We are the Reception Class. Our teachers are Mrs Baird and Mrs Clune.

We are amazingly well supported daily by the wonderful Mrs Pearce and we are delighted to have Mrs Arkwell-Smyth who also supports our team.

Some of us went to Little Otters Playgroup at Slimbridge School so we know each other already!  We are looking forward to getting to know everyone in Class 1.

Reception blog

Welcome to Term 2

Dear Parents & Carers,

We hope you have had a lovely week and taken some time to rest, relax and enjoy some family activities.

This term we will be learning about celebrations, including Firework night, Diwali and Christmas. 

Our focus story is ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and the children will be learning and retelling the ‘Christmas Story’ to perform to you at the end of term.

Please find the Class 1 Topic plan attached to give you a better overview of your child’s learning this term.

Kind regards

The Class 1 Team

Term 2 Topic Plan

A very warm welcome to Class 1

Dear Parents/Carers

It has been great to meet you all and our new Reception Class.  We are taking time to explore the classroom as well as the rest of the school and getting to know the routines of the class and school.

This term’s topic is ‘All About Me’ and learning about seasonal changes by exploring an Autumn theme.  We will be going on welly walks around the school grounds and exploring the ‘Wildlife Area’ and ‘Pollination Area’.  If you haven’t done so already, please provide your child with a pair of wellies (clearly labelled with your child’s name) that can stay at school on our class welly stand.  

This week you will receive a paper copy of the Topic web and this is attached here too.  It outlines when PE takes place (Wednesday afternoons).

We are looking forward to getting to know all the children a little better this term and seeing them settle into Class 1 routines.

Warm regards,

From the Class 1 Team (Mrs Baird, Mrs Clune, Mrs Pearce and Mrs Arkwell-Smyth)


All About Me MTP 2021. PDF

Final Term in Class 1

Dear Parents/Carers

We are so proud of all the children in Class 1 and their development in their learning this year, even though they have suffered disturbances in the Spring Terms due to Covid.  

This Term, the children are so excited about their new topic ‘Under the Sea’ where they cannot wait to explore life in the oceans.  We are using a range of fiction, poetry and non-fiction texts to gain information about sea creatures and how they can help look after the seas, especially looking at how to prevent plastic pollution.  

Through this topic we will also embrace lots of arts and crafts as well as scientific investigations.  To find out more about the topics coverage please view the Topic plan attached.

Topic Plan Term 6 – Under the Sea

Warm regards,

The Class 1 Team

Welcome to Term 5

Dear Parents & Carers

We hope you have had a lovely Easter and enjoyed eating all those Easter eggs! 

This term our Topic is ‘Growing’.  The children have already explored the school ‘Pollination’ and ‘Wildlife’ area and they have talked about what seeds they would like to grow including, sunflowers and tomatoes.  They were also disappointed in the lack of bugs found on their bug hunt so they have had a super idea of creating their own bug hotel.  They agreed it may be a “bit complicated” so they have written a letter to their Class 5 Buddies for their support with this.

We will focus on several stories and information books about minibeasts and growing plants, including ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ by Vivian French, ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle and ‘Eddie’s Garden’ by Sarah Garland.

Please find the Class 1 Topic plan attached to give you a better overview of your child’s learning this term.

Warm regards,

The Class 1 Team

Term 5 Topic Plan – Growing


Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

Thursday 4th March is WORLD BOOK DAY!

Sadly we can’t all be together to celebrate in our usual way, but don’t worry – we have plenty of fun activities for you to have a go at from the comfort of your home.

World Book Day is about promoting the enjoyment of reading, encouraging children (and adults) to read for pleasure and explore different types of reading materials.

Please take a look at the photo slides for a short introduction to WBD and posters informing you of some live events for all age groups that you can get involved in. Here are some of the links you might be interested in:

Little Otters/Reception – Follow the link to some lovely stories to watch and listen to https://www.worldbookday.com/share-a-story-corner/  and some fun activities too https://www.worldbookday.com/resources/ 

Reception/KS1 – Follow this link to listen to stories being read https://www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/  and some fun activities too https://www.worldbookday.com/resources/ 

KS2 – Follow these links for some ‘live’ share a story book events: https://www.worldbookday.com/events/ 

some author/illustrator academy: https://www.worldbookday.com/online-masterclasses/ 

and lots more resources: https://www.worldbookday.com/resources/primary/ 

Please also look out for a post from Mrs Carter with all the links to our YouTube school channel of teaching staff reading stories throughout lockdown. We hope you enjoy them.


Here are some activities for you to do at home and to upload to Tapestry is you wish.

1. Make a book character/characters out of loo roll or a potato! – prizes will be given for impressive characters!
2. Make a cozy reading den – send us your photos of your den!
3. EXTREME READING – Reading in strange places! – prizes will be given for the next extreme reader photos!

Please see the information sheets about all three of these events here: 

Your FREE £1 Book Token is attached to the Tapestry post for you to download. 

We hope you enjoy some of these activities but whatever you do, take some time out to READ this week 🙂