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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

Mrs D Brown – Lions Class Teacher and Early Years Leader

Miss J Utton - Tigers Class Teacher



Mrs N Abrar - Learning Support Assistant

Mrs L Whitehead- Nursery Nurse & HLTA

Mrs M Amir- Learning Support Assistant

Mrs A Arif - Phonics focused Learning Support Assistant 




Reception Session Times

The school day begins at 8:40am and finishes at 3:15pm.

Our Values 

Reception class follow the school values when playing and learning with friends in the indoor and outdoor classrooms. 

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 painting easel where they mix colours, learn new techniques including powder paint and develop fine motor control.
  • The maths area, where they can investigate, problem solve and explore. 
  • 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 reading record 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 5 times every week and if they do they receive a special Friday treat! 


We also use E-Books which support children with their reading. These are directly linked to the current phonics teaching and are also read 3 times a week in school during Reading Practice sessions. Please log on to Collins Ebooks and share these daily with your child.


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 or Tiger this will be on a 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.

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.

"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.

Parental Workshops

Thank you to the parents who have attended our workshops based on various aspects of the curriculum throughout the year. We have uploaded the powerpoint and supportive materials below for those who couldn't attend. We would love to see videos of your children doing some of these tasks. Please share them with us via the Evidence Me app. We can then share these with the rest of Lions and Tigers and celebrate our good work! 

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.

Every week in reception the children  participate in 3 shared reading sessions called Reading Practice. During this time we focus on; developing fluency, reading with prosody and showing good comprehension skills. We read the same book 3 times and at the end of the week this book is then sent home for the children to continue to practice at home! This helps them to read with fluency. 


Take a look at some of our fantastic reading below...

Reading Practice session 1

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Developing fluency

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Reading with prosody

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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 “Be safe, be respectful and be 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 West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds 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 pyjamas 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 a 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. We love the buzz and enthusiasm this creates for children wanting daily bedtime stories at home and also reiterate this with parents during our parental workshops. Reading a daily bedtime story has a massive impact on the a child's progress and their language development. It is one of the reasons why reading a daily story in our class is a non-negotiable!


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. 

Poetry Week

During Poetry Week, we enjoy having a special visit from our school reading patron Conrad Burdekin! He helped us start our week by explaining to us that he has a special job - he is an author! Conrad shared some of his favourite poems that he has written with us and we practiced performing them ourselves - this helps with our oracy skills! 


We then decided to write our own poem based on our topic of 'Winter'. We recalled lots of exciting signs of the season and wrote our own rhyming poem - we found it challenging to think of some rhyming couplets! We practiced performing our poem lots of times and loved developing our oracy skills by performing it to our nursery cubs! 

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As we came back to school, we noticed big changes in the weather! Lots of children recognised that it was getting much colder and was dark when they woke up. We recapped our previous learning of autumn and compared the changes that we can see now. The children learnt lots of new vocabulary such as frost, freeze, melt, icicles and many more! We also talked about how the animals who hibernate might be doing so now due to the freezing temperatures outside. 

We had a look at the trees in our local area and noticed that they were bare - all of the leaves had fallen from the trees during autumn and would not begin to regrow until spring. Some children enjoyed painting their own winter trees and icy pictures! 


We enjoyed searching for the ice outside and we found it all over our playground. The children were so excited to find that the puddles had frozen over to create a slippery ice rink. We observed them throughout the day and found that after the sun had been shining and the temperature had risen the ice melted and turned into water filled puddles! The children loved cracking the ice, writing their names or drawing pictures in the frost and filled our indoor water tray with ice.

Another big change throughout the season of Winter was the changes in our clothing. Throughout the Autumn we had been wearing coats or waterproof jackets to keep us dry. We had also been wearing wellies to make sure our feet didn't get wet. As the season changed we started to wear warmer coats and even needed hats, scarfs and gloves! The children loved showing their new winter clothes and remembered to wrap up warm when outside. We found that holding the ice in our bare hands melted much slower than when we were wearing gloves - we all voted that wearing gloves kept us much warmer! 


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Chinese New Year

We enjoy celebrating Chinese New Year every year. We explore many different religions, faiths and traditions throughout our reception year and one that the children find very interesting is Chinese New Year! We begin by exploring on the globe where in the world people might celebrate the festival and enjoy sharing the Chinese New Year story. We read lots of different books and watch videos and people celebrating. We found out that this year is the year of the Rabbit! 

