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Welcome to our Reception Class Page 2023/24


A warm welcome to Renoir and Morris class page!


Remember lots of our learning will be shared on Tapestry, ( but this page may provide you with a further insight into school life at Round Diamond.



Meet the team

Renoir Class - Miss Conroy, Mrs Allan and Miss Phillips

Morris Class -Miss Owen, Mrs Keeley and Mrs Mason

Important dates

PE is taught every Wednesday and Friday.


Children should keep a named kit at school on their peg. This is kit is in addition to their spare clothes bag which also needs to be kept in school.

Summer 1 Coverage


This term we will be focusing on a range of core texts which link to different areas of the curriculum we will be learning about. The core texts include; 

The Snail and the Whale

The Hundred Decker Bus

Bear Shaped


Our learning throughout the term will encompass our maths, literacy, personal, social, emotional development, communication and language, physical development, expressive art and design and understand the world.


Please find the curriculum overview for this half term below.

Week beginning 15th April 2024


This week we have been enjoying the sunshine! We have been learning scientifically, using our outdoor environment to enhance our experiences. We explored forces using the cars and ramps, searched for mini beasts and learnt about sinking and floating in the water area. As we start to enter Spring we are excited to see all of the changes we will observe in our outdoor area!

Week beginning 25th March 2024


This week we have been learning about sharing amounts between two. We had some 'Easter Eggs' and shared them between the two Easter bunnies! The children had to think about the system of one for me and one for you until they had all been shared out. As a next step challenge they had to check the amount and write the numeral. 


We have had another fantastic half term, we hope you all have a wonderful Easter break.

Week beginning 18th March 2024


This week in literacy the children have been reading the story of Jack and the Jellybean Stalk. This story links with our text Jack and the Beanstalk and the children have loved seeing how this story differs. As part of their learning the children labelled pages from the book using their phonetic knowledge. 

Next week we will be having our Easter Stay and Play with our grown ups - we can't wait!

Week beginning 11th March 2024


This week the children have been immersed in fairy tales! Within child initiated learning the children have been making crowns, counting out magic beans, building towers for Rapunzel and creating scale patterns on Ariel's fish friends! The books that children have enjoyed listening to include Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. 

Week beginning 4th March 2024


This week in PE the children have been developing their ball skills by throwing, catching and kicking. They were encouraged to keep their eyes on the ball. Next week the children will be immersed in fairy tales. I wonder how many fairy tales your child knows? 

Week beginning 26th February 2024


This week the children have been learning about where in the world they live linked to our book of the week 'The Way Back Home' by Oliver Jeffer.They learnt about the United Kingdom, Stevenage and Great Ashby. The children then learnt about other planets in our solar system. They learnt that the sun is a star that gives energy through light and heat. The children then created their own planets using watercolour paints and poster paints. 

Next week the children will be continuing their learning on Space. 

Week beginning 12th February 2024


As part of the children's learning about the world and other cultures they tried some Chinese food that was kindly given to us by Fortune's Place (the local Chinse in Great Ashby). They tried egg fried rice, veggie spring rolls and prawn crackers. The children loved trying this new food and some of the children had tried to before!

Week beginning 5th February 2024


This week in maths the children have been learning about their number bonds to 10. They have learnt the number bonds song '9 and 1 are number bonds, 8 and 2 are friends, 7 and 3, 6 and 4, 5 and 5 are twins.' The children used numicon to find their number bond friend and some children even had a go at writing the number sentences! Next week we will be learning about Chinese New Year, Pancake Day and Valentines Day. 

Week beginning 29.01.2024


This week we have been looking at things from the past. We looked at a mixture of objects and photos and talked about the changes we noticed between today and in the past. The children thought about the way the photos had been taken, the materials that were used and the way things worked. 

Next week we will start our new theme of Chinese New Year and we will be learning about this celebration. 

Week beginning 22nd January 2024


This week in our afternoon learning we have been learning about making healthy food choices. The children learnt about the different food groups and we discussed what  healthy meal could look like. During CIL one of the challenges was to sort the healthy and unhealthy foods. As a class we discussed that all foods are fine in moderation and treats are an important part of a balanced diet too! 

Week beginning 15th January 2024


This week we have been retelling the story of Perfectly Norman. The children used the story map that we had created as a class to retell a story with a friend. They used the emotions words they had used such as shocked, nervous, happy, sad and excited as they retold the story and took it in turns to tell different parts. 

Next week the children will be learning about healthy food choices and creating a balanced plate of food. 



Week beginning 8th January 2024


Happy New Year! Welcome back to school! This week the children are straight back into their maths learning with identifying more and less. The children have learnt that more means a larger amount and less means a smaller amount. We have learnt that even if a set of objects are bigger it doesn't mean there is more! The children looked at two groups and identified which had more and which had less, some children had concrete resources to support their understanding of this concept. 

Week beginning 11th December 2023


This week the children have enjoyed consolidating their reading skills in their phonics review lessons. Each review lesson has a reading section where the children use all the skills they have learnt in phonics to read independently. We encourage a reading finger to point out digraphs, trigraphs and harder to read and spell words and it has been wonderful seeing their reading become fluent. 

Week beginning 4th December 2023


This week the children had a special visitor from St Nicholas' church Revd Keene. He taught the children the story of the birth of Jesus and discussed ways in which Christians celebrate Christmas. The children learnt names such as Mary, Joseph and Jesus. 

