Castleton Primary School and Children's Centre

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Castleton Primary School and Children's Centre

'Unlocking Potential'


Welcome to Reception!

In reception, we have two classes. These are the Rainbows and the Sunshines.

In the Rainbows we have: Miss Hurrell (Class Teacher), Mrs Johnstone (Teaching Assistant), Miss Mandel (Teaching Assistant) and Miss Roberton (Teaching Assistant).

In the Sunshine Class we have: Miss Taylor (Class Teacher), Mrs French (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs P. 

All the children in Reception have made a brilliant start at Castleton. They are coming into school very sensibly and look really smart in their uniforms. We have been busy learning our new school routines, learning how to play sensibly in the classrooms and making new friends.  



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

The children have had a busy half term learning the story Owl Babies. Everyone did a fantastic job learning the words and the actions. Make sure you watch the videos of Sunshine and Rainbow classes telling the story. We then changed the words to create our own stories. Sunshine class have written a story about three tiger cubs and Rainbow class wrote about pigs. The children then had a go at making up their own stories they came up with some wonderful ideas including stories about whales, snakes and unicorns. 


In maths the children have been learning about numbers 6, 7 and 8. They have practiced recognising and writing the numbers, counting out that many, partitioning the number and adding and taking away. We have been practicing recalling number bonds to 6, 7 and 8.  


For our topic work we’ve been learning about babies and how we have grown up and changed since we were babies. We loved looking at baby pictures of the teachers and our friends and have been caring for the babies in the role play areas. We’ve learnt about what happens at night-time, nocturnal animals and ordering our own bedtime routines. 


Well done on a super half term Reception. 

Spring term

The children had a fantastic Spring term and all worked very hard. We learnt the story Rosie’s Walk and made up our own versions of the story including one set under the sea and another set in space. We enjoyed learning all about farms, different farm animals and where are food comes from including milk, bread and crisps. During science week the children made their own windmills and experimented with different ways to make the windmills spin – we found that Miss Taylor’s hairdryer worked the best. In maths we learnt about numbers 9 and 10 and the children worked really hard to learn the number bonds to 10. Well done for all of your hard work.  

This half term we are learning the text How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. The children will be learning the story using talk for writing actions, making their own story maps, and writing parts of the story themselves. We will then be making our own versions of the story by changing the characters and the setting. In maths we are focusing on comparing numbers, finding one more and one less than and solving problems involving sharing, doubling and halving. In topic we will be learning all about space, including learning the names of some of the planets, learning about famous astronauts and making our own space pictures and rockets.  




Our F2 Virtual Tour

Nativity Part 1

Nativity Part 2

Nativity Part 3

Nativity Part 4

Year 1 and 2 Christmas Song and Dance