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

Final Term in Reception

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope you have had a lovely half term and that you all enjoyed some Jubilee celebrations with friends and family.

This term our Topic is ‘Growing’.  We will be looking at life cycles, including the lifecycle of a butterfly, where we are eagerly awaiting for our caterpillars to arrive in the classroom…it is a secret surprise for the class so please don’t tell them just yet!  During our trip to Redwood (Thursday 9th June) the children will be going on a minibeast hunt through the meadow and woodland area as well as participating in pond dipping.

We will of course be doing some planting of seeds, so if you do have any spare small plastic plant pots that you are able to donate to the class – we would be very appreciative!

We will focus on several stories and information books about minibeasts and growing plants, including ‘Eddie’s Garden’ by Sarah Garland, ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle and the fun and exciting adventures of ‘Supertato’ by Paul Linnet and Sue Hendra.

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

Topic Plan Term 6 2022 Growing

Warm regards,

The Class 1 Team – Mrs Baird, Mrs Clune and Mrs Pearce

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