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Reception - Tigers

Welcome to the class page for Tigers.

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

Miss Lucy Flood – Tigers Class Teacher

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

Mrs Michelle Eyre – Nursery Nurse

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Reception Session Times

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




Our first day in Tigers and Lions!

General Information

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.

Our library system

The Library in 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 every 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.


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. Mrs Eyre will be stationed by the door every morning and she will be available to answer any questions about where you should place your child's book.

50p Contributions

As part of your 50p contributions, we aim to have an interesting snack every week. We talk about what it is, where it comes from, whether we like it and if we have had it before. Here are some of the snacks we’ve tried!

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.

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 feel free to read any part of the document, however the most appropriate sections for children in reception include 30-50 and 40-60 month sections. If you would like to discuss any part of this and ways to support your child with Miss Flood please feel free to arrange an appointment.

Physical Development

Physical development is a major part of the Early Years curriculum and it is something we focus on throughout the year with the children. Whether it be holding a pencil correctly or swirling down the fireman's pole we love to see the children develop and want to share some of these moments with you!


Reception Long Term Plan

Phonics Overview

Check our Twitter page (@PindersPrimary) weekly for lots of photographs of our learning!

Star Readers

Every half term we look for a star reader! This will be somebody who we have noticed has enjoyed reading throughout the half term. This could be in shared reading time, guided reading time or independently in provision. This is a great achievement and we are proud of all of our star readers! 

Congratulations to Rori who was our 'Star Reader' in Autumn 1 for fantastic reading!

Congratulations to Iyla who was our 'Star Reader' in Autumn 2 for always reading at home!

Congratulations to Edward who was our 'Star Reader' in Spring 1 for spotting tricky words in books and the environment!

Congratulations to Faatimah who was our 'Star Reader' in Spring 2 for her fantastic efforts when doing her daily reading!

Congratulations to Hayaa who is our 'Star Reader' in Summer 1. She has tried really hard this half term and has demonstrated fantastic application of her phonics skills!

Star Reader pictures!

Star writers

Every half term we look for a star writer! Our star writer will be somebody who has impressed us with their attempts at writing or mark making over the half term. This could be in shared writing opportunities or independently in provision. Take a look atone star writers so far! 

Congratulations to Hayaa who was our 'Star Writer' in Autumn 1 for fabulous writing on the writing table!

Congratulations to Yousuf who was our 'Star Writer' in Autumn 2 for brilliant writing in phonics!

Congratulations to Ifsa who was our 'Star Writer' in Spring 1 for applying her phonics knowledge in her writing!

Congratulations to Chiboy who was our 'Star Writer' in Spring 2 for trying hard to write sentences independently!

Congratulations to Isabella who is our 'Star Writer' in Summer 1. She has written a fantastic story all about life under the sea!

Star Writer pictures!

Reading workshop

Thank you to everybody who attended our ‘Reading and Phonics’ parent workshop on Friday 14th 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 Tigers 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


Reading and writing in Tigers

A big part of reception includes reading and writing! Whether that be learning how to read and write, sharing stories or visiting the local library. Miss Flood encourages us to read and write together and helps us to choose stories and read them independently. Please have a look at some of our favourite ways to read and write in Tigers and ask us about what we can do!

Summer Term

During the Summer Term we have had lots of fun playing and learning outside. We have done lots of different topics including Minibeats and Superheroes.

We enjoyed learning all about an Evil Pea who was trying to destroy all of the other vegetables - the ultimate villain.  But the children worked hard alongside 'Supertato', a superhero potato who came to save the day, and they managed to stop the Evil Pea!

We enjoyed talking about ways to stay healthy and we took part in our very own sports day event. Unfortunately because of the weather our families could not come and watch so all of the pictures from the day are here for you to see. We had lots of fun and all really enjoyed the different races!



Meet A Creature

We had a fantastic time learning all about different Minibeasts during the summer term. We have made a bug hotel and we have enjoyed exploring inside it to see which animals have moved in! As part of our topic we have had a visit from a company called 'Meet A Creature'. Dean, a minibeast specialist, brought in lots of different animals for us to handle. We learned lots of new things and we were very brave facing our fears holding them. Have a look at some of the different animals we saw!

Spring Term

This half term we are going to be exploring the topic 'Winter'. We will be looking at signs of winter and learning all about the things we might find. Miss Flood was very impressed to see that lots of the children had a good understanding of the season before we began.

We are then moving on to exploring 'Penguins'. We will be looking at the habitat they live in, what they eat and different types of penguins!

