Welcome to Reception 
This Weeks Learning 
How to Make a Gingerbread Man
There was a delicious smell making it's way around the whole school on Monday.  This was because the children in Reception made some gingerbread men! 

After learning about non fiction books and gathering information from the internet we found a recipe for gingerbread men. Luckily Mrs Kirk had been shopping at the weekend and we had all the ingredients we needed to make some! 

The children learnt how to follow a recipe and measure out the ingredients . They then helped to mix, roll and cut out.  Luckily for us no gingerbread men escaped during the making of them, and all children got to take one home to enjoy!

If you would like to make your own gingerbread men using the recipe that we used, please see the link below. 



Welcome to Reception!


Starting school is an exciting and important step in children’s development. Research shows that good Early Years (Nursery and Reception) provision lays solid foundations for future learning and achievement.


 At Dale Hall Community Primary School our aim is to work together with you to meet your child’s development and learning needs whilst they are in our Reception classes. We strive to provide a welcoming, safe, caring, stimulating and fun learning environment. Our activities and learning tasks are tailored to meet the needs of our youngest learners. We ensure that we provide playful opportunities that are open ended and challenge children’s thinking. We support their learning by allowing them to explore their own ideas and choose ways to do things for themselves. We encourage them to persist, take a risk, test their ideas, learn by trial and error and to enjoy a challenge when solving problems. 


 The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Guidance forms the basis of our curriculum. It is based on seven areas of learning and is broad and open-ended allowing us to follow the interests of the children. The seven areas of learning consist of Communication and language; Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. These are the prime areas. The prime areas support learning in four specific areas. They are; Literacy (reading and writing) Mathematics; Understanding the world and Expressive arts and Design.  Our aim is to provide high quality teaching and learning that enables all children to reach a good level of learning by the end of Reception.  


It is during their time in Reception that children develop self confidence and a belief in themselves. They try new things on their own and feel pride in their achievements. They become more independent and take care of their own personal needs.  They learn social skills and develop friendships. Good Reception provision prepares children for their lives ahead and enables them to take their first steps along a life-long learning journey that could lead them almost anywhere!


Mrs Kirk

Early Years Leader. Starfish Class

You’ll find lots of paint and paper and crafty bits in Mrs Kirk’s house as she loves to be creative. She also likes to cycle and cook. In the summer you’ll find her swimming in the sea, especially if the waves are big!

Mrs Vaughan

Teaching Assistant- Starfish Class (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)

Mrs Vaughan loves exploring new places so you will often find her planning her next adventure! She loves being by the sea and going for long walks.

Mrs Brooke

Teaching Assistant - Starfish Class (Wednesday)

Mrs Brooke loves to be by the seaside where she can and sit and read a good book. She also enjoys drawing. To keep fit Mrs Brooke goes to Pilates, swimming and out for long walks.

Miss Grover

Teacher - Seahorse Class

Miss Grover is an animal lover. She has one cat called Stripey and a dog called Merlin who she likes to take for long walks in the sunshine! Miss Grover also likes to play badminton and netball. She also enjoys going to Body Balance at the gym.

Mrs Clements

Teaching Assistant - Seahorse Class

You will often find Mrs Clements in the kitchen baking delicious goodies such as brownies and cakes. She also likes to read lots and to spend time with her family and friends.

                                                         Our Story Based Curriculum

 In Reception we follow a Story Based Curriculum. Each term a range of high quality books are chosen which form our ‘termly focus stories’. Many of the activities and experiences which go on throughout the term are linked to the characters, themes and concepts which can be found within these books. Linking children’s learning to storytelling in this way provides many opportunities for children to become immersed in their play experiences having built an understanding of the accompanying book. As a parent or carer to support your children’s learning at home please see our list of books being used. You could visit the local library to borrow a copy of the book, talk about the characters and settings of the story and use the internet to search for audio stories and activities linked to the books.   


W/B 17th September - 'Kippers Birthday' By Mick Inkpen 

W/B 24th September - 'Owl Babies' By Martin Waddell

W/B 1st October - Andy Goldsworthy (non fiction)

W/B 8th October - 'The Rainbow Fish' By Marcus Pfister

W/B 15th October - 'The Rainbow Fish' continued. 

