Reception - Owls

Welcome to the Owls Class Page.
Miss Simpkin is the class teacher.
Miss Henderson is  the Learning Support Assistant in the class.
Mrs Nelson teaches the class on a Wednesday afternoon.
This page will keep you well informed of what Reception are learning each term as well as important pieces of information.

Home Learning (This page will be updated weekly):

As an increasing number of children are absent from school, due to self isolation, it has become important for the children not able to come into school to complete structured learning from home. This page will support parents and children to make the most of their time out of the classroom to ensure that their learning continues.

New activities for the children to complete together with an adult will be attached. It is important that these activities are completed. If you have any questions or need support, please feel free to send me a Dojo message.


Week beginning 1st June 2020

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Week beginning 18th May 2020

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Week beginning 11th May 2020

 Whatever next story sequencing.docxDownload
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Week beginning 4th May 2020

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 VE Day Facts Powerpoint.pptDownload
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Week beginning 27th April 2020

 Goldilocks and the three Bears Story Map.JPGDownload
 Rameenas Ramadan Story PowerPoint.pptxDownload
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Week beginning 20th April 2020

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 Split Pin Knight.pdfDownload
 St George And The Dragon Story PowerPoint.pptDownload
 St. George's Day Board Game.pdfDownload
 Word Lists for Set 2 Sounds.docxDownload
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Easter Holidays 2020

Here are some activities to try over the Easter Holidays:


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Week beginning 30th March 2020

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Week beginning 23rd March 2020

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Spring Term

The Places We’ll Go Topic

We began our Places We’ll Go topic by going on our own journey around the local area.  The children drew a story map of our journey.  We learnt the story The Train Ride.  We made a train and went on our own train ride around the school.  We drew story maps and acted the story out.  We learnt about old and new trains and talked our experiences about journeys on trains. 

We learnt the story of the Stuck in the Mud through a story map with actions, acted out the story. We enjoyed the story so much we made our Stuck in the mud story outside. We wrote sentences about what the characters say.

In Maths we have been learning about comparing numbers, ways to make 5, ordering numbers to 10 and addition up to 10. We did this using different resources. In Wild wood we have been learning to use tools such as hammers and drills.

Chinese New Year

We learnt the story of how each year was named. We tasted Chinese food and talked about likes and dislikes. We used Chinese symbols to write the animals and numbers to 10. We learnt how to say Happy New Year in Mandarin

Internet Safety Day

We listened to the story of Penguin pig and the importance of checking information is true and always telling our parents what we are doing on the internet. We designed our own posters to inform others on how to stay safe on the internet.

Valentines’ Day

We talked about who we love and how to show our feelings appropriately to others. We made cards and wrote kindness messages to people around the school.

Shrove Tuesday

We will make our own pancakes and have pancake races. We will learn about why Christians celebrate Shrove Tuesday and Lent.

Autumn Term

Getting to Know You

We have had a very busy term settling into St Michael’s learning about our school Core Values and the St Michael’s Code.  We learnt about some of the things that make each child unique  and talked about some of the similarities and differences of our friends and families.  We learnt about the stories of The Gingerbread Man and The Three Little Pigs. We acted out the stories on our stage outside. We also went on number and shape hunts around the school.

Outdoor Classroom Day – 7th November 2019

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning.  We completed our daily golden mile. We learnt stories in the outdoor classroom, we looked for 2D shapes in the outdoor environment, we learnt and played circle games.


We explored the stories of Winnie the Witch, we made wands, broomsticks and potions. We explored pumpkins and did a scientific experiment using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda inside the pumpkins.

Bonfire Night

We learnt about bonfire night and fireworks.  We used different media to recreate fireworks both indoors and outside.


We learnt about the Hindu festival of Diwali.  We listened to the story of Rama and Sita and acted out the story using puppets.  The children made missing posters to help look for Sita using their sounds to write the words to describe what she looked like.  We made Rangoli patterns outside our classrooms using chalk.


We talked about why we wear poppies and made remembrance poppies to hang in the wild wood. We also made a poppy display in the classroom windows using our hands to make the poppy shape.

Core Values

We explored one of the school’s Core Value – Include.    In our House groups we learnt about the bushfires in Australian and the word community. We talked about how everyone in Australia are working together as a community to help each other and the animals affected. We looked at how we are a community at St Michael’s and that we are part of the community of Colchester.


We have learnt about the traditions and stories of Christmas.  The children worked with Woodpecker’s class to perform the Nativity story in front of their parents and the whole school.  We enjoyed a visit to Colchester Zoo where they helped the elves work out if penguins would be a good replacement for Father Christmas’ reindeer and then met Father Christmas himself!



10 – 15 minutes each day  on reading.

P.E Days

Every Thursday the children have a PE lesson. For PE we wear red shorts or jogging bottoms in cold weather, white t-shirt with St Michael's badge, plimsolls/trainers .


All Uniform can be purchased from Brigade online store

Wild Wood 

Every Wednesday we visit our wildlife area in school.  The children wear coats and wellies when we visit the area.

Book Changing
We change reading books every Monday and Friday and library books every Friday
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