Puffins – Reception

Welcome toPuffins Class Page

We are a Reception class

Our class teacher is Mrs Ridehalgh

This week it was our Healthy Lifestyles focus week.  We have been learning about how to keep oureves healthy.  We had lots of fun making and tasting our watermelon and feta cheese salad, it was delicious.  Yesterday we brought our bikes and scooters into school and had a session on the playground.  We all know that being active helps to keep us healthy and it is fun.

Bike and scoot session

Salad making and tasting















This week we had an exciting visit from a mobile farrm.  See our pictures below.  We loved stroking and finding out about the different animals.  Next week it is our Health Lifestyles Week.  We will be making a watermelon and feta cheese salad.  We also have our bike/scoot to school day on Thursday.  Please see separate letter for details.


Mobile Farm Visit




































We decorated umberellas to celebrate neuro diversity week.  We decorated our umberellas with stars.


































Yesterday we went on our trip to church farm.  We had a wonderful day! We went on a tractor ride, fed some of the big animals, collected eggs from the hens and we were able to hold some of the smaller animals.  After our lunch we got to play in the sandpit area.  We learnt lots of facts about the different animals, we particulary liked hearing about ‘Shakira’ the pig who had just arrived at the farm that day.  Please see some pictures from the trip below.


Church Farm Trip

This week we have been playing ryhming games and reading some rhyming books.  We have also been using a number line to solve subtraction number sentences.  Don’t forget we break up tomorrow Friday 5th April at 1.30pm.  After the holidays we will be starting our Growing and Changing Topic.

I hope you all have a lovely Spring Break!

Mrs Ridehalgh


Take a look at some of our science experiments in the pictures below.  We have had so much fun during our How Wow Topic.

How Wow!











Yesterday we celebrated World Book Day in School.  The children enjoyed bringing in books for the Book Swap, they were delighted with their new books.  We read the story ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ by Judith Kerr.  We did some writing about our favourite part of the story and enjoyed doing some craft activities.

This week our topic focus was Party Clothes, we made some lovely party hats and have enjoyed dressing up in some of our fancy dress outfits.  Today it is International Women’s Day and we have been talking about women who have made a difference in history.

Party Activities


Our new ‘Star of the day’ cape.  Well done!

Welcome back!

Earlier this week the children did some lovely writing  about their half term.  It was lovely to hear about all the exciting things they have been up to.  We have been learning about people who help us.  We have looked at their uniforms, equipment they use and the jobs that they do.  In our PSHE lesson this week we talked about what the children would like to be when they grow up.  They all drew a lovely picture and we made a big class display.

Next week our focus will be on party clothes.  We will also be doing some writing about the story ‘Mrs Wishy Washy’ and our maths focus will be on adding money.

Keep up the great work Puffins!

Well done to everyone who took part in one of our Multi-Skills Sessions, they were a great success.  It was lovely to see so many adults joining in and to see the children having so much fun.  Please see some of our photos below.

We finish for half term on Friday 15th February at 3.15pm. When we return to school on Monday 25th February we will be looking at ‘Special Clothes.’  We will be learning about people who help us, kings and queens and parties as part of our topic.

I hope you all have a wonderful half term!

Mrs Ridehalgh

Multi-Skills Mornings

This week we have been learning about the artist Piet Mondrian and we have done some lovely paintings inspired by his work.  On Tuesday we did lots of Chinese New Year art and craft activties and learned about how it is celebrated.  We have also been talking about how to stay safe when crossing the road.

Next week we will be looking at different types of music and exploring how musical instruments are played.

Have a lovely weekend!


What happens to ice when it is put in a freezer?


This week we have been looking at toys.  We have been learning about old and new toys.  Yesterday the children brought in their favourite toys, we did some writing about them and the children enjoyed showing everyone how they work.

Next week we will be looking at our families,  I am looking forward to seeing your family albums.

Have a lovely weekend!

Houses walk

Happy New Year everyone!

We have had a great first week back.  It has been lovely to hear about all the lovely things you have been doing in the holidays.  This week we have been learning about houses. We have been looking at the different types, features and dangers in the house.  We have particularly enjoyed using junk modelling to make our own houses and also painting them.  On Monday we will be going on a walk around our school to look at the different types of homes.  Please make sure that your child has a warm and waterproof coat on.

This term we are welcoming our LSA’s Mrs Haskell and Miss Hunt who will be helping in our class.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs Ridehalgh


Party Day


Well done to all the children for their performance in our Christmas Show on Tuesday.  The children spoke loudly and clearly, they sang beautifully and their dancing was fantastic.  Thank you to everyone who came to watch our performance, we had lots of fun.  We had our Party Day today and had a wonderful time celebrating.  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and I will see you all in the New Year.

Mrs Ridehalgh



We have had a lovely week decorating our class with lots of Christmas decorations. We have also been busy rehearsing for our Christmas Show.  Our Christmas show is on Tuesday 18th December at 9.15am.  We had a special visit from Santa’s reindeer on Thursday and found out lots of interesting things about them.  On Monday we visited St Anne’s Church, the children were amazed at the beautiful stained glass windows and learned lots of facts about the different features of the church.  Today we have had a special theatre performance of Aladdin in school. It has been a very busy week!

