Welcome to Reception

18th- 24th June 2018

This week

In Maths this week, we have been focusing on the part-part-whole addition method. Some children are now able to add up using digits only; others are using practical objects to work out the answers. You have all tried so hard with this! We have been ordering and recording days of the week too.

We are still concentrating on ensuring our letters are formed correctly and they are sitting on the line properly. We are getting so confident using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops- Well done.

We have been learning a new song called ‘The Butterfly Song’. This song is all about what makes us special and being thankful. We have been thinking about Year One and talking about any worries we have about it. We have recapped our PANTs session- please visit the NSPCC website to recap personal safety at home too. We have also been practising our forward roll techniques ensuring they begin and end with the correct gymnastic pose- ask your child to do this for you at home.

Next week

Next week we will be continuing with our ‘What makes us special’ theme. We will be creating some amazing collages using different mediums; we can’t wait for you to see them. We are consolidating our part-part whole method and will be applying this in our homework next week.  Next week we will also be naming and ordering the months of the year.


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Manchester Memorial Day

We all made T-shirts showing our love for Manchester and remembering the people affected. We had a Manchester poet who came into school, Bernard Young. He preformed some of his poems, our favorites were ‘ I like what I like I do’ and ‘Traffic jam‘. We then worked as two teams to create our own poems and Manchester.

We also held a ‘Stay and Read’ session. We invited parents and carers in to make Manchester bees and decorate biscuits and cakes. We also had a look at different landmarks around Manchester and shared some of our experiences at these places.


We have all took it in turns to care for the chicks and we all got a chance to hold one. One of our challenges outside was to make a chicken coop, it was that good even the chicks had to try it out.


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Last Week’s Challenge

Apologies to all who tried to access last week’s homework challenge. Education City was unable to be accessed in the evening. This has now been rectified and you can access it at all times. Please do make use of this fantastic educational tool and encourage your child to use it on a tablet/ phone/ laptop as much as possible.

We would also like to wish Rachel Mc Nee early congratulations to her and her soon to be husband Tony. They are getting married during the Easter Holidays. We know you will all join us in wishing her and Tony well. We hope the sun shines for you on your special day. Please try and get your child used to her new married name of Mrs Fitzpatrick.

Laura Boden, EYFS Lead

This week

This week have been exploring Easter and The Eater Story. We have been reading books about The Easter Story and about chicks/ Easter Eggs. We have also had a visit to St Paul’s Church where the children engaged in learning about Easter through role play and stories.  We went back to school and used what we had learnt to take part in a re-enactment of The Easter Story from entering on the donkey, the Passover, the crucifixion and the rising. The children were in awe of the story. We have really enjoyed helping the children to explore the Christian meaning of Easter as we have with other cultural celebrations. Thank you to those families who joined us.

 Art with Adrian

This half term we have continued to focus on shape with our in house Resident Artist- Adrian. The children have each made a fabulous 3D shape using pipe-cleaners and art straws. They have learnt more about the names and properties of the shapes. They have now been painted and will be made into amazing 3D shape mobiles and displayed around school.

Welcome Gestures

We are so impressed in the way children are entering school, shaking hands and verbally greeting the staff each day. It is a lovely way to begin our day at school. We thank you for your support with this.


The children in groups have been up to visit our school library. Your child will be in a rotational group where on certain weeks they will have the opportunity to visit the Library with Miss Cheetham to have a story session and share books. The children who have been this week have loved it!

 Next Week

As we break up for Easter on Wednesday, next week is a short week. We will be continuing assessments ensuring we are planning carefully for your child’s next steps during the Summer Term. We will also be discussing where the children would like to go on their Reception Summer School Trip. Please talk to your child about this over the holidays. We will be using a democratic voting system to decide and your child WILL be involved in this.

Your Challenge

With Easter fast approaching, the children have been talking about Easter hats. Your challenge is to make an Easter hat/ bonnet with your child. There are kits readily available from pound shops and super markets but there are also lots of creative ideas available on the internet!

Get creative and use your imagination!

Reception children will be parading these hats for the rest of the school next Wednesday during assembly so please ensure they are in school by Wednesday.

Don’t forget to post your pictures on Orbit!


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Next week your child will be encouraged to shake the hand of their Teacher/ TA as they enter school. This is continuing our welcoming greeting ethos- please encourage your child to do this.

