Robins 2019/2020

Here are some of last year's Reception class doing some excellent maths learning! Click the links to see them in action!


Reception addition -

Reception sharing -

Reception subtraction -

Term 2

Term 1: Settling into Robin Class!


In week 8 it was Robins turn to do cooking. We decided to make some biscuits; we measured our ingredients, stirred them well and used our hands to mould the dough (lucky we are such dough disco experts!). We then put them in the oven to cook. It was great fun!

Talk for Writing

In Week 7 Robin and Raven class performed their talk for writing story to the entire school! Well done all of you for being so brave and performing your story so well - we are so proud of you. 

The new children in Robin class have made an excellent start to their time at Whitchurch Primary.
We have been getting up to so much; we've made new friends, settled into our new environment and started to become familiar with the school routines. Have a look below to see a snapshot of the many things we've been getting up to!

Reception 2018/2019

Term 6: Beside the Seaside

Sports Day

Well done to all the children in Reception Class for taking part in their first sports day. You all did brilliantly! Also a big thank you to all the parents, carers and family who came to cheer us on!

Hand Washing

On Wednesday we learnt all about germs and the importance of washing our hands properly. The nurses even showed us what germs look like on our hands using a clever machine! 


This week we have been learning all about Pirates. We have had so much fun dressing up, making our own pirate ships, finding buried treasure and making people walk the plank!

Talk for Writing

We have been working extremely hard so far this term to learn our new story 'The Rainbow Fish'. We were so excited to perform it for the children and adults in the school. Watch below to see our amazing performance!

Armed Forces Day

We had a great day learning all about the fantastic work different people do to help our country. We also learnt about how the army has changed over the years. We explored lots of old equipment from the war and we even got to sit inside the army truck! Thank you to all the men and women who serve to help our country. 

So far this term we have been having a lovely time exploring the indoor and outdoor classrooms as well as making some beautiful seaside artwork!

Talk for Writing

We have been working really hard to learn our new story 'The Rainbow Fish'. We were so excited to perform it for the school! Take a look to see our fantastic performance. 

Armed Forces Day

We had lots of fun learning about all of the amazing things a range of people do for us and our country. We looked at lots of old things from the war and found out a lot about what it was like for people during that time. Our favourite part was getting in the back of the army truck!

So far this term we have had lots of fun playing inside, outside and creating some beautiful art work. 

Term 5: On the farm

Term 5 Week 4

This week we have been so busy getting ready for our class assembly and it was truly worth it. What a performance! Well done to all the children in Reception Class for being so brave in our class assembly - they each said their own lines, remembered the story so well, sang wonderfully and made fantastic work to show. We are so proud of you all!

Term 5 Week 3

What an exciting week for us. Our chicks have grown so much which meant we finally got to hold them! Unfortunately, they have grown too big for their box so they have to go to their new home with the friendly farmer. We agreed that we will miss them so much so we decided to write them some messages to say goodbye. 

Term 5 Week 2

We have had such a busy week in Reception class. We arrived to a letter from a mystery farmer who asked us if we were able to raise and look after his chicks as he had heard we were learning about farms this term. Of course we were perfect for the job! We have learnt a lot about the life cycle of a chick and we are enjoying every moment of watching our chicks grow. 

We also went on a trip to Bath City Farm. We learnt lots about life on the farm and we were lucky enough to feed and handle the animals. We also went on a bug hunt and pond dipping. We had an amazing day!

Term 5 Week 1

We have had a lovely first week back. We have begun learning about the farm in preparation for our farm visit next week! We also went to the gymnastics centre for the first time and had great fun. We can't wait to go back next week! 

Term 4: Growing

Final week of term 4!

What a term we have had! This week we said goodbye to our wonderful Mrs Stinchcombe. We have been so lucky to of had her support throughout the year and she will be terribly missed.

We also said goodbye to our tadpoles and sunflowers. We can't wait to check on them when we come back from the holidays to see how they have grown!

Talk for Writing

Today we had our very own talk for writing assembly! We had to perform our story to the rest of the school. Everyone said that we did a super job. Miss Knight was so proud of us!

Week 3: Tadpoles

This week we noticed that the eggs had turned into tadpoles! We watched the way their body changed - they grew tails and suddenly they started to wiggle out of their egg! We have been checking on them everyday and looking after them by feeding them spinach. We have also been taking it in turns to water our sunflowers so we are hoping that they will start to grow next week!

World Book Day!

We had so much fun coming into school dressed as our favourite book characters!

Week 2: Sunflowers

This week we learnt about the way flowers grow and what they need to stay healthy. First we had to add water to the special soil and break it all up with our hands. This was very mucky! Then we planted our own sunflower seeds into pots. We are so excited to watch them grow!

