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Reception – Mole

Welcome to Reception, where we have two classes of 30 children.

The unit is split into different areas to allow the children to participate in a wide range of activities across the seven areas of learning.

The children have opportunities to learn both in the classroom and outside in our well equipped Foundation Stage garden.

  • In Numeracy we cover counting and comparing numbers, learning names and properties of 2d and 3d shapes, money, position and direction, days of the week, weight and capacity.
  • We follow the letters and sounds approach for phonics and use Oxford Reading Tree Scheme for Reading.
  • Music – We sing Nursery Rhymes and investigate rhythmic patterns and moving to a steady beat.
  • Art – Our art work will involve activities which encourage the children to explore texture and pattern.

Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you would like more information about the curriculum.

  • Sea creatures

    This week we have been looking at ‘Sea Creatures’. We have read ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and we have written about a whale. In maths we have continued our work on odd and even numbers and in our PSHE we have thought about how much we have grown and changed during our time in Mole Class.

  • We are still enjoying reading about pirates

    This week we have continued our theme of ‘Pirates’. We have read the non-fiction text, ‘On a Pirate Ship’ to find out what life was actually like for pirates. We have also read, ‘Mrs Pirate’ and written about all the items she bought whilst out shopping. In maths we have been looking at doubling and halving and this has helped us to further develop our understanding of how parts can make a whole. We have reviewed our learning from ‘Healthy Eating Week’ to remind ourselves how to keep our bodies healthy and happy.

  • Pirates

    This week our theme has been ‘Pirates’. We have read ‘The Night Pirates’ and researched pirates to find out more about them. We have built our own pirate ship role play, including treasure, maps, a cannon and even a parrot for the captain. In maths we have been looking at patterns and sequences. The weather has been good so we have taken every opportunity to play and learn outside!

  • Healthy Eating Week

    This week has been ‘Healthy Eating Week’. We have learned about how bread changes when we turn it into toast. We then made our very own ‘Mole Vegetable Soup’ and tasted it! We have also explored smoothies, couscous and sandwich making. Finally, we enjoyed a relaxing yoga session. It’s certainly been a very busy but healthy week!


  • Earthworms

    This week we have continued our learning on numbers beyond 10 by thinking about one more and one less. We have looked closely at earthworms and thought about the best words to describe them, then we challenged ourselves to write our descriptions. We have also thought about Woody and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story and thought about how they became friends.

  • Numbers beyond 10

    During the week we have been learning about numbers beyond 10 in maths. We have continued our ‘minibeasts’ theme by looking closely at the life cycle of a butterfly. In our social and emotional learning, we have considered the nature of friendship and how we can solve disagreements.

  • More minibeasts

    This week we have continued our theme of minibeasts. We have read ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and thought about how the story is structured. This helped us to create a story map so that we can retell it in our own words. In maths we have extended our work on totalling by finding the missing part of a whole. In P.E. we have further developed our ball control skills by learning to bounce the ball using a range of techniques.

  • Story construction

    This week we have read “Snail Trail” by Ruth Brown. We have considered the key features of how a story text is constructed and used to word first, next, then and finally to sequence the story.

    In PE we have developed our ball skills whilst in maths we have worked on finding the missing part of a whole.

  • Minibeasts

    In Maths we have been continuing our work in totalling by using a range of mark making strategies. In English we have been learning how to ask questions and the use of internet search engine to find answers. We have been developing our creative skills by printing and drawing a range of minibeasts.

  • Outdoor play

    We have read “The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle. We have though about how stories are structured and made a story map.

    We are learning how to make totals from smaller groups and we have been particularly excited about being able to use the large sandpit during outdoor play.