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Welcome to the Reception Page!

Old class pages can be found below.  Info added before February 2016 can be found there.

Good Luck in Year 1 !

Have a wonderful holiday. 

A Poem From Your Teachers.

Dear Reception

You are a very special person

We wanted you to know

We have loved being your teachers,

How fast the year did go!

Come back to visit us

As through the years you go.

Try hard to learn all you can

There is so much to know!

The one thing we hope we taught you

To last your whole life through,

Is to know that you are special

Just because you are you!




Governors Awards



Well done to all the children in Reception and all of our families

for your amazing hard work this year.


A huge well done to our super Governors Award winners.

We hope you enjoyed sharing the special ceremony with your family. 


Eid Mubarak !!


Just look at all the wonderful Eid clothes we wore to our Eid celebrations at school. We had such a lot of fun chatting about what we did with our family and friends. It sounds like Alston has lots of Master Chefs.

Why not send in some photos of how you decorated your home or your hands for Eid-ul-Fitr.

Eid Party-08.07.16

Eid Assembly.

Congratulations to the children from RH who performed songs and a short play for our parents today.

Take a look at the photos to see how grown up they look speaking in front of such a large audience,

Eid Assembly-08.07.16

Watch out!

There are lots of aliens with googly eyes and shiny rocket ships in Reception at the moment.

The children have been showing just how creative they can be by making their own models of aliens and rocket ships.

They look amazing.

Why not pop into one of the Space museums near Birmingham to share an exciting family day learning about Space.

You might see a real rocket ship!


Take a look at the photos of the children's models.

Father's Day Assembly!

Thank you to all the fathers, brothers, grandfathers, cousins, uncles and mothers who came to the Reception Father's Day Assembly.


It was such an enjoyable occasion.

The children really enjoyed sharing their paintings and songs with you.


Congratulations to our raffle winners!

Take a look at the photos of our special assembly.

It is almost Father's Day!

We have been thinking about the wonderful role-models in our families.

We decided that we would like to thank all the male role-models who are special to us.

Thank you







For all the ways that you show your love and kindness to us.

Don't forget to come to our Father's Day Assembly


Friday 17th June 2016


We have been learning some lovely songs to share with you on Friday.

You could sing them with your child at home.

Hip Hop Father's Day Rock Song Lyrics for Kids | Children's Music

Watch our 'Hip Hop Father's Day Rock Song' music video with song lyrics and sing along with the kids!

Father's Day Song for Children | I Love My Daddy Yes I Do Song for Kids | The Kiboomers

Watch our 'I Love My Daddy Yes I Do' video and sing along with the kids! .

This week we have been amazing!

We can read instructions using our phonics skills.

Just take a look at the tricky words and sentences we have been reading.

Some of the words are polysyllabic!

This week we have been 

learning about lots of fun places.

Have you ever been to an alien hairdresser?

Have you been into space on a rocket?

Have you ever bought clothes for an alien?

The children in Reception have been using their imagination in all of these places.

Take a look at our Role-play pictures.


Many of our families are taking part in a special religious month called Ramadhan.

Ramadhan Mubarak!

Click on the link below to share some of the ways different families take part in Ramadhan.

Why not share what you do at home by talking to your child's teacher or bringing in something you use at home .

Ramadan Song with Zaky (Nasheed) HD

'Ramadan' is a new song by Subhi Alshaik.

We hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Welcome Back!


This week we have been enjoying our new book.

It is called "Aliens Love Underpants"

by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.


Click on the link below to share the story with everyone at home.


Why not make a collection of all the different colours and patterns you can find.

When you are out and about notice all the colours and patterns in the environment,

Which part of the story did you think was the funniest?

Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

When little aliens fly down to Earth, they don't come to visit because they want to meet the Earthlings. They simply want to steal everybody's underpants! They like them large or small, they like them red or green-and they like them in all other sizes and colours, too.

We love to listen to different composers!

In Reception we have been listening to lots of different music from many different cultures.


