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It has been brought to my attention that some parents and carers are parking their vehicles on the yellow zigzags in the morning when dropping their children off.

Please, please, please can I ask that this does not happen.  The zigzags need to be left clear so that our children are safe on the road. We do not want any nasty accidents to happen.


Thank you for your support with this.


Miss Taylor


Bye bye butterflies

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Last week in reception we set free our beautiful butterflies, we all got together outside to say goodbye. We've been learning about the lifecycle of a butterfly and have been looking after them through the four stages of metamorphosis.

It's been a fun morning in Reception.

Today the children have been outside exploring, building and playing games using  their imagination. 

Here are some of the photos.... 

The children in Reception have been working independently to write their own versions of The Gruffalo.

They started by producing storyboards and then used these to write the stories.  They are incredibly proud of their hard work.


Enjoy reading them! 


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The Gruffalo Stories

The Gruffalo Stories 1 Thomas C
The Gruffalo Stories 2 Rosie H
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The Gruffalo Stories 5 Leah P
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The Gruffalo Stories 7 Grace M
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The Gruffalo Stories 9 Mia S
The Gruffalo Stories 10 Emmie W
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The Gruffalo Stories 12 Joshua B
The Gruffalo Stories 13 Harry W
The Gruffalo Stories 14 Ewan H
The Gruffalo Stories 15 Finlay R
The Gruffalo Stories 16 Tilly T
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The Gruffalo Stories 18 Ava D
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The Gruffalo Stories 20 Mya S
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Talk for Writing

During our Literacy work we have been thinking about The Gruffalo.  Today Miss Taylor and Ms Liddle asked us to work in 2 teams and use symbols instead of words to retell the story.

Can you use our symbols to read the story to yourself?



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We made a story map for the Mouse's Journey.  Can you make one for the Gruffalo. You could create your own actions to remind you of the story.

Look at our super writing about

The Gruffalo

We have used some special time words to write about who The Mouse met on his journey through the deep dark wood.


World Book Day 2016 - Getting ready...



This week, the last week of term, we have been really excited as we have been receiving lots of different clues.


First on Monday we were sent a log pile, second was a pile of feathers, third was what we thought might be a poisonous wart, fourth was all things that were purple and prickly. 


We thought really carefully about what we thought all these clues might be linked to and decided that our text must be going to be The Gruffalo. 

When our fifth and final clue arrived on Friday we were delighted to open up a copy of The Gruffalo.



Tonight after school something very strange has happened to part of the Reception Classroom.


I wonder if you can have a think who or what might be going to take a stroll through the deep, dark, wood?

We can't wait to get back to school after the holidays to find out!   

Chinese New Year 2016


This year it is the year of the Monkey.  We have found out lots of facts about how Chinese New Year is celebrated.  In Reception we are all either Tigers or Rabbits. 


We discovered from looking in information books and searching the internet that as part of the celebration people have Dragon Dances. 


We worked as a huge team to produce our own Dragon and then took it dancing following the beat of the drum.



Our topic this half term is all about caring for animals.  We will be thinking about a wide range of animals. Focussing on their needs and how humans help them.


In Reception we have our very own Vets Surgery, Pet Shop and Minibeast Adventure Den.  The children really enjoy taking on the different roles and responsibilities.  Learning through role play allows the children to develop their independent maths and literacy skills as well as their social skills.


Look at the fun we are having...





Look out for the information on animals needs and how we can care for them on the RSPCA website link below.  We have helped Jamal find a new home for his dog. We have looked at which animals are best as pets and which ones take lots of looking after. We know the important animal 'Five Needs'.

The Great Pet Sale 


One of the texts we have chosen is The Great Pet Sale by Mick Inkpen. We have our own 'Pet Sale' and we have been learning all about money and the coins that we need to pay for the animals.


There are lots of games and websites that can help children learn about coins and their values. Why don't you try the link below.






Author of the Half - Term

Our Authors of the half term are Ian Whybrow.  We have got lots of his books out in our book area and in our book boxes.  When you next visit the library why not see if you can find any of his books to share at home.  We would really like if you would bring them to share with us at school too.




Our nearest library is on Concord Way in Dukinfield.  Here is the link to its website for opening times etc...






We have really enjoyed Spanish Day.  We took part in Flamenco dancing, we spent time with Senora Buckley practising our Spanish colours and we even made our own Sangria!


These are the colours we know:

Rojo - Red

Azul - Blue

Amarillo - Yellow

Verde - Green


We used the colours we know to colour in some pictures on the computer.  If you would like to practise at home the link is...


We also made our own Sangria.  It was delicious.  We used the non-standard measure of cups.  Here is our recipe if you would like to make your own:


2 cups of cranberry juice

1 cup of orange juice

3 cups of lemonade

1 orange - sliced

1 pear cut into chunks


We put the cranberry juice, the orange juice and the lemonade into a jug.  Next Ms Liddle sliced the orange and chopped the pear (the knife was too sharp for us), then we added them to the jug.  Finally we gave the whole thing a good stir, poured it into cups and enjoyed it! 






 Miss Taylor ~  Miss Liddle

Mrs McCandless  Mrs Johnson ~ Miss Myerscough


Early Years 

Children learn best through play and Reception builds on the learning the children have learnt in Nursery or in other pre-school settings.

The EYFS curriculum provides:

  • quality and consistency

  • a secure foundation for all children for good progress through school and life

  • partnerships between different practitioners

  • partnerships between parents or carers and practitioners

  • equality of opportunity for all children

What children learn

A revised EYFS came into effect on 1 September 2014. There are seven areas of learning that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:

• communication and language;
• physical development; and
• personal, social and emotional development.

In addition there are four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

EYFS Profile

All early years providers must complete a profile for each child in the final term of the year in which they turn five. The main purpose is to provide an accurate assessment of individual children at the end of the EYFS. The profile describes each child’s attainment against 17 early learning goals, together with a short narrative about their learning characteristics.



When you are out and about please talk to your child about what happens in Autumn. Maybe you could go on an Autumn Walk?What could you collect? If you have anything at home that would support our topic please let your child’s Key Worker know as we would love to share it.


Home school books

Please remember to work with your child each week completing their Home School Books, looking through what your child has done at school that week and then sharing some of your home experiences with us. It really helps children build their communication skills and self-confidence. Please make sure it comes back to school on a Monday so that we have time to get it ready for the Friday.

Your child will be doing PE every Wednesday.  Please make sure that their PE is in school by this day.  They will need a white T Shirt, black shorts and pumps they can fasten themselves! Remember to name everything. 

Please remember to send in your child’s wellies as without these they cannot fully access the outside environment.  The rule is ‘No Wellies, No Bikes’

Reading Book 

Please make sure that this comes into school daily. We would really appreciate a short comment in the reading record book each time you read.
Library Book 

Every Wednesday your child will have the opportunity to choose a library  book to share at home. Please ensure it is returned by the following Thursday to allow a new choice to be made.
School day 

Please make sure that your child is at school for 8:40 each morning and then collected at 3:15. If someone different is going to collect at the end of the day please let your child’s Key Worker know.
Snack Money - This is now due and your child’s £6 snack money allows us to supply enhanced snack on a Friday as well as baking materials. Alternatively if you would like to pay £36 for the year that would be great.


If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to speak to us.



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  • Ravensfield Primary School
  • Clarendon Street, Dukinfield, Cheshire, SK16 4JG