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St Nicholas at Wade

Church of England Primary School

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Reception Class - Buttercup Class

Welcome to Reception - Buttercup Class!



Staff in Buttercup Class:

Picture 1 Mrs Weller (Teacher)
Picture 2 Mrs Hall (Teacher)
Picture 3 Mrs Back (Teaching Assistant)

We are always happy to help, so if you have a question or query how big or small feel free to come and chat to one of us.


What does our day look like?


We are currently in Term 2 and our topic is Why do squirrels hide their nuts! Please have a look to see what we are up to each day in our current  timetable.



What does our curriculum look like?


In Reception we select topics to suit the children’s interests. Through finding out what the children are interested in we can tailor the curriculum accordingly. We follow the EYFS


Statutory Curriculum which you can see below:

Here is an overview of what is expected within the strands, it is a useful tool for understanding the profile:

Here is our yearly overview:

What will we learn in term 2?


Our topic is 'Why do squirrels hide their nuts?'. We will be exploring our surroundings and observing seasonal changes. We will be thinking about different types of animals and exploring hibernation and migration. We will discuss how we can care for animals and our environment.  We will continue to write our names and explore different ways of mark making. We will continue our Letters and Sounds phonic journey, explore numerals 1-5 and what each numeral represents whilst engaging in some problem solving activities as well as looking at and using 2d shapes. We will be meeting our new class friends Tessa and Tom who will be teaching us all about Christianity. As Christmas gets nearer we will be learning our Christmas songs ready for our Nativity performance in the Church as well as being busy and creative preparing for the PTFA Christmas Fair!

What did we learn in term 1?


Our topic was 'Friends'. We all settled into school life well and made friends with each other. We shared lots of friendship themed texts. We learnt new routines together and agreed some rules for our learning and playing environments.  We all worked hard to recognise our own names and our friends names, had a go at mark making and writing our own names. We began our Letters and Sounds phonic journey, explored numerals 1-5 and what each numeral represents whilst engaging in some problem solving activities. We observed some seasonal changes and explored our outdoor environment.

Are there any trips/events planned?


We will be visiting our local church during Term 2 during our Christmas Nativity Preparations. Our Christmas Nativity will be performed in our Local Church, please see recent school newsletter for dates and times.


Helping your child to read at home workshop will be held in the Studio on Friday 9th November 2018 at 2.30. 


We will be having weekly visits to a forest school setting later on in the school year. Further details will be sent home soon.



How does our classroom look?





Parent Information/Workshops

Cursive flying with phonics handwriting

Picture 1 Special Award
Picture 2 Start of the Day
Picture 3 A reminder for sad behaviour
Picture 4 Repeated sad behaviour

Useful websites or Apps:

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Here are some useful books:


What Every Parent Needs To Know by Toby Young & Miranda Thomas  USBN: 0241004721/9780241004722



Here is a useful download of what to expect and how to help your child in their first year at school:

Reception Class Letters