Lees Primary School

Putting Children First

Part of Bronte Academy Trust

 Welcome to the Reception Class page where you can keep up to date with all the super learning that is going on in our classroom.

In Reception, the class teacher is Mrs Harker.



Summer 1 - Do Crocodiles go to the Dentist?

During Summer 1 Reception class will be learning about extraordinary eggs.  Who lays them? What hatches out? Does every egg look the same?

We will look closely at crocodile eggs, how and where crocodiles live around the world, what they like to eat and about their teeth.

Our children will be learning lots about their own teeth too.  How to look after them and why it is so important.

We will also be learning about and celebrating the Muslim festival Eid al-Fitr. Eid Mubarak!

A Mystery Egg!

Reception class came back from lunch one day to find a mysterious egg left on the carpet!  We had lots of questions...

Where had it come from?

Who did the egg belong to?

What was inside?

We did some research to help us understand how to look after an egg and made it a nest to keep it safe and warm.

A Sudden Disappearance!

We discovered a terrible mess in the Reception classroom and worryingly the egg had vanished!

We worked together and searched for clues...

Mud on the floor!

Puddles of water!

Footprints with pointy toes!

Claw and teeth marks!

We concluded that our egg must have belonged to a crocodile and she had returned for her egg!

We wrote messages and posters to warn everyone that there was a croc on the loose!

Oral Hygiene 

We read a story about Dagobert - a crocodile with a lot of bad teeth.  He had been eating too many sweets and sugary drinks and was not brushing twice a day.

Children in Reception have been learning how to take care of their teeth so they don't end up with cavities like Dagobert.


We have been very lucky to be able to take care of 5 duck eggs which have all hatched into beautiful ducklings.  We have learnt so much about caring for an animal and have especially enjoyed watching the ducklings swim for the first time.

Spring 2 - Why are caterpillars so hungry?

During Spring 2 Reception class will be thinking about minibeasts; including where they live and how to find them.  We will be looking after some caterpillars, watching them grow, make a chrysalis and transform into butterflies.  The children will be developing their observation skills and learning new words to help them express their ideas.

We will also be learning to spot the signs of Spring and how Christians celebrate Easter.

Art Gallery

These are our amazing observational drawings of our hungry caterpillars.

World Book Day

Reception Class enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book characters and sharing stories with their buddies from Year 5.

Spring 1 - The Adventures of Space Dog

Throughout Spring 1, Reception class will be following the adventures of a brave dog who was sent on a space adventure.  We will be inventing our own aliens, making story predictions, and finding out what it is like to live and work on the International Space Station.

Children will be learning about Chinese New Year, making decorations and having their own celebration.

Spring 1 Learning Snapshot

Autumn 2 - Light and Dark

Throughout Autumn 2, Reception Class will be thinking about light and dark.  Where does light come from?  What happens when it gets dark?

We will be learning about nocturnal animals, in particular owls.  We will begin our learning by exploring Owl Babies and welcoming some very special feathery visitors.

Children in Reception will be introduced to the Hindu Festival of Lights, Diwali.  They will also take part in the school's Nativity play as well as other Christmas celebrations.


Reception children have been learning about how the festival of Diwali is celebrated by people of the Hindu faith.  They made Diwa lamps and special bracelets to bring good luck.  We have explored the story of Rama and Sita to discover why Diwali is called the Festival of Light.

Owl Visit

Today we had a visit from some owls!  The children in Reception class were able to learn lots of new facts about owls and watch them fly in the school hall.  We had a fantastic time.

Autumn 1 - The Gingerbread Man

A Gingerbread Mystery - SOLVED!

Reception class have been wondering why the Gingerbread Man was so worried about going in the river!? 

We investigated to find out what happens to biscuits when they get wet and sound out they go very soggy and eventually start to dissolve!

Autumn 1 Learning

Resources for Home Learning

Spring 1 & 2

Autumn 2

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Teddy Bear's Picnic

We’ve had a wonderful time this afternoon at the Teddy Bears Picnic. It was lovely to meet all our Reception families and everyone enjoyed the Teddy Bear fun! 


Fairytale Ball

Reception have had a great time at their Fairytale Ball here at Lees - plenty of fun, games and dancing, as well as some lovely treats to enjoy!

As Mrs Startin is about to retire from Lees Primary School, she wanted to leave the children with a wonderful and memorable experience. They have all enjoyed time on the inflatable obstacle course which has been lots of fun! They've also enjoyed a cooling ice-pop which has been welcomed in the heat.

Mrs Startin and FoLees have shared the cost, so we would like to give them a very big thank you!

Queen's 70th Platinum Jubilee 2022

Reception children have spent the afternoon playing outside with their buddies in Year 6.

They've all had a lot of fun!

As part of their decade, Reception have been holding their own 2012 Olympics. The opening ceremony was yesterday and was full of dance and movement. The flags have been paraded and the games are now underway.

Lees Olympics 2012 - you are in for a real treat!

It’s been very busy in Reception recently. With the arrival of an egg, the children have been thinking how to look after it and what might be inside!
They’ve also had great fun working together outside and made the most of the lovely weather ☀️

The winner of the Reception Reading at Home Challenge for last half term is Maggie, so a very big well done from the Reception Team and everyone at Lees! The children are encouraged to read as much as they can at home so it's always fantastic to see children receiving this prize.

Well done to Maggie - enjoy your prize!

We are excited to announce the winner of the Reception Reading at Home Challenge for the first half term of the year. The children are encouraged to read as much as they can at home.

Well done to Jessica - enjoy your prize!

The Wonders of Winter

As part of the whole school art project Reception and Nursery worked together - experimenting with a variety of materials and  thinking about colour, design, texture and form.

We enjoyed the Art Day, loved getting our hands messy and are very proud of the work we have created!

Reception had a wonderful morning yesterday when they had 4 owls come to visit. As part of their topic learning all about nocturnal animals, they were able to hold one of the owls and felt the owls swoop above them. Thank you to SMJ Falconry of Oxenhope for bringing the owls to Lees and helping the children to learn lots of information.

Reception and Nursery enjoyed their visit from our local PSCO who came to talk all about Road Safety. They even learnt a new song - Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Lights!

 Reception children have enjoyed their first lunch here at Lees with lots of help from their Year 6 Buddy.