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Welcome to Highwoods Community Primary School Reception class 


In reception we look at a wide variety of stories including: The Gingerbread Man, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Colour Monster and Dear Zoo. As the terms progress we learn to retell them using a story map, actions and lots of enthusiasm.

We try to enhance the learning experiences of all children by linking activities and experiences. For example, we make our own Gingerbread Men, eat porridge, go on a bear hunt in the woods and make our own masks/props. Our role play area will transform from the Gingerbread Man’s kitchen, the Three Bear’s Cottage, a Zoo and a Colour Science Laboratory.

Later in the year we explore: Room on the Broom, The Way Back Home, Zog, Handa’s Surprise and The Hungry Caterpillar. We combine these texts with non-fiction books about space, food and understanding different animal life-cycles. The children particularly enjoy 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.



When children start in reception we focus on key skills: carefully counting objects, identifying and recognising numerals and knowing basic 2D shape names. We practice counting from 1-20 and back again frequently to ensure children have a sound understanding of basic concepts. As the year progresses we move on, following the EYFS framework and introduce 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.

At Highwoods we follow the Read, Write, Inc Phonics scheme.

We learn the 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.

In previous years we have visited, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, China, Thailand, Kenya, Nigeria, India, Australia and many many more.

Children particularly enjoy playing African drums and learning the song ‘frere jacques’.

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.

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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