This week

This week has been so busy! Earlier in the week we celebrated our postponed ‘World Book Day’. The children (and staff) loved coming into school wearing their pyjamas, listening and exploring the book ‘Goodnight Everyone’ by Chris Haughton. Have a look at our ‘World Book day’ display to see the work we have produced. On Wednesday it was ‘World Maths Day’. We explored relationships between numbers and the orders backwards and forwards. We did this using numbered balls in a lotto style game!

On Thursday it was ‘International Women’s Day’. We took part in a social experiment based around equality. By the end of the session, most of the children expressed a belief that no matter if you’re a man or a woman, you are equal and wonderful and can achieve anything. Have a look at our display to see how we did this.

On Friday we prepared for ‘Mothering Sunday’. We looked at the book ‘My Mum’ by Anthony Browne. We talked about important relationships we each have with the special women in our lives and how they make us feel. In advance happy Mothering Sunday to everyone, enjoy this special day. The children have learnt how to use sign language to say ‘Happy Mother’s Day’.

In art with Adrian we have been learning more about 3D shapes in teams we have been making 3D hanging mobiles and talking about the shape properties.

 Next Week

Next week we will be continuing to explore our love for reading. We are hoping, weather permitting to visit the library. If your child is not already a member, we will be bringing home the paperwork to join up your child so they can take advantage of the range of books on offer to loan for free.

Your Challenge

Linking to our current art theme of ‘Shape’, we would like you to investigate 3D shapes around your house. Please watch the YouTube song ‘3D shape rap’. The children are already familiar with this song and they love it! You can either- complete the sheet below asking your child to draw and label an object that is a particular shape e.g., Cylinder- draw a toilet roll OR you can send your child on a 3D hunt and take photos of their findings. Send them to Orbit by next Wednesday so that we can share them.


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Chinese New Year stay and read will be at 2pm on Tuesday 30th January. We hope to see you all there!

If you have any old clothes and underwear that your child no longer wears/ are too small, we are desperate for spares and would be grateful of any donations.

This week

Thank you for coming in and saying hello each morning this week! We have really noticed a difference and we hope that this can continue!

We have been using our manners throughout the day and have been thinking about how we can be respectful citizens and follow the British values in school. We have made a display with some of our thoughts. Come in and have a look!

Next week

Next week we will be Hosting a Chinese New Year stay and read. We will be celebrating Chinese New Year with some special food, trying to use chopsticks, making money envelopes, cards and special pictures.


Your Challenge

We would like you to make a snack with your family. Can you make and butter toast? Can you make a sandwich? Could you bake some cakes?

Take lots of pictures and pop them on Orbit.

Can you write instructions to tell us what you had to do?


  • As the weather is still very unpredictable please ensure that your child has a sensible and warm coat and is wearing sensible shoes.
  • Remember to encourage your child to say good morning as they come into school.


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This week

We have continued to record our observations of the weather this week and have had a lot to write about!! We have seen lots of hail and plenty of sleet. We haven’t had much sunshine though.

We went to the café this week and ordered our toast and juice. It was lots of fun walking there and paying with our own money.

Thank you to all of the parents who came with us! We couldn’t do it without you!

Next week

Next week we will be learning and exploring in our brand new café role play. We will be ordering and buying foods and sitting at a table to eat them.

We will be using real money to pay for our food!

One of our focuses next week will be manners. We will be saying please when ordering our food in our café, thankyou when we receive our food, saying good morning and good afternoon to our friends and teachers.

Please encourage your child to say good morning as they come into school.

Your Challenge

Keep a record of the weather this weekend.

What can your child see? Is it snowing? Has there been a thunder storm?

Ask your child to use the word bank to help them to write the day of the week and the type of weather and draw a picture of it too.


  • As the weather is still very unpredictable please ensure that your child has a sensible and warm coat and is wearing sensible shoes.
  • Remember to encourage your child to say good morning as they come into school.

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This week

We have settled back into Reception really well and have got straight back to work!

We have been making observations of the weather, writing a diary to record the weather each day. We have found that it has been a very cloudy and cold week so


Next week

Next week we are beginning our new topic, ‘Our Local Area’.

We will be walking around outside of school, observing the features of our local area and visiting the café for a snack.

Our new role play area will be complete next week ready for us to play and learn in. We can’t wait to see what it is!!

Your Challenge

Draw a map of your route to school.

What do you see?

What do you go past?

Do you cross any roads?

Can you write down the name of the roads?


  • As the weather is still very unpredictable please ensure that your child has a sensible and warm coat and is wearing sensible shoes.
  • Remember to send your child into school with 50p to pay for our snack at the café.