St Anne’s Church Visit


Autumn Walk to Sudley Field

Hello Puffins,

This week we have been learning about 2d shapes.  We had lots of fun doing a shape hunt outside on the outdoor learning area.  We have also enjoyed listening to different stories by Julia Donaldson, we have read The Gruffalo, Stick Man, Tabby McCat and Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book.  Today we have been investigating whether an object can float or sink.

Next week we have our Autumn Walk at Sudley Field.  Please remember to bring a warm and waterproof coat with a hood and also bring a pair of wellies, boots or traners to wear.

Well done to all the children who have started to learn their lines for the Christmas Show!

Mrs Ridehalgh and Mrs Griffiths

Rock Pool Experience!



Welcome back!  I hope you all had a wonderful half term.  This week we have been practising for our Breakfast Assembly.  The children have worked so hard learning songs, a dance and a poem.  We can’t wait for you to see our performance on Monday.  We have also been doing some fun halloween activities including pumpkin carving, making hats, making spiders webs and writing a list of things to put in a magic potion.  We have also started our Underwater topic and have been learning some facts about sea creatures.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Pumpkin carving and making our own magic potions

The Animal Lady Visit


Well Puffins we have finished our first term in school.  It has been lovely to watch you all settle and really get to know you all.  We have learnt so much and we’ve had lots of fun!

We are ending our term tomorrow with our Charities Assembly.  Some of the children have been chosen to stand up on stage and say a little bit about our sponsored event.  We will be presenting a cheque to a representative from The Ronald McDonald Charity during the assembly.  A great big thank you again for your generosity we are amazed at how much money we have raised for such a good cause.

Next half term we will be starting our Underwater topic, we will be doing all sorts of activities and learning lots of facts.  We also have our Breakfast Assembly coming up next half term which we are really looking forward to.

I hope you all have a wonderful half term,

Mrs Ridehalgh

Sponsored Bounce to raise money for The Ronald McDonald House Charity

Thank you so much to everyone who has kindly sponsored us.  We did our sponsored bounce on Wednesday, outside on the playground.  We had lots of fun bouncing on the space hoppers, even Mrs Ridehalgh had a go! We are looking forward to meeting Michelle from the Ronald McDonald House Charity next week.  She is going to come in and talk to the Puffins about the wonderful charity work that they do.  She will also be coming to our Charities Assembly on Friday afternoon.

Thank you again for all the sponsorship money, you have all been so kind.

Mrs Ridehalgh, Mrs Griffiths and The Puffins

Why? Day

We had lots of fun today investigating some ‘why?’ questions – Why don’t ships sink? Why do cars have wheels? Why do planes have wings? Why does the moon change shape?

Welcome to Puffins Class Page

We are a Reception class

Our class teacher is Mrs Ridehalgh

Good afternoon,

Well we have had another busy week in puffins. We have been looking for signs of Autumn. It has been lovely to look at the different leaves, conkers, pine cones and acorns that the children have been collecting. We have also been learning about recycling plastic. We enjoyed looking at the different properties of plastic and discussed how the plastic can be used again to make other things.

Next week we will be learning about patterns and how to make a repeated pattern. We will also be learning about charities and talking about the Ronald McDonald House and the great work that they do, as we will be raising money for them for our Charities Day.

See you all on Monday,

Mrs Ridehalgh

Painting our faces and puffin pictures

Recycling plastic – we looked at the properties of plastic and sorted some plastic objects into groups.


Hello Puffins,

I am lookng forward to seeing lots of you at the Reception Disco.  We have had a busy week learning different sounds, reading stories, painting portraits of our faces, going on tours of the school and doing lots of number activities.

It’s getting much cooler outside, so make sure you bring in your coat everyday.  Also remember to practise fastening your coat!

Next week we wll be looking at signs of autumn.   We will be doing lots of artwork and listening to some stories and poems related to autumn.

Here are some pictures of the puffins in action!


Well done to all the Puffins!

We have finished our first full week of school today.   We have been busy painting our own Puffins this week. We now have a lovely display of them  in our classroom.  We have been learning about Puffins in class and we have loved listening to some stories about Puffins too.

Next week we will be going on a tour of the school, meeting the teachers and other key staff.  As part of our ‘New faces, new places’ topic we will look at the different features on faces. We will painting our own faces and making a display in our claa of them all.

Remember the EYFS Presentation for Parents/Carers will take place on Wednesday 19th September at 9.00am in the school hall. The presentation will inform you about what the children will learn in Reception.

We will be starting library on Thursday next week.  The children will be able to choose a book to take home.  Please remember to return it te following week so that your child can choose another book.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the children’s first day photos from last week.

Mrs Ridehalgh and Mrs Griffiths

Hello Puffins,

We have had a lovely first day at school.  It has been very exciting meeting you all.  We have had a busy day playing with some of our new toys in the classroom and exploring our playground outside.  The children did so well learning the lunchtime routine and enjoyed the school dinners.

Don’t forget to bring your buddy cards in on Monday!

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Ridehalgh and Mrs Griffiths

I am looking forward to seeing you again in September. Have a lovely summer!

Best wishes

Mrs Ridehalgh