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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.


Our Spring 1 topic is '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.




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 - Air travel.

We will be talking about all types of air transport. Can you name some? Have you travelled on an aircraft? Where did you go? What did you see? There will an airplane role play in the classroom. Can you write a ticket? What is a hot air balloon? Can you describe a helicopter? We will also be linking previous knowledge about space rockets and building our own!

Can you draw a helicopter or an airplane picture to share with the class? Maybe you could add some sound words e.g. whoosh?


Week 2 - Road transport.

We will be talking about road safety, traffic signs and different types of vehicles that use roads. Can you name three or more? Which ones have you travelled on and where did you go? Do you know any road signs? Can you draw a road with vehicles on it? What is a bus? Do you need a ticket to travel on a bus?


Week 3 - Trains.

The children will be making their own train and deciding where they will be travelling to. Where would you like to travel to and what would you  like to see? Do all trains travel overground? What does a steam train look like?  

Have you travelled by train before? Where did you go and what did you see? Did you use a ticket? What is a carriage?

Can you write a sentence about a train or draw a picture and begin to label it e.g. door?


Week 4 - Trucks and Chinese New Year Celebrations. 

What is a dumper / truck? What can trucks pick up? Where might you see a truck? Who might use one? How do they usually work?  Which animal starts the Chinese New Year? We will be finding out about the story and the animals that play an important part in it. Can you name the animals and say how many feature in the traditional story ?

Can you draw your favourite animal from the story? We will be tasting some traditional Chinese foods -please look out for a letter about this event shortly after we start back in January. 


Week 5 - Emergency vehicles. 

We will be talking about the people that help us in an emergency and the vehicles they would travel in. What telephone number would someone use to make an emergency call? Where would an ambulance take a patient to? What sound can you hear from a police car? Which emergency vehicle/s might have a ladder? Who can be a fire fighter? Can you describe a police car? What might be inside a fire engine?

Can you make a list of emergency vehicles? 


Week 6  - Water transport and Internet Safety Day.

How many water vehicles can you name? What is a submarine? Which water vehicle can go very fast? What is a ferry? What is a harbour? Do you know how many oceans there are? Who might help you if you were stuck on a boat?

Do you need to ask an adult if you want to use a computer / tablet / mobile phone? Why is it important to tell an adult what we are doing? We will be learning about internet safety.



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

Reception Newsletter - Spring 1

Phonics Information Evening - Powerpoint

Maths Information Evening - Powerpoint

Early Writing Information Evening - Powerpoint