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Hello and welcome to our special page for Reception Class, known as the 'Squirrels' class! The place where children have lots of fun learning through play!

In Reception, Miss Early is the class teacher and Mrs Tomlinson, Mrs Rowley  and Miss Kean are the Early Years Practitioners who will be working with the children throughout the week. 

Miss Harrison is the Early Years Co-ordinator who will be popping in lots to check we are having lots of fun whilst we learn. She will also be taking Squirrel class for our weekly forest schools session.

We want your child to be happy and to enjoy learning so if you have any questions or concerns please come and see us! Don't hesitate to get in touch with any question no matter how big or small. Email us at 

 Meet the Squirrels Class Team     

 Miss Early

Class Teacher 


Mrs Tomlinson

Early Years Practitioner 

Mrs Rowley

Early Years Practitioner 

Miss Kean

Early Years Practitioner


Our topic this term is

'Splish, Splash, Splosh!'


This term, we will be heading out on the Seven Seas in search of treasure and gold. We will be finding out all about pirates, the sea and the animals that live there.

Week 1 - Pirate Pete Loses His Hat

What happened to Pirate Pete? What was Pete's parrot called? How did Pete feel when he lost his hat? What did Pete see through his telescope? Who found Pete's hat? How did Pirate Pete get his hat back? How could he get his hat back?

We will begin our new topic, following Pirate Pete and his pet parrot, Beaky! We will be finding out about the different clothes pirates wear - like a pirate hat, an eye patch and even a hook! We will be turning ourselves into pirates, creating pirate hats and eye patches to wear. 


Week 2 - Pirates Love Underpants

What treasure did the pirates have in their treasure chest?  What treasure is magnetic?   How do we know if the treasure is magnetic?  Why did the pirates like pants?  What different patterns can make on the pants?  What is a desert island?  What did the pirates use their treasure maps for? How could we make treasure maps look old? Where would you bury treasure? 

This week, we will not only be looking at pirates, but also underpants too! We will be creating and designing our own underpants  using repeating patterns. I hope the pirates don't take them! We will be thinking about the different things we would bury if we were a pirate. Would you bury gold coins? What about your favourite snack? We will also be having a go at creating our own treasure map using tea bags to make the pages look worn!

Week 3 - The Night Pirates

Who are the Night Pirates? What are the differences between day and night? What did the Night Pirates do? Where did they take the boy? Who was on the desert island? What did the Night Pirates take? What would you put in your treasure chest? Can you make your own treasure chests?

This week, we will be following the story of the Night Pirates. We will also have a go at creating our own treasure chests at the Creative Station. What treasure would you put in your treasure chest? Can you use your treasure map to find the treasure?

We will also have a go at following instructions to create our own paper boat. We will then have a race with the boats - I wonder whose boat will be the fastest? I wonder how many pirates could fit in a boat? What would happen if we put too many pirates in a boat?


Week 4 - Commotion in the Ocean

What animals live in the sea? Can you describe the different animals? What is a habitat? What features do sea animals have to help them live in the water? Where might we find different animals? Are there some animals that live in the water and on land?

This week we will be finding out about the different animals that live in the sea. We will look at the animals' different features and describing them. We will have a go at writing some descriptive sentences about different sea creatures in our Literacy lessons and then use our work to create a book for our Cosy Corner. 

At the Creative Station, we will be creating under the sea pictures using sand and glue and will have a go at creating fish using tissue paper for the scales.


Week 5 - Finding Dory

Who is Dory? What animal is Dory? Who are Dory's friends? Where does Dory live? What happens to Dory? How did Dory feel? Where are we going on our trip? Where is Gulliver's Kingdom? How are we travelling to Gulliver's Kingdom? Who is coming to Gulliver's Kingdom?

We will be continuing looking at the animals that live in the sea this week and look at the movie, Finding Dory! Can you remember some of the sea creatures we looked at last week? Do they appear in the movie? Are there any new sea creatures in the movie? We will be revisiting how we stay safe near water - I wonder what we can remember.

On Wednesday, we will have our whole school Transition Day! We will be spending the day in Year 1, spending a fun day with our new teacher. 

On Friday, we will be going to Gulliver's Kingdom! We cannot wait to go on the coach and a brilliant day out exploring Gulliver's Kingdom and going on lots of different rides! I'm very excited for the log flume.


Week 6 and 7 - Lucy and Tom at the Seaside

What is the seaside?  What will we find at the seaside?  Who has been to the seaside before? How do we get to the seaside?  What did Lucy and Tom do at the seaside?  What do we take to the seaside with us?  What can we make with the sand?  How can we be 'sun safe' at the beach?  What foods could we have in our picnic basket? What is our favourite ice cream?

Our final two weeks will be looking at the seaside. We'll use the story, Lucy and Tom at the Seaside as our starting point to explore the different things we might see there and things we could do at the seaside. The children will have the opportunity to bring in their own pictures of when they've been to the seaside and have a chance to talk to the class about their memories and experiences. In our Creative Station, we will use the water colours to paint pictures of the seaside and at the Message Centre, we will have a go at writing descriptive sentences to go along with the pictures the children have brought in.

Reception Important Diary Dates

Here are the dates we have so far for this half term. We will continue to add to them as the half term progresses. Also remember to check your weekly newsletter for the most up to date information. 