Week beginning 27th November 2023


This week the children learnt about winter! They learnt about how autumn signs starts to fade as we move into winter and they were excited to see lots of ice and frost in the outdoor area. On one of the tuff trays we had ice and the children thought about ways to melt it. They used warm water, their hands and dragged the tuff tray into the sun to help melt the ice!

Week beginning 20th November 2023


This week the children have been continuing their learning of segmenting and blending when writing. The children have been sounding out CVC words and some children have started writing captions too!


Next week the children will be learning about a new book all about winter!

Week beginning 13th November 2023


This week we were lucky to have Sporting Futures in to deliver one of our PE sessions. The children learnt about Children in Need and played group games which included the character of Pudsey Bear! The children showed energy and excitement during this lesson and used team work to complete all the challenges that were set. 

Week beginning 6th November 2023



This week the children have been learning all about Remembrance day. As part of this learning the children made poppy biscuits. They learnt about following a recipe, measuring and mixing ingredients and decoration too! The children talked about the different textures they could feel as they touched the flour and sticky mixture and said they smelled delicious as they baked in the oven.

Next week our learning will move onto woodland animals. 


Week beginning 30th October 2023


This week we have been learning about bonfire night. We have linked all of our learning to this including making fireworks, learning about Guy Fawkes and learning about bonfire night safety! Next week we have our Autumn walk on Monday at approximately 9:10 and it will last roughly an hour/hour and a half. Please ensure you have emailed admin to state who will be attending with your child. 

Week beginning 16th October 2023


This week we were using our senses to explore the outside area. We thought about our sense of hearing and used this to see what autumnal sounds. The children listened carefully and heard the wind, the trees rustling, the crunchy leaves, the cars and the aeroplanes! We discussed how we couldn't hear the nocturnal animals as they are sleeping so we looked at videos of these to see what noises they made, we were surprised at some of the funny noises they make!


Have a fantastic half term! After half term we will be learning about Bonfire night!

Week beginning 9th October 2023


This week in maths we had a teddy bear's picnic! The children all had a bear, some bears were big, some small and some medium. We told a story about how the bears would like a cup of tea, cake and a blanket for if it gets cold! The children had to problem solve in their groups to ensure each bear had the correct item. 


Next week we will continue our autumnal learning.


Please remember to book your parent consultation for Monday 16th or Tuesday 17th of October. 

Week beginning 2nd October 2023 


We have been so busy in our literacy learning this week!

As a group we sorted some objects into the corresponding grapheme groups. Our independent learning included cutting out images linked to the story such as 'puff' and 'pig' and ensuring they were in the correct column using our knowledge of initial sounds. 

We continue to use our phonics in our literacy learning to consolidate all of the sounds we have learnt and apply these to different activities. 


Next week we will start learning about the story of 'Leaf Man' by Lois Ehlert. 

Week beginning 25th September 2023


This week we focused on independence, therefore we set the children the challenge of changing their shoes by themselves during PE. The children had special stickers in their shoes to ensure they put them onto the correct feet. They were so proud of their achievements and we will continue to promote this level of independence. It would be fantastic if your child could practise this skill at home so that they can be independently putting on their shoes.


Next week we will be continuing our learning linked to our core test 'The Three Little Pigs.' 

Week beginning 18th September 2023


We wanted to share our lovely weekly celebration. Every week we play the song 'Proud' by Heather Small and the children sit excitedly and wait to hear who has won the blue rosette. We celebrate the child who has won with a big round of applause! Manners certificates are also given to the children who have shown outstanding manners, these can be given by any teacher in the school!

Week beginning 11th September 2023 


This week the children have been learning how to create different patterns. They explored zig-zags, stripes, dots and many more patterns. They used super pincer grip to create their own patterns onto flower petals.

In their maths learning the children made 'rainbow numbers' by selecting 3 colours and using the number guide to write their age.


Next week the children in reception will be exploring different types of homes and discussing who lives in their house. 

Week beginning 4th September 2023


This week in reception we have welcomed the children into their new classrooms. They have explored all of the areas of their new learning environments and have been learning the expectations of being in reception. Next week we will start literacy and maths learning which will be linked to our core text 'What makes me a me.' 

Please remember if you have not brought in a named puddle suit, wellies, spare clothes and PE kits please do this as soon as possible.


Week beginning 10th July 2023



This week in Reception the children met their new Year 1 teachers. They were so excited to get to know them and see their new classrooms. 


After the transition morning on Thursday the children drew a picture of themselves with their new class teacher.

Week beginning 3rd July 2023

2D Shapes


This week in maths the children have been learning about 2D shapes. The children have become very confident in identfying 2D shapes and can describe each shapes properties. 


The children have enjoyed exploring with the 2D shapes to create pictures. The children considered carefully about which shapes and their properties would be a choice choice and fit to make a final design. 


Week beginning 26th June 2023

Mug Cakes

In Reception the children have been enjoying reading the book ‘Chocolate Cake’ by Michael Rosen. They have all been getting very hungry thinking about chocolate cake every day ๐Ÿ˜‹


In our topic learning today, the children had a go at making their own chocolate cakes in a mug ๐Ÿ˜ the children followed a recipe, adding the ingredients into their individual cup. They then cooked them in the microwave. They smelt amazing!

Week beginning 19th June 2023

Healthy Eating 

This week in Reception the children have been speaking about healthy eating, discussing the benefits of healthier food choices. 


During CIL, the children were able to design a 'fruit kebab' using felt tip pens to draw which fruits they like. Using this plan, the children made their fruit kebab out of play dough. 


