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Welcome to Reception!

Welcome to Reception! Reception is taught by Miss Sykes, Miss Stanfield, Mrs Clarke and Mrs Leak and lots of amazing teaching assistants. Please keep checking back to see what is happening and see lots of photos.

Room on the Broom- Week beginning 29th October 2018


This week the children have been looking at the book 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson. They have been having lots of fun making wands, counting pumpkins and reading and writing instructions for a potion. They have even had a go at making the potion using lots of strange and unusual ingredients! 

Room on the Broom

        Goldilocks and the Three Bears 

9th October 2018


There has been a crime at Horncastle Primary School! The children in Reception have been busy finding clues and seeing if they can work out who broke the chair and spilt the porridge. They have also been writing signs to prevent people from sitting on the chair.

Jolly Phonics Songs

This is the a link to a YouTube video with all the jolly phonics songs we sing in the order we learn them.

Soup - 5th October 2018

We have chopped up all the vegetables that were donated to the Harvest Festival and made a delicious healthy soup. We all had a try and talked about how eating healthy foods can make our bodies strong.


Harvest Festival - 28th September 2018

Reception and Nursery had a wonderful time at their own Harvest Festival, everyone donated a vegetable, we learnt some Harvest Songs and said thank you to all the Farmers who help grow the food. We looked at some of the more unusual vegetables that arrived and we are looking forward to making them into a tasty soup next week.

The Royal Wedding 👑 - Friday 18th May

Royal Wedding Fever has well and truly hit Reception this week. Preparations began on Monday when the children wrote cards to the royal couple and invites to come to our very own wedding on Friday. The children have made amazing cakes from play-dough, used stick puppets to act out the ceremony and of course dressed up. We have been counting in twos to help organise the wedding guests and learnt about how to share to make sure all the guests get the correct amount of food. On Friday we held a wedding ceremony with our very own Harry and Meghan. Harry and Meghan said their vows, exchanged rings, had their first dance and cut the cake. This was followed by a disco with plenty of party dancing.

Royal Wedding

Information for Parents Summer Term 2018

Snail Investigation - April 2018

We have been looking very closely at snails as part of our work on 'The Snail and the Whale'. We have used magnifying glasses to look closely at them, studied how they move, learnt why they leave a slimy trail and discovered how to look after them. The children (and adults) have loved having these special visitors for a week.

PE with JB the Dog and his wonderful stories.

Trip to the 'Theatre Royal' and 'The Collection' in Lincoln

After our topic of 'Julia Donaldson' we were lucky enough to go on a trip to the Theatre Royal in Lincoln to watch 'Tiddler and other tales'. This stage production was thrilling and all the children were enthralled with the stories and puppets. After the show we went to 'The Collection' museum where we saw dinosaur skeletons, dressed up and learnt about the history of Lincoln. It was a wonderful trip. We would like to thanks the PTA who paid for our transport.

Sports Relief 2018

We had enormous fun while raising money for Sport's Relief this year. The inflatable obstacle course proved to be quite a challenge for Reception but all the hard work paid off with the huge slide at the end.

21st March - Odd Socks - Down Syndrome Awareness Day

World Book Day - March 2018 - The Book Swap

World Book Day was slightly delayed this year due to the snow, however it did not stop us celebrating this World event. We dressed up, listened to stories and took part in a huge book swap. We all had a book to swap and went home with a new one. It was a real highlight of the day.

Internet Safety Day - 6th February 2018

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The children have been learning how to use the internet safely through the story of Ben and Buddy the Dog. Buddy the Dog has a song to help the children remember what to do if they are worried when using a tablet.

The children also worked through the Power Point below, looking at and discussing different scenarios they might face when using the internet. You might like to look at this again with your children at home.

18th January 2018

One of our challenges this week was to build a bridge we could play 'Pooh Sticks' on. The children were engaged all week in bridge building and finding creative ways to build a river underneath. Our waterproof trousers have really come in handy this week.

Bridge Building

Bed Time Story Hour

On Tuesday 9th January 2018 the children came back to school in the evening dressed in their pyjamas and armed with their cosiest blankets and pillows for a 'Bed Time Story Hour'. This was to celebrate the beginning of our work on the author Julia Donaldson. The children listened to their teacher read stories in front of a cosy fire place, then had a drink and biscuit before snuggling down with their adults for another story. This was a really well attended event and the children, staff and parents had a lovely time.

Spring Term 3 & 4 2018 - Information for Parents

Nativity - 12th December 2017

All our Nativity performances have now been completed and we are so proud of all our little people who took part in the show. The children sang, danced, spoke their lines loudly and dropped Baby Jesus twice. Fantastic!


Dude! Where's my Donkey?
Just in case you haven't heard enough of this song!

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

We have been using this amazing song in phonics to help us learn the tricky words. We have been reading them and practising writing them. We know you will love the song and be singing it everywhere soon!

Snow Day - Friday 1st December 2017

What an exciting day! We got to spend some time outside enjoying the snow. We caught the snow in our hands and watched how quickly it melted.

Children in Need - Pudsey's Pacers - 17th November 2017

Well done to everyone, we all managed a 1.5 mile walk around Bain Valley Park to raise money for Children in Need, the sun shined and the children had a fantastic time. Thank you to all the parents for their support with the walk and for helping raise sponsor money.

13th November - 17th November - Anti-Bullying Week -

All Different, All Equal


Reception have spent the week finding out about how our differences make us unique and special but how we are all equal and respected in school. We have celebrated our friendships by making cards and friendship bracelets for our friends. We have also loved the chance to work with our Year 3 buddies where we found out all about each other, read books and made paper aeroplanes. At the end of the week we made a class charter linked to the UNICEF rights and responsibilities.

13th November 2017 - Remembrance Day

The children have been learning about why we have Remembrance Day. We watched a beautiful CBeebies animation to help us understand, talked about lots of our own experiences and then we worked together to create Poppy art.

CBeebies | Poppies animation

A BBC Children's remembrance animation. Poppies sees war as experienced by the animal inhabitants of a WW1 battlefield. Visit us at

7th November 2017 - Come rain or shine!

Reception now has some snazzy waterproof trousers and funky umbrellas available so come rain or shine we can still enjoy being in the outdoor classroom.

1st November 2017

The children have completed a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Challenge this week linked to our work on Jack and the Beanstalk. The title was 'Can you help Jack get safely down from the beanstalk?' - a Duplo figure 'Jack' was stuck at the top of the tree and the children had to work together as a team to plan, design and make a way of getting Jack safely down. The children had lots of ideas from building towers, making ropes to hanging sheets for Jack to jump into.

Jack and the Beanstalk STEM Challenge

Autumn Term Information for Parents 2017

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