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.
Our topic for Spring 2 is 'Animals'.
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: Sea Creatures. We will be talking about different types of sea creatures. What is an ocean? Which animals live in the ocean? Have you ever been to the seaside and seen a sea creature? Can you describe it / them? Where did you find / see it? How deep is the sea? Do you know what fish eat? Why do some sea creatures have a shell body? Are there any sea creatures that walk sideways? Do you know the names of some of the oceans in our world? What is a rock pool? What size is a sea horse? Which sea creature is your favourite and why?
I wonder what you would like to find out about sea creatures - write a list to show me or tell me yourself.
Week 2: Dinosaurs and Pancake Day. Can you tell me something about a dinosaur - recall some information from last term's learning? You could draw a dinosaur and label your picture or write about it. You may like to write a story and read it to the class. Are there any dinosaurs living today? How do we know so much about dinosaurs? What is the name of a dinosaur expert? What is the name given to a meat eating dinosaur and a plant eating dinosaur?
Which ingredients are in pancakes? What shape is a pancake? What type of toppings could you have on a pancake? Is there another name given to Pancake Day? We are planning on making pancakes in school - look out for a letter during our first week back to school after the half term break.
Could you design a dinosaur and create it using junk materials? Perhaps you might like to show it to our class, and talk about it?
Can you draw a pancake and put on a topping? Could you write a list of instructions for making pancakes?
Week 3: Pets. How many pets can you name? Do you have a pet and how do you look after it? Can you name some furry pets? Feathery pets? Pets with tails? What do you feed your pet? What is your favourite pet and can you describe it? Do we have any pets in school? Where does a dog or cat usually sleep? Which pet/s might have a cage? Where would you take a pet if it is unwell?
Can you design an 'odd' pet? It could have two tails, eight legs and a spotty body!
Week 4: Wild animals. What is a wild animal? Can you name some wild animals? Do all wild animals live in this country? What is the name of the fastest land animal? Do some wild animals live in water? Which wild animal is the tallest? Can you make any wild animal noises or sounds? How far away can you hear a lion's roar? Do all wild animals eat meat? What is a zoo? What does endangered mean?
Can you draw or write a fact page about your favourite wild animal?
Week 5: Bugs and insects. What is a bug / insect? Where would you find some? Can you describe a ladybird? What does 'minibeast' mean? What would you usually find under a log in the woods or in a garden? How far can worms travel? Should a minibeast be taken away from its home? Can you name all the bugs / insects in your garden, or are there too many? Do you know any rhymes or songs about bugs / insects?
Can you draw a minibeast that really interests you? Could you write its name and maybe a fact about it?
Week 6: Farm animals and Easter. What is a farm? Which animals might live there? What do we get from sheep / pigs / cows? What is the name for a group of sheep / cows? Which animal rounds up sheep? Where do farm animals usually sleep? How many farm animals can you name? Can you describe your favourite farm animal? Can you remember the name of the pig that visited our school last half term? What did he eat? What did he look like? Did he smell? If you touched him, was he hairy, soft or something else?
We are extremely excited about having a Farm Day in school on Wednesday 3rd April - look out for further information after the half term break.
We will be talking about Easter and finding out about chicks. What shape is an egg? What is a shell? Who looks after a chick's egg? What is a nest made of?
Can you draw the pig that visited school last half term and label you picture? You could write a story about him using your own ideas. Can you draw a chick? Don't forget to label your picture!
Key picture books we will be reading:
Dinosaur Stomp - various poems and rhymes
Mr Wolf's Pancakes
Non-fiction books / fact pages about pets
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Talking about Easter
Easter egg hunt and stories about chicks
We will be learning poems and rhymes (with actions) about different animals. Please ask you child to sing some to you!
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.