The children also had a go at creating a 'healthy lunch' box, they were encouraged to choose a variety of food from different food groups. 

Week beginning 12th June 2023

On the farm 


This week in Reception the children have been learning about life on the farm. The children learnt about the different animals that live on the farm and their young and where each of these animals live on the farm. During CIL, the children drew pictures of farm animals and their young and also had a go at matching each animal to the right home. 

They have also enjoyed creating their own narratives about life on the farm on the small world.


Week beginning 6th February 2023
๐ŸŒŸCross-Curricular days๐ŸŒŸ


This week in Reception the children have enjoyed taking part in the 'Inspirational People' cross-curricular days. 


On Tuesday the children met Darren Edwards who was a former mountaineer and was paralysed from the waist down in a climbing accident. Darren spoke to the children about how he has since found "strength through diversity" and has not given up on his dreams of exploring.


On Wednesday the children met Paul Sturgess. He is officially recognised as being the 'World's Tallest Basketball Player', with his height measuring 7ft8in. The children were in awe of Paul's basketball abilities and had a go at replicating these in their outdoor learning. 


The children also thought about what skills and attributes they have which are 'inspirational' and makes them unique.



Week beginning 22nd May 2023

๐Ÿป Toys ๐Ÿป


This week the children enjoyed bringing in a special toy from home after comparing toys from the past and now in their theme learning. Many children spoke so confidently about the special toys from home and enjoyed playing carefully with each others toys.

Week beginning 15th May 2023

๐Ÿค” Real or nonsense? ๐Ÿค”


The children in Reception have been enjoying one of the tuff spot challenges outside this week. They have to use their segmenting and blending skills to read the words on the coins and then decide whether they are ‘real’ or ‘nonsense’ words. Once they have decided if the word is real or nonsense they have to either put it in the ‘bin’ or in the treasure ‘treasure chest’ representing whether it is a real or nonsense word.




Still image for this video

Week beginning 8th May 2023

๐ŸŒŸ Celebration assembly ๐ŸŒŸ


This week the Reception children went to their first whole school celebration assembly. They behaved impeccably and made all of the staff at Round Diamond feel extremely proud.

Week beginning 1st May 2023



This week we have been discussing the upcoming celebration of the Kings coronation and discussing different ways the coronation may be being celebrated across the country.


The children have decided that in Renoir they would like to celebrate the kings coronation by having our very own street party in the role play area!


In CIL, the children have been busy painting bunting to decorate our 'street party' role play area.

Week beginning 24th April 2023
๐Ÿ’ฌ Message in a jar ๐Ÿ’ฌ


During CIL, the children have been writing special messages to put in the jar that was going to be thrown out to sea.


Once the children had finished writing their message, they had to roll it up and tie it with some string. Then they posted their message in the jar ready to go out to sea very soon! ๐ŸŒŠ

Week beginning 17th April 2023

๐Ÿš Switching it ๐Ÿš


During CIL, we had an exciting maths challenge.


First the children had to use their subitising skills to see how many shells were in the bowl. Then they had to write and solve the number sentence using the shells that they had chosen.


As a next step ๐Ÿ‘ฃ the children had a go at ‘switching it’ (adding the same numbers but in the other order) to find the same total. The children used the bowls of shells to switch their number sentence and then they recorded the new number sentence accurately on their whiteboards.

Week beginning 27th March 2023

โœ๏ธ Writing โœ๏ธ


This half term in reception we have been focussing on our independent writing in literacy.

This week, the children completed some independent sentence writing in literacy. First, the adult said the sentence, then the children counted the number of words in the sentence using their counting fingers and finally the children went to their tables to write their sentence independently.


Keep being determined to improve your writing Reception ๐ŸŒŸ

Week beginning 20th March 2023

๐Ÿฅ• ๐Ÿฐ ๐Ÿฃ Easter Stay and Play ๐Ÿฃ ๐Ÿฐ ๐Ÿฅ•



This week the children had an 'eggciting' time taking part in their stay and play.


Thank you so much for joining us. We hope you had lots of fun with your child and made some lovely Easter keepsakes!

Week beginning 13th March 2023

 ‎‍๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐Ÿ‘ง Parent Opening Day  ‎‍๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐Ÿ‘ง


The children had a fantastic day sharing their learning with their adults from home. Thank you so much to all of the adults that could join us.

Week Beginning 6th March 2023
๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿฅ• Exploring money ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ’ฐ


This week, many of the children have been enjoying exploring one of the outdoor challenges.


The children have been visiting the vegetable shop and exploring using different amounts of money to pay the shopkeeper for their purchases.

Week Beginning 27th February 2021

๐Ÿ“–World Book Day๐Ÿ“–


The children in Reception had a fantastic day celebrating World Book Day on Friday.


They even got to meet famous author James Campbell!

Week beginning 20th February 2023
๐Ÿฅ•Vegetable workshop ๐Ÿฅ•


This week the children took part in a 'vegetable workshop' funded and delivered by HCL.


During the workshop, the children discussed making better food choices and its importance. Then, the children had the opportunity to try some new fruit and vegetables. 


The children were really open minded and they all tried something new, many children now know the name of this 'new' food and what it looks like.


The children will be keeping a close eye on the dinner options at lunchtime now to see if they can spot the fruit or vegetable they liked and choose it to have with their meal.

Week beginning 6th February 2023
๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸงCross-Curricular days๐Ÿง๐ŸŒŸ



In Reception as part of the whole school maths cross curricular days, the children have been learning about penguins and exploring with number blocks.