Do you have a favourite composer or musician?

Why not share some of your favourite music with your child.

We would love to hear what you think of our composer of the month .

Click on the link below to hear some music by Haydn.

Haydn for KIDS!

Join Mom, Molly, and Mr. Bookworm on an unforgettable, music-filled adventure, as they go back in time to experience the wonderful life of Franz Joseph Haydn!
To remember the great life and works of Franz Joseph Haydn, Stephanie and Miga have created an enjoyable video lesson to educate children on the history of Haydn and his musical career.

Shape, Space & Measures.


What a great morning trying out lots of different activities to help make learning fun.

Shape, Space & Measures Parent Workshop.


Thank you to all the Mums, Dads, aunties, uncles and grandparents who joined us this week at the workshop.

We had a wonderful morning sharing ideas and talking about all sorts of fun ways to help our children learn about this area of Maths. It was a lovely opportunity to chat about how everyday experiences can all help with learning in this area and it was a great time for our families to ask questions.

We hope you will enjoy trying out some of the practical ways to learn about shape, space and measures with your child.

As promised- click on the links below to enjoy singing along to the songs we love singing at school.

3D Shapes I Know (solid shapes song- including sphere, cylinder, cube, cone, and pyramid)

3D Shapes I Know (new pyramid version) This version includes only ONE chorus at a time, whereas the old version used to do 2 at a time. I didn't like that the old one felt too long each time. I've also included a section about "a pyramid" now.

The Shapes Song

It's a 2D shapes song.

What Time Is It? Song for Kids

A fun video to introduce telling time!

Big and Small Song | Nursery Rhymes | Original Song by LittleBabyBum

simple size words

Full and Empty | What Is It? | Vocabularry | BabyFirst TV

full and empty

Where is it?

A simple video to practice the prepositions on, in and under.

Stained Glass Windows.

We learned all about special windows called 'Stained glass windows'. These windows are very colourful because they are made of colourful glass. A long time ago only very important buildings had these beautiful windows. The light shines through and looks like an 'inside rainbow'.


We looked at the colours and pictures that show important people and stories. Then we thought of our own designs before creating our own stained glass windows using colourful cellophane and tissue paper.

You can see our windows displayed in the corridor.


Next time you are out and about see how many stained glass windows you can find.

See how they grow!

Our beans have been growing.

look for the roots, shoots, stems and leaves.

Growing Beans!

In Reception we have been following instructions to help us to plant beans. We hope that our bean plants will grow tall and green. We know seeds need soil, water and sunshine to help them grow.

Have you planted anything in your garden or window box? Why not let your child help you to plant something at home? You could visit the library to find out about how to care for plants.

Watch the link below to inspire you to plant something in your own garden or window box.

Peep and the Big Wide World: Peep Plants a Seed

Peep discovers a patch of sunflowers and decides to grow one for himself.

Happy  90th Birthday! 

Queen Elizabeth II celebrated a very special birthday this week.

There were lots of parties and dressing up in red, white and blue to celebrate.

The 'Bake-Off' winner Nadia baked a special orange drizzle cake.

What cake would you like for your birthday?

Delicious Orange Drizzle Cake for the Queen in Ava Mei's Kitchen

Ingredients from Nadia Hussain in the Times for Orange Drizzle Cake for Queen's 90th birthday cake.

Happy Birthday-21.04.16

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Birmingham Airport Visit.


The children in Reception enjoyed a wonderful day at Birmingham Airport this week.

We travelled by coach to Birmingham International Station and then on the Mono-rail across to the airport. It was very exciting.

The airport is a very busy place!

Lots of people work at the airport helping travellers to enjoy their journey by plane and keeping travellers safe.

Why not share where you have travelled to by bringing in some photographs or mementos of your holidays abroad.

Birmingham Airport Visit- week beginning 18th April 2016

Welcome back!

We are looking forward to a great Summer Term.


We hope you had a wonderful Easter holiday.

