Our Indoor Classroom

Welcome back to our Wonderful Reception children. We are looking forward to learning and exploring with you this year. There have been a lot of exciting changes made to the classroom and we can’t wait to watch you using our learning spaces. Here is a sneaky peek…

The Hairdressers

On Monday, some of the children were pretending to do each other’s hair and makeup. They were using paintbrushes as makeup brushes and putting bobbles in each other’s hair. Our fabulous TA Rachael Dunnington went along with this play and brought in some old makeup pallets, brushes and curlers from home. The children ran with it; we soon had a makeshift salon set up in our outdoor area. Both boys and girls alike were role-playing a visit to the hairdressers. We contacted the local Co-op High School and arranged a visit to their working salon with the children. The children saw the Salon set up and were given a tour and an explanation of how the salon works by the Salon Manager Alison. On returning to the class, we set up our own Beauty Salon and members of staff donated old hairdryers, combs, makeup brushes, curling tongues etc. With the children steering the set-up of the salon and suggesting equipment needed, we had a grand opening last Friday. The children have been booking appointments on the computers, role-playing stylists, hairdressers and customers. The language the children have acquired and have been applying to role play scenarios has been fantastic. This is a prime example of making an excellent teaching and  learning opportunity from the interest of the children and using other local schools and businesses to support this.

Alison is returning to Reception Class in the next week to come and do a workshop with the children. She is planning to bring some more resources to enhance the salon further and to showcase some simple Hairdressing skills.

Our child initiated hairdressing topic soon moved into a topic about what we would like to be when we grow up. This sparked off some visits from people with different occupations.

We had a visit from our local Police Community Support Officers, a visit from a midwife and a Facetime call from a Nurse!



ORBIT has gone live!!!orbit

We are so excited to have signed up most parents to our super new assessment tool ORBIT. Educators can use this assessment method to observe and photograph your child and their learning experiences. They can then link this learning to the EYFS curriculum and send the observations straight to parents and carers. Staff can suggest next steps and give ideas on how you can support your child at home and you can then send photographs and evidence of your child’s learning experiences at home! Thank you to all parents and carers who attended the ORBIT welcome session!

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Maths Mastery

In Reception we have been using a method of teaching Maths called ‘Maths Mastery’. We have looked at the EYFS Curriculum and used the suggested learning objectives to teach the children using this new approach. We use lots of different concrete objects such as numecon, cubes, pebbles, sticks, balls, currents etc to learn how to represent numbers.

The children are getting so good at this skill of number value and representing numbers in different ways using different objects.

Children are also making great progress with number recognition, number ordering and letter formation!


This month we have learnt a lot about our local area- Blackley. Many of us have learnt our address. We have been on a trip around our local area and used a map to help us navigate! We have learnt the directions left and right, forwards and backwards.

We ticked off local landmarks on our maps and we talked a lot about keeping safe on the roads.

On our return some of the children were talking about where they live and asking if we could walk to their houses. As it would take too long to walk to everyone’s house we used Google Earth to find our houses! The children typed in their address and found their houses!


Our new outdoor learning space/ Forest School

We have been watching the development of our new forest school since September. The children were delighted to finally visit and experience our new outdoor learning space. We made predictions about what might grow there and how the landscape might change. We ran around on our fabulous new sports pitch and we enjoyed sitting in the auditorium having photos with our friends!

Freezing and melting!

The children were very excited when they woke up one morning and the ground was frozen! There was ice and frost and fog in the air!

It sparked lots of conversations and discussions about why it was there and what it was!

The children investigated outdoors.

They started using words such as freezing, melting, ice etc.

We decided to do set up an experiment. Each group placed ice in different places around the classroom such as on top of the radiator, in the fridge and on the windowsill. Every five minutes the children checked on the ice to see if it had melted and used the ipods to take pictures.

Come and talk to Reception to find out which area made the ice melt the quickest and why!

