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Reception - Lions and Tigers

Welcome to Lions and Tigers!


At Pinders Primary School we have two Reception classes called ‘Lions’ and ‘Tigers’. We all share one big classroom and enjoy playing outside in our outdoor area!


On this page you will find information about our classes 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 twitter page is @PindersPrimary


Please also remember to regularly check Evidence Me to see photos of what we are doing in school and upload comments, photos and videos of things we do at home - we love sharing these with our friends at school!



Reception Staff

Miss Lucy Flood – Lions Class Teacher

Miss Rachel Harrop - Tigers Class Teacher

Mrs Kelly Rowlands – Early Years Foundation Stage Leader

Mrs Michelle Eyre – Nursery Nurse

Mrs Naheed Abrar - Learning Support Assistant




Reception Session Times

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

Our Learning Environment

The environment is essential to facilitate learning within the Early Years. 

"Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs." (EYFS)

Our classroom environment has different provision areas for children to access independently. Each area has permanent resources for the children to continually access and develop their skills and learning. Enhancements are regularly added to each area to reflect topics and any current learning and interests. Most learning areas are enhanced with books and writing materials to promote both reading and writing from the beginning of school. 

Our children love exploring the different provision areas and some of their favourites include: 

  • The construction area where they build, construct and create.
  • The home corner where they take on roles, develop imagination and make friendships.
  • The sticky area where they construct, develop techniques and build models.
  • The painting easel where they mix colours, learn new techniques including powder paint and develop fine motor control.
  • The outdoor area where they develop gross motor skills through climbing and using the bikes, learn to solve conflicts and develop their imagination and originality. 


​​​​​​​Please watch the video below to see our classroom! 

Our Outdoor Environment!

General Information 


Our Reading Books and Library System

Reading books should be read and signed at home every day. Help your child learn to read by supporting them in blending and segmenting, recognising tricky words, understand the story and answer questions about what they have read.

Upon entry to school every day please place your child's book in the reading book basket which is located on the table in the cloakroom. Every day we look to see who has done their reading at home and signed their reading record so that we can move up on our 'Bear Hunt' themed reading chart. We have set a target for children to read at least 4 times every week and if they do they receive a special Friday treat! 


The Library in Lions and Tigers will be open every week. Please take time to help your child pick a book that they would like to read at home. You can borrow books every week and bring them back to swap the following week.

If you are a Lion this will be on a Wednesday.

If you are a Tiger this will be on a Thursday.

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.

Please also ensure that you send your child to school with appropriate clothing for the weather as we spend a large amount of our school day in free flow where the children can choose inside or outside. 



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

"No job is more important than working with children
in the early years."

(EYFS , 2021) 


Our curriculum has recently been updated. 

The reforms to the Early Years Foundation Stage are statutory from September 2021.

They will help to improve outcomes for all, especially disadvantaged children. They put early language at the heart of a broad curriculum. They help to reduce the time
spent on unnecessary assessment paperwork. That means more time can be spent with the children.


Click on the link below to have a look at the new curriculum.

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.

Thank you to the parents who attended our reading workshop. We have uploaded the powerpoint and supportive materials below for those who couldn't attend. We would love to see videos of your children retelling some traditional tales and stories. Please share them with us via the Evidence Me app. We can then share these with the rest of Lions and Tigers and see if we can guess which story they are retelling. 

Click on the video links to see how you can support your child's reading skills at home.

Story Sacks Scheme


We are very excited this year to introduce 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!

Our Favourite Stories


Click on the links below to listen to stories read by members of the EYFS team. We have shared some of Lions and Tigers favourites. 

Reading and Writing in Reception!

Reading and writing is a fundamental part in our learning and development. All children learn in different ways and each have different learning styles. Reception 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 this is:

Number ELG:

Have a deep understanding of number to 10, including the composition of each number;
Subitise (recognise quantities without counting) up to 5;
Automatically recall (without reference to rhymes, counting or other aids) number bonds up to 5 (including subtraction facts) and some number bonds to 10, including double facts.

Numerical Patterns ELG:

Verbally count beyond 20, recognising the pattern of the counting system; Compare quantities up to 10 in different contexts, recognising when one quantity is greater than, less than or the same as the other quantity;

Explore and represent patterns within numbers up to 10, including evens and odds, double facts and how quantities can be distributed equally.