Pancake day!

As today is Shrove Tuesday, we used pancakes to help our maths learning. We worked in pairs to roll the dice to tell us how many toppings we needed to add. We then counted the two groups of toppings to give us the total!

Once we had found the total we ate them all! They were delicious. 

Week 1: Frogspawn

When we arrived at school on Monday we noticed that we had something unusual in our classroom! We found out that this was frogspawn. We have been learning all about the life cycle of a frog, which helped us to find out that our frogs are currently eggs. We are going to watch how they grow over the next few weeks.

Term 3: Frozen Worlds!

Chinese New Year!

Tuesday 5th February 2019 was Chinese New Year. We learnt all about this special celebration, such as how it began and how it is celebrated. We had our own Chinese New Year day where we made paper fortune cookies, baked some Chinese food and tasted traditional Chinese meals!

Talk for writing!

How are the lives of Inuits different to ours?
This week we have been learning about Inuits and how their lives may be different or similar to ours. We found out that they lived in houses made out of ice and that these are called igloos! Some of us had a go at making our own igloos today, using the same technique as the Inuits do.

Does fat really keep polar bears warm?
Today we learnt that polar bears are covered in 4 inches of fat to keep them warm. We wanted to find out if this was true as we know it is very cold in the Arctic! We did an experiment where we had to put one hand in a bag of fat and one had in an empty bag. We then put our hands into icy water. We all agreed that the bag full of fat kept our hand much warmer!

Term 2 

Reception present their phonic sounds!

Term 1 Week 7
When we arrived at school on Monday our classroom was a mess! We decided that we had to investigate to find out who had broken in over the weekend. We found out that the dinosaurs from our story 'Katie and the Dinosaurs' had jumped out of the book! We made posters to warn the other children in the school as well as telescopes and binoculars so that we could keep a look out to make sure those cheeky dinosaurs do not come back!

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Reception 2017/2018

Term 6 : Working together to make and decorate cakes.

Term 6 : Our trip to Folly Farm..

Term 5 Week 6 :We went pond dipping and caught lots of tadpoles. We went on a treasure hunt in the outside area and solved maths clues to find the treasure. We tried on wedding dresses and veils to celebrate the royal wedding.

Term 5 Week 5 : We made pitta bread pizzas and chose our own toppings.

Term 5 Week 4 : This week we performed our Talk for Writing story to the whole school. 

Term 5 Week 2 : We held the chicks and tried to weigh them!! We went on the large "pick up sticks" on the field. We found natural objects in the wood to make shapes from. We compared sticks and other objects and talked about the size of them.

Term 5 Week 1 : Our chicks are hatching! We went to the gymnastics centre.

Term 4 Weeks 5&6 : Making chocolate cornflake nests, sharing eggs to go in the baskets we weaved ourselves, learning a dance and enjoying an Easter Egg hunt.

Talk for Writing Term 4

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Term 4 Week 2 : After testing materials to see if they would float we made rafts. Will our rafts carry a plastic animal across the water?

Term 4 Week 1 : Making models, using instruments to make music for our dragon dance, testing materials to see if they will float or sink, pancake races and looking at how the fruit has changed in the compost bin.

Term3 Week 6 : Outdoor maths - finding different sized sticks and using mathematical language to describe them, making animals from the Chinese New Year story.

Term 3 Week 5 : Cutting up fruit to make our fruit kebabs, making trains with moving wheels, using the bikes and scooters to role play crossing the road.

Term 3 Week 4 : We have been playing drums and singing songs. We talked about old toys and how they are different to new ones. Some of our parents sent in drawings of their favourite toys when they were young for us to look at.

Term 3 Week 3 : A guide dog puppy came to see us, we wore goggles to see what it would be like if we were blind and our partners led us around the classroom. We closed our eyes and used balls with bells in to see if we could catch them. In P.E we found different ways to travel along apparatus.

Term 2 Week 6&7 : Making peppermint creams and boxes to put them in, getting ready for the Nativity, having Christmas dinner and enjoying the Christmas Party.

Term 2 Week 5 : Melting chocolate to make our advent calendar.

Term 2 Week 4 : Enjoying a yoga session.

Term 2 Week 3 : We made a circuit to light a bulb and make a spinner spin. We made decorated and sold Pudsey Bear biscuits to raise money for Children in Need.

Term 2 Week 2 : Listening to a visitor showing us how to brush our teeth. Then having a go ourselves making sure to brush them for two minutes. We also talked about why we need to brush our teeth.

