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Welcome to Reception 






Westgate Primary School

Monday 13th June  2017




Dear Parents and Carers,

We are thinking about different People who help us in school this week. We are looking forward to visits from Mr Bond, our school bursar and Tina, our school cook.

This week we are:

  • listening carefully to our visitors, Mr Bond and Tina
  • writing about how different people help us in school
  • learning about capacity, looking at different sized containers then deciding which one holds the most or the least
  • drawing ourselves for the front cover of our school reports
  • practising for school sports day

At home you could:

  • talk about the people who help us at home and outside school
  • practise writing sentences about these people, don’t forget to include capital letters, full stops and finger spaces
  • practise filling and empting different containers with different things, sand, water, dried peas or pasta
  • compare the different containers, placing them in order from the one that holds the least to the one that holds the most

In the next few weeks we will be going on a visit to Greenland’s farm as part of our work on Farming. Further details will follow with regard to cost and date. Please look out for this letter in your child’s book bag.

This week’s writing wizards are: Angelina Crompton, Daniel Bugajski, Zakary Greenall, Jayden Eaton, Mahira Hussain and Isa Bagis. Well done everyone and keep up your fantastic writing.

Thank you for your continued support. Please keep checking the blog and Facebook for our up to date news.

Mrs Livingstone, Mrs Parkinson and Miss Evans.






Reception Topic Web        Week beginning 12th June 2017                       Summer A Week 1

Daily Activities

New to Reception children to visit on Mon, Tues and Thurs afternoon


Personal, Social and Emotional Development


They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings.

They are confident to speak in a familiar group.

Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs.

They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.


To talk about what it means to be part of a team and how we need to work together

Whole Class

Value- Team work

Teacher to talk about what a team is. What do we have to do if we are in a team? Can one person do everything? Explain that next week our class will be having a competition against the other reception classes and we all have to work as a team in order to try to win it! Explain that we will be practicing the game this week – the fill the bucket with a cup game. Take the children onto the playground and practice the game together.

Adult Led

T and TA to run the game and encourage the children to work together and encourage each other.

Child Initiated

 Have two buckets and cup to practice the game in the courtyard


Communication and Language


Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs.

They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.


 To use the correct tense when speaking about themselves. To be confident to talk to a group.

Whole Class








Physical Development


 Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements.


Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them.

They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.


To think about movements they could represent from Fireman Sam opening clip.

Whole Class

Sports day practice- new activities See Hannah for plan

Adult Led

Work in small groups to perfect these moves in time to fireman sam theme tune.

Child Initiated

 Act out Fireman Sam scenes with the different toys and areas (outdoors)




 They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.


. They also write some irregular common words.


 They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.



To independently write a sentence. To answer ‘how’ and ’why’ sentences.

Whole Class

  1. Explain that Mr Bond is coming in today. What do you think he does? Pair/share questions you would like to ask him. 9:30am - Ask the children ’how’ and ‘why’ questions about what his job is.
  2. Talk to the children about how we have people in school who help us. Who? Write a list. Explain that we are going to find out Tina’s job today and ask her questions about her role in school. Pair/share what you would like to ask her. Tina is coming into class to be interviewed.
  3. Ask children to verbally share sentences describing what Tina does. T model the writing of a sentence using sentence success criteria.
  4. Ask children to verbally share sentences describing what Steve do. T model the writing of a sentence using sentence success criteria.
T use sentences from day before and ask the children to ‘up level’ them with describing words and connectives. T model recording.

Adult Led

Children to independently write sentences telling us what Tina/Steve do at school. Purple and red to use connectives. Differentiated by outcome.

Independent task: Independent sentences about People who help us- See Vicky for copy

Spellings are/they

Child Initiated

People who help us pictures – children write a sentence describing what they do.





Mathematics (specific) Objectives

Shape Space and Measure ELG Children to use everyday language to talk about capacity


To use everyday words to talk about capacity- full, empty, half full,

Whole Class

To Mental Oral Starters— 100 square work. One more and one less. Doubling. Counting in 2’s and 5’s.Mixed up numbers place them in the right order. Addition and subtraction.

Lesson 1: Introduce language- full, empty, half full, nearly full, nearly empty. Show children various containers- which word matches which container.

Lesson 2: Ordering selection of containers- fill with sand/pasta/peas. Order containers from empty-full

Lesson 3: Using containers of various widths and sizes estimate which one will hold the most and test

Lesson 4: Estimating how many cups/spoons/scoops it will take to fill different containers- various widths and sizes

Adult Led


Children to work in fruit group:

Can they make the bucket full, nearly full, half full and empty for the Firefighter (Yellow/Green)

Record how many cups/containers it will take to fill various buckets (Blue)

Estimating how many cups/containers it will take to for various buckets for the firefighters. (Red/Purple)

Maths actions

Child Initiated

Maths Challenge: SSM sheet. Children to colour in containers appropriately.


Understanding the World


Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things


 To be able to discuss similarities and differences in the materials.

Whole Class


Adult Led


Child Initiated



Expressive Arts and Design


They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.



 Complete front covers

Whole Class


Adult Led


Child Initiated




Top Groups

Middle Groups

Bottom Groups

VE: Phase 5

Read tricky words: Mr, Mrs, looked, called, asked:

DMc:Revising Phase 4

RP:  Phase 4        

DR: Revising phase 3








Miss Evans –

Mrs Parkinson –

Mrs Livingstone –


Please could you leave your child at the door each morning. We are trying to encourage the children to be as independent as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Thank you for all your support and please always feel free to pop in if you have a questions or queries.

Mrs Livingstone, Miss Evans and Mrs Parkinson.