Welcome to Reception

Week beginning 19th November 2018

Inspiration Day

It was lovely to see the children dressed up in costumes of what they would like to be when they grow up. We have some budding artists, builders, paramedics, vets, zoo keepers, teachers, entrepreneurs and police in our classroom. It would be amazing if they could all fulfil their dreams in the future.

We will be exploring this more next week so that that the children develop a greater understanding of what skills they will need to develop to be able to achieve their goal of their dream job.


Baking Bread

This week, we made our very own bread linking to our class story ‘The Little Red Hen’. The children were fascinated with the idea that you can make bread using a range of ingredients. Many felt that bread reached the shops already made. We looked at the process of bread making on a video and attempted to bake our own bread.

We read a set of instructions to make the bread and followed them well. The children discussed and explored the smells, textures and changes that the ingredients went through throughout the process. They shaped their own bread roll and printed a design using tools to create different effects.


This week, we wrote some captions to match the pictures from the story ‘The Little Red Hen’ We used some past tense verbs in our writing and worked hard to spell the suffix ‘ed’ correctly. Please use the homework provided each week to reinforce what your child is learning in school. Encourage them to sound out words and practise reading and writing the tricky words on a daily basis. This will support them to progress with their reading and writing.


In maths this week, we attempted to work out subtracting calculations by counting back using a number track. The children found this challenging and needed to practise this skill many times.


We went outside and used the large number tracks to count back to support the children with this concept. We also used multilink to support our learning to subtract by counting back. You can help your child with this by counting backwards during your daily routines throughout the day.

Week beginning 12th November 2018


Bird’s nest

This week, we continued to learn all about habitats in the local environment. The children took photographs of what they thought could be a habitat for a bird, squirrel, hedgehog and other animals. They spotted a bird’s nest high up in the tree and noticed that there was a large hole in the tree. The children thought that the hole could’ve been a habitat for a squirrel or an owl.

They went on to build their own nests using leaves, junk modelling, straw and sticks. The children made sure that the birds didn’t go thirsty by adding water. They painted their nests and placed them in a tree in the hopes that a bird may settle there.


The children were excited to share their knowledge of what a habitat provides an animal in order for it to survive. Ask your child this question so that they share their learning with you at home. (food, water, shelter, place for their young and air)



This week, we wrote some descriptions of the characters in the story ‘The Little Red Hen’  We used some great adjectives to describe the characters personalities and features. You can continue this work with your child at home to consolidate their learning.


In maths this week, we worked on subtracting numbers by taking away. We used counting beads and a number bus to solve subtraction calculations to 20 and sang some number rhymes to support the children to subtract quickly. Some children recorded their work using mathematical signs and drawings. Next week, we will be working on counting back from the first number to work out subtraction. Please support your child with this by counting back from 20 on a daily basis.

Week beginning 5th November 2018


Diwali Stay and Read

Thank you to everyone who attended the Stay and Read session. We all had so much fun making diva lamps, lanterns, cards and Rangoli patterns.


This week, we’ve been looking at the different habitats that animals occupy. We discussed what a habitat provides an animal for it to be able to survive. The children were keen to learn more about habitats and will be making their own nests next week.


This week, we introduced the story ‘The Little Red Hen’ to the children. They recited the phrases and retold the story in their own words. The children wrote some speech from the characters perspective in a speech bubble.



In maths this week we continued to work on adding numbers to 20. We also introduced the children to the fact that addition can be done in any order.

Week Beginning 22nd October


Now that we’re experiencing some colder weather, we’ve been looking at how woodland animals prepare for the winter months. The children watched videos and read information sheets to learn more about how animals prepare for the cold conditions and what foods they eat. We learned that fat provides energy for birds and that seeds and nuts provide them with the essential nutrients needed to help them to survive the colder conditions when food is scarce.



In English, we wrote a set of instructions relating to making birdfeeders. The children used their own knowledge of making bird feeders to provide instructions to other people. You will see our instructions in our outdoor learning area. The children used the times connectives ‘First, then, next, Finally’ to sequence their instructions and used the Talk For Writing actions to help them to remember them.


In maths this week, we’ve been adding two and three groups together with the aid of number tracks, numicon and multilink. The children are working on counting on from the first number t work out additon more efficiently. This is a skill that many children find challenging. The children have used a range of strategies to develop this skill. Some examples are: placing the larger number in their head, counting on from any given number, hiding the first amount under a towel and count on from the hidden amount. You could work on these strategies at home with your child also.


5 + 2 = ?   (5 in my head, 6, 7)


Extend up to 20 when your child is ready   16 + 1=?   (16 in my head, 17)


The children created some natural art work using many different materials from around the playground. We used Andy Goldsworthy’s pieces of art work as a stimulus for our own creations. The children looked at photographs of his work and discussed the patterns, shapes and materials used to create a desired effect.


Week Beginning 15th October 2018


This week, we’ve been learning about all the different woodland animals. We have been drawing woodland animals in the creative area and learning about their behaviours during autumn time. We made our very own hedgehogs out of clay. The children really enjoyed manipulating the clay to create some ears and feet. They created some spikes by using scissors to snip the clay.

As part of National Braille Week, the children were introduced to a book for the visually impaired. They were able to develop a greater understanding of the challenges that people without sight may experience when learning to read or write.

