns in phase 4 andmore tricky words.  We will be looking at the 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'Jasper's Beanstalk' and using our imaginations to innovate our own stories.  Our friend 'Champ' will be setting us regular challenges linked to writing and reading and he will be looking out for us to follow all of the sentence rules.


We will be practising addition and subtraction within 20 and saying and writing number stories to show our understanding.  Through our shopping topic we will look at coins and find ways to make small amounts using mixed coins.  Following this we will be looking at time and weight and solving real life problems.


This term our topic is 'Shopping'. For our entry point we set up our own supermarket and garden centre, added our own prices and took on the roles of the shopkeeper and customer.  We will be looking at our local town and the shops within it, and comparing this to Manchester.  

Spring 2 2017


We are continuing to consolidate Phase 3 letters and sounds, especially vowel digraphs (oa,ee, oo, ai, oi) 

Children will be applying their phonic knowledge by writing lists, non-chronological reports and simple stories. This term we will be looking at the stories of 'Little Red Riding Hood' and 'The very hungry caterpillar', using talk for writing actions to support our story retelling.


During Spring 2 we will be focussing on measures - capacity, length and height as well as doubling and halving given amounts.

Children are gaining more independence in their work and they are beginning to apply their knowledge in different contexts, especially within our reasoning lessons.


This term we are still exploring the topic of Changes. We are focussing on growth and change - looking at the life cycle of a hen and the life cycle of a butterfly.

Check the events page to see photo of the Chicks, our new members of the class!

Spring 1 2017


We are continuing to practise Phase 2 and 3 letters and sounds. Children are applying their phonic knowledge by writing menus, recipes and shopping lists this term.

Also, this term children will be exploring the stories of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Children will sequence the stories, act them out, describe the characters as well as innovating the stories! 



During Spring 1 we will be focusing on addition and subtraction. Children will be counting 2 groups to find how many there are altogether, counting on or back from a given number and ‘making jumps’ along a numberline.

To support children to gain a greater understanding of number, place value and calculation they will use numicon, different objects and numberlines.

Keep checking back to see examples of the children’s fantastic work!



This term our topic in Reception is ‘Changes’. Through this topic, we will be exploring changes of state. We will begin with our ‘Entry point’ which the children will create their own café and try food in various ‘changes of state’ such as chocolate, bread and water.

Children have followed a recipe to make some tasty, healthy smoothies. They tasted delicious.

Autumn 2 2016


In phonics children are continuing to learn Phase 2 and Phase 3 letters and sounds.

The graphemes that we are currently learning are:

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We have different actions to support us in remembering the different letters and sounds. An example of some of the actions that we use can be found by following this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCjJYB07aS

Using their phonic knowledge, children are beginning to segment words to spell them.


The children are doing so well with their letter formation and are trying really hard with the pre-cursive script.

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This term we will be looking at the story 'Aliens Love Underpants' by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.

We will be sequencing the story, using adjectives to describe the different aliens and underpants as well as writing our own sentences including capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Keep checking this page to see examples of the children's amazing writing!


This term in Maths we will begin by exploring money. Children will be identifying the different coins, ordering them from the most value to the least.

Is your child able to identify these coins?

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This term's topic is Clothes.

In this exciting topic the children will be exploring different types of clothes, sorting clothes into seasons and even designing their own pieces of clothing!

Keep your eyes peeled for examples of the children's work soon!


Autumn 1



The children will be beginning to learn Phase 2 letter and sounds,

The letters the children will learn are:

Set 1: s, a, t, p
Set 2: i, n, m, d
Set 3: g, o, c, k
Set 4: ck, e, u, r
Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

We will be looking at the story ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ sequencing the story and describing the characters.





This term we will be concentrating on number and counting. We will be recognising numerals up to 20 and matching amounts to them. As well as this we will be counting irregular arrangements of objects and find 1 more or 1 less than a given number.

There are endless ways in which you can help your child develop their mathematical understanding at home.

Here are just a few of the starting points you may find useful:

• When shopping ask them to collect 4 oranges, 5 bananas, etc.

• Ask them to keep a record of how many red cars they pass, or how many blue ones

• When out walking with your child ask them if they can identify the different house numbers.



