Developing Independent Learning in a Caring Environment

Reception – Mrs Myatt/Mrs Drakeford

Welcome to RDM!


A big HELLO from Mrs Myatt, Mrs Ellis and Mrs Drakeford we would like to invite you to share our excitement and hope that everyone has as much fun as we do!

Through fun and excitement we lay the foundations for our children to experience the joy of learning and become independent learners. Our environment provides a place where the children are able to extend their learning through challenge and investigation having the opportunity to work both indoors and outdoors.


This is our very own webpage where you can find out all about what we are up to each term. We will post pictures, photos and activities so everyone can see all the things that we do in Reception. We will also at times, add links and information for parents to keep you informed of events in Class.

Each term is very busy with lots of exciting activities planned. Look close to find out what we are up to!


If you have any ideas for this page please let us know!

What to look out for:

Summer 2 – Out and About

Move up day - Friday 23rd June

Sports Day – Tuesday 27th June

Summer Fayre - Saturday 1st July

Visit to the Dingle - Tuesday 18th July


Our half termly talk for writing story ‘Mr Gumpy's Outing'.

Mr Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham

One sunny day Mr. Gumpy decides to take a ride in his small boat. It's a perfect idea for a lovely summer day, and soon he is joined by children, a rabbit, a cat, a pig, and a host of other friends.

Summer 1 – Marvellous minibeasts

Our half termly talk for writing story The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.

Eric Carle reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar

See Eric Carle, the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, reading this classic Puffin picture book out loud.

After learning all about lifecycles we looked at the lifecycle of a butterfly, we were even fortunate enough to watch the process as the caterpillar built his cocoon and finally appeared as a beautiful butterfly!  Thinking about the food that the 'Very Hungry Caterpillar' ate began us thinking about keeping healthy and some children started balanceability sessions where they developed there balance and co-ordination to ride the balance bikes.

Spring 2 – Health and Growth

Our half termly talk for writing story The Enormous Turnip’.

The enormous turnip - A song for children

A song for small children. The farmer enlists the help of family to help him pull the enormous turnip out of the ground.

Spring 2 began with us investigating signs of Spring around us, this got us thinking about the types of plants that we could grow. We carefully watched the growth of the cress and beans each day.  Then there was the delivery from Farmer chuck. Leaving us eagerly awaited the hatching of our chicks. Finally we celebrated Easter and after taking part in a wonderful Spring Festival at school we went to share our celebrations with the residents at the local retirement village. 

Day One The eggs have arrived

Day Two The cracks begin to appear

Day Three Then there were three

Day Four Moving into their new home

Spring 1 – Traditional Tales

Our half termly talk for writing story ‘Little Red Hen'.

What a busy start to the year! We began along with the rest of the school looking at the traditional tale of the Snow Queen where we were lucky enough to investigate REAL SNOW. Next we introduced our half termly talk for writing story The Little Red Hen before reading a variety of additional traditional tales. Some how we also managed to find time to celebrate Chinese New Year! We also spent time learning about William Shakespeare and his story The Tempest, the finale was a re-enactment of the scene ‘The storm’, WOW the children were amazing.

Traditional Tales

Snow Queen Workshop

Autumn 2 – Let us celebrate

During this half term we have been learning all about different festivals and celebrations. We have found out about Diwali, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Weddings, Birthdays and Christmas. We looked at the wonderful rhyming stories by author Julia Donaldson to help us.

Visiting Santa Claus at Ash End Farm

Let us Celebrate

Autumn 1 – All about me!


We started the year thinking all about ourselves, our family, where we live, who are our friends and our likes and dislikes. Our story focus was the Elmer stories by author David McKee.

All About Me

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