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St Francis Braintree


 Reception 2019-20


Welcome to the web page for Reception Class! 

Over the last few weeks the children have begun to learn lots of new routines, experience new activities and meet many new friends. Mrs Grimwood teaches full-time, Mrs Garvin (LSA) works Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Mrs Daynes (LSA) works Weds. We also have Mrs McMullen supporting mornings in class for a short time. 

Reception learning happens through 'continuous provision', meaning that there are lots of different learning experiences taking place both inside and outside every day. Children are expected to sit on the carpet for joint learning of phonics, dough disco, RE and story time. Next half-term, this whole class learning will include mega maths sessions and other PSHE and literacy lessons. During play, children are encouraged to take part in various 'rainbow challenges', which are adult set learning activities covering the EYFS curriculum. If your child comes home with a rainbow sticker on Friday, you know they have done all the challenges set that week. As well as these challenges, children can access other resources and create their own independent ideas for play. 

This term, Reception Class staff are working to complete a 'Spread the Happiness' accreditation. To do this, we are trying lots of new activities, using a new storybook each week and trying to make as much learning as possible active, interactive and lots of fun! 

I will aim to update the website weekly with our progress towards the accreditation, so you can ask your children about their learning. If you would like some 'Spread the Happiness' activities ideas to try at home, click here: 100 things to do before you're 6You could put photos of your activities on Tapestry to share with the class!

As a class, we like to go outside as much as possible to learn. Children's language and social skills develop much quicker outside and we are very lucky to have a large outdoor area. Please make sure your child always has a coat in school (with a hood please) so we can fully use the outdoor area and not limit your child to indoor when it gets colder and wetter. 

The EYFS team.

Click here for some sample learning ideas for this term: Autumn term overview EYFS

Books we have been reading this term

'I'm Special, I'm Me' by Ann Meek

'The Jolly Postman' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

'Back to Earth with a bump' Twinkl estory 

'We're going on a bear hunt' by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

'We're going on a leaf hunt' by Steve Metzger

'Giraffes can't dance' by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker Rees


Spread the happiness accreditation journey

Week 1: 

Dough Disco, Squiggle while you wiggle, Shared model making, Phonics detective hunt around the school. 

Week 2:

Money and Autumn treasure hunts outside. Autumn selfies. Rap to read. Lots of mark making. Whole school fun run. 

Week 3:

Baking autumn biscuits. Ice play and exploration. Rocket mice investigations. Counting games inside and outside. Rock around the clock dance, squiggle and wiggle dances. Parent stay and play sessions. 

Week 4:

Spreading happiness in our class and school - children made cards, wrote letters and made beautiful thank you flowers. They distributed them to people throughout the school. We begun to make our happy displays in class and started to learn our Nativity show songs. 

Week 5:

Dressing up week! We dressed up for Children in Need day. We also designed outfits for others and dressed our class bears. We sung a song called 'The Brilliant Beast' and learn about similarities, differences and tolerance of others.