We hope that you and your child have had a very enjoyable Easter break! We are looking forward to having you back ready for a new term of learning!

During the summer term in Reception, our learning will be centred around the themes ‘No Place Like Home’ where we will be exploring homes of different inhabitants and ‘Ticket to Ride’ which focuses upon different transportation.

We will also learn about exciting events occurring during the term such as the Queen’s Jubilee and the Commonwealth Games.

In Literacy, our learning will be linked to our thematic topics wherever possible. We will continue to develop and consolidate our Phonic knowledge through reading and writing. Within writing this term, our learning will focus upon simple sentences linked to the stories from our topics. As well as writing captions, simple story writing will support this development as well as introduce narrative writing. We will continue to focus on applying our sound knowledge to build words phonetically and write common exception words.

We will continue to develop our deep understanding of numbers up to 10 through composition and recalling facts using addition, subtraction and doubling. As well as counting reliably and ordering numbers, we will use our number knowledge to identify numerical patterns and count in groups of 2, 5 and 10. We will also explore telling the time, measuring capacity and recognising coins to count amounts.

We value your support with your child’s learning, please support your child with this at home as much as possible. We will begin to hold regular workshops and are always available to talk through via an appointment or through our open door policy.

Please ensure your child brings their coat, book bag and water bottle to school each day. They will also need to bring in a pair of wellingtons so that they are suitably clothed for outdoor activities (these will remain in school). The children will need a PE kit which will be left in school during term time and sent home to wash at the end of each term. Please ensure ALL of your children’s clothes and belongings are labelled clearly with their names.

We are looking forward to a fun filled year of learning and we can’t wait to see you all! 

Miss Allen – Class 1 Teacher                                                Miss Hill – Class 2 Teacher
Mrs Hammonds – Class 1 support                                         Mrs Baker – Class 2 support

 November 2020

Wow! What a fantastic week learning all about birthdays!
We had a brilliant birthday party for Kip's 5th birthday.
Party games, making crispy cakes and singing and dancing in our party hats!




We have had so much fun celebrating and learning about Diwali for a whole week! Fantastic dancing, creativity, role playing, cooking, designing, counting and writing!






This week we have been learning all about bonfire night and why it is celebrated.
Take a look at the fantastic work and learning the children have been doing.
We even had our own bonfire day, drinking hot chocolate, eating marshmallows, singing and dancing round the bonfire and learning about fire safety.







 CLICK HERE for an Information Video about how to pronounce sounds for reading in Reception

  CLICK HERE to practise consonant sounds. 

Click on the links below for information regarding phonic and spelling  teaching in reception:

Autumn Phonics

Spring Phonics

Summer Phonics

Autumn Term Common Exception Words

Spring Term Common Exception Words

Summer Term Common Exception Words


Information about Dough Disco  CLICK HERE

Here are a selection of web links for rhymes and books that we will use throughout the year. 

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Story

Magic Porridge Pot Story

The Story of Christmas

   Owl Babies

Brown Bear Brown Bear

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

 Little Red Hen

  Meg and Mog 


Five Little Monkeys Rhyme

Goldilocks Rhyme                         

Five Currant Buns Rhyme             

Magic Porridge Pot Rhyme

One Little Finger

This is the way...

If You're Happy, Happy Happy

I Can Sing a Rainbow

Walking, Walking

Hickety Pickety My Red Hen

Class Prayer

One Potato Two Potato


 May 2019

A massive thank you to all the dads who participated in the FRED programme. Goldthorn Park is officially the best FRED school in the country! We have been recognised as having the most committed  dads, children and staff out of 99 schools who also took part in the programme.

What a wonderful achievement!

March 2019

On Tuesday 26th March, Reception enjoyed a trip to the Wild Zoological Park. The children learned about a range of wild animals from Asia, South America, Australia and Africa. They had lots of fun meeting various reptiles, emus, wallabies and lemurs. They even got chance to feed the meerkats. The children also had the opportunity to handle the animals including; a corn snake, blue tongued skink, a bearded dragon and a sulcata tortoise. The day ended with a fantastic free flight bird show. The children excitedly looked on as a bald eagle, a white backed vulture, a milky eagle owl and rainbow coloured macaws soared through the air.



Week Beginning 5.11.18       CLICK HERE for music for Bonfire Song

Week beginning 22.10.18     CLICK HERE for 'Dem Bones' song

Story of the Week (week beginning 24.9.18)  'Where's My Teddy?'   CLICK HERE

Poems of the Week - Please practise at home!

