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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery


Welcome to Reception

Welcome to Reception, your first year of full-time school! Mrs Spendlove is your class teacher and Mrs Bailey is your teaching assistant and midday supervisor.


Starting full time school in Reception can be a big change, but we try hard to make the transition as smooth as possible. In the autumn term we work with the support and guidance of an adult and we focus on developing the core areas of communication and language, physical development and personal and social education. This will be through topics children are familiar with, for example ‘family’ and ‘people who help us’.


As children get older and are more used to the routines of the day, we introduce more whole class and small group literacy and maths activities alongside topic activities. However, it is still very important that the children have time each morning and afternoon for self-initiated activities in which to play and practice their skills and to follow their own interests.


Throughout the year we maintain electronic Learning Journals for each child in which we record their achievements and interests in the form of photos, observational notes and examples of work. These Learning Journals then help us to make assessments against the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Reception year. Parents have access to these via an online app and can add their own comments and observations.


Topics vary during the year, according to the children’s interests, however we tend to cover seasonal changes and celebrations every year such as autumn, Fireworks night, Diwali, Christmas, winter, spring, Easter etc.


There’s lots to learn during Reception, but we have fun doing it!

Reception Curriculum Maps

Remote Learning Week Commencing Monday 18th January


A phonics video and literacy activity will be uploaded to Tapestry every morning. There is also a recording of our focus book ‘The Naughty Bus’ on Tapestry to support the Literacy activities.

I have uploaded a PDF of our Literacy Activities for the week below as well.


Please use the presentation below (this has also been uploaded to Tapestry) to find out our maths activities for each day. Where necessary, I will also upload a maths song or video explaining the activity to Tapestry.



Our topic this half term is Travel and Transport, and this week we are focusing on transport – linked to our Naughty Bus story.  

Here are some ideas linked for Topic acivities for this week:

  • Make your own bus our of recycling materials
  • Design your own kind of transport
  • Look at the presentation comparing old and new kinds of transport
  • Look at the presentation comparing different kinds of transport around the world


Forest School

As our maths topic this week is comparing height, see if you can find some different natural resources when you go on a walk and put them in order from shortest to tallest.

Remote Learning Week Commencing Monday 11th January


A phonics video and literacy activity will be uploaded to Tapestry every morning. There are also recordings of our focus books ‘Man on the Moon’ and ‘Aliens love Underpants’ on Tapestry to support the Literacy activities.



Please use the presentation below (this has also been uploaded to Tapestry) to find out our maths activities for each day. Where necessary, I will also upload a maths song or video explaining the activity to Tapestry.



Our topic this half term is Travel and Transport, and this week we are continuing to focus on space. As your activity this week, please make your own solar system model. You can use any resources that you can think of think of to make your model. I have included some pictures below as inspiration. At school, we are going to do a little bit of work on our model every day. I will share our finished model with you on Tapestry at the end of the week.


Forest School

See if you can make your own bird feeder. At school we have made some before using cheerios and pipecleaners. You could also make on using seeds and lard or peanut butter molded into a shape. I’ve added some photos below as ideas.

Remote Learning Week Commencing Monday 4th January


Our topic this term is 'Travel and Transport' and this week our topic activities are linked to the story "Zoom Rocket Zoom', as well as thinking about New Year's Resolutions.

  • Listen to the story of Zoom Rocket Zoom and write a sentence about where you would like to go in a rocket
  • Watch the 'Amazing Astronauts' presentation to learn about what it's like being an astronaut, and think about what you would like to be when you grow up
  • Make your own rocket using different materials (junk modelling) and use it as part of your small world play
  • Make your own exploding rocket using coca cola and mentos!
  • Listen to the Solar System song to learn about the different planets in our solar system:



Forest School

  • Go on a walk and collect some interesting leaves and flowers. See what different shapes they are and what patterns you can make with the leaves. 
  • Using 1 cup of flour, half a cup of salt and half a cup of water, make a salt dough mixture and press the different leaves you have collected into the dough to make patters
  • Leave the salt dough to dry out or cook it in the oven on a very low heat for a couple of hours
  • When the salt dough is dry you can paint the prints you have made, then you have made your own leaf print decorations!

Week commencing 15th December 2020 LI: To write Christmas cards

This week we have been making Christmas cards! We started by writing the message inside the card and talked about who we would like to give it to. We then decorated the outside with festive drawings. We have also been talking about Christmas, enjoying taking part in Christmas yoga and have made 3 different kinds of Christmas decorations! 

