Heron Cross Primary School
Grove Road, Heron Cross
Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 4LJ

Tel: 01782 233565

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Reception 2018 - 2019

  Where each day holds a new adventure!


Mrs Dawson & Mrs Dickens 

 Mrs Bird and Mr Shenton


In Reception we provide every child with many opportunities to be involved in purposeful, playful and practical learning. 

The children are given the chance to take part in lots of different activities through the use of story topics, which encourages them to be creative and independent learners.

This term our  topic is all about the zoo

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Over the course of the term the children will be learning all about zoo animals through a range of different story topics including...


'We're going on a lion hunt.We're going to catch a big one."

"Through the long grass, the swamp and the lake, two girls decide to go and hunt a lion - they're not scared! We're Going on a Lion Hunt by David Axtell is a beautifully illustrated African retelling of the classic story. Full of magnificent animals, this fun and engaging rhythmical story is perfect for little adventurers everywhere!"


"Night Monkey and Day Monkey don’t think they have much in common. But when they each spend time in the other's opposite worlds, they learn a lot - and they also learn to be the best of friends."


"The Enormous Crocodile is planning what to have for his lunch. This foul fiend - the greediest croc in the whole river - wants to eat something juicy and delicious. His teeth sparkle like knives in the sun and he's getting hungrier and hungrier. But what can the greedy grumptious brute guzzle up?
Beware - he's looking for someone . . . someone who looks a lot like YOU!"


One fine day, in the middle of May,
The ladybird went on holiday.

"Those two bad men, Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh, are back! They may be in the city instead of the farm, but they haven't changed their thieving ways. In fact, they're even more ambitious. They're planning to steal a monkey from the zoo and use it to pinch the Queen's crown. It's a pity for them that a certain crime-busting ladybird is holidaying in the very same city . . . and she's got a good idea that will ensure the dastardly pair won't get away with it!"

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"The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!"


We love to immerse ourselves in our story topics by creating vibrant and exciting learning environments. This helps support our learning by encouraging and engaging us. We also create role play areas linked to the topics which enhances our imaginations and contributes in our ability to think creatively.

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                   We created our big art pieces using mixed media.

We began by drawing out pictures of zoo animals and inked the background. We then added torn pieces of a photocopy of our story topic book and painted over

the top to add texture. Finally we used glitter and more pastel to bring the pictures to life.

                                         Didn't we do a super job!

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We created super masks of the zoo animals using pastels. We looked carefully at the animal's faces to ensure we included the correct features.

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