Gotherington Primary School

The Lawns, Gotherington, Cheltenham, GL52 9QT

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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Leader/Class Teacher:
Miss S Artus

PPA Teacher: Mrs Gassor

Teaching Assistants: Mrs K Gibson and Mrs J Skinner

Early Years education is the foundation upon which children build the rest of their lives and it encompasses all learning. We aim to build upon that which you so ably started before your child started school.
The Reception Class is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) where the children learn through play, engage in exciting hands-on experiences and develop a wealth of knowledge. We follow the curriculum as set out by the government covering the three Prime areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), Communication and Language (CL) and Physical Development, and the Specific areas of learning: Literacy (L), Mathematics (M), Understanding the World (UW) and Expressive Arts & Design (EAD). All areas of learning are important at this stage and the planning and activities are based around this.
We aim to cover a range of topics, each focusing on particular Areas of Learning and Early Learning Goals. Our topics include, All About Me, Let’s Celebrate, A Seaside Adventure, Off We Go and Beanstalks and Butterflies.

The staff within the Reception class work closely together to ensure that the provision available to the children is well-resourced and planned in depth to maximise the learning of each individual in a safe and exciting environment. We hope you enjoy browsing through our gallery!
End of Topic Celebration Day 5th April

The children celebrated the end of their travel and journeys topic by coming to school dressed up to represent a country. They took part in a range of activities including making a Chinese dragon mask, creating an African necklace, make a British double decker bus, Aboriginal dot painting and making snowman biscuits! Thank you to all the parents who offered support for the day, the children had a fantastic day!

Gingerbread baking! 27th March

This week the children have been learning all about gingerbread. We have learned how to make gingerbread by writing a recipe, labelling the ingredients and we have also made gingerbread men! The children had to be clean and tidy when they were cooking and decorating. They also learned how to follow several instructions. We made some fantastic gingerbread people!

Family Friday 24th March

On Friday we invited parents into class to help the children make gingerbread houses and decorate gingerbread men. It was a lovely sunny day so we also spent some time playing in the Reception Garden. Thank you to all the parents for coming to visit!

Comic Relief 24th March

On Friday the children came to school dressed in red to raise money for Comic Relief. We did a whole school wake and shake in the hall and talked about why we were raising money.

Travel Agent visit 23rd March

On Thursday a travel agent called Faye Jones visited our class. We asked her lots of questions and she told us about her job. The children were then super keen to use our class travel agents to book lots of holidays!

Welly Walk 17th March 2017

The children went on a welly walk this week and they worked in groups to make plant pictures using sticks, grass and other outside resources. They created some fantastic pictures!

Family Friday 10th March

On Friday we invited parents to come into class and take part in 'We're Going on Bear Hunt' activities with the children. We had lots of fun and it was great to see so many parents in class!

Outdoor Games 9th March

The weather was nice and sunny so we decided to head outside to practise some games skills. We practised bouncing a ball and catching a ball. We also practised throwing the ball the a partner. Great work Reception!

Making Shapes!

The children have been learning all about 2D shapes this week. They have used multilink cubes to create shapes that they know. We have also traced shapes, sorted foods that are different shapes and hunted for shapes in our outdoor area!

World Book Day 2nd March 2017

The children celebrated World Book Day by coming into school dressed as their favourite book character.

Pancake Day!

The children used syrup and fruit to create tasty pancakes for pancake day!

National Waterways Museum Trip 24th February 2017

Reception class visited the National Waterways Museum at Gloucester Quays. They took part in a canal workshop, looked around the museum and had the chance to use lots of the interactive exhibits. The children were superstars and were very well behaved throughout the long and busy day!

We went on a Bear Hunt!

For the start of our new topic. 'Off we go' which is all about journeys and travelling, we went on a Bear Hunt around school! The children came up with actions to help them retell the story and then we created a story map when we got back into class.

Jelly writing!

Today the children have been learning the sound 'j'. We decorated jumpers in our phonics books and then we wrote the sound 'j' in jelly! It was very messy but super yummy too!

Happy Christmas!

Reception children and staff would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas!

Parent Christmas Suprise

The children in Reception had a special Christmas surprise today. We had Christmas elves (the children's parents) come into class, while we were out, to decorate it! Thank you to all the parents who came, our classroom looks fantastic!

Children in Need 2016

The children dressed up in spotty clothes and donated money for Children in Need day. We took part in a whole school wake and shake.


This week as part of our celebration topic the children have been learning all about Diwali. We have drawn some fantastic Rangoli patterns using chalks and made Rangoli patterns using different seeds. We have created a lovely display of our artwork near Reception class. Please come in and see it!

Greek Day

The children have been learning lots of different sounds. We learnt the sound 'g' and talked about the country Greece. The children got to try different Greek food including pitta bread, houmous, tzatziki and olives. Some of the food was yummy!

Firework Biscuits

This week we have been learning all about firework celebrations! We decorated biscuits using lots of different coloured icing and added some sweets for sparkly firework decorations!

Firework painting

The children have created brightly coloured firework paintings using cardboard tubes and lots of glitter!

Autumn Welly Walk

The children went exploring on the school field. We put our welly boots on and played in the Autumn leaves. It was so much fun! We made leaf angels, collected treasure and made big piles of colourful leaves.

Paper plate faces

The children used different materials to create their own paper plate face. We talked about what colour eyes we have and what other features are on our faces. We also talked about how we are all different and we don't all look the same. Children used cutting and sticking skills to make their paper plate faces.

First PE sessions

Reception children have been trying really hard to learn how to get changed into PE kits. We have started to develop our fundamental movements skills like running, skipping and jumping. The children followed instructions really well and thoroughly enjoyed our colour action game for the warm up!

Water Play

Reception has a new outdoor water area called 'Water World'. The children have thoroughly enjoyed playing with the water features and new pipes!

First Week of School

The children in Reception have been settling into their new classroom. They have explored the resources and settled in to the new routines really well. Well done Reception!