On Thursday the children listened to the story ‘365 Penguins’, there was some fantastic maths talk by the children, we discussed adding ‘one more’ as each penguin arrived into the story. During CIL, the children had a go at drawing and painting their own penguins as well as continuing a pattern with arctic themed pictures.


On Friday, the children took part in a 'number block' fashion show  show their fabulous number blocks outfits. They then made their own number block masks and printed 'number block' pictures.

Week beginning 30th January 2023

โœ๏ธTricky words โœ๏ธ



During CIL, the children have been enjoying practising writing some of the tricky words that we have been learning in phonics.


Week beginning 23rd January 2023
๐Ÿฅข๐Ÿงง Chinese New Year ๐Ÿงง๐Ÿฅข


This week was the start of Chinese New Year and we were really excited to celebrate this festival with the children ๐Ÿ™‚

There has been lots of learning opportunities linked to Chinese New Year for the children to explore, some of which included;

• Trying different Chinese foods

• Making ‘lucky money’ red envelopes

• Making Chinese dragons, we had a go at making them dance too!

• Making lanterns

• Having our own ‘Great Race’ through a dice game

• Retelling the Chinese New Year story using small world resources

Week beginning 16th January 2023

โค๏ธ Kind messages โค๏ธ


During CIL, the children have been writing kind messages to their friends. This has developed from our current PSED theme of 'friendship'.


It has been wonderful to see the children using their phonics to complete independent writing and celebrating the special friendships that have made in Reception since September!

Week beginning 9th January 2023
๐ŸŒŸ New Year Goals ๐ŸŒŸ


The children have been thinking about their goals and wishes for 2023! Many children have shared that they would like to get even better at reading or writing, or develop their skills within a particular sport such as football or basketball.

Week beginning 19th December 2022
๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ“† Christmas Learning ๐Ÿ“† ๐ŸŽ„


The children have had a fantastic last week at school before Christmas!


They have had Christmas dinner, made Christmas cards and calendars for the new year, performed for you all in their nativity and taken part in lots of other fun Christmas learning.


We hope you all have a great break over Christmas and we look forward to welcoming you and your children back in the new year!

โ„๏ธ Snow Day Learning โ„๏ธ
โ„๏ธ Monday 12th December 2022 โ„๏ธ 


Please find below some learning challenges to complete today if you wish. But remember, stay safe and have lots of fun! 


Literacy- write your name in the snow with a stick… make sure you form all of your letters correctly!


Phonics- play a game of ‘Obb and Bob’ on the phonics play website. Make sure your grown up selects the write phase letter sounds in line with your phonics learning at school.


Maths- make a snowman (or a snow animal of your choice) how many buttons will you give him? How many fingers does your snowman’s branch/arm have? Is your snowman bigger or smaller than you? Maybe you could make 3 snowmen/snowballs and put them in size order. 


PE- Follow along to ‘Christmas Specual’ cosmic kids yoga video. 


Story time- cosy up under a blanket with your favourite soft toy and listen to a story read by your grown up. Maybe you could echo read some of your grown ups funny voices when they read. 


If you complete any of this learning, make sure you send it back to us on tapestry so we can see it ๐Ÿคฉ

Week beginning 5th December 2022
๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ“† Advent Calendars ๐Ÿ“† ๐ŸŽ„


It's December!!!


The children have been very excited that we are the countdown to Christmas today and they are enjoying sharing their story from the book advent calendar. I wonder which book will be unwrapped tomorrow...

Week beginning 28th November 2022
๐Ÿ”ข Number ๐Ÿ”ข


This week the children have been continuing to practise the skill of counting using 1:1 correspondence during their maths learning. The children are now getting really confident using their special counting fingers,


They have also been sequencing numerals in order by threading digits!

Week beginning 21st November 2022
๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍โš•๏ธ A visit from the nurse ๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍โš•๏ธ


This week, the school nurse, Mrs Grayling, came to visit us to talk about the importance of good hygiene when we have a cough or cold.


She reminded the children to cover their mouths when they cough and the importance to taking care of our personal needs, including wiping our noses and washing our hands frequently.

Week beginning 14th November 2022
๐ŸŒณ Woodland Animals ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ


This week the children in Reception have been learning about 'Woodland Animals'. This learning has been centered around the text of 'Who's hiding in the Woods today?' by Katharine McEwan.


The children have really enjoyed taking part in a range of learning around the theme of 'Woodland Animals' this week.

Week beginning 7th November 2022
๐Ÿ‚ Autumn Walk ๐Ÿ‚


The children had a lovely time on their 'Autumn Walk' with grandparents. Whilst on the walk, children enjoyed collecting autumn treasures on their journey sticks.


During the walk, the children shared lots of their autumn knowledge with their grown-ups and pointed out the seasonal changes that were taking place.


Thank you to all of the grown-ups that joined us โค๏ธ

Week beginning 31st October 2022

Celebrations ๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŽ‡


This week in Reception the children have been learning about celebrations. The children first learnt about Halloween, they discussed their costumes and they printed onto pumpkins. The children also had a go at making their own 'Halloween Potions' outside. 


Alongside this, the children were also learning about 'Bonfire Night'. They watched videos of fireworks, discussing the different colours and sounds. It was lovely to see children replicating what they saw into paintings and role play. The children also learnt the story of Guy Fawkes and even had a go at making a stick puppet of Guy Fakwes to use on the small world. 

