Murphy Class Reception

Welcome to Murphy Class!


We are so excited that we can meet all of you, on Thursday 2nd September 2021.

Here are is our timetable for the first three weeks:

Week commencing 2nd September - Drop off at 8.45am at the St Mary's Road school gate.

                                                    - Pick up at 1.10pm from the St Mary's Road school gate. 

Week commencing 6th September - Drop off at 8.45am at the St Mary's Road school gate.

                                                  -  Pick up at 2.00pm from the St Mary's Road school gate.

Week commencing 13th September - Drop off at 8.45am at the St Mary's Road school gate.

                                                   - Pick up at 2.00pm from the St Mary's Road school gate.


Then, our regular timetable will be:

Week commencing 20th September     - Drop off at 8.45am at the St Mary's Road school gate.

                                                    -  Pick up at 3.15pm from the St Mary's Road school gate.


Our Class Rules.

We can show we are ready for good learning.

We are kind to our friends.

We share nicely.

We always walk in the classroom.

We all tidy up and look after our resources.

Hello Reception , I am Miss Richardson, your Class Teacher, I am really looking forward to learning and sharing lots of fun activities and challenges with you.  I will be at the school gate at the start and end of each day.  Grown-ups please come and say "Hello".  All of us, in our EYFS team, are looking forward to an exciting year with you all.

If you missed looking around our classroom, please go to the website Homepage, follow the link to the 'About Us' section and then click the link to access - 'Reception Intake 2021'.

How we learn in Reception.

We always plan from our children's Next Steps because you are all unique and learn in different ways. We love to link our learning through the wonderful and numerous books we read in class.


Long Term Planning 2021 - 2022

Information for Parents


Our outdoor classroom is as important as our indoor classroom.

Jill Murphy 

We are named the Murphy class after the author, Jill Murphy. Our favourite books by Jill Murphy include 'Peace at Last', 'Whatever Next' and the series of books about elephants in the 'Large Family'. We have our class mascot called Bert(who is on holiday at the moment).

This Summer, we had some visitors in Reception,  we wonder what they will turn into...

NSPCC- Number Day 2021

We enjoy acting out our stories, using puppets in a puppet show.

Reception showed resilence and perseverance as they became super Speed Stackers.

We used flowers and blossom from our cherry tree to make perfume.  We mixed them together and poured them into bottles.  The smell was gorgeous!

We had a lovely surprise this week, we went on our new Trim Trail.

We are getting our allotment ready to grow some vegetables.  This week we planted some potatoes.

We have had fun learning about money, this week.  We have used real coins and notes and played games on our Interactive White Board.

We had such fun, using teamwork with our parachute and ball in our 'Garden'.

We looked at and taste the different fruits from the story - Handa's Surprise. We also did a fruit survey to find out our friends favourite fruits!

We have started our new story - 'Handa's Surprise'. We used the instruments to make music to go with the story.

We loved playing in the snow this week!  We spoke about how snow feels and what makes snow!

Happy Chinese New Year! 

Xīnnián kuàilè

We have started our new story - 'Peace at Last'.  We acted out the story and played musical instruments to express how the story made us feel and how the bears would feel.

We went on the playground and completed our 15 Minute Mile.  Whilst we were outside, we enjoyed a class game of '1 more, 1 less' with a giant Snakes and Ladders grid!

We are subitising superstars in Reception!  Subitising means we can look at an amount of objects, things, spots etc and know how many there are without counting!

We listened to the 'Cave Baby' song and used musical instruments to play along to the song.  We made sure to listen to how the music sounds and change how we play the instruments!

We made a cave from different materials and textures, linked to our story - the 'Cave Baby'.

Merry Christmas from all of us.

Christmas Jumper Day 2020

We had a special visitor in Reception this December...

It's December! In Reception, we are very excited for Christmas to arrive and have been busy getting the classroom Christmas ready!

In R.E. we watched some videos of people dancing at Diwali and tried it out ourselves!


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We have been learning about Diwali - the Festival of Light. We have made decorative Rangoli patterns, lots of firework pictures, clay Diva Lamps and have had lots of fun!

We took part in the 2 minute silence for Remembrance Day.  We spoke about poppies and created some out of recycled bottle bases. We safely used a glue gun to stick black bottle lids into the centre of the poppies.  All of this helps us to remember. 

We have been reading our new story - 'The Gigantic Turnip'.  We made a delicious vegetable soup, just like the turnip stew in the story.  We peeled and cut vegetables safely and then got to taste our vegetable soup.

Repeating patterns in Maths!

We have been learning about repeating patterns. We are fantastic at making them! We have also been learning how to correct our patterns, if we notice we have made a mistake. We are also spotting patterns in everyday objects such as stripy scarves and spotty tops.

'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'.

We enjoyed joining in with mindful stretching to the story, 'We're Going On a Bear Hunt'.  We were fantastic at joining in!

We loved taking part in, 'Squiggle While You Wiggle'.  This activity helps us to strengthen our Froggy Fingers and fine motor skills, to give us beautiful writing.


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We use pom-poms and streamers to make large and small movements.


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First, we went through the 'swishy, swashy grass'.


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Next, through the river - 'splash, splosh!'


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Then, through the mud -' squelch, squerch!'


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Through the 'swirling, whirling', snow storm - 'Hoooo Woooo! Hoooo Woooo! Hoooo Woooo!'


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For our class story display we made Puffy Bears.

We discovered how to demonstrate positional language in Maths. 

We have been doing our Funky Fingers activities, which help to build the muscles in our hands to give us beautiful writing.

Here are some of our colourful class displays.

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