Reception 2019 - 2020

Welcome to Reception

Mrs Higgins - Class 1 teacher

Miss O'Nions - Class 2 teacher


We are delighted you have chosen Cledford Primary School for your child’s education.


Please don't hesitate to contact a member of the Reception team with any queries you might have.


We have been 'feeling the love' in EYFS this week! We shared the story 'Guess how much I love you' and created love potions, symmetrical hearts, valentine's biscuits and a special card for a loved one. The children have talked about feeling and showing kindness towards others. They have added special messages to our caring tree.

They have worked hard on the art work for the gallery in the main hall and fixed some broken hearts by finding number bonds to 10.

Due to staff illness and absence over the last fortnight, we have fallen a little behind with the baking plan, but rest assured we will catch up next half term!

The children have all brought home two reading books for the holiday and some home learning activities if you would like to work on something over the break. Please continue to work on the tricky word wallets and most of all, get out there to have some fun! Inspiration for a simple walk to the park or in the woods can be found here- 

Enjoy the time at home with your very special little people and we will see you bright and breezy on the 24th February.


This week the children have enjoyed the story 'The Journey‘; a little boat floats away and goes on an adventure! The children have used their imagination to create other possible places for the boat to visit; they have written about their ideas and written lists and learnt to use the prepositions first, next, then, last.

We have continued work on number bonds to 10. The children have become very good at remembering the bonds such as 4+6, 3+7. They have begun to see the relationship between addition to 10 and addition to 20. They have been learning how a number line can help with this by 'counting on'.

The environment inside and out has been 'boat crazy!' constructing boats, floating boats down the 'river' investigating the best materials for boats, floating and sinking experiments and even eating boats following our baking session to make tortilla boat pizzas!


This week we have been learning about a girl who goes on a journey by walking. The children listened to the story 'The Girl Who Loved Wellies' by Zehra Hicks. In maths we have continued to count in 2s by counting pairs of wellies and identifying odd and even numbers. The children have written about where they would like to go wearing their wellies and what they would like to do. In baking this week, we have been making 'cheesy feet' biscuits and we took all of the children on a welly walk around the outside area and forest school. Next week we will be celebrating 'Chinese New Year' and having a pop-up Chinese restaurant for the day!

Just a reminder that 'Stay and Get Counting' is on Tuesday at 3pm. All children will need to be collected from the school hall.


Well, the mystery has been solved! Our little visitors left the children a story book on Monday which helped them find out exactly who they were. We have enjoyed reading “The Elves and the Shoemaker”! This has led to work around materials and their properties; waterproof, soft, shiny etc. The children have been learning to count in twos, using pairs of shoes from the role play shoe shop. They have had to develop their descriptive language skills by describing their favourite pair of shoes. In maths sessions we have also learnt about odd and even numbers. This story has linked last term's focus on traditional tales and 'kicked off' this terms topic of Journeys; journeys on foot are the starting point before we move onto journeys using transport! Our story next week is 'The girl who loved wellies‘.

Please can we remind you that if you would like your child to take part in the baking sessions we have planned each week then a donation of 10p per week is needed to cover the cost of the ingredients. Many thanks.


Welcome back and a happy new year! Thank you from all of the EYFS team for the gifts we received. The children have come back to school bright eyed and bushy tailed!

We have been thinking about New Year resolutions this week and the children have all used their ideas in their writing. There will be swimmers, bike riders and home helpers all working on their skills this year. Can they tell you what they chose as their resolution?

Something surprising happened on Wednesday; when the children arrived at school, a very tiny door and some very tiny shoes appeared in the classroom.  The children have been trying to work out who they might belong to and we have left a letter out for very small visitors……… we are hoping for a reply over the weekend!

The EYFS team


This week the children have enjoyed the story ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.  They have learnt some new nursery rhymes from the story and heard the traditional tale ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.  The children have been wrapping presents (naming solid shapes such as cube and cuboid) and writing letters to Santa.

They have been playing ‘What’s the time Mister Wolf?’ and completed maths assessments.  We baked stained glass window biscuits and wrote about Christmas traditions.  Phew!

Next week we will be enjoying the Christmas dinner and Christmas party on Tuesday and taking part in the carol service at church on Wednesday.  Have a fantastically festive weekend!  

The EYFS team


The children have had a fantastic week! They performed their hearts out at the Nursery Rhyme Nativity- we are incredibly proud of them all.

It was lovely to see so many of you enjoying a mince pie as you shared your child's learning journey on Thursday. Thank you for your support.

This week the children have learnt about the meaning behind the Christingle tradition. Can they tell you what each part of the Christingle means?

They have written instructions on how to make their own Christingle using 'bossy verbs'. We have completed some maths assessments this week and will use this information to plan where we need to take the learning next.

Please keep reading daily with your child; we are assessing their word recognition and phonics skills at the moment and will adjust book levels as appropriate.

Thank you.

See you all next week!  

The EYFS team


Phew! Another busy week.  The children thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the theatre on Tuesday. Their behaviour was exceptional and we are extremely proud of them all. It was a fantastic production which held their attention from beginning to end!

We have also based learning around the traditional tale of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ this week exploring rhyming words and speech bubbles as well as adding and subtracting buttons to the gingerbread man's tummy and writing the number sentences in maths books. The children have all been allocated a role in our up coming 'Nursery Rhyme Nativity'. If you have found some words to learn in the reading diary, please ensure that they know these by Monday as we will be taking to the stage for final rehearsals next week.

