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Welcome to Donaldson Class

Here are some photographs of our lovely learning environment so you can have a little explore of our classroom. In Donaldson Class, our teacher is Miss Jones. Our teaching assistants are called Mrs Coward & Mrs Randall. We also have some other support staff who will visit us to help.

Mrs Andreas and Mr Stenning also support us during the week.

Spring term! 


Our theme in Reception for this term will be 'Once Upon A Time'. In the Once Upon a Time project, your child will be introduced to the wonderful world of stories. They will listen to a range of traditional tales and have the chance to act out the stories in their play. They will also listen to alternative contemporary stories to see different viewpoints from the characters. They will use the stories to think about how life has changed from when the stories were written. They will also make up their own stories and make masks, props and puppets to act out their stories. We will also be investigating the season of Spring though our learning in the project 'Ready Steady Grow'. In the Ready Steady Grow project your child will take part in practical activities to explore where food comes from. They will learn what seeds and plants need to grow and grow a variety of plants. They will explore what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, including eating fruit and vegetables, exercise and teeth brushing. They will find out about life on a farm and about baby animals. As always, in Reception, we also like to follow the children's interests so we are looking forward to seeing what fun learning opportunities this theme will bring.



During this term we are learning and focusing on our phase 3 sounds and continuing to develop our letter formation. Our phonics books that we take home are carefully selected to meet your child's reading level and they will be moved on following reading sessions with a trained member of staff. Your child may have the same book for more than a week as it is important they are fluent in decoding each word and blending the individual sounds together.There will be lots of opportunity to embed their learning through our wonderful classroom environment and outdoor provision.

Please visit the parents page on the Little Wandle Website for more support and guidance.



Your child will bring home a 'Little Wandle' book, matched to their level of decoding skills. Please enjoy sharing these and encourage your child to use their phonics knowledge to help read the words and think about the questions contained within the books to support and build on comprehension skills. Please record your reading with them in their orange homework diary, this allows us to support their reading progress.



Our theme in Maths for this half term is 'Alive in 5!' We will be developing our key skills in subitising, counting, sorting and identifying the numerals 0 to 5. Concepts will be developed and consolidated through hands on, child initiated learning.



PE will be Fridays so please send your children in PE kit on this day. Our PE Unit is; Ball Skills

Children will develop skills of controlling, travelling and changing direction of a ball. Children will develop fine and gross motor skills, through handling equipment. They will learn how to stay safe using space. They work independently and with a partner to complete tasks. 


Below are some useful documents and some OPTIONAL home learning!


Please get in contact if you have any questions.


Miss Jones & the reception team.

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!

Useful Websites for home learning:


Little Wandle

Top Marks

Phonics Play

Oxford Owl

White Rose Maths



Meet the Teacher Slides