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Welcome to Reception Class.


Useful publication:

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.


End of this term information:


Weeks 7 and 8 - Christmas and Hannukkah. We will be making Christmas decorations for our classroom and learning about Hannukkah. Who celebrates Hannukkah? How is Hannukkah usually celebrated?  This week we can wear Christmas jumpers on Wednesday 12th for our Christmas lunch celebration and on Friday 14th for our Christmas party.


Thank you for coming to our Nativity Production last week. We really enjoyed ourselves and hope you did too!


Our topic for Spring 1 is 'Transport'.



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 -

Thank you!


For more detailed information about our learning this half term, please see our class newsletter at the bottom of this page.



Week 1: Planes and other flying aircraft. We will be talking about different types of aircraft. Which types can you name and describe? Have you ever travelled in an aircraft - where did you go and what did you see? How long do you think it takes to travel in an aeroplane to Australia? Do some aircraft rescue people? What is a passport? We will also be recapping some of the things we learned about space travel last term- how do we get to space? What would we need to wear? What might we see?


Week 2: Space. Can you design a spacecraft? How fast can a rocket travel? Can you name any space vehicles? How many planets are there? Could we go for a visit or live on another planet? What do astronauts do? If you could visit the moon, what would you take and what would you like to do when you land? Can you name some parts of a spacecraft? 


Week 3: Boats and other water transport. How do people travel across the water with their car? Can you tell the class what a ferry is? Have you travelled on a cruise liner? If you wanted to get to the middle of an island, what type of water transport would you choose to take? How many types of water transport can you name? Do you know any songs about boats that you could teach the class? What is a hovercraft or a speed boat? Do boats just travel on the sea / ocean? We will be talking about water safety and rescue boats.


Week 4: Trains. What is a train? Have you ever travelled on a train? How long did it take you to get to your destination? Did you need a ticket? What is a travel card or pass? Who drives a train? What is a steam train? If you could travel on a train, where would you like to go? ? What happens at a train station? Why do we have tunnels? Do some trains travel underground? What is a track? Could you make a train out of junk?


Week 5: Emergency Vehicles. What is an emergency? Is there a special number that we call in an emergency? How many different types of emergency vehicles can you name? Can you describe any? What does a siren do? What do you think you might find in a fire engine? What sort of clothes does a fire person wear when they are working? Why are fires dangerous? What is a stretcher? Who might have to lie on a stretcher? Can you name the different jobs that people have when they work in the emergency services? We will be talking about staying safe at all times. 


Week 6: Chinese New Year celebrations. Can you remember what a celebration means? We will be linking previous learning about the special celebrations we learned about last term. Do you know which animal will be celebrated this New Year? Do you know what happens in the story about Chinese New Year? We will be celebrating in school by cooking some traditional Chinese foods (an information letter with a food tasting permission slip will be sent out in January). 


Week 7: Cars and other road transport. How many different types of road transport can you name? How many have you travelled on? Have you travelled on a bus? Do you need a ticket or a pass to travel on a bus? How far could you travel on a bus or coach?  Do some cars travel fast? What is a racing track? Do you know any road signs? How do cars move? What is a lorry and why do we need them? Could you design a car?


Key picture books we will be reading:

Here Come the Aliens

Whatever Next!

The Way Back Home

Information books about transport

The Journey

The Train Ride


Chinese New Year


We will be leaning lots of new songs (with actions) about different types of transport. 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? 



Useful reminders:


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 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


Hugo xx



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.


Mrs Franek