Week beginning 17th October 2022

Space ๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€


In Reception we had two very exciting days about space! The children have enjoyed listening to lots of stories about space, they had a go at retelling the narratives through their play. The children in particular enjoyed pretending to be 'Baby Bear' flying into space with a colander as their space helmet and a cardboard box for their rocket. 


They also made rockets out of 2D shapes, decorated stars, designed spaceships and created a packing list for their own space journey. 


With the wet weather, the children embraced this by putting on their piddle suits and became astronauts in their space boots and space suits. 


All the children were so excited to visit the inflatable planetarium on Friday afternoon! 

Week beginning 10th October 2022

๐Ÿ Autumn ๐Ÿ


In Reception we have been learning about the season of autumn.


The children have been on an autumn scavenger hunt, compared the different seasons, created their own autumnal leaves and they have also recreated a tree using different body parts, all whist carefully selecting the appropriate colours and resources.

Alongside this, children have been reading the story of Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert and they have even made their very own leaf men.

Week beginning 3rd October 2022

๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿฌ E-safety ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ’ป


This week the children had their first E-Safety lesson.


They learnt about the importance of keeping their personal information safe and what to do if they see something they don't like online.



All of the children in Reception also signed the EYFS E-Safety agreement. 

Week beginning 26th September 2022
๐Ÿฉณ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ PE ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿฉณ


The children have been enjoying participating in their PE lessons with Mr McGregor.


The children are also persevering with their independence of getting themselves dressed and undressed for PE.

Week beginning 19th September 2022

๐ŸŒŸโœ๏ธ Phonics โœ๏ธ๐ŸŒŸ


The Reception children have settled into their differentiated phonics groups well and they are having lots of fun learning their new sounds in their phonics groups.


Some children have also began learning to orally segment and blend sounds in words using their robot arms.


It has been wonderful to see the children so engaged and enthusiastic with their phonics learning! 

In phonics, we use cued articulation actions to support the children with their pronunciation and recognition of sounds. Please find a video below demonstrating these actions for each sound. You may use this video at home to support your child.

Cued Articulation Song Ants in the Apple

Week beginning 12th September

๐ŸŒณ Exploring Outside ๐ŸŒณ


The children have been enjoying exploring the outdoor area and engaging in lots of different activities as part of their Child Initiated Learning.


It has been lovely to see them begin to develop some friendships and talk to their peers with increasing courage.




Week beginning 12th September

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Lunch time ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ


The children are doing a fantastic job at eating their lunch in the dining room.

They are trying hard to remember their manners when collecting their food from the cooks and they are eating their food with increasing independence.


The children are also enjoying playing outside on the Key Stage 1 playground once they have finished eating.

Week beginning 5th September 2022

โญ First week โญ


It has been wonderful to meet you children this week.


The Reception children are already becoming more independent and they are settling into the school routine well.


We can't wait to continue to get to know the children and watching them flourish throughout the year.





Week beginning 27th June 2022
๐ŸŒ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿน Animal Visit ๐Ÿน๐Ÿธ๐ŸŒ


As part of our cross-curricular learning the children enjoyed a visit from Wild Science.


The children met Gary the snail, Sid the hamster, Stefano the frog and Randal the lizard. 


The children asked lots of questions and learnt lots of interesting facts about each of the animals.


This week in literacy,the children will be writing their own non-fiction books about the animals that visited.

Week beginning 20th June 2022

๐Ÿ› The Very Hungry Caterpillar ๐Ÿ›


This week in literacy we have been reading the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Clarle.


Each day, the children have had the opportunity to try one of the fruits that the Hungry Caterpillar ate in sequence.


Upon tasting each fruit, the children were encouraged to think of cloud words (adjectives) to describe the fruit. The children then used the  adjectives shared to write sentences to sequence a retelling of the story.



Week beginning 13th June 2022

๐Ÿž๐Ÿ›๐Ÿœ Mini-beast hunts ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿž


This week in Child Initiated Learning the children have been enjoying going on mini-beast hunts.


They have enjoyed predicting where they might find each of the mini-beasts on the checklist and then using the magnifying glass to take a closer look in the outdoor area. 

Week beginning 6th June 2022

๐ŸŒŽ Geography Fieldwork ๐ŸŒŽ


This week the children all took part in some Geography Fieldwork.


The children began by looking at a map of the local area and naming some of the local roads. They went outside in small groups to see if they could spot these roads in real life.


They had lots of fun exploring the local environment and developing their map skills.

Week beginning 23rd May 2022

๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง The Queen’s Jubilee ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‘‘


This week the children have been celebrating the Queen’s jubilee.

They have  designed some royal crowns, drawn and painted a portrait of the queen, written and posted letters to the queen and had a picnic on the field to celebrate.


Week beginning 16th May 2022

๐Ÿชด Planting ๐Ÿชด


This week the children have enjoyed exploring planting different seeds. 

During this time, the children have been learning and using new vocabulary linked to planting. They have been discussing what a plant will need to keep healthy and thinking carefully where they will place there plant so that it can be healthy.

Week beginning 9th May 2022

๐Ÿ–ฅ Using Technology ๐Ÿ–ฅ


During CIL, the children in Reception have been enjoying practising their segmenting and blending skills using the computer and the interactive whiteboard. 


The children have been navigating the pirate coins into either the treasure chest or the bin, depending on whether they were real of fake words.


It has taken some real determination and perseverance this week for the children to use the computer mouse with success.

Week beginning 2nd May 2022

๐Ÿ” Odd and Even ๐Ÿ”Ž


In Maths the children have been exploring odd and even numbers.


