Class R

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Teacher: Mrs Nellist

Welcome to Class R

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your family. I am delighted to be working with you in Reception Class and know that we will have a very exciting year. I hope that you enjoy the new challenges and approaches to learning that Class R has to offer.

Mrs Nellist

February 2020 letter

Dear Parents

You may already be aware that the pupil undergoing cancer treatment is in your child’s class. As a school, we want to do everything we can to support Olivia and her family at this very difficult time.

On Monday 10th February, I delivered a short presentation and answered any questions that you had. As we know, young children ask lots of questions and sometimes we are unsure how best to answer them, so I am hoping this session helped.

When Olivia returns to school she will look different from the last time her class mates saw her. Olivia is obviously aware of this and a little worried about what her friends may think. We need to make her return to school a positive one and alleviate as many worries as possible. As a school, and in consultation with professionals who deal with childhood cancer, we believe that the best way to deal with this is to talk to the children in an age appropriate way in their class. I have been given some materials from Olivia’s Macmillan nurse which are recommended by the charity ‘Young Lives vs Cancer’ to help me do so.

At the meeting on Monday I shared these materials with you. If you don’t wish your child to access such information, please let the school office know, so that I can make alternative arrangements for your child during that session.

The slides from the two presentations can be viewed here:

'Young Lives vs Cancer' presentation (PDF file)
'Susie has a Tumour' presentation (PDF file)

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Nellist

January 2020 update

I hope you have all had a super Christmas and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year. Last term was fantastic in Class R. The children all settled really well and enjoyed lots of exciting learning opportunities. We had fun exploring ‘The World and I’ in Autumn 1 and learning about ‘Toys and Christmas’ in Autumn 2. The end of the term saw the children work together with classes 1 and 2 to put together an amazing nativity performance. What exceptional children we truly have at East Ayton Primary School!

This term, our topic will be ‘Space’. Where possible, learning will be linked across the seven areas of learning which are outlined in the Early Years Curriculum. The topic has been generated through the children’s current interests and will follow lines of enquiry through questions that the children have asked about space and the solar system.

A priority across school is to encourage reading. Your child will receive reading books on their designated day. Some children will also have word cards and spellings as they become ready for the next challenges. We have a ‘space race’ in class which is a great motivator to encourage children to read both at school and at home. Please can you help your child soar across the planets by reading with them regularly at home. Evidence suggests that young children learn best if reading is done daily in short bursts. Also please can you make a comment in your child’s ‘Reading Record’ as this helps staff when they are assessing reading and changing books. We really do value all your comments.

I am really looking forward to this term and always say that I have the best job in school working with the little people. There is never a dull moment, they always put a smile on your face and every day is a new, exciting adventure in Class R.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries or concerns.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Nellist

Curriculum Overview

Term Plans

Reception Booklet

Transition from Nursery

Our aim is to ensure that the children experience a smooth transition from Nursery to Reception. Learning through play will continue to be an important part of the school day, and the children will gradually be eased into more focused learning opportunities as the year goes on so that they remain motivated, enthused and eager learners.

Please don’t hesitate to come and see me either before or after school if you have any questions or queries. My door is always open.

How learning takes place

During our literacy sessions we will introduce letters through the system of Jolly Phonics which encourages children to learn letters with a visual prompt, an action as well as a sound. The idea is for the children to learn the sound and letter name and relate it to the letter shape. They will need your help and support for this and we will send home sets of letters after they have been introduced and your child will progress as they demonstrate their aptitude and enthusiasm for learning. As the year progresses we will also introduce Letters and Sounds.

We will share books with them as a whole class. We would encourage you to continue sharing books with your child at home. Ask them questions to predict what might happen and then discuss what has happened, taking time to look at the pictures and describe characters or settings. Once your child is ready we will send them additional books from our reading scheme with an explanatory note for you. We do like their books and book bags to be in school each day so we get the opportunity to read with them too. Your child will have a reading record book in their bag. If you lose the book a replacement will cost £2.00 and these can be purchased at the school office.

We will also have some whole class sessions for mathematics when we will engage in a range of counting activities, number recognition, songs, shape work and problem solving. We will also cover this with small group games and activities. You can support your child through noticing numbers in the environment, such as on doors, buses, in telephone numbers, etc. Also by asking them how many items or objects they can see, how many they might have if they had one more or less and talking about where things are in the house or in the shops.

Children will be exploring many areas of provision and will be encouraged to make choices and develop independence in their learning. They will learn through fun activities and will be encouraged to develop their learning further by adults providing next steps pertinent to the individual's own development.

Role play, sand, water, painting, construction and creative activities will be on offer daily and we will strive to offer free flow play when we can which will extend and develop their learning through indoor and outdoor learning opportunities. For this reason we would ask that they bring in their coats to enable access to outdoor areas.

Star of the Day

Each day one child will be chosen to be our Star of the Day. This will be for a child who has tried hard all day and has been helpful and kind to others. This is a motivational award that the children are really responding well too. They will receive a certificate and a small treat.

Collection of children

In order to ensure your child’s safety we only let the children out as we see the parent/carer who is collecting them at the end of the day. At the beginning of the school year, we are still getting to know you, so this may take a little time and we ask for your patience please. We would also ask that if your child is being collected by somebody else, please come and tell us or let the office staff know.


The children will be doing P.E. on a Monday and a Tuesday. Please ensure your child has their P.E. kit in school and that all items are clearly labelled. We encourage children to practise getting dressed at home to help them get changed quickly in school!

Forest School

Children will engage in Forest School learning opportunities on a Wednesday and will need a pair of wellington boots and a coat in school.


Homework will be limited, as I believe that children need time to play, relax and spend quality time with their families and friends after school.