The reception class starts together full time in September of the year in which they are five.
The Jolly Phonics scheme is used to support reading and writing. Children build up a phonics library of sounds in their book bag and parents can support the classroom work by helping the child finish the colouring, learn the action that accompanies the sound and also the correct letter formation in writing.
The children learn to read using the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. The books are used during supported reading sessions during the school day and are sent home each day for the children to read with parents.
Most of the learning is supported through guided and child initiated play.
‘Show and Tell’ is a feature with the children who are encouraged to tell the class about something

that is special to them – so do not forget to bring something in – it can be anything from a toy to a photograph.
Norman the class dog is allowed to visit a child’s house each day; this supports various learning objectives in the Foundation Stage Profile.
The class is involved in the school Nativity play which is part of the Christmas service at the church.
An outing is planned for each term, with a joint Christmas trip with Years 1 & 2. In recent years we have visited the toy museum in Park House, the Royal Stud, the Butterfly Park, Thursford, Princess Theatre, Sea Life Centre.

Our visit to the Sealife Centre and Old Hunstanton beach

Posted on June 19th, 2018

We had a fabulous visit to the Sealife Centre last week. We saw lots of fascinating sea creatures and learned many interesting facts, especially during our ‘Rockpool workshop’. Did you know that a starfish can survive with only one arm, and that it can grow new arms?

After we finished in the Sealife Centre we got back on the coach and went to Old Hunstanton. We ate our picnic on the beach and then spent the rest of the afternoon playing on the sand. We had a competition to build a perfect sandcastle and collected lots of shells to take back to school. We all had a lovely day and, as always, the children were a pleasure to take out.

Mrs Strudwick

Hunstanton trip – beach, bakery and beautiful sea creatures!

Posted on June 14th, 2018

A wonderful day out was had by Reception and years 3 and 4  on Tuesday 12th June, with our trip to Hunstanton. Children enjoyed time at the rock pool and in the aquarium at the Sealife centre, followed by lunch on the beach and games. Year 3 and 4 also made beach sculptures and had a really interesting time at Mr Bun the Baker, finding out about life as a baker and even making their own doughnuts. Read all about it in the Hunstanton town guide, link below.

Mrs Gardener



The ‘Big Build’!

Posted on May 25th, 2018

To bring our theme of ‘Castles, Knights and Fairytales’ to an end we invited our parents into the classroom to join their children for a ‘Big Build’ session. The children were asked to design a castle as part of their homework and collect together the resources they would need for their model.

It was great that so many parents were able to join us on Monday afternoon this week. Everybody enjoyed the afternoon and today the children have proudly visited the other classrooms to show their castles to the rest of the school.

Well done everyone and thank you to our lovely parents for coming in to support our learning.

Mrs Strudwick

May 25th 2018

Amazing writing from Neve

Posted on May 4th, 2018

Well done Neve for your amazing writing in Reception class today! Beautiful letter formation and spelling, along with excellent capital letters and punctuation, what progress you have made this year.

Mrs Gardener 

Summer Term 2018

Posted on April 17th, 2018

Welcome back! We hope you all had a fabulous Easter holiday.

Please have a look at our topic web to see some of the exciting learning opportunities that we have planned for this term.

Best wishes

Mrs Strudwick and Mrs Berry

Summer Term 1st half topic web 2018

Foundation Stage Summer Term Newsletter 2018

Spring term newsletter

Posted on February 2nd, 2018

We have lots of exciting learning experiences planned for this term. Our new outdoor area is continuing to take shape and we are eagerly awaiting delivery of our new Mud Kitchen, which has been constructed by one of our lovely parents!

Foundation Stage Newsletter Spring Term 2018 (1st half)

Autumn Term topic web

Posted on September 21st, 2017

We are pleased to welcome all our new Reception children to school.

You have all received our ‘Welcome’ information, but please have a look at our topic web to see some of the exciting learning we are planning for this term.Autumn Term topic web

Summer Learning

Posted on May 4th, 2017

Please take a moment to look at details of  some of the learning we have planned for this term. You should all have received copies of our Summer Term Newsletter too.

Summer Term 1st half topic web

Mrs Strudwick

Houghton Hall

Posted on February 23rd, 2017

We had a fabulous day at Houghton Hall at the end of January. After dropping off our lunch boxes in the Education Centre we walked over to the woods, investigating the vast slate moon art installation on the way.

We had a great time in the woods. Everyone had to find a suitable stick so that we could all make Wish Wands. We peeled our sticks and then decorated them with felt pens before using ribbon to tie on leaves and feathers as finishing touches. They all looked beautiful!  We also did some bark-rubbing and found some dens to play in.

After lunch we explored the Walled Garden. The garden is divided into different sections and is a really interesting place to visit. We followed the leader through the maze, looked for 2D shapes around the garden and had a tree counting race.

By popular request we finished our day in the Adventure Playground!

Everyone had a lovely day, the weather was perfect and we can’t wait to go back again!

Mrs Strudwick

February 2017

Outdoor Area Makeover!

Posted on February 23rd, 2017

Our Outdoor Learning space began to have a grand makeover just before Christmas. On the day that the work began all the children were very excited to watch seven huge bags of sand being craned over the hedge! They all thought that the sand was for a giant sand pit so were a bit disappointed to see it being spread out to form a base for the surface!

As the week progressed everyone became more and more excited about the prospect of playing in the new space.


At the end of the week the finishing touches were added….a road track and a target for games.





We are delighted with our new area so far and are looking forward to adding the next stage in our plans, a mud kitchen and a digging and den-building area.

We are really grateful to the

‘Friends’ for partially funding our new surface.

Mrs Strudwick

February 23rd 2017











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Secretary: Trish Birrell

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