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Welcome to Reception

Spring 1

All Creatures Great and Small 


We hope that our children and their adults have had a fun and restful time off over winter break. We’re so excited to explore our new learning together over the next six weeks. 


On our Class Page you will be able to see all of the information that you need to find out about our learning throughout our time together. If you scroll to the bottom you can see our 'book hooks' and news! Please see Our Learning tab for weekly updates, and our Curriculum Newsletter for the overview of learning for Spring 1.


 Please check Dojo for regular updates and notices. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us via Dojo or email.


The Reception Team smiley




  • Library books need to be returned each Wednesday so that your child can exchange it for a new one on our weekly library trip. Practice reading books should be returned every Thursday and a new one will be sent home with your child on Friday. 

Who's who?


Teaching Staff: Miss Maguire, Miss Jones, and Mrs Walton

Teaching Support Staff: Mrs Dougan, Miss Gregory, and Miss Duong

Look what's arrived in EYFS!



While you're waiting for our doors to open can you talk about our book hooks for next week's text?

Remember: who, what, when, where, why?




At the start of this week we found mysterious video footage of a visitor on our grounds!  We have been making predictions about where the cheetah has come from and why it could be here. Here are some that we have made so far:
• it ran from Africa
• it has jumped out of our non-fiction book
• it wants to build a new home on our playground
• it got bored of being at the zoo
• it wants to make friends
• it is lost

Can you think of another prediction with your adult at home? Can you talk to them about what you already know about this animal?๐Ÿพ We are really looking forward to hearing about your discussions!

Forest School!


We have begun Spring 1 with our first visit to Forest School. We spent time discussing how to be safe and respectful of our environment and then off the children went to explore! We enjoyed making 'hot chocolate' in the mud kitchen, building a den and exploring the natural world around us. 




Think back to the CCTV footage that we watched this morning. Using these picture prompts to help you, can you talk to your adult at home about what you think is happening?


Please check the Our Learning tab for more information about our exploration of learning based on this!

All Things Great and Small! 


We have really enjoyed the start to our Spring 1 Topic, which will see the children learning a variety of information about living things and the natural world.
Our role play area was transformed into a home filled with pets which children were encouraged to care for and then enhanced to become a pet shop where children could buy supplies for their animals. We also created a photo wall of the children's own pets from home in order to prompt discussion. It has been delightful to watch the children engage with the area as they nurture their 'pets'. 

Look what’s arrived in EYFS! ๐Ÿ‘€


WHO could this mysterious object belong to?
WHAT do you think it could be?
WHEN do you think it got stuck in the chimney?
WHERE has it come from?
WHY does it look like that?

Special Delivery! โœ‰๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฎ



We couldn't believe it when a mysterious letter arrived in our EYFS postbox this morning! We have spent lots of time today discussing what the "little gift" could be. Why not see if your adult at home can predict what the gift from the Jolly Postman could be?


We can't wait for Monday to find out!

Look what’s arrived in EYFS! ๐Ÿ‘€


WHO can you spot on the postbox?
WHAT do you think our text next week is about?
WHEN have you ever experienced receiving post?
WHERE have you seen a postbox before?
WHY do people use postboxes?

We are really looking forward to hearing from our little people about their discussions at home with you about this mysterious postbox! We can’t wait to explore our new learning together. โœ‰๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฎ

We will remember them...



As part of our Expressive Arts and Design we have created watercolour paintings of Flander’s Field. We have also created 3 poppy wreaths, made up of individual poppies that each child has made. Today we walked to the front of school to tie our poppy wreaths onto the fence to mark our respect. We had a short silence to reflect on the bravery of our soldiers.

Keep your eyes peeled for our brand new EYFS Little Library Trolley! ๐Ÿ‘€

This is a take a book, or leave a book, service to promote a love for reading for our little ones at home. These books are for you to read to them and will be available to choose from at drop off/pick up times on the EYFS playground.

We look forward to our books finding a lovely new home.

Have you heard about what has appeared in EYFS? ๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿผ‍โ™‚๏ธ

This week we have been making predictions about what could be inside in the cave. Here are some that we have made so far:
• a lion
• an alien because it is dark like space
• nothing
• a scary bear
• a friendly bear
• a goat
• something frightening
Can you think of another prediction with your adult at home? Can you talk to them about what is surrounding the cave? ๐ŸŒจ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿพ We are really looking forward to reading our focus text over the next two weeks to see if our predictions are correct!

Look who’s coming to visit EYFS this week! ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿพ


Who is the hidden character? Where do you think they are going? What else can you see? How have these items appeared? Why do you think this is in our classroom?

We are so excited to hear your ideas on Monday morning during our English input. ๐Ÿ˜



What has happened here? Who made this big mess? What is all over the floor? Where do you think this is? When did it happen?

Can you help us solve the mystery for this week’s story? ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ‍โ™€๏ธ



Can you and your little person figure out what our story is for next week?

We can’t wait to hear your answers!

We hope that you all have a lovely weekend and we will see you on Tuesday. โ˜บ๏ธ



Our Ethos and Values Statement

Within Godโ€™s love for everyone, Our school family is committed to serve by:

- celebrating everyoneโ€™s unique God-given talents;

- giving the best of ourselves for all the world;

- doing all the good we can together.

  • Love
  • Serve
  • Celebrate
  • Together