Our Cheeky Elf

As Christmas is getting nearer we have a new addition to our Reception Class! We have a cheeky elf who has come to check we are being good and behaving!

On the day our Elf arrived, we had a democratic vote to decide upon his name! The name ‘Kevin’ was a clear winner!

Whilst we are all tucked up at home in bed, Kevin is a little naughty and gets up to mischief in our classroom! Look at some of the things he has done so far….

Check back regularly to see what else Kevin has got up to!

Receptions Expectations Form


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Happy New Year! It was great to see the children back in school after our Christmas break. The children have settled back into school routine very quickly and all seem to have matured over the holidays!

Super Hero Writing Area

The children have enjoyed exploring our new super hero writing area, where Batman is currently living. The children have enjoyed writing secret messages to one another and using torches to read them. We have been using our phonics to help us to write about what super powers we would like to have. This fantastic writing has been displayed in the corridor, make sure you come and take a look on your way past!

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Our new author

This term our new author is Judith Kerr and we have loved learning facts about her life. We have done talk for writing to orally rehearse sentences before we write them and the children really enjoyed it. Ask your child about Judith Kerr to see what they can remember.

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Week Beginning 16/01/17

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

One of our favourite Judith Kerr books at the moment is the Tiger who came to tea. The children love the tiger and how cheeky he is. As the children showed so much enthusiasm about the story we visited a local café, just like the Thomas family did in the story. Before we went on the trip we thought about what a café might have and we wrote a list. When we arrived we found that some of our predictions were correct.

At the café we ordered our own glass of juice and a piece of toast. When we had finished we went to the till and paid for what we had ordered.



Reception Timetable- Spring 1


Week Beginning 23/01/17

Just Soph

This week we had a fantastic trip to the Avenue Library in Blackley to watch Soph perform her interactive stories. We would like to say a special thank you to all of the parents who came and supported us and made the trip possible.

The children absolutely loved Soph’s stories and couldn’t stop talking about them when we got back to school……Lil -“I love her she’s so funny”
Andrew – “I like the Crocodile, he’s really naughty”

 Radiant “I liked the Camel because he always says ‘humph’”.

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Hot seating

This week we did some hot seating with the characters from The Tiger who came to tea, as the story has proved very popular with the children. The children wore the masks of the characters they liked the most and all of a sudden they turned into the character. We asked them lots of questions.                                 Oliver asked the tiger “where do you live?”

Ellie-Mae asked the tiger “ how did you find the house?”

Alfie asked Debbie “what did you get from the café?”     Lil asked Mrs Thomas “ Are you cross that the Tiger drank everything?”.

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Our new café

Due to our very successful trip to the café last week, we have opened our very own role play café with an al-carte dining area on the terrace, where picnics are served, as requested by the children. The children have assigned roles to one another and are really getting into character using their experiences to re-enact past events. We have had great customer reviews, make sure you come and take a look!

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Week Beginning 30/01/17


The reception team were so amazed with the puppets that we saw ‘Just Soph’ use in her interactive stories last week, that we challenged the children to make their own puppets. We asked the children to use everyday household objects such as spoons, cardboard boxes, socks etc. to make their own imaginative puppets just like Soph did. Look at their amazing creations……

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We introduced the puppets to our group and talked about where they are from, what they like and don’t like and who they like to play with. Sterling introduced us to his monster puppet……“He is called Scooby doo, he lives in a monster cave, he’s on Venus, he’s a bit of a mean monster,he likes to eat everything, quick run away he is hungry now and he could eat you all up”

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Adam introduced us to his Caterpillar puppet….. “He is a king, he lives in a very high castle and looks after the good guys, he’s a very good boy”. 

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We were all so excited to share our puppets with our friends; we decided to set up puppet show areas around the classroom, where we could bring our creations to life. This was a huge success!

