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Welcome to Reception 2018!


All children have settled into their new routine really well this year and we are very proud of them all. Keep visiting this page to stay up to date with new information and to see some of the exciting things that we do here at Stoke Minster! We will update it as often as we can. smiley

Important Information

Our Reception doors open in a morning at 8:50 and there will always be a member of the Reception team there to greet all the smiley faces and answer any questions that you have. Children's busy learning starts straight away, so they MUST be in school before the doors are closed at 9:05. If you are late and arrive at school after the doors are closed, please walk around to 'Late Gate' at the main school office. Please do not knock on our doors and windows as we can't let you in, because learning will have began and the registers closed.

School ends at 3:05 and the doors will be closed at 3:15. If you arrive after 3:15 you will have to collect your child from 'Late Gate' at the main school office.

First Day at School 2018


As we spend lots of our busy learning time participating in Physical Activities, for the safety of your child we advise you to take their earrings out before they come to school each day.

Children CANNOT participate in PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES if they are wearing earrings.

Thank you for your support.




Happy Friday! We hope that you have all had a good week, we know that we have! It has been lovely to see lots of smiley faces coming in each morning. All of the children have settled into their new routine really well this year and we are really pleased with them.

This week has been HAPPINESS WEEK and we have launched this very special week with Muddy Monday! We had a mud café, sensory tray and mud slide outside and had lots of fun getting down and dirty. Inside we really liked playing with toy cars and diggers in chocolaty mud made with flour, sugar, coco powder and chocolate syrup. It smelt AMAZING! The next day was Terrific Tuesday, where we cleaned all of the things that got muddy the day before. We then discovered on the staff carpark that Mr Burgess’ car was very muddy, so we cleaned that too! It really helped our physical development as we could practise out big letter writing movements with the sponges to get the car clean. We all had a go of the hose and made the cars sparkle. We got wet and wild on Watery Wednesday having lots of fun with water play. We especially enjoyed making our own water slides with the marble run and water. It was great fun! Foamy Thursday was equally as great; we constructed and painted with shaving foam and had it in trays to practise forming our letters ad numerals. Outside we conducted a science experiment to create our own foam. In a test tube we mixed liquid soap with vinegar and then in a different test tube mixed baking soda with water. Ask your child what happened when we mixed the two test tubes together! We rounded off a lovely week with Fire and Ice Friday. We investigated how ice cream is made and then visited our very own ice cream parlour! Through all our different ice play we learnt all about melting and freezing.

Thank you for your support, we hope that you have a lovely weekend!

The Reception Team



Happy Friday! We hope that your week has been as wonderful as ours has.

This week we have been celebrating ‘International Dot Day’ by having a whole week dedicated to the story ‘The Dot’ written by Peter H. Reynolds. In this inspiring, award-winning story of self-expression and creativity, Vashti thinks she can’t draw. But her teacher is sure that she can. She knows that there’s creative spirit in everyone and encourages Vashti to sign the angry dot she makes in frustration on a piece of paper. This act makes Vashti look at herself a little differently and helps her discover that where there’s a dot there’s a way… Peter H. Reynolds encourages even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark – and follow where it takes us, so that’s what we have been doing this week!

As well as discussing the events and feelings of the characters in the story, we have made LOTS of dotty, spotty art with many different types of media and materials. We especially enjoyed creating outdoor floor art with both natural objects and different coloured chalks. To help give us ideas for our artwork we looked at the works of ‘Jackson Pollock’ and ‘Piet Mondrian’ and then created our own masterpieces in the style of these famous artists.

As a starting point for our writing, like Vashti we started with a dot and then turned it into our own magnificent picture. We shared what our picture was and then completed the written sentence ‘My dot is…’ We all tried very hard to hear and say the sounds in the words that we were writing.

If you would like to share the story ‘The Dot’ at home, please follow the link below:


You might even like to listen to the song that we have been learning too!


Have a wonderful weekend; we look forward to hearing all about it.

The Reception Team

Our Week in Pictures



Happy Friday! We can’t believe how quickly this week has gone, it really has flown by!

Our creative theme has continued this week through the story ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. During this story poor Duncan just wants to colour in. But when he opens his box of crayons, he only finds letters, all saying the same thing: We quit! Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown, Blue needs a break from colouring in all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other. The battle lines have been drawn. What is Duncan to do? We have been giving both Duncan and the crayons lots of different advice to try and help solve their problems in our story talk this week.

We all got our own little crayon family to bring home and we talked about how to look after our crayon family and the exciting adventures that we could take them on. We have taken the school crayons on lots of different adventures in our small world play this week. They have visited the dinosaurs and been on an adventure from the train station.

In our Literacy this week we have made our own crayons and personalised them by writing our names. We then made our own crayon in the creative area. We used our own photos and practised writing our names independently using our name cards to help us.

We had a wonderful day on Friday celebrating our Spanish Day! We tasted Spanish food, we had a Spanish disco and we even learnt how to Flamenco Dance. Thank you for coming in your yellow and red clothes you all looked fantastic.

We hope that you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to hearing all about it,

The Reception Team

Our Week in Pictures



Here is a video of Stoke Minster staff performing the 'Hokey Cokey'! We look forward to seeing your family Hokey Cokey homework videos this week. Don't forget to send some short video clips to: reception@stokeminsterprimary.org.uk

Just be aware, if your video is too long it will not send smiley




Ways to help your child with their handwriting!

Below are a series of videos that model how we form our pre-cursive letters in Reception. We start all of our letters with our pencil on the line and 'swoosh' up the ramp into the letter. 


Mr Happy


Happy Friday!

As it was mental health awareness day this week, our book ‘Mr Happy’ has been focusing on our emotions. This story is written by Rodger Hargreaves and tells the story of Mr Happy, who is the happiest person in the world. He goes on a journey down the spiral staircase and meets someone who looks exactly the same as him except he is miserable. After meeting Mr Miserable, Mr Happy invites him back to happy land and eventually Mr Miserable turns up the corners of his mouth into a smile and then an enormous laugh!

We have been really unpicking our story this week; sharing our likes and dislikes about the book and identifying the setting and characters. We have even been trying to answer what, where, when and why questions about the story. During our circle times we have been sharing what makes us feel happy and what makes us feel miserable. We then even put this down in writing! Our letter formation is getting much better now, especially when writing the letters l, t, i and u. These are the letters that we have been focussing on during our daily handwriting sessions. 

We have all had a miserable selfie taken on the I Pad this week and then had lots of fun in the creative area adding different drawings and collage like lips, beards, moustaches and hats to try and make our grumpy faces look happier. Some of the end results were very funny and made us laugh like Mr Happy and Mr Miserable did at the end of the story. We have also discussed what we can do if we ever feel miserable and talked about who we could go to for help. On Friday we introduced our ‘happyometre’, a numbered scale where children can show on their fingers how they are feeling with 1 being very, very sad and 10 being very, very happy. This is something that we will be doing every day from now on during our start of day times. This will enable us to see if anyone is feeling unhappy and if they are we can give them a little extra support throughout the day to ‘up their happy’!

We hope you have a brilliant weekend, thank you for your continued support,

The Reception Team

Our Week in Pictures

Ways to help your child with their Letters and Sounds!

Here are some activities that you might like to play at home to help your child to recognise their letters, hear the sounds in words and blend to read.

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