Reception – Bay & Holly
In Reception we are passionate about learning through play, talking and building relationships with our friends, grown-ups and the world around us.
At Parkdale, we hope to help your children as they begin to learn to read and think about stories, poems and songs, and start their journey to becoming writers. We will help them to build an understanding of numbers and problem solving through investigation. However, English and Maths are a small part of Reception. Early Years education is all about investigating, talking and playing.
We will explore lots of different topics; combining exciting experiences, and a cosy, welcoming environment full of opportunities to explore, wonder and create.
We will add to this webpage on a regular basis, so look out for updates and information that we post. We will also keep you up to date using Tapestry, an online learning journal.
The Reception Team
Mrs Rippon – R Bay Class Teacher, Communication and Language Lead
Miss Parkin – R Holly Class Teacher
Miss Desborough – Early Years Lead and Nursery Teacher
Mrs Ross – TA
Miss Green – TA
Mrs Carlin – TA
In Reception we have been having a super book sort out. We have tried to curate a collection of beautiful new books reflective of all children’s experiences and diverse cultures, alongside traditional well-loved books. Success! Everyone couldn’t wait to get into our...
Reception began their celebration of the jubilee finding out about the Commonwealth and the community of countries. We chose and drew our favourite flag, some of us chose the flags of countries that are important to us, like Pakistan, some of us chose fun flags, like...
Yesterday Reception took their final trip to Gedling Country Park. Thank you to all of the volunteers and parents for their support. We have loved watching our local environment change, spotting the bluebells (which we planted) spring to life, finding the colours of...
Mr Chell and 4 volunteers have planted a tree as part of the Platinum Jubilee Queen's Canopy campaign. The tree is a Weeping Silver pear Tree, chosen for it’s platinum silver coloured leaves. It has been planted along the Cliff Road side of the playground....
Summer Term This term we will be exploring * Getting Along and Fairness; Traditional Tales with a Twist, and * Parkdale in the Past. In the first half term we will explore traditional tales, reading stories and acting them out. We will ask ourselves if the...
Spring Term This term the whole of Parkdale School will be learning about the Environment and Sustainability. In Reception we are inspired by Sir David Attenborough, “No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never...
Autumn Term This term we will be thinking about “The World and My Place in it”. We will explore our identity and what it means to be 4/5 in 2021, asking ourselves “what makes me special, and what is special to me?” As we discuss our favourite things and the things...
In our Reception classroom we aim to provide a challenging, stimulating and welcoming environment. We have curated a cosy and calm space for talking, playing and exploring. We add enhancements to our provision that follow our children’s interests and offer them opportunities to develop and grow.
We are especially proud of our outdoor space where we work as a team to plant and grow flowers, vegetables, fruit and trees. We spend our spring term learning about the world around us and making insect and hedgehog homes; sharing our outdoor space with other living things. Outdoors, children are supported to develop gross motor skills, observe seasonal changes, role play in our playhouses, caravan and car and dig in our sandpit.
May; blossom, sunshine and learning outdoors
April; spring sunshine, Easter Bonnets and a family garden party.
The Great Outdoors : Our Gardening Week!
Preparing for Spring and Summer is such a special time, especially at the end of our term thinking about nature, the environment and our own impact on the world around us. In Reception we are keen to make our garden an inviting place for bugs and bees, a place to learn about growing food and flowers, and a place to develop our independence and skills. Our Gardening week is when we prepare our flower and vegetable patches, and give our play area a deep ‘spring clean’.
March : a time for Spring, World Book Day and Holi Festival.
February: habitats, dinosaurs, new environments and COP26
Our first trip to Gedling Country Park
We had a brilliant visit to the Country Park, learning about how the former Colliery has become a haven for nature. We even planted bluebells and saw where a new bee colony is going to live.
January; winter walks, our new hut, sorting species
and investigating nature.
December; festive fun, glitter and stories galore!
November; lights, fireworks, safety and the smells of changing seasons.
October; autumn walks, taste-testing and celebrating our identities
September; settling in, learning and exploring
Class Documents & Resources
Supporting your child
Phonics Bug gives you access to reading books, games and activities to support your child at home.
Phonics Play is another website you can access which has lots of phonics games you can play with your children at home. https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
School Jam is our Maths online platform which provides easy to follow videos, games and lots of fun activities to try at home. This will be launched in the Autumn term, Download the app or log in via Active Learn
We LOVE Purple Mash. This super platform teaches children ICT skills whilst encouraging them to be creative and explore lots of different games and activities. Logins will be shared soon! Don’t forget you need to enter the Parkdale School portal.
New Starter Information Area
Please note from September 2022 Reception will be switching to an Active Uniform. Our new Uniform will be Parkdale PE kit only.
Reception children will need :
Black Parkdale PE top
Black Parkdale PE bottoms
Black or White trainers
A Parkdale PE T shirt in their House colour (until they are assigned Houses a plain white t shirt will be fine).
They DO NOT need ties, shirts, school shoes, jumpers etc.