The children have been making their own numicon number lines to help them identify the odd numbers and some children have even noticed a pattern.


We have also been listening to and joining in with the Odd Todd and Even Steven song to support our learning.

Odd Todd and Even Steven Song

Week beginning 25th April 2022



In literacy this week we have been reading the story of ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson.


The children have enjoyed joining in with the repeated refrains and phrases in the story and discussing the different characters.


In addition, we have begun exploring the skill of rhyme. The children have had ago at finding the rhyming words in the story, making 'silly soup' with rhyming words and  completing one syllable rhyming strings. 

Week beginning Monday 18th April 2022

๐ŸŒธ Outdoor Area ๐ŸŒธ


This week, the children have enjoyed exploring some of the recent renovations that took place in our outdoor area during the Easter break.


It has been wonderful to see so many areas of the early years curriculum being explored in Child Initiated Learning.



Week beginning 28th March 2022

๐Ÿงฎ Maths ๐Ÿงฎ 


The children have made some excellent progress in maths this term.


Take a look at the video below to see what Reception have been getting up to in Maths.

Maths Learning Look

Week beginning 21st March 2022

๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ Spring Hunt ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ


This week the Reception children went on a Spring Walk.


On the walk, the children were looking out for signs of spring and comparing what they saw in reflection to the Autumn walk they went on last term.


Thank you to all of the grown ups for joining us on this walk.


Week beginning 14th March 2022

๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ• 3D Shape Hunt ๐Ÿ•๐ŸŒณ


In maths this week we have been learning about 3D shapes.


We have explored the different shapes such as cube, cuboid, cylinder, pyramid, prism and cone. We have also discussed the different properties of these shapes and thought about these shapes in everyday life.


The children also went outside on a 3D shape hunt, they looked closely for the shapes we have learnt about and then took pictures using the iPads.


Week beginning 7th March 2022

๐Ÿ“œ๐Ÿ†• History ๐Ÿ†•๐Ÿ“œ


In History, the children have been continuing to compare old and new. This week they have been exploring schools from the past to modern day schools like Round Diamond.


After these comparisons, the children decided that they definitely preferred modern day schools and teachers to those in the past. 

Week beginning 28th February 2022

๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ“š World Book Day ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒ


The children have had a busy day today celebrating ‘World Book Day.’


It was wonderful to see all of the children dressed up and talking about the book character that they were dressed as.


The children have had a virtual visit from an author, Holly Ryan, listened to a story from our very own Round Diamond author, Mrs Hooper, taken part in The Masked Reader, had a ‘Book Tasting’ treat and then finally the day was finished with a story from a guest teacher, Miss Owen.

Week beginning 21st February 2022

๐ŸŒธ Well-being Wednesday ๐ŸŒธ


The children had a wonderful day on Wednesday with activities planned around boosting mental health and well-being.  The activities were based around the 5 key areas outlined by the NHS ‘5 ways to well-being’.


In the morning, the children took part in a range of mini sporting activities that were ran by the Round Diamond Sports Crew and Sporting Futures. The activities included using the parachute, throwing, catching balancing and team work games.


Before lunch, the children completed some beautiful art work through the exploration of tessellating. The painted, tessellation patterns were created in the style of Escher.


In the afternoon, the children had the opportunity to compose their own songs in music and take part in more outdoor sporty game with Miss Cousins.


Finally, the day was finished with some calming meditation.


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Week beginning Monday 7th February 2022

๐Ÿฆ• ๐Ÿฆ– Dinosaur Display ๐Ÿฆ–๐Ÿฆ•


Our ‘Dinosaur’ display is complete!


Lots of AMAZING learning is now displayed in the corridor. The reception children have really enjoyed learning about dinosaurs this half term and it’s been amazing to see all of the cross-curricular links they have made and experienced!  

Week beginning 31st January 2022

๐Ÿงง๐Ÿ‰ Chinese New Year ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿงง


This week we have been doing lots of learning linked to Chinese New Year!


The children have had the opportunity to visit the role play Chinese New Year restaurant, make traditional Chinese lanterns, make dragons from various resources, learn the story of the great race, participate in a dragon dance, play the piano with Mr Meek to make some Chinese music and even try some traditional Chinese food!


It has been lovely to see the children enjoy exploring this celebration and asking lots of questions to develop their understanding!


Happy Chinese New Year! 

Week beginning 24th January 2022

๐Ÿฆ– Dinosaur books ๐Ÿฆ–


In literacy, the children have been very busy writing their very own non-fiction book all about Dinosaurs!


Each day the children chose a different dinosaur to write about. They orally rehearsed their sentence, then used their phonics to have a go at writing it. Some children even remembered their sentence rules whilst they were writing.


These dinosaur books will be on our corridor display next week!

Week beginning 17th January 2022


This week in music with Mr Meek, the children have been exploring the different sounds that different musical instruments make.

They have been thinking about the high sounds that they can hear and the long sounds that they can hear. They have also been practising making high notes and low notes using their voices.

Exploring instruments

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Matching notes

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Week beginning 10th January 2022

๐Ÿฆ– Dinosaurs ๐Ÿฆ–


This week the reception children started their new theme learning of ‘Dinosaurs’. 

As a class, the children shared everything they knew about dinosaurs and their super knowledge was recorded in a ‘Knowledge Harvest.’


The children have also enjoyed engaging in some small world dinosaur play in the dinosaur den outside!

