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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?


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 4?


Our topic is 'Who are you going to call'. We you or you know of anyone in a role of someone who helps us and would be happy to come into school to visit us please come and see us. We have an exciting trip planned to Margate Fire Station (Please see seperate letter for details).

In RE we will explore Salvation and the Easter Story. We will continue our Maths and Phonics journeys, exploring 2d and 3d shapes,addition, subtraction, working with numbers 0-20.  We will recap all our phase 2 and 3 sounds and tricky words and gain greater independence in our writing.

In Term 5 we will have our Forest School sessions every Friday. (Please see seperate letter for more details)

What did we learn in term 3?


Our topic was 'Tell me a story'. In our magical topic we explored a range of traditional tales; questioning if we thought the big bad wolf so bad?  How many bowls of porridge did Goldilocks eat. How we would trick a wolf? What would grow from your magic bean? We became story tellers and authors ourselves by creating our own versions of some of the traditional tales we explored.We continued our number and phonics journeys. We explored size and weight concepts in Maths as well as floating and sinking in our attempts to help the gingerbread man travel across the river safely without being gobbled up by the fox! 

We continued to observe seasonal changes, looked at wildlife and how our environment has changed. We documented our observations through different art forms.

We took part in the National Safer Internet Day and explored this years theme of 'Free to be me - exploring identity online'

What did we learn in term 2?


Our topic was 'Do squirrels hide their nuts'. During the term we explored animals that hibernate and the reasons why. We explored birds, what they like to eat, how they like to eat and why some birds migrate. We explored seasonal foods by making and tasting soup. We enjoyed playing in our fruit and Vegetable shop. We went on a hunt in our environment exploring seasonal colours and collecting autumnal objects.

We explored festivals including Guy Fawkes and Christmas. We shared our family traditions and enjoyed sharing some seasonal traditions without our classroom together, writing and sending Christmas cards, explored advent with our advent calendar and scooping and decorating pumpkins.

We explored the Christmas story lots, sung some festive songs and did a Christmas Nativity play for all our grown ups to come and see.

We had a lovely trip to the theatre to watch Cinderella and enjoyed a yummy Christmas party food lunch.

What did we learn in term 1?


Our topic was 'Friends'. We all got to know each other and made new friends. We shared lots of friendship themed texts. We settled into our new routines together and agreed some rules for our learning and playing environments.  We tried 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.

Reading Workshop

Reading Workshop Bookmarks

Jolly Phonics App

Jolly Phonics App 1 Please download this APP. It is free!
Here is the workshop information. Please feel free to ask any questions if anything is unclear.

Are there any trips/events planned?






How does our classroom look?





Parent Information/Workshops


Reading Workshop - Tuesday 15th October: 2.30pm or 6pm 

Attendance letter can be viewed and downloaded below. Please return attendance form to indicate which session you will be attending


Parent Consultations - Thursday 17th October

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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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: