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Reception: Parrots

Spring Term 2024


Welcome back!


Our main communication will continue to be through ClassDojo. We will send reminders and celebrate children's achievements and experiences. We will also send homework activities and you can contact us through the messaging function. We encourage parents to share celebrations and achievements from home as well as homework tasks. 


We will become explorers this half term! Our first text, The Great Explorer, will be used to think about where we have been, what we did and who we went with. We will also be thinking about the Arctic region and how this differs from our own environment. 


We will be sending weekly reading books home with the children to further support the teaching of reading in class. Most of the children will be learning the Phase 3 sounds using Phonic Bug with lots of opportunities to practise blending to read and segmenting to write. We really value and appreciate all the support at home with the children’s learning and a strong relationship between home and school will lead to a very successful year for the children. Please comment in your child's home/school reading record each week. Books are changed on Mondays. 


P.E. will be on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday mornings. All children will need a white PE t-shirt, navy shorts and pumps (to be left in school at all times.) They may also bring in navy or black tracksuit bottoms for the colder months as well as plain trainers for outside PE. PE kits will be sent home at the end of each half term for washing. Please name everything, including pumps and shoes. 


If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on ClassDojo


Thank you,

Miss Gornall and Mrs Rowcroft

Dear Parents,
The EYFS team have produced a document to inform you about the key knowledge your child will learn throughout each half term.
Attached is the knowledge organiser for Reception Spring 1.
Many thanks

Hot seating


This week, Noah from Penguins class was chosen to be ‘hot seated’. Somethings we found out are: he loves to play golf and is able to talk about the different clubs and shots he can take. Noah was able to talk about some foods that he enjoys and special occasions that he has attended. Some of these are weddings, holidays and birthdays, Noah brought along with him photos, his golf clubs and links to music that he enjoys.
Next week, another child from penguins and parrots will be chosen to be ‘hot seated’. A letter will be sent home with questions that will encourage your child to talk about themselves. This has previously been put on dojo and you can either write on the letter that will be sent home or download a copy onto your computer and send it via messages on dojo with additional pictures.


See below for letter for parents. 

Induction evening for prospective parents


If you would like to see the classroom environment and learning opportunities for your child to start in September 2024 please come and visit us on the 26th of September from 5-6pm.


Welcome our class of 2023!

Meet the teacher 2023



In the Early Years we have developed a wonderful curriculum which caters for the children's interests.  The overview below contains an outline of the topics we cover, but the content of the topics are adapted according to the needs and interests of our children. To find out more information about our EYFS curriculum please see the curriculum map below. 


For more information on the new Early Years Curriculum 2021 please go to - Key Information- Curriculum - Early Years. 

Alternatively please go to the bottom of the page and click on the document 'Development matters ages and stages' and Early Learning Goals. 


Reception Long term plan- on going document



Every child in Reception is allocated a key worker. Mrs Buckel and Mrs Goldstone will be your child's key workers 

  • The key person works alongside parents and carers to ensure that there is continuity of care for the child thus supporting the child’s emotional well-being.
  • The key person, and other staff, observes the child to identify how they learn through their play, their next aspect of development, what their interests are, whether there is any cause for concern or need for extra support.
  • They keep a record of your child's learning portfolio and update it regularly on ClassDojo. 


Reception Recommended Reads

We have selected these recommended reading lists from Peters Education to ensure that our children have access to a wide range of books.  These books are all available in school and form our 'core' texts in our class libraries.  These lists are chosen because they:

  • link with our curriculum for each year group
  • represent different cultures
  • introduce children to new authors and expand their knowledge of familiar authors
  • ensure progression 
  • match topics of interests for our children
  • tackle current themes


School Behaviour Charter


In September 2021, our school implemented a new Behaviour Policy which is built upon the ‘5 pillars of Pivotal Practice’ (‘When Adults Change, Everything Changes’, Paul Dix):

  • Consistent, calm adult behaviour,
  • Relentless Routines,
  • First attention to best conduct,
  • Scripting difficult conversations,
  • Restorative Follow-up.


We have three simple goals: Be safe, Be a Learner, Be Kind and Respectful.