In Reception we teach daily maths sessions following White Rose Maths. These lessons vary in structure with some being whole class sessions and others having a short whole class input followed by maths in provision. During this time we work in small groups to master the skills and concepts being taught through activities and resources in our provision areas. This allows the children opportunities to continue developing these skills during free choice. 

Alongside this, 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 reception class.

Maths Sacks Scheme

We are very excited to share our Maths Sack scheme. A Maths Sack is a cloth bag containing a game to develop maths skills in fun and engaging ways. These sacks are designed to help develop key skills whilst introducing children to mathematical concepts at an age appropriate level. They are designed for the whole family to play together to promote time spent together and making learning fun!

The aim of the Maths Sack is to give children and parents the confidence to develop mathematical skills together. By using the sack, you will provide opportunities for your child to:


•             Understand mathematical concepts 

•             Develop maths skills

•             Learn and use mathematical vocabulary 

•             Develop social skills

•             Improve confidence and stimulate an interest in maths


Our Maths 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). 

Autumn Term


At the start of the autumn term the children in Reception spend the first few weeks getting to know each other, the teachers and our classroom. We  also talk about our 3 classroom rules “We are safe, we are respectful and we are ready to learn” and all agree to follow our rules. We also enjoy making new friends and building relationships with our peers. We do this in lots of different ways including during continuous provision time, carpet sessions, circle times and learning about each other and our families. The children particularly enjoy sharing family pictures that have been sent in via Evidence Me and talking about who lives in our homes. 

As we move into October, the children learn about Autumn and harvest. We go 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  also share a story called ‘Oliver’s Vegetables' and have a look at how our vegetables are growing in our school vegetable patch. Once the vegetables are ready, we love harvesting them and observing them closely before cooking them to taste! 


The children are very interested in hedgehogs after seeing them in some non-fiction autumn books. We like to follow children's interests in EYFS so do lots of activities based around them. We used clay to make our own hedgehogs, mixed our own paint and became artists when painting hedgehogs and read lots of stories about them!

Our Library Visit

We try to go on lots of school trips beginning with our visit to Wakefield Library where we spend time exploring the library, learning what a library is for and how we can use them, sharing a whole class story and borrowing books to share once we get back to school.


During the autumn term we love learning all about the story Funnybones! We talk about our bodies and the skeletons inside our bodies. We look at some x-ray pictures on our light box and guess which bones they are showing!

We take inspiration from the size of the characters in the story and use these to explore height. We order ourselves in height order as well as finding the tallest and shortest characters in the book!

After learning a bone song describing the bones in our bodies, we enjoy lots of activities including painting skeletons, threading white wool into a silhouette to represent bones and making our own skeleton on a biscuit using icing!

We use our blending skills to read potions in the water tray and try to create a potion using different rhyming words, for example a frog and a log!

We use art straws for the first time to create an x-ray of our bodies and stick this onto black card! We take lots of time cutting up pieces and carefully glue them in place.

We apply our blending and segmenting skills to our phonics activity where we build a word (using parts of a bone!) to match a picture.

We have lots of fun and enjoy reading the story - we learn lots of new things about our body too!




In Autumn we learn about the Hindu celebration of Diwali. The children learn the story of Rama and Sita and learn that Diwali is called the Festival of Light. 


As part of our topic, the children explore the similarities and differences to other cultural celebrations they may take part in such as Eid and Christmas. They also spend time creating their own rangoli patterns, making diva lamps and even making special Diwali truffles! 


We also enhance our outdoor area by encouraging the children to draw fireworks, rangoli patterns and diva's using chalks. 

Stick Insects



During the Autumn term we introduce the children to Stick Insects and we even have our very own stick insect enclosure in school. 


We learn about the life of a stick insect and it's a great opportunity for the children to learn new vocabulary such as camouflage and it gives us the perfect opportunity to revisit nocturnal animals!


The children learn that stick insects protect themselves from predators by pretending to be a stick, they can re-grow their legs, they are only active at night and their babies are called Nymphs. 


We also link our topic to the Stickman story by  Julia Donaldson which the children all love.


Learning about stick insects also give us the opportunity to explore colour mixing, lifelike drawings and understanding what different habitats look like. 


