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Grangetown Primary

Reception - Miss Holyoak


Welcome to the Reception page. Here parents/carers can find lots of important information regarding your child's education here at Grangetown Primary School. I am so excited to get started with our lovely class of 26 children. In the Reception classroom there will be two main members of staff. Miss Holyoak is the class teacher and Miss Pickering is the teaching assistant.  

 Miss Holyoak

Miss Holyoak

Miss Pickering

 Miss Pickering

What do the children need?

  • Water bottle
  • Reading book and Blue Reading Record Book
  • A warm coat 
  • PE Kit - to be kept in school and taken home to be washed half termly.

Important information 

  • PE is on Tuesdays
  • Blue books will be checked daily. We ask that children are reading 3 times a week at home, as a minimum. Please write a comment and sign the blue books when the children have read.
  • Please return Contact and Medical Forms as soon as possible.

Reading Volunteers?

We are also looking for parent/carer volunteers who would like to come into school weekly, to read with the children. Please contact the office or speak to Miss Holyoak if you are interested. If selected, one of the children you will read with will be your own child. Training will be provided. Please note that, before starting, a full (enhanced) DBS check is needed for all adults accepted as volunteers in school.

Summer 2 

Let's Adventure: Under the Sea

Summer 1 


We are really enjoying learning all about growing plants and the different types of minibeasts! 

Our three new core stories are really helping us to develop our knowledge on this topic. The new storybooks we are focussing on are...


We love our Tiny Tweeties song, linked to Jack and the Beanstalk! Listen below :) 

Spring 2

We have loved our new topic, all about animals! The children have been listening to two new core stories: The mole Who Knew It Was Non Of His Business and Animal Encyclopedia. We have been investigating different animal poo and guessing who the mystery poo belonged to! We have also been researching different types of animals from zoo animals to jungle animals! We had a special visit from Angela's Ark too! We held lots of lovely exciting animals. 

Spring 1

Reception class have been enjoying our new topic, all about Superheroes. We are looking at famous superheroes such as Batman and Spiderman, but also looking at Everyday Superheroes and people who help us such as doctors, police and firefighters. We have been reading our two core texts 'Supertato Veggies Assemble' and 'The Little Red Hen'. 

We loved making bread and tasting it- just like the hardworking hen! We have also tried all of the fruits and veggies in our story to see which one we liked best! Delicious. Miss Holyoak was also very impressed with our story re- telling! 



Autumn 2

We are very excited about Halloween this term! Autumn 2 is all about celebrations! We will be learning all about Halloween, Christmas, Bonfire night and Diwali. Every year the children enjoy making christmas cards, Diva Lamps and getting crafty with Halloween pumpkins and pictures.

We loved our visit to ASDA to buy some snacks and hot chocolate for a cosy reading morning! 



We are also very excited to learn all about Stickman!

Autumn 1

We are really enjoying getting started with our new Reception children! We are getting to know our new friends and settling in to the classroom environment. We are loving our core story 'Go Away Bird'. 

 The children are starting Monster Phonics and are learning the first sounds s,a,t and p. We are working on segmenting and blending to read. 

The children are also using their maths skills to subitise numbers 1-3. We are using our Nursery rhymes and songs to remember how to rote count to 10. We are also looking at Numberblocks and discussing how much they represent. Well done Reception.