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This week

We have had a very busy week in Reception. We have been practising our Christmas Nativity ready to perform it for you on Monday! We have worked really hard to learn the songs and have enjoyed saying our lines!

We have independently written an invitation for you, inviting you to watch our play. We used our phonics skills to sound out the words and our pencil control to write.

Next week

Next week is our last week in school before we break up for Christmas! We have a busy week ahead!

On Monday we will be performing our Christmas Nativity to you.

We will be having our Christmas party on Thursday, playing some party games and eating some delicious snacks!

We would really appreciate donations of food and small prizes for our party to help us to have the best time! Please see the list in your child’s home time area to see what is required.


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This week

We visited our local Church on Monday to engage in a special Christmas story. We enjoyed finding out about the story of Christmas and why it is celebrated in some cultures.

We had a special delivery on Tuesday! A letter arrived in our Christmas Post Office! It was a letter from Santa.

He has sent an Elf to watch over us. Ask your child to tell you his fantastic name!

Next week

Next week we will be using our Christmas Post Office to write letters to Santa. We are going to include our Christmas wish list and make sure that we address the letter to Santa at the North Pole!

Your challenge

Your challenge this week is to send a letter to your Family Group.

We would like to hear all about your weekend. Draw a picture or write some words that will show us what you have done.

Pop your letter into an envelope and write on the schools address and your key group. E.g.

Reception Blue Group

E-ACT Blackley Academy

Victoria Avenue


Pop a stamp onto the envelope and then place it into the post box.

We can’t wait to read your letters in group time!!

Please encourage your children to do the writing independently. But do offer support if needed.

Take photographs of your children completing the challenge and post them on Orbit.

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This week

We have been off timetable all week this week to enable us to explore our space theme.

We teamed up with our friends in Nursery in groups named after the eight planets.

We have loved becoming astronauts! We made our own passports to enable us to travel through space. We created a space rocket to take us to the moon like in the story, “Whatever Next?”

Throughout the day we learnt some key words such as comet, solar system and asteroid.

Next week

Next week we are going to focus on our new challenges in our classroom. We now have a Christmas Post Office to practise our wrapping skills and to write cards to our friends.

We will continue to practise the Christmas Nativity too!

Our writing area is being transformed into an exciting writing space from out of this world!! We can’t wait for the children to see it!!

Your challenge

Your challenge this week is to make a space craft!

Can you choose a vehicle to make? A rocket; Flying saucer; A moon buggy?

Can you select appropriate resources to make it with?

Look carefully at the shapes that you may need.


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This week

We have had a fantastic first week back at school! We have all settled in very well and have got straight back into our routine.

We have a brand new role play this half term, a campsite! We have loved toasting marshmallows by the fire, camping out under the stars and looking at nature through our binoculars!

We have impressed our teachers with our reading! Our teachers have loved reading our comments in our reading records! Some of the children have already read their book more than ten times and have received their first

Next week

Next week the children are going to be completing new challenges in Reception. We will be looking closely at how the children access their learning within the areas of provision and help them to move forward within their learning through the use of challenges.


Your challenge

Your challenge this week is to design your own campsite.

What would you choose to have? A tent? A fire? Animals?

Can you label your drawing using your phonics knowledge to help you?

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This week

We have had a very busy final week before half term! We attended our exciting trip to the Chestnut Centre!

We enjoyed walking along the paths through the woods, looking at the different animals that have naturally settled there or have been introduced in order to protect them.

We saw deer roaming free, otters swimming in the lakes, a fox sleeping in his den, some Scottish wild cats exploring in the trees, lots and lots of Owls and even a Heron waiting to catch some fish!

Our lovely guides told us a story about an otter named Buffy who had to leave his home in a lake because it had become polluted! Buffy went on an adventure to find a new clean lake to swim, play and live in. On his journey, he came across lots of the animals that we saw and eventually found his new home at the Chestnut Centre.

The guides expressed how wonderful our children were and that they were a pleasure to have! We are really proud of them!

Thank you to all of the parents/carers that attended the trip with us! We could not attend trips without your support!


Next week

Next week is half term. Please remember to read with your child each night and practise the tricky words, and of course, don’t forget to enjoy the holiday!

We want to see all of the exciting things that you do over the holiday, please keep uploading photos to Orbit!


Your challenge

We would love to find out what your child’s first half term in Reception has been like for them.

We want to know what they enjoyed the most, what they enjoyed the least, what their favourite area of the classroom is and we would love for them to draw a picture of their teacher.

They may want to draw pictures for each section or even try to write some word!


