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Welcome to Reception Class.



Our topic for Autumn 2 will be 'Celebrations'.



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 which will be on this page after the half term holiday.



Week 1: Fireworks and space travel. We will be talking about safety  - how should we hold a sparkler? Where should we stand if there is a bonfire nearby? Should we pick up a firework from the ground during the evening or if we found one during the daytime? We will be finding out about other events around the world that use fireworks as part of their celebrations. We will also be talking about space travel - how do we get to space? What would we need to wear? What would we see?


Week 2: Diwali and Remembrance. We will be learning about the story of Sita and Rama. What is the Festival of Lights? Do you know the names of the characters in the story? We will be thinking about our Remembrance Assembly on Friday 9th November. Who will we be remembering? 


Week 3: Birthdays. How do people celebrate their birthday? Do we all celebrate in the same way? What does 'birthday' mean? Our main story focus will be Kipper's Birthday. What happens to Kipper in the story?  How does he want to celebrate his birthday? Does he have a cake?


Week 4: Christenings and Owl Babies. What is a christening? Is a baptism the same thing? What happens at a christening? Are all babies / children christened? What is a naming day? Our story focus will be Owl Babies. How many babies are in the story? Do we know how old they are? Who do you think might be the eldest? Where do owls usually live? Where could their mother be? What do you think they are feeling on while their mother is away?


Week 5: The Elves and the Shoemaker.  ls this story a traditional tale? How does the story begin? Can you name the characters? Why is the old man called a shoemaker? Who could be making the shoes during the night? Can you describe the elves? Can you think of anyone in the story that showed some kindness? Do you think this is a true story? What usually happens when you go to a shoe shop for new shoes or trainers? Do you know how your shoes were made?


Week 6: Christmas and our Nativity Performance. We will be talking about the Christmas story and our performance which takes place at the end of the week. The children will be learning lots of songs and some will have speaking parts. Please support your child at home. Parts for our performance will be given out during the first few weeks after the half term holiday. Who are the characters in the Christmas story? What is a stable? Can you name the wise men / three kings? Did they have a special gift or gifts for the baby?


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? 





Key picture books we will be reading:

Here Come the Aliens

Rama and Sita

Kipper's Birthday

Owl Babies

The Elves and the Shoemaker 

The Christmas Story

The story of Hannukkah


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