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Crigglestone St James
CE Primary Academy

Our Reception Team

Teachers: Mrs Clarke (RC) and Miss Ingham (RI)

Education Support Assistant Team: Mrs Drewell

Regular Weekly Timetable

Maths, Read Write Inc. and interest led inputs are delivered throughout the day. In addition to this, children take part in child-initiated learning in both the indoor and outdoor provisions.

Extra adult - led sessions are held throughout the weekly timetable.


FRIDAY: DEAR (Drop Everything And Read), Outdoor P.E.

The Reception Team will information parents at the start of the week of the day for Indoor PE

Download our new Curriculum Information Posters to tell you the important headlines and key information for each term.





Now let's show you some of our highlights from our 'Circle of Life' curriculum in action.


After a ‘soft start approach’ to the new academic year, the children have used the texts, ‘Only One You’ and ‘You Be You’, as a way of highlighting the importance of being ourselves and identifying our own talents and abilities. Our focus in the Autumn Term has been the value of togetherness and friendship. These texts have allowed us to use the wise words of wisdom from 'Adri' and his family and relate them to how we create a new team and family within our class.

In the second half of the Autumn Term we have used the ‘Supertato’ series to inspire our inner superheroes. Our journey has seen us create our own super veggie stories and ways in which to capture the dreaded Evil Pea! This has been a great way to celebrate the uniqueness and diversity in all of us.

December means its time for nativity. This year 'A Miracle in Town'. Celebrating the coming of our Lord is central to our thoughts at this time.

Brilliant ‘Bedtime Stories’!

On arrival children voted for the story of the night. ‘SUPERBAT’ soared to victory!

Mr Denton stole the show with his fantastic narration. Earning forgiveness for leaving his pyjamas in Blackpool!

The night was enjoyed by all and it was lovely to see so many children sharing their favourite stories, completing crafts and having a real love for reading!

We look forward to our next bedtime story event.

Quotes from parents

“A fantastic night”

“My child loves reading and this has been a great way to highlight the importance of a bedtime story”

“Great team effort, lovely to be part of it. Can’t wait for the next one”


This term our Novel Study has been ‘The Jolly Postman’. We have used this text to study a different traditional tale each week. Over the half term we have read ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘Cinderella’.

Our children’s interests have led our learning and driven our provision enhancements. We have been fascinated with the Jolly Postman’s favourite mode of transport; the bicycle. The children have labelled the different parts of the bike, researched the history of the bicycle and even built a bicycle repair shop. As a result of their interest, reception staff organised a ‘Bring your bike to school day’. This memorable day consisted of bike sketching, tyre rubbings, cycling safety posters and riding our bikes around an obstacle course! What a memorable day for all. It is always great to explore the children's questions and thoughts about their understanding of the World and how we can develop this in fun and challenging ways.

We also delve into the classic books by Beatrix Potter, in particular 'Peter Rabbit & Friends'. The children love to ask big questions about Mr McGregor's character and how he can become a better person. We link him to what we learn about friendships and readiness for the future. Our children enjoy contrasting the character of Rose with Mr McGregor!

Our maths and writing opportunities link where possible to our Novel Study. This unit of work has provided opportunities to write letters, postcards, posters and information texts. In maths we used data handling to find out which bike was most popular amongst the children.


In Summer Term we go insect crazy with our study of God's creations. Using the 'The Hungry Caterpillar' and 'What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday'. The children love to explore and classify new creatures. Creating information files for them and labelling their own pictures. As the ladybird visits London, our children have many questions about our capital city. We explore this theme and consider major landmarks. We even spend time looking at the royal family - the children have 100's of questions about them. We intend to visit Nostell Priory to help the children's research.

The children often enjoy re-telling the story and writing letters to the Queen about the ladybird's adventures and have, in the past, created character descriptions for Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh.

We plan. We prepare our environment. We share big questions and our even bigger books. It is then over to our children to explore, ask, design, make, question and create as they take their learning forward. Our philosophy is to use our questions to deepen and extend learning. We don't insist upon or create set activities, we give our children independence and ownership and search for that lasting spiritual experience that makes them ready for the future.