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Our indoor classroom

Welcome back to our Wonderful Reception children. We are looking forward to learning and exploring with you this year. There have been a lot of exciting changes made to the classroom and we can’t wait to watch you using our learning spaces. Here is a sneaky peek…

the hairdressers

On Monday, some of the children were pretending to do each other’s hair and makeup. They were using paintbrushes as makeup brushes and putting bobbles in each other’s hair. Our fabulous TA Rachael Dunnington went along with this play and brought in some old makeup pallets, brushes and curlers from home. The children ran with it; we soon had a makeshift salon set up in our outdoor area. Both boys and girls alike were role-playing a visit to the hairdressers. We contacted the local Co-op High School and arranged a visit to their working salon with the children. The children saw the Salon set up and were given a tour and an explanation of how the salon works by the Salon Manager Alison. On returning to the class, we set up our own Beauty Salon and members of staff donated old hairdryers, combs, makeup brushes, curling tongues etc. With the children steering the set-up of the salon and suggesting equipment needed, we had a grand opening last Friday. The children have been booking appointments on the computers, role-playing stylists, hairdressers and customers. The language the children have acquired and have been applying to role play scenarios has been fantastic. This is a prime example of making an excellent teaching and  learning opportunity from the interest of the children and using other local schools and businesses to support this.

Alison is returning to Reception Class in the next week to come and do a workshop with the children. She is planning to bring some more resources to enhance the salon further and to showcase some simple Hairdressing skills.

Our child initiated hairdressing topic soon moved into a topic about what we would like to be when we grow up. This sparked off some visits from people with different occupations.

We had a visit from our local Police Community Support Officers, a visit from a midwife and a Facetime call from a Nurse!


Orbit has gone live

We are so excited to have signed up most parents to our super new assessment tool ORBIT. Educators can use this assessment method to observe and photograph your child and their learning experiences. They can then link this learning to the EYFS curriculum and send the observations straight to parents and carers. Staff can suggest next steps and give ideas on how you can support your child at home and you can then send photographs and evidence of your child’s learning experiences at home! Thank you to all parents and carers who attended the ORBIT welcome session!

Visit www.orbit.so to view your child’s profile.

maths mastery

In Reception we have been using a method of teaching Maths called ‘Maths Mastery’. We have looked at the EYFS Curriculum and used the suggested learning objectives to teach the children using this new approach. We use lots of different concrete objects such as numecon, cubes, pebbles, sticks, balls, currents etc to learn how to represent numbers.

The children are getting so good at this skill of number value and representing numbers in different ways using different objects.

Children are also making great progress with number recognition, number ordering and letter formation!


This month we have learnt a lot about our local area- Blackley. Many of us have learnt our address. We have been on a trip around our local area and used a map to help us navigate! We have learnt the directions left and right, forwards and backwards.

We ticked off local landmarks on our maps and we talked a lot about keeping safe on the roads.

On our return some of the children were talking about where they live and asking if we could walk to their houses. As it would take too long to walk to everyone’s house we used Google Earth to find our houses! The children typed in their address and found their houses!


our new outdoor learning space/forest school

We have been watching the development of our new forest school since September. The children were delighted to finally visit and experience our new outdoor learning space. We made predictions about what might grow there and how the landscape might change. We ran around on our fabulous new sports pitch and we enjoyed sitting in the auditorium having photos with our friends!

freezing and melting!

The children were very excited when they woke up one morning and the ground was frozen! There was ice and frost and fog in the air!

It sparked lots of conversations and discussions about why it was there and what it was!

The children investigated outdoors.

They started using words such as freezing, melting, ice etc.

We decided to do set up an experiment. Each group placed ice in different places around the classroom such as on top of the radiator, in the fridge and on the windowsill. Every five minutes the children checked on the ice to see if it had melted and used the ipods to take pictures.

Come and talk to Reception to find out which area made the ice melt the quickest and why!

our cheeky elf

As Christmas is getting nearer we have a new addition to our Reception Class! We have a cheeky elf who has come to check we are being good and behaving!

On the day our Elf arrived, we had a democratic vote to decide upon his name! The name ‘Kevin’ was a clear winner!

Whilst we are all tucked up at home in bed, Kevin is a little naughty and gets up to mischief in our classroom! Look at some of the things he has done so far….

Check back regularly to see what else Kevin has got up to!

Receptions Expectation Form


Happy New Year! It was great to see the children back in school after our Christmas break. The children have settled back into school routine very quickly and all seem to have matured over the holidays!

