Welcome to Reception class!

We are just at the beginning of our journey at Harden Primary school and have lots to look forward to!  We will make the most of every opportunity to find out more about the world around us, make new friends and explore new activities, as well as develop our literacy and numeracy skills.

We also have a strong focus on developing every individual as a learner and a friend, working hard to enhance social skills and help children to engage with school life fully.

The staff in reception

The Reception class is taught by Mrs Ruddock and they are supported by Nursery Nurse Mrs Leetham.

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Mrs Ruddock           Mrs Leatham



Miss Burns Supports on a 1:1 basis in class.

Useful information:

PE Days

Monday and Friday – please come in your PE kit


Book Change Days;







Dates for your diary

ADVANCED Notice- Thursday 25th May is our next parents event




Each week we suggest that there are three activities to be done at home that support the work we are doing in school.

Number Zumba-

This is a ‘learn by heart target’ that is personalised to your child. This is number target your child needs to work on and will be tested on it in class. If your child is successful in their test then they move on to another target within that colour band. Once all the targets within a colour band are achieved they will change colour band. This is a fun, energetic and fast paced session in school and so quick recall is a very important.

There are a number of ways you can support your child:

recalling them in the car/ writing them out in a different order/ writing them in chalk/ post it notes



This is a list of spellings/ high frequency words that your child needs to be able to write confidently in order to be able to apply it to their every day writing. As well as know the word in isolation, it is also very important that they can write their spellings in the context of sentence writing – so it is worth dictating the words in the context of a familiar sentence, e.g. if the word is ‘some’, you could dictate, “I have some sweets.”

There are a number of ways you can support your child:

making the words out of magnetic letters/ chalking the words/ writing them on post it notes/ playing splat/ hiding the word/ making silly sentence with the word in…. speak to a member of the class team if you require some fresh ideas!



We encourage that you read with your child at least 3 or 4 times a week reading the leveled reading book sent home from school.

Can you find… the title? the author ? the front cover…?
If your child has previously read the book, show them the front cover and ask them to retell the story in their own words.

Support them with questions like:
What happened next? Can you remember why that happened?
Looking at the front cover- What do you think this book is about? What do you think might happen?
Make sure to ask children the meaning of a new word in a book. Can you tell me what that word means?

Encourage your child to make links between the words and pictures.
Can you point to the illustration of the … Talk about the feelings of the characters as the story progresses. Encourage more ambitious vocabulary than ‘happy’ and ‘sad’. Suggested words: upset, worried, anxious, excited, sleepy, angry, How do they feel? How does that make them feel? How would you feel if that happened to you?

Ask your child to make predictions before turning a page or at the end of the story. What do you think is going to happen? Why?
What do you think they do next?

Curriculum Update

22/09/16     Letter Formation – click here

22/09/16     Slides from the Curriculum evening – click here

Phonics and Number


Phonics is taught daily to the children using a variety of games and activities. They are also encouraged to apply the skills taught when working and playing independently. To support your child at home it would be fantastic if you encourage them to apply their phonics when they read and write at home too.

Activities you can do to help include:

– Playing eye spy (with letter sounds not names)

– Sharing stories and non-fiction books with your child, encouraging them to help you to read some parts and discussing the book with them.

– Using magnetic letters on the fridge and challenging children to spell words whilst you are cooking tea etc.

– Allowing children to help contribute to the shopping list.

– Spotting letters and common words when out and about.

– Writing labels for Lego models that they build.

– Practicing spotting and spelling the high frequency and tricky words for each phonic phase (these are in your child’s purple book)







The Early Learning Goal for number states:

Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.


To support your child in achieving this goal ideas include:

– Spotting numbers in the environment, on doors, number plates, road signs, supermarket aisles

– Playing hop scotch but sometime starting with numbers 11-20

– Playing games such as snakes and ladders and dominoes

– Playing shops at home and practicing reading price labels, counting out the correct number of pennies to buy one or two items.

– Singing number rhymes.


Please also remember to email any exciting WOW moments about your child to the Reception team –


Each week we aim to have a baking activity. Baking provides opportunities to develop a wide range of skills – including mathematical development, team work, reading and science.



In reception we love to bake (and eat!) We are lucky to have some volunteers who come in and help with baking in school. It gives us a chance to learn lots of new skills and practice reading recipes, weighing and measuring as well as observing how materials change when they are heated or cooled.


Outdoor learning

Outdoor learning

We love to learn outside whatever the weather. Here are some examples of things we have done whilst learning outside.

Easter egg rolling – trying to find out the best way to make our eggs roll the furthest. This allowed us to test our ideas and compare the distance traveled.


Hunting for numbers to create  a human number line.


Parachute games are great for developing confidence, social skills and physical development – oh and they are lots of fun!


We love building and doing it outside means we can do it big. We work together sharing ideas and developing negotiation skills as we go along. Here we were building a boat during our explorers topic.



Just before the Easter holidays we were lucky enough to have instructors come in and teach us how to ride balance bikes. We learnt how to be safe and negotiate space and obstacles. It was lots of fun.

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Reception visit to Tropical World

On 1st March reception class went on a visit to Tropical World in Leeds. It was very exciting to go out on the school minibus.  We had a great time exploring the different habitats and learning about lots of different creatures. We particularly enjoyed watching the rays bobbing up and down like they were playing peekaboo. We also really liked watching the crocodiles sunbathing and the meerkats playing and running around. We learnt a lot about different animals looking at what they eat and where they live. It was lots of fun and very hot!

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Reception Letters

29/06/17    Number Zumba & Spelling Letter – click here

06/06/17    Reception Curriculum Letter – click here

26/06/17    Reception Trip Update Letter – click here

18/05/17     Reception Parents Event – click here

03/05/17     Reception Nell Bank Trip Letter – click here

25/04/17     Curriculum letter April 2017- click here

17/02/17     Reception Staff Update – click here

27/01/17     Curriculum letter – click here


Sharing work


Sharing our work with our families

We love to share our learning with our families and friends. We invited our parents in to hear about what we have been doing – we shared our favourite memories of the visit to Tropical world, talked about what we had been learning.

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We even got our parents to have a go at some of the rainbow challenges we had been set.