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St Nicholas at Wade

Church of England Primary School

A place to belong - A place to grow

Reception Class - Buttercup Class

Welcome to Reception - Buttercup Class!



Staff in Buttercup Class:

Picture 1 Mrs Tyrell (Teacher)
Picture 2 Mrs Hall (Teacher)
Picture 3 Mrs Back (Teaching Assistant)
Picture 4 Mrs Andrews (Teaching Assistant)

We are always happy to help, at the end of each day, we are on the door and available for any questions or queries.


What does our day look like?


We are currently in Term 6 and our topic is Land Ahoy! 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:

What will we learn in term 6?


This term our topic is 'Land Ahoy'. We will look at and explore a range of pirate and seaside themed texts. Children can be submariner in our role play submarine.  Our learning will include training to be a pirate - reading treasure maps, sailing in a pirate ship, walking the plank (assault courses) as well as planning healthy picnic, making seaside music and exploring the shoreline to identify different sea creatures.

Are there any trips/events planned?


Seashore safari at Reculver Park visitors centre  and beach on Thursday 28th June.

Please click on letter below for further details and information.



What did we learn in term 5?


Our topic was called “Read us a story” We looked shared different traditional tales.    Jack asked for our help to find his hen - we searched around our school and followed clues to find golden eggs. Goldilocks broke one of our class chairs! We made wanted posters to try to find her! We also had lots of fun making porridge. We also tried to catch the gingerbread man but he was too fast! So we bake some new ones. We made traps and security cameras to make sure they'd didn't escape from the oven!!!

What did we learn in term 4?


Our next topic was called “Who are we going to call?” We looked at people who help us and  transformed our role-play areas into a “vets” and an “opticians”.  Here is the outline for the term:

What did we learn in term 3?


In Term 3 our topic was called “Do cows drink milk?” We looked at animals, food and our role-play areas were transformed into a “vets” and “coffee shop”.  Here is what we covered during the term:

What did we learn in Term 2?

Our second topic was“Do squirrels hide their nuts?” We looked at Autumn and had the excitement of Forest School.

What did we learn in Term 1?

Our first topic will be “Friends” this will focus on settling into school, knowing who everyone is and making new friendships. Our topic overview is below:

Here is our friendship video, please feel free to watch us in action!

How does our classroom look?



Writing Workshop –


On Friday 1st December we will be having a workshop at 2.30pm in the school hall. The session will cover Write Dance, Dough Disco and how to help your child/children with their writing. We will look at what the expectation is for writing at the end of Reception.


Click below for the writing PowerPoint-

Cursive flying with phonics handwriting

Reading/Phonics workshop –


On Friday 13th October there will be a reading/phonic workshop held at 2.30pm in our school hall. We would like to share how we do reading/phonics at St Nicholas at Wade Primary School and hopefully provide you with some useful guidance.


Here is the information that we will be sharing:

Cake and tea reminder!


When you drop your child off on Monday 11th September 2017 (AM and PM), there will be a supply of tea and cake in the library. It might be a nice opportunity to meet some other parents, cheer yourself up (if you are feeling a little tearful) or just munch some cake!

This will be for the adults and Mrs Kemp will be around to greet you.


Online Questionnaire:


We are always keen to improve at St.Nicholas-at-Wade, please could you complete the online questionnaire. We are extremely grateful for your co-operation.


How do we reward children in Buttercup Class?


We believe in positive praise and always seek opportunities to reward the children. The children start the day on the “sunflower” and if they do something special they are rewarded by being put onto the “honey pot”. They then receive a sticker and share their good work with the class.  

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:

Here are some useful Apps:



Here are some useful websites:


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: