Coppice Primary

Planting the seeds of
growth and





Hello and welcome to our special page for  Squirrels class (Reception)! We are really lucky to have a big and bright room with lots of different areas to explore! We have a beautiful cosy book corner, a special writing place (though we love to write wherever we can!) and a brilliantly resourced maths area as well as lots of other inviting areas for us to learn in!  Squirrels class also have a lovely outside area which we share with Fox Cubs class so we can learn outside as well as inside! The children  have lots of fun learning through play!

In Squirrels class, Mrs Ellis is the class teacher.  Miss Panayiota, Mrs Rowley and Miss Renshaw are our Early Years Practitioners at different times during the week. Mrs Hussain teaches the class on a Wednesday afternoon when Mrs Ellis has her PPA time. We really love working in Reception and want your child to be happy. If you have any questions or concerns please come and see us!     


 Mrs Ellis

Reception class teacher

 Mrs Hussain HLTA - teaches on a Wednesday afternoon



Miss Panayiota

Early Years


Mrs Rowley Early Years


 Miss Renshaw


Early Years Practitioner


  Busy, busy Squirrels Class!!

We are so lucky to work in the best class in the school (ok we are bias!) We get to work with a class of children who are so curious and enthusiastic learners!! They always have lots of fantastic ideas which we include in our daily activities and they explain what they are doing and why!



This term our topic is

'Marvellous Me!'

Welcome to our class page and very first topic together. Our Topic this term is “Marvellous Me!”. It is every teacher’s favourite theme, as it allows for us all to get to know each other a little better and for us to share our likes, dislikes, interests and fascinations!

Here are some ideas to start with and we will continue to add to them as we go through the term! We also follow principles of 'planning in the moment' which means that the children guide our learning following their interests and every day is full of surprises!! 


Autumn 1 - Week 1

Starting School!

Welcome to the first week of the school year, where we will be learning all about the things that happen when we start school for the very first time. We will be reading all about Biff, Chip and Kipper - comparing the similarities and differences of their school week to ours. The children will be introduced to the routines: literacy, phonics, mathematics, PE, indoor and outdoor play and more importantly, having fun with dough disco. Make sure to get your groove on!



Autumn 1 - Week 2

Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School

I absolutely love dinosaurs and so I am very excited to read this story to the children. This week, the dinosaurs have caused chaos inside and outside the classroom but what have they done? The children will have to investigate by following and collecting the dinosaur footprints, leading to what havoc they have created and why. From this, the children will be learning how to measure items (in mathematics) and developing new knowledge of the different dinosaurs which lived all those years ago. 


Autumn 1 - Week 3

Once there were Giants

 "Once there was a baby in the house - and to that baby, Mum and Dad and Jill and John and Uncle Tom were giants. But little by little, that baby grew up - until she became a giant too!"

It must be scary to constantly be looking upwards towards our loved ones. That's when we think about the following: What happens when we grow? How do our bodies change? All these questions that children will begin to wonder. The children will continue to look at measurement, using our handspan and thinking about the following: Is my hand bigger or small than yours? Am I taller or shorter than you? We will also be thinking about what jobs they would like to do when they are older - a fireman? policeman?


Autumn 1 - Week 4

Only One You

 There's only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place. The children will explore how similar and different we all are and how we can make a difference to our lives and each others. Within the story, Adri's parents share some of the wisdom they have gained through the years with their eager son. Their words, simple and powerful, are meant to comfort and guide him as he goes about exploring the world. The children will follow the Adri's journey as they explore the colours of the vibrant blue seas.

Autumn 1 - Week 5

Super Daisy!

Cripes! Planet Earth is in DANGER! It's on a fatal collision course with Planet Pea! If they crash then Planet Pea will explode into a gazillionpillionkillion peas, and that means only one thing . . . there'll be PEAS . . . WITH EVERYTHING!!!! Can the children help Super Daisy to save Planet Pea? Can they identify the number of peas they need to save?


Autumn 1 - Week 6


I am a strong believer in eating healthy - particularly our fruit and vegetables! This fantastic story brings to light the importance of eating super foods that will help to develop our muscles to make us strong (Even make us see in the dark!) and to help develop our minds.  The children are going to walk along side Supatato in becoming their own superhero - identifying the different shapes fruit and vegetables look like and hopefully trying new foods they may never have had before!


