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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 for Autumn 2 is:


'Into the Woods!’


Week 1: We will be talking about the woodland environment, who lives there and who visits there. Is it fun to walk in the woods? What sounds can you hear and what can you see? Can you name some animals that live in the woods? What happens to the trees in autumn and winter?

Key text: ‘Where's My Teddy?’ Who was having a picnic in the woods? Was someone lost? Can you name the characters in the story? Can you recall what happens first and how the story ends? Is there an adventure in the story? Do you have a favourite teddy bear?

We will also be celebrating Diwali and talking about firework safety. Do you know the story about Rama and Sita and why are candles very important? Can you name the ten-headed monster in the story? What should we remember to do when we go to a firework display? Are we allowed to hold a sparkler without a grown up next to us? Is it safe to touch a sparkler or firework that we find on the ground?

Can you draw a picture of your favourite teddy bear or a woodland animal or a scene from the story of Diwali? It would be super if you could try and add a label or write a short sentence!


Week 2:  We will be talking about the importance of trees and not disturbing natural habitats. What does nocturnal mean? Can you name some nocturnal animals that live in the woods?

Key text: ‘Owl Babies.’ Can you name the owlets? Where do they live? Who do you think is the bravest baby owl? Where was their mother? Do you know what owls eat in the wild? Who kept saying “I want my mummy!”?

Can you draw a picture of one of the baby owls and add a speech bubble?


Week 3: We will be linking previous knowledge about nocturnal animals and the sounds they make – some may sound strange and a bit scary, but they are just the noises that animals make. We make noises too – some are extremely loud, and some are soft.

Key text: ‘This is the Bear and the Scary Night.’ Can you name the characters in the story? Why did some noises sound scary? What happened at the end of the story? Do bears live in the woods near us or do they only live in the wild in other countries? In the wild, what do bears eat and where do they live?

Can you draw a night-time picture?


Week 4: What do you enjoy most about walking in the woods? Have you seen evidence of animal habitats? Have you ever seen animal footprints? Can you describe some woodland animals? Do you think the Gruffalo is real or just made up for the story? Are the other animals in the story real? Do you think the Gruffalo had any friends? Was the mouse clever? Do you think owl ice cream would taste nice?

Key text: ‘The Gruffalo.’


Week 5: We will be linking our previous knowledge about traditional tales - how do they usually start? Why do you think Goldilocks wanted to eat the porridge? Where were the bears? How did the smallest chair get broken? Why were there three different sizes of bowls, chairs and beds? Do you think Goldilocks wanted to be friends with the bears? How could Goldilocks apologise for her behaviour? Can you think of a different ending for the story?

Key text: ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears.’

Can you pretend to be Goldilocks and write a sorry letter to the bears?


Weeks 6 and 7: We will be talking about the traditional tales we have read so far. How do they usually start? Are the characters real or made up? Do the stories usually end in a happy way? What does a shoemaker do? Do you know how shoes are made? Do you have a favourite pair of shoes? Can you name other types of footwear? What does a ‘pair’ of shoes mean?

Key text: ‘The Elves and The Shoemaker.’ What did the shoemaker’s wife make for the elves and why? How were the elves helpful? What happened to the shoemaker and his wife?

Can you design / draw a pair of shoes and decorate them?

We will be celebrating the story of the Nativity. Can you recall the name of the baby in the story? Who visited the baby? Did they bring any gifts? Why was there a brightly shining star in the sky?

We will be making Christmas crafts.




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. Library visits will start on Friday 9th October).



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