Welcome! A warm welcome to our new Reception and Nursery intake who will be joining Rockmount Primary School in September.
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Rockmount Primary School

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Welcome to Reception!


Welcome to our Reception Classes


Amethyst Class

Class Teacher: Amber Vijayaratnam 

Class Teaching Assistant: Lydia Kazibwe


Tanzanite Class

Class Teacher: Simon Bendel 

Class Teaching Assistant: Michelle Verrall


Teaching Assistants across Reception: Anna Gruszecka


Reception Curriculum Map for 2017-2018


Half Term Topic Curriculum Area
Autumn 1st Half    The Wonderful World of Fairy Tales

Personal Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language

Understanding the World

Physical Development

Autumn 2nd Half Food and Festivals Understanding the World
Spring 1st Half Heroes and Villains

Personal Social and Emotional Development


Spring 2nd Half Spring and New Life
Understanding the World
Summer 1st half Animals Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Summer 2nd Half Water Expressive Arts and Design
Understanding the World

The themes have been chosen to ensure that there is opportunity to cover all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.


Although specific areas of the curriculum have been highlighted, we plan for all areas to enable the children to experience a variety of play-based activities during their time in Reception. 


If you have any queries, please contact the Class Teacher or the Learning and Teaching Leader for this phase: Amber Vijayaratnam.


Please read our termly curriculum letter for more information.

Autumn Term


The children have been settling in to school life and have been exploring the opportunities in the Reception classrooms. They have enjoyed spending time both indoors and outdoors. Have a look below at what they have been up to. 

We have been enjoying reading many Traditional Tales. We read the story ‘The Little Red Hen’. In the story, the hen makes bread from scratch but her farmyard friends were not very helpful!


We decided that we would work together as a team and make some of our own bread rolls from scratch!


Have a look below at our bread.

This half term, we have been learning about 'Food and Festivals'. We have learnt all about Diwali, Bonfire Night and are looking forward to learning all about Christmas!


We have been very creative this half term and have made Rangoli patterns for Diwali and rockets for Bonfire Night. Have a look at what we have made. 

We have also been learning about food and how to eat a balanced diet. This week we visited 'Pizza at the Palace' on Westow Hill. We made our own pizzas and tried some dough balls. We had a lovely time in the restaurant.
In Reception, the festive season is in full swing! On Wednesday 6th December, the children performed their Christmas Concert to their parents and carers. The children had worked so hard learning their songs and a great time was had by all. 

Spring Term

Since the Christmas break, Reception have been learning about 'Heroes and Villains'. We have been finding out facts about local heroes and people in our community that help us and our families such as firefighters, police officers and vets. We have also been reading lots of Superhero stories. So far we have read Traction Man Is Here by Mini Grey and Elliot, Midnight Superhero by Anne Cottringer. 
In January, the Red Watch from West Norwood fire station came to visit us. We had a great time learning about their important job and how to keep safe. 
In celebration of Chinese New Year we made bake in the oven veggie spring rolls. This year is the Year of the Dog. Which year were you born? 
This Term we have been reading a book called 'Superworm' by Julia Donaldson and we went to Chapel Manor Farm in Crystal Palace to make 'Superworm' wonderlands. 
Summer Term

This week, The Children's Yoga Tree came into school to begin yoga sessions with Reception and KS1. Amethyst Class loved practising the yoga moves.

This term we are learning about animals and this week we had two special Reception guests. First, we had Freddie's Chameleon, Rango visiting on Wednesday 25th April, then Ms Verral's dog, Pip on Thursday. A big thank you to both Freddie's dad and to Ms Verral's husband for bringing them in.