Meet the Team

Mrs C Alcock


Mrs A McGowan


Welcome to Reception!


Academic year 2018-19

This year we have 20 amazing children starting in Reception supported by the fantastic Mrs. McGowan.  We have lots of exciting learning activities and experiences planned for the year ahead but we will also be led by the children's interests where possible to ensure the learning is meaningful.


Remember to check back regularly to see what we have been learning about.

Booket List of Ten Amazing Books!

This year we have decided to create a list of amazing books we would like the children to read and share with you.

Here is Reception’s book bucket list of top ten texts:

  1. The Gruffalo- Julia Donaldson
  2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar- Eric Carle
  3. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt- Michael Rosen
  4. Owl Babies- Martin Waddell & Patrick Benson
  5. The Tiger Who Came to Tea- Judith Kerr
  6. Peace at Last- Jill Murphy
  7. Not Now Bernard- David McKee
  8. Pumpkin Soup- Helen Cooper
  9. The Jolly Postman- Allan Ahlberg
  10. On the Way Home- Jill Murphy

Enrichment Bucket List

We have created a list of fun, exciting, adventurous activities we would like to complete throughout the year.

Make hand prints
Climb a tree
Build a snowman
Make playdough
Easter egg hunt
Make a sweet shop
Dig up a dinosaur
Have a pirate party
Hunt for minibeasts

General Housekeeping...

  • Please remember to return your Tapestry Online Learning Journal permission slips so that you can securely access your child's own observations at home from October 2018.
  • Please ensure all book bags, coats, jumpers, P.E. kits, snack or lunch bags and water bottles are clearly labelled with your child’s name. 


Many parents have not yet accessed the Tapestry online learning Journal to see what their children have been doing in school.  All activation codes that have not been used have now expired.  if you wish to access Tapestry please send your e-mail address to Mrs Alcock and a new activation code will be sent.


Scroll down to the bottom for our latest news.

Pirates Ahoy 2!

This week we worked together to make a pirate ship.  Everyone cooperated and learned to listen to each other while we carried and built.  Our captain gave everyone jobs to do and shouted orders to all her pirate crew.


Pirates Ahoy!

After learning all about pirate ships we made our own in Forest School.  Each crew and captain built their own ship with a mast.  Then they swabbed the decks, caught fish, looked for treasure and even had battles!

Easter Egg Hunt

After receiving a special message from the Easter Bunny we had an important mission - to retrieve all the lost eggs from the forest.  It took a while but I think we earned our bunny ears!

Making Fossils

We haven't managed to find any fossils in our Forest School sessions so we decided to make our own.  We think they turned out pretty good!

Dinosaur Skin

In Science week we investigated what dinosaur might have been like.  We talked about what skin does and described different materials and then tried making different textures by pushing different materials into dough.

Celebrating Holi

We learned about the Hindu Spring festival of Holi.  It traditionally marks the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring and is celebrated by throwing coloured paint.  We certainly enjoyed that!

Forest School Dinosaur

This week we decided to make a dinosaur skeleton during Forest School.  We collected sticks, compared lengths and organised them to create the skeleton of a Spinosaurus.  Scary!!

Hatching (part 2)

We have another baby!  The egg hatched today to reveal a four legged creature.  We're not quite sure what it is yet but we all think it is pretty cute!



Great excitement this week as our mystery eggs have started to hatch!  First we found 3 tiny dinosaurs in the nest then the middle-sized egg somehow ended up in the water and has started to crack.

Watch this space!!

One week later and the final egg hatched but we don't know what was in as it scarpered! All we found was a trail of footprints leading to the door.  Bye bye baby.


Science Week

Our visiting scientists certainly livened things up on Tuesday with a very explosive assembly! We then made our own slime and played with everlasting bubbles.

Book Week

We had a fabulous Book Week including a special visit by the Deputy Mayor.  How amazing are our costumes?!

Bird Feeders

The excitement of our egg discovery led us to study which animals lay eggs.  We talked about how all birds lay eggs.  We thought about how busy birds must be building their nests and decided to make bird feeders to help them when there is not much food around.  We took our bird feeders to the field and chose the best place to hang each one.

This morning we arrived to find a mess in the outdoor area.  On further inspection we spotted some very large, sandy  footprints.  We followed them and discovered an enormous, green egg!  Other muddy footprints led to a middle-sized egg in a stick nest and a clutch of sparkly eggs in the tyres.  We are not sure who laid the eggs but have spent the morning investigating and looking for clues.

Watch this space!

Stay and Play

This afternoon we held a wonderful Chinese New Year themed Stay and Play session.  Everyone had a great time.  Thank you to all those who were able to attend.

Chinese New Year

We have been celebrating The Year of the Pig in style.  We even made our own dragon and performed dragon dances.

Chinese New Year

French Day

We had great fun today learning about France.  We made wristbands and flags, learned colours and sang some French songs.  The best bit was eating Pain au Chocolat!

Building Snowmen

As part of our bucket list we wanted to build snowmen.  However, the British weather is far from reliable so we decided to make clay ones just in case we didn't get enough of the real thing.

I think these are pretty cute!

