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Easter bonnets

Science week - Bottle rockets

Food around the world - india

Games Club



The way back home - Story sequencing


We have been learning about Diwali.  We worked as a team to make a large Rangoli pattern. Hindus make bright Rangoli patterns to encourage the goddess to enter their homes. 

Saving the stars from alien slime.


To celebrate bonfire night we created giant firework pictures. Splashing paint onto paper inside and throwing and brushing powder paint outside. We also created bonfire picture using our hands for the flames. 

5...4...3...2...1...BLAST OFF!!!


In maths, we have been learning about 2d shape. We have searched for shapes, painted with shapes and sorted shapes. We have been naming and describing them too. 


We used toys and props to retell the story of Whatever Next. 



In the dough this week we have been making the correct number of bugs to sit on each leaf. 


We have been using the crabs in the water area to build words. We used our Fred frog knowledge to help us. 


We rolled conkers in paint to create large pieces of autumn coloured paper to cut into the shape of leaves. 


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After our first class assembly, we made banana milkshake as a special treat. We peeled and chopped bananas and mixed them them with milk and ice cream. Everyone really enjoyed making and tasting our banana milkshake. : ) 


During English we have been describing autumn leaves. 



In maths, we have been creating groups of items to then discuss which group has more and which group has less. We used teddies and autumn objects to create the different groups. 



We used feely socks to explore a range of materials. We tried to guess what each sock had in before having a look. We also made our own sensory board choosing lots of different textures. 

We are sound collectors

Mark making with vehicles and markers

Celebrating 100 years of Roald Dahl

Dough Disco - During dough disco we develop our fine motor skills and have lots of fun!

Our first week at Cumwhinton School

Exploring our outdoor area


Welcome to Reception (EYFS) – Catbells

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Cumwhinton School and the start of your child’s school experience. Reception is a very busy year, filled with lots of fun and learning!  I am very excited about all we have planned for your child this year, and I look forward to working with you as well.   

Our PE day will be a Thursday, so please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school. However, I recommend they stay in school all week as you never know when it might be needed. Please make sure that all clothes are labelled with your child’s name. School policy for jewellery is only stud earrings, these will need to be removed independently or covered for PE with tape or plasters.

A little later on in the school year, your child will begin to bring home reading books. They will be familiar with these reading books as they will have read them in school as part of their Read Write Inc. (RWI) phonics sessions. Children should be able to read their books fluently and with confidence – showing off their reading skills. After they have read their book, I recommend discussing the story and asking your child questions related to the story in order to increase understanding and comprehension skills.

There will be a parents information evening coming very soon to explain our new RWI phonics scheme. Look out for letters.

Children will be provided with a fresh piece of fruit for snack each day. School dinners are also provided free of charge with lots of tasty options for the children to choose from. If your child is opting to have a packed lunch please can you make the office aware of this and please remember we are a NUT free school.

Please check your child’s book bag every night for any letters. If your child is absent I will always pin their letters to our information board so please check there if your child has been absent. For those children using the bus, I will ensure that all missed letters are sent home.

Our first topic is ‘Magical Me!’ Please see our topic web to see what we will be learning.

We will have class assemblies throughout the year but more information about this will follow when the children have settled in.

I want your child to have a happy and productive time in reception. Communication between home and school is vital. If at any time you wish to speak to me I am always available before and after the school day for informal updates however, if you wish to discuss any private matters please do not hesitate to make an appointment with the office.

Once again, welcome to reception. Let’s work together to make this a great year.

King regards

Miss Gray