6th & 7th January 2022

๐Ÿ—‘ ๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐Ÿš’ ๐Ÿšฆ๐Ÿด Cross-curricular days - Life skills ๐Ÿด๐Ÿšฆ๐Ÿ‘จ‍๐Ÿš’๐Ÿ—‘


Over the last two days the children have been learning different life skills.


We have looked closely at the importance of recycling and not littering to keep our world happy and safe, people who help us and how they help us, fastening zips and undoing and doing up buttons, cutting and spreading food, considering the value of different items and exploring money. Finally, we also learnt how to cross a road safely!


The children have shown such a mature response to this learning and fantastic perseverance skills, especially when it came to fastening lots of tricky buttons!

Keep practising at home and remember try, and try again because you CAN do it!


Week Beginning 20th December 2021

๐ŸŽ„ Christmas Learning๐ŸŽ„


The children have been busy doing lots of learning linked to Christmas.


In literacy, the children have done Christmas word matching, written Christmas cards and written a Christmas list for Santa. 

In maths, the children have been revising lots of learning that they have been taught since joining reception. This has included 2D shapes, counting and making repeating pattern paper chains for our Renoir Christmas tree.


In CIL, the children have made Christmas cards, Christmas calendars, followed maps to help Santa deliver presents, decorated Christmas trees, wrapped presents and many other festively fun activities!


In addition to the above, the children have continued to learn and perform their Christmas songs (video links posted below) and enjoyed a yummy Christmas lunch together! 


Have a wonderful Christmas Reception. We can’t wait to see you and all of your super learning in 2022!

Week Beginning 13th December 2021

๐ŸŽต Christmas Singing ๐ŸŽต


Over this half term, the Early Years children have been learning some Christmas songs to perform. The children have worked really hard to learn both the words and actions for each of the songs with Mr Meek. They have also been exploring pitch and rhythm whilst singing these songs.


We hope you enjoy listening to these songs.

Away in a Manger

Little Donkey

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Week beginning 6th December 2021

๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽ„ A special day ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ

This week the children enjoyed meeting Father Christmas. 

They behaved really well and have enjoyed talking to their friends about Christmas.


Thank you for your contributions today for Christmas jumper day too! 

Week beginning 29th November 2021

๐Ÿ Autumn Walk ๐Ÿ



This week the children were very excited to go on their Autumn Walk with their grown-ups from home.


Over the last few weeks we have been discussing the season of Autumn coming to an end with the children and how Winter is on its way! The children have also been looking closely at the changes in weather as we go into the winter months.

On the Autumn Walk, children collected Autumn treasures on a journey stick. After the Autumn walk, the children were given the opportunity to talk about their ‘Autumn journey stick’ with a small group of friends.



Week beginning 22nd November 2021

๐Ÿฆธ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿฅ” Supertato ๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿฆธ‍โ™‚๏ธ

This week in literacy we have been reading the story Supertato and the children have made their very own Supertatoes!


First, the children looked carefully at the illustration of Supertato on the front cover of the book to decide what resources they would need. Then, they followed step-by-step instructions to build their very own Supertato.


The children’s Supertatoes are now in the Small World area of the classroom ready to be used for role play during CIL.

Week beginning 15th November 2021

๐Ÿ“– Story Time ๐Ÿ“–


In Reception we have story time everyday.


Each day, the children vote on which book they would like to be read at story time. To support the children with their choice, we discuss each book by reading the blurb and the adults make their vote. Sometimes, the children even choose the books to be put to the vote.


In the clip below you can see Mr Paice reading a book to Morris class and the link to YouTube of Miss Conroy reading to Renoir class.

Remember every child has a school reading book and a library book to share at home. Please remember to log all of your super reading on Goread.


Renoir Story Time

Morris Story Time

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Week beginning 8th November 2021

๐ŸŽ†๐Ÿ’ฅ Fireworks ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐ŸŽ† 

The children have been doing some collaborative painting this week.


After lots of discussions around light and firework celebrations, the children decided it would be a good idea to make our role play area look like a fireworks show. 


We got a giant piece of black paper the children chose bright coloured paints from the art cupboard. They then began carefully painting fireworks to create a firework backdrop after watching a teacher model of how to successfully paint a firework shape. The children made patterned fireworks using the paint and then some children decided to sprinkle some glitter on their fireworks to make them extra sparkly.


Whist the children were painting, they discussed the noises that fireworks made and shared their own firework experiences.

Week beginning 1st November 2021

๐Ÿช” Diwali ๐Ÿช” 


This week the children have been learning all about Diwali in school as part of our theme learning.

The children learnt that Diwali is the festival of light and was celebrated by Sikhs and Hindus among other religions. 

We shared a story about celebrating Diwali and Navi, Vedika and Kira told how they were celebrating Diwali in their homes.

During our learning, the children also decorated their own rangoli patterns, learnt a Diwali dance using an online tutorial and created a collaborative firework scene. 

At the end of the day, Vedika gave the children all a Diwali gift to take home too. Thank you Vedika!



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Week beginning 18th October 2021

๐Ÿงบ ๐Ÿฅช The Giant Jam Sandwich ๐Ÿฅช ๐Ÿงบ


Our Literacy learning has been inspired by the book 'The Giant Jam Sandwich'.


We used the book to create a range of learning across the key areas for our corridor display.


Literacy learning included story sequencing, name writing and exploring initial sounds.  In maths, we looked at door numbers and matched the sequins to the number on the door. 


During our CIL time, the we created wasps and people from the village as part of expressive art and design learning.



