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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

We have two topics this half term: "Festivals and Celebrations" where we focus on Bonfire night and Diwali. We then move on to Christmas where we will be using a variety of art and craft materials to make Christmas gifts and displays. We will also learn and perform the Nativity story.

Our other topic is "Houses and Homes". We will learn about different materials and find out about our local area. Our learning will link to traditional stories such as The Three Little Pigs and we will also be using non Fiction books such as Homes around the World to support our learning.

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
       -On both days we will be 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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This half term we explored our topics through the many different areas of learning. We have looked closely at ourselves including how we are different from one another. A worry monster visited our class who was very confused with all his feelings and emotions. We have discussed the many emotions that we experience and how best to handle these.

Mark Making

We love to mark make in Apple Tree class! We enjoy making meaningful marks both inside and outside. 


This half term we have been looking closely at numbers, repeating patterns, positional language, shapes and days of the week.


We have had a focus on the topic 'special things'. A few of our tasks included making boxes for people who are special to us and creating crosses for our reflection area.

Food and Nutrition

During this half term we made silly salad faces! We thought carefully about what facial features we needed to include, and safely used the equipment to cut and grate our vegetables. At the end of the activity we were able to eat all the yummy vegetables we used to make them.


In this half term we have focused on key skills and gymnastics. We have been practising different movements, balances and rolls.

We have also enjoyed using our new outdoor running track!

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