Making Dough

On our bucket list we wanted to make playdough so we found a recipe for Snow Cloud Dough to link to our topic.  Lots of fun but very messy!!


Fun in the Snow

We really enjoyed exploring real snow today - even better than all our alternatives.

Ice Art

This week in Forest school we have collected natural materials and then frozen them in ice to create our Ice Art mobiles.

Tree Faces

This week we spent our Forest School session looking for faces in the trees.  Then we made our own using things we could find.  Aren't they amazing!

Christmas Jumper Day

Everyone joined in with our Christmas jumper day - raising money and enjoying showing off their Christmas clothing.  Every child in Reception had a different jumper and they all looked fab!

Behind the Stable Door

It's Nativity time and this year we have lots of animals left out in the cold who really want to know what is going on in the stable.  Reception play a flock of frisky sheep who give the shepherds the runaround when it's time to go and visit the baby.


Christmas Has Arrived!

Christmas has arrived in Reception...

...with a vengence!

We have Santa's workshop where elves get busy writing lists and wrapping presents, Eric the Elf is setting weekly challenges and we have an explore table where the children can decorate their own tree.

Mud Monsters!

We love mud!

This mornings heavy showers meant for a mudtastic Forest School session.  We paddled in it, jumped in it, poked sticks in it, lost boots in it, stuck our hands in it and even painted our faces with it!

Like I said - We love mud!

Toys from the Past

This morning we had a visitor from Craven Museum who brought in some special toys for us to look at.  We showed her our toys and talked about what they could do.  Then we looked at some toys that children would have played with a long time ago.  We met a teddy bear who was 100 years old.  Mrs Alcock said that was even older than her!  Then we saw a doll with a ceramic face who was even older - 150 years.  Some toys like 'Pick-up-Sticks' and 'Snakes and Ladders' were the same as we have now.  She let us play with some of the toys in class.  Mrs Alcock couldn't tiddle her wink but she was very good at making the top spin.

Tiny Chicks

This morning our friend Norman brought some surprise visitors to our class - four tiny chicks!  Even though the eldest was a week old and had quite a few feathers they were very small and easily fit into our hands.  Norman told us all about the chicks, how they were a very small breed of chicken and what they would look like when they grow up.


Little Buttercups

This week we had even more visitors.  Some friends from Little Buttercups nursery cam to join us in our Forest School session.  We looked for different kinds of food that the mouse in the Gruffalo story would like to eat, we explored the long grass and even built a car!


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Stay and Play

This week we invited our parents to come and join the fun.  We showed them how we learn phonics and how we are beginning to learn how to read and write.  Then we took our parents with us as we went to choose our learning.  There were lots of fun phonic activities to do as well as our favourite toys and resources.


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Fun in the Sun

We made the most of the beautiful, sunny weather and decided to try some different outdoor games on the junior playground.  We tried walking on bucket stilts, jumping in and out of hoola hoops and invented lots of fun games using a parachute.  Some children even took to the stage - making up and performing their own songs and dances!


Blossom Tree Visitors

Reception welcomed some special visitors this week. Some of the pre-school children from Blossom Tree Nursery came to join us in our Forest school session.  First we read The Gruffalo and talked about what kinds of creatures might live in our forest.  Then we went to the field to look for clues.  We worked well with the nursery children and some of our Year 6 buddies and had lots of fun. We found rabbit holes, spider webs and mouse homes. Everybody had a wonderful time and we can't wait for our new friends to visit us again.

Buddies Forest Session

Today we went to the forest with our Year 6 buddies.  It was very exciting!  We collected sticks and interesting objects and used them to make our own mobiles or dream catchers.  Our buddies showed us how to tie sticks together and helped us to attach things to them.  We were very proud of our creations.  We can't wait for next week!

Maths Week

Reception have had lots of fun learning about numbers during Maths Week. 
We have completed number jigsaws, counted sets of objects and played counting games in the whiteboard. 
In PE we did different numbers of actions and made groups with different numbers of people. 
We sang counting songs and made our own number fish to catch. 

Sporting Fun

We have enjoyed our first PE sessions outside.  We are becoming experts at getting changed already.  We enjoy playing games where we move in a lot of different ways.  We played a partner game where we had to copy the movements of our partner and Giants and Elves moving with big or tiny footsteps.

First Forest School session

Today we had our first taste of the forest - despite the weather.  It was amazing!!!

We made a shelter using branches and leaves, explored secret dens and hidden passages and enjoyed squelching in the mud!

I think this may become our favourite part of the week.


Roald Dahl Day

We were very excited about dressing up for Roald Dahl Day.  We had children called Matilda, Amanda, James and Charlie in class as well as a few foxes and even two crocodiles.  Mrs Alcock said she wasn't a witch but she kept her gloves on all day and kept holding her nose.

We enjoyed hearing about the horrible Twits and how the monkeys and birds tricked them.  We made our own Mr Twit beards with messy hair and bits of food stuck in it.


Reception Buddies

Today we met our Year 6 buddies for the first time.  They took us on a tour of the school and then played outside with us.  


Meet the New Faces

We all enjoyed our first day at big school today.  We met our new teachers, explored inside and outside and made some new friends.  We all got along very well and at home time no-one wanted to leave!

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