Reception

Welcome to Reception’s page…

A warm welcome from myself, Mrs. Aris, Reception’s class teacher. I feel incredibly privileged that you have chosen The Willows for your child!

I am very fortunate to be supported by two wonderful assistants, Miss Dugdale and Mrs. Vallely. I am also lucky to have Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. Spacey and Miss Mallinson who take the children when I have my PPA.

As a team, we work exceptionally hard to make sure your child’s first year at primary school is very special and one to remember! Take a look at the information below to see what we have been getting up to!

This term’s Stars!

Now that we are allowed to have assemblies together again, we have restarted our Star Award Assembly on Friday morning. This is a very special assembly where Mrs. Aris tells us how amazing one of our friends has been this week – our parents are even allowed to come! Well done to all of our recent Star Award winners.

Things to know about…

Reception is very different to all the other classes in a primary school. We don’t sit down for formal lessons like everyone else, Mrs. Aris listens to what we like, what we enjoy doing and then tailors our activities to suit us.

We also follow a different curriculum, it’s called Development Matters; as the year progresses, we move onto the Early Learning Goals.

Like the other classes, we learn about our faith, Catholicism and we also learn about our bodies and exercise in PE.

Reception’s Newsletters

Each week, Mrs. Aris writes a Newsletter to the families of our Reception children letting you know what they have been learning that week. Click the button below to see Mrs. Aris’ latest Newsletters.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether your child is just starting in our Reception class or has been with us for a while, have a look at our FAQs which you may find helpful. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please do not hesitate to give us a call. 

Reception – Carnival Week

Reception – Carnival Week

Today we started our Carnival theme by learning circus skills. I was so impressed how much resilience the children showed, they did not give up with any of the activities. The spinning plates were a little tricky but the children enjoyed trying to spin them on the...

Reception – Fire Engine Visit

Reception – Fire Engine Visit

Today we have been so lucky to have a visit from the Fire Service. They showed us the inside of the fire engine and all the stuff they need to put out fires. We heard the sirens and looked at the flashing lights. We also had a go using the hose. The children were so...

Reception – Forest School

Reception – Forest School

This week in our Forest School session we looked at making numbers and letters with things we could find outdoors. We had so much fun working together to find different objects and then join and build them to make the letters and numbers....

Reception Baking

Reception Baking

This week we have been writing instructions on how to make a biscuit. The children then followed their instructions to make biscuits. They chose their favourite farm animal and used the cutter to make it. They tasted delicious! Well done Reception for following your...

Forest School – Raft building

Forest School – Raft building

We have been making rafts in our Forest School Area. We have been using different materials to build, join and make our rafts. After we were happy with our final creation we then tested them on the water.

Reception – Growing

Reception – Growing

In Reception we have been learning about growing. We wrote instructions on how to grow cress and then followed these instructions. We have been watching carefully and our seeds have started to grow into cress.

Reception and Year 6 Reading Buddies

Reception and Year 6 Reading Buddies

We are very lucky in Reception to have the Year 6 children come to read with us. Everyday they share their love of reading with the younger children, reading them stories and talking to them about the plot, characters and illustration in the books. ...

Key Stage 1 – Forest School

Key Stage 1 – Forest School

This morning Key Stage 1 had fun in our Forest School Area. The children built dens, created shelters and had fun making mud soup. The children also enjoyed the hammocks as well as using the fire to make toast, roast marshmallows and make hot chocolate. What a lovely...

Reception – Science Club

Reception – Science Club

Today in Science Club we were looking at floating and sinking. We were experimenting with different objects to test if they float or sink. We even tried to make predictions and then sorted the objects into floating and sinking.

Reception – Celebrating Chinese New Year

Reception – Celebrating Chinese New Year

Today we celebrated Chinese New Year. We had such a fun day being creative making dragons and tigers. We then had fun tasting different chinese foods. The children loved eating the prawn crackers. I was so impressed with all the children for tasting all the food even...

Reception – Chinese New Year

Reception – Chinese New Year

This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We started the week by looking at China, then looked at Chinese food and all wrote our very own Chinese menu. Mrs McKee came in to tell us more about Chinese New Year and we really enjoyed taking part in all the...

Reception – Clay holders

Reception – Clay holders

This week, Reception were excited to use the clay during their Art lesson. They took their time playing with the clay to change the shape and size. Lots of the children said it felt like playdoh and that they couldn't wait to take their creation home. I was so...

Reception – A Winter Painting

Reception – A Winter Painting

In Reception we have been looking at different objects and paintbrushes we can paint with to create pictures. We have worked hard on our latest masterpiece where it took us a few days to create our final painting. Children loved using the dabbers to create their cold...

Reception – Christmas Lunch

Reception – Christmas Lunch

On Thursday we enjoyed our Christmas Lunch together in the School Hall. Our fabulous cooks, Jo, Sharon and Sarah cooked us a delicious Christmas dinner. It was lovely to see the children enjoying themselves celebrating the festive season.

Reception – Map Reading

Reception – Map Reading

In Reception we have been looking at where our school is. We enjoyed looking at the different maps to recognise the roads and streets. Children were able to spot where school is too as well as where there should be houses.  

Reception – A Wriggly Nativity

Reception – A Wriggly Nativity

It was amazing to see our youngest children perform 'A Wriggly Nativity.' All the children stood up confidently and spoke so clearly to an audience, remembering their lines. I know everyone in the school along with their families were incredibly proud of them. They...

Reception – Fire Fire!

Reception – Fire Fire!

This term Reception are looking at the Fire Service. We have enjoyed playing in the Role Play Area pretending we work for the Fire Service. The children have also enjoyed looking at different story books about the Fire Service.

Reception – Family Fun

Reception – Family Fun

It was lovely to see all the Reception families at our Julia Donaldson theme family fun session today. The children enjoyed taking part in different activities which reflected the characters and stories from Julia Donaldson. Thank you to everyone that came along, it...

Reception – Autumn Topic

Reception – Autumn Topic

This week we have started looking at the season, Autumn. It has been lovely to see the children bringing in natural objects they have found on their autumn walks with their families. The children have enjoyed painting squirrels and acorns and creating an autumn tree....

Reception – Forest School

Reception – Forest School

We were so lucky to spend the afternoon in our Forest School Area. We started the afternoon by using the hammocks and climbing through the trees. Mrs. Hayes built us a campfire - don't worry, we all learned how to be safe around it. We used our campfire to toast some...

Headteacher: Mrs S. Barnett | Victoria Road, Kirkham, Preston, PR4 2BT
Telephone: 01772 684 371 | Email: bursar@willows.lancs.sch.uk

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Headteacher: Mrs S. Barnett | Victoria Road, Kirkham, Preston, PR4 2BT
Telephone: 01772 684 371 | Email: bursar@willows.lancs.sch.uk

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