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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! 

Class Information

Teacher: Mrs St. Clair

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


Our Current Topic

This half term our topic is Let's Celebrate! The children will be learning all about different celebrations and festivals around the world at this time of year. This will include Halloween, Bonfire Night, Remembrance, Diwali, Advent and Christmas. 

Please see below for this half term's newsletter. 


Key Dates - Autumn Term 2019

  • Thursday 7th November - Outdoor Learning Day 
  • W/C Monday 11th November - Anti-Bullying Week 
  • Tuesday 12th November - Odd Sock Day
  • Friday 15th November - Children in Need
  • Tuesday 19th November - Individual and Family Photographs
  • Friday 29th November - PTA Christmas Fair 
  • Friday 6th December 2.00pm - Reception Express Event 
  • Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th December, 9.00am - Early Years Nativity 
  • Thursday 19th December - Christmas jumper and dinner day. Visit to church. Last day of term for pupils. 
  • Friday 20th December - INSET DAY - SCHOOL CLOSED TO PUPILS 

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 would like to 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 words to practise too.  (See rhymes below.) Please make sure that key rings 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.

Reception's Photo Gallery

Our most recent photos are at the top.

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. 

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?

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