Plough Road, Great Bentley, Colchester, CO7 8LD

01206 250331

Great Bentley Primary School

Growing together - making a difference

Walkaround dates for September 2023 Admissions

If you would like to come and visit out school prior to applying for a place for September 2023 admissions, we are holding walkaround dates on Wednesday 21st Steptember at 1.30pm and Wednesday 12th October at 9.30am.  This is an opportunity for you to come and see our school during the school day and to ask questions to our Execuitive Head Teacher or a member of the Senior Lead Team.  Please contact the school office on 01206 250331 to book a place.  We ask that a maximum of 2 adults attend.  These events are for parent/carers only as there will be opportunities for the children to be welcomed at a later date.  Thank you.


Welcome to Reception

Summer 2022

Little Human Planet

Welcome back to you all - we have a busy summer term planned and we hope you are ready for it! :)

Please take a read of our summer term newsletter - the main things to remember are: 

We have PE now on a Tuesday and Thursday

We will be setting homework each week - just to ease the children into things ready for Year 1

Please do keep reading with your child - they are really enjoying collecting their book worm badges!


Last week we took part in visiting the French Artist Gallery - Prepared and hosted by Mr Godfrey in school.

Welcome to Reception!

Spring 2022


Our P.E. days are Monday and Thursday. Please come to school in your P.E. kit.

This term our learning will be based around 'Travel and Transport'. Our newsletter can be found below. Take a look for what's in store! 

This week we have created some amazing art work inspired by the artist Peter Thorpe. We used a range of techniques to paint the background before adding our rockets.

We had great fun in 'Bike Week' practising our cycling on the playground! We learned to cycle in the right direction, stop for pedestrians and .weave around cones!

Look at our learning!

In our first week we made lots of different faces. In our second week we used coloured paint to show our feelings.

Show and Tell in on Thursday. Please email a picture if you have something special you would like to share. (You don't have to do it every week.)

We developed our fine motor skills by making war memorials for Remembrance.

Physical development: Fine motor skills

 We spend a lot of time developing our fine motor skills. We use lots of different tools to help us.

Physical Development: Gross motor skills

 We have lots to learn inside and outside: climbing, balancing, running, jumping, hopping and lots more!

Cross- curricular learning in the nature garden.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Here is an outline of the regular weekly events.

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday morning the children have Mrs Whyte, Wednesday afternoon, Thursday & Friday the children have Mrs Chase.


Monday – Mindful Monday starts us off with a new story focus and a new theme from our PSED lesson. We will have a circle time where we use the ‘talking spoon’ to give everyone chance to talk and practice their listening skills. We join the whole school reading assembly – where reading is shared and celebrated and book worm badges are awarded.


Tuesday – Talking Tuesdays and Toast Tuesday – we come together as a class and enjoy a piece of toast! – The children now access this independently, toasting their own bread, and adding butter and jam as required. We also encourage turn taking and table manners. (This should not replace your child's usual breakfast).

We have PE lesson on a Tuesday this term – Please arrive in school in PE kit. Trainers are required.


Wednesday - Wellies are our theme for a Wednesday morning – we take our learning outside – whatever the weather!  The children are required to bring in their own wellies, in a labelled bag on this day it may still be necessary to have a waterproof coat at times this term!  As the term progresses sun hats & sun cream will be needed!


Thursday – Thesaurus Thursday – today we will be introducing new words into each of our areas of learning. - Today is the day for show & tell you are welcome to send in a photo to our class email address that we can put up on the screen for your child to talk about – rather than bringing in the real object for them to talk about.  We have PE time on a Thursday – Please arrive in school in PE kit.


Friday – Fabulous Friday – today we have our music lesson in school with Mrs Minshall.  We have golden time on a Friday and chance to celebrate our school week together through the medium of dance! We also attend the whole school music assembly.

Download Homework below - it will be set each Tuesday and collected in on the following Monday.

If you have any questions or concerns, the early years team will be happy to help so just ask!

Exercise, sport and movement. 

SEND and well-being resources