Mrs Birring

R Duck

Welcome to Life at KPS for Reception

Mrs Birring and Mrs Virdee warmly welcome you to Reception.

The aim of this page is to highlight some of the fantastic learning that has been happening in Reception, this page will be updated monthly, with photographs and information about the learning we have completed during the month.

We hope you enjoy looking through these updates and do discuss your child’s learning with them to celebrate their success. We look forward to any suggestions you may have to make your child’s learning a pleasant experience.

Mrs Virdee

R Parrot

April 2019

What we have been learning so far this year:

Communication and Language

The children in Reception have been reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, they have been using a story map to help them retell the story. To enable children to listen to stories accurately and anticipate the main events, we use Pie Corbett style of teaching. The children also use puppets to further their understanding of the story. The Reception children got into groups and were able to act out and sing the story of Jack and the Beanstalk using their body to move around to the beat of the music.

Physical Development

Children show good control and coordination in small movements, they thread laces through different shapes. They were able to name the shapes and were able to talk about the number of sides and corners these shapes. The children were able to use mathematical language to describe them. The children further developed their skills in taking time to complete a task and share with their class mates. Whilst completing these activities the children in Reception were able to name the colours of the different shapes and were also able to compare and sort the different lengths of string.   

Personal, Social, Emotional Development

The Duck class welcome praise for their achievements in being awarded the attendance trophy, as they are able to work as part of a team, they understand and follow the rules. Children understand the importance of coming to school every day. Within our school, having an outstanding attendance is a high priority which we encourage all children to aspire to have. Coming to school and being on time is very important and we celebrate this achievement in a big way. Well done to Duck class for achieving this.    


The children in Reception have been learning about growing. They looked in detail at the different parts of a plant and discussed what the job of a root, stem, leaf and petal is. They did some observational drawings of plants where they drew what they saw and labelled the different parts. They were also able to explain how plants and humans are living by drawing on the similarities between both.  


Children explore a variety of materials by experimenting with jelly balls. They look for the hidden coins in the jelly and describe each coin as they find it. They use everyday language to talk about the coin, the talk about the different colour, size and then look for the number on the coin to identify it. 

This term the children have been looking closely at identifying different money coins. To further develop their learning children have a ‘Garden Centre’ as their role-play, where they are able to be imaginative and pretend to use money to buy things. 

Understanding the World

The children in Reception explored how plants grow. They looked closely at the different parts of a plant and were able to identify the root, stem, leaf and petal. The Reception children were able to use the terms First, Next, Then and Finally to explain the process of planting and how they planted their seeds. They spoke in full sentences to explain what is happening to their seed and were also able to predict what might happen if their plant was left in a dark cupboard.

Expressive arts and design

During our topic of growing. We looked closely at a famous artist called Van Gogh. The children were able to talk about his famous painting ‘The Sun FlowerChildren looked closely at Van Gogh’s different painting techniques, especially focusing on the bright, bold colours and shapes he used in his workChildren discussed how colours made them feel, one child said ‘I like yellow, because it makes them feel happy.’ The skills that the children in Reception were able to develop were a combination of using different colours to create new colours by mixing and how to create dark and light shades. They also were able to use large and small brush strokes to create different effects.