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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 Spring 2 topic is:

'Magical Kingdoms'




Week 1: Magical Beans. Where does Jack live? How did Jack get some magic beans and what happened to them? Who lives in the castle in the sky?  

Key text: Jack and the Beanstalk (a traditional tale).

Can you draw your own picture of the castle in the sky or the beanstalk?



Week 2: Magical Stories and Potions and World Book Day.

Do you have a favourite book? Can you talk about it? Do you have a favourite character? What do find interesting about the book you have chosen? What is a potion? Do you have an idea for making a magic potion?

Key text: Room on the Broom. 

Can you write some rhyming words? 



Week 3: Magical Woodlands and Mother's Day (14th March). We will be making our own magical garden or wood - who might live there? What sort of plants or flowers might you include? Have you heard of fairies, elves and unicorns? 

We will also be talking about Mother's Day.

How does your lovely mummy help you? What makes her so special?

Key text: Zog - various stories. 

Can you draw a picture of a dragon or a made-up creature using your imagination? What would you call him / her? Where would he / she live in a magical wood?



Week 4: Magical Kingdoms in the Sky. Where does Baby Bear travel to? What did he see? Can you think of a magical place in the sky - a cloud, star or perhaps a planet? Do you think it would be exciting to live on a star? Do you have your own ideas about a magical place in the sky?

Key text: Whatever Next! 

Can you draw a picture of a magical place in the sky? Can you label your picture or write a short sentence about it? 



Week 5:  Magical Journeys. Have you been for a walk in a magical place? Rosie walks through a farmyard  - where would you choose to walk? What things would you like to see, hear or smell? How long would it take you to get to the end of your magical journey and what would you want to find waiting for you?

Key text: Rosie's Walk

Can you make a magical journey story map, adding pictures and maybe some words? 



Week 6: Magical Rhymes. Do you have a favourite rhyme? Is it a nursery rhyme? Can you remember the words? Recently, we have looked at lots of picture story books with rhyming words in them - can you remember any?  

Key texts: Chicken Licken and The Rhyming Rabbit

Who follows Chicken Licken? What is he looking for? Are there any rhyming words in this traditional tale?

What does Rhyming Rabbit like to do? Why does he decide to leave his home and friends? What happens at the end of the story? 

Can you draw a picture of a chick or an egg and write some rhyming words?

For example:

Chick, lick, pick, quick

Egg, peg, Meg, leg

Or maybe you have your own ideas for an Easter themed rhyme? 







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 (alternate Fridays for library books going home).



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). 


Phonics home learning:

Activity sheets will be sent home every week. Please attach or stick them into your child's Phonics Book and encourage them to complete the activities. The activities support the learning your child has done that the week during their phonics group time sessions.


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 after five days (the following Wednesday morning). Unfortunately, we are not able to issue a new book unless the previous one has been returned. 




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






'Working together to be the best we can.'