W/B 29th October - 'Aaarrgh Spider' By Lydia Monks 

W/B 19th November 'Handas Surprise' By Eileen Browne 

W/B 26th November -  'Away in  a Manger' (The story we will be performing on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th). 

W/B 3rd December - 'Stick Man' By Julia Donaldson 

W/B 7th January - 'The Gingerbread Man'. 

W/B 21st January - 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'

The Gingerbread Man Experiment 

Have you ever wondered what would have happened if the Gingerbread Man had decided to swim across the river? Well, the children in Reception have found out. We conducted an experiment using a bowl of warm water and a bowl of cold water and two gingerbread men. First the children predicted what they thought was going to happen to the gingerbread men. They used some wonderful words that included float, sink, melt, dissolve, soggy, crumble and wet. The children then held one gingerbread man in the cold water and one gingerbread man in the warm water. They then watched and waited.

This is what we found out. The Gingerbread Man did get wet, and crumble and float for a bit and then sink and the water changed colour and the Gingerbread Man dissolved. This all happened much quicker in the warm water than in the cold water. The children were brilliant at making predictions, talking about and describing what they could see, as well as answering how and why questions.    

So now you know why the Gingerbread Man decided against swimming for it! 


Away in a Manger
The children in Reception put on a wonderful performance of 'Away in an Manger'.All of the children worked so hard to learn all of the songs and dances. They displayed such confidence and we received so many lovely comments from parents, carers, teachers and older children telling us how well everyone did and how much they enjoyed it. 
'All the children done brilliantly and well done to the staff too!'
'Absolutely loved it the kiddies done so well xx'
'We thoroughly enjoyed watching this! Everyone did amazingly well. So much work must have gone into the making of this - well done to everyone!' 
'All the children and staff done an amazing job it was really lovely to watch!'
'It really was a lovely Nativity, I enjoyed it so much I watched it twice! Each time with a tear in my eye! Alex bowing after every song - priceless'
'This was a great production. The children and teachers did such a great job. Thank you. And they clearly enjoyed themselves, smiling and dancing all the way through. Fantastic'.
'I really enjoyed coming to see the nativity, i thought it was great. You should be very proud of what have achieved in such small space of time'.
'All the children did amazing. Well done everyone'.
The Great Outdoors!
The children have absolutely loved exploring our new outdoor area!  
Literacy Workshop 
We held a very successful Literacy workshop for parents and carers detailing how we teach children to read. We also talked about developing fine motor control to help to develop pre writing skills.      

Playdough is Brilliant!


Playdough is amazing for so many reasons. Not only is it a great way to develop the muscles in children's fingers as they squash, squeeze, roll, flatten, pinch, chop and pull it has so many other benefits too! Here is a really interesting article from the imagination tree, describing all of the benefits of playing with playdough.


And here is a tried and tested recipe that must have been used hundreds of times over the last 34 years. So many little hands have enjoyed playing with the playdough from this recipe. Why don’t you give it a try?


Cooked dough (long lasting)


2 cups flour

2 cups water

2 tsp cream of tartar

2 tbs oil

1 cup salt

Food colouring


Cook all of the ingredients in a saucepan over a low heat. Keep mixing until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan. Sprinkle a little flour onto a board and knead well to finish.   

Our Amazing Number Day! 
We had lots of fun on Number Day. It was lovely to see the children coming into school proudly wearing a number they had made. There were lots of number badges, hats, necklaces and bracelets. 
What fun we had when lots of Mums, Dads, Grandmas, Grandads, Aunts, Uncles, Brothers and Sisters came to share the excitement and take part in all of the number and counting activities on offer. This included a number hunt in our new outdoor area, throwing bean bags into a numbered target, making number hats, reading number stories and lots of counting too!
We hope all of the adults that came to share their children's learning had as much fun as we all did.
Thank you for these kind comments.
'This was a wonderful share session. Our girls really enjoyed showing us around their learning environment and we enjoyed all the great activities on offer. Especially the number hunt! Thank you!' 
'Was really nice to come in and see how my child and the rest of class are getting on. The number game was a great idea'.