Reception Pandas

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Summer 2   All Aboard

Welcome to the last topic of the reception year.

Again this topic is lovely for this time of year but might need to be adapted as we can't get out and about as we usually do in this topic. I will try to make it as practical as possible especially while the children are learning at home and in limited circumstances when/if in school.

I will mostly keep the Maths and English the same as previously including some topic  into the English work.

Topic will cover- as much as I can 

  • Transport – how people and animals travel and move
  • Maps
  • Journey to space 1
  • Journey to space 2
  • Holiday journeys `
  • Holiday - Seaside

By the end of the topic

  • Knows about similarities and differences in relation to places,
  • Talk about the features of their own immediate environment
  • Know different kinds of transport used to travel.
  • Know ways that animals can move.
  • Talk about how environments might vary from one another.
  • Know some features that would be on a map.
  • Understand which features should not be on a map.
  • Has experience of drawing a variety of maps for different reasons.
  • Talk about changes including in simple experiments
  • Use and explore a variety of materials, experimenting with colour, design, texture, shape and form
  • Sings songs, makes music and dance, and experiments with ways of changing them
  • Use what they have learned about media and materials in purposeful and original ways.
  • Represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art and design, music, dance, role play and stories.
  • Talk about somewhere that is special to themselves saying why.
  • Be aware that some religious people have places which have special meaning for them.
  • Talk about the things that are special and valued in a place of worship.
  • Get to know and use appropriate words to talk about their thoughts and feelings when visiting a church.

Summer 1     It's a Bugs Life

Welcome to our new topic for the summer term.

It will probably be a little bit different to how I usually teach it but I will try to ensure the children get the best I can offer. It may mean parents having to do a little bit of preparation eg make a mini-beast habitat by covering a small piece of ground, adding stones and sticks to give your child a place to look. 'It's a Bugs Life' is usually such a hands on topic but please don't worry if you can't do every activity, I fully understand everyone is in different situations at home.

Maths  - I will be introducing some new concepts and learning but most of the time it will be building on what they already know and becoming confident and quick with their answers. The bronze, silver and gold levels of work are a great way to judge where your child is up to with their learning and to keep building up their understanding.  A great start to maths is to do some counting each day, eg in 1s, 2s, and 10s - forward and backwards. Also, counting by starting at different numbers. On alternate days try a quick write of numbers to 20 - ensuring the correct formation of all numerals.

Literacy - Bug Club is ongoing but if you feel your child is finding the books too easy please let me know and I can put them on the next level. It is very difficult for me to judge when not hearing them. I will put up a phonics chart to keep going over with your child and will put up the sets of words children need to learn(see below). These can be used for learning to read and spell the words. Again try this for 5 - 10 minutes on alternate days to ensure they remember it.

Topic - Each week I intend to focus on different kinds of mini-beasts and will try to link some reading and writing into the topic work. It may include times to talk and discuss things especially if they are about social issues.

Depending on time we will cover

  • Meet the Beasts!
  • Slither and slide - slugs and snails
  • Weave and spin - spiders
  • Flutter and fly - butterflies and ladybirds
  • Hum and buzz - bees
  • Life cycles

By the end of the topic 

  • They can make observations of animals
  • Explain why some things occur
  • Talk about changes they observe
  • Knows about similarities and differences in relation to living things. 
  • Know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things and are sensitive to this
  • They use and explore a variety of materials, experimenting with colour, design, texture, shape and form.
  • Represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art and design
  • Constructs with a purpose in mind
  • Uses simple tools and techniques competently
  • Assemble and join materials they are using
  • Talk about things they find interesting, puzzling or wonderful and about their own experiences and feelings about the world.
  • Think about the wonders of the natural world, expressing ideas and feelings.
  • Express ideas about how to look after animals.
  • Talk about what people do to mess up the world and what they do to look after it.
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Spring 2   Helpful Heroes

Our new topic is Helpful Heroes!

This term we learn about who helps us

  • in an emergency
  • to keep healthy
  • to look after animals
  • at home
  • in school
  • in the wider community 

By the end of the topic we will - 

  • Know about similarities and differences in relation to people’s occupations
  • They select and use technology for particular purposes.
  • Recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as home and schools.
  • Use what they have learned about media and materials in purposeful and original ways.
  • Talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.
  • Learn to sing songs about people who help us.
  • Makes music and dance
  • Experiments with ways of changing music and dance.
  • Represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art and design, music, dance, role play and stories.
  • Talk about some religious stories
  • Identify some of their own feelings in the stories they hear
  • Talk about what Jesus teaches about saying ‘thank you’, and why it is good to thank and be thanked
  • Enjoys joining in with family customs and routines
  • Understand a story from the bible

Firefighter visits Panda's

Thank you to Mr Cotton for coming to see the reception children. The children were so excited hear about the work of a firefighter and to try on his helmet and uniform. Take a look at the photographs to see how they got on.

