RA - Mrs Bashir

RB - Miss Brindley

RH - Mrs Heath

Our teaching assistants are: Mrs Jobling, Mrs Sidhu and Mrs Varney


February 2017



 What a busy few weeks we have had in Reception! The children have loved learning about Space and it has been wonderful to see the children so engaged with the topic. So far the children have been busy creating their own rocket models, making shape aliens using 2D shapes and learning interesting facts about the solar system! Next week we will be watching clips of Tim Peake’s space walk and will try to do our own movements by walking in slow motion.


Over the weekend, why not see if you can find out an interesting fact about space? We would love to share these on Monday!


Parent’s Evening

On Wednesday 15 thFebruary and Thursday 16th February we will be having our Parent’s Evenings. Please ensure you have completed an appointment slip and have handed it in to your teacher. This will also be an opportunity to look at your child’s learning journal and add ‘Proud Cloud’ comments about your child’s achievements.


January 2017

Marvellous Maths


Over the past few weeks the children have been busy learning about addition and subtraction. We have been amazed by their number knowledge! Some children have been able to work out one more and one less than a number up to 10 and 20. Other children have even had a go at writing simple number sentences and have worked out the answers using their fingers and counting objects.

Challenges for your child at home:






Reading - How to help your child at home: 

 Continue to support your child by listening to them read every day, even if it is just a couple of pages a night. Encourage them to sound out the words and blend them together. Remind them that the sight words can’t be sounded out and must be learnt by sight: please practise these often.

This term some children will be moving on to writing their name in a book. Please can you ensure that your child is practising writing their name every day, if they are not yet confident to do so independently.



We hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

The children have all settled well back into their routines. They have already done some super work in Read Write Inc and Maths - we are really pleased that the children have been practising their sounds and numbers at home over the holidays.

We are all very impressed with the snowmen that were made over the Christmas holiday – some fantastic ideas and creations – well done! If you have not made your snowman yet, there is still time for you to make it over the weekend and bring it to school on Monday. We would love for every child to have a snowman model or drawing displayed in the classroom!


November 2016


Maths Linger and Learn Morning - 22.11.16

It was great to see so many parents engaging in maths learning with their child. There were lots of different activities on offer, including adding with numicon, shape work and counting money. The children thoroughly enjoyed working alongside their grown ups and showing them their super number work!

 A surprise visitor in Reception!

This week the children discovered a photograph from a secret camera in school! They were so shocked to see a dinosaur had been in our classroom! Together we discussed the photograph and thought about what the dinosaur was doing, why he was in school and how he had got in.


"I think he came to have some food in the home corner."

"The dinosaur was looking for his babies. They are the dinosaurs we made in the window!"

"The T-Rex scared Mrs Baddeley and Mrs Clemons!"


Following this, the children did some super writing about the photograph. They thought really carefully about the sounds in words and used their Fred Fingers to help sound the words out.


We have had a wonderful response to the half term challenge. The models are now on display in the classrooms and all look amazing!   There is still time for you to make a dinosaur model with your child if you did not get the chance to do so last week. Please feel free to have a look at our dinosaur displays for ideas.

 Superhero Sight Words!

Every Monday we will be sending home three words for the children to learn off by heart. These words need to be learnt by sight and not by sounding them out. It is really important that your child practises reading the new set of words every day. They also need to revisit the previous words on a weekly basis. These words will be very beneficial to support your child in their reading.

 Our Bonfire Experience!

The children had a wonderful afternoon at our bonfire party on the school field. They sang camp fire songs and enjoyed cooking yummy sausages over the fire!

 Dates for your diary: 

Children in Need – Friday 18 th November. Dress up in spots!
Maths Linger & Learn session – Tuesday 22nd November. Come and join in the maths activities with your child.
- A visit from Santa and his reindeer – Tuesday 6th December
- Reception and Nursery Christmas performance – Thursday 8th December.

  Linger and Learn

We are really pleased with the number of parents who are attending our Linger and Learn sessions. These sessions are really important to your child’s learning and we hope that you can also appreciate the value in spending some quality time with your child at school.  

October 2016


The children have been learning about the story ‘The  Rainbow Fish’. We will be extending their learning by investigating fish and their habitats. Next Thursday the children will have the opportunity to handle fresh fish bought from the supermarket. If your child is unable to participate in this activity please let us know.


September 2016  

The Reception team are so pleased that the children have settled in so quickly to school. They are making new friends and enjoying new learning opportunities, there is lots of laughter and smiles which is just great to see.

From Monday 21 st September all of the children are in full time, that’s8.45am - 3.15pm. Remember you can still join us each morning during our Linger and Learn sessions from 8.45-9.15am. Why not share a story with your child, paint a picture or even create a model in our Construction Area? We love for our parents to come in and share in their child's learning!

Proud Cloud 

At Gosford Park, we love to know what your child can do at home as well as in school. We are proud of all the children in Reception for many reasons and we are sure there must be lots of things that you see at home that you must be proud of too! We would like you, as parents, to share with us why you are proud of your child e.g. putting their coat on independently, counting and learning numbers, knowing their sounds, helping with the dishes etc.

Please help us celebrate your child’s achievements by putting a note on our Proud Cloud. We will then add these to your child’s Learning Journal. Alternatively, you can download and print the form here:  

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  Family Photographs 

As part of our Family Tree display, we would really love you to bring in a small family photograph. The photograph will be displayed in the classroom and returned at a later date.

Education City Homework

We are pleased to hear that children are beginning to use this school homework website.  We will be setting new homework activities every half term.

 Here are the steps to access the homework for Reception:


Step 1. Enter username and password.

Step 2. Click on 'Homework' on the left hand side of the page, below your child’s name          

Step 3. Select the activity.

Step 4.  If your child completes the homework in this section, you can then extend their homework by accessing the 'Activities' section. To do this click ‘Home’ select English or Maths.  Click F2 and Activities.

   If there are any problems please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff.

In the Foundation Stage our aim is to provide the very best start in life for your child, by developing the skills they need to become successful and independent learners. We follow the statutory framework of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which sets the standards for learning and development for all children up to the end of their Reception year. Our Reception classes provide 60 places for children to develop their love of learning. We offer inviting and spacious indoor and outdoor classrooms, in which children are given plenty of time to be explorers, problem solvers and independent learners during their school day. 

Learning through play underpins all of the EYFS and at Gosford Park we encourage children to become independent and curious learners and our environment is structured to reflect children's varying interests and individual learning styles. We are also very fortunate to have access to a fantastic outdoor classroom. We place equal importance on the indoor and outdoor learning environments. Within our environment the children have access to numerous areas of learning: Role Play, Writing, Reading, Sand, Creative, Construction, Numeracy, Music, ICT and Continuous Snack. In each area there are activities for the children to complete in order to consolidate and extend prior learning. 

On-going formative assessment is at the heart of our practice. The staff observe the children which allows them to plan experiences and learning opportunities, in order to deepen children's understanding and drive their learning forward to the next stage. We plan the children's learning from their interests and key events, this way we ensure they receive a broad and balanced curriculum. Alongside this the nurture and care they receive helps them to grow as individuals, whilst understanding their own needs and the needs of others. 


Throughout our Early Years provision we strive to work with parents, we want to ensure that children have the very best start to school life and strong foundations on which to continue their learning journey.




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