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Welcome to Reception Class!


I am fortunate to be supported by the following team:


Mrs Meek (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 Summer 1 topic is:

'Big Beasts and Little Beasts'




Week 1: Dinosaurs. Do they still exist? Can you name some dinosaurs? What name is given to a meat eating dinosaur? What name is name is given to a plant eating dinosaur? 

Key text: Various dinosaur stories and non-fiction books

Can you draw a picture of your favourite dinosaur and label it? 



Week 2: The Jungle: What is a jungle and where could I find one? How many jungle animals can you name? Do you have a favourite jungle animal? Can you describe it? Do you know an interesting fact about it? How do monkey's move around? Do monkeys eat bananas? What do monkeys drink? 

Key text: Monkey Puzzle 

Can you draw a picture of a jungle animal and write one fact about it? 



Week 3: Big and Small Animals. We will be thinking about the animals we might see in a zoo or at an animal park. If you wanted to take home an animal from a zoo or animal park, which one would it be and why? How would you look after it? What would you feed it?  

Key text: Dear Zoo. 

Can you write a letter to a zoo asking for an animal - which animal would you choose? Can you make a flip-flap booklet or page? Which animal would you have hiding under the flap? Could you write a clue or have one ready to say so we could have a guess?



Week 4: Safari Animals. Can you name some African savanna animals? Can you find where Africa is on the world map? Which land animal is the fastest? What do giraffes eat? What is the name given to a group of elephants? Can you describe a zebra? What does a wildebeest eat? Can you roar like a lion and slither like a snake? Do you know any animal songs about wild animals?

Key text: Handa's Surprise 

Can you write a short sentence about your favourite safari animal? Or you could draw a picture of your favourite safari animal and label it. 



Week 5: Creepy Crawlies. Can you name a creepy-crawly? Are creepy-crawlies insects? Where would you find a worm? Can you describe a worm? Can a spider fly? Do you know any songs or rhymes about a creep-crawly? 

Key text: Superworm

Can you make a worm out of junk?



Week 6: Flying Minibeasts. Can you name some minibeasts? Why do you think they are called minibeasts? What is the smallest flying minibeast called? Can you describe a caterpillar and what does it eat? What is special about the patterns on a butterfly?

Key text: The very Hungry Caterpillar

Can you say the days of the week in the correct order, starting from Monday? Which food would you choose to eat on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and on a Sunday? Can you draw a chart or picture showing the foods you would choose and add labels ?




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.'