Reception Blog

Deboragh Allwright visit – Tuesday 29th June 2018

Reception were visited by illustrator Deborah Allwright as part of Pop Up week. She showed us how she drew the pictures for the story ‘The Night Pirates’ and we helped her to draw a new pirate  giving her ideas for a rough tough girl pirate. We then created our own pirates with pop up faves. We had great fun!

Our First Harvest – Monday 18th June 2018

Reception were very excited to harvest their first crops from their vegetable garden. We found 2 ripe red strawberries. The children carefully picked them and they smelt delicious. We even had a little taste! Watch out for more updates from our vegetable garden.

World Book Day – Thursday 1st March 2018

For this year’s World Book Day and we welcomed Reception parents to a story time afternoon to help us celebrate. Miss Venters started the session by reading ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ before children chose their own books to share.
There was a real buzz in the classroom as children and parents shared stories together. Parents and children alike really enjoyed the hot chocolate and biscuits too!


Chinese New Year Celebrations – Friday 9th February 2018

This afternoon in Reception we celebrated the Chinese New Year. Within this we worked in teams to design a dragon, learnt the Chinese numbers from 1-10, and tasted some Chinese food.
Finally we wore red and went outside for our celebration where we had a competition for our best dragon design and best dragon dance.
To see more pictures click here.

Spring Term PE – Wednesday 3rd January 2018

This term we will be building upon the basic skills that we learnt before Christmas by applying them towards simple versions of multiple sports. Additionally, we will be learning how to play some competitive games. Our PE lessons will be remaining on the same days this term so PE kits are needed in school on a Monday and a Tuesday. A good PE kit should include a Winyates PE t-shirt (available from total clothing for only £5) or a plain white t-shirt, black/blue shorts or tracksuit trousers and a black/blue jacket or jumper. Earrings should also be removed on PE days and long hair should be tied up. Finally trainers need to be in PE kits as we hope to get outside as the term goes on.

End of the Autumn Term – Wednesday 20th December 2017

We have reached the end of the Autumn term! The children have worked so hard and have made some great steps forward in their learning. It has been great to see them grow in confidence and move forward in their learning and we cant wait to see what next term holds for them!!

The Christmas play has been fantastic this year…the children have all made us so proud with how mature and  confident they have been in standing up on stage and remembering their lines. A great joy by all and a big thank you to parents for supporting them by helping them to practise at home.

The Reception team would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and look forward to hearing all about it in the New Year.

When we come back in January we will be learning all about stories from other worlds. We are excited to see what stories the children create on their own. I wonder what their favourite story book is? Over the holidays could you create a picture of your favourite story to share with us when you come back to school. What clues will there be in your picture?

Remembrance Day – Friday 10th November 2017

On Friday 10th November Mr Carter from year 4 came dressed in one of his old army uniforms. We had been learning all about Remembrance Day and so he came to teach us how to march like a real solider. We went out on to the big playground and followed Mr Carter’s instructions carefully. “Left right left right”. We had to make sure we stayed in line.

Bus Trip – Thursday 9th November 2017

On Thursday 9th November we went on a bus tour of Peterborough. We all had to show our ticket to get on the bus. We had our checklist of things to look out for and Miss Venters was our tour guide on the microphone. On our journey we saw serpentine green, the railway station, the cinema, the bus station and lots of other cars, buses and lorries. We all had to show our ticket to get on the bus.

Firefighter visit – Friday 3rd November 2017

On Friday 3rd November we were very lucky to have a fire engine and 3 firefighters visit us. They talked to us about being safe on Bonfire night. We had the chance to try on their helmet and some of us tried on their uniform then we all had a go at using the hose. We had great fun seeing how far we could shoot the water!

Welcome to Reception! – Thursday 7th September 2017

What a fantastic start the ‘busy bees’ have had at school. The children have settled in well and are getting used to the routines and expectations. They are eager to learn and excited to find out what we are going to be doing each day. We hope they have been sharing all the busy things they have been doing and learning at school but we do know that sometimes children are reluctant to, so don’t forget to read the ‘busy board’ at the end of the day to find out some of the activities we have been doing.  We also write important messages on the ‘busy board’.

There are a few things we would like to remind you about and some important pieces of information to share with you.


Please ensure your child has a PE Kit in school. The ‘busy bees’ will have PE with Mr Carson-Doughty every Monday and Tuesday morning starting on Monday. PE in an important part of their learning and without the correct clothing it will be difficult for your child to get fully involved. They must have a t-shirt (white) and shorts (black). Their PE Kit must be named and in a bag which should be placed on your child’s peg. Your child will also need tracksuit bottoms and a tracksuit top/jumper as they also have PE lessons outdoors.

Bookbags and Home School Folders – Please ensure your child brings these in to school every day. When they come to school they should put their Home School Folder in the blue box and their bookbag in the yellow box. All letters for parents/carers will be put in your child’s Home School Folder so please make sure you check it every day.

Reading books – Reading books are changed every Tuesday and Friday. We encourage you to share your child’s reading book with them at least 3 times a week. Each time you read with your child please make sure you write a comment in their purple reading record. We will also write in their reading book when we have shared/read books with your child. We do not expect your child to be able to read their reading book to themselves at this stage. It is important to talk about the pictures in the book.

Water bottles – Your child may bring a water bottle in to school. This should be named and placed near the sinks in the classroom. Bottles should only contain water, no juice please!

Snack – Your child does not need to bring a snack in to school. Within the classroom we have our own snack room. Children have access to this during the morning. We are training the children how to use this safely and independently. The children can choose from bagels, fruit or cereal to eat and milk or water to drink. We encourage the children to wash up their own bowls, plates and cups when they have finished.

Lunch – Your child will experience staying for lunch one day next week. (If you are unsure of what day please come and ask) before staying full time the following week. All children in reception are entitled to a free school meal. However, if you wish to provide your child with a packed lunch you may do so. Please be aware that there are children with allergies within school therefore we have a no nuts policy this includes chocolate spread. Packed lunches should also not contain fizzy drinks, sweets or chocolate bars.

Important Notices

Behaviour – At Winyates we have a whole school approach to behaviour and as part of our behaviour policy promote positive attitudes to learning. There are several ways in which we celebrate these positive attitudes:

  • House points – each child is part of a house (Murray, Ennis or Smith)
  • Hot Chocolate Club – one child from each class has Hot Chocolate with a senior member of staff on a Friday afternoon
  • Certificates – these are awarded to those who go above and beyond
  • Positive phone calls home

Tapestry – In Reception we use an online learning journey to record your child’s learning and progress through observations including photos and videos. Shortly we will be opening Tapestry up to parents/carers allowing you to view and contribute to your child’s learning journey. In order to do we require an email address to set up your account. Please fill in the slip attached to this letter with your details.

Play and Stay sessions – In Reception we like to get parents/carers involved in their child’s learning so keep a look out soon for information regarding special events and play and stay sessions that will be taking place.

‘We are Stars’ board – We will soon be launching our ‘We are stars’ board. We like to celebrate those things that make you proud of your child and encourage you to share them with us. We will be sending home some shine cards shortly and would love you to fill these in telling us those proud moments. Maybe your child has learnt to ride their bike without stabilisers, or got themselves dressed for the first time. Whatever it may be we would love to hear about it!

If you have any questions/queries/or worries then please come and talk to us.

We would like to thank you for all your support so far this year.

Miss Venters and Mrs Corbyn