Welcome to Reception Class.
What to expect, when? A parents’ guide
The purpose of this booklet is to help you as a parent/carer find out more about how your child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the EYFS. Children develop more rapidly during the first five years of their lives than at any other time. This booklet has been written to help you as a parent know what to expect during these vitally important years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the EYFS.
Premier Sport - the children will be taking part in activities (outside or inside) every Monday morning in Summer 1. They will need their usual school PE kit and TRAINERS (not plimsolls) - thank you.
Drama 4 All - we will be attending a free drama workshop in school on Tuesday 7th May. Our Summer 1 topic will be Traditional Tales and the workshop will be about Peter Pan and his adventures.
Thank you all for your generous donations towards our Farm Day. We had so much fun learning about the different animals and meeting them face to face.
It was sad that so many children missed this opportunity due to having chicken pox, but read below for some very exciting news!
We wish you a very happy and relaxing Easter break.
Our topic for Summer 1 is Traditional Tales'.
Here is a guide for you when deciding what to bring in for Show and Tell on a Monday. Please send in one item only -
For more detailed information about our learning this half term, please see our class newsletter at the bottom of this page.
Week 1: Little Red Riding Hood. Who are the other characters in this story? Why is Little Red Riding Hood walking through the woods? Does she meet anyone along the way? What does Little Red Riding Hood have in her basket and who is it for?
Can you draw a story map and label it? Could you write a speech bubble for one of the characters in the story?
Week 2: The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Can you describe a goat? Where do the Three Billy Goats Gruff want to go? Is there a grumpy character in this tale? Why is there a bridge in this story and who lives under it?
We may have some goats in school this week, especially as so many children missed Farm Day last term due to having chicken pox.
Can you write a sentence about your favourite part of the story and share it with our class?
Week 3: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. How would you describe Goldilocks? Where do The Three Bears live? Can you think of a character voice for each bear? Can you write a message for Goldilocks? How is porridge made and what ingredients do you need?
Can you write a shopping list for the things you need to make porridge?
Week 4: The Gingerbread Man. What is gingerbread? Can you name all the characters in this tale? Why does The Gingerbread Man run away and where does he go? Why does the fox offer to help? How fast do you think The Gingerbread Man can run? Can you name all the characters in this tale? There are different versions of this tale - are all the characters the same?
You could write your own story about the Gingerbread Man and share it with our class.
Week 5: The Three Little Pigs. Who do you think is the most sensible pig in this tale? What sort of building materials are used to make each house? How do bricks stick together? Where do you think the wolf lives? Could it be the same wolf that met Little Red Riding Hood?
There may be some pigs in school this week!
Can you retell this story in your own words?
Key picture books we will be reading:
All of the above traditional tales and other versions.
Plus a selection of other traditional tales that will include:
The Princess and the Pea
Jack and the Beanstalk
The Ugly Duckling
Beauty and the Beast
We will be learning the phrases used in our key traditional tale stories. Please ask you child to learn some and share them with us in school.
If you would like to come in and talk to the children about a current job related to our topic, please speak to one of the EYFS team.
Habits Of Mind: There will be a different focus each week. Please ask your child for more information.
Growth Mindset: Please talk to your child about Ruby Reflection and Robert Resilience. What do Ruby and Robert like to do in school?
A water bottle and warm waterproof coat should be brought into school every day. PLEASE NAME ALL ITEMS. Thank you.
Show and Tell: (one topic related item only)
Reading books and Reading Records: Books go home. Please make a short comment about your child's reading and interest in the book/s. If you have any queries please come and see me. Reading books and records should be kept in your child's book bag every day (see below for return details).
Home Learning books and Phonics books: these need to be returned to school so they can be updated.
Cooking: On alternative weeks (usually topic related). Thank you for your contribution towards the cost of ingredients.
Reading books and Record books: these need to be returned so they can be changed and ready for Monday.
Phonics books and Home Learning books: go home at the end of the day.
P.E: Please make sure that a PE kit is in school at all times (it can be left on your child's peg until the end of each half term).
Library day: we visit our school library and select one book to bring home each week. Please make sure that library books are returned every Friday morning prior to our next visit. Unfortunately we are not able to issue a new book unless the previous on has been returned.
Hugo Dog: goes home at the end of the day and is returned on Monday morning. Please see below for further information about Hugo Dog.
Hugo is our cuddly dog. He will be coming home for the weekend with your child sometime during their time in reception. Here is a message from him:
Hello, my name is Hugo Dog and I am pleased that I am coming home with you this weekend. I have brought lots of things with me in my special bag as I will need to change my clothes and brush my teeth after eating. Please bring me back to school on Monday morning and don't forget to write about our adventures (on an A4 sheet) for your Learning Journey. You can add photographs if you like! I am looking forward to having lots of fun with you.
Please make sure you pack my belongings in my bag on Sunday. If any of them get lost or broken they will need to be replaced please as I plan to visit all the children in our class.
With love from
If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
Please remember to look at or current newsletter for more detailed information about our learning.
Thank you for your support.