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Welcome to our Reception class page!


Your children are just beginning their most exciting learning journey and what an adventure it will be. We are very lucky to have a wonderful team in Reception that work hard to develop a love for learning in all of our children and help children unlock their potential. In Reception we love to share learning and our learning successes. Here you will find regular updates about children’s learning, achievements and celebrations, as well as information regarding upcoming news and events.


Remember our door is always open so please do not hesitate to speak with us if you have any queries, concerns or questions.


Let the learning adventure begin….

Little Red Hen needed our help! She asked if we would help her make bread, of course the children were delighted to help. Yum yum the bread was delicious!

For the past 2 weeks we have been exploring the word healthy and what we can do to keep our bodies healthy. With the help our Handa, from the story Handa's Surprise, we have tasted different fruits to see which we do and do not like!

Easter fun! We have been making Easter cards and decorating Easter eggs for our egg competition. It is lovely to see children's creativity shine through.

Reading meeting video

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Please take a look at how phonics is taught in school and what you can do to help at home.

Say hello to our new class friends!!!! We have caterpillars in Reception. We cannot wait to watch them grow. We have been learning all about the life cycle of a butterfly!

Red nose day fun!


This week we have been exploring things that grow, in particular we have been looking at plants. The children have carefully investigated the different parts of a plant and have learnt about why each part is important. The children have been learning about how to look after a plant, ready for when they come to plant their own and take it home. In class the children have been busy painting, printing, counting and creating their own beautiful garden.


For the past two weeks we are learning about dinosaurs. We have explored the types of dinosaurs and their different features. The children have researched how we know about dinosaurs and what has happened to them. The children have become dinosaur experts! We have been busy searching for fossils, painting dinosaurs counting dinosaurs and reading books on dinosaurs....oh what fun we have had! 

Food tasting! As part of our Chinese New Year celebrations we tried lots of different foods. The children even had a go at using chopsticks. The children wished they could use chopsticks at every meal time!

Chinese New Year 

This week we are learning all about the celebration Chinese New Year. The children have explored how Chinese New Year is celebrated and the different traditions. In preparation for our Chinese New Year party, the children have been busy making their own musical instruments. We will be using our instruments for dragon dancing! 

This term we are exploring the story Jack and the Beanstalk in our PE lessons!

Welcome back! 

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break. It has been lovely listening to the children share news about all the fun they have had over Christmas. For our first week back, our topic was Eco week. We explored what it means to be kind to our planet. The children practised recycling and explored the different materials that can be recycled. 

We also created our own light source, the children were amazed when they shone the torch and the box lit up. 


Christmas Panto!

Xmas dinner day!

Christmas Stay and Play 

Thank you to all of our wonderful parents for attention our Christmas stay and play...what a super turn out! We hope you had just as much fun as we did. 

At Padiham Primary school our goal is to continue to form and build on positive relationships with all of our parents. 

Thank you for your continued support, 

The Reception Team. 

People who help us 

This week we have introduced a new topic. We are learning about different people who help us in our community. We have explored different job roles and discussed why each job is so important and what they do to help us. The children have really enjoyed trying out different roles. 

I've never seen as many children get arrested before for not tidying up the classroom and don't worry if you are feeling unwell. The reception children have made brilliant doctors and nurses. 

Take a look at some of the fun we have had!


For the next couple of weeks we will be learning about castles. The children will explore what it was like to live in a castle, the types of people who lived in a castle and the different parts to a castle. 

Over the week, the children will show off their creativity and create their own castles as well as develop their imagination in our new castle role-play area. 

Already we have lots of kings and queens in reception! smiley

Tots on tyres - This week the children have had the opportunity to learn how to ride a bike....they had a wheelie good time!!!


This week we have been learning about the celebration of Diwali, the festival of light. The children have explored how Diwali is celebrated, who celebrates it and how the celebration is similar/different to other celebrations such as Christmas and Birthdays. 

The children have enjoyed making firework pictures, tasting different foods that may be eaten during Diwali and making rangoli patterns. 



For the next 2 weeks our topic is pirates. The children will be hunting for treasure sounds, creating treasure maps, creating pirates, painting pirate ships as well as creating their own pirate ship which we will test to see if it floats or sinks.


Take a look at some of our learning so far.

This week our reception children had their very first PE lesson. Wow were we impressed!

The children tried very hard to get themselves dressed independently (we only had a few pumps on the wrong feet). Mrs Hanslip, one of our PE coaches, taught us some fantastic fundamental skills and we loved moving to music and improving our jumping skills.  


What a fabulous first two weeks we have had....

Padiham Primary School

Burnley Road, Padiham, Burnley, Lancashire, BB12 8SJ

Tel: 01282 772496