Week Commencing 7th December 2020 LI: To perform our Christmas Play

This week Reception have had a very exciting week performing our Christmas play 'Whoopsy Daisy Angel' and having it recorded for their parents to watch. They have worked hard to learn all of their lines, songs and actions and had a wonderful time. We have also been feeling festive in Literacy and have been writing about The Christmas Story and have made letters to send to Father Christmas.

Week commencing 30th November 2020 LI: To discuss Christmas traditions

This week in Reception we have been very busy preparing for our Christmas play and have been feeling very festive! We have been discussing our Christmas traditions and our favourite things to do with our families. We have produced some amazing writing using our developing phonics knowledge and have created some beautiful Christmas drawings to illustrate our sentences. 

Week commencing 23rd November 2020 LI: To learn about a different country

This week Reception celebrated Around the World Day with the rest of the school. The country that we were learning about was Zimbabwe. The children were invited to come into school dressed in the colours of the Zimbabwe flag. During the day we listened to music from Zimbabwe and made up dances to the different rhythms, coloured the Zimbabwe flag and used Google Earth to travel from our school in Stevenage all the way to Zimbabwe! We also watched a video about a little girl who lives in Zimbabwe and discussed the similarities and differences between her life and ours.

Week commencing 16th November 2020 LI: To celebrate anti-bullying week

This week we have been celebrating anti-bullying week and thinking about our feelings. We have been reading 'The Colour Monster' and have identified the different emotions in the story and discussed how we are feeling. We have also made our own colour monsters and have used our writing skills to write a sentence about how they are feeling.

Week commencing 9th November 2020 LI: To learn about Remembrance Day

This week we have been learning about Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies. Some children wanted to make their own poppies after learning about why we celebrate Remembrance Day. The children were able to carefully draw and cut out their designs on red paper to represent the flowers and added them onto green lolly sticks to represent the stems.

Week commencing 2nd November 2020 LI: To learn about Bonfire Night

Our Bonfire Night Poem

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This week in Reception we have been getting excited about Bonfire Night! We have been doing lots of firework themed literacy activities including making firework rockets using the letters in our name and labelling firework paintings with the sounds that fireworks make. During CIL time we have been using mixed media to produce big fireworks painting. We have learned about Guy Fawkes and firework safety during our topic lessons, and even worked together to write our own poem about Bonfire Night!

Week commencing 19th October 2020 LI: To learn about Autumn

This week we have been learning about Autumn! We went on a leaf hunt outside and collected the best leaves to do leaf rubbings with. We explored pumpkins and had a great time scooping out the insides and making 'pumpkin soup' in the mud kitchen! We discussed the changing seasons and read a story about animals that hibernate. We have also been reading 'Room on the Broom' in literacy, and have really enjoyed drawing and labelling the characters, as well as making our own wands.

Week commencing 12th October 2020 LI: To learn about people who help us

This week there was a 'break in' in Reception! We have been learning all about the police and other people who help us. We started the week by making wanted posters showing the thief who broke into our home area, and thinking about how to write a description of them. We had a visit from Mr Freeman who answered our questions about what it's like to be a police officer and showed us his police car. We learnt about what to do in an emergency and practised calling 999 - some of us even made our own phones so that we could practise on our own! We finished the week by discussing what the fire service do and we learnt some fire safety tips.

Week commencing Monday 5th October LI: To learn about where our food comes from

This week we have been learning all about food! We started the week  by discussing what food is healthy and unhealthy and sorted it into categories. Then, we made a healthy shopping list and bought some ingredients to make tomato and basil soup! We made the soup together and everyone had a chance to peel or chop the ingredients, it tasted delicious! We also discussed farm animals and had lots of fun 'milking' using rubber gloves and watery white paint, as well as making our own farm animals with a combination of resources.

Week commencing Monday 28th September. LI: To explore our nature area

This week Reception went to the nature area for the first time. We explored the different trees and insects that we could see, and collected leaves and acorns. We had a lovely time despite the rainy weather!

Week commencing Monday 21st September. LI: To discuss our families

This week in Reception we have been talking about our families. We shared photos of our families and discussed them with our friends. We made pictures and books about our families and worked hard to label our drawings. We also talked about how families are all different from each other.

Week commencing Monday 14th September. LI: To learn about our senses

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This week in Reception we have been learning about our senses! We have learnt a poem about looking in the mirror and worked hard to remember the words and actions. We hope that you enjoy our performance!

Week commencing Monday 7th September. LI: To paint a self portrait

This week Reception have been very busy settling into their new classroom and making new friends! One of our activities this week has been painting self portraits. We looked carefully at our reflections and worked hard to make the paintings look like us!