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Cottesmore Academy

Think, believe, dream, dare…


Welcome to Reception.  Our classes are called Ducklings and Cygnets.  Our Teachers are Miss Pick, Mrs Charnock and Mrs Heywood and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Simons and Mrs Brittain.

Raft building experiment - 26/05/17


As part of our theme, we have been building rafts for pirates! The children built their own rafts and then tested how many cubes their rafts could hold before it began to sink. The winning rafts held 28 cubes!

Belton House Trip- 25/05/2017


We had a wonderful day at Belton House with KS1. We had lots of fun exploring the adventure playground and going pond dipping! The children found lots of different insects and other pond creatures, one group even caught a fish! 

Bean planting- 23/05/2017


Our topic this summer term has been 'Once upon a time.' We have been looking at Jack and the Beanstalk in our Talk for Writing and we have been planting bean stalks this term in pots then planted them outside.

Curriculum Overview - Summer Term

Superhero Day! - 27/02/2017


In Reception all of the children came to school dressed as their favourite Superhero to launch our new topic.

Chinese New Year- 26/01/2017


In Reception we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We have been tasting different Chinese foods, making lanterns to celebrate and we have been practicing our Dragon dancing!

Snow Day! - 13/01/2017


The children had lots of fun exploring in the snow. They made snow pies and made (very small) snowmen!

Snow Day! 13/01/17

Bikeability Balance- 19/01/2017


We had Bikeability Balance come to our school to teach the children how to ride a bike! The children all learnt how to balance on a bike and had lots of fun!

Curriculum Overview - Spring Term

Our new outdoor area. From this....


The children in Reception have had a fantastic start to the school year! As well as all the amazing learning they have been doing in the classroom they have enjoyed watching something very exciting taking place in our outside area.  It was really fun to watch the digger and other machinery get to work and we've enjoyed playing in and around all the new buildings now that they are built.  Our brilliant new facilities will be ready to play with properly very soon so please watch this space...

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Picture 2 Jotting down what's happening.
Picture 3 Keeping a close eye on things!
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Picture 6 A glimpse of our new planters.
Picture 7 The back of our mud kitchen.
Picture 8 Our new water wall.

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Lots of fun can be had in our new outdoor area which comprises of a fantastic mud kitchen, a construction area, den making area, a roleplay shed, chalk boards and a water pump area. 

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Sinterklass- A Dutch Tradition 05/12/2016 


Last week we  were learning about the Dutch tradition of Sinterklass and Zwarte Piet.  The children have been painting their own wooden clogs in order to leave them out for Sinterklass tonight in the hope that he will pop into Cottesmore and leave the children some candy for working so hard.

Remembrance Day Carousel - 10/11/2016


Look out our stunning potato print poppy pictures, our yummy poppy biscuits and our creative playdough poppies.

Bonfire Night - Friday 4th November 2016


A fantastic afternoon working together to building our own class bonfire, followed by campfire songs, yummy marshmallows and hot chocolate.

Diwali -  03/11/2016 


During our carousel session this week we focused on Diwali.  As well as looking at what Diwali is and how it is celebrated the children created their own Diya lamps,  Coconut Barfi (Indian sweets) as well as producing some fantastic Diwali pictures.

Autumn Walk - 29/09/16

Roald Dahl Day- 16/09/16


The whole school enjoyed celebrating Roald Dahl Day by dressing up as a character from one of his books.

Autumn Term - Curriculum Overview