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Welcome to Highwoods Community Primary School Reception class of 2018/19


In the autumn term we enjoyed the stories of The Gingerbread Man, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Colour Monster and Dear Zoo. We have learnt to retell them using a story map, actions and lots of enthusiasm.

We have enhanced the learning experience by making our own Gingerbread Men, eating porridge, going on a bear hunt in the woods and making our own masks/props. Our role play area has been transformed from the Gingerbread Man’s kitchen, the Three Bear’s Cottage, a Zoo and a Colour Science Laboratory.

In the Spring term we have explored: Room on the Broom, The Way Back Home, Zog, Handa’s Surprise and The Hungry Caterpillar. We have combined these texts with non-fiction books about space, food and understanding different animal life-cycles. The children particularly enjoyed exploring all the tropical fruit from Handa’s surprise and making witches potions in the role play area.

In addition to the school reading books, once a week each class visits the school library where we share a story and choose a story book to take home and enjoy.



In autumn term we have been learning to count from 1-20, identifying and naming 2D shapes and using everyday language to describe size, weight and height.

In spring term we have continued exploring the EYFS framework and have introduced addition, subtraction, doubling and time into our lessons.

Our mathematics lessons involve lots of visual support and concrete learning opportunities. Young children learn best through exploring numerical concepts in their play. We have opportunities to develop numeracy indoors and outdoors.



We have phonics lessons every day. Here we learn the sounds that letters make, moving on to breaking down words to hear all of the sounds that make up a word (segmenting) and blending individual sounds together to read.

We are learning letter sounds in this order

m a s d t i n p o c k u b f e l h sh r j v y w th z ch qu x ng nk

Here are some videos that will help you to form the letters correctly


Understanding the world:

Every Wednesday we share ‘World Wide Wednesday’. This is where we look at countries from across the world. We look at the country  on google Earth to see where it is in relation to our school. We also try some food from that country and learn to say ‘hello’ in their native language. We also consider the differences between ourselves and children/schools in the country and look at different pictures to see what we can observe.

So far this year, we have visited, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, China, Thailand, Kenya, Nigeria, India, Australia and Morocco.

Children particularly enjoyed playing African drums and learning the song ‘frere jacques’ and can still be heard singing it in small groups.

In addition, children have plenty of opportunities to develop their understanding of the people, communities, natural world and technology around them.

Physical Development:

At Highwoods we work on both our fine motor skills, needed for writing, and our gross motor skills, that help us play safely together.

We have PE lessons once a week and also enjoy additional blocks of Yoga and Forest school.

We embrace a child led ethos, therefore children can go outside in our outdoor classroom and playground all year round in all weathers. We have a variety of activities including a mud kitchen, digging area, sandpit, water tray and balance/climbing equipment.



Expressive art and design:

We enjoy arts and craft every day, with a range of adult led and child initiated projects. Recently, children have started enjoying the junk modelling area and making their own elaborate creations.

Forest School:

Once a week children attend an afternoon session at Forest School. Here we develop key skills for learning through hands on practical activities.

Forest school ensures that children are given opportunities to develop outside of the classroom and boosts emotional well-being.  Over time, children develop an increase in resilience, self confidence, enthusiasm for learning, communication and problem-solving skills.


Tapestry is our online Learning Journey. Don’t forget to check it regularly to see what your child has been learning. You can also add things you do together at home for us to see too!

Click here for Tapestry

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