Superhero Writing area

The children have enjoyed exploring our new super hero writing area, where Batman is currently living. The children have enjoyed writing secret messages to one another and using torches to read them. We have been using our phonics to help us to write about what super powers we would like to have. This fantastic writing has been displayed in the corridor, make sure you come and take a look on your way past!

Our New author

This term our new author is Judith Kerr and we have loved learning facts about her life. We have done talk for writing to orally rehearse sentences before we write them and the children really enjoyed it. Ask your child about Judith Kerr to see what they can remember.

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The tiger who came to tea

One of our favourite Judith Kerr books at the moment is the Tiger who came to tea. The children love the tiger and how cheeky he is. As the children showed so much enthusiasm about the story we visited a local café, just like the Thomas family did in the story. Before we went on the trip we thought about what a café might have and we wrote a list. When we arrived we found that some of our predictions were correct.

At the café we ordered our own glass of juice and a piece of toast. When we had finished we went to the till and paid for what we had ordered.

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Just Soph

This week we had a fantastic trip to the Avenue Library in Blackley to watch Soph perform her interactive stories. We would like to say a special thank you to all of the parents who came and supported us and made the trip possible.

The children absolutely loved Soph’s stories and couldn’t stop talking about them when we got back to school……

“I love her she’s so funny”


“I like the Crocodile, he’s really naughty”


“I liked the Camel because he always says ‘humph’”


Hot Seating

This week we did some hot seating with the characters from The Tiger who came to tea, as the story has proved very popular with the children. The children wore the masks of the characters they liked the most and all of a sudden they turned into the character. We asked them lots of questions.  Oliver asked the tiger “where do you live? Ellie-Mae asked the tiger “ how did you find the house? Alfie asked Debbie “what did you get from the café?” Lil asked Mrs Thomas “ Are you cross that the Tiger drank everything?”.

Our new cafe

Due to our very successful trip to the café last week, we have opened our very own role play café with an al-carte dining area on the terrace, where picnics are served, as requested by the children. The children have assigned roles to one another and are really getting into character using their experiences to re-enact past events. We have had great customer reviews, make sure you come and take a look!

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The reception team were so amazed with the puppets that we saw ‘Just Soph’ use in her interactive stories last week, that we challenged the children to make their own puppets. We asked the children to use everyday household objects such as spoons, cardboard boxes, socks etc. to make their own imaginative puppets just like Soph did. Look at their amazing creations……

We introduced the puppets to our group and talked about where they are from, what they like and don’t like and who they like to play with.

Sterling introduced us to his monster puppet……“He is called Scooby doo, he lives in a monster cave, he’s on Venus, he’s a bit of a mean monster,he likes to eat everything, quick run away he is hungry now and he could eat you all up”





Adam introduced us to his Caterpillar puppet….. “He is a king, he lives in a very high castle and looks after the good guys, he’s a very good boy”. 






We were all so excited to share our puppets with our friends; we decided to set up puppet show areas around the classroom, where we could bring our creations to life. This was a huge success!

BUT something very mysterious has happened when we came back from assembly on Friday the puppets had disappeared!!! There was a letter that said ‘See you next week’. We have no idea where they have gone! We have made some predictions about where we think the puppets have gone, but we will have to wait and see!

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This week our puppets have returned! They had been with Soph in the story telling hub having lots of exciting adventures! We are so excited to have them back! We have been using our new outdoor puppet theatre to bring our puppets to life and put on shows for our friends. We have been selling tickets, filming the shows, serving popcorn and drinks to the audience and writing show reviews.

We have also been using our puppets to write a short story. We have been exploring the structure of a story and using a story dice as a prompt to help us think of different settings and an object we must use to include in our story.


This week we have been exploring the part-part whole model as an aid to support early addition. We have really enjoyed using the model and have developed a good understanding as the week has gone on. All of the children now understand that the two parts added together equal the whole. Some of us have begun writing the number sentence that is represented in the part-part whole model.

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Our new topic this half term is space and this week we have loved learning about the planets in our solar system. Over the half term break the children in reception were given the challenge to create a poster about space and we have been blown away by the amazing work that has been done!!!

Sterling could name all of the planets in our solar system and told purple group “there is a bit of a problem with the planets cos Pluto used to be a planet but it’s not anymore it’s a dwarf planet cos it’s a little bit too small”.  

Lily-Mae created a HUGE poster over the half term break with lots of interesting facts about the planets and stars in our solar system. She said “I like Mars cos it is red”. 

Ruby knew lots of facts about astronauts and said “Niel Strongarm was the first man on the moon”. 

