Year Group Blog


Let’s get ready for a new start!

In Reception, change is in the air and our children have spent their week reflecting on their achievements in Reception and looking forward to moving into Year 1. We thought about how to welcome the new Reception children into our school and how amazing we think it is to be in Reception at UCPS, this … Continued

All about Space

We have been very busy this week in our Reception classes thinking about the difference between fiction (stories) and non-fiction (fact) books. We enjoyed looking at the different features of non-fiction books such as the contents page. We explored our non-fiction books to find lots of facts about different planets. First we found the planet … Continued

A School for Aliens???

This week we were surprised to find out that there is a school dedicated to the education of young aliens. We found out about this school in the story ‘Welcome to Alien School’. We were shocked by the spellings, sums and space-ghetti that were part of the school day at Alien School! This inspired lots … Continued

Zoom, zoom, zoom… we’re going to the Moon!

This week got off to a BLAST (off) as we read about Baby Bear’s trip to the moon for a picnic in the story Whatever Next. We learnt some basic facts about the moon and the first ever moon landing in 1969. In our guided group learning we thought about how an alien might feel … Continued

Who Is That Trip Trapping Over My Bridge?

Well our last week of this first half of the summer term has been super busy as always and full of excitement! Our final Traditional Fairy Tale has been ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and we learnt the story through active storytelling and small group dramatic role play. In Phonics, we have reviewed all the … Continued

Change your ways Mr Wolf!

Fairytale land has needed more help this week from the Reception Police Officers. We came back to school after the Bank Holiday to find a letter from  Little Red Riding Hood’s mum, who was very cross with the wolf. She explained to us that after terrorizing the Three Little Pigs, he has now ventured into … Continued

“Not By The Hair On My Chinny Chin Chin!”

Once upon a time there were three super spectacular Reception classes called Acorns, Pumpkins and Sunflowers, they WOWED all their grown ups with the super work they did on the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Thank you to all the children in Reception for their wonderful learning this week- you have been great! This … Continued

A Fairytale Start

This week has been short but sweet. The children have returned from their holidays refreshed and ready to take on our final summer term and all that it has to offer. The children have impressed us with their readiness to learn and their enthusiasm for our new topic. Friday has been a real highlight with … Continued

Did you know that Cockroaches can chirp and sing?

We have thoroughly enjoyed this week in Reception, our focus has been on creepy crawly Mini-beasts! We started the week with small groups going into the forest on a mini-beast hunt. We found all sorts of mini-beasts living under stones and underneath the leaves. It was certainly a tickly or slimy hands on experience! On … Continued

Marvellous Minibeasts!

All our Reception children have enjoyed a week of busy learning! There were Rainbow certificates for ALL the children across all three classes- this is very impressive! This week we have been: Doing observational drawings so that we can learn to look carefully at their features – just like an artist would! going on a … Continued


Surprize! Surprize! Yet another week of busy learning! Reception children have been working so hard all week and as a result were presented with so many ‘Rainbow Certificates’ and Silvers too! This week: Learning about different animals that are often found in zoos, exploring their natural habitats and building these using mixed materials. Doing observational … Continued

Spots or Stripes?

Wow! Another super busy fun filled week in Reception! Children have thoroughly enjoyed all the rainbow challenges and have worked very hard in a joyful way! Our focus this week has been on speaking and listening to each other in a respectful way, so our story this week ‘Spots or Stripes? has really helped to … Continued

You can’t take an elephant on a bus!

What a busy first week back! Reception children have been super excited to start their new topic-‘Animal Kingdom’ and there has been some great disscussions about why so animals make great pets and others don’t. Children enjoyed the focus story ‘You can’t take an elephant on a bus’ so much that many decided to become … Continued

Jungle Explorers

There has been a real love of learning throughout Sunflowers, Pumpkins and Acorns this week. All the children have really impressed their teachers… well done everyone in Reception! We have moved from being Polar Explorers to being Jungle Explorers this week. We stepped into a picture of a jungle scene and described all the amazing … Continued

And Tango Makes Three

The children in Acorns, Sunflowers and Pumpkins have shown a real love for learning this week and they have really impressed their teachers… well done everyone in Reception! We have been thinking about how we have changed from when we were babies this week and considering all the things that we can now do. We … Continued

Fantastic Facts

We have all experienced a fun-filled week in Reception and have shown our teachers ‘our brilliance!’ Congratulations to Pumpkins, Sunflowers, and Acorns! Everyday we have learnt more new facts about Polar animals and used this to create our very own ‘information books’. One child was very excited to share that, “Did you know that Polar … Continued

We are Polar Explorers!

