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Parley First School

Glenmoor Road, Ferndown, Dorset. BH22 8QE

01202 874400

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Welcome to our Reception Page !Color Pencils Clip Art

You will find all letters, important dates, topic information and photos for Reception classes here.

  Please keep coming back to this page as photos of the children and their learning will be posted from time to time! 

 Key Dates  Reception Letters   Year Group Information
  • Mon 6th January   :   Return to School

- Reminders from your teachers -

- Timetable 2019 -

- Autumn Curriculum Information 2019 -

- Spring Curriculum Information -


Our Christmas Party

We all had so much fun at our Christmas party, with Mr Bagwell leading us in lots of different party games.  The children showed really good sportsmanship when they weren’t all able to win at everything and we were especially impressed with how still the children could be when they played musical statues.

Shine, Star, Shine

We were so proud of all our Reception children in their recent performance of ‘Shine, Star, Shine’.  They had all learned so many song words and the speakers were all able to be heard right at the back of the hall.  Families, the rest of the school and some of our local pre-schools all enjoyed being in the audience, especially when the big star did eventual manage to shine!

Stay and Share

We had a great time showing our learning to our families during our ‘Stay and Share’ session.  We showed them how we use numicon, use the learn pads and the interactive board, make our fingers stronger with Finger Fun, complete jigsaws and read stories.  We showed our inside and outside learning spaces and even had younger brothers and sisters who liked to join in too!

Remembrance Day

We talked about Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies. We used red, green and black pieces to create our own poppies. We also worked together to make giant poppy sun catchers. We had to stick lots of mosaic squares in red, green and black to create the shapes.  We painted poppies on pebbles, and placed these around the silent soldier at our school gate.

Fire Engine Visit

Reception loved having the fire engine visit our school car park this week.  They got to try on helmets and enjoyed shouting ‘higher’ when the teachers went up 100 feet in the cage!  Thank you very much to Mark, Will and Amanda from Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Parley Pear Cake

Reception have made pear cake.  They picked the pears from the school pear tree.  Isabella and Lillah said that we could cut a pear in half so that the 5 pears could be shared between the two classes. Reception mixed 4 eggs, 200g of sugar, 200g of butter and 200g of self-raising flour.  They peeled and chopped the pears.  The pears and cake mix were put into cake tins and cooked.  They really enjoyed eating the cake, saying it was yummy and delicious!

Autumn Hunt

Reception really enjoyed going on an Autumn Hunt.  They worked well with their partners, searching for all the objects on their checklist and then ticking them off.  We even saw a beautiful rainbow.  Maybe you could look for our Autumn list when you next go for a walk!


We listened to the Supertato story and then created our own Super Heroes using potatoes. We decorated them with masks, capes, belts and faces. On Friday we showed them to the class and talked about their super powers!

Outdoor Curriculum

We have been enjoying our Outdoor Learning. Last week we collected natural materials, such as leaves and sticks and made pictures with them. This week, we collected sticks of different sizes and tried to order them by size.  Not all sticks were straight, some were very tall and some were very heavy!

Shape Walk

This week we have been on a shape walk around the school. We have named and described some of the 2D shapes – squares, circles, rectangles, triangles and even hexagons!!! Then we have spotted them inside and outside the school building.

Welly Walk 

We went on our first nature walk today.  We had to wear our wellies.  We saw a pear tree, berries, birds and different trees.  We heard birds, an aeroplane and a siren.  We found leaves, conkers and acorn cups.  We sat in the Daisy Room for a rest. 

When we got back to the classroom we learned how to put our boots together. 

First Week at School

The Reception classes have had a great first week at school.  They have been learning where things are in the classrooms and have been trying lots of new activities.  They have also made new friends and been learning how to listen carefully.

The teachers are very proud of how well the children have settled, and hope they have a restful weekend at home!


Welcome to Reception!

In Reception we are very excited to be starting our learning journey at Parley First School.  Our classes are called RW and RF.  Our learning this term is ‘Good to be Me!’ and we will be learning about ourselves and people who help us.  We will be reading, writing, counting, painting, singing, playing, making lots of new friends and many other exciting things.  

We look forward to sharing our photos on this page so that you can see what we have been doing.

Mrs French                            Mrs Wyatt-Jones