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Reception - Lions

Welcome to the class page for Reception.

At Pinders Primary School we have two Reception classes called ‘Tigers’ and ‘Lions’.

On this page you will find information about our class and details about all the exciting things we are learning in school.

Don't forget to also look us up on Twitter... we try to put photographs on a couple of times each week.


Our first class photo!

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Reception Staff

Mrs Kelly Rowlands – Lions Class Teacher/Early Years Foundation Stage Leader

Miss Lucy Flood – Tigers Class Teacher

Mrs Michelle Eyre – Nursery Nurse

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Reception Session Times

The school day begins at 8:45am and finishes at 3:00pm.

General Information 


Our Library System

Reading books should be read at home every day. If you feel that your child's reading book is ready to be changed, please place their book in the reading tray which is located on the table in the cloakroom.

The Library in Lions will be open every week. Please take time to help your child pick a book or game that they would like to read/play at home. You can borrow books every week and bring them back to swap every Wednesday. Your child will each have their own reading passport, where we will keep a record of all the different books you have shared with your child.

If you have any questions or if you would like to be involved in helping to run our library please speak to your child's Class Teacher.

PE Kits 

PE kits must have names clearly written on each item of clothing. Please bring PE kits to school on a Monday and take them home on a Friday as our PE days can change half termly.



Milk is free for your child until the term before their fifth birthday. Milk can be paid for online and costs £1.05 per week. For further details please see the office.

Water bottles will be taken home every day to be washed. Children can bring these back to school the following day. Water bottles can be bought for £1 from the school office.


50p Contributions

Your 50p weekly contributions provide our children to taste a range of different snacks as an alternative to fresh fruit. children can learn about how food is grown, where is comes from and even develop their culinary skills by cooking foods that we have grown in our vegetable patch.


Thank you for your support!




What do we learn about in Reception?


At Pinders Primary School we have developed our own long term plan, outlining the different topics we will base our learning around each half term. Alongside this we also teach discrete phonics and maths sessions. A big part of the learning in Reception is based around the children's interests. Please come back soon for some examples of how we have incorporated the children's interests into our learning at school.

Reception Long Term Plan

Phonics Overview

What to Expect When!


The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) sets out the learning and development stages for children as they grow from birth to five years. For those working in the early years - whether in a nursery, pre-school, a childminder or in a reception class in school - the EYFS outlines what they need to do to support your child.


The purpose of this booklet is to help you as a parent to 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.


Please click on the link below to download the booklet.

Our first day in Lions and Tigers

Thank you to everybody who attended our ‘Reading and Phonics’ parent workshop on Friday 14thth September. We hope that the workshop helped you to understand more about how we teach reading in Reception and beyond.

If you were unable to attend the meeting but want more information, we have uploaded the powerpoint below.

We would love to see videos of your children retelling some traditional tales and you can hire a flip-cam from us to record this! We can then share these with the rest of Lions and see if we can guess which story they are retelling. If this is something which would interest you, please ask!

Reading and Phonics Workshop

Story Sacks Scheme


We are very excited to introduce this year our Story Sack scheme. A Story Sack is a cloth bag containing a good quality picture book with supportive materials to simulate reading activities. To bring the book to life, puppets, props relating to items in the story, sequences cards and a prompt card are included. These supportive materials will help to develop listening, reading and writing skills.

The aim of the Story Sack is to give children and parents the confidence to enjoy books and reading together. By using the sack, you will provide opportunities for your child to:


•             Listen to good stories

•             Talk and extend vocabulary

•             Read for meaning and understanding

•             Extend general knowledge

•             Develop social skills

•             Improve confidence and stimulate an interest in books and stories


Our Story Sacks will be rotated between our participants. Due to the interest in the scheme, it may not be possible to secure one sack per week and sacks will be sent home when possible. Usually sacks will be sent home on a Wednesday and should be returned to school the following week (Monday). 

Take a look at our Story Sacks!

Adeena sharing the story "Dear Zoo"

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Poppy retelling a story using our story sack!
Well done Poppy.

Summer term 2019


During the summer term we will be developing our reading skills by retrieving information from information books. We will be learning about key features of an information book such as the index page, the contents page and the glossary.


