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Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ


Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


Reception 2019 to 2020

"Children are inspired to learn, which is reflected in their positive behaviour.
Children happily play, share and learn alongside each other."  Ofsted, May 2019

A very warm welcome to Reception's class page! 

For children joining Reception in September 2020, please see our dedicated transition page,
which includes information, videos and pictures.

To go to the transition page, please CLICK HERE.

Welcome back, Reception! 

Reception had a great first week back at school! Here are some photos from the week...

Here is a very special welcome back video from all of the

Foundation Stage staff...

A message from Mrs St. Clair...

Hi Super Stars! 

I am really missing you! I have loved to see all of your photos and videos. Thank you so much for sharing them with me.  They are really making me smile!  Keep sending them through and I promise to get back to you. 

I hope you all had a lovely break over the May holidays and enjoyed the sun shine!  

It's very strange not being in school, isn't it, but you are all being so grown up by staying at home.  I have continued to put lots of learning activities on the website for you to have a go at whilst you are at home. 

I hope that it won't be too long before we can get back to school and all be together again.  Until then, look after your families, have lots of fun and keep in touch. 

Love from,

Mrs St. Clair  x

Class Information

Teacher: Mrs St. Clair

Teaching Assistants: Miss Clough (1:1), Miss Johnson (M/T), Mrs Norman (AM unit) and Mrs Peace (W/Th/F)


Parents/Carers, please see below for the Summer 2 newsletter. 

Summer 2 Newsletter - W/C 1st June 

Dear Parent's and Carers

Today marks the start of our final half term of this academic year – how time has flown! It definitely has been a year that no one could have predicted back in September. I would like to thank you all for working so closely with us since September, both in school and during the school closure. It has been such a pleasure working with you and your children.

Thank you so much to all those who have been keeping in touch with emails, pictures and videos – it has been lovely to see all those smiling faces and all the fun you have been getting up to at home.

I will continue to update the website with learning each week, including phonics, literacy, maths and topic learning.  Please remember that the vast majority of these tasks do not need printing out – they can be copied on to paper or alternatives can be made (e.g. a set of number cards may be offered but these could just be written on to paper).  

You will know that the plan is to open schools to Reception pupils soon and so we will keep in touch every step of the way on our journey to re-opening school. Please keep checking the COVID19 tab on the website and the school app for important updates and information.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs St. Clair and the Reception team

Home Learning 

You can find lots of home learning activities and ideas on our home learning page! Follow the tab, 'home learning' from our class page or click on the links below: 

Parental Engagement

Working in partnership with parents is central to the Early Years Foundation Stage.  Regularly discussing your child’s learning and achievements from in and out of school will enable us to have a much broader picture of your child’s development.

There are many ways in which we can share information...

  • you can speak with your child's Key Person or the class teacher
  • you can share observations on 2Simple by emailing 
  • you can complete a 'Proud Moment' slip
  • we will regularly share with you your child's learning journey and share with you their next steps in learning and development


Read With Me

We warmly invite parents/carers into class to read with their child each Friday morning until 8.40am.  It would be lovely if you’re able to join us.



Reception have P.E. each Monday afternoon and will need full P.E. kit (black shorts, white t-shirt and pumps/trainers). Please remember to label all items of clothing. 


Home Learning

Children will be given two reading books to read at home each week.  In Foundation Stage, we encourage parents/carers to read with their child every day, even just for 5-10 minutes. 

Children will also be given a key ring with the sounds they have been learning in phonics and some high frequency words to practise too. Please make sure that these are brought to school every day. 

Children will also be given optional topic challenges to complete with you at home each half term. 

Phonics Learning - Here are the sounds we are currently learning.

Phonics Learning - Here are the sounds we are currently learning.

Reception's Photo Gallery

Our most recent photos are at the top.

Caterpillar Update! 27.03.20

We now have four chrysalises! What will happen next?

How should we wash our hands?

Pancake Day - 25.02.20

As part of our learning about pancake day, we made some delicious pancakes. We were very careful measuring the ingredients and mixing it altogether! They were delicious! 

In literacy, we are learning how to write a recipe for pancakes. 

