Welcome to our Class Page!

This is the Owl Class Page. We will keep it up to date with information and photographs of the children's learning experiences. If you have any questions please speak to a member of the Reception team and we will be more than happy to help you. 

PE is on a Tuesday. Children must come to school with their PE kits in a bag. 

Mrs Elliott (Class Teacher), Mrs Musa (Teaching Assistant), Mrs Bradshaw (Teaching Assistant). 

Practise your phonics at home!

See below for this week's Word Time! (01.07.22) Can you Fred Talk and read the words?


We learn a new sound everyday in school. This week we would like you to practise the 'nk' sound at home.



What are we learning this term? 

We encourage you to have a look at our Termly Overview. This shows you the learning and activities that will be taking place in Reception during the Summer term. 

Reception Documents

What's coming up?

Sports Day - Date not yet confirmed. Weather dependent

Little Lancashire Village - Monday 11th / Tuesday 12th / Wedneday 13th July

Please see below and have a look at the books we will be focussing on this half term. We will also read other high quality fiction and non-fiction texts to support our learning during our daily story times.

Reception Theme Books

 Knowsley Safari Park 

Summer 2

What a fantastic day we had at Knowsley Safari Park!

When we arrived at the park we started our trip by looking at the meerkats and watching the giraffes eating leaves from the tree tops. We then walked around the tiger trail and were lucky enough to spot a tiger hiding in the shade!

 Next we enjoyed a fantastic sea lion show. It was a very hot day so we enjoyed a picnic together sat under a large tree in the shade. Later in the afternoon we went on safari! While on safari we spotted a rhino, some buffalo, an ostrich, some camels, lots of deer some cheeky baboons and many more animals! 

 Summer 2 in Reception 

This half term our theme has been 'Dear Zoo'. The children have really enjoyed learning about zoo animals and have written some brilliant letters to the zoo asking for a perfect pet. We have also read 'Handa's Surprise' and retold the story using puppets.

The children have enjoyed weekly Forest School visits. While in the forest they have had fun in the mud kitchen, searched for minibeast, learnt about woodland creatures and learnt how to take care of our beautiful forest. 

 Summer 1 in Reception  

The children have been very busy exploring the indoor and outdoor provision with their friends. We have celebrated Eid by having an Eid party.

We have spent time looking after our garden by planting new plants and noticing changes. The children have also enjoyed looking for insects hiding under the plant pots.

 As part of our Once Upon a TIme theme with have focused on The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Cinderella and The Ginger Bread Man. 

Moss Bank Park 

Summer 1

The Owl Class have had a fantastic fun filled morning at Moss Bank Park! When we first arrived we went to the walled gardens and had a look at all the plants and flowers, building on what we have previously learnt during our Bolton Garden Centre visit. The children's favourite parts of the gardens were walking under the plant covered arches and smelling the very strong wild garlic! Next, we went for a walk around the field. We spotted more wild garlic and saw lots of bluebells, daisies and buttercups. Before we left the park the children thoroughly enjoyed exploring the play equipment together. 

 Zoolab Visit 

Summer 1

We have had a very special visit from Zoolab! Our Zoolab ranger Chris brought lots of interesting animals for us to look at and learn about. We could even touch and hold some of them! First we met Sheldon the African land snail who had over 10,000 teeth! Next we met Max the hissing Madagascan cockroach. We learnt that they eat almost anything - apart from glass, metal, brick and plastic! Then we met Athena the tarantula. We looked at her and were surprised to learn that the crickets in her home were actually her dinner! Finally we met Milton the millipede who can grow up to 30cm long and can live to 5 years old.

The Owl Class were so brave when meeting some very unusual animals. Well done!  

 Road Safety 

Summer 1

We have had a visit from Mrs Tinker who came to talk to the Owl Class about how we can keep safe when we are near or crossing roads. The children identified different vehicles and learnt how to cross the road safely. The children also enjoyed seeing a member of the class dress up as a lollipop lady!

Bolton Garden Centre 

Summer 1

The Owl Class have enjoyed a trip to Bolton Garden Centre. The children really enjoyed looking at and talking about all the different plants. We talk about the different smells of the flowers and discussed similarities and differences between different plants. We also thought about how we could take care of the plants once we took them back to school. The children went to the till and bought some flowers to plant in our Reception garden. 

Litter Picking

Summer 1

It's the start of the Summer term and Reception have been busy helping our local community by litter picking. After learning about how harmful litter can be to our environment the children were keen to get outside and help make a difference. 

