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Early Years – Donaldson Class


In Donaldson Class our teacher is called Mrs Graves, our Nursery Nurse is called Miss McGrath, and we are also helped out by Miss Pepechkova, Mrs Bissmire and Mrs Ward.


Last half term our topic was People who help us.

We started the topic by thinking about the story of Mr Wolf's Pancakes. In the story, Mr.Wolf asks his neighbours to help him, but they refuse. Mr Wolf has to do everything - all by himself. At the end of the story, his neighbours want to taste the pancakes, and Mr Wolf lets them in.

He eats his neighbours and then he eats his pancakes, and he does it - all by himself!

We wrote descriptions of the wolf to help the police to capture him, wrote shopping lists of ingredients for pancakes, and worked on subtraction problems using pancakes.





We were lucky enough to be visited by the police. They brought in a police car and we were able to sit inside and hear the sirens. We also tried on police uniforms, and found out that some of the jackets are very, very heavy!






We also thought about Mother's Day, and all of the reasons why we love our mums!




We took part in a whole school French day. We dressed up in the colours of the French flag, went to a French café and had a go at drawing the Eiffel tower.




This half term, our topic is Traditional Tales.


We will begin the topic by thinking about the story of the Three Little Pigs.

We will complete experiments to find out which material is the best for building houses and will turn our role play area into a builder's yard, where we can build new houses for the pigs.




We will then think about the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We will write sorry letters to the bears from Goldilocks, and will have a porridge tasting session.

We will also look at the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and plant our own beans... I wonder if they will be magic, like the ones in the story?




Important things to remember:

PE will take place on a Friday morning, please ensure your child has their full P.E. kit in school. We do not need trainers in school at this time, as we will begin our P.E. sessions in the indoor hall.

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!

Homework, Firm Foundation Packs and Reading

Please Note:  Homework, Firm Foundation Packs and reading will begin once the children are fully settled into school.

Firm Foundation packs will be sent home each Friday to be returned to school no later than Wednesday. There is a labelled box for these to be collected into just inside the classroom door. If you have not signed up to receive these packs and would like to, please speak to Mrs Graves or Miss McGrath.


Reading books and phonic packs are changed every Friday, when your child will receive two books to last them for the week.  Please ensure that reading 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.

Homework is also sent home on a Friday night, and we ask that this is completed by Wednesday at the latest. These sheets help to develop children's phonic, writing and maths skills.


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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