National Braille week aims to raise awareness of the importance of Braille and other alternative formats that open up the written world to people with visual impairments. National Braille week is organised by the charity Royal Blind and runs in the second week of October, coinciding with World Sight Day.


In English, we’re writing our final piece of writing relating to the story ‘The Gruffalo’ The children are progressing well with their writing and some children have sequenced the story and have written captions to go with the illustrations. We will be moving onto ‘The Little Red Hen’ after the holidays.

In English, we’re continuing to use the story ‘The Gruffalo’ as a stimulus for our writing in English. The children have been writing sentences to go with pictures this week.


In maths this week, we’ve been ordering numbers to 20 and continuing to match numerals to quantity. We’ve applied these skills in fun and exciting ways in the continuous provision.

In maths this week, we’ve been adding 2 numbers together and starting to use mathematical terms, such as add and equals.



Week Beginning 8th October 2018


This week, we have been identifying trees with the support of a leaf chart. The children posed the question, “Why are leaves different shapes and sizes?” We responded to this question by discussing that fact that trees have different names and come in many different types. The children walked around the school identifying the trees by the shape of their leaves. We discovered that we have many different trees in our playground. Some are: ash, birch, horse chestnut, hornbeam, hawthorn and more.


In English, we’re continuing to use the story ‘The Gruffalo’ as a stimulus for our writing in English. The children have worked on using their descriptive language using a range of adjectives to describe the Gruffalo.


In maths this week, we’ve been ordering numbers to 20 and continuing to match numerals to quantity. We’ve applied these skills in fun and exciting ways in the continuous provision.

Week Beginning 1st October 2018

October 2018

Welcome to Reception! The children are settling into the daily routines nicely. We would like to thank all the parents that were able to attend our Parent Workshop. We really hope that you found it a useful process to help you to support your child to progress with their early reading, writing and maths development.


This year, P.E. will be delivered on a Tuesday and the children have a great opportunity to be taught by a Manchester City Coach. Please support your child to get themselves dressed and undressed independently in preparation for wearing their P.E kit in January.

Homework will be given out on a Friday and should be returned by Wednesday. Please place the returned homework in your child’s wallet on the corridor. We would appreciate it if you could read with your child every night and return their reading book on a Monday (Blue Group) Tuesday (Red Group) and Wednesday (Green Group)


In English, we’ve been retelling the story of The Gruffalo using props and puppets. We have used the story as a stimulus for our writing in English. The children have written captions relating to the images in the story and used their phonic knowledge to support them to spell words correctly.

The children are using their knowledge of tricky words learned in phonics to support them to write sentences in both phonics and English lessons.


In phonics, we are following the Letters and Sounds publication to teach children to read and write effectively. We are currently learning to recognise and write the phase two graphemes from sets 1-4. The children are applying their skills in the continuous provision through a range of fun reading and writing activities.


We started our topic ‘Autumn’ this half term. We went on an autumn walk and collected many different autumn objects from around the school. We would like to say a big thankyou to the parents who helped their child to collect autumn items for our autumn table. Next week, we will be learning all about the different types of leaves and learn about why leaves come in many different shapes and sizes.


This half term, the children have been recreating the work of Piet Mondrian. The children were fascinated with the painters abstract style paintings and created some amazing versions of his work using colour, shape and texture.

The children are using their knowledge of tricky words learned in phonics to support them to write sentences in both phonics and English lessons.

Class Staff

Miss Rachael Dunnington Miss Rachael Dunnington Teaching Assistant

My name is Rachael and I am a teaching assistant in Reception. When I am not at work I am kept very busy with my family. My Partner, Rob, and I have a daughter called Heidi and we love going on days out. I enjoy reading, shopping and meeting up with family and friends. I have always wanted to teach, and finished University with a BA Hons degree in Primary Education back in 2010. I then worked in a private nursery as a team leader before starting at the Academy in 2015. I am excited to make a difference to each child I meet.







Mrs Julie Hampson Mrs Julie Hampson Teacher

My name is Miss Hampson and I’m currently working in Reception at E-act Blackley Academy. I also have responsibility for leading the More Able and EAL throughout the school. I aim to achieve positive outcomes for all children throughout the academy. I’ve been teaching at Blackley Academy since 2012 and have been part of many positives changes throughout the years. I’ve taught Reception, Year 2 and Year 3 throughout my career and have had an amazing fun filled and rewarding time.  I look forward to being part of any future improvements and fulfilling the academies vision to strive for outstanding teaching and learning.





Miss Coral Cheetham Miss 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.

Mrs Lyndsay Dunkerley Mrs 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.

Miss Charlotte Ramsbottom- Maternity leave Miss Charlotte Ramsbottom- Maternity leave 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.

Miss Elizabeth Lilley Miss Elizabeth Lilley Teacher








Miss Stephanie Moore EYFS Lead/Deputy Head

My name is Steph Moore, I have worked in schools across Oldham and Kirklees. I am the EYFS Lead and I am very proud of the amazing team that we have here. When I am not busy working you will probably find me on a beach walking my two dogs.
We have a great team of teachers and TAs who make the reception classrooms an inspiring place to work and learn. We are always keen to have visitors so please make an appointment to come and see us in action in EYFS.





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