Great Preston VC C of E Primary School

Believe And Achieve Together

Headteacher: Mrs Katie Pashley
Chair of Governors: Mr David Jordan

Preston Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8AR

0113 232 0034

Happy New Year!

We have had a great first week back in Reception - the children have settled back into their routines very well and we have seen lots of lovely learning and wow moments!

We have lots to look forward to this term and some key dates for your diaries are as follows:

Wednesday 15th January -  EYFS Bedtime Story Night 5.30-6.30pm 

Week comm. Monday 3rd February - Reception Cafe Visits

Wednesday 12th February - Reception parents Maths meetings


Sunday 3rd November

Tomorrow is the start of our favourite term in Reception Class! We are looking forward to seeing all of your lovely children in the morning and hearing about what they have been up to over half term.

Please can parents who haven't already, sign up to the school Parent Lite app ASAP. Once this has been done, we can share the gorgeous pictures we have of learning in Reception Class on our class page.

Please see dates for your diary for this half term and as always, please come and see us if you have any questions at all about your child / upcoming events.

Thank you

Reception team x:

Tuesday 19th November 5.30pm

Early Years Starry Night Event

Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th November

Parent Consultation Evenings

Tuesday 10th December 9.15am and Wednesday 11th December 2.15pm

Early Years Christmas Play

The weeks are just flying past in Reception! We are pleased to report that all children are settled and loving learning! Watch this space as we are awaiting all photo permissions to be organised and then we will share photographs of the lovely learning that is happening on here!

Thank you to all families who were able to attend our Harvest Service on Monday - the children loved having you there. 

We would love to see as many of you as possible at one of our phonics sessions this Wednesday - at 9.15am or 3.15pm in the school hall.

Finally - our sponsored Welly Waddle is happening on Friday 18th October at 9.15am. Letters and sponsor forms will be coming out this week and families are welcome!

Thank you as always for your support :)


Here is a picture of Mrs Fox's daughter on her first day of Reception Class (she's actually starting year 2 now!) You may want to do something similar...? :)

September 2019 - new school year... new cohort!

We are so very excited to see all of our lovely children and parents this week! We hope you are all well-rested and excited to get started like us! :)

Sport Day 2019!

Please find below the short video clips we were able to capture on Sports Day 2019!

We hope you enjoy!

New Arrivals...

Reception class have been waiting anxiously for the arrival of our chick eggs, and this week, we were delighted to have 8 new members of our class! The children have been extremely caring and loving to our new guests, and we have enjoyed looking after them, giving them cuddles and have even done some observational paintings!

Henry Matisse, shape hunts and a little light reading...

This week, we have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes, and even went on a shape hunt! We loved hunting for all things 2D and 3D in our classroom, and outdoors! Reception Class also learnt about Henry Matisse, a famous artist, and were even inspired to create their own unique Matisse paintings. We ended our week in our lovely library, where we did a spot of story sharing!

Tour de Yorkshire Fun! 2nd May 2019!

Reception class had a blast on Thursday to celebrate Tour de Yorkshire! We enjoyed riding our bikes and scooters, creating jerseys and helmet designs and of course watching the race on our big screen!

Our visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park was amazing! The children got so much out of the experience and were impeccably behaved. If you're looking for a day out idea over the Easter holidays, there were many parts of the park that we were unable to explore whilst there - and you only have to pay for parking so it is a cheap day out option! We hope you enjoy our photographs! :)

Reception Class Visitors...

This week in Reception Class, we have got some new friends to look after and observe. We have been lucky enough to keep some frogspawn in our class, and the children so far are loving them! Already in a few days, we have observed them move and change shape, and the children are enjoying learning about the life cycle of a frog! Here's a sneak preview...

British Science Week

Reception class went Dino-tastic for British Science Week! As we are learning about Henry Moore, we decided to create some dinosaur sculptures using clay and tools. Here are some of our creations below:

Pancake Day & World Book Day 2019

This week, Reception have had a busy week indeed! We have enjoyed a variety of pancake day activities, including spreading our own toppings on pancakes and tasting them! We have embraced World Book Day as everyone arrived to school in superb, creative costumes, where we had a fun-filled day of sharing stories, writing book reviews and designing book covers and bookmarks! Take a look...

Don't forget to spend your £1 book token too...

Our first week back!

This week, the children of Reception have loved being back after half term! They have all enjoyed planting their very own sunflower, which we are all excited to see grow over the next few weeks! As we have been lucky enough to have beautiful weather this week, the children soaked up the rays. Here are some snapshots!

Ni Hao to Chinese New Year  & Safer Internet Day

This week, the children of Reception have immersed themselves in Chinese New Year. We have been creating Chinese crafts, learning about the culture of China and tasting some Chinese food! Take a look at our week so far below...

Yo Ho, Yo Ho! A Pirate's life for me!

 Listen one, listen all mateys, Reception class have boarded this voyage to the land of addition...

This week, we have learnt all about addition, linked with our money theme and the children have loved purchasing all things pirate! 

Wonderful Writing and The Greatest Showman: Reception Edition                             

We have been working very hard this week in Reception. We have been enjoying writing our sounds in various ways, from big paper outdoors, to under the table and on huge sensory trays! As well as our writing, we have embraced The Greatest Showman within our classroom, and the children have loved putting on shows for the teachers and their friends! Here is what it looked like Reception style!


Bedtime Story Event - 16th January 2019!