PE Learning - 24.02.20

This week, as part of our 'Growing' topic, we have started to learn about the life cycle of plants.

During PE, we used our bodies to pretend to be a bean growing into a bean plant. 

Chinese New Year - w/c 27.01.20 and 03.02.20

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

We have been learning all about Chinese New Year in Reception.  We have been writing Chinese symbols, telling the story of the great race between animals and have made beautiful Chinese lanterns.  In PE, we created our very own lion dances!

You can find some pictures of our learning below... 

Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day - 24.01.20

Today we learned about Moebius Syndrome and our friend shared a beautiful poem and some very yummy purple biscuits with us! 

ENGAGE Event - Frozen Kingdom - 14.01.20

As part of our new topic, Frozen Kingdom, the children (and staff!) came to school dressed as Polar animals.  We learned lots of interesting facts about the animals and thought about how each of them moved.  We will continue our learning this week. 

You can see some pictures from the day below. 

Christmas 2019

What an exciting time of year! 

We have enjoyed so many lovely activities this Christmas, including a visit to St. Peter's Church, a visit from Father Christmas and a very yummy Christmas dinner! 

A huge well done to all of our children who performed in our concert, A Wriggly Nativity. You were all fantastic!

Express Event 06.12.19

Thank you to all those who could join us for our express event.  The children enjoyed showing you their learning so far and doing lots of different Christmas activities as part of our topic, Let's Celebrate! 

Diwali - w/c 18.11.19 and 25.11.19

We have really enjoyed learning all about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. 

We made clay diva lamps, rangoli patterns with coloured rice and enjoyed a very yummy feast with our friends! "Happy Diwali!"

Children in Need - 15.11.19

Today we wore our own clothes to support Children in Need. This year's theme is 'Get Together, Get Active' and so we enjoyed getting active with Joe Wicks. 

Anti-Bullying Week - w/c 11.11.19

This years anti-bullying week theme is 'Change Starts with Us.' We have been thinking about our actions towards others and how we can be kind to everyone. 

On Tuesday, we wore odd socks to school and celebrated our differences. 

On Wednesday, World Kindness Day, we set a challenge to do at least two kind things for a friend that day. We also enjoyed making friendship bracelets. 

In Literacy this week, we have been learning how to write rules. We wrote rules on how to be a good friend to one another. 

Remembrance Day - 11.11.19

We enjoyed making poppies as part of our Remembrance Day learning.

We also heard from Ron and Don, from the Royal British Legion, on Remembrance Day and had two minutes of silence as a school. 

Bonfire Night - w/c 04.11.19

We have been learning about Bonfire Night - why it is celebrated, how it is celebrated and how to stay safe. 

Our children created some lovely firework pictures and learned how to smudge using pastels to create beautiful bonfire pictures. 

Halloween Week - Engage - w/c 21.10.19

We've had a great week in class celebrating Halloween. On Wednesday, we dressed up in Halloween themed clothes and costumes. 

We have carved a giant pumpkin (thank you, Jessica and family!), made spooky biscuits, made potions and written spells, and so much more! 

World Mental Health Day - 10.10.19

We have had a fun-filled day doing activities that support positive mental health.  We have done peer massage, yoga and we baked bread, just to name a few things! 

You can find some photos below...

Celebrating Harvest - October 

We have been learning lots about Harvest! 

On Monday 7th October, we went to St. Peter's church for a harvest festival with the rest of the school... we performed Big Red Combine Harvester as a class.  We had a great time! 

We have learned more about farmers and the machinery they use, the food we eat and how it gets to our plates. 

You can see a snapshot of our learning below. 

Maths Stay and Play - 27.09.19

Thank you to all the grown ups who came and joined us for our maths stay and play session. We had a lovely afternoon exploring a variety of maths concepts. 

Letters/Communication Home 

Copies of Foundation Stage letters sent home can be found by clicking on the links below. 

Want to know more about the EYFS? Head on over to our EYFS Page

Early Learning Goals - The expected level of learning and development by the end of Reception.

Parent/Carer Information Booklet - How can you support literacy and maths learning at home?