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Welcome to the Reception (Apple Tree) Class!

The children in our class are 4 and 5 years old.


Who works in Apple Tree class?

Our class teacher is Miss Bird. Mrs Drummond teaches on Wednesday morning.

We are lucky enough to have Mrs Walters and Mrs Reale working with us as our Teaching Assistants. Mrs Walters works every Monday and Tuesday in our class whilst Mrs Reale works with us every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

What do we learn?

Our curriculum is divided into 3 prime areas which are Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development, and 4 specific areas which are Literacy, Maths, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), we provide opportunities for children to learn through practical and purposeful play. Our reception classroom offers continuous learning provision both inside and out. The learning environment is guided by the children’s interest and will be adapted to suit their current curiosities, themes previously covered include pirates, Star-wars and superheroes.

Our new outdoor learning area

Our new outdoor learning area provides the children with great opportunities to learn though the different areas of the EYFS curriculum with a particular focus on maths. Our mathematical aim is to offer concepts such as capacity, length and problem-solving to be investigated on a larger scale that is not accessible indoors by using resources such as water play, ‘mud kitchen’ and den building apparatus. Learning through play encourages the children to not only use the mathematical language taught but also develop an understanding of how to apply their new skills through practical play. Further to the mathematical opportunities, the children at St Mary’s have scope to develop an understanding of teamwork, cooperation and the importance of harmonious relationships through utilisation of the new outdoor equipment.

Our topic this half term

This half term our topic is "Ourselves and Families". The children will have the opportunity to learn about themselves, their families and body parts. They will discuss family occasions and celebrations. The children will be completing a range of activities relating to our topic and their work will be up on our display walls.

We will also be completing some mini topic work all about Autumn and harvest. This will tie into our wonderful harvest festival ceremony which will be taking place in October.

Our Long-term Plan can be found here: Reception – Overview


Please keep up to date with what we have been up to below!

Our timetable

-P.E. will be on Monday and Wednesday
       -Monday we have a gymnastics coach in school
       -​Wednesday we are working on key skills
-Show and tell will be on Thursday
The timetable is displayed on our classroom window, however here is a link to this term's timetable


Your child will receive a yellow phonics book and a blue maths book. We will be learning up to 4 new phonics sounds a week and these will appear in your child's yellow book. On Monday a number will be in your child's blue book to help them focus on their number formation.

In Friday's weekly newsletter that is sent out via Schoolping, there will be suggested interactive activities that follow on from our learning in school.

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