Another visitor.....

Thank you to Lily's mummy for coming into school to tell us about her job as a phlebotomist. The children got to ask lots of questions and told her about all their accidents and injuries.

Spring 1 2020

Our topic is "Land of the Dinosaurs"

Happy New Year and welcome to our new topic "Land of the Dinosaurs".

We will have a 'roaring' time learning to name dinosaurs, finding out whether they eat meat or plants, learning facts about them and comparing their size and features. We will be reading lots of 'Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs' books, drawing and writing about our favourite dinosaurs. We will be watching and learning from CBeeBies Andy on his Dinosaur Adventures. 

We will also be learning about Opposites eg light and dark, day and night, hot and cold, float and sink, fast and slow and lots more. 

We will be -

  • Developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time.
  • Completing a simple program on a computer
  • Using simple tools and techniques competently.
  • Using everyday language to talk about size, weight, position and distance
  • Using comparative language
  • Constructing with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources
  • Building a repertoire of songs
  • Choosing particular colours to use for a purpose
  • Using what they have learned about media and materials in purposeful and original ways. 
  • Initiating new combinations of movement and gesture in order to express and respond to feelings and ideas
  • Showing good control and coordination in large and small movements such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping.
  • Sharing and recording occasions when things have happened in their lives that made them feel special
  • Recalling simply what happens at a traditional Christian infant baptism and dedication

Autumn Term 2

Our topic is 'Sing a Rainbow'

We will be learning about colours. This will include colours of Autumn, as well as primary colours and mixing colours. Each week we will be focusing on a different colour. We will be reading storybooks about Percy the Park Keeper, The Blue Balloon, Elmer, The Blue Kangaroo, Penguins in the Fridge and many more. 

This is  a lovely topic which leads into Christmas and we will be learning about the birth of Jesus, making cards and calendars and preparing for the Key Stage 1 Nativity in early December.  It will be a very busy term!

Please visit this page often as I try to add new information and photographs weekly.

Our Autumn Walk  - October 2019

We had a fantastic autumn walk around the village. The children loved looking for conkers,  acorns and different colours of leaves. We went down to the church yard and around the back of Ridgeway ( through every puddle we could find )and onto the Long Meadow, where we had a bit of a run around and then came back to school with our findings. The children used the items we collected to make their own autumn picture.

Our song about Conkers 

We have been learning a song about conkers to sing at the Harvest Festival. Here we are practicing......

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Our First Day in School 

A few photos to show you how everyone was on their first day at school. Lots of smiles, busy children and getting to know each other.







The Panda Song

We are Pandas, we are Pandas

Black and white, Smart and bright

Friends here to play with

Learn, have fun and share with

At Ridgeway School

Pandas are cool !


 Routines in Reception

The class teacher is Mrs Naylor - who teaches on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Mrs Gelipter - who teaches on Tuesday and Friday.

The Teaching Assistants are Miss Riley (Monday and Tuesday)

 and Mrs  Jenkinson (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)


Reading Bags need to be brought into school each Monday and Thursday.

PE is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please make sure your child their PE kit in a draw string bag as rucksacks are too bulky for the space we have on pegs. Our PE kit is a white T-shirt, black shorts, a black sweatshirt and black joggers, (a spare pair of socks is a good idea if your child wears tights to school). Please make sure all kit is clearly named - even pumps and shoes.  Please send to school at the beginning of each half term and it will come home at the end of each half term.

Water bottles will be sent home at the end of the school day to be washed and refilled ready for the next day. Hydration is really important and aids concentration and learning.

We are looking forward to a super year ahead. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. 

Outdoor play 

Even though some mornings are cold we are still managing to get outside. With coats and hats on the children enjoy their outdoor play.

Learning about symmetry

We have been learning about symmetry and took it in turns to make each line symmetrical with shapes.

Dinosaurs in chalk

Great fun on the yard using a template and chalk to make dinosaur pictures.

Elmer the Elephant

As part of our work about colours we looked at books about Elmer by David McKee. They are such good books as they look at diversity and how people can be liked for their differences and we do not all have to be the same. The children worked in pairs, using chalk to make a colourful Elmer.

Making clay hedgehogs

Look at the great hedgehogs we made using clay. We used wooden sticks and pipe cleaners to make the prickles. Our hands got dirty but everyone was very happy with the hedgehog they made and took them home to show parents.

Our Bodies

As part of our topic  we have been learning to name our body parts. We drew around a child and labelled the picture. All children took part and were excellent taking turns and thinking of ideas.