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Reception - Lions and Tigers

Welcome to Lions and Tigers!

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

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



Reception Staff

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

Miss Lucy Flood – Tigers Class Teacher

Mrs Michelle Eyre – Nursery Nurse

Mrs Naheed Abrar - Learning Support Assistant

Miss Makin - Learning Support Assistant 

Mrs Booth - Learning Support Assistant 

Miss Bastow - Learning Support Assistant 


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 and Tigers 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 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.



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.

Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus we haven’t been able to hold a Reading and Phonics meeting school this year. Therefore we have uploaded the powerpoint and supportive materials below. 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 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!

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 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 reception class.

Autumn Term


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 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.


During the autumn term we loved learning all about the story Funnybones! We talked about our bodies and the skeletons inside our bodies. We looked at some x-ray pictures and tried to guess which bones they were showing!

We took inspiration from the size of the characters in the story and decided to explore height. We ordered 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 tried to make our own skeleton on a biscuit using icing!

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

We used art straws for the first time to create an x-ray of our bodies and stuck this onto black card! We took lots of time cutting up pieces and carefully glued them in place.

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

We had lots of fun and enjoyed reading the story - we learned lots of new things about our body too!


We have enjoyed starting to learn about different cultures and traditions. We started this off learning about Diwali! We read the Diwali story - a story all about Rama and Sita.  Sita, a princess, gets taken by Ravana (an evil king) and Rama attempts to rescue her with the help of Hanuman (the monkey king).

We learned that in order to help guide Rama and Sita home, the people from their village made Diva Lamps to light the way and this is now a tradition for Hindu's when celebrating Diwali - the festival of light!

We explored rangoli patterns and made our own repeat patterns as well as making some sweets to celebrate Diwali!

Stick Man

In our Autumn term we have enjoyed reading the book Stick Man for our Read and Respond topic!


We have looked in detail at different parts of the book and focused on different areas using our reading gems. We made predications about what we think might happen in the story, inferred how Stick Man might have felt during different parts of the book, defined any new vocabulary including weave, nest and swan as well as sequenced the story!


To help us bring Stick Man to life, Scarlett and her family donated some stick insects to school! We have loved learning all about how to care for them. We have enjoyed handling them and look closely at them to observe any changes. We saw an egg hatch and learned that out of the egg came a nymph - a baby stick insect!

We have used the define gem to help us learn lots of new vocabulary about stick insects and we have impressed lots of visitors with our knowledge of them! We learnt that stick insects are: nocturnal - this means that they sleep during the day and are active at night, camouflage - this means that they can disguise themselves to hide from predators, predators - these are things that want to eat stick insects and nymphs - these are baby stick insects.

To find out more information about our stick insects, we have been using QR codes in the provision areas to watch videos about them!


We have loved this topic and can still remember what we did now!



In Tigers and Lions we have had lots of lovely festive activities during this term to celebrate christmas! We have made a decoration using our sewing skills to create a snowflake to hang on the christmas tree, made a christmas card for our families and made a calendar for 2020! We have enjoyed learning all about the Nativity Story and even had a visit from Santa during our christmas party! As well as our party, we had a christmas dinner and learned all about what christians would traditionally have on their dinner.


Take a look at some of our pictures celebrating christmas!


Spring Term


Poetry week


During the spring term we are becoming poets! Our poems are based around diversity and equality. Martin Luther King is our focal point of learning and taking inspiration from him we will talk about being different but all being equal. We will also get to complete a workshop with our school reading patron Conrad where we will write our own poem on equality! Our poem will be recorded and sent to you via the Evidence Me app.


Following on from this we are sticking with the theme of poetry but incorporating winter too! We will learn all about the season of winter, compare it to the season of autumn and learn some simple winter poems! We will use this topic to explore various things about our surrounding world and explore some scientific concepts such as freezing and melting, growth and decay and seasonal changes.



Penguins and Place

Every year the children love our topic based around Penguins! We have had a special delivery for the past few years of Pom-Pom the Penguin. Pom-Pom is sent to us so that we can learn about what penguins need to survive and the habitat where they live. We find Antarctica (their habitat) on the globe and compare their habitat to ours, as well as reading lots of books based on penguins. During this topic we talk about the world, look at the globe and talk about various countries and continents! We also take this opportunity to talk about lifecycles and food chains. We learn what a penguins favourite snack is, how they keep their eggs warm during the winter months and some interesting facts about how baby penguins eat. Earlier in the year we learnt some fantastic key vocabulary about stick insects including camouflage and predator. We will use these words during our topic of penguins, as well as learning some new ones such as hibernate and regurgitation! One of the ways we learn new vocabulary is by learning new songs and one of our favourite penguin songs is the Penguin Rap. Once we are confident to sing it we will upload a video onto our Evidence Me app!

Chinese New Year

Our final topic before the end of the half term is Chinese New Year. During this topic we learn about the festival and why people celebrate Chinese New Year, who celebrates it and some of the traditions that people do. Some examples of this are tasting various Chinese foods, making red lucky envelopes and having a practice at mark making Chinese letters and numbers. After learning about these traditions we use our role play skills to pretend to celebrate Chinese New Year by dressing up and using chop sticks! During this festival people make a Chinese dragon and dance in the streets taking inspiration from various animals. With every new Chinese New Year comes a new animal. This comes from a story of a race between lots of different animals. We look at the animals in the story and find out what animal this year is! We will make our own dragon in reception and learn a special dance using it. Keep a look out on Evidence Me to see it!

Summer Term

People Who Help Us


In the summer term, we will be learning about “People who help us”. We will be sharing various information books to learn about the specific roles that people do to help others. We will be developing our vocabulary skills and knowledge to learn the occupations that people have. To support of understanding of certain roles, we will be role-playing and using our imaginative skills to act out emergency scenarios.