We love learning in Reception!

Take a look at what we’ve been up to here:


Literacy and Communication and Language

We have been looking at the book ‘God Knows All About Me.’ We decided to make our own video of the story. We chose a page each and created actions to go with it. We also made our own pages of the book by thinking about our body parts and which ones we would like to draw and write about.

We hope you enjoy our movie!



In maths we have been working really hard on our numbers! We have been using the Numberblocks songs to help us recognise our numbers. You can listen to the songs here:

Numberblocks song – click here

We have been working on forming our numbers and use some rhymes to help us remember.

Number formation sheet – click here

We have been choosing a number and tying to do the right number of claps/jumps/wiggles.


Understanding the world 

People and communities

In our topic sessions, we have been thinking about when we were little and how we have grown! We read a lovely story called ‘Once There Were Giants’ and thought about growing up and getting bigger. Then we drew pictures of ourselves when we were babies and thought about what we could do then, and then drew pictures of ourselves now that we are grown up Reception children! We can do so many things now that we couldn’t when we were babies.

The world 

In our topic sessions we have been thinking about where we live. We found out our school is in Ancoats in Manchester. We used technology to look at Google maps and could see our school! We thought about all of the things that we can find in our local area and had a go at making maps by cutting up pictures and putting them in the right places. We were brilliant at talking about what was close by and near to school and what was a long way away.


We have been looking at technology and what we can use technology for in school and at home. We taught Mrs Mirza a thing or two about iPads and tablets! We also found out about how amazing the internet is – you can find out almost anything! (But always with an adult of course…) 

Expressive arts and design  


In music we have loved learning a special song about the artist Lowry. We found out that we could use our bodies to make music by clapping, tapping and clicking! We listened to the song and joined in with our body percussion. 


In art and DT, we thought about a local artist called LS Lowry. We found out lots of information about him and drew some pictures in the same style as him – matchstick people! We even had a go at making matchstick cats and dogs.

We also made 3D plaster bees after finding out how important bees are to Manchester. We painted them in our own styles and they are going to be displayed in our school.



In PSHE we have been thinking about how we are all unique, and how God made each one of us to be special. We have also been thinking about our feelings and what makes us happy and sad. 

Physical Development  

Moving and handling

We have been working hard with our Disco Dough every morning with our own special pots of playdough. We squeeze, press, pat and pinch and have a boogie while we do it! It’s a fantastic way to wake our fingers up and get them moving in lots of different ways.

You could try some at home! There are lots of videos to teach you the moves on YouTube, but we’re that good now we can make our own up whilst listening to our favourite songs!


We have also been working on using scissors safely and effectively. We know how to carry them safely and sensibly and used our skills to make our own lanterns!



We have started our PE sessions on Fundamental Skills. We can sensibly find a safe space where we aren’t touching anybody else and have been playing games where we have to run and not bump into anyone or anything!


Health and self-care

We have been working on our independence in Reception.  We have been choosing our own snack and lunch and have been taking care of our own things in class. 

We have also been learning about how exercise helps our bodies and the importance of warming up before PE and cooling down afterwards.