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St Francis Braintree


 Reception 2019-20


Welcome to the web page for Reception Class 

How quickly time has flown since September! In their first term at school, the children learnt lots of new routines and had many new experiences. The children made new friends and got to know the staff in the school. 

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/literacy, dough disco, RE, mega maths and story time. 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. 

We love doing 'dough disco' each day. This is an activity designed by a company called 'Spread the Happiness'. If you have some spare time at home during the weekends or holidays, and are stuck for ideas of activities, here are some 'Spread the Happiness' activities to try, 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.

Learning activities in EYFS are often guided and adapted daily/weekly based on the current interests and needs of the class. Please click here for some initial learning focuses for this term: 

Spring term overview EYFS

Autumn term overview EYFS

Books we have been reading this term

'The Magic School Bus lost in the solar system' by Joanna Cole

'The Magic School Bus in the time of the dinosaurs' by Joanna Cole

'Tyrannosaurs Drip' by Julia Donaldson

'Dinosaur Roar' by Paul and Henrietta Stickland

'Dinosaurs have feelings too' book series by Brian Moses

'The Jolly Christmas Postman' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

'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 Autumn term

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.