Week beginning 11th October 2021

โšฝ๏ธ๐ŸŽพ PE ๐ŸŽพโšฝ๏ธ


In PE the children have been going to the all weather pitch for PE and they have been learning how to move in various ways including running, jumping, skipping and hopping.

They have learnt various ball skills including dribbling the ball with their hands and feet, throwing, catching and bouncing.

The children have also been learning in pairs by passing the ball to each other. They have learnt to do this by both rolling and kicking.

Week beginning Monday 4th October 2021

๐Ÿงฎ Careful Counting ๐Ÿงฎ


This week in maths we have been focussing on our careful counting skills. 

The children were showing their ability to use  1:1 correspondence when counting and some children even had a go at  finding 1 more.

Week beginning 27th September 2021

๐ŸŽถ Music ๐ŸŽถ 


This week in music the children have been practising expressing emotion through a change in facial features. This music learning links with the reading skill that many children have been focussing on of suggestions how a character might be feeling because of their body language/ facial features. 

We hope you like this video snippet of our singing!


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Week beginning 20th September 2021

โค๏ธ Family โค๏ธ


As part of the children’s theme learning, we have been talking lots about our family. The children all brought a family picture in from home and then shared this picture with their friends.


We spoke about how families can all be made up differently and come in all different shapes and sizes. These family pictures are now displayed in the cloakroom.

Week beginning 13th September 2021

๐Ÿ“š Our first reading books ๐Ÿ“š 


This week, following the children’s baseline phonics assessments, they received their first reception colour banded book. The children were very excited to get their lilac or pink book, and their login details for the GoRead app (our online reading record system).

The children also chose a book from the class library to share at home. They have loved spending time enjoying books in the reading area that they designed in the transition session.

Week beginning 6th September

๐Ÿซ Settling in ๐Ÿซ


The children have had a great first week in Reception. 

They have enjoyed exploring the learning environment both indoors and outdoors, making new friends, exploring the resources and becoming increasingly independent.


All of the Early Year’s staff are SO proud of each and every child!

2020 - 2021

Week beginning 19th July 2021

๐Ÿงธ๐Ÿงบ Teddy Bears Picnic ๐Ÿงบ ๐Ÿงธ 


This week we celebrated the end of our time together in Reception by having a Teddy Bears Picnic on the field.


Both the children (and the teddies) had a lovely time and enjoyed having conversations with their friends in Reception and Nursery.

Week beginning Monday 12th July 2021

๐Ÿ›๐Ÿฆ‹ Transition ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ›


This week the children in Reception have been thinking about the transition to Year 1. We have been reading the story ‘Colin the Cautious Caterpillar’ and relating Colin’s feelings to our own.


The children and teachers are feeling excited, anxious, happy and nervous all at the same time. However, we know that the children are ready to spread their wings and that they will be absolutely FANTASTIC in Year 1.

Week beginning Monday 5th July 2021

๐ŸŽจ ๐Ÿ–ผ Painting Portraits ๐Ÿ–ผ๐ŸŽจ


This week the children have been reflecting on the special friendships that they have developed so far this year in Reception โค๏ธ

The children had to pick a friends name out of a hat and then carefully paint a portrait of them. They had to look closely at the colours that would be needed and the shape of each of their friends features to complete an accurate portrait. If the colour needed wasn’t available, then they had to used their colour mixing skills to make the correct shade.


The children engaged in two way conversations to clarify shapes and colours to complete their portraits as accurately as possible.


These portraits will be sent home at the end of the year as a Reception keepsake memory โค๏ธ

Week beginning 28th June 2021

๐Ÿ“š GoRead ๐Ÿ“š 


This week the children have enjoyed using the new GoRead online reading record app at home and at school. The children have earned so many gems already from super reading!


Renoir read a staggering 111 times at home this week. A huge congratulations to the Renoir children and all of the grown ups at home.


Morris class will you beat Renoir next week?

Week Beginning 21st June 2021
๐Ÿ“ Phonics ๐Ÿ“


The children have been making some super progress in phonics this term. Miss Conroy's group have been learning Phase 4 consonant blends and the children are feeling so proud of themselves!

Week beginning 14th June 2021
๐ŸŽ๐Ÿฅฆ Healthy Lifestyle Cross-Curricular days ๐Ÿฅฆ๐ŸŽ


This week we have had our cross-curricular days which have been focussed on a 'Healthy Lifestyle.'


The children have enjoyed learning about dental hygiene, basic first aid skills and Great Britain. The children also took place in a 'Mini-Olympics' afternoon with Miss Hall.

Week beginning 7th June 2021

๐Ÿฅ• ๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐ŸŒพ Oliver’s Vegetables ๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ‘ฉ‍๐ŸŒพ


In literacy, we have been reading Oliver’s Vegetables by Vivian French. This week the children began by making a prediction of what they thought would happen after listening to the first few pages of the story. 

Here are some of the super predictions from the children below.

Week beginning 24th May 2021

๐ŸŒป Sunflower Art ๐ŸŒป


In Reception this week we have had a focussed art CIL session.


We began by looking at a famous painting by Vincent Van Gogh and then we created our own sunflower art pictures. We have done some detailed drawings, some painting and even some salt dough sunflower sculptures!

Week beginning 17th May 2021


This week we have been learning about halving, doubling and odd/ even numbers in maths.


Miss Conroy and Miss McGregor can’t believe how confident we are becoming and how ready we will be for Year 1! 

Below is one of the songs we have enjoyed listening to and learning this week to support us with our maths learning. 



Odd Todd and Even Steven Song

Week beginning 10th May 2021

๐Ÿ Well-b