We have had a wonderful week in Reception with lots of learning taking place. The children have loved their learning this week and they have really impressed their teachers… well done Sunflowers, Pumpkins and Acorns! We have been preparing for our own Polar Adventure this week…we began by making a list of the things we … Continued

P P P Penguins!

All our Reception children have demonstrated a real love for learning this week and there has been a hive of activity! Well-done Pumkins, Sunflowers and Acorns! The Rainbow Challenges have been extremley popular! Using the Poitallism technique we carefully created an image of a penguin using cotton buds and paint. Using three colours,we thoughtfully coloured … Continued

Welcome back!

Welcome back Sunflowers, Acorns and Pumpkins and your lovely families. We have had a wonderful start to the new term with children settling straight back into the routines of school. They have impressed us with the way they have worked together (and independently) throughout the week. We have been exploring and creating different shades of … Continued

Christmas Celebrations!

We have had a super busy week in Reception! All Reception children have contributed to making the ‘Nativity’ such a wonderful and joyous experience, which we know that Parents and Carers thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you all for the positive feedback and appreciative comments. Children looked amazing in their costumes as they acted, narrators bravely told … Continued

Nativity preparations

We have had an extremely busy week making the final preparations for our Nativity performances. We are delighted to report that all Reception children are singing beautifully, remembering the actions and most importantly enjoying the performances- a huge well done! We have also been writing our own lists of the characters in the Nativity story, … Continued


We have had a lovely and busy week in Reception. We have continued our learning about different celebrations, this week we focused on Weddings. The children have been very busy writing their own wedding cake recipes and making tiered cakes using play dough. They have impressed us with the way they ordered numbered presents to … Continued

The sights and sounds of the Carnival

We have had a very exciting and busy week in Reception thinking about all the sights and sounds at Carnivals. We were impressed with the wonderful hats and costume designs that the children created- they are applying their skills with lots of imagination! We have also been dancing and to Carnival inspired music and creating … Continued

Happy Birthday to you!

We have had a very exciting week in Reception thinking about the different ways that we can celebrate birthdays. What a very busy week…We have been making lists of the things that we might need for a birthday party and cutting out pictures of the food we would like to eat at a birthday party … Continued

Fizz! Bang! Whizz!

We have had a very exciting week in Reception thinking about the colours and sounds that fireworks make. We were impressed with the way the children used their phonic knowledge to help them write firework themed words. We would like to say a big thank you for sending your children to school in suitable painting … Continued

Hubble Bubble

This week: We began the week by reading and enjoying the story of Meg and Mog. We were very interested in the idea of potion making and we linked lots of our learning to this idea. We were very impressed with the way the children tried to blend the sounds in CVC words- we pulled … Continued

Autumn Colours

We’ve made it – our first half term in Reception is complete. We’ve been on quite a journey since getting to know each other during our home visits in September and have learnt so much already. The children have settled wonderfully into their new surroundings and are happy, content and prepared for their learning challenges … Continued

Handa’s Surprise

Wow! What a fantastic week we have had in Reception. The children have amazed us with their enthusiasm for the brand new Rainbow Challenges and their wonderful attitudes to learning. We have been thinking about Handa’s Surprise this week. We loved listening to the story and retelling it with our friends. We have also been … Continued

Have you filled a bucket today?

Our teachers say: We have had a very busy week thinking about the book- ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’ The children have made us very proud this week- they have filled so many buckets with their kind thoughts, words and actions. They thought very carefully about the ways that they could be bucket fillers and … Continued

We’re going on a Dr Biddulph Hunt…

Our Teachers say… Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable week. The children have been fantastic in their first full week at school. They have enthusiastically engaged with lots of different activities and are developing their friendships within their classes and across the cohort. We are very proud of the children in Pumpkins, Acorns and Sunflowers. The … Continued

Welcome Reception 2018-19

Our Teacher’s Say… We are so proud of the start to school our Pumpkins, Acorns and Sunflower children have made. After the home visits last week we have enjoyed getting to know the children and forming our new classes. The children have thrived in the smaller half-day sessions and have already began to form some … Continued