Balmoral Drive, Manchester, Lancashire, M34 2JX

0161 336 3409

Denton West End Primary School

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Welcome to Reception

Meet the Reception staff

Mrs Woodhead Mrs  Murphy Miss Graham Miss Carney Mrs Binyon
Teacher Teaching Assistant  Teacher Teaching Assistant Teaching Assistant

EYFS Curriculum Statement

Reception Curriculum Map

Information to Parents

Recommended Reads

Winter Welly Walk

The children wrapped up warm and put on their wellies for our winter walk around the school grounds. On the walk, the children noticed ice and frost on the grass, plants and trees. The mud on the field had frozen and it was hard to walk on. As we spoke, we could see our own breath. The children noticed that most trees had no leaves and could see that all the leaves that had fallen in autumn were on the ground. They had all turned brown. Along the way, we collected lots of twigs and sticks that we found.

When we returned to school, we talked about what we had seen and compared this to our autumn walk. The children then made winter pictures and looked at aerial photographs of our school and drew their own maps of our school field .

Ice Experiment

The children used all their senses to explore ice. They described what the ice felt and looked like using words such as cold, wet and slimy. We then predicted whether hot water, cold water, salt or sugar would melt the ice the fastest. Children used spoons and pipettes to test their predictions. They watched the ice melt and kept returning to see what was happening to it. We then talked about the results and whether our predictions were correct. It was a very exciting experiment.

Reading Challenge Reward Autumn Term

Well done to all the children who completed the reading challenge. We had a fantastic day in our costumes, playing games, drinking chocolate milk and eating biscuits. You should be really proud of yourselves. Keep it up!

Christmas Nativity Show

Reception and all of the EYFS children have been working so hard this term to learn their lines, remember new songs and practice their dance routines. All the children did an amazing job and all the staff are very proud of them.  Well done everyone!

Maths Week

Maths week is a whole week dedicated to helping children become more engaged with Maths as a topic and a hobby. Maths week is about encouraging children to appreciate the amazing things in our world which use maths. Let’s prove to all of our children just how fun and useful maths is beyond school! This week children used lots of resources to count, build, problem solve and investigate numbers and patterns.

On Wednesday 16th November, children dressed up as their favourite Numberblocks character from numbers 1-5. They brought in objects to match that number. 

Both classes also worked with Miss Varney, a Maths consultant who works throughout school. Children used Numicon and read the book 'One is a Snail, 10 is a Crab' by April Sayre and Jeff Sayre. We have been very busy!

Odd Socks Day

On Monday 19th October, children came to school wearing odd socks. Odd Socks Day is an opportunity to encourage people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique.

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is the one day a year that we stop to remember the fallen soldiers. Children painted poppies and completed writing patterns. We all sat beautifully for the 2 minutes silence at 11am.

Autumn Welly Walk

To introduce our new story 'The Leaf Thief' by Alice Hemming, the Reception children went on an Autumn walk to explore the changes the season brings and to see if we could find Sam's missing red leaf from the story.  Children enjoyed talking about what they could see, hear, feel and smell. We also collected Autumnal objects along the way to make Autumn collages and pictures.


The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming

We have attached the story below for you to enjoy together at home.

Welcome to Reception

We'd like to give a warm welcome to all of our Reception families this year. The children have settled really well! We are looking forward to watching your children learn and grow throughout this coming year.

The children have been busy getting to know their new friends and our classroom rules and routines. We are reading books that help us to talk about our wonderful families and friends and have been looking at the numbers 1,2 and 3.