Denton West End Primary School

Only our best is good enough

Balmoral Drive, Manchester, Lancashire, M34 2JX

0161 336 3409


Welcome to reception

Mrs Woodhead










Ms Osborne

Miss Graham

Miss Carney

Teacher Teaching Assistant  Teacher Teaching Assistant

Home Learning

A range of home learning activities suitable for each year group can be found here on Classroom Secrets -

Please note, this link will only work on a PC or a laptop and unfortunately is not compatible with phones or tablets. Below are some super ideas for Reception children to keep them busy at home.

Week Beginning 30th March

Hello, we hope that you are all safe and well. Below are some ideas that you can complete with your children this week related to their learning.

Keep Active

PE with Joe takes place at 9am every day. Miss Graham and Mrs Woodhead have been joining in at home too! This is a good way to wake up and start the day.

Children could also try Cosmic Yoga, which tells your child a story using yoga moves. Your little ones will love it.


Watch Numberblocks. Series Two: Just Add One.

Use Lego to build towers to represent each number from 1 -10. Can your child count forwards and backwards to 10? For the example see the link below. 

Compare two towers and talk about one more. For example ‘2 is 1 more than 1.’

If you are able to download and complete the Numberblocks ordering sheet below.



For those children who would like to do a little more. Can you make towers 1-20. Can you say the number that is one more?

Can you use these towers to make numberbonds. 

eg. 2 + 5 = 7



Oxford Owl have a range of online school reading books that your child can read at home. You will need to register first to access them.

Do not forget to practise your keywords!


Below are some ideas that you can do with your child for Easter.

Crispy Cakes.

Make a gorgeous Easter basket and fill it with treats for yourself or as a gift.

These paper chains are the perfect way to get your excited for Easter! Cut out and hang up around your house for a lovely, colourful display!


To write instructions to one of the craft activities that you have chosen to do. For example.

Easter Paper Chains

  1. First cut out.
  2. Then put it through the circle.
  3. Finally glue and stick.

or children could make a card for someone in your family for Easter.


We hope that you and your family have a wonderful Easter and we hope to see you all very soon!

Share 'Saving Easter.' A lovely Easter story: 

Week Beginning 23.3.20

If you would like to do some activities at home with your children here are some ideas that you could follow, that link to their learning at school.


Watch Numberblocks, Series 2 Episode 5 ‘Ten’

How many different ways can you make 10?




Can you find 10 objects in your house?

Point to the object and say the number as you count.


If you have access to a printer this may help. Alternatively just use 10 objects in you house.

*Challenge – Can you write the number sentences? For example 5+5=10


We have been reading the story ‘Billy and the Beast’ by Nadia Shireen. In the story there are lots of forest animals such as, hedgehogs, foxes and rabbits. Try to find out about a forest animal. Can you draw a picture and write a sentence to explain where your animal lives and what it likes to eat.

There is a powerpoint on twinkl to help you.

You can have free access to twinkl using the code UKTWINKLHELPS


Please continue to read daily for at least 10 minutes, sharing books at home, talking about the story and recognising key words.



Have a look at the website phonics play and choose a phase 2 or phase 3 game to play.

The following will give you free access. It would be helpful to do 15 minutes of phonics every day.

Username: march20

Password: home


We hope that you find this useful and are happy and safe at home. Mrs Woodhead and Miss Graham.

March 2020

As part of our celebration of World Book Day, Louise came to school to dance with the children from the company 'Workshops for Schools.' To continue their work on The Gruffalo, children learnt a dance telling part of the story through movement and music. It was very good and the children were able to listen and copy the movements step by step until they had a complete dance. Teachers will send parents the end performance through Target Tracker Observations. I am sure you will be amazed at how well the children did!

On Tuesday 3rd March, Tameside Library Service came to reception to read the children the story 'The Gruffalo' By Julia Donaldson who is also our author of the term. Helen and Cassie then asked children to choose one of the characters from the story and make a mask. We had a very busy and enjoyable morning as you can see below.

