The staff in the Early Years Foundation Stage work as a team to ensure that everyone can...

"be the best that they can be!"


Reception Staff:

Mrs Whittingham - Class teacher

Mrs Pilott - Teaching assistant


What we are learning about this term?  

For the first half of this term we will be learning about our skeletons, our senses, and how to stay healthy, as well as thinking about our emotions and what it is that makes us all unique. After the half-term break our topic will be "That's my house!" (houses and homes). Please refer to the medium term planning and the spring curriculum letter below for more details!


We also have some very exciting events to look forward to this term including a trip to Wisley Gardens to see the butterflies, World Book Week and the arrival of ’Living Eggs' at the end of the spring term. Teaching and learning in all seven areas of the curriculum will be linked to these themes and events. In addition, Blackbird Class is looking forward to presenting their class assembly on Monday 26th January at 9.00a.m when they will be able to show parents and carers what they have been learning about! 

Please look at the list of dates below for other events happening this term and also refer to the Jolly Phonic information to see how you can support your child at home with their literacy skills.


Please remember that parents and carers are warmly welcomed and encouraged to come into the classroom and support their child with their learning for 15 minutes, (or as long as possible), between 8.35a.m and 8.50a.m every morning.

For long term learning objectives and planning please click on the links below:

These are the Early Learning Goals that we will be working towards throughout the year - they will show you the Expected level of attainment (ELA) at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception). If children are not working at this level they will either be Emerging ( below the ELA) or Exceeding, (above the ELA).
For more information on this term's curriculum please click on the links below.

(Please note that these plans are 'a work in progress' which will be adapted as necessary in order to incorporate interests, specific events and the weather! For more details on SMSC development (spiritual,moral,social,cultural) in the early years, please refer to the link at the bottom of the page.



Please click on the link below for general weekly information (more information  for Jolly Phonics can be found further down).


 Please also note that... 

  • Library Books will be changed on Fridays.
  • P.E is on Mondays and Fridays.
  • Please ensure that your child has their P.E kit in school every day! Thank you



Jolly Phonics
Please click on the link below to find information about the Jolly Phonic scheme. As your child progresses through this scheme other links will be added so that you, as parents and carers, can support and extend your child's learning at home. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have questions about the Jolly Phonic scheme.


Please also refer to the weekly information for parents, or look on the board outside the classroom door for more details.


 Websites for phonic practise:

If you need a quick reminder about how to pronounce a particular sound then please ask me or visit the Jolly Phonic website: 



Also refer to:


All children are now registered for ActiveLearn, and every child should have received their username and password for Bug Club  (in order to access this at home).




Maths in the reception

Please click on the link below to see more details about this term's maths curriculum

 Reception_Maths_MTP_Spring 2018

For extra information on how to support your child with maths at home, please click on the link below

REC_maths_term 2 target_sheet_for_home.doc

 Websites for children to use at home

Please click on the link below for a list of  useful websites to reinforce your child's learning at home

Websites for children to use at home




We will be using every opportunity to develop SMSC (Spiritual,Moral,Social,Cultural) values; encouraging the children to ask and reflect on the questions:

  • Who am I?
  • Who are we?
  • Where do we live?
  • How do we all live together?

Please click on the link below to see more details:

SMSC Spring Term 2018



Value of the Month

February : Value of the month is Trust

We will be teaching this value through opportunities as they arise: - using stories, songs, games, circle time, and other planned activities to encourage children to make good choices.


The 5 R's

To encourage children to become independent and effective learners we will be thinking about ways to show the 5rs - resourcefulnessreflective thinking,reasoning, resilience and responsibility.  

The 5 Rs are encouraged through every lesson and activity during the school day and are linked to characters in Winnie the Pooh to enable the children to relate to and understand the vocabulary.



'Achievements at Home' 

Please use the sheet below to inform us about child's learning at home and return to a member of Blackbird staff once each section is completed. Thank you.


Special dates  (details to follow later)

Spring 2018:

Half -Term 12th-16th February

Book Week - 26th Feb- 2nd March (Dress Up Day on the Friday) 

Living Eggs - 19th March- 29th March

End of Term – Thurs 29 Mar 2.00pm Finish

Advanced notice

BirdWorld visit   - Friday 11th May




Please don't hesitate to talk to us if you have any questions or concerns !

Thank you for your support.

 Mrs Whittingham and Mrs Pilott.


 The photos at the top and bottom of the page show Blackbird Class enjoying their learning - including photos of our trip to Wisley Gardens, above, and the Maths Workshop,and 'The Big Draw', below.