We will be in the Christmas spirit from next week in EYFS, as we learn the Christmas story and continue all our preparations for the play.

Enjoy the weekend - The EYFS team


Our focus this week has been staying safe- the children have learnt about fire safety and loved visiting the fire engine!, e-safety, water safety, road safety and anti bullying. We have used stories, videos and games to get across some really important messages. Ask the children about Supercat, Smartie the penguin and Fireman Sam! It was great to see so many of you taking part in ‘Stay and Keep Safe’ on Tuesday.

Maths sessions this week have been a chance to revisit and reinforce previously taught skills- solid shapes, counting on, more than/less than and sorting.

The children also had a visit from the PCSO's on Monday. Can they tell you what they talked about?

On Friday the children enjoyed learning more about Children in Need and we went 'spot crazy' with creative activities and accessories. We will be helping out at the Christmas Fair later tonight- see you there; don't forget to get your Santa visit booked when you arrive then you can enjoy the rest of the stalls and activities. Thank you for your support.


This has been a great week! The children have come back to school refreshed and ready to learn, which is a good job as this week has been chock a block with activities! We have been preparing for the Art's review on Friday, learning about and reading the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and learning the names and properties of solid shapes - cylinder, cube, cone, cuboid and sphere.

The children have been exploring the different materials, bricks, straw and sticks; we have been using them to build houses for the pigs. They have compared weight, texture, strength and durability. They have pretended to be the wolf and used their 'huff and puff' to blow, creating bubble painting pictures.

Next week is 'Staying Safe week’; we will be having a visit from the firefighters and the fire engine, thinking about fire safety, water safety, road safety and cyber safety. Please encourage the children to talk to you about what they have done each day.

Thanks for your support with home learning and reading over the holiday; this will have a hugely positive impact on the children's learning and progress.


This week the children have enjoyed the story ‘The Little Red Hen’. Traditional tales will be our focus over the next few weeks and this is the perfect one to begin with as it ties in so beautifully with our upcoming harvest celebrations.

The children have learnt about speech bubbles and worked on using their phonic skills in writing and reading. They are becoming more independent and confident to 'have a go' and are completing 'take away challenges' and 'exit passes' all by themselves.

The maths work the children have done this week has focused on accurate counting, spots on dice and dominoes. We have taught the children how to play dominoes; maybe you could have a game over the weekend? The children have worked on matching amounts to the correct number.

We have baked bread just like the ‘Little Red Hen’ did in the story.

Please take a look at the home learning activities we have sent home and send back to school anything that you have done so we can share and celebrate with the class.

The EYFS team.


This week we have read the story ‘Farmer Duck’ by Martin Waddell.  You can watch this on the following link:

This is a story the children particularly enjoyed  about a lazy farmer and a hard working duck. The children have enjoyed adding speech bubbles to the characters and using adjectives in their writing to describe the farmer and the animals. Our number work this week has focused on addition of groups of objects to find a total and counting on from a given number. If we have permission to publish your child's photograph, their face will appear in the Middlewich Guardian soon; the photographer visited on Monday and took class photographs. Thank you to those who attended ‘Stay and Get Reading’; we hope it was useful and that you enjoyed having the time with your child in class.

We will keep the farm theme going next week as we move into harvest preparations by reading the traditional tale of ‘The Little Red Hen’. The children are going to learn a song which they will perform at the church during the Harvest Festival on Friday 25th October.

Enjoy the weekend and keep reading at home; the children are making fantastic progress!

The EYFS team.


This week the children have enjoyed the story of 'Rosie's Walk’ by Pat Hutchins. See the link for the online version.

This book has led to learning about prepositions: above, under, around, over etc. and number work around addition of groups of farm animals and 'which number is more?'

The children have enjoyed making hen collages, bee headdresses, building a bridge over the pond from the story and sequencing the story scenes. They have been introduced to story maps and had a go at drawing their own. In phonics sessions we have learnt new phonemes m, n, g, d and o.

The children earned a spot reward on Thursday because 49/50 children read the previous evening, well done and thank you for you support!  Don’t forget to come to ‘Stay and Get Reading’ on Thursday 10th October at 2:30pm for the chance to find out more about early reading skills and to take part in some reading activities with your child.

Have a good weekend; please keep an eye out for autumnal objects (conkers, acorns, sycamore wings etc.) when you are out and about and send them into school if you can. Thank you!


The children have thoroughly enjoyed their learning this week! We got off to a great start with Little Treasure's Day- thank you for all the work you all put into the fantastic treasure boxes. The treasure theme continued all week with pirate ships, buried treasure, treasure hunts and stories about pirates to enhance the learning; we have focussed on counting to 10 and beyond, identifying numerals, writing names and simple sentences using the tricky word 'I' and early phonics skills through our daily letters and sounds sessions.

The children have marked World Peace Day today by thinking about being kind, taking part in some meditation time and taking part in 'Earthdance'.

It is Arts Week next week- lots of exciting learning through dance, music, painting and drawing!

Please keep reading at home - 5 times a week is the school expectation - the children will get rewarded for achieving this goal.


What a great start we have had!  The children are settled and enjoying exploring their new indoor and outdoor classroom.  All the children have completed their baseline assessment and are ready to get learning.  Please don’t forget your treasure boxes on Monday 16th September to share with their class for ‘Little Treasures Day’.  The boxes will be returned to you at the end of the day so please don’t worry about any precious/sentimental items you may want to include.  Our theme next week will be pirates and treasure!

Thank you! The EYFS team


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