With Mrs Wogden and Miss Duerden

Hello Reception!

We are looking forward to learning and exploring this half term with you. 

Please email any questions to

Our PE day is Monday. Please remember to wear your PE uniform from home.
Our PE uniform is a white t-shirt, blue tracksuit and trainers. 

Please make sure your child brings a warm winter coat everyday and appropriate shoes for outdoor play. 

Take care,
Mrs Wogden and Miss Duerden 

Mrs Wogden

Penguins Class



Miss Duerden
Swallows Class


Our curriculum is designed around the needs of our young children and is organised into seven areas of Learning and Development.


Communication and Language experiences are about:


Personal, Social and Emotional experiences are about:


Physical Development experiences are about:


Literacy experiences are about:


Mathematics experiences are about:

Understanding the World experiences are about:


Expressive Arts & Design experiences are about:

Spring:  what we will be learning

Topics - Adventure Above and Under the Clouds  

Happy New Year!

Our topic focus is called Adventure Above and Under the Clouds. We will be reading adventure stories and talking about different kinds of adventures that can had. We will be focusing on a mini theme linked to the children's interested all about superheroes. 

Our key vocabulary this half term : Earth, recycling ,space, moon, astronaut and rocket 

Our key story - Whatever Next by Jill Murphy

Our core rhyme -5 Little Men in a Flying Saucer 

We will continue to do lots of singing each day, learning new songs weekly and listening to some fabulous stories from our treasure basket of stories.

Communication and language

We will be doing lots of talking and learning all about each other. We will read stories and discuss what the vocabulary means in them. Using new vocabulary and previous learnt day to day will be encouraged and will be a focus and revisting 

We will work in small groups to develop our vocabulary using the Wellcomm Big Book of Ideas. We have been learning the vocabulary linked with longer and shorter and have been sorting different objects. 

Personal, Social and Emotional

We follow the SCARF PSED scheme

Our themes will include : 

Keeping myself safe 

What’s safe to go into my body 

What’s safe to go into my body (medicines) 

Safe indoors and outdoors 

Listening to my feelings 

Keeping safe online 

People who keep me safe 

Physical Development

Gross Motor

Our funadmental movement skill that we are developing this half term is under arm throwing. The children will also start some extra sessions on a Monday with Mr Stretch to help develop their gross motor skills. 

Fine Motor 

We have started our daily Little Wandle handwriting sessions. We are learning formation phrases for each letter sound. Letters are taught in letter families. 

Literacy - Phonics

Phonic session take place daily. Our phonic scheme is called Little Wandle. 

The children will be learning 4 new sounds each week. 

Children will recap previously taught sounds from the Autumn term.

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

Tricky words this half term will be : is, I,  the 

Children will be learning new sounds in Spring 1

Week 1: ai ee igh oa 

Week 2 : ur ow oi ear

Week 3 : ur ow oi ear 

Week 4: air er 

Week 5 : Longer words  


Our themes this term are: 

Understanding the World

We will be learning about the world around us. We will observe and talk about what we can see starting in our outdoor areas. We will talk about ourselves and our families. We will use stories, small world toys and role play outfits to explore different occupations. We will focus on what makes us unique.  

Expressive Arts and Design

Our focus this half term will be junk modelling.  We will create a rocket linked to the Whatever Next story by Jill Murphy.

We will make props to help us become superheroes. 


Wow moments!

Keep an eye out here for any special days we might have this half term!

A dinosaur came to school!

The children in reception had a fantastic day when the dinosaur came to school! We explored fossils, learnt about certain dinosaurs and what they liked to eat and even saw a baby dinosaur! 

Ginger turns 5!

We had a great day celebrating our class bear turning 5! We decorated the classroom, made birthday cards and backed cakes to help him celebrate. We also organised him a birthday party where we danced and played party games.

Reception police Visit

The reception children had a lovely afternoon listening to our local PCSO talk to them how the police can help them. We talked about road safety and they all got a chance to sit in the police car and listen to the sirens!


Below are folders where we share the materials you will need if you need to isolate at home.

Just open the folder and click the file you need to open and save.

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Useful websites

Phonics games

Phonics games

Oxford Owls:
reading books

Cosmic Kids

Topmarks - Maths games

BBC Bitesize - Maths

Oak National Academy - Maths

WhiteRose Maths

Cbeebies games

Intack Facebook page


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Movement and mindfulness

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