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BUT something very mysterious has happened when we came back from assembly on Friday the puppets had disappeared!!! There was a letter that said ‘See you next week’. We have no idea where they have gone! We have made some predictions about where we think the puppets have gone, but we will have to wait and see!

Week Beginning 06/02/17


This week our puppets have returned! They had been with Soph in the story telling hub having lots of exciting adventures! We are so excited to have them back! We have been using our new outdoor puppet theatre to bring our puppets to life and put on shows for our friends. We have been selling tickets, filming the shows, serving popcorn and drinks to the audience and writing show reviews.

We have also been using our puppets to write a short story. We have been exploring the structure of a story and using a story dice as a prompt to help us think of different settings and an object we must use to include in our story.


This week we have been exploring the part-part whole model as an aid to support early addition. We have really enjoyed using the model and have developed a good understanding as the week has gone on. All of the children now understand that the two parts added together equal the whole. Some of us have begun writing the number sentence that is represented in the part-part whole model.

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Week Beginning 27/02/17


Our new topic this half term is space and this week we have loved learning about the planets in our solar system. Over the half term break the children in reception were given the challenge to create a poster about space and we have been blown away by the amazing work that has been done!!!

Sterling could name all of the planets in our solar system and told purple group “there is a bit of a problem with the planets cos Pluto used to be a planet but it’s not anymore it’s a dwarf planet cos it’s a little bit too small”.  

Lily-Mae created a HUGE poster over the half term break with lots of interesting facts about the planets and stars in our solar system. She said “I like Mars cos it is red”.

Ruby knew lots of facts about astronauts and said “Niel Strongarm was the first man on the moon”.

Come and see  all the beautiful posters on display in the corridor.

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World Book Day

This week we celebrated World Book Day and it was a huge success! We all came to school dressed up as characters from our favourite book and shared lots of stories.

Adam said “this was the best day ever!”.  Alfie said “ I love book day”. Lil said “Alice in Wonderland is my favourite book I’ve read it lots of times”.

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In the afternoon we met with year three and partnered up to share stories. We all loved meeting different children and drawing pictures of the characters from the book.

Jamie said “I liked that we got to go and see the bigger children, I liked sitting with Emily”.

Vera said “I liked sitting with my sister, she read me a really funny book”.

Oliver said “we readed books with year three with Dean my brother, he readed Horrid Henry to me”.

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We have been doing a lot of work based on making comparisons. We have been looking at 2 groups of objects and which group has more/ less objects. The children have been counting the objects and trying to make each pile equal. We have been developing our reasoning skills and explaining how we have solved the problems.

Jamie said “What I did right, I looked that pile, then I look at that pile, like I compared them right…. I found out there was 3 on that side so I took some away from the big side and put them back so they are both equal, look: 1, 2, 3 and 1, 2, 3.”

Neveah said “I’ve added 3 more of them, then counted them again to see if they both had the same and they did.”

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The children have really amazed us this week with their reading skills! It is very clear to see the amount of progress the children who read at home have made. Some children’s progress in reading is slower as they are not regularly reading at home. PLEASE PLEASE read regularly at home with your child, this will have a big effect on their reading levels and ultimately on their future. If any families are struggling with this and need some support, please do come and see us and we will help.

Week Beginning  6/03/17

Welcome Olly!

This week our new sport coach Olly began working with Reception. We had so much fun playing games and learning about why it is important to keep healthy and exercise. Ellisia said “my heart is beating really fast now so it’s going to get really big and strong”.  Rayyan said “my muscles are really tired now they have worked really hard today”. The children enjoyed the under the sea themed games and playing football.  Oliver said “I can’t wait for next week” and Ellie said “ that was so much fun!”.


