Crab Lane Primary School

Thought for the Week - To make friends I must act in a kind way.

The last two weeks have gone by so quickly!  There has been a flurry of Pantomimes, Christmas parties and Christmas performances!  We think you will all agree that the reception children did us proud!  Check out our performance below, along with a photograph slideshow of our Christmas activities. We hope you all have a happy and restful holiday and come back to school full of beans in 2021!

Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

The Reception Team






Week Beginning 16th November

This week in Reception, we have been learning all about Diwali, the festival of light.  We have listened to the story of Rama and Sita and have made and decorated our very own Diva lamps out of salt dough.  We have also been decorating hand templates with beautiful Mehndi (also known as henna) patterns.  In maths time we have been learning more about ‘part, part whole’ boards in choosing time we have been labelling different characters from our focus text ‘The Three Little Pigs’.  We have even built houses for the pigs in our construction area using real straw, sticks and bricks! 

Week Beginning 9th November

We have had another exciting week in Reception learning all about our new topic this half term: fairy-tales.  During choosing time we have had lots of fun making beautiful bonfire night pictures, role-playing with fairy-tale character puppets, and creating our very own lollipop stick poppies to celebrate Remembrance Day. In maths time this week we have been representing numbers in different ways using Representation Boards and Part, Part, Whole Boards.  In Shared Read Write we have been reading our focus text ‘The 3 Little Pigs’ and sequencing the story.    

Week Beginning Monday 3rd November

Reception have had a busy first week back in school!  Our new topic this half-term is ‘fairy-tales’. To introduce this topic, we took part in a new activity called ‘now press play.’ The children wore wireless headphones and listened to and acted out the story ‘The 3 Little Pigs’.  It was very exciting.   We also had our Spooky Day this week- a little later than expected but still brilliant fun!! We even visited the deep, dark forest behind school to go on a spooky hunt!! In maths time this week we have been thinking about capacity, making wicked witch potions, and have also been revisiting representation boards.  In Shared Read Write we have been reading our new focus text ‘The 3 Little Pigs’ and thinking about the different characters and settings.


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Week beginning: Monday 19th October

This was the last week of our first half-term in Reception.  We had a lovely first three days in school, following recipes to make magic potions, designing and carving pumpkins, labelling different spooky characters and performing and filming harvest festival songs for our grown-ups to watch on the Crab Lane website (these will be uploaded very soon).  Unfortunately Reception had to close two days before the half-term holiday began.  I know that many of the children (and adults!) will be disappointed about this, particularly because we had planned a 'spooky day' for Thursday this week.  We hope that this can be rearranged for when we return to school after the holidays.  Parents will be informed of the new date for 'spooky day' once the children are back in school.  For now, have a lovely half-term break and don't forget to look on the reception homework page for tasks and activities to keep you busy over the next two days and into the holiday :)

Week beginning: Monday 12th October

This week in Reception we have been playing real board games at the maths table, collaging autumn objects at the creative table and labelling different characters at the writing table. During maths time we have been using representation boards to represent numbers to ten in different ways and in Shared, Read Write we have been learning about our new focus book ‘Elmer’.  Emeralds and Sapphires also went to the forest for the first time on Wednesday! They had such a good time and can’t wait for their next trip.  Rubies and Diamonds will visit the forest next week.   A polite reminder that all children need to have named wellies in school at all times.

We would like to ask for some junk modelling. This can be boxes, tubes, tubs, lids, containers etc. Due to the restrictions, this will be kept quarantined for 2 days before allowing the children to use it. Thank you in advance.

Finally, a reminder that next Thursday (22nd October) is ‘Spooky Day’ in Reception.  We will be taking part in lots of spooky activities such as decorating delicious pumpkin biscuits, making creepy skeleton pictures and playing games such as pin the spider on the web!  We are asking that children come to school in their own clothes for ‘spooky day’ (spooky costumes are also allowed!!)


Week beginning: Monday 5th October

This week, we have had a lots more homework emails, thank you to the families that have sent us some photos.  Reception L had 14 emails this week and Reception C had 13 emails, well done!

In reception, we have now started collecting the children’s ideas of what they would like to learn about and take part in the following week. We have had lots of Halloween and autumn ideas, as well as, superhero and TV character writing.

This week, we have been looking closely at different autumnal objects and creating some fantastic observational paintings.

We have been working hard on our fine motor control by complete some Halloween pencil control sheets.

We have been cutting, sticking and labelling to make Halloween and character books.

This week, the children have been moved into their maths groups. They have lots to remember now! Their new maths group, their phonics groups, their key groups… along with everything else!

We would like to ask for some junk modelling. This can be boxes, tubes, tubs, lids, containers etc. Due to the restrictions, this will be kept quarantined for 2 days before allowing the children to use it.

Thank you in advance.

Week beginning: Monday 28th September

This week in reception, we have continued to play lots of bingo and board games, the children are really enjoying this at the minute!

We have continued to complete our rainbow challenges this week. Lots of the children are trying their best to do the most challenges and become the challenge champion for their class.

At phonics time, we have continued to work in our new phonics groups. Each of the group are learning different sounds. Can you child remember the sounds they have learnt each day?

This week, we have been working on our class display for the corridor in our main school. We are focusing on the ‘belong’ category of our school’s culture triangle. Keep your eyes peeled finished masterpiece.


Week Beginning 21st September

As always, another busy, fun filled week in Reception. This week, we have been completing two Rainbow challenges. For literacy, we have been focusing on name writing and for maths, we have been playing board games. The children are completing the challenges and collecting their rainbow sticks. We have some fantastic challenge champions that have LOTS of sticks this week.

This week, during our virtual good work assembly, we celebrated Leisl’s amazing book where she has added initial sound labels, as well as Alex’s name writing, he has been trying super hard recently. Well done superstars!

This week, the children have been split into their new phonics groups. We have minibeast groups for phonics, Butterflies, Bees, Ladybirds, Caterpillars and Ants. The children have done very well with remembering which group they are in this week.

Thank you to the families who have used our parent email address to share the homework. We had a few from each class but are hoping for many more next week.

Autumn 1, Week 2

Another exciting week in Reception!!  We are doing so well, learning all the different rules and routines of the classroom.  We have even had our very first classroom rainbow challenge this week- ‘Can I write my name?’.  Each time we write our names at the writing table we get to put a special challenge stick in our rainbow challenge pocket.  Some of us collected so many!! Next week our challenge will be ‘Can I play a board game?’  Perhaps you could play a board game at home with your child over the weekend so that they have a head start on Monday!  We have been learning about single digits and counting with numbers under ten in maths and in phonics we have been thinking about the sounds we can hear at the start of words and letter formation. 

What a busy first week in school we have had in Reception!!

We’ve had lots of fun exploring the different learning areas (inside and outside) and getting to know our new teachers and friends. In phonics we have been thinking about the sounds we can hear at the start of words and during maths we have been learning counting songs and reading and writing numbers to five. Our topic this half-term is ‘All About Me’. We have been drawing self-portraits, playing in the home corner and drawing pictures of the people who live with us in our house!

The children have amazed us with their fantastic behaviour and eagerness to learn about their new class rules and routines. Below we have attached some adult reminders to help to ensure children continue to have a great start in Reception :)