 Spring 2 in Reception 

This half term we have been looking at the change in season and spotting signs of Spring.

The children have been working hard and have used their Fred Fingers in the provision to help them with their independent writing.

During PE we have been learning how to safely use the apparatus and have been working together during team games.

The children have learnt about growth and have been planting in the garden. After reading the story of Jack And The Beanstalk we all planted our own beans. 

We dressed in red, white and blue as part of British Values Day. 

Smithills Open Farm 

Spring 2

Reception have had a wonderful day at Smithills Open Farm. We started the day by going on a tractor ride to feed the horses. The children then had the opportunity to go on a donkey ride. Next everyone had lots of fun learning about and feeding the goats and lambs. There was also the chance to pet and hold small animals such as chicks and rabbits. After lunch the children enjoyed feeding the llamas and before coming home we watched the cows being milked. What a fantastic day at the farm!

 World Book Day 

Spring 2

Everyone has had a wonderful World Book Day. The children dressed up as their favourite book characters and were keen to show off their fantastic outfits. At home the children had turned a potato into a book character which was then entered into a competition. The winners from each won a book.

Early Years focused on the story Elmer. We all read the story and enjoyed completing various Elmer activities. In the afternoon the children spent time listening to stories in our new beautiful school library. 

 Bolton Library and Aquarium 

Spring 2

The Owl Class have had a brilliant afternoon visiting Bolton Library and Aquarium. The children spent time in the library, choosing books to read independently and to one another. They then voted for which stories they wanted to hear read to them. The children split into smaller groups and listened to their chosen stories.

We ended the afternoon by visiting the aquarium and looking at a variety of sea creatures and fish from around the world. 


Spring 1

The Bikeability team have been in school for a whole week teaching the children how to safely ride balance bikes. The children have listened carefully and followed instructions. At the end of the week all the children received a special Bikeability certificate.  

Spring 1 in Reception 

In Spring 1 our topic was 'Winter Wonderland'. We learnt about happens in Winter and how to dress for the cold weather. The children learnt about the Arctic and Antarctica and the different animals that live there.

During RE we  read the story of Noah's Ark and talked about God's promise, to never floor the entire earth again. The children thought about promises they could keep.

We have introduced a dressing up area to our classroom. This is really helping the children to become more independent and dress themselves as well as helping their friends.

We have also had lots of fun celebrating the Chinese New Year. 


Autumn 2

Reception could not believe it when some of Father Christmas' reindeer came to visit our school. The children really enjoyed looking at and stroking the friendly reindeer. We also learnt some very interesting facts.

 Elf Run 

Autumn 2

Reception took part in the Elf Run! On the day of the run children wore festive jumpers and elf hats. Due to bad weather the children ran, jogged or walked around the hall and raised money for Bolton Hospice. 


Our Autumn Walk 

Autumn 1

The Owl Class enjoyed an Autumn walk to our Forest School. The children took clip boards and were eager to tick off any signs of Autumn that they could see. 

     Autumn Term in Reception   

The children have spent lots of time freely exploring both the indoor and outdoor classrooms. We have been focusing on getting to know one another, sharing resources and forming good relationships. The children are becoming familiar with the school routines and are enjoying taking part in new experiences with their friends. Have a look at our photos to see just a snapshot of our learning. 

Reading in Reception

Reading is an essential part of each and every day in our Reception class! Each week your child will bring a reading book and reading record home which has been matched to their specific reading ability. Please read with your child as often as you can. Please return your child's reading book everyday. Below you will find some tips for some tips for parents to make reading at home a success! 

Reception Reading Documents

Your child will take part in a daily phonics session. They will learn to read letters by saying the sounds they represent. They can then start to read words by blending individual sounds together to make words, e.g. c-a-t... 'cat'. 

Your child will also take part in daily story times where we share stories together as a class, in groups or individually. We love reading and we want your child to love reading too!

Every Friday your child will take home a library book - this might be a fiction or non-fiction book for your child to share with you and enjoy at home. Please return your child's library book each Friday so that they can choose a new one. 

Communication is key to all that we do in Reception. We work so hard on our communication skills, including our speaking, listening and concentrating.

You can help your child at home by reading and following the '5 Golden Rules of Communication'. 

5 Golden Rules for Communication

Learning Links

Below are some links to websites which will support the learning taking place in school. Click on the picture to visit the website.


Previous Learning

Please have a look at our previous learning. 

Previous Half-Termly Overviews

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