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Reception HBL

Welcome to Reception HBL Class Page, the place for you to find out all the amazing things that have and will be happening in your class this year.

So click on each of the headings to find out more information about the given topics.

Your Class Teachers

This year you are lucky enough to have two different teachers within your class. You will have Mrs Hamm Balliu Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Lindop on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

You will also have Miss Kenney supporting in the class each day. 


PE will take place every Thursday.

For PE sessions please bring the following:

- Black shorts, legins or jogging bottoms

- White t-shirt or polo shirt

- Black pumps or trainers

It is usually best to leave your child's PE kit in school for the half-term so that it is always available to use.


It is important that your child brings their reading book into school each day as the days on which they will be able to read with an adult may change from time to time. It is also crucial that you listen to your child read each evening and ensure that you sign their reading record highlighting what they have read and how they performed.

Within this class reading records will be checked and books changed on a --.

Your children will also have two guided reading sessions a week and all focussed children will be sent home with a story bag for you all to enjoy. Please ensure that these get returned to school at the end of the week. 


Homework will be set on a Tuesday through our online learning platform, SeeSaw. A link for which is placed below:

All homework should be completed by the following Monday and will be checked by your teacher on this day. Please make sure that if you are having difficulties with the homework, that you contact your class teacher with plenty of time so that they can assist your child in its completion. In addition, the school also run a homework club which can really help support those children that struggle completing their tasks independently.


Our summer topic is: Are all vegetables super

Within this topic the children will be learning all about vegetables. Children will gain an understanding of what is healthy and unhealthy, along with making a range of healthy food. They will be reading the story 'Supertato' and they will rescue the frozen peas from the ice. Then they will find out who actually is the superhero of the story. The children will grow their own plants, and they will run their own supermarket roleplay area.

Our key text is Supertato

Our Personal, Social and Emotional focus for this half term will be...


  • Show an understanding of their own feelings and those of others, and begin to regulate their behaviour accordingly.
  • Set and work towards simple goals, being able to wait for what they want and control their immediate impulses when appropriate.
  • Give focused attention to what the teacher says, responding appropriately even when engaged in activity, and show an ability to follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.
  • Be confident to try new activities and show independence, resilience and perseverance in the face of challenge.
  •  Explain the reasons for rules, know right from wrong and try to behave accordingly. Manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs, including dressing, going to the toilet and understanding the importance of healthy food choices. 
  • Work and play cooperatively and take turns with others.
  •  Form positive attachments to adults and friendships with peers.
  • Show sensitivity to their own and to others’ needs.

Our Communication and Language focus for this half term will be...


  • Listen attentively and respond to what they hear with relevant questions, comments and actions when being read to and during whole class discussions and small group interactions.
  • Make comments about what they have heard and ask questions to clarify their understanding.
  • Hold conversation when engaged in back-and-forth exchanges with their teacher and peers.
  • Participate in small group, class and one-to-one discussions, offering their own ideas, using recently introduced vocabulary.
  • Offer explanations for why things might happen, making use of recently introduced vocabulary from stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems when appropriate.
  • Express their ideas and feelings about their experiences using full sentences, including use of past, present and future tenses and making use of conjunctions, with modelling and support from their teacher.
  • Use new vocabulary in different contexts. Ask questions to find out more and to check they understand what has been said to them
  • Connect one idea or action to another using a range of connectives. Retell the story, once they have developed a deep familiarity with the text; some as exact repetition and some in their own words

Our Physical Development focus for this half term will be... 

  • Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others.
  • Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing.
  • Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing. Fine Motor Skills
  • Hold a pencil effectively in preparation for fluent writing – using the tripod grip in almost all cases.
  • Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paintbrushes and cutlery.
  • Begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.

Our Literacy focus for this half term will be...

  • Demonstrate understanding of what has been read to them by retelling stories and narratives using their own words and recently introduced vocabulary.
  • Anticipate (where appropriate) key events in stories.
  •  Use and understand recently introduced vocabulary during discussions about stories, nonfiction, rhymes and poems and during role play.
  • Say a sound for each letter in the alphabet and at least 10 digraphs.
  •  Read words consistent with their phonic knowledge by sound-blending.
  •  Read aloud simple sentences and books that are consistent with their phonic knowledge, including some common exception words.
  • Write recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed.
  • Spell words by identifying sounds in them and representing the sounds with a letter or letters.
  • Write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others.

Our Maths focus for this half term will be...

  • To select shapes for a purpose.
  • Rotate shapes and manipulate shapes
  • Explain shape arrangements
  • Compose and  decompose shapes
  • Copy 2-D shape pictures
  • Find 2-D shapes within 3-D shapes
  • Explore sharing and how to equally group.
  • Explore even and odd numbers by sharing.
  • Play with and build doubles
  • Identify units of repeating patterns
  • Create and explore own pattern rules
  • Replicate and build scenes and constructions, visualise from different positions
  • Explore mapping. 

Our Understanding the world focus for this half term will be...


  • Talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society.
  • Know some similarities and differences between things in the past and now, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.
  • Understand the past through settings, characters and events encountered in books read in class and storytelling.
  • Describe their immediate environment using knowledge from observation, discussion, stories, non-fiction texts and maps.
  • Know some similarities and differences between different religious and cultural communities in this country, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.
  • Explain some similarities and differences between life in this country and life in other countries, drawing on knowledge from stories, non-fiction texts and (when appropriate) maps.
  • Explore the natural world around them, making observations and drawing pictures of animals and plants.
  • Know some similarities and differences between the natural world around them and contrasting environments, drawing on their experiences and what has been read in class.
  • Understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them, including the seasons and changing states of matter.

Our Expressive, Arts and Design focus for this half term will be... 


  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
  • Share their creations, explaining the process they have used.
  • Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories.
  • Invent, adapt and recount narratives and stories with peers and their teacher.
  • Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs.
  • Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and (when appropriate) try to move in time with music.