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Parley First School

Glenmoor Road, Ferndown, Dorset. BH22 8QE

01202 874400

Color Pencils Clip ArtWelcome 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

  • Fri 21st Dec - TERM ENDS (3.05pm)
  • Mon 7th Jan - Return to School

     Reception Letters 





Christmas Party Time!

We had a great time at our Reception Christmas party.  We played lots of games, including Musical Statues (when Mr Bagwell tried to make us laugh and move), Pass the Parcel and Catch the Plate (where we had to do forfeits to get our shoes back).  We all laughed really loudly when Mr Bagwell pretended to be a balloon that was going down.  All our teachers were so pleased with how well we behaved and that we didn’t get upset if we didn’t win a game.

Reindeer Food!

We have made Reindeer food to take home for Christmas Eve. We are going to sprinkle it on our gardens and it will sparkle so that the reindeers can find us. We followed a recipe and added oats, magic glitter and meal worms to a bowl then gave it a good stir. We didn’t like the look of the meal worms but know the reindeers will love them!!!


We talked about Remembrance Sunday and why we wear poppies. We used buttons, cubes and lolly sticks to create our own flowers. 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 created poppies using plastic bottles and pebbles, and used these to decorate our school gate.

Light and Dark

We have been thinking about light and dark. We predicted whether we would see light through different materials. We then used torches to investigate. Then we sorted the materials at the end. Some let the light through and some didn’t. Also, we talked about how shadows are made. We had to match the objects with the shadow they would make.


We have used objects to add the total of two groups. We recorded it in different ways. Some of us learnt how to write a number sentence using the symbols. Some of us recorded the numbers.

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 dress up, use the learn pads, make our fingers stronger with Finger Fun, write our numbers, build up words and read stories.  We even had younger brothers and sisters who liked to join in too!

Police Visit

This week the police have come to visit us, as part of our learning on ‘People who help us’. The Community police spoke to us about keeping safe, especially at night and they also showed us their uniform. We also looked at a police car and some of the equipment inside.


This week we have really enjoyed making our own Supertato’s after reading some of the stories. We have designed and made our own outfits and given them super powers.

Leaf Detectives

 On our Welly walk, we were leaf detectives. We worked with a partner studying the leaves, identifying them and marking them off on our checklist. We worked well together sharing the equipment.

Different Sizes

This week we have been thinking about different sizes.  We found some objects outside and put them in size order. We learned that a bigger stick if not necessarily the same as a longer stick.

Reception Learning Evening

Many thanks to all the parents who came to our Reception Learning Evening.  We explained what the children may talk about at home, such as Numicon and the COOL Board, as well as giving ideas of how families can support their children at home.  Handouts have been sent home and the powerpoint from the evening is here!

Learning Evening Powerpoint

Parley Pear Cakes

This week we have made Pear cake with the pears from the orchard. We looked at the ingredients and followed the instructions. We all had a turn at mixing the ingredients together and then tasted the cake at storytime. The children said that “it was the best cake ever!”

Pear Cake Recipe

Ingredients :    3 pears,  200g self raising flour,  4 eggs,  200g butter,  200g sugar

1. Peel the pears      2. Slice the pears thinly    3. Mix the butter and sugar in a bow    4. Add the eggs     5. Mix in the flour   6. Put into a tray with greaseproof paper    7. Cook it

Our First Week at School

We have all enjoyed our first full week at school, although we are all now very tired.  We have been learning new letter sounds in our Read, Write Inc groups, been practising counting and recognising numbers, making new friends and learning all our school routines.  We even went on a windy walk in our wellies.  We are looking forward to more new learning in the next few weeks.

Home Learning Samples

Here are some samples of what you can do to support your child with the sounds that they are learning at school. The children can draw or cut and stick pictures and photographs into their books. They can also practise writing the letter shape and write labels for their pictures.


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 ‘All About 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