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Blackbirds Class

Welcome to St Leonard's!

Thank you for choosing St Leonard's as the place for your child to grow and blossom through their primary school years.


Reception class is called 'Blackbirds' as each of our school classes are named after different birds.

We hope you enjoy learning about all the advenures and progress we make during the year!

You can contact school on  01254 247156 or either by email at or

Page contents

Please use the list below to navigate around the page, sourcing the relevant information you may find useful at this time.

  • Look at us learning! Each week we will add new photos of our achievements and adventures.
  • Have a look around your new classrooms! (Take a look at our photos and learn about all the exciting places to play and learn.)
  • Have a look around other places in your school.
  • Celebrating our learning - at the bottom of the page you will see photographs of achievements of last year's Reception children - these might be of interest to you.
  • Our Meet the Teacher Presentation. 

Look at us learning!

Week 5 - Noah's Ark

Look at us learning!

Week 4 Harvest - A Wet and Windy Day for Puddles

How lovely to think about thankfulness and where different foods come from. With a visit from Reverend Tracy and some autumn songs, our learning is going very well.

Look at us learning!

Week 3  Stick Man

We loved this story this week. We read it lots of times and had great fun building our own stick people! As you can see from the photos below, we had a very busy week indoors and outside.

Look at us learning!

Week 2     Creation and exploring our setting some more

This week we have begun thinking about how God made our world. We have enjoyed playing in a range of spaces and focused on interacting well with each other and making friends.

Look at us learning!

Week 1           Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs go to school

This week we have read the story 'Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs go to school.' We really enjoyed this story and explored the meanings of five words. These were thoughtful, belonged, nervous, special and excited. We have spent time trying to use these words independently. We have enjoyed playing in our dinosaurs world area, painting pictures of dinosaurs and having lots of fun!

Time for school - here we go!

Please take a look at the photographs below. They show you how our setting looks. We do make changes throughout the year that reflect the children's interests and next stages of development but these are a good starting point from which to share and talk to your child about their new school and where they will spend their time during their first year.

We are very lucky in Reception class to have our own set of toilets in the classroom. There is no need to worry about having to find the toilets when you start school. We will show you where they are but above is a picture of the bathroom door. As you can see the bathroom is next to our classroom sink and creative spaces.


Here is a photograph of our school MUGA. It stands for 'Multi use games area.' All children at school have time to play on this and you will too! We also have a grassed area, playground spaces and our amazing woods for lovely learning walks.

Meet the Teachers Presentation

Ideas for play...

Dear parents,

Please remember that learning and development in the early years looks very different to other age groups. When children are in school, they are learning but be reassured that much of what we do is plan for learning through play opportunities. We understand that the home environment is not a classroom setting (and neither should it be) but we want to provide you with some ideas about making the most of play situations that will be happening at home. Knowing these, we hope will give you the reassurance that you are providing play and learning time too.

  • Jigsaws - doing jigsaws at home provides endless opportunities for development. Talk about the shapes of the pieces and how they fit together. Count the pieces of the jigsaw and sort them out - all great maths skills. Do any of the pieces look similar or different? How? Why? Jigsaws can take some time and your child develops concentration skills throughout the experience and a real sense of achievement afterwards. Once complete, you can discuss what the jigsaw shows, why your child chose it and what they know about the picture they have made. TRY MAKING YOUR OWN JIGSAW - draw a picture on card, cut it up into different shapes and try putting it back together again.
  • GAMES - the possibilities for learning through games are endless. Whether they be literacy or maths based or simply for fun - there is something to be gained from these experiences. Talking, communicating and turn-taking are developing here. Understanding and waiting patiently and managing feeling of happiness of disappointment are all real learning points for children - the more games you can play...the better!
  • TOYS - many toys provoke children's imaginations and allow them to re-enact scenarios and develop their own story telling ideas. Encourage this kind of play. Watch and observe (or if you are busy - let them get on with it themselves) and then ask them questions about their story and what they are doing. Who are they being? What has/is going to happen?  Toys that involve an element of building are great for planning, designing and making - children learn to evaluate their models - looking to find the right pieces that they need and changing them to make them better. These are brilliant skills to see in young children - praise all their efforts. ENCOURAGE SOME EARLY WRITING - if your child makes a model or retells a story - ask them to draw a picture of it and write a sentence about it.
  • BAKING - cooking and baking (as long as closely supervised by a responsible adult) is a fantastic way for children to learn. Measuring ingredients, mixing and talking about the changes. Simple science - can you put a cracked egg back together? What did our baking look like before and after it had been in the oven? Numbers for temperatures, timing to see when things are ready are brilliant ways for children to understand how time passes.
  • WALKS - whilst we are allowed our daily exercise, make the most of any outdoor opportunities that come your way. Talk about the world around you, what is in our environment/community? Why do we need shops? Post offices? Railways and roads? How far are places to reach? What did you see on your travels? Seasonal changes... the list goes on. DRAW A MAP - when you have been outside, draw a map of the places you went to on a walk and the things you saw.
  • CRAFT - children often like to cut and stick and make their own creations. This is a wonderful skill to develop at home. Cutting skills, fine motor control and understanding what really interests your child through seeing them make their own ideas is a great thing to do at home and promotes learning across many areas.
  • COLOURING - brilliant to sit and have time to relax, talk and be calm together. Put some music on in the background and talk about how the music makes you feel as you colour together.

We had some building work done at school a couple of years ago and Reception class got a brand new classroom, including a bathroom. Here is a photograph of the bathroom sinks. Can you see the soap dispensers? They are easy to press so you can wash your hands well with soap after you have used the toilets and throughout the day. To make the water flow, you just press the top of the tap - it is really easy so please don't worry.

Woodland Adventures

We always have such an amazing time in the woods - here are some photographs for you to see how well the children achieve, develop resilience, problem solve and have such fun in the outdoors!

Blackbirds Nativity 2020

One of the highlights, at the end of Autumn term is performing a Nativity to our families and the rest of the school.  However, due to the Covid 19 restrictions we had to do things a little differently this year.

In our wonderful woodland, we performed the story of the first Christmas, which we filmed and have shared below for everyone to enjoy.

The First Christmas Part 1

The First Christmas Part 2

Reception Graduation -

the class of 2021!

We made it to the end of a difficult but successful year! Well done everyone - you have been amaazing!

Thanks to our friends at Fischy Music for their super songs and to the children for being such super stars!


We have enjoyed reading the counting story called 'One is a snail, 10 is a crab.' This helped us with our addition fluency. We also became snail artists - using a range of media to create our own beautiful snails. Each of us decided on the background for our snail artwork, taking a photograph of where we wanted our snails to live!


This week's story got us thinking about our planet and space knowledge. We wanted to fly to the moon like bear did in the story but instead we opted for making our own space craft.