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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 McLellan (EYP) 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.

Autumn term! 


Our theme in Reception for this half term will be 'Let's Explore'. It is our first half term project and we will be exploring the world around us, our classroom & our school. 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 beginning our learning and focusing on our phase 2 sounds and developing our letter formation. Our first books we take home will be wordless! This is so we can focus on comprehension and make up a story to go with the pictures. We could read the same book lots of times and have a new story every time. 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.

Once the children have begun their phonics lessons, we will start to introduce guided reading groups. These will eventually be held twice a week.



Our theme in Maths for this half term is 'Match, sort & compare!' We will be developing our key skills in subitising, counting, sorting and matching, comparing and ordering. 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; 

Introduction to PE.

Children will develop skills of finding space, travelling and changing direction. 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!


We cant wait to get started and have lots of fun as a class. We look forward to working with you! 


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