We have an Esca-pea!

The Evil Pea is back! You may remember that, during our ‘Superheroes’ topic, we read the story of ‘Supertato’. The children absolutely loved this story and we couldn’t let our ‘Ice and Snow’ topic pass without reading the sequel book ‘Evil Pea Rules’.

I am sure your child has told you lots about it! The Evil Pea returns to freeze the whole supermarket and to trap all the veggies. Supertato even got completely frozen and stuck inside a block of ice! Just then, when we thought the story was over… the Evil Pea left a letter for the children in Reception. He had taken all of their toys and locked them in the freezer! We had to plan how we would set them free and the children have done lots of amazing writing. We came up with ideas to free the toys and melt the ice by; using our hands because they are warm, to use warm water, to use salt, and to bash the ice with rolling pins!

We hope you enjoy talking about the story and the learning that has gone on this week!

Thank you for your continued support,

The Reception team.

On a cold and frosty morning…

The children have enjoyed learning new information about Arctic animals this week, such as; polar bears, seals, walruses and the Arctic fox. Can they give you any information about them? We have used our phonics to write factfiles about the animals. We have also took our learning into our play by talking about them in the Arctic small world area. Take a look!

We have been lucky to have some frosty mornings this week. The children have enjoyed telling us about their walk to school by using new vocabulary such as; frosty, icy and freezing. They have also enjoyed exploring the frost in our outdoor area by feeling and talking about the frost and ice with their friends, as well as exploring the icy paths with chalk and talking about the effects of the chalk on the ice.

We hope that you enjoy using these photos to discuss your child’s learning with them.

Don’t forget that we are on Twitter @CharlestownRec !

Thank you for your continued support,

The Reception team.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

What a lovely end to a very busy and fun term! The children enjoyed their Christmas party on Monday and they all looked fabulous! We enjoyed games such as Pass the Parcel, Musical Statues, Musical Bumps and Reindeers on Rooftops!


Thank you to our parents and carers for joining us for our Christmas Craft morning on Tuesday. A great time was had by all; making decorations, Christmas photo frames, writing lists to Father Christmas, reading Christmas stories, decorating biscuits and drinking hot chocolate!

Thank you to parents for such lovely comments about the craft morning. We are so pleased everyone found it so enjoyable!

We would like to wish you all a very safe and enjoyable Christmas break. We look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Wednesday 3rd January.

Thank you for your continued support,

The Reception team.

Festive Fun!

What a very busy week we’ve had in Reception! On Monday, we had a very special visit from Louby Lou for a lovely Christmas treat. We had lots of laughs and lots of festive singing and dancing. It even snowed inside…!

We have also been lucky enough to experience snowy and icy weather this week and the children have enjoyed exploring frozen leaves, as well as using snow to create new recipes in the mud kitchen.

We finished the week with our fantastic Nativity performance! We are sure that you will agree that the children have worked so hard. We are incredibly proud of each and every single one of them! Thank you to our families for coming to watch, as well as all of the support with costumes and learning lines. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Just a couple of reminders:

Monday 18th December is our Christmas Party day. The children can come to school in their own clothes.

Tuesday 19th December is our Christmas craft morning. Parents are very welcome to join us 9-10am to work with the children. We look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday 20th December is our last day of term. The children finish at 2:30pm.


Thank you for your continued support,

The Reception team.



It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Just a reminder to our parents and carers of the upcoming events in the lead up to the Christmas holidays-

Louby Lou Show – Monday 11th December

On Monday afternoon, the Reception children will see a special end of term show performed by Louby Lou the clown.

Christmas Dinner – Tuesday 12th December

The children will all be given a Christmas dinner for lunch on this day.

Nativity Dress Rehearsal / performance for Nursery children – Tuesday 12th December

Please ensure your child’s costume has been brought in by Monday!

Nativity Performance for Parents – 2:00pm Friday 15th December

The big production! We will be giving tickets for the performance to parents and carers on Monday 11th December.

Christmas Party Day – Monday 18th December

On this day, the children may wear their own clothes and we will be having a Christmas party and playing party games.

Christmas Crafts with Parents – 9:00 – 10:00 Tuesday 19th December

We invite you to work with your child for an hour on this morning to help them make some Christmas decorations, decorate Christmas biscuits and drink hot chocolate!

School finishes early at 2:30pm – Wednesday 20th December


The children are working so hard on the Nativity performance! We look forward to seeing you there. We have a very busy week ahead! Please check back on our blog at the end of the week for photos from all our exciting learning and events!

Thank you for your continued support,

The Reception Team

Anti-Bullying Week

This week, the children have taken part in Anti-Bullying Week. In Reception and Nursery, we have called this ‘Friendship Week’. Today was Odd Socks Day to raise awareness for Anti-Bullying and the whole school carried out a balloon race! We also got spotty for Children in Need! What another busy and fun week in Reception!

Here are some photos. We hope you enjoy sharing them with your child.

Thank you for your continued support,

The Reception team

The Silent Songbird / The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

This week, the children in Reception watched a performance in school called ‘The Silent Songbird’. They loved it! The children listened to different instrumental music and were able to join in with singing and actions.

Here are some photos from the afternoon:


Can your child tell you all about it?

The performance links in very well with Anti-Bullying week next week, with the theme, ‘All Different, All Equal’, as the performance was based on how all of the birds were special and unique. We will be taking part in a Balloon Race next week as well as other activities for Anti-Bullying week. Please remember that Friday 17th November is Odd Socks Day to raise awareness for Anti-Bullying.

Here are some more photos of the children this week in their independent learning. Please take this opportunity to talk about your child’s learning with them.

In Literacy this week, the children have read the story, ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’. We discussed how the owl, Plop, does not like the dark. We used this opportunity to talk about the things we like and dislike, as well as positive things about the dark. The children came up with many ideas, such as, “We get to see fireworks in the dark”. Can your child tell you all about the story? Here are some of our owl creations from this week. The children have worked so hard!

Thank you for your continued support,

The Reception team.

Superhero fun!

In Reception, we had a fantastic first half-term learning about superheroes. We ended the topic with a superhero party. The children looked fantastic in their superhero outfits and have certainly been super in all their busy learning since starting reception. For our party we did some superhero dancing, had a fashion show and had some juice and biscuits as a special end of term treat!

Th Enormous Turnip!

This week our story has been ‘The Enormous Turnip’. the children have loved learning and acting out the story and we have had some fantastic writing. In maths we have been looking at weight and tied this into the idea of turnips being a vegetable and made turnip soup. The children enjoyed weighing out the vegetables and smelling the stock. IMG_0409[1] IMG_0408[1] IMG_0406[1] IMG_0405[1] IMG_0404[1]

We have also been working on capacity. We set up an activity for the children to use the language of full and empty and finding out which containers were best for transporting water from a full bucket to an empty one. We had races to see which was best!IMG_0003[1] IMG_0004[1] IMG_0005[1] IMG_0006[1] IMG_0013[1] IMG_0014[1] IMG_0015[1]