We will be enjoying the story book “Supertato” by Sue Hendra which will promote discussions about eating healthy and making good food choices. In Our Maths work we will be learning how to solving problems when doubling, halving and sharing.

"Let's flood our school with books"

Mrs Kemplay 2019


Spring Term 2019


During the  Spring term we have explored the season Winter. Lions Went on a Winter walk described the changes that can be seen in the environment. We created Winter pictures exploring with different tools and media to create different effects in our art work. We enjoyed our “Read and Respond” sessions, and read the book “One Snowy Night” by Nick Butterworth. Lions produced some winter inspired poetry during poetry week and created an ice mountain to experiment how ice can change.  

Reading and Writing in Lions Class!


Reading and writing is a fundamental part in our learning and development. All children learn in different ways and each have different learning styles. Lions enjoy weekly guided reading and read and respond sessions. They read individually to a grown up and have daily discreet phonic sessions. Our classroom is created to challenge our children to embed and develop their reading and writing skills in both indoor and outdoor environments.



Maths is one of the four specific areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage. Each specific area is divided into Early Learning Goals, for maths these are:

Numbers - children learn to count and the value of numbers, higher and lower. These skills support them to solve problems, use money and calculate more or less.

Shape, Space and Measure - these skills support children to understand size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money and compare quantities, objects and solve problems.

Children learn about maths through play and their daily experiences. And the more meaningful to them and hands on it is, the better. Take a look at Maths in Lions class.


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Autumn Term 2018


At the start of the autumn term the children in Reception will spend the first few weeks getting to know each other, the teachers and our classroom. We will also be talking about our 3 classroom rules “We are safe, we are respectful and we are ready to learn” and we will create a piece of art on a canvas to show that we all agree to follow our rules.

As we move into October, the children will be learning about Autumn and harvest. We will be going on a walk in the local park to look for signs of autumn. Why not take your child out for a walk too? Can you find any conkers or acorns? Talk about what's happening to the leaves on the trees as the weather turns colder. We will also share a story called ‘Oliver’s Vegetables' and have a look at how our vegetables are growing in our school vegetable patch. We will be visiting Wakefield Library and borrowing books to share with you at home.

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Oliver's Vegetables! We sequenced the story and made yummy soup!

Our Library Visit 


During the autumn term Lions and Tigers visited Wakefield library. Our children, staff and parents who kindly volunteered to come along on our trip each spent time looking at different sections within the library and carefully shared books together. Before heading back to school, we enjoyed a story together and sang our special reading gem song to our parents and library staff. Each child used the self-check out system to borrow a book to share with each other back at school.

Funnybones by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg


During the last week of school before the October half term Lions enjoyed the story "Funnybones".

To support our learning and understanding of the story we completed various challenges in our provision. We enjoyed creating skeletons using arts straw, decorating skeleton biscuits, ordering objects by height and building cvc words using bones. Well done Lion! Enjoy your half term holidays.

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This half term we will be learning about festival and celebrations. To begin our topic we will be thinking about bonfire night and discussing how to keep safe at a bonfire. We will also celebrate Diwali the Hindu festival of lights. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism. To support our learning, we will be exploring shapes and patterns in our Mathematics and will be creating our own Rangoli patterns and calendars.


Our Read and Respond sessions will begin this half term with the popular story of “Stick Man” by Julia Donaldson. We are very excited that our Reception classes will be attending The Quays theatre  in Manchester the watch the live version of the story.   

Stick Man by Julia Donaldson 


Lions have been enjoying the story “Stick Man” during our read and response sessions. We have been linking parts of the book to our reading gems. Lions have predicted parts of the story, defined new vocabulary and have sequenced the events in the book.


We have enjoyed painted pictures of Stick man in our provision and are very excited to visit The Lowry theatre to watch the stage performance of Stick man.

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Our Visit to The Lowry to see the performance of Stick Man.



Lions are enjoying the festive celebrations! We have been learning about the story of “The First Christmas” and have worked hard to learn new songs and play parts in our nativity performance of “Nursery Rhyme Nativity” with Tigers and Cubs.


We have talked about how people celebrate Christmas and the traditions that families may share. We have been very busy creating 2019 calendars, clay Christmas decorations, letters to Santa and Christmas cards.