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Westonzoyland Primary School ‘Raising Aspirations’

Merlin – Miss Stockford (Reception)

Number game

We enjoyed running and jumping in the corresponding numbered hoop when the dice was thrown, identifying numerals to 6!  We got quicker and quicker the more we practiced.

Number game

Porridge for the three bears

We have thoroughly enjoyed making porridge this morning, finding it too runny, too hot and too lumpy before finding it 'just right.'  We tried syrup and raisins to sweeten it, and ate it all up, just like Goldilocks!

Making porridge

Goldilocks and the three bears

Monday 18th September

Welcome to another week!

This week our learning focuses on Goldilocks and the three bears, with lots of role-play, porridge making and ordering of objects linked to the story according to size.

Our phonic sessions continue with rhyme as well as alliteration, so lots of games involving identifying the initial sound of words.

Our maths involves counting and comparing of two groups of objects, as well as reinforcing the recognition of numerals to 10, making use of natural objects in our environment.

We will be exploring lots of different mediums in our mark-making; helping us with anti-clockwise movements in readiness for forming letters.

There is definitely an Autumnal feel in our second week, and children have enjoyed exploring different concepts within this context, whether counting conkers, collecting and comparing leaves, mixing autumnal colours or looking for autumn clues on walks around the grounds.

Tuesday 12th September

We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the Forest School area whilst making houses in response to our class story of The Three Little Pigs.  We thought carefully about keeping ourselves, and our friends, safe whilst working together to build amazing 'houses of sticks.'

Fun in the forest school area

Our first PE session!

Our first PE session! 1

Look at our robots

Look at our robots 1

Monday 11th September

Welcome to our second week in school!

This week we will continuing one of our favourite stories, 'The Three Little Pigs,' with children being encouraged to retell the story in groups using props and identifying their favourite parts.  Children have learnt the repetitive phrases really well, and love joining in with the story.

Our write dance continues, (a big hit last week by all the children) moving on to a robot theme, where we focus on creating straight lines, both vertical and horizontal, and join them up to create robots.  We will also be encouraging children to find their name label and have a go at writing their names, initially the first letter.

Write dance involves dancing to a thematic piece of music, involving specific movements with arms, before using a crayon in each hand to draw large scale marks, developing into specific pictures on the identified theme.

Our maths involves lots of counting this week, using rhymes such as One potato, two potato, and 1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught  a fish alive, and counting objects accurately, matching groups of objects with the numeral, initially with numbers to 5.  We will be playing lots of games to secure our knowledge with even more counting within our play contexts.

Just incase we have some energy left before lunch, we all enthusiastically join in our Dough Disco, where we strengthen our finger muscles by exercising them using playdoh, involving lots of different movements, and of course accompanied by a piece of disco music!

Friday 8th September

Wow! We have survived our very first week in school.  Well done to each and every one of our Merlin members.  We have been learning our new routine, and have loved our Write Dance sessions, dancing and then mark making to volcano inspired music to wake up our brains and bodies. 

We have loved sharing our special boxes with staff and friends, and they have really helped in getting to know the children, as well as developing confidence in speaking in a group.  Thank you to all those who have already brought theirs in, and we look forward to outstanding ones next week.

We have been exploring 2D shapes, and really loved the treasure hunt outside, searching for shapes hidden really carefully as well as making patterns and pictures with them.


A busy first week

A busy first week 1
Picture 1

Tuesday 5th September 2017


Merlin have thoroughly enjoyed their very first day of school! We have amazed ourselves with all our learning, enjoying the story of The Three Little Pigs, using puppets and playdoh to extend our learning of the story.  We practised our counting using numberblocks as well as sorting and creating pictures with shapes.  Miss Stockford tired us out with Dough Disco and Write dance which focused on a  volcano erupting! Lots of fun!


Writedance 1

Welcome to Merlin Class

This page is intended to give you an overview of the routines in Reception, together with useful information. We will also post photographs and examples of work throughout the year. We hope that you will find it useful.


Teaching Team

Class Teacher: Miss Stockford

Teaching Assistants: Miss Hellyer and Miss Gregory

PPA Cover: Mrs Harris


This Term's Learning Expedition

We are learning about the woods in our learning. See our curriculum map in the link below to find out how we will be involving all curriculum areas.



Our PE day will be Tuesdays, involving a specialist sports coach. However please make sure your child has their P.E. kits in every day in case of timetable changes. Could all clothing be clearly named (including shoes)  to avoid anything getting lost. 




Homework will be set on Fridays and expected back by the following Thursday. It is really important that this is completed in order to consolidate children’s learning of the week.  Reading, initially sharing books and modelling reading strategies, such as pointing to each word, highlighting known sounds and high frequency words, is expected to take place at least three times weekly, and it is essential to support your child's learning in these early stages of reading at home in order to practice new skills and knowledge introduced at school.