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

We are amazingly well supported daily by the wonderful Mrs Pearce.

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

Term 5 in Class 1

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope you have all had a wonderful Easter break and that your children are ready to start the new term.

This term is only 5 weeks so we will be very busy learners during this time!

As part of ‘Understanding the World’ learning objective, we are going to be exploring Africa, focusing on Kenya and comparing life there to the UK, such as weather and animals. We will spend the final week of the term preparing for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and finding out about her life and The Royal Family.

In PE, we will be improving our ball skills and therefore our sessions will be held in the playground so please remember to bring in the full PE kit this term: t-shirt/jumper, shorts/jogging bottoms/leggings and daps.

As the weather is improving, please remember to put sun cream on your child/children, as well as, bring in a sun hat (labelled) as we have very few areas of shade, during play times and lunch times.

Finally, please find attached the Topic map (a paper copy will be in their book bag) which outlines all the learning we will be covering in more detail this term.

Medium Term Plan 2022 Africa

Warmest regards,

Mrs Baird, Mrs Clune and Mrs Pearce

Term 4 in Class 1

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are really excited about upcoming events this term, including Pancake Day on March 1st and World Book Day on March 3rd.

Our class theme is ‘Birds’ and our focus story is the traditional tale, ‘Chicken Licken’.  To delve a little deeper with our topic learning, we will be taking the class on their first school trip to Slimbridge Wetlands Trust on Thursday March 17th, where they will learn in more detail about a range of birds, their habitats and life cycle.  We will then use our knowledge and understanding to begin writing simple reports about a bird of their choice.

Please find attached the Topic plan which will show you all the areas of learning that will be taught this term, as well as, the trip letter.  Paper copies will be in book bags this week.

slimbridge wetlands trip letter 2022

Topic Plan Spring 2 2022 Chicken Licken

Warmest regards,

Mrs Baird, Mrs Clune and Mrs Pearce


A very ‘Happy New Year 2022’ to you all & welcome back to Term 3

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope you have all managed a happy and healthy Christmas break and we wish you all a very happy new year!

We are really looking forward to seeing all the children tomorrow and hearing the news of their activities over the holidays.

This term, we will be covering a range of themes of learning including, Zog and Chinese New Year. The areas of learning are outlined in more detail within the Topic Plan attached.

We will also begin a new weekly session of ‘Show and Tell’ delivered by Mrs Pearce on Friday afternoons. Please see the attached letter to find out how your child can partake in these sessions.

In phonics this week, we will be recapping the digraphs (two letters that make one sound) learned in the previous term so there will be no new sheets in the phonics folder this week. However, please do continue to use the phonics folders regularly to practise the sounds we have learned so far. We will be providing sheets for the new sounds taught beginning next week.

You will also find a paper copy of the Topic Plan and ‘Show and Tell’ letter in book bags this week.

Kind regards,

The Class 1 Team


Medium term plan 2022 Chinese New Year & Zog

Show & Tell letter.doc

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