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Welcome to Reception!

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), the children follow a play-based curriculum that will provide them with opportunities to:

  • Develop their confidence, independence and social interaction.
  • Encounter a range of new and exciting experiences, through the power of play. Build upon the skills they have as they leave the home environment to start school. 
  • Develop these skills as an individual.
  • Prepare for the next stage in their primary school curriculum. 


Throughout the school day, the children will learn in a range of different ways. Through whole class focused group work, small group learning, adult-led activities, child-led activities and independent play. 


Please find additional details about this academic year below, if you would like any further information on the EYFS at St John's please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a visit. We always enjoy welcoming new friends and are looking forward to getting to know you all. 


Miss Solan- Reception Class Teacher smiley

Miss Blears- Reception Teaching Assistant  smiley

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸEYFS Nursery and Reception places available at St. Johnโ€™s for September 2021 ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

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Are you looking for Nursery or Reception places for September 2021?

We have part and full time Nursery places available for children aged 3-4 years from September 2021 onwards.

We also have Reception places available for a September 2021 start for children who were born between 1.9.2016 and 31.8.2017.

Please contact the school office on 0161 723 1078 to speak to Miss Solan for more information about our amazing EYFS unit! ๐Ÿ˜Š
Key Documents:

Summer 1: The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Minibeasts)

WB 17.5.21 habitats: This week has been all about habitats and micro habitats, we have learnt where the different Minibeasts live and even created our own mixed media habitats. In Maths, we have been recapping teen numbers by sequencing, ordering and finding one more/one less.

WB 10.5.21 Lifecycles: This week we have been learning all about lifecycles and how different Minibeasts change and grow. In Maths, we learnt to count on when adding and how to record our findings as a number sentence.

WB 4.5.21 Story sequencing. This week has been all about retelling the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar ๐Ÿ›, we have sequenced pictures and created story maps to help us retell the main parts independently. In maths we have been learning about time and have been timing ourselves completing different exercises and discussing the caterpillar changes over time too.

WB 26.4.21 Minibeasts: This week we have been busy learning about lots of different minibeasts and their features. We have been thinking about what is the same and what is different about each of them. We then used this information to write sentences about Minibeasts in Literacy. In Maths we have been learning about graphs and charts.

WB 19.4.21: Fruits and Money. This week we have been busy sorting, feeling, smelling and tasting fruits and using words to describe them. We have also been learning about money in Maths and learning to play โ€˜shopsโ€™ using money related language.

Spring 2

This half term will mainly about settling children back in to the routines and expectations of school life. Our focus test is Stanley’s Stick by John Hegley, a text which allows children’s imaginations to run wild! We are learning to appreciate the beauty of the natural world around us and how such things are created, we planted some flower seeds and began to think about what flowers need to grow, watch this space for the progress...๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’

WB 29.3.21 Easter

WB 22.3.21: Spring

WB 15.3.21

WB 8.3.21

Spring 1: Traditional Tales 

Autumn 2


This half term we will be focussing our learning on the theme of Winter using the fabulous text 'Blue Penguin' by Petr Horáฤek. Children will continue to develop a sense of identity as they explore the similarities and differences between each other and the world around them. We will compare lots of opposites and begin to make comparisons such as hot/cold and wet/dry. Children will learn all about the season of Winter, polar regions, climates, weather and animals.

Children will also begin to understand the Christmas Nativity Story through the use of role play, drama and art during our RE learning. We will perform the Nativity in small groups that will be video recorded and compiled together for the school website so that families can watch it at home.

WB 16.11.20 (Penguins) This week itโ€™s all about penguins! We have been learning about penguin features and what they are used for, did you know that penguins have webbed feet to help them balance when standing up? We have made our own penguins using lots of different mixed media, watched them live at Edinburgh Zoo and even learnt the Penguin Dance!

Penguin Song โ™ซ Penguin Dance Song โ™ซ Brain Breaks โ™ซ Kids Action Songs by The Learning Station

Can you move like a penguin?

WB 9.11.20 (Winter) This week we are focussing our learning on the seasonal changes in winter and exploring the concept of hot and cold. We explored the concept of freezing and melting using ice, ice pops and toast and butter. We have enjoyed exploring our new theme based classroom environment.

Autumn 1

This half term is all about settling in to the routines and expectations at school, making new friends and having lots of fun exploring our new learning environments both inside and outside! Our focus text this half term is ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers and we will be learning all about the world around us, our local community, school community, families, friends and of course ourselves. Below you will find a link to our newsletter for this half term and some pictures to celebrate our learning and achievements. 

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth - Official Trailer

Take a tour of the planet we call home. Adapted from the best-selling children's book by Oliver Jeffers and narrated by Meryl Streep, Here We Are:

Reception Newsletter Autumn 1- Here We Are

WB 19.10.2020 (Autumn) This week has been all about Autumn, we have been busy exploring Autumn animals, colours and leaves and thinking about our 5 senses.

EYFS Autumn walk 20.10.20

Dingle Dangle Scarecrow (Songs for Kids)

When all the farm animals are sleeping and the sun has gone to bed, Mr. Scarecrow loves to dance! Jump up and dance with your little one to this fun song for...

Seasons Song for Kids โ™ซ Autumn Leaves are Falling Down โ™ซ by The Learning Station

How many signs of Autumn can you see?

WB 12.10.2020 (keeping healthy and safe) This week we have been exploring the concept of keeping healthy and safe, we have discussed the importance of keeping clean, looked at different ways to keep fit and make healthier choice with our food and drink.

WB 5.10.2020 (Feelings & Emotions) This week we have been exploring lots of different feelings, emotions and moods. We are now able to explain how we feel and are beginning to understand the reasons why we might feel that way. We have learnt to ask ask our friends โ€˜How are you feeling today?โ€™

The Feelings Song

How many feelings can you explain?

WB 28.9.2020 (All about Me!) This week we have been learning about ourselves... what we like and dislike, how we are the same and/or different to our friends and we even learnt lots of body party names!

The Skeleton Dance

How many body parts can you name and find?

WB 21.9.20 (Family) This week we have been thinking about the special people in our lives and homes ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ  We have also been thinking about the different words people use to name their family members.

gonna build a house.mpg

Can you help to build a house? What will you need? I wonder if you can sing the song and do the actions at home?

WB 14.9.20: (Community) This week we have been learning about Radcliffe, our local community and the place where most of us live! We have explored lots of local features, including different types of houses, shops and places to visit. What do you know about Radcliffe?

WB 7.9.20: (Earth) This week have been learning all about planet Earth ๐ŸŒ And how it is made up of Two and sea. We are beginning to think about how they are different and the types of things we might expect to see on the land and in the sea.ย 

WB 1.9.2020: A settled start, making lots of new friends at school!