Reception class hosted a bedtime story night where parents and children put on their pyjamas and enjoyed their favourite stories! The night began with Reception showing off their fantastic sound knowledge and reading skills! The story 'How to Catch a Star' was then enjoyed by all, and fun-filled story activities enhanced our usual classroom space. The mouth-watering hot choc station was a big hit, where children and parents' could sit back, relax and enjoy a cookie or two. Our feature photos are below...

Lost and Found Fun!


This term, our topic story is the fantastic Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. We have already embraced lots of different Lost and Found fun activities, both indoors and outdoors as we explore the story in detail. Take a look at what we have been up to in our first week back so far...

Christmas Cheer and our first class visit to Highfield's Care Centre!


Reception Class spread their Christmas cheer at our class visit to Highfield's Care Centre, as we sang our Nativity songs to the residents there. The children sang beautifully and danced along spreading their Christmas spirit! After the performance, we shared some of our favourite festive stories with the residents. Here are some of our Christmas pictures, both in and out of school!

Children in Need fun and Scooter training practise!

Reception Class does Jump!

Every morning, Reception Class participate in Go Noodle, which helps develop our gross motor skills and allows us to get our brains into gear on a morning! We have worked hard at practicing this dance routine 'Jump'. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Starry Night Event 

Reception class have loved learning all about Van Gogh's painting "Starry Night". Our classroom provision has been enhanced so the children can create their own rendition of the infamous painting across many areas! We particularly enjoyed hosting our own 'Starry Night' evening, where the children and parents' accessed many light-infused activities in the dark. Here it is a sneak peak at what the night consisted of....

We cannot quite believe that reception class have only been with us for five weeks. They are working so fantastically and have kept us on our toes with all of the different interests we have pursued over recent weeks. Some of the things we have covered are: We're Going on a Bear Hunt, dinosaurs, fairies, Autumn and mini-beasts!

We are looking forward to looking at 'all things spooky' in the run up to half term.


This week we have also begun our phonics lessons and pupils have had lots of fun searching the classroom for items that begin with the sounds we have been learning.



Wow! We are so completely impressed by our new reception class. They have settled so well and we are having the best time getting to know all of their individual personalities. Thank you parents for such fantastic support over the last week. We have included a few photographs of our class in action so you can have a sneak peek into life in reception class.


Reception Team :)

Only a couple of weeks until our brand new Reception Class start school! We hope you are feeling prepared and excited! Here is a reminder of the important dates and times for that week:

Monday 10th September

Pupils from other settings only (not GP nursery or Bright Sparks) 8.50 - 11.30

Tuesday 11th September

Pupils from other settings AND Bright Sparks 8.50 - 11.30

Wednesday 12th September 

ALL new starters (other settings, Bright Sparks AND GP Nursery) 8.50 - 12.30 inc lunch

Thursday 13th September and Friday 14th September

ALL pupils in for full days 8.50-3.05

We are so very excited to see all of our lovely children and parents soon! 

PS - Prepare for very tired children in the coming weeks ;)

Here is a picture of Mrs Fox's daughter on her first day of reception - you may want to do something similar.
Here is a picture of Mrs Fox's daughter on her first day of reception - you may want to do something similar.


The children had a fantastic transition day in Year One and had lots of lovely comments to make about next year. Here are a few of the things they are looking forward to: 

"going on the big playground"

"tricky Maths work"

"having real Maths books"

"taking our snacks outside"

"a new classroom"


Reception Class had a fabulous trip to Lotherton Hall. They really enjoyed exploring the gardens  and the wildlife area. We all sat down and had an ice cream in the sunshine. 

African Workshop

The children in Reception class really enjoyed their workshop with Karim the visitor. He told us the story of the Hyena and the Rabbit. The children really enjoyed finding out all about Africa. Karim played different instruments for us and we moved around as different animals. The visit really inspired the children and we have followed this up in class through orally retelling the story, drawing story maps and writing our own versions of the story. 


This week we had a special delivery in Reception class: some frogspawn. We have been watching it closely and already it has started to hatch and we have our own tadpoles. The children are very excited to watch as the tadpoles grow and change. We are trying to understand that growing and changing can take a long time and that they won't turn into frogs over night. The children have their own tadpole diary so that we can record our observations as they grow and change.


Following on from the children's interests in money we decided to build a shop in the outdoor area. The children really enjoyed being a part of making this enhancement and some fabulous learning has taken place since. 

British Science Week. 

Today the children have been learning all about Science and carrying out different investigations based around our 5 senses. First of all we wanted to find out who had the best hearing- adults or children? So we did a hearing test and we found that children have the best hearing. We also investigated a range of objects to see which different sounds they made. 

We also investigated our sense of smell. the children had some mystery smell pots that they had to try and use their sense of smell to recognise what was inside. They really enjoyed trying to work them out and recorded their ideas. 

We carried out lots of different investigations and some of the children thought of their own lines of enquiry. 

 Reception Class had a visit from the police. The children had all prepared a number of questions that they wanted answering. We interviewed the officer and found out lots of information.  The children looked at all of the equipment and the uniform, she even let us try on the handcuffs!  We showed the officer our police station that we have made in class and she gave us some ideas of things that we could add. The children all listened really well and spoke confidently to the officer. 


Last half term a mysterious object crash landed onto the school field and the children were so excited that they decided to learn all about Space. We turned our role-play area into a space ship and read lots of stories related to space and aliens. It was exciting to explore many new and interesting things such as Jelly aliens and space slime. 


We enjoyed a visit from the Yorkshire Planetarium. We were able to imagine going into space and seeing all of the planets and stars first hand.