Welcome to Sunshine Class!

We hope you had a fantastic summer break and are rested and ready for some fun, active and creative learning in Reception this year! 🙂 


Autumn Term 1:

The children have been very excited to start Reception. In Sunshine Class we have introduced our class puppet ‘Mr Parrot’ and the Jungle animals to help everyone follow the golden rules.

As a class we have been making friends, learning names  and have played  lots of circle time games. Together we have enjoyed singing songs and reading stories about starting school.

During the first couple of days, the children had fun exploring their new classroom and the setting, as well as making new friends. Everyone excitedly ventured into the different areas in our classroom to build, write, create, read and play!

The children have immersed themselves into Forest school on Wednesdays by exploring, calving, whittling and learning valuable new skills out in the fresh air.

This term the children have put their paleontologist hats on to explore and find out about dinosaurs. The children have been busy learning facts about different dinosaurs, understanding the meanings of carnivores and herbivores and looking at fossils. 

In keeping with our dinosaurs topic, the children thoroughly enjoyed making a papier mache volcano, first we used glue and water to create the base of our volcano and then we painted it together, adding burning hot lava using tissue paper. To finish our dinosaur topic, we finally made our volcano erupt, which was very enjoyable and exciting! 


Following in Claude Monet, Van Gogh and Leonardo Da- Vinci’s foot-steps the children had a go at creating their own self-portrait. They observed their features first using mirrors to see which colour eyes they have, the shape of their nose and the colour of their hair.

Next, the children took their time drawing the outline of their face and adding their features using oil pastels and different materials such as wool, pom-poms and lace.

Everyone showed a great sense of achievement and pride in their work. 

Here are some of their creations:

Thank you for all the amazing home leaning from this term, the children were excited to share and very proud what they made.

Autumn Term 2:

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

This Term we started off  with reading a story classic of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff.’ The children thoroughly enjoyed re-telling the story using story telling language and actions, such as Once upon a time, Next, Suddenly, and Finally. Once the children were confident with the story, we innovated the story by adding new characters to replace the originals. The children created story maps and shared their new stories with their friends.


Measuring Height

 The children have been busy measuring height of the three different sized billy goats and Mr Parrot. The children were exposed to non-standard units of measure, such as unifix, Pom poms, counters and duplo to measure height. To measure height we always start at the bottom, make sure the measuring tools touch and we measure up!

The children have also been learning about shapes and using  mathematical terms to describe shapes. They have enjoyed creating shape puzzles, pictures and going on shape hunts around the environment. They have also used there imagination to construct with a range of different shapes through their play.

Police visit

We were very lucky to have a surprise visit from two police officers, who took time out of their busy schedule to answer our questions and show us some exciting police objects. The children particularly enjoyed taking turns trying on police hats and a police vest!

Understanding of the world

The children have been very busy going on autumn walks and talking about the changes that happen in the autumn. The children have been learning about animals and how they survive the autumn and winter months. We have celebrated Diwali, learnt about Remembrance day and Bonfire night.


Celebration day

This term the celebration day theme was ‘Children from around the world.’ Each class across the setting had a different country to focus on. In Sunshine Class we learnt lots of facts about England and London. The children had a lovely morning exploring different activities. Thank you to all the parents who came to join us.

Cockadoodle Christmas

To end a very busy fun term, out Christmas play was an amazing success!

The children worked so hard practicing their lines and rehearsing the songs, whilst having lots of fun in the process. Performing in front of an audience can be very nerve racking, but they were all stars!

We hope you have a very restful break, see you next term!

Merry Christmas !

Spring 1:

During this half term the children have been learning about winter and Arctic animals. The children have been writing fact files about Polar bears and the habitats they live in. We have looked at similarities, differences and change through ice STEM’s and talked about Global warming and how it effects the world we live in.

The children also enjoyed baking sledge biscuits that are popular within the Inuit and Eskimo cultures.

Together we made an igloo made out of milk bottles.


Happy Chinese New Year!

This term we learnt all about the celebration of Chinese New Year, we understand that the Chinese Emperor decided to have a race to measure the years. This year was the year of the rat. Within this topic we also looked at Chinese culture and traditions, did you know that red is a lucky colour and dragons are also symbols of good luck.

The children made paper lanterns and took part in a dancing noodle STEM experiment.

A delicacy in China is noodles, we made a stir fry using vegetables, noodles and soy sauce and we experimented with noodles in our messy play.

To end our topic, we worked as a team to make a bright and colourful dragon head using card board boxes, painted and collage materials. We then went on a Chinese New Year parade following are dragon head, it was so much fun!


The children thoroughly enjoyed learning about the planets, our solar system, astronauts, NASA, The Moon, rockets, space shuttles, space food, space toothpaste even! We made all of the nine planets out of paper mache and placed them in order. 

Because we became space experts, we decided to make fact posters about our favorite planets and we had a lot of fun writing clues about a planet and reading them to our friends for them to guess.

The children also made rockets out of large construction materials. We experimented with vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to make exploding moon rocks and enjoyed observing the chemical reaction that took place.The children also made rockets out of paper straws and enjoyed learning about forces.

To end the topic we went on a trip to ‘Tales on Moon lane’ and enjoyed a lovely story telling session.


Sunshine have been working hard developing their mathematical knowledge by ordering numbers, writing number sentences and in particular this term we have been adding two groups together using a part-part whole model and subtracting!

Spring Term 2

This term is filled with curiosity, adventure, creativity and much more!

We have started off this term with a new literary fairy tale classic: The Gingerbread Man. We have adapted the story by using Talk for writing and innovated the story.  So far we are at the innovate stage where we have collectively replaced the little old lady with a hungry T-Rexand The Gingerbread Man has been replaced by a crunchy cookie personfinally the fox has been replaced by a mean monster. The children have been using adjectives to describe the characters and incorporating alliteration and onomatopoeia words into our story map and story. 

The story telling language we have been focusing on are:

Once upon a time





The end

The children have also enjoyed baking Gingerbread people and creating lino prints of the characters from the story.


The author of this half term is ‘Michael Rosen.’ The children have really enjoyed listening to stories written by Micheal Rosen. They have enjoyed innovating the story ‘We are going on a bear hunt’ and reading ‘The chocolate cake.’

After reading The chocolate cake we all took part in a chocolate experiment. The children predicted, tested and observed what would happen to chocolate when it was heated and cooled down. The children enjoyed discussing the physical changes they had seen.

All of the children took part in world book day. We swapped books, shared our favorite stories, dressed up as a character from a story and had a visit from the author Judy Skidmore.


We continue to promote Emotional Literacy. The children have been discussing the different emotions they feel through songs, drama, creative activities and stories.