Come back soon to see how we have looked at penguins in all areas of our curriculum!

Our ice mountain

This week we explored ice. Mrs Eyre, Mrs Sommerfield and Mrs Wilby helped us to make an ice mountain using ice, corn flour and food colouring. We watched as the colour trickled through our mountain and saw it melt throughout the afternoon. We loved exploring the gloop once the ice had melted!

Pom Pom the Penguin was delivered and we loved learning all about the different things that Pom Pom (and his other friend penguins) might do!

Autumn term 2

After the first half term break we will be starting a new topic.

This topic is ‘Festivals’ where we will be exploring multiple festivals celebrated around the world including Bonfire Night, Diwali and Christmas. We will be exploring both fiction and non-fiction texts throughout the topic and exploring patterns.

If you would like to discuss any of these topics at home we would love to hear about what you have found out! 


In addition to this, we are hoping to go on a trip to the theatre to watch Stickman - our read and respond topic! This will be something we will be building on over Autumn 2, and is something we hope that all children will attend. If you would like your child to attend but haven't yet told Miss Flood, please let a member of the early years team know as soon as possible. This will be a fabulous opportunity for the children to see the text which they have been working on come to life. Stickman will also be a topical focus meaning that it will be woven into provision throughout the months of November and December. Keep looking to see where Stickman fits in! 


Diwali is the first festival we are learning about in Autumn 2. Diwali is the festival of light and this is something we will continue to explore throughout the first few weeks back. We have begun this by exploring the special lights we may find on Bonfire Night...Fireworks! We made a bonfire together and shared jacket potatoes together. Take a look at our 50p contributions pictures where you will see us tasting them!

We have also explored different shapes and patterns and will share some photos of the patterns we have made. We are sharing the story of 'Rama and Sita' and will be role playing and sequencing the story together. In addition to this we will explore traditional Diwali objects such as the Diva Lamp and the tradition of sharing sweets together. We will be making our own so keep an eye out for some of the tasty treats we make!

Tigers have enjoyed reading the story of Rama and Sita and why Hindus celebrate Diwali. They watched a shadow puppet show retelling the story and some of them enjoyed it that much they had a turn at retelling the story themselves using the shadow puppets. Take a look at the pictures below of the performance and the videos of the children attempting it for themselves!


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Christmas celebrations!

Throughout December we will be learning all about Christmas. We will talk about how and why people celebrate christmas and we might even have a visit from Santa!

We began our Christmas celebrations by making our own decorations for the school Christmas tree. We had lots of fun making them and talked about the patterns we could put on them. We then went to the hall and added them to the tree!  

Stick Man!

As part of our Read and Respond lessons, we have been exploring the story of Stick Man. We have loved seeing different parts of the story and finding out about all of his adventures. We are very excited to visit Manchester theatre to watch the live performance and in preperation for this we have been making all things stickman in provision. Look at some of the things we have made!

We have also explored some of the reading gems when looking at Stickman and our favourites so far are Predict, Retrieve and Define!

Stickman trip

Stickman was our Read and Respond book choice for Autumn 2. We finished the topic off with a trip to Manchester to see a live theatre performance of Stickman. We had a great time and the children loved seeing the story come to life. Take a look at some of the pictures we took.

Autumn term 1


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.

Oliver's vegetables

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Soup Tasting

As part of our Oliver's Vegetables topic we explored the different vegetables Oliver tries. We wanted to taste them just like him so we decided to work together to make a vegetable soup. It was delicious and Miss Flood was really proud that we all tried the soup! Our superstar head chef Mrs Eyre showed us how to use a knife safely. 

Our Library Visit

Throughout our first few weeks in school we have explored lots of different books and learnt about our special school reading gems. We have enjoyed this so much that Miss Flood and Mrs Rowlands decided to take us to the library. We had a lovely day all together (some of us even brought our parents!) and we learnt lots of new things that we can do in the library. We then borrowed a book which we could bring back to school and take home to share with our families. It was lots of fun!

Whilst on our library visit, each child was given the opportunity to select a book which they could take home and share with their family. When we got back to school we looked at our story and each child shared something about their book. They also were given an opportunity to select a reading gem which they think they will do, and expand on it. For example, some children chose the 'Predict' gem and explained what they think might happen in the story.


Our final topic of Autumn 1 was 'Funnybones'. We shared the story together and explored the theme throughout all of our indoor provision. We have had lots of fun and we even built a life size skeleton!

Take a look at some of the things we have been doing and how much fun we have had!