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EYFS (Reception)

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage Reception Classes. Mrs Satchell is the EYFS leader. Our classes are called Oak and Ash. Oak class is taught by Miss Wagg on a Monday and Tuesday. Mrs Henry teaches Oak class on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Ash class is taught by Miss Hughes everyday apart from Tuesday, when Mrs Henry takes the class. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Parsons and Miss Mclean. 

Picture 1 Mrs Satchell
Picture 2 Miss Hughes
Picture 3 Miss Wagg
Picture 4 Mrs Henry
Picture 5 Mrs Parsons
Picture 6 Miss Mclean

PE: a week on a Thursday, the children will take part in a PE lesson in the school hall or on the playground. This may take the form of dance, games or gymnastics. Children are encouraged to get dressed and undressed for PE independently. If your child has pierced ears then please make sure that earrings are removed on PE days (Thursday). It really is important to name all items of your child’s PE kit, including plimsolls. Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit in a bag kept on their peg.

Reading at home:

Your child will bring home a reading book that is appropriate to their level of development. Initially, children may bring home a reading book that does not contain words. These books are essential for helping children to develop their story telling skills and understand how a story is structured. Children will then bring home books to consolidate the skills being taught in phonics sessions. Please read at home with your child as often as possible, it really helps them to develop their skills and confidence in reading. Please sign your child’s reading diary 3 to 5 times per week.

Welly Wednesday:

Every Wednesday, the children will go outside to take part in some outdoor learning. Please ensure that your child has a pair of wellies in school which are named. Children will need to bring outdoor appropriate clothes for a Wednesday afternoon, which they will then go home in at the end of the day. It is important that all of the items are named.

Our school day.

8.55 – 9.00 – Registration

9.00 -9.25 – Phonics

9.30-10.00- Guided Reading

10.00-10.15 - Snack time

10.15-10.25 – Handwriting/English focus

10.30 – 11.40 - Maths/English tasks 

11.45-11.55 – Mental maths

12.00-1.00 -  Lunch time

1.00 -1.05 Register

1.05 – 1.30 Whole class learning (Creative or Understanding the World )

1.30 – 2.45 Free Flow (Guided Activities)

2.45 - 3.00 Story time

3.00 – 3.10- Gather belongings, line up for home time

3.10 – Home time

Summer 2: 


Our topic for this half term is the Seaside. The story we will be learning about is 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch'. 

Our school trip to the National Forest Adventure Farm.


As we have been learning about 'Growing' as our topic this half term, we went to the farm to learn all about growing. We read the story of 'The Little Red Hen' and discussed how she made the bread. We went on a tractor ride and fed some animals. We also enjoyed all of the different play areas at the farm. We had a great day! Here are our photos below. 

We made our own Supertatos!

Summer One


Our topic this half term is growing. We will be learning about what plants need to grow and planting some of our own. Our new book this half term is Supertato. Our PE day has now changed to a Thursday. 

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Supertato and growing beans

Easter Paintings

World Book Day 

To celebrate World Book Day this year, the year 5 and 6 children came to read stories to us. We also visited Polesworth Library and had a talk to an author. She read us the book she had written! 

Pancake Day

Spring 2:


This half term Reception's topic is Mini beasts. The books we will be reading about in literacy will include Arggghhhh Spider! and What the Ladybird Heard. 


The children are now having Guided Reading sessions twice weekly with an adult, which will be new this half term.



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Visit to Polesworth Library

Making vegetable soup (The Gigantic Turnip)

The theme for Spring 1 is Fairy tales. We will be starting with reading 'the Gigantic Turnip' by Aleksi Tolstoy. Please see our curriculum overview below for what we will be learning about in each area. 

Curriculum Overview Reception Spring 1

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The children performed their play 'It's A Miracle in Town' on Tuesday 11th December. They were all superstars at singing and remembering their lines! 

The Nativity

The Nativity  1

Visit to Baby Jesus

Visit to Polesworth Library

We have been learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali. We learnt about the story of Rama and Sita and how Diwali is to celebrate them coming home. We have done some special dancing, made Diva lamps and Diwali cards. We have also tried some special Indian food. See the photos below! 

Autumn 2: 


We are learning about the story Handa's Surprise. We will also be learning about celebrations from different cultures, such as Diwali. 

Teddy's Birthday Party

We made a soup for Harvest, and said thank you to God for our food. 

Harvest Soup

Autumn 1:


Our topic is the woods. We have learnt about books such as Owl Babies, We are going on a Bear Hunt and the Gruffalo. 

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Welly Wednesday - Making Animal Homes

Our first 2 weeks in Reception!

Useful websites: - Reading books - Phonics games - Number recognition and counting games 

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song Check out our printable phonics resources and online games! A tricky word/sight word song for children covering the, I, go, no, to, she, he and we. Tricky words, these are tricky tricky tricky tricky tricky words! Don't let them trick you!

Phase 3 Tricky Words Song Say Hello To

Phase 3 Tricky Words song as requested by many :) Tricky words/sight words featured me, be, was, you, my, all, are, they, was. Tricky words These are tricky, tricky, tricky, tricky tricky words That you can learn, learn, learn, learn Tricky words Don't let them trick you They are just tricky words Don't let them trick you Say hello to me, me, me, me, me m and e spells me Don't let it trick you.