Reception Classes

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Welcome to our Reception learning page. We hope you enjoy finding out about our school day and what Reception looks like at Park.

At Park we adhere to the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. If you have any questions regarding our Early Years Provision, please speak to Mrs Ravi, our Reception Year Learning Leader. 

In reception we value the support and engagement from parents and carers. We recognise the huge difference it can make, not only to the children’s learning but to their attitude and behaviour to school too.

These are some of the ways parents/carers of children in reception could get involved:

  • Our fortnightly stay and learn sessions (please see reception notice board for more details) 
  • Talking to your child about the learning they do at school
  • Accompanying us on an school visit
  • Reading with your child at home and recording feedback in their yellow reading record books
  • Supporting your child with their weekly homework activities.
  • Coming to watch your child’s sharing assembly (dates are on the newsletter)
  • Coming to our yearly sports day and getting involved in the sack race!
  • Our multicultural afternoons
  • Recording any ‘wow moments’ on paper, video or photo and bringing them in to show us. This could be anything that you and your child is proud of, from starting swimming lessons to using or writing a sentence for the first time. We would love to hear about it.
  • Keeping an eye on the reception notice board to keep up to date with messages, information about planning and any visits that are taking place.

Our door is ‘always open’ if you have any questions or concerns, please speak to one of the reception class teachers. The Early Years Foundation Stage is about you and your child working in partnership with us to ensure they succeed and develop a secure foundation for later learning.


Forest School

Columbus class children have been very busy at Forest School over the last few weeks. We have enjoyed exploring, looking for natural objects and mini beasts. We particularly enjoyed finding lots of worms of all different lengths when digging in the mud! We used our imaginations to make up stories about invisible dragons and to build homes for some mini beasts. We also got the fabulous opportunity to sew some seeds with Nicole (one of the park keepers at West Ham Park). We have learnt how to manage risks and how to keep safe. We were so curious about about our new environment that we could not help but talk about everything around us, we had so many questions to ask and so much we wanted to share. A big thank you to Mr Martin, Ms Nadine and Ms Sabiha for coming to help us at Forest School.


Writing workshop

Thank you to all of the parents who came to see their child in their Read Write session this week. We hope you found it helpful to see the way they learn to read and write in school. Thank you also to those parents who came to the writing workshop with Miss Peel to look at children’s writing development over time. All children develop at different rates and it is important to recognise the various stages they go through with writing. Please look at the document below to see some example work of what children need to produce to be at the ‘expected’ level of development at the end of the year.

New Apps and Links

Please take a look at these useful apps and web links to use with your children! 



Stay and Learn

Stay and Learn will give you the chance to join together with your child, to learn through play and interact with other parents and children. These sessions will also give you the opportunity to ask teachers any questions you may have and to know what the children will be learning about that week. It will also support us in learning about your child’s interests and individual capabilities outside of school.

Keep an eye on our notice board for the dates of Stay and Learn sessions. We look forward to seeing you for these sessions.

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RWI Workshop

Thank you for all of the parents who attened the Read Write Inc workshops this week. We hope you found it useful to watch how your child is being taught phonics and reading. Thank you for your involvement in the follow up parent workshop, the presentation used is below for you to watch again at home. Thank you for your support.

Below are the links to the videos used in workshop:

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Our First Few Weeks

Reception have had a very busy first few weeks at school.
We have started learning new sounds, some of us are even reading ditty books! It has been lovely to see the children mark making and drawing pictures in their choosing time and to hear that they are practising their sounds at home. Keep up the good work!

We have been learning about ourselves and have enjoyed reading Owl Babies and We’re Going On A Bear Hunt. We chose different materials to make our bodies. We had to look carefully at our face to choose the right hair, skin and eye colour. We love to celebrate that we are all different, that’s what makes us special.

Maths time has been lots of fun…. we have learnt numbers to 10 and practised counting in lots of different ways. We have also met Cinderella Circle, Thomas Triangle, Spongebob Square and Robin Rectangle who hid lots of shapes in our classrooms for us to find!

We have been looking at natural and found objects and have enjoyed looking at each others homework and items we found in our environment. It was interesting to find out new facts, feel the different textures and talk about why things change.

At Park Primary School we like to make sure everybody uses ‘Golden sentences,’ we have been working hard to practise answering questions in sentences. Some of us have been learning new words in our Box Clever sessions. We have all had opportunities to share our homework with our friends and talk about past events. It has been interesting to hear about what Ned has been up to at the weekends too!

In reception we love to sing and we have learnt lots of new songs in class and during our CAT day time. We have also enjoyed using the different role play corners in our classrooms. Lots of children have been having their hair done in Cook class and there has been lots of cooking and looking after babies in Da Gama and Columbus.

We have enjoyed using our outdoor area and the big playground to practise moving in different ways and developing our strength and co-ordination. We have also been doing lots of fine motor activities, such as manipulating play dough, threading, using tweezers and exploring messy play.

Keep up the good work reception!

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CAT day

Every Friday we have a special day where we do art, music and movement and P.E learning. Once a fortnight on a Friday we have a CAT day (Creative Arts Team day). Mr Wimpress teaches us P.E, Ms Claire teaches us music and movement and Mrs Cunningham teaches us art. They are fantastic and we do lots of special learning with them. Every other Friday we have P.E, music and art learning with Mrs Ravi, Mr Mowjoudi and Mrs Cunningham.

I have to make sure that I bring my P.E kit every Friday so I can move my body safely and easily during my lessons!

Lunchtime routine

The reception children have settled into the new lunchtime routine well. They are making choices about the food they would like to eat, sometimes with the support of an adult and are becoming more independent with their eating. They enjoy sitting with their friends and comparing the different food. It is lovely to see the children trying new foods and talking about what they eat at home. We also offer toast to the children in the morning and milk, water and fruit during the day. We know that eating healthily helps us to grow big and strong!

Click on the link to view the school menu.

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