This term we will be following the topic of ‘All About Me’. The children will be painting self- portraits, mixing colours to match out hair and eye colours, exploring who is in their families as well as investigating our likes and dislikes.



M6 theatre company

The whole of Reception were spellbound by the M6 production of 'One Little Word'. This was a tale of the relationship between two friends who struggled to work together and get along but found a way in the end by saying 'one little word'...sorry.  Since the visit the children have enjoyed implementing some of the ideas from the play in our outdoor role play area.



 Freddie Fit

Our strength and stamina was tested this time with a number of different challenges.  The boys chllenged the girls in the strength test and the result was a draw. Since his last visit, our hula hooping and coordination has impoved a great deal! We all had lots of fun.



Chicks have arrived in Reception

We had the wonderful opportunity o watch eggs hatch in the incubator and watch our fluffy new classmates grow and grow over 2 weeks. The children learnt lots about the life cycle of a hen and loved sitting in the 'Chick observation station'.






World Book Day 2017

Children came to school dressed as their favourite book character and took part in many activities linked to the story, 'Quest'. Well done everybody, you all looked fabulous!





We also visited the school library and shared a book with our friend.



Have you seen the Big Bad Wolf?

The Big Bad wolf has been causing chaos in Reception at Woodland. He has destroyed our fort, messed up our outdoor area and left footprints around our classroom. To help us solve the mystery of the Big Bad Wolf we phoned the police to help us, PCSO Gemma and Dom came in to speak to the children and take witness reports to help catch him.



Shape hunt

We have been learning about 2d and 3d shapes. We explored our outdoor environment to see which 2d and 3d shapes we could find.

Can you name all of the shapes?





Chinese New Year

Children in Reception celebrated Chinese New Year by taking part in a dragon dance. Each child decorated and created a crown to wear as well as creating their own dragon head for the parade. We had lots of fun!




We also played Chinese whispers, not many of the messages got all around the circle!  




Making Gingerbread Men

After reading the story of The Gingerbread Man children looked at what ginger was and the different forms that it comes in. We followed a recipe to make Gingerbread Men and then wrote our own recipe booklets to help others make their own.




Making fruit smoothies

Within our topic 'Changes' we explored changes in state. Children followed a recipe to make a fruit smoothie, they were delicious!




Cafe - 'Changes' Entry Point Spring 1

Our entry point for the new topic 'Changes' was a cafe morning. On the days leading up to the cafe morning children made menus, price lists and door signs. During our entry point children tasted foods that can change their state, such as chocolate - solid and melted, ice cubes and bread.

Some children were chosen to be the waiters and waitresses during our cafe morning, they did a fantastic job taking the orders and waiting on tables.





Santa came to town!

Santa came to visit Woodland and brought his reindeer with him. The children visited the grotto to tell Santa what they would like for Christmas.





Christmas stay and play

Our grown ups came into Reception to take part in lots of different Christmas craft, we decorated biscuits, made reindeer hats and made Christmas baubles.




The Littlest Snowflake

A theatre company came in to perform the pantomime, 'The littlest snowflake' for the children in Reception and Year 1. It was very good and the children really enjoyed it!



The children even got a tasty ice lolly to enjoy after the show.



Christmas Dinner Day

The children loved their Christmas dinner in school. Lots of children wore their Christmas jumper to school, there was lots of dancing in the aisles to all of the Christmas tunes that were playing.




Freddy Fit

Children have taken part in a session with Freddy Fit today. All of the children took part and did so well with each of the activities that Freddy Fit had for them. Well done Boys and Girls!



Music with Mr Parr

The chidren have loved taking part in their weekly music lesson with Mr Parr. Children learn new songs and use instruments to play as an accompanyment.



Reception's Reading morning

Thank you to all of the parents who were able to attend our Reading morning.

The children really enjoyed it and loved sharing the different activities that we do in school with you. 




Smiletime Toothbrushing

Today Kelly Nicholls came in to talk to the children about the importance of brushing our teeth twice a day and the foods that are good for our teeth and those which are not.

The children each have their own toothbrush in class and brush their teeth after lunch.




First week in Woodland!

Wow! All of the children have done so well in their very first week of 'Big School'. We have been very busy, building, painting, singing, writing and counting. Not to mention getting to know all of our new classmates.

Well done Apple and Plum class, we are very proud of how well you have settled.