Come and see  all the beautiful posters on display in the corridor.

World Book Day

This week we celebrated World Book Day and it was a huge success! We all came to school dressed up as characters from our favourite book and shared lots of stories.

Adam said “this was the best day ever!”.  Alfie said “ I love book day”Lil said “Alice in Wonderland is my favourite book I’ve read it lots of times”.

In the afternoon we met with year three and partnered up to share stories. We all loved meeting different children and drawing pictures of the characters from the book.

Jamie said “I liked that we got to go and see the bigger children, I liked sitting with Emily”.

Vera said “I liked sitting with my sister, she read me a really funny book”. 

Oliver said “we readed books with year three with Dean my brother, he readed Horrid Henry to me”.


We have been doing a lot of work based on making comparisons. We have been looking at 2 groups of objects and which group has more/ less objects. The children have been counting the objects and trying to make each pile equal. We have been developing our reasoning skills and explaining how we have solved the problems.

Jamie said “What I did right, I looked that pile, then I look at that pile, like I compared them right…. I found out there was 3 on that side so I took some away from the big side and put them back so they are both equal, look: 1, 2, 3 and 1, 2, 3.”

Neveah said “I’ve added 3 more of them, then counted them again to see if they both had the same and they did.”


The children have really amazed us this week with their reading skills! It is very clear to see the amount of progress the children who read at home have made. Some children’s progress in reading is slower as they are not regularly reading at home. PLEASE PLEASE read regularly at home with your child, this will have a big effect on their reading levels and ultimately on their future. If any families are struggling with this and need some support, please do come and see us and we will help.

Week Beginning  6/03/17

Welcome Olly!

This week our new sport coach Olly began working with Reception. We had so much fun playing games and learning about why it is important to keep healthy and exercise. Ellisia said “my heart is beating really fast now so it’s going to get really big and strong”.  Rayyan said “my muscles are really tired now they have worked really hard today”. The children enjoyed the under the sea themed games and playing football.  Oliver said “I can’t wait for next week” and Ellie said “ that was so much fun!”.


This week we have continued our space topic and we went on a rocket mission to the moon. We talked about what we would need while we were away and what we were excited to see. Ellie-Mae said “I want to take a picture of my family cos I will miss them because I won’t get to see them every day”.  Leo said “I’m taking a space suit cos I will need that if I want to get out of the rocket  cos if I don’t have one I can’t breathe”.  Andrew said “ I want take some biscuits so that I don’t get hungry on the way”.  Phoebe said “I want to take Ebony cos I will miss playing with her”. We have been doing lots of crafts activities in the creative area – making rockets, jet packs, helmets and creating the different planets. We have learnt lots more about the planets and most of us now know a fact about each of the planets!! The children have really enjoyed ‘The space song’. Why don’t you listen to it over the weekend!




Pop project

On Wednesday morning we had a visit from ‘the Pop Project’. This was an event where 3 very talented musicians gave an assembly based around pop music. They taught us songs from different counties and different eras from 1950s to present day. They also brought lots of different instruments from around the world for us to try out!  We had so much fun and loved learning new songs! Try playing ‘Rock around the clock tonight’ and ‘The lion sleeps tonight’ on Youtube.

World Science Day

On Thursday we celebrated World Science Day. Nursery and Reception mixed into groups and we visited each-others classrooms to take part in lots of different experiments. We made gloop, learnt about the 5 senses, held the chicks and talked about their lifecycle, made boats that float and sink and even created our own Mento/ diet coke volcano explosion! When experimenting with the gloop Rayyan said “It feels so cold and slimy”. Alainasaid It looks like its from Mars cos it’s red like it is on Mars”Scarlette said ” It feels really soft and slippery”. Sterling said “ I love science its really fun”. Jamie said ” I’m going to be a scientist when I’m older just like my daddy”.

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This week we have really enjoyed watching the chicks grow and get fluffy. We have been taking very good care of them and each group has taken it turns to clean out the brooder and make sure that the chicks have fresh water and bedding. We have been writing about the different stages of the lifecycle and why we like looking after the chicks. Jalees said “ they are so cute and fluffy I love them”. Oliver said “ I like it when they dance around, they are so funny”. Neveah said “  I like it when they sleep on top of each other”. Maisy said “ I like it when we can stroke them cos they are so soft”.