    • 3rd – Back to school
    • 11th and 12th - Mathematics workshops for children in EYFS – More information to follow.
    • 12th — Fun Run
    • 14th — Paul Sturgess in to visit
    • 17th - INSET DAY—School closed.
    • 19th — Class photograph day
    • 24th-28th – Reception phonics session


    • 3rd — Whole school transition day
    • 5th—EYFS Family trip to Gulliver’s Kingdom
    • 17th — Summer Fair
    • 17th — 22nd—Wellbeing week
    • 19th – Sports Day

 Topic Web

To see the full topic web for this half term please click on the link below

Squirrel Class - Summer 1 Topic Web

Squirrel Class - Summer 2 Topic Web

Parent phonics information

Parents information Powerpoint : Meet the Level 2 Twinkl Phonics Family



The Early Years Foundation Stage

 In Squirrels class we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage which is organised into seven areas of learning. These seven areas are as follows:
PSED - Personal, social, emotional development (developing self confidence and self awareness, making relationships as well as managing behaviour and feelings).
CL - Communication and Language (speaking, listening and understanding)
PD - Physical development (moving and handling as well as health and self care)
LIT - Literacy (reading and writing)
MATHS - Mathematics (numbers, shape, space and measures)
UW - Understanding the World (people and communities, the world and technology)
EAD - Expressive Arts and Design (exploring and using media and materials as well as being imaginative!)


In school we have a set of non-negotiables for Literacy and Mathematics for the children to aspire to by the end of each year group. Click below to see what is expected by the end of their time in Squirrels class (end of EYFS).

Writing non-negotiables for Squirrels class

Mathematics non-negotiables for Squirrels class

We work towards the Early Learning Goals (ELG's) in Squirrels class. Click on the document to see what the Early Years curriculum is all about and what the children should be able to do by the end of their time in Squirrels class.

EYFS curriculum explained for Parents/carers


Squirrels' Stars of the Week

At our school we have a special 'star of the week' from each class! In Squirrels class we have Sammy Squirrel who goes home with the star of the week for a whole week and he has a special diary for the star of the week to fill in ready to be shared with the class the following week. Sammy can't wait to meet you!


Our School Values

 Each week we have a new value – 12 in total.  The children will have an assembly Monday morning about how to show and give respect to others both in school and at home!  We will be expecting this to be demonstrated to all members of our Coppice community,  it is important that even when we move onto a new value, the old one isn’t lost. 

Our new core values will now form the basis of our ambassador passports (these have now been renamed – core value passports and the children can achieve their bronze, silver and gold awards throughout the year for each core value. We will of course keep you informed about how your child is getting on with this throughout the year. 

Each week Mrs Seaton will send out a Newsletter that will reflect the value we are working on so that it can also be supported at home.  We look forward to seeing our children bright and early ready to embrace the new weekly challenges! 

Learning Journeys

During the last few years we have developed the way that we collect observations about what your child can do during their time in Nursery. Your child will have a gorgeous book called 'My Little Book of Adventures' where we put in evidence of what your child has been learning! As part of this we will be using an app called 'Tapestry' on our iPads to take photographs of your child completing different activities and make notes about what they are doing. One of the best features of this is that we can email you all the evidence we collect!  You can also let us know of any 'wow' moments you witness at home. We will be sending home an information letter and permission form for this during the beginning of September! 

We also love to hear what your child has achieved at home and so we ask you fill in proud clouds and share them with us! 

Proud cloud letter - September 2022

Proud cloud template - September 2022

Information for Parents

The EYFS curriculum for parents/carers handout
Dough disco information leaflet
Letters and Sounds Phase 1 booklet

Letters and Sounds Phase 2 booklet

Letters and Sounds Phase 3 booklet
Coppice Primary School and Nursery - Early language development booklet for parents

Speech sounds

Small Talk booklet - age related expectations related to communication

Communication friendly environments
Finger Rhymes

Developing core stability 

Developing early writing

Stay and Play sessions

Each term we have a stay and play session so parents, carers and other family member can join us in Squirrels class to see what we do. The children love showing everyone their classroom and the type of activities we do every day in Squirrels class. We always end with an activity for both children and adults. This could be a story, a squiggle, a dough disco or a dance! Who knows!! We like to keep it a surprise!!

The children love showing their grown ups the Squirrels classroom and EYFS outside area. We cannot wait to welcome you to our stay and play sessions this year!

Have a question or concern?

We understand that there are times when you might have a question or concern! You have an open door policy in our school and you are always welcome and to come and speak to any member of staff. You can email me at  or our EYFS co-ordinator, Miss Harrison, at Alternatively you can ring school on 01773 712840 and we will do all we can to help.

Helping at home

There are lots of things you can do to help your child. We don't have formal homework in Squirrels class but below are some ideas of what you can do which are quick and easy and will help your child consolidate skills we have taught in school. Look on each topic web for some challenges we have set the children to help them gain extra points for their reward chart in school! If you would like any help or support please ask any member of EYFS staff. We would be more than happy to help with ideas!


Your child has a reading folder which includes flashcards, a homework book and reading book. Please practise these for 5 - 10 minutes every night if possible. We will hear your child read every week in school and will practise letter sounds and high frequency words in our Twinkl Phonic activities. 


Every week your child will have a phonics activity to complete at home. As we move through Level 2 and Level 3 phonics they will also be bringing flashcards home to practise. 


Encourage your child to write their names on invitations and cards reminding them to have a capital letter at the beginning! As they learn their letter sounds help them practise writing them using the correct letter formation.

Letter formation sheet


Play board games such as 'snakes and ladders'  to encourage your child to count spaces to move their counters forwards or backward. When you are walking as the children to count how many foot steps from one place to another and ask the children to identify different numbers they see on doors or buses. Practise counting in order to at least twenty and backwards to zero.

Life skills

Encourage your child to put on and fasten their own coat, to put on their own shoes and to get dressed and undress by themselves. Remind them to wash their hands after going to the toilet and before eating a meal. When eating encourage your child to use a knife and fork correctly.