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This week we have continued our space topic and we went on a rocket mission to the moon. We talked about what we would need while we were away and what we were excited to see. Ellie-Mae said “I want to take a picture of my family cos I will miss them because I won’t get to see them every day”.  Leo said “I’m taking a space suit cos I will need that if I want to get out of the rocket  cos if I don’t have one I can’t breathe”.  Andrew said “ I want take some biscuits so that I don’t get hungry on the way”.  Phoebe said “I want to take Ebony cos I will miss playing with her”. We have been doing lots of crafts activities in the creative area – making rockets, jet packs, helmets and creating the different planets. We have learnt lots more about the planets and most of us now know a fact about each of the planets!! The children have really enjoyed ‘The space song’. Why don’t you listen to it over the weekend!

Week Beginning 13/03/17

Parents Evening

We would just like to say a big thank you  to all parents who attended parents evening. It was a fantastic turn out. It was brilliant for us to have the opportunity to talk with yourselves about your amazing children, their achievements, next steps and most importantly their happiness at E-ACT Blackley.


On Monday when we arrived at school we had a special delivery. There in the classroom was an incubator with some eggs inside. We made predictions about what we thought could be inside the eggs. Adam said “ maybe there is a bat inside there”. Nekendor said “ I think it’s a crocodile”. Ellie said “ I think that it could be a turtle or maybe a dinosaur” Edy said “ Maybe there will be a little snake inside of it”.  We wrote about our predictions and we waited to see what would hatch. After a day or so some beautiful chicks hatched. We have loved watching them crack the eggs and hatch very wet and tired. Come and take a look!

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Pop project

On Wednesday morning we had a visit from ‘the Pop Project’. This was an event where 3 very talented musicians gave an assembly based around pop music. They taught us songs from different counties and different eras from 1950s to present day. They also brought lots of different instruments from around the world for us to try out!  We had so much fun and loved learning new songs! Try playing ‘Rock around the clock tonight’ and ‘The lion sleeps tonight’ on Youtube.

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World Science Day

On Thursday we celebrated World Science Day. Nursery and Reception mixed into groups and we visited each-others classrooms to take part in lots of different experiments. We made gloop, learnt about the 5 senses, held the chicks and talked about their lifecycle, made boats that float and sink and even created our own Mento/ diet coke volcano explosion! When experimenting with the gloop Rayyan said “It feels so cold and slimy”. Alaina said It looks like its from Mars cos it’s red like it is on Mars”. Scarlette said ” It feels really soft and slippery”Sterling said “ I love science its really fun”. Jamie said ” I’m going to be a scientist when I’m older just like my daddy”.

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Week Beginning 20/3/17


This week we have really enjoyed watching the chicks grow and get fluffy. We have been taking very good care of them and each group has taken it turns to clean out the brooder and make sure that the chicks have fresh water and bedding. We have been writing about the different stages of the lifecycle and why we like looking after the chicks. Jalees said “ they are so cute and fluffy I love them”. Oliver said “ I like it when they dance around, they are so funny”. Neveah said “  I like it when they sleep on top of each other”. Maisy said “ I like it when we can stroke them cos they are so soft”.

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Easter Bonnet Parade

Our homework last week was to make an Easter Bonnet. We were blown away with the creativity and hard work that was put into  making the bonnets. They were absolutely fantastic, so fantastic that we thought that the whole school needed to see them. We went on a parade around the school and showed the other classes our bonnets. We also sang our ‘spring chicken’ song, ask your child to sing it to you tonight. We loved showing off our hard work and it made us feel very proud. Lil said “I liked going upstairs and showing the big kids our hats and when they all clapped that made me smile”.  Sterling said “I liked singing spring chicken because it made everyone be a little bit happy”. Jalees said “I liked when we went to nursery and Mrs Boden turned on my lights and everyone clapped, that made me feel good”.

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Mother’s Day stay and read

We would like to say a massive thank you to all of the parents that came to the Mother’s Day Stay and Read. It was lovely to see so many of you and all of the children loved spending time making things to celebrate you.

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We hope you have an absolutely fantastic Mother’s Day! Here is a little video that the children have made to tell you the reasons why they love you so much…………


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