Easter Bonnet Parade

Our homework last week was to make an Easter Bonnet. We were blown away with the creativity and hard work that was put into  making the bonnets. They were absolutely fantastic, so fantastic that we thought that the whole school needed to see them. We went on a parade around the school and showed the other classes our bonnets. We also sang our ‘spring chicken’ song, ask your child to sing it to you tonight. We loved showing off our hard work and it made us feel very proud. Lil said “I liked going upstairs and showing the big kids our hats and when they all clapped that made me smile”.  Sterling said “I liked singing spring chicken because it made everyone be a little bit happy”. Jalees said “I liked when we went to nursery and Mrs Boden turned on my lights and everyone clapped, that made me feel good”.

Mother’s Day Stay and read

We would like to say a massive thank you to all of the parents that came to the Mother’s Day Stay and Read. It was lovely to see so many of you and all of the children loved spending time making things to celebrate you.

We hope you have an absolutely fantastic Mother’s Day! Here is a little video that the children have made to tell you the reasons why they love you so much…




Week Beginning 17/04/17

It was great to welcome the children back after the Easter Holidays; they all looked as though they had grown! They have returned after the break very mature and ready to learn!

Our new visitors

We have two new life cycles to watch develop in our classroom! We have caterpillars and frog spawn. Come and take a look! We have loved observing the changes that have been happening this week and predicting what we think will happen next. Maisy said “they’ve got bigger cos they’re eating all that food”Riley said ” they’re climbing to the top”. Jacob said ” they’re practising making their cocoons that’s why there’s webs everywhere”.  Lil said  ” now they are little tiny caterpillars and they have to eat lots and lots and get really fat and then they use their special web and hang upside down and make their canoe and then they turn into a beautiful butterfly and wiggle out”.  


One of our parents recently talked to us about a piece of research that has been carried out with children. It has been proven that if children exercise for 20 minutes in the morning before learning, it releases happy hormones, is good for our health and sets up children to learn more quickly.

This half term we are going to be doing 20 minutes of exercise every morning with the children before we start our learning. We are currently trialing Gonoodle, which are fantastic exercise videos that the children absolutely love! Have a look at the videos below- ask your child what their favourite song is and get them to show you some of their new dance moves.


For more videos – just type Gonoodle into Youtube.

Man City

This week some of our children with 100% attendance had a very exciting trip to Manchester City Football Club, where they met some of the men’s and women’s first team football players. The children had such a fantastic time learning new skills from the footballers themselves, they even got signed t-shirts from Fernando and Fernandinho. We are hoping to plan another trip in the future!

Watch the video below to see the children meeting the players and practising their new skills. The reception children are featured at 3:33.

Week Beginning 24/4/17


This week we have been watching our caterpillars get bigger and bigger and begin to practice spinning their cocoons. It has been very exciting to watch! We have been learning all about the life cycle of a butterfly and we have been using our phonics to write some fantastic sentences about it.  We can’t wait to watch our caterpillars move into the third stage of the life and spin their cocoons. Caitlyn said “Look their hanging upside down that means that they will go into their cocoon tomorrow”. Millie LE said “They are really big now that means they will are full and can go into the cocoons”. Adam said ” They are going to go into the cocoons soon and then they will turn into a butterfly and fly away”. 

Nick Sharratt 

This term our new author is Nick Sharratt and this week we have loved sharing his stories at group time. One of our favourites is the Shark in the Park series. If you would like to share a Nick Sharratt story at home, lots his stories are shared on Youtube – just type in Nick Sharratt stories and enjoy!  Naledi said ” I like Shark in the Park because the shark is hiding from everyone”.  Bailee said ” I like Shark in the Dark because the white shark tricks Timee”.  As well as reading Nick’s stories we have also been learning facts about him through talk for writing.  Ask your child what they can tell you about Nick Sharratt!


This week we have had lots of fun learning about flat 2D shapes and their properties. We have been on a shape hunt, played Guess the Shape, learnt a shape rap and made shape monsters. We have learnt that shapes have straight and curved sides and we have began to sort shapes using venn diagrams. We can all now name at least 5 shapes and most of us can talk about the properties of the shapes.

Week Beginning  1/05/17

Life cycle of a frog

This week we have been learning all about the life cycle of a frog .We have had lots of fun observing the frog spawn that is developing in our classroom and we all had lots of questions. Adam asked  ” What happens to the frog spawn egg when the tadpole come out?”, Darcie asked ” Do they find their mums and dads when they are born?”, Ellie asked ” what do tadpoles eat?”. 


