Eldon Primary School

Aspiration, Determination, Success



In Reception, the teachers are:

Miss Hakki - Orange Class

Ms Hannah - Green Class

Mr Gultukan - Blue Class

Miss Quinney - Yellow Class



The Phase leader is Mrs Evans


Each half term we have a ‘theme’ in which the learning is focused around:



Autumn 1 – All About Me!          

Autumn 2 – Terrific Tales

Spring 1 – Amazing Animals

Spring 2 – Going on a journey

Summer 1 – Wonderful world

Summer 2 –Into the Woods


Welcome back to all our children and families who attended Eldon previously and a warm welcome to those joining us this term.  It is so lovely to see you all back after the summer break. 

In reception classes we enjoy learning and playing together. We follow the Early Years curriculum.  We will be discovering more about ourselves and our families. We will read stories such 'Owl Babies', 'Ruby’s Worry' and 'So Much' and learn about the sequence of these.

Our main focus for the autumn term will be ensuring all our children and families feel secure and settled in their new classroom.


In reception classes we enjoy learning and playing together. We follow the Early Years curriculum. Below is a link to the end of year expectations.

End of Year Expectations

Spring 2

Our focus this half term has been Journeys. We have read The Train Ride, The Naughty Bus and Teds Big Adventure. We have learnt new Phase 3 phonic sounds and used this to practise our reading. We have also written about where we have, or would like to, travel to. We had great fun searching for the naughty bus around the school.

We have been learning about the faith of Hinduism and the story of Rama and Sita. We have a visit booked to visit a local temple next half term. We have recently learnt about the Christian festival of Easter and enjoyed an Easter egg hunt in the outdoor area.

In maths we have been focussing on numbers up to 10. We have explored different ways of making and representing 10. We had fun measuring the length of objects and started to look at the measure of time. More recently we have created repeating patterns.

We have enjoyed a spring walk and learning about the animals born in the spring time. We have focussed on the weather in spring and how this is different to winter.  As part of our Journeys theme we explored old transport such as buses and trains. We had fun identifying old and new images.

In PE we have continued our focus on balance and climbing on the large apparatus. It has been great to see the children grow in confidence this term.

We have loved welcoming our parents into our reading cafes this half term. These have been a great success and we look forward to welcoming you again next term.

Spring 1

This half term the children have been learning about Winter and all the exciting changes.

Reception class went on a walk to look at the bare trees, fallen leaves and feel the cold weather. We collected sticks, berries and leaves to turn into Winter Ice and Winter Soup!

The children were excited to observe frost on the ground, and enjoyed feeling it and melting it with their fingers. 

Reception have been learning about sculpture this half term.

Each class chose their favourite animal and sculpted it using wire, paper and glue.

We learnt how to dip the paper and shape it around the wire body, and observed it dry and solidify over time. We then added colourful paper for the last layer to bring our animals to life. 

They are now on display in the Reception corridor - well done Reception! 

Autumn Term

In Reception we have been developing our balance, posture and control in P.E lessons, which we have continued to practice in our outdoor area. Here the children in Yellow Class are walking the pirate plank and balancing carefully!

We have been learning about the faith of Christianity and Christmas this half term. Reception visited a local church to learn about Christianity, and we have been reading stories about Christmas and the Nativity story. The children talked about their favourite parts of the story, such as baby Jesus lying in the manger and the angel coming down from the sky. We have talked about who celebrates Christmas at home, and what we are looking forward to doing in the winter holidays.

We have been practising our fine motor skills and working our hand muscles through lots of different activities – such as wrapping presents using paper, scissors and string, making paper chains, and playing with pegs. The children have loved the brightly coloured baubles with different numbers on them, and putting the right number of pegs on each one! It’s important to build up our hand muscles so we can hold a pen and write.

This half term, Reception have been focussing on Traditional Tales such as Chicken Licken, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the Enormous Turnip. The children have enjoyed learning the stories and joining in with repeated phrases.  We have continued to practise reading simple words and we have begun writing words using our phonics skills.  We had great fun searching for the characters from Chicken Licken who were hiding in our classrooms.

In Maths we have been focussing on numbers up to 5 and exploring different ways of making 5. We have used different resources to work out 1 more or 1 less than a number. We have been building on our shape recognition by going on a shape hunt. We have also looked at shapes within Art.