We loved exploring with Chinese writing and making lots of different decorations for the classroom. The children found out that red is a lucky colour so used this colour when creating things. We made a dragon, lucky envelopes, our own lanterns with a wish attached, tried traditional foods and acted out the story together. 



We had a very special delivery to school addressed to Lions and Tigers class. Attached to the parcel was a letter explaining that inside was a penguin named Pom-Pom who was lost. We researched lots of things about the penguin until we discovered he was an Emperor Penguin, who live in Antarctica! We looked at the globe and located Antarctica, before looking at the journey he might have taken to get to us. 

We then looked into what the climate is like and what an Emperor Penguin needs to live. We found out lots of information including that they love to eat fish and krill. We also discovered that the weather was freezing in Antarctica so made some snowflakes and ice cubes to keep Pom-Pom cool whilst he was visiting us. We did some more digging and found out that Pom-Pom got lost as he was swimming away from a Leopard Seal as they are predators. 


The children were really interesting in learning more about penguins and how to keep Pom-Pom safe and happy. We did a penguin rap linked below where we learnt some very interesting facts including about incubation, oviparous and regurgitation. One of the most interesting things we learnt was that the baby chicks are fed by regurgitation - the children described this as the mummy chewing the food into a yummy sick then spitting it into the chicks mouth...disgusting!  


I'm a Penguin rap!

We went on to compare the climate in Antarctica to our climate in England. We looked at the globe and learnt that Antarctica was right at the bottom of the Earth. We looked at the equator line and compared various climates across the globe. We sorted the animals out into where you might find them and talked about some of the features they have to help them survive in their climate. We found that penguins have a layer of blubber to keep them warm whilst living in icy conditions! 

Book week

For book week, we read the story 'The Gingerbread Man'. 

We were interested to see what a gingerbread man would taste like after reading the story as not many children had tried one before. The ones that had said they were spicy and delicious! We made our own and decided to have a bake sale for the whole school! We made a shopping list of the ingredients that we needed and we went on a trip to Sainsbury's to buy a LOT of ingredients to make all of the baked goods. 


Our parents and other family members came into school for a morning to help us with our baking. We followed instructions carefully and tested our measuring and timing skills. Thank you to all of the parents who were able to come and support us - we baked a little over 300 buns that morning! 


We loved retelling the story, acting it out and pretending to tell the story whilst taking it in turns to be the fox and eat the Gingerbread Man! We used various reading gems to dig deeper, define new vocabulary and decoded some of the recipes to make our own treats! 


We learnt lots about money and enjoyed role playing in a shop. We enjoyed the real life experience of paying with money in the shop and the cashier explained to us their job and how they use the till. 


We had a super busy week and raised lots of money - we were very proud of ourselves and loved our Gingerbread Man topic! 

We loved it that we could find, buy and pack the items ourselves! We brought them back to school and spend the rest of the week baking and selling to our peers. What a wonderful week we have had! 

Forest Schools

This half term we are fortune to be participating in Forest Schools! Every week we love spending some time outside with Mr Rayner, our forest schools teacher. We explore lots of different things and have spent some time focusing on our topic of Spring. We have spotted different signs of the season and have been helping the birds to build their nests ready for their eggs! We have also used our foraging skills to find bits of nature to build houses for some 'Seedling People'. What a fantastic opportunity for us to continue to develop our knowledge of the natural world around us, work on our imagination skills and learn more about the season! 


We were very excited to start spotting signs of a new season. The children recognised that lots of the signs of winter were disappearing and gradually new signs showing. This began when one of the children spotted some flowers growing on the way to school...

We went on a hunt outside and found that the trees were getting their leaves back, the seeds had started to shoot and the weather was starting to get warmer. Another child explained that often when they got home from school it was dark but now it was starting to be lighter. 

We shared lots of non-fiction books about the seasons and decided that it must be Spring! 

We continued our spring learning by doing some planting. We have been observing the changes of the weather and have seen that some plants have started to grow now. We decided it was the perfect time to plant our sunflower seeds. We learnt that seeds like a dark space so dug deep into the soil and then covered them up. We will continue to water them and see how they grow! 

Cannon Hall Farm

Lions and Tigers have had an exciting visit to Cannon Hall Farm! We loved exploring, meeting the animals and learning about how they are cared for. We also had fun riding tractors and feeding some baby animals. We have been learning about growth and new life, as well as life cycles! 

We continued learning about lifecycles when we returned to school. We spoke about the various life cycles we saw whilst at the farm and then used some non-fiction books to help us look at other animals and their life cycle. The children then made their own in the junk modelling area using paper plates and split pins - we were very impressed with their originality, especially as they actually spun! 