We were very excited to find on Monday that over the weekend our caterpillars had made their cocoons. Klinten said  very excitedly” the caterpillars have made their cocoons quick come and look!”, Oliver said  “they are having a little sleep now they will get really tired turning into a butterfly wont they”. Nikita said ” wow look it’s hanging upside down and its all bumpy that’s cool”. We are all very excited that soon we will have butterflies to observe and set free when they are ready.


We have started our new project with Adrian! We have decided to make sculptures of the stages in the life cycle of a butterfly because we have all loved watching  our caterpillars change over time. We have started with blue group who are making the first stage of the life cycle – the egg. We have been working very carefully to sculpt the eggs out of clay, using pictures to help us see what shape they are.

Week Beginning 15/05/17


This week we were very excited to watch our butterflies emerge from their cocoons. Alfie W said ” oh look quick its coming out of the cocoon, aww look its growed its wings”.  Naledi  said ” its wings are so pretty”. Adam said ” look at the ink, its all coming off his wings”. Ellisia  said ” its wings are symmetrical, that wing is the same as that wing”.  After a few days of watching our beautiful butterflies it was time to release them in our garden. They put on a very good show, flying around our garden and showing us their colourful wings. One even came back to say goodbye, landing on Miss Weaver’s hand.

Heaton Park

We would like to say a special THANK YOU to all of the parents who volunteered to come on our trip to Heaton Park- without you it wouldn’t have been possible! It was amazing for us to see the children having so much fun with you and enjoying exploring with their friends. The children couldn’t stop talking about their day when we arrived back at school…… ” this was the best day ever”  – Oliver,   ” I really really liked the big slide, it was so high and it was a bit scary but it was fun”  – Ellisia.        “I liked when Miss Weaver and Mrs Boden went down the big slide it was really funny and made me laugh” – Hollie.         “I liked going for a ride on Midnight, he was so fluffy and cute” – Naledi. 

Orbit Homework- Week 2

Orbit Homework- Week 3

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Orbit Homework- Week 5

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Class Staff

Vicki Hughes Vicki Hughes Teaching Assistant

My name is Vicki Hughes. I am currently a teaching assistant in Reception. I live in Higher Blackley with my family, my husband Kieron and my son Elliott. I know the area well and I attended this school when I was younger. I have a BTEC National Diploma in Childcare, Learning and Development and soon after finishing my course I started working here at E-ACT in 2009. During my time here I have worked in both Nursery and Reception.


Laura Boden Laura Boden Teacher

My name is Laura Boden, I grew up in Salford and still live in Salford with my family. My husband Dave and I have two sons, Charlie who is 6 and Theo who is 18 months. I run 5K each week to keep fit.

I started teaching 12 years ago in a small primary school in Eccles. My career developed there and after 4 years I became a EYFS Lead. I gained a scholarship in 2014 to complete my National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership. Since completing this course, I have a new job. I now work at E-act Blackley Academy. I am a Reception Class Teacher, EYFS Lead and I am on the Senior Leadership Team. I will be leading on Early Communication Skills and Parental Involvement. I am enjoying being part of a new team and a new school family.

I am looking forward to the future and I am excited to see what it holds.

Rachel McNee Rachel McNee Teacher


My name is Rachel McNee. I am one of the nursery teachers here at E-ACT Blackley Academy. I specialised in the early years at university and completed a PGCE. Previous to my PGCE year I completed a childhood studies degree as I am highly interested in child development.

Coral Cheetham Coral Cheetham Teaching Assistant

My name is Coral. I have completed an apprenticeship in childcare and have worked in a private day nursery for 3 years. I then joined the E-ACT team in 2016.

Lyndsay Dunkerley Lyndsay Dunkerley 1:1 Support Teaching and Learning

My name is Lyndsay and I have worked at E-ACT Academy since it opened in 2012. I also worked at the school previous to this when it was Victoria avenue primary school. I have been lucky enough to experience working in all of the key stages. I am currently working in Early years as a one to one, supporting teaching and learning.

Charlotte Ramsbottom Charlotte Ramsbottom Teaching Assistant

I have been a key worker at E-ACT Blackley Academy for three years. Before this I have worked in a variety of different schools and nurseries. I have a post-graduate certificate in Early Childhood Studies and have also an undergraduate degree in Education and Religious Education. In my spare time I love to go on lots of days out with my partner Chris as we love to discover new places. I am also a keen reader and most of the time you will find me with my head stuck in a book.

Stephen Woodward Stephen Woodward Teacher

I’m Stephen, I completed my teacher training in 2017 and started teaching at E-ACT soon after. To begin with I was teaching children with additional needs. In January 2018 I started teaching in reception full time, which is great. 


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