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Welcome to Reception


 Class Teacher:Mrs Teale  


Teaching Assistant:Mrs Harris, Mrs Mason



Hello and welcome to Reception class page. 


In Reception our learning environment is organised to enable children to source and access resources for themselves, promoting independence and responsibility.


We have a balance between adult led and child initiated activities, both through indoor and outdoor play.


The children’s interests are paramount when we are planning activities, in order to fully engage them in their learning. These interests are developed further through enhancing the resources provided within the learning areas.



We have had a very busy half term learning lots of new skills and knowledge and now it's time for a break.  Many thanks for all the Christmas cards and presents to staff, it is very kind of you.  Please enjoy the Christmas holiday, have a good rest and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 7th January.   For the launch of our new topic "What happens when we fall asleep?" we would like to invite the children to wear PJ's to school on the first day (7.1.20).  Children may bring slippers to wear in class and bring a teddy too!


PE day for the new term will be a Thursday - please ensure your child's PE kit is returned to school in time for the first session.


We are excited to launch our '1000 stories' project on Wednesday 8th January at 2.30 - it is essential that every child has an adult at the launch who can receive the important information and resources.


Book Share will restart on Thursday 9th February  at 3.00 - we look forward to seeing you (please bring your holiday completed mini adventures with you, or send them in during the week).



 Star of the Week

13.12.19  - The Whole Class - for their amazing performances of The Nativity!  Great work team!


Stars of the Term 

Laila Price - for developing a great attitude to learning, settling into the demands of Reception class and being a great help to her class mates.

Hope Perton - for always being Brownhills Best - she is a great listener, hard worker and is always doing exactly what we require of her.


Mathematician of the half term

Tobi Ford - for his super speedy problem solving skills in mental maths problems


Writer of the half term

Jenson Street - has worked really hard to learn his Set 1 sounds and is now blending independently and beginning to write sentences!


Handwriter of the half term

Craig Poole for having the most improved Handwriting



What we have been learning

Topic - Christmas


Reception have been very busy preparing for Christmas.  We have enjoyed performing our Nativity with Nursery and this has helped us learn all about the real story of Christmas.


We have also been making Christmas crafts, had a fantastic time at the pantomime, Mother Goose and the Forest Arts Centre, ("Oh no we haven't!!"),  enjoyed a great Christmas party with games, food and a visit from Santa and if that wasn't enough enjoyed a tasty Christmas dinner!  Wow - we are really ready for a break now!


Topic:  Why do Squirrels hide their nuts?


We have been enjoying lots of different tasks to help us learn about the seasons.  We have explored which clothes are suitable for each and the types of weather that we should expect in each season.


We have also enjoyed learning about Divali - dressing up and learning new dance moves.


In maths we have been exploring 'more and fewer' as well as continuing to secure our knowledge of numbers to 10/20.


In phonics we are now in 3 groups and are continuing to learn new sounds daily and revise those we already know.  Some of us are beginning to read words and some are beginning to read simple sentences!


The Nativity - December 2019



Autumn Walk to Chasewater - Tuesday 5th November

To launch our new topic 'Why do Squirrels hide their nuts?' we went for a walk to Chasewater to look for signs of Autumn.  We found lots of these, take a look:-



Space Day - 10.10.19


To celebrate Space week we devoted a whole day to having fun and learning about many aspects of 'Space'.  We:- estimated and counted space rocks, designed our own space rockets, worked as a team to build a giant space rocket, created our own constellations using q-tips, sang space songs, listened to Julia Donaldson's new book 'The Smeds and the Smoos' and took part in space yoga! What a lot of fun we had, take a look....



 Phonic Information

 At Brownhills West Primary school, your child takes part in daily phonics sessions to help develop their speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. They are taught using RWI (Read Write Inc).  This is a comprehensive literacy program that aims to get children reading and writing really quickly.  The program enables children to develop skills in reading, writing, spoken language, vocabulary, grammar and spelling in a fully integrated way.  This will raise standards in children's literacy and spark a lifelong love of reading.


Ruth Miskin Parents’ Page:


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 Free e-books for home reading:


Please find below some online phonics games you may like to play with your children.

Helping your child

We believe that parents play an important role in being involved in their child's education.  Within this page you will find lots of important information about how we teach phonics, writing and maths. There are also some very useful links to games and attachments with activities to support your child in their learning of phonics and maths.


There are some lovely ideas on this latest link from the DFE for your 'Hungry Little Minds'




Effective Learner

In our Early Years unit we are always observing ways in which children learn. There are 3 characteristics of effective learning which help us focus and understand how children learn.


We have a 'child friendly' theme of dinosaurs to celebrate their achievements, these include:- Stickasaurus, Thinkasaurus and Explorasaurus. When a child shows a characteristic they receive a character (badge) to represent that characteristic and to celebrate their learning, plus their picture is displayed with that characteristic. (see attachment)


WOW Moments

Throughout the year, we will be compiling a Learning Journey showing your child's comments, photos and work from both school and home. The wow cards are a way for you to record those moments when your child says or does something  that makes you think 'wow'! The  wow cards or work can then be shared with the rest of the class before being placed in your child's Learning Journey.

Maths Challenges

The maths challenges are short activity ideas that can fit into your day and will help your child see math’s as fun as well as further supporting their learning from school.  Each activity will relate to the different aspects of the area of learning called ‘mathematics.’

You can repeat each activity as many times as your child wants to. Feel free to change the ideas to suit your child’s interests, what you have in your house and their current level of development. If your child wants to represent their thinking on paper let them do so in their own way. For example they might not want to write numbers, but they might want to draw to communicate their mathematical thinking.

Remember to keep the activities as fun as possible as we want our children to enjoy maths.

Online Maths Games

Below are some online maths games you may like to play with your child to support their mathematical learning and skills.  If you find, or know of any more maths sites your child enjoys and you wish to share it with other parents, please let us know and we can add it to the list. 

Thank you.