We love learning about these fascinating insects and looking after our very own!

Stickman Theatre Trip



As part of our topic of Stick Insects, the children enjoy a day at the theatre watching the Stickman performance. It is a fantastic day out for the children, many of whom will never have been to the theatre before!


It allows the children to develop their Expressive Arts and Design skills such as watching and talking about dance and performance art, developing storylines and using their imagination amongst several other key early skills. 


This year we went to the Lowry in Manchester which meant the children also got to enjoy a coach ride, again, something several of our children have not experienced before. 


We had a fantastic time and the children were all amazed by the show. 


Wakefield Cathedral Trip



Towards Christmas we spend time learning the Nativity story and perform this for our parents. As part of our learning we also visit Wakefield Cathedral. 


This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to see the Cathedral and learn about buildings from different cultures and religions. 


During our visit to the Cathedral, the children were able to act out and answer questions and find out more about the Nativity story and some even got to dress up!


We learnt about Mary and Joseph making their way to Bethlehem and the arrival of the baby Jesus.

We also spent time learning a song and enjoyed playing the bells whilst we were singing. 


We had a brilliant time at the Cathedral and the children and parents who joined us were all very happy with their visit. 

Bedtime Stories


During the autumn term we enjoy a day of bedtime stories. The children and teachers all come to school wearing their pajamas and enjoy a fantastic day reading a number of different books. The children also get to enjoy some tasty treats throughout the day such as popcorn, crisps and drinks. 


It is brilliant opportunity to bring classic bedtime stories to life and many of the children will be hearing new stories for the first time. It also allows us to come together with our nursery friends and enjoy different stories together. 


The children all really enjoy bedtime story day! 



Our final topic of this term is always Christmas. The children absolutely love learning about Christmas and completing Christmas activities. The children help to decorate the classroom, put up the tree and create their very own decorations! 


Of course, the Christmas topic also includes our fantastic Nativity performance and the children did beautifully this year, they should all be very proud of themselves. 


We spend time working on our fine motor skills by creating our own bauble decorations for both our class Christmas tree and the school tree. We enjoy creating winter paintings such as snowmen, snowflakes and trees and we also make a card and calendar for our loved ones at home. 


The topic of Christmas also allows us to expand our knowledge on cultural celebrations, explore and refine a variety of artistic effects, singing and developing storylines in our play. 


We also have a daily book advent calendar which helps to develop our maths skills and also gives the children a new book to take home!


It is a brilliant end to the year and our first term. 

Forest School


This term, Lions and Tigers have started Forest School. Forest school is a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn outdoors and to explore nature. 


In our first lesson we spent time finding resources we could find on the ground to make a home for a fox! We also played lots of games and kept ourselves very active to keep our toes nice and warm. 


Each week Lions and Tigers will learn something new about the environment and the great outdoors. We might create a bug hotel, make a flower crown, build a den or even use clay outside. 


The children all loved their Forest School lesson and cant wait to go again!


Poetry Week


At the start of the spring term we enjoyed Poetry Week. Our local poet Conrad Burdekin came into school to visit the children. We spent time listening to Conrad's poems and even created a poem of our very own called 'Snow'!


We also spent time during Poetry Week learning about Dr Seuss. We took inspiration from Dr Seuss poems to create our very own called 'I can play'. Listening to Dr Seuss also inspired us to work on our rhyming skills. 



One of our favourite topics during the spring term is Penguins. Lions and Tigers enjoy learning all about these wonderful animals.


We learn about the different parts of a penguin and learn to label the beak, flippers, tummy, feathers and claws. We learn that penguins are oviparous animals, which means they lay eggs, and the daddy penguin's keep the egg safe and warm whilst the mummy penguin goes to the ocean to find fish and krill. We now know that this is called incubation and that mummy feeds the chick by regurgitation!


This topic allows us to explore the globe and look at the differences in the environment we live in and the environment and habitat of the Emperor Penguin.


We also get to learn the very catchy penguin rap which not only teaches us lots of information about penguins, it also allows us to work on our music skills. 


Most exciting of all, Lions and Tigers receive a very special parcel in the post along with a set of instructions. The children loved opening the mail to find their very own penguin, Pom Pom! The instructions tell us how to best look after Pom Pom including what she likes to eat!