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Welcome to Reception Class.


I am fortunate to be supported by the following team:

Mrs Bevins, Mrs Wilkinson, Mrs Delmaine, Mrs Hatfield and Mrs Crocker.


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.


Spring Term 2020


Just to let you know in advance, that our next topic will be 'Transport'. If you would like to come in and talk to the children in our department about a past or current job related to this topic, please come and chat to me about it.





Our Autumn 2 topic is 'Celebrations'.


Here is a guide for you when deciding what to bring in for Show and Tell on a Monday afternoon. Please send in one item only. Thank you.


Week 1 - Fireworks and Remembrance.

We will be talking about safety when we are near fireworks and bonfires. For our Remembrance Assembly we will be making our own class poppies. What is a poppy? Can you describe it?

Can you draw a firework picture to share with the class? Maybe you could add some sound words e.g. Pop! / Wizz!


Week 2 - Diwali.

We will be reading the story of Rama and Sita and talking about light.

Do you know what a candle is? What type of lights to you have in your home?


Week 3 - Birthdays.

We will be reading 'Kipper's Birthday' and discussing how families celebrate birthdays in different ways. 

How do you celebrate a family birthday? Do you have a photograph of a birthday celebration that you would like to share with the class? What does 'birthday' mean? How old were you on your last birthday and how old will you be on your next birthday? Who is the oldest and youngest in your family?


Week 4 - Weddings, Baptism / Christenings / Naming Day celebrations.

Have you been to a wedding before? Where did it take place and who was there? Did you have a special Naming Day? Where did you go for the occasion? What did you wear?


Week 5 - The Christmas story (our Nativity Production is on Wednesday 4th December).

Can you retell the Christmas story? Who is in it? What is our Nativity Production about? Can you learn your lines and remember the songs we will be singing?


Week 6  - The Elves and the Shoemaker Traditional Tale.

What is a Traditional Tale? Do you know any other tales? What is a shoemaker? Are Elves real or just in stories? Do you think the Shoemaker and his wife are kind people? Why? Can you think of someone that is kind to you? What would you make for the Elves?


Week 7 - Hanukkah and Christmas activities.

What do you know about the story of Hanukkah? How is it celebrated?



For more detailed information about our learning every half term, please look out for our class newsletter which will shortly be available and located at the bottom of this page.




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 our current class newsletter for more detailed information about our learning.


Thank you for your support.


Mrs Franek












Reception Newsletter - Autumn 2

Phonics Information Evening - Powerpoint

Maths Information Evening - Powerpoint