Week Beginning 17.9.18                                                                     Week Beginning 24.9.18   


Week Beginning 1.10.18                                                                  Week Beginning 8.10.18   


Our story this week (1.10.18) is Duck in a  Truck 

July 2018

 CLICK HERE for information about current Reception children moving to Year 1 in September.

In the Spring term, the children have been very busy making fantastic progress across the curriculum as well as developing their confidence to express freely with their friends and adults.


Through our Topic, ‘People Who Help Us, the children explored different occupations and used junk modelling materials to create their own emergency vehicles. We learnt new IT skills, which helped us to access programs on the computer.


During our Forest school activities, we developed our social and physical skills by creating our own dens and ice pots!

The children had a fascinating time learning about dinosaurs and animals around the world. Our dinosaurs activities and trip to the WILD zoo were our highlights for this term. Thank you for all your contributions.


The children have been learning about the true meaning of Easter and enjoyed making rice crispy cakes!

Please continue to support your child’s reading at home as much as possible. We remind you that children’s books need to be in school every day. We would also encourage you to write a comment in their home/school diary, building their confidence and the link between home and school. We are pleased to see lots of our children are actively using ‘Reading Eggs’ programme. Any extra practise at home is always welcome!

Your child will be learning through a mixture of teacher led, teacher guided and child initiated learning, both indoors and outdoors. Please make sure that hats and gloves are sent to school each day.

PE will take place on a Monday and Tuesday and their PE kit will be kept in school. We send home PE kits at the end of each term.

We operate an open door policy, so please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Reception team if you have any questions or messages.

We are looking forward to a fun filled term of learning.

May 2018

On 18th May 2018, Reception celebrated the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The children learnt about the members of the Royal Family and took part in a traditional church wedding role-play. They all looked fantastic! The children had a scrumptious piece of wedding cake and gingerbread biscuits made by a parent in RS and it was delicious! At lunchtime, the children were served a royal wedding buffet.



In the week beginning 7th May 2018, Reception and Nursery came together to launch the reading for pleasure programme called FRED – Fathers Reading Every Day. The children enjoyed the opportunity to have a healthy breakfast with their fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and cousins and mothers. For four weeks, fathers and father figures will spend 15 minutes a day for two weeks, reading with their children – then 30 minutes a day for a second two weeks. Each father will record the amount of time spent reading to their children and the number of books read. Thank you to Mrs Sahni, Jeszemma Garratt (Head of FRED training) and Mrs Harrison for their excellent speeches about the importance of FRED at Goldthorn!



Spring Term


Wild Zoological Park Visit

On Tuesday 13th March 2018, the enthusiastic Reception children and staff went to the Wild Zoological Park. After a bumpy coach journey, which included cheering our way through the rolling hills in the countryside and excitedly naming the animals on the farm, we arrived at the zoo.

The classes observed exploring different animals from around the world. The children were fascinated to watch the antics of the animals led by Zachary the zookeeper, including snakes, wallabies and marmosets. Highlights included a macaw swooping across the education centre while the children and adults keep lowering their heads, and a binturong (bearcat) called Baloo who smells like fresh popcorn!
Each class also experienced a classroom session where we were able to meet and touch a tortoise, a skink, a snake and a bearded dragon as well a jumping hedgehog!
The return journey was considerably quieter than the outward one, with many worn out children falling asleep. The children were very well-behaved and were a credit to the school. We had a great trip and the children have been able to talk with great enthusiasm about our day out.
Many thanks to the staff and volunteers who organised and accompanied the trip.

World Book Day

The children in Reception had a wonderful time celebrating this event. The children and teachers dressed up as characters from the Jungle Book and were given a special treat to watch the theatrical production at school, thank you M&M theatre company for a spectacular show! Also, the teachers took part in share a story sessions with children from other year groups and the children had a delicious World Book Day lunch. In Reception, the children participated in show and tell circle time where they were able to discuss and draw their favourite story books. 



Autumn Term 


Through our Topic, ‘All About Me’, the children explored the body and senses, which then led into keeping healthy and importance of hand washing and brushing teeth. We learnt new IT skills, which helped us to find new information on Google, about our skeleton and bones.


During our Forest school activities we went on Autumn walks and investigated how the seasons change.


The children had a wonderful time learning about different celebrations. Our Diwali activities and party were the highlight of the week. Thank you for all your contributions.


The children worked extremely hard learning their lines and songs for our Christmas Production. I am sure you will agree we have some budding actors and singers in Reception!