Why not share some of your news with your friends in Reception. You could write  or draw about the fun and relaxing things you did. Perhaps you have some photographs you would like to share.


Take a look at the Summer Term Curriculum letter to find out about all the amazing learning planned for this Term.

Jack and The Beanstalk.


This is one of our favourite stories.

​Why not pop in to your local library and  borrow a copy to share with your child. There are lots of different versions to chat about.

Find out if Jack escapes from the Giant in the link below!

The Story of Jack and The Beanstalk - Fairy Tales for Kids

Jack and the Beanstalk Once upon a time there was a boy named Jack who lived with his poor widowed mother. They had sold almost everything they owned to buy food. When their last cow stopped giving milk, Jack's mother sent him to town to sell it.

Easter Bonnet Parade-21.03.16



Look at all the wonderful Easter bonnets the children are wearing!

How did you make your Easter bonnet? Take a look to see which ideas you might use for the Easter bonnet parade next year.

Did you win a special prize?

Congratulations to all the children that took part.

Thank you parents for helping to make the parade so special for your child and everyone at Alston Primary School.

They all look amazing!

Easter Bonnet Parade 21.03.16

Sports Relief 2016.

Thank you to all our Reception families!

The children enjoyed dressing in their sports kits today to take part in our Sports Relief charity event.

We went to a special assembly all about Sports Relief and how the charity has helped children to go to school and have fun.

Take a look at our photos to see how determined we are to help run an Alston Marathon. For each mile the children needed to run 24 laps around the Arena. We worked together to help children and families who need our help to be safe and happy.

Well done!


British Science Week 2016.


This week we have been thinking like scientists.

We planned a fair experiment using fish made of different types of paper and card. We blew the fish across the table to see which fish would get to the other side first.

These are some of our predictions about the fish we thought would win.


"I think the pink fish will win because its my favourite colour".



"I think the blue fish will win because it's light".



At the end of the experiment we tried to think about what had happened and why.


"The pink fish won. It's paper and it's straight. The cardboard fish was too heavy.



A fishy experiment- 18.03.16

Sports Relief -18.03.16

We have been writing about 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.

Just look at our super writing!

Using stories to inspire us.

Look how the chicks have grown!

The chicks now have feathers at the tip of their wings.

They are eating lots and growing fast!

We think they are so cute and have really enjoyed watching them develop.

Growing fast.

We have exciting news!

We have some baby chicks in Reception!


The eggs were carefully placed in the special incubator on Monday.

The first chick hatched on Tuesday night.

Now we have five fluffy chicks to care for.

Each day we need to check they have enough food and water and the special tank is clean with fresh sawdust.

We will care for them until Friday 11th March when they can go back to their farm.

Take a look at how they have grown and changed.


Perhaps you could visit a farm to discover other animals. Why not suggest some names for our chicks.

Baby Chicks.

baby chick hatching from egg shell

It's so tiring!

Welcome back to all our families in Reception!

The children are full of enthusiasm for our new book.

'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle.

Take a look at the link to share the story with your child. 

Eric Carle reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar

See Eric Carle, the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, reading this classic Puffin picture book out loud. An exclusive glimpse of this incredible book and author. For more information visit: The Very Hungry Caterpillar was recently found to be the most read book in Britain in an Early Learning Centre survey.

Take a look at all the fun we are having learning in the Garden Centre!

Perhaps you could take your child to visit a garden centre. There are so many plants and lots of other interesting things to see and do there.

The Garden Centre Role-play.

We have been thinking about how living things change and grow.

Lots of our families have young toddlers and babies at home.

We have been enjoying caring for our babies in the

Baby Clinic Role-play.

Perhaps you could ask your child to help you look after the baby in your family.

The Baby Clinic Role-play.

We have been talking about our favourite flowers in our

Florist Role-play.

The children have had lots of fun choosing flowers to make up a bouquet for the special people in their families.

Who would you like to send flowers to?

Perhaps you could visit a market near you to see all the flowers or take your child to a florist to order some flowers for a special occasion.

The Florist Role-play