Our final topic before the holidays was Easter. The children loved learning all about the Christian celebration and enjoyed listening to the Easter story.

We read the story and the children recognised that the story was about Jesus, just like the Nativity story! We learnt about the significance of Good Friday to Christians, and how lots of things symbolise the cross where Jesus died. The children decided to act it out and spent a long time creating their own tombs. We made comparisons between how Christians celebrate Easter and how other faiths celebrate their festivals (like Diwali, Eid and Christmas). 

We enjoyed doing lots of Easter related activities and enjoyed hot cross buns! We recognised the significance of the cross and then had a vote to see who enjoyed the hot cross bun and who didn't! Most children enjoyed it and wanted seconds or even thirds...



Throughout the year, we have enjoyed celebrating the different faiths and cultures, such as Chinese New Year, Diwali and Christmas. For our Eid topic, the children loved exploring a variety of ways in which Muslims celebrate the Eid festival. We learnt that some Muslims fast during Ramadan (this means they do not eat or drink in the day time and only eat and drink at night). We read many non-fiction and Fiction books to learn more about Eid. We learnt that Ramadan ends when we see the new crescent moon in the sky, and this then means Muslims celebrate Eid! Some Muslims break their fast by eating a date, the children tried a date and thought they were very sweet.  


Eid is a time to get together with family, put up decorations, give to others and eat lots of delicious food. Therefore, we decided to have an Eid party! The children prepared for the party by making their own Eid decorations for the classroom, using lots of colours and drawing the crescent moon and stars. The children made an Eid card to wish our family and friends a Happy Eid (we say ‘Eid Mubarak’ when we want to say happy Eid). The children ate lots of delicious new foods and enjoyed dancing to music. They especially loved sharing traditional food with each other, that their parents had made at home. It was wonderful to see the children sharing their foods from home. We all tasted the food together, the children said the samosas and chicken rolls were very spicy!

We enjoyed singing our Eid song to wish everyone Eid Mubarak.


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For our Superhero topic, we start by reading the story ‘Supertato’. We learnt all about the Evil Pea character and that he wants to trap Supertato and all of the healthy vegetables!

One afternoon, we walked inside to find the classroom had been completely trashed! There were chairs, toys and pencils EVERYWHERE. The children were so shocked and searched the classroom for clues as to who had made such a mess. Children started to find a variety of vegetables around the classroom and discovered a letter that was addressed to the Lions and Tigers from the Villain ‘Evil Pea’ himself. Evil Pea had written that he had captured Supertato and wished to catch everything that was healthy in our classroom.


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The children were so eager to solve this problem that they began to create traps all around the classroom in hopes to capture the Evil Pea. Children’s creativity shone through when thinking of new ideas on how to solve this issue. The children also wrote letters to Evil Pea and to Supertato in hopes to get Supertato back to safety and free the vegetables. The children used great persuasive writing and some tried to trick the Evil Pea by enticing him into our classroom near our traps.

This lead into our next topic of superheroes.


People who help us/ Superheroes

We discussed how Superheroes can help us in different scenarios, where we might need help. For example, we sometimes need help if we are in danger of getting hurt and a Superhero could use their powers to help us. This unravelled imaginative ideas where the children role played different situations when they were in need and a Superhero coming to the rescue to help.

The children were enthused to design their own superheroes and began to invent different powers that they could have and chose a name for their superhero too. They designed the costume for their superhero and then created the costume to dress up themselves as their superhero using our sticky area materials. Some children chose to role play their ideas with their costume and act it out and some chose to use our small world area to role play with their superhero.

We learnt that when someone needs help, we can help them and be like a superhero ourselves.

People who help us

In this topic, we talked about how people help us in different ways. For example, adults at home and teachers in school can help children feel better when they feel sad or have hurt themselves. We also discussed people who have jobs that help people, for example; emergency services, lollipop people, taxi drivers, shop keepers, plumbers, builders and many more…


The children liked to think about how they might want to help people when they are an adult. Our Primary Futures day helped them to choose what job they would like to do.

On Primary Futures Day, the children have many visitors with different job roles to explain what they do. The children were very inquisitive and asked the visitors many questions. The children were inspired to test their skills for their chosen job, for example; practice new hairstyles, design their own furniture and test if they can lift heavy bags like people in the Armed Forces. The children were inspired to choose jobs that used their best skills and interests to help others.