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Bickershaw Church of England Primary School

Welcome to

Bickershaw Church of England Primary School

Valuing the past, inspiring the present and ambitious for the future

Welcome to Our Reception Class


A big warm welcome to our class.  In Reception, we follow the 'Early Years Foundation Stage' curriculum.  This carefully planned, play based curriculum ensures that we learn skills and acquire new knowledge through 7 areas of learning and development.  These 7 areas are:


  • Communication and Language;
  • Physical Development;
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development;
  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the World; and
  • Expressive Arts and Design


Our teacher ensures that our activities are suited to our unique needs and interests.  In our class we learn by playing and exploring, being active and thinking creatively and critically.  Our learning takes place both indoors and outdoors. It's amazing how much we grow, learn and develop in the Reception class. 


The 'Parent's Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework' tells you everything you need to know about Early Years.  You can find a copy below.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask our teacher.

To find out more about our curriculum and how our teacher assesses our learning and development, please click on the links below.  You can also find our Early Years handbook which will explain what Early Years looks like here at Bickershaw Church of England Primary School.


 EYFS Handbook Sept 18.docDownload
 What to expect, when?.pdfDownload
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Take a look at our adventures so far...

Autumn Term 2018

At the beginning of term some very interesting creatures visited our school.  We found out all about Tarantulas, Giant African Land Snails, Bearded Dragons, Rats, Pacman Frogs, Millipedes and Corn Snakes.  It was very exciting and we were keen to have a hold.  Our observational drawings of the different creatures are wonderful!

Walks around our locality have enabled us to find out about different kinds of houses and building in Bickershaw.   We made some fabulous drawings of our homes and worked with our friends to create huge models.

We are so lucky to have beautiful school grounds.  Taking nature walks has become a much loved activity, especially when it ends with a flask of hot chocolate and a biscuit in our wildlife garden!  We collect interesting items during our walks and decided to make some botanical paintings.  We were inspired by the work of an artist from Cambridge.  We emailed our work to her and she was so delighted that she posted it online for her 'Twitter' friends to see.  We had hundreds of comments from all over the world and over 2,500 people 'liked' our paintings.

We have also been learning about how to keep healthy.  Our class trip to the supermarket was exciting.  We wrote shopping lists and bought all the things that we needed to make vegetable pizza and fruit smoothies.  Scanning the food and using the till was fun.  We made the food back in class with all our friends, it was delicious.  

Lots of babies visited our class and we were able to find out about how we grow and change.  We had lots of questions to ask!

Take a look at our experiences below.


Spring Term 2019

This term we have enjoyed lots of traditional tales.  We shared stories and made puppet shows for our friends.  We wrote a letter to baby bear inviting him to our class to make porridge.  The Gingerbread men that we made tasted delicious. We watched carefully as they cooked to make sure they didn't escape!  We have been re-telling and writing about our favourite stories.  Our writing is developing beautifully.

We love putting our wellies on and wrapping up warm to go on nature hunts. We took part in the ‘Great National Bird Watch’. It has been exciting to see lots of different birds in our school gardens.  We have been thinking lots about how to care for local wildlife.  Our bird table, nesting box and delicious homemade bird food has encouraged lots more birds to visit.  Take a look at our fabulous bird paintings!  

On February 5th, we discovered how people all over the world celebrate Chinese New Year. It was fun dressing up in traditional clothes. We made noodles and even managed to eat them with chopsticks! The fortune cookies that we made to share with our friends tasted delicious and we enjoyed sharing our good fortune messages.

World Book Day celebrations involved dressing up as our favourite characters.  We decided to make a class book all about animals.  We felt excited to be authors and illustrators - we shared our book in a celebration assembly and felt really proud of ourselves.

We are currently designing our class sensory garden and have been planting lots of beans and seeds.  After Easter we will visit Bickershaw Hall Nurseries to purchase many plants to complete our garden.   Most recently, we have made a pond for our frogs spawn.  We cannot wait to see the tadpoles hatch and frogs develop.  We have made lots of pictures and have kept frog diaries to document all the exciting developments.  

Take a look at our experiences below.


Summer Term 2019

This term we are finding out about lots of things that grow and change.  We carried out investigations to see what plants and seeds need to grow and be healthy.   We visited Bickershaw Hall Nurseries and helped to plant the seedlings.   After thoughtfully designing our new sensory garden, we bought lots of beautiful flowers to plant along with potatoes, strawberries, brocolli and tomatoes.  It was so exciting to collect and eat our produce.

We tended to our caterpillars with love and attention. It was fascinating watching them grow.  We were thrilled to let the butterflies free in our school garden.  We observed our tadpoles hatch from the frogspawn.  The arrival of our frogs was very exciting!

National Outdoor Classroom day was spent creating 'story sticks' using a variety of interesting items found in our school and church grounds. We were very creative and made a wide range of items such as pirate swords, fairy wands and unicorn horns.  

Our current African adventure enables us to enjoy the story of 'Handa's Surprise'.  We are loving finding out about life in a Kenyan village and are really creative re-telling the story.  We even built Handa's mud hut !  We visited Chester Zoo to find some of the African animals - it was such an exciting day.


Our time in the Reception class has been wonderful.  We have grown and developed so much. 

We are so excited about new adventures in Year 1 with Mrs Ellison and Miss Blakeley!