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Early Years – Donaldson Class


 In Donaldson Class our teacher is called Mrs Graves, our nursery nurse is Miss McGrath and we are also supported by Mrs Bissmire, Miss Riglen and Mrs Randall. 



Our topic last half term was  "Traditional Tales". We thought about stories such as The Three Little Pigs, Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Jack and the Beanstalk.

We learnt all about traditional story starters and story endings, and wrote our own stories, too.

We made and tested houses for the three little pigs, planted our own "magic beans" and made, decorated and, of course, ate, our own Gingerbread People. Fortunately, ours didn't run away!



This half term, we will be thinking about "Animals".

We will begin by thinking about farm animals, using the book "Farmer Duck" as a starting point. We will learn about speech bubbles, the names of animal babies and we will learn about animals and their produce.



Next, we will read the story "Dear Zoo", and we will write our own letters to the zoo to ask for a pet. If we are really lucky, they might even send us one. We will think about describing the type of pet that we would like; perhaps a small, friendly, furry pet, or maybe a spiky, fierce, scary pet. What kind of pet would you ask for?



We will also spend some time thinking about the smallest animals - minibeasts - and the largest of animals - dinosaurs. 

I wonder how many dinosaurs you will be able to name?




With all of our learning this half term, we will continually think about how to take care of animals and the environment that they live in.



Important things to remember:


PE will take place on a Friday morning, please ensure your child comes to school wearing their P.E. kit every Friday unless informed otherwise.

Your celebrations and festivals...

If you will be taking part in any celebrations or festivals, please let us know, as we would very much like to celebrate these with you. If you would like to come in and talk to the class about your celebration, we would very much welcome you to do so!

 Library books and Reading books


Reading books are changed every Friday and your child will receive one reading book and one self-chosen library book to last them for the week.  Please ensure that reading books, library books, diaries and phonic packs are kept in your child’s book bag and are brought to school every day. We tend to alternate between reading with all children in class one week, and checking tricky words the next (for those with tricky words).


Information about Reception Class


Please click the link below to access the PowerPoint that was shown at our "Meet the teacher" event. This will help to explain what life is like for children in Reception Class.



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