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Welcome to Reception Class!


I am fortunate to be supported by the following team:


Mrs Hatfield (all day Monday and Tuesday)

Mrs Owen (all day Wednesday - Friday)

Mrs Delmaine (every afternoon)

Mrs Bevins will cover my admin time every Friday afternoon


We are looking forwards to an action packed half term full of fun!


Mrs Franek



Our topic this half term is:


All About Me!


Weeks 1-3: Settling in timetable. Getting to know where things are kept and making new friends. We will be talking about our families, homes and the things we like to do.

What is a friend? Can you name your friends? What do you like to play with your friends? Where do you live? How many people live in your home? Can you describe your home? What is your favourite activity at home and in school?


Week 4: Feelings. What makes you feel excited? Can you tell me something that makes you very happy? What might make us all upset sometimes? How can we feel happy again?


Week 5: Our Bodies. We will be talking about our bodies and how they move. How many parts of your body can you name? What is a 'funny bone'? How many teeth do you have? What are our ears and eyes for? Do you know the song 'Head, shoulders, knees and toes'?

Key text: 'Funny Bones' by Allan Ahlberg.


Week 6: Healthy Eating and Staying Safe. We will be learning about healthy food choices, regular exercise and how to stay safe. Can you name some fruit and vegetables? What is a snack? What do you eat for breakfast? What is a salad? Is it okay to eat cake and crisps? Can you name different types of exercise? Do you have a favourite sport? Can you jump 10 times? How do we stay safe in school and at home?

Key texts: 'Oliver's Vegetables' and 'Oliver's Fruit Salad' by Vivian French and Alison Bartlett.


Week 7: Harvest time. We will be talking about how we harvest crops on farms. What do you know about farms? Do you know what wheat, barley and maize are? What is flour? How do we make bread? What do we use bread for? Can you name different types of bread? 

Key text: The Little Red Hen. Do you think the Little Red Hen needed some help to make the bread? Who could have helped her? 


Week 8: We will be consolidating our learning, for example, talking about sharing a task with friends, being kind and helpful, trying new things, eating tasty vegetables, how we sometimes feel grumpy etc.

Key texts: 'Pumpkin Soup' and 'Delicious' by Helen Cooper. 


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



General information:

Further information about the EYFS can be found on 'Parent Zone' -  'Information for EYFS Parents'.



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. This publication can be found at the bottom of the page.



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.




A weekly guide:



Show and Tell: (one topic related item only)

We will advise you when this activity will be starting - please do NOT send any items into school at the moment.



Reading books, Reading Records and Library books:

These need to be returned so they can be changed and ready to go home every Friday.



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 above for return details). Books will be sent home later this half term.


Library day:

We will visit our school library and select one book to bring home every fortnight. Please make sure that your child's library book is returned on the Wednesday morning prior to our next visit. Unfortunately, we are not able to issue a new book unless the previous one has been returned. Library visits will start in a few weeks time.



Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns about your child's wellbeing or learning during their time in Reception Class.


Mrs Franek