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Welcome to Reception


The class teachers in Reception are Miss Cooke and Mrs Schofield with support from Miss Conway and Miss Fenwick.


PE is on a Tuesday for Mrs Schofield's Class and Thursday for Miss Cooke's class. On Thursday mornings Reception have a music session led by Mrs Glover from Durham music service. Each Friday Reception children will take part in a Fancy Footwork Football session and Forest Schools.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to Miss Cooke or Mrs Schofield in school or by contacting us on the email link at the bottom of the page.





Our topic this half term is...

"Down on the Farm"

Our main text is Farmer Duck. We will retell this story using a story map and begin to innovate it by changing characters in the story. Look out for it coming home for us to retell as part of homework.

  We will also explore a range of non-fiction books about the farm and farm animals.

We have a busy half term ahead.  Watch this space for progress of our planting projects! 


Please see the links below for a range of useful sites and resources to use at home with your children.

Useful dates




Wednesday 25th April - Reception to Soccer Festival

Wednesday 25th April - Reception hearing tests

Thursday 3rd May - EYFS Sponsored Sports

Wednesday 23rd May - Kitchen Day Indian themed

Wednesday 23rd May- Mrs Schofield's Read with adults 2.30 -3pm

Thursday 24th May - Miss Cooke's Read with adults 2.30-3pm

Friday 25th May - Dress up day children as teachers











A trip to Hall Hill Farm (Article 29)

Carnival Day (Article 30)

On Tuesday 27th February 2018 we had a Carnival Day in Early Years.  We made carnival masks, headbands, necklaces, bracelets and instruments.  We danced to carnival music in the hall and to end the day we had a carnival parade around school. 

On Monday 5th February Reception children visited the Louisa Centre in Stanley to take part in a multi skills Jack and the Beanstalk session. It was fantastic and we were all tired out afterwards!

Carnival Day 27.2.18

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Reception visit to the Louisa Centre


Miss Cooke's class Letters and Sounds

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Reception are working on letter sounds. We have made a video demonstrating how to say each discreet sound.

Mrs Schofield's class Letters and Sounds

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Parent Workshops

Mrs Schofield's class 24th January and 9th February 2018

Miss Cooke's class 25th January and 8th February 2018


Parents and carers were invited to a 'Whatever Next' themed workshop in January (Article 5).  This was based on our text for this half term and started with the children performing the story. We then took part in a range of activities including painting rockets, drawing what we might see from a rocket and acting out the story. On the 8th and 9th of February parents and carers were invited to a love themed workshop to take part in Valentine activities. 

Take a look at the photos below.


Spring 1 Parent Workshops - Whatever Next and Valentine

Forest School

Every Friday morning we take part in a forest school session with Veronica from Real Adventure Through Sport.  We take art in lots of activities all relates to a topic.  This half term the topic is based around the story 'Ridiculous' which is about a tortoise named Shelly.  We are exploring tools and learning how to use them safely (Article 19). 

Take a look at the photos below to see what we have been up to.

Reception Contacts

Miss Cooke

Mrs Schofield

Topic Theme and Learning Challenge Questions

Links for learning at home - please click to open