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Colston's Primary School A Co-operative Academy

Celebrating Diversity, Learning Together

Welcome to Reception!

 Welcome to our year group page.  On here you will find information about what your child will be learning over the next term and couple of weeks.  We hope that you enjoy looking through some of the photographs of what your child has been learning through their play.


Mrs Marsh
Class Teacher
Early Years Leader

Miss Pink
Early Years Practitioner

Miss King
Class Teacher

Mrs Dowle
Early Years Pracitioner

Miss Wasiewicz
Class Teacher

Miss Davis 
Early Years Practitioner

Updated: 14th December 2017

Term 3 - Transport

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Our PSED focus for this term we will be starting the Jigsaw curriculum. This terms topic is ‘dreams and goals.’


Communication and Language

We will be continuing our learning on story telling and the skills we need to tell stories. This terms stories will have a focus on our transport theme. We will focus on a story over several weeks, first drawing a story map to retell it and slowly begin to adapt and change aspects to innovate our own stories!


Physical development

Thank you for bringing in PE kit for your children last term, the children have had so much fun learning about movement in a space. We have sent their PE kit home with your child to be washed over the holidays, so please bring it back in for PE in term 3.

Please remember to have your child's name on all items in the bag. 

Our focus for PE this term will be throwing and catching. 



Just to remind you Tapestry our online learning journals are now live please log in and see all the wonderful learning your children have been doing. We can’t wait to see all your comments and observations you have uploaded of the learning your children have been doing at home!


Book Bags

The reading books have been a fantastic hit with the children and their love for reading is growing every day. It is very important that each of them have a book bag that comes into school every day. 

Reading at home with your child makes a huge difference to the progress they make in learning to read – we really cannot overstate the impact it has.  We encourage everyone to read with their child every day.  If you can build time for your child to read to you into your daily routine this is the best way to keep it manageable.  Just 5-15 minutes a day is great – don’t feel you need to finish the book in one sitting – you could read it over several days.

If you have any questions about anything, please come and chat to any of the Early Years team.

Maths and Reading workshop

This term we will also be introducing our maths and reading workshops. Maths workshop will take place every Tuesday and reading workshop will take place every Thursday morning from 8.40 to 9.00. During this time we welcome all our grownups into the classroom to share learning with the children. We love exploring our learning and having time to share with our grown-ups in our classrooms.

Our first reading workshop will take place on Thursday 4th January and our first maths workshop will take place on Tuesday 9th of January.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Last term we completed teaching all initial sounds. For further reference of our initial sounds, please refer to the sound mat below. 


We have now begun learning our diagraphs (2 letters that make one sound). For each diagraph we have a rhyme that helps us to remember the sound. 

This week we have learnt:

ch: ch-ch-ch-choo! The horse sneezes when the caterpillar's hair get up his nose

th: the princess in the tower is rescued by the horse, she says thhhhankyou

sh: shhh says the horse to the hissing snake

ng: a thing on a string

ai: snail in the rain

Next week we will be learning:

ee: what can you see?

ar: start the car

oa: goat in a boat

oo: poo at the zoo

oo: look at a book

igh: fly high


We will be continuing to work on blending and segmenting CVC words in our writing, always remembering to use our robot arms to help us sound out the words first. 

We will start to introduce our literacy success criteria which will involve the following:


                Robot arms          Phonics knowledge       Finger spaces          Capital letters

The aim of the success criteria is to enable children to reflect on their work and plan out their next steps. This gives the children ownership of their learning and a sense of achievement.



In the first few weeks we will be exploring the concepts of 1 more and 1 less. We will begin by understanding the concepts practically using a range of resources e.g. using our fingers, numicon, counters and mathematical graphics. 

We have been using a two week cycle in numeracy. The first week we teach various activities involving skills that children can use to practice their numbers. In the second week we run a carousel involving the activities taught the previous week. This gives all children an opportunity to have a go at practising the skill independently and enables them to develop new ideas. 


 Understanding the World

For UTW we will look at the variety of types of transportation that the children may have experienced. We will also look at the similarities and differences between various forms of transportation through the ages.

We will also have an exciting visit from someone from emergency services who will be coming with their vehicle!


Expressive Arts and Design

We will be focusing on artist Quentin Blake and exploring aspects of his life and work. From this we will use the media that he uses in his artwork to create our own art pieces. Our Quentin Blake inspired pieces will be focused around our topic and we will design our own choice transportation.