Reception Elm Class 2023 - 2024

Miss Allenden

Support Staff: Mr Biddle, Mrs Bell & Ms Williams

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Miss Allenden  Mr Biddle  Mrs Bell  Miss L Wiliams

Curriculum Information for Spring 2

Talk 4 Writing

Three Billy Goats Gruff. 

The three Billy Goats Gruff want to go to a lush green meadow. In order to get there, they have to cross a bridge inhabited by a horrible Troll. When the tinniest Billy Goat Gruff crosses the bridge he convinces the Troll that he, the tinniest Billy Goat, is much too small to eat.

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Other texts that will be used to develop our story language linked to our Talk 4 Writing book include:

  • What the Ladybird Heard
  • The Bog Baby
  • The Journey Home
  • Sonya's Chickens
  • Farmer Duck
  • Handa's Hen


We have now launched Numbots. Children are encouraged to access this at home for at least 15minutes across the week. We also have this accessible to children within the provision using IPADs. NumBots is all about every child achieving the “triple win” of understanding, recall and fluency in mental addition and subtraction, so that children move from counting to calculating. Certificates are given out weekly on Friday Celebration assemblies. 

By the end of Reception children need to be able to:

  • recognise numbers to 20
  • order numbers
  • know 1 more and 1 less than a number
  • add and subtract numbers up to 20
  • double and half numbers
  • estimate numbers
  • know 2D and 3D shapes
  • be able to use positional langauge
  • Talk about time and money


Linking to our Talk 4 Writing focus, we will have topics covering the following themes over Spring Term 2.

  • Minibeasts
  • Spring
  • Easter

Enrichment Opportunties:

  • Fairtrade Week
  • World Book Day
  • Science Week
  • Easter


Important Information for Spring 2 

PE- Elm class will have their PE sessions on Monday

PE Uniform: 

  • Team colour t-shirt
  • Plain black shorts
  • Black pumps for indoor PE
  • Trainers for outdoor PE
  • Tracksuits, sweatshirts and leggings can be worn for outdoor PE in colder weather 
  • Ear rings must be removed and long hair must be tied back


Reading Book Changes


It is expected that all children will read at home at least five times each week. This can be a mixture of reading with support from an adult and independent reading. It can be their home reader, a magazine, newspaper, library book, or any other book that your child would enjoy reading. All home reading should be recorded in home-school diaries, this can be as simple as individual date and signature and the book that has been read as well as comment about how your child has read.

As a school, we aim for ‘Strive for Five’. Using our Dojo reward system to celebrate this achievement. As a result, parents will receive a notification of this via the Dojo app as well as children receiving a stamp in their Reading Record indicating their total number of reads each week. 

Each child has an allocated day that their book/s will be changed, linked to their house teams:

Donaldson- Monday

Seuss- Tuesday

Dahl- Wednesday

Rowling- Thursday

In school, we use children’s Reading Records to keep a record of what the children are reading rather than a dialogue between parents and school. We love to see parent comments about how they have got on if you have listened to them reading aloud or have asked them some questions about what they have read. We look forward to catching up with parents about children's reading progress in our parent’s evenings. 

Homework Information

This is sent via Dojo each Friday. We have provided a book for children to keep at home to complete their homework in. We ask parents to take a photo and upload the homework so we can see how well children are progressing their learning at home.

For Maths homework we are using Numbots. Your child has been provided with a login to access this. We ask that your child access Numbots for 15minutes across the week. 


Should parents need to contact the EYFS team please send a direct message through ClassDojo. All communication from school will be shared in this way. 

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