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 Welcome to Reception



Welcome to the class page for Lions


At Pinders Primary School we have two Reception classes - 'Lions' and 'Tigers'. Our Nursery children are called 'Cubs'.

Here you will find information about the Lions and all the exciting things we have been learning about at school!



Miss Vicky Mapp (Lions Class Teacher/EYFS Leader)

Mrs Charlotte Lightowler (Tigers Class Teacher)

Mrs Michelle Handley (Nursery Nurse)


  • Monday 30th October - Back to school - Space week
  • Tuesday 31st October - Halloween disco 2-3pm
  • Friday 17th November - Children in Need
  • Tuesday 12th December - Nativity concert
  • Thursday 21st December - Santa's grotto
  • Friday 22nd December - Christmas jumper day/Christmas party - last day of term



  • 50p contributions every Monday.
  • £1.05 milk money every Monday (the term your child turns 5 years old).
  • Our library is every Wednesday. Please come in and borrow a book!
  • PE kits can be brought in on a Monday and taken home on a Friday. This will be indoor PE so your child will need a white t-shirt and navy shorts/leggings.
  • When your child is given a reading book you can put this in the tray when your child is ready for a new book. Can they sound out the letters in words and blend them together to read? Can they answer questions about the book?
  • Phonics homework will be given out every Friday. Books need to be in the tray by Wednesday each week.




Congratulations to all the Lions who had 100% attendance this half term!


  This half term's 'Star Writer' 







We thought our whole school space week was out of this world! We really enjoyed the story 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy and even made up our own stories about where we could go in our cardboard box. We were so shocked to see a meteorite had crash landed on our school field! You can see all of our fun-filled space activities in the photographs below.





For the rest of the half term we will be learning about some different festivals...



  Image result for bonfire night  Bonfire night



Image result for diwali clipart    Diwali     



Image result for christmas clipart  Christmas



Marvellous Me

Lions' first day in Reception


This first half term in Reception we have been busy getting to know each other and the teachers by sharing 'Marvellous Me' boxes. Miss Mapp shared her box with the children which contained objects telling the children about herself. Can you remember what Miss Mapp had inside her box? The Lions have now been taking 'Marvellous Me' boxes home and have filled them with objects about themselves to share with the rest of the class!


The first Lion to take the 'Marvellous Me' box home...





Autumn has arrived! This half term we have been on a walk in the local area to look for signs of autumn. What do we see at autumn time? How is autumn different to summer?

We have also begun to harvest the vegatables growing in our Early Years garden. What did we find growing in our garden? Thank you to all the parents who brought in a tin/packet for our harvest donation. We really enjoyed delivering our donation to the Salvation Army!



Our story focus this half term has been 'Oliver's Vegetables' by Vivian French.


Which vegetable did Oliver find on Monday?

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What was Oliver's favourite food? We made chips from potatoes for our snack. Thank you to parents for your 50p contributions.

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'Oliver's Vegetables' by Lions

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In our favourite book box, we have lots of traditional tales. We have enjoyed listening to these stories and joining in with the retelling of the stories. A particular favourite of ours has been 'Rumpelstiltskin'. We had a big surpise when we came into school one day... a broken decking in our outdoor area and a letter from Rumpelstiltskin saying he had broken it and fallen deep down in the dungeons below! We did some problem solving on how we could get him out and we wrote him a letter. He is now free with the help of some rope and will hopefully come back to fix our decking soon!

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The purpose of this booklet is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS. Take a look at the '40-60 months' section of this parents' guide.