Term 2 Week 1 : Dressing up in Indian clothes, painting Diya lamps, testing materials and making a coat for Honey Bear and finding out how a torch works.

Term 1 Week 7 : Working together to playing number games on lap tops, building large models together, counting and matching numbers.

Term 1 Week 6: Programming a Beebot to move. Writing activities in shaving foam and on white boards. Outdoor play in the MUGA.

.Term 1 Week 5: Writing menus for the café. Model making, playing with play dough. Sorting food into healthy and unhealthy food. 

Term 1 Week 4: Making and decorating cakes for the Macmillan Coffee afternoon. Making glasses using different materials.

Term 1 Week 3: P.E in the hall, our first lunchtime, both groups together for phonics and role play in the opticians.

Our first days in school - making new friends, learning new routines, exploring the classroom and outside area.

Reception 2016/2017


Practicing for sports day, building ramps with different numbers of bricks to measure how far they will go, making and decorating mini beast cakes, pond dipping and testing different types of paper to see which will make the strongest bridge.

Our Term 6 Talk For Writing Story - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Term 6 Week 1 : This week we went on a walk behind school. We went on a plant hunt and built dens in the woods. Michael Gorely told us about the railway path as part of the school local history project. We made different shapes in our P.E lesson.

Term 5 Week 5 : Weighing the chicks, looking closely at them to describe them and working together to build chicken runs.

Term 5 Week 4 : Teeth cleaning together, watching the eggs hatch, holding the chicks and visiting the church.

.Term 5 Week 3:Our 'Talk for Writing' story:  Jack and the Beanstalk

Term 5 Weeks 1 and 2 : We used different parts of our hands to make different sounds on the drums. We enjoyed role playing our Jack and the Beanstalk story.

Term 4 Weeks 5,6 and 7 : We looked at a real octopus, made  Mother's Day cards and Easter baskets. We had to swim across to another island as we had run out of food. There we found a surprise in a boat! Our mum's and dad's had sent us a message in a bottle. We enjoyed reading them to each other. We made Easter eggs and had an Easter hunt in the playground.

Term 4 Weeks 3 & 4 : We went on a walk in the school grounds to look for signs of spring. We went on an adventure, building boats and sailing them, before being shipwrecked on a desert island. We weeded the vegetable beds. We role played crossing the road.

Term 4 Week 2 : We celebrated Pancake Day by making pancakes, eating them and having pancake races (cardboard pancakes). We looked at real fish to find out about how they move and breathe. We were brave and touched their teeth!

Term 4 Week 1 : Using beads to make a repeating pattern. Using tools to make under the sea clay tiles.

Term 3 Week 6 : We tested materials to see if they would float. Using what we had learnt,  we built rafts to carry the animals across the river (Chinese New Year story). We then tested them to see if they would float and used straws to make them move.

Term 3 Weeks 4 and 5 : Playing different instruments to make music for the Dragon Dance. Taking turns in the Dragon. Chopping fruit and tasting it before making fruit kebabs.

Term 3 Week 3 : Feeling different materials and describing them for others to guess.

Term 3 Weeks 1 and 2 : We have been working together to build trains, using saws and drills safely to make models with wheels that turn, using instruments to make different sounds and moving P.E equipment safely.

Term 2 Week 7 : The Christmas party.

Ready for the Nativity performance!

Term 2 Week 6: Enjoying Christmas lunch.

Term 2 Week 5: Our 'Talk for Writing' story: Can't you sleep little bear?'

Term 2 Week 4. This week we have explored different techniques in our painting, used different programmes in the ICT suite, had fun at the gym and explored the sounds that instruments make.

Term 2 Week 3. Ordering objects according to length and weight.

Term 2 Week 2. Making, decorating and selling Pudsey Bear biscuits for Children in Need. They were delicious!

Term 2 Week 1. Dressing up in Indian clothes for Diwali. We went to the gym for the 1st time. We went out to collect materials to make a nest for the owl babies. Owl maths - sharing food between 2 owls and saying which had more and which had less.

Term 1 Weeks 6 and 7. Programming a toy (Bee Bots) and making them go down a road. Finding out about Diwali and making Rangoli patterns and clay Diya pots. Enjoying the Spooky Disco. Enjoying the archery session. Being brave on the zip wire.

Term 1 Week 5. P.E. outside.

Getting changed for P.E. and developing ball skills and balance. Enjoyed by all!

Term 1 Week 4.

Using different resources (to make glasses) and refining our ideas as we worked.

Term 1 Week 3.

Our first lunch at school!

Term 1 Week 2.

Making friends, enjoying the new environment and getting used to routines.

Term 1 Week 1.

Enjoying new experiences.

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