For World Book Day, children were asked to make a story in a jar. There was so much creativity! We could not believe how amazing all the jars were. Well done to all the children who took part.

February 2020

Children celebrated National Fairy Tale Day by dressing up as their favourite fairy tale characters. We had a fun filled day talking about our favourite stories, making wands and using the small world resources to create our own fairy tale worlds and to retell the stories of the characters that we were.


Thank you to all parents for their support. The children's costumes were wonderful!

My Superhero Family by Sarah Garraway

Is your daddy strong enough to carry you for miles? Can your mummy make you better with her super healing powers? Do you go out in a  super-teleport car and have an invisible cat? And maybe - just maybe - you have some super powers of your own? If so, you might be a member of a superhero family, too! 


On 4th February the reception children had a very important visitor, Acacia's Mummy who is also the author Sarah Garraway. Sarah has written her a book all about Acacia's family. It is called 'My Superhero Family.' The children listened to the story and enjoyed talking about the pictures and relating the book to their own families and their own superhero powers. Thank you Sarah the children really enjoyed your visit!

We would like to welcome parents to come into school at story time to read their favourite story with their child's class.

If you would like to do this please speak to your child's class teacher.

January 2020

Today we found three eggs in a nest in our nursery garden. Where could they be from? Miss Carney said at lunchtime she heard BIG footsteps on the roof and a roar! Then there was a big gust of wind. We asked children what might be inside. They came up with lots of ideas:

  • Chick
  • Unicorn
  • Dinosaur
  • Dragon
  • Crocodile

What do you think? They are very unusual! One was cold, one was slimy and one looked like a stone. We have now brought them inside to keep them warm. Now we just need to wait and see what happens!


On Friday 10th January class RG and RW worked with the talented poet Conrad Burdekin to create their own class poems. They then performed their fabulous work to the rest of the school and got to watch other classes showcase their work. Well done everyone! We can all be writers!

Here are our poems:


Snake in my bed

Oh no!

Snake in my bed!

Over my bum.

Onto my head!

Shout and scream.

Jump on the floor.
Run! Run! Run!

Out of the door.

By Class RG

Can you remember the words and actions with your child?

My Magic Pen

Make me chocolate,

Make me sweets,

Make me ice creams,

I can eat!

Make me spiders,

Make me bears,

Make me rabbits,


By Class RW

December 2019

Look who came to visit us at school today! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the children in reception. We look forward to welcoming you back on January 7th.

Wriggly Nativity

Children retold the story of the birth of Jesus. Teachers and parents were very proud of our Nursery and Reception children. Well done!

November 2019

In November our Reception classes hosted a Reading party for their families. We enjoyed decorating biscuits, arts and crafts, making sandwiches and sharing stories with each other. This was a lovely afternoon enjoyed by all!

October 2019

Dear  Parents/Carers,

BBC Tiny Happy People launched in Greater Manchester this month and it has some fabulous resources for you to support your children’s communication skills. 

It is full of ideas and video clips that help you to develop your child's skills through interaction and play. Please click on the link below.,UXS7,5T67HK,35GUY,1

October 2019

On Thursday 10th October the reception children walked down to our local library to celebrate National Libraries Week. Children spent time looking at books and listening to stories. 

On Wednesday 16th October reception visited Manchester Airport Viewing Park as part of our topic 'People Who Help Us.' Children went on board a Monarch aeroplane and sat in the pilots seat. We dressed up as people who help us at the airport. We also watched the aeroplanes taking off and landing and we even saw concord. We found out that concord means peace. 

It was a fantastic day and we were very impressed with how well behaved our children at Denton West End were. Well done!

September 2019

Welcome to our reception page. Our reception classes have had a fantastic start to the new school year. They have settled in well, made lots of new friends and have enjoyed learning in all the different areas. We are looking forward to an exciting term!