Developing Independent Learning in a Caring Environment


laugh Welcome to Year RS! laugh

We are the Super Sloths! 

Our page will be filled with all of the exciting things that we are learning in Reception. As we continue through the year, keep an eye on our page for lots of photos of what we've been up to.

Mrs Schofield and Mrs Watson and Miss Woods :)

Autumn 1


Our concept this half term is 'identity'. Over the next few weeks we will be exploring the question 'Is everyone unique?'.

We look forward to sharing our findings.

Characteristics of effective learning in the EYFS

Characteristics of effective learning define how children learn, rather than what they learn. The three characteristics of effective learning identified by the EYFS are: 

  • playing and exploring - children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’;
  • active learning - children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
  • creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

At Ellison we explore these through the use of different animals, helping the children to remember and demonstrate the different characteristics in their learning and play.

Our classroom is full of...

Proud peacocks.

Concentrating crocodiles.

Choosing chimps.

Clever chameleons.

Persevering parrots.

Experimenting eagles.

I know rhinos.

Exploring elephants.

Linky snakes.

Keep an eye on the section below to see how we explore these in our setting.



Characteristics of effective learning

As one of our first activities of our 'Identity' concept, the children used their Art and Design sketchbooks for the first time and created their very own portrait. We all had to think really carefully about the finer details of what we could see in the colour, eye colour, skin colour. The children worked really hard and we are so proud of their finished portraits.

See below for pictures of the children completing their work.

Creating portraits

Additional documents

Autumn 1 Homework Menu

Useful websites:



Please find the previous Reception class website pages below.


laugh Welcome to Year RH! laugh

We are the Happy Hummingbirds! 


Our page will be filled with all of the exciting things that we are learning in Reception. As we continue through the year, keep an eye on our page for lots of photos of what we've been up to.



Summer 2

Our main concept this half term is exploration. 

Our continuous concepts are: location, place and chronology.

We will explore the following question: What similarities and differences do you notice between...?

Summer 1

Our concepts this half term:  Life and Nature

We will explore the following key questions:

What will our world look like if..? What does life look like?

Autumn 1 2021

The children have had such a fantastic start to their Reception adventure and Autumn 1 has so far been lots of fun. So far we have explored the story 'The Colour Monster' and we are really enjoying being creative with our ideas in our learning areas both inside and outside of our classroom. We are looking forward to beginning our new text 'The Rainbow Fish' in the next few weeks.

Miss Hargreaves and Mrs Hitchen are so proud of how well the children have started their Ellison journey and we are having such a great time getting to know each other. We are definitely a class of happy hummingbirds! :)

Keep an eye out for all of the fun we'll be having throughout Autumn term!


Additional documents

Parents Curriculum Information

Autumn 1 Homework Menu

Please find the previous Reception website pages below.



Reception Summer 2 Homework menu

Easter Spring Chicken performance.

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As part of our Easter celebrations, the children made Easter bonnets and performed the song 'Spring Chicken'. We hope you enjoy our performance and have a fantastic Easter :)

RA's Christmas Nativity

Thank you for watching! Have a lovely Christmas!Mrs Adams and Mrs Cartlidge :)

Christmas wishes to our friends and family. 


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our parents and carers who have supported us throughout this Autumn term. We have been so impressed with how amazingly the children have settled, made lots of new friends and thrived within their first term at Ellison Primary Academy. 


We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 


Mrs Cartlidge and I will look forward to seeing you all in the new year of 2021!

Stay safe everyone. 


Best of wishes 

Mrs Adams and Mrs Cartlidge x

Christmas time in RA...

Remote Learning 12.11.2020

Teams information to access remote learning

Our Picasso portriats

As part of our celebration of curriculum golden time, reception enjoyed creating their own 'Picasso portrait'. They used a range of three self portrait photographs having explored different angles of their features, to then create a portrait in the style of Pablo Picasso. We talked about and explored his use of warm, vibrant colours as well his cooler, hues of colours within his artwork.

Well done reception- remember that we are all artists.

Term Autumn 1 in Class RA

Welcome to RA-Amazing Alligators.

Mrs Cartlidge and I are very proud of all the children in RA, they have settled extremely well into the Ellison family already and we are very impressed.


This half term we will be learning about the children through our key concept, "Identity". Please keep visiting our class page to see our pictures and see what exciting things we have been learning about. 


Thank you  


  Mrs Adams and Mrs Cartlidge

Parents Curriculum Information
Useful links and helpful resources

Letter Formation Rhymes