Castleton Primary School and Children's Centre

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Green Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS12 1JZ

Andrea Riley and Alistair Darnell (co headteachers):

0113 2637756

Castleton Primary School and Children's Centre

'Unlocking Potential'


Welcome to Reception!

In reception, we are very lucky to have two classes. We have individual classrooms but the children are free to move between both classrooms and our fantastic outdoor area during their continuous provision. 

We have: Miss Gains (Class Teacher for RG)

Miss Rushworth (Class Teacher for RR)

Mrs French (Teaching Assistant) 

Miss Hesson (Teaching Assistant) 

Mrs Bosworth (Teaching Assistant) 

We are looking forward to welcoming all of the children into Reception, and you may have some questions about your child starting school. Here are some we have answered:

You will: 

  • make friends

  • share and take turns with friends

  • choose your own learning

  • do lots of group activities 

  • learn how to be part of a team

  • learn about stories and books

  • learn how to tell and act out stories

  • paint, draw and make models

  • learn about numbers and counting

  • learn about shapes, money and other maths

  • use lots of different toys and play with things like sand, water, bikes, jigsaws, puzzles, whiteboards, scissors, pens, crayons, glue, animals, cards, trains and many more! 

  • learn all about phonics to help you to read and write 

  • go on visits out of school

  • sing and dance

  • learn to look after our school and classrooms

  • have lots of fun!

  • a book bag

  • your water bottle

  • a huge smile

Autumn 1

This half term we are looking at the book ‘Dear Zoo’. We will be learning the story and about all the different animals in the book. The children will be making their own puppets and masks to help them retell the story as well as drawing story maps to help us remember all of the words. We are going to be looking carefully at the different patterns on the animal’s skin and making our own animal patterns. We will be using the instruments to make music to match the different animals.  


In maths the children are learning lots of counting songs including 5 little monkeys, 5 little speckled frogs and 5 little elephants come out to play. As well as practicing our counting through playing lots of games and learning about sorting and patterns.  


You can support your child at home by talking to them about the story ‘Dear Zoo’ and asking them about the different animals. You can practice singing the counting songs and encourage your children to use their fingers to show how many are left. Please see Schoop for the weekly newsletter to see what the children have been learning each week and ideas of what to do at home.  

Autumn 2

Well done to all the children for settling into school so well. We are blown away by how the children come to school and start their learning.

 We have loved learning about 'Dear Zoo' last half term. Some children even stood up in an assembly to retell the story! We learned about autumn, and went on an autumn walk. 

In our Literacy work this half term, we are looking at the 'Three Billy Goats Gruff' story by Paul Galdone. If you would like to watch the story being read aloud, there is a YouTube clip below. We will be learning to retell the story using different resources such as story spoons, story stones, puppets and toys. Outside, we will be making our own bridge using our building equipment, and even maybe pretending to be the troll underneath!

In maths, we have been learning from the school's 'Maths No Problem' scheme. The topics we will be covering include; patterns, counting, time, composition of numbers up to five and shapes. If you would like any more information on the scheme we're using, please speak to us on the door in the morning or at the end of the day.

We're looking forward to preforming our nativity performance for all the parents and carers in Reception. Our performance date is the 13th of December. We will be sending home song lyrics and some children may have speaking parts to learn at home. 



Spring 1

Well done to all of the children for a fantastic term at school. We have loved settling into our routines and it's lovely to see how much we have developed in our work and play. 

We enjoyed learning about the Three Billy Goats Gruff story. We acted out the characters and lots of us practiced being the mean troll, trying to eat the goats! The Nativity was a huge success and we would like to thank all of the parents and carers for their support.

Our story this term is all about the book 'Owl Babies by Martin Waddell'. We will be delving deep into the story and using it to enhance our other areas of provision. The children will learn to retell the story using puppets, story stones and fancy dress, alongside learning about owls and their habitat. We will look at where they live and explore other animals that are also nocturnal.

In maths, we will be continuing to follow our Maths No Problem! scheme. We will focus on topics such as counting and ordering, addition, comparing numbers and patterns. If you would like any more information on the scheme we're using, please speak to us on the door in the morning or at the end of the day.

We're also looking forward to Spring 2 where we will be hatching chicks in the classroom! We can't wait to learn about the life cycle of a chick and to watch and explore them.