Autumn 1 - Week 7

The Little Red Hen

This beautiful traditional  folktale story is all about a hen who decides to make bread; however the farm animals refuse to help her. Once made the bread the animals want to eat it for themselves but the little red hen decides to eat it all herself! What a fantastic story to read to the children to understand the importance of helping others. The children will be helping each other to make bread this week, thinking about the different resources they need and learning the importance of how to follow instructions. This week, I will be challenging the children to help at least one person this week! Whether it be someone at home or at school.


Autumn 1 - Week 8

The Very Helpful Hedgehog

Isaac is a hedgehog who has only ever been alone - and that is the way he likes it. One day an apple falls from a tree and sticks onto the spines on his back. He wiggles and jiggles, but he cannot get it off. As he struggles to remove the apple, help comes in the unexpected form of a donkey who cannot reach the apples which fall outside of his paddock. What will happen next? The children will learn the importance of friendship and that it is better to have a friend that to be on your own all of the time.



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 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 Squirrels class.

EYFS curriculum explained for Parents/carers

Talk for Writing

We use 'Talk for Writing  at our school. Squirrels class will be learning these actions and many more! Ask your child to teach you!


          Once upon a time                       First



                  Next                          Finally


Ask your child to retell one of our stories using these action!! They will impress you!!


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!


Squirrels newsletters


We have a weekly newsletter which will keep everyone informed about what we are doing and what we will be learning about in the future. The newsletter will come home every Friday but we will also put a copy here on our web page.

Squirrels Newsletter 1 - Friday 7th September 2018


We believe in having a good partnership with parents and carers. Together we can help your child to become a happy and successful learner!

 Welcome to Squirrels class

 If you have any questions please don't hesitate to come and see any of the Reception staff. There is also lots of information in our Welcome to Reception Booklet 2016. You can download another copy by clicking on the link below.

Welcome to Reception Booklet September 2018

Topic overview

We believe that parents and carers should be fully informed about what their child is learning in school. At the start of each topic we send home a topic overview so you can see what activities the children.

'Marvellous Me!' topic overview 2018

Topic challenge

We have set the children the holiday challenge of creating a 'chatterbox' which they can share with their new classmates in the first week of term. Click on the link below to find out more information!

 Chatterbox holiday challenge - August 2018

Ambassador Awards 2018-2019

This year we have incorporated the Learning Passport within a document that recognises children’s achievements in school and the wider community. What is expected in order for children to achieve their ’Ambassador Award’ comes under 4 headings:

  • Citizenship
  • Relationships
  • Learning
  • Behaviour and conduct

Each section has elements that underpin the values that as a school we hold dear. We believe that learning is something that continues every minute of the waking day and it is important to recognise children’s achievements not only in lessons but beyond. Adults in school will discuss each section with the children and how they can meet the criteria identified; we are hoping that the children will be able to take some ownership of the passport themselves!

Have a look at the Ambassador leaflet to find out more and look through 'Steps to Success' passport the Reception children will be working through this year to help them achieve their Ambassador Awards!

Ambassador leaflet - September 2018

Squirrels class - Steps to Success passport for the Ambassador Award letter - September 2018


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 Squirrels class. We use an app called 'Early Excellence' on our ipads. We will 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! Please make sure we have your email address and we will send you all of our observations! Don't forget to reply and let us know of any 'wow' moments you witness at home. Please see Miss Harrison or Mrs Ellis for an email request form if you have not completed this in your new starters pack or you can download one by clicking on the link below.

Early Excellence consent form - September 2018

Proud cloud letters - September 2018

Proud cloud template - September 2018


Parent workshops

During the year we hold  workshops to support parents and carers in helping their child at home.


The EYFS curriculum for parents/carers handout

Our dough disco workshop was very well attended last year  and gave the children to opportunity to show what dough disco is all about!! If you want to know more about dough disco have a look at our dough disco booklet to learn those different dance moves so you too can have super strong fingers ready for writing!

Dough disco information leaflet

We have held a workshop about letters and sounds  to share useful tips about how we teach the children to use phonics to help them learn to read and write. We have made booklets to explain what we cover in each phase group. These have been sent home and you can find copies of them here! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to come and see me.

Letters and Sounds Phase 1 booklet

Letters and Sounds Phase 2 booklet

Letters and Sounds Phase 3 booklet

At the begining of the Spring term we held a parents workshop to share what we do in school to develop communication and language skills and what you can do at home. Here are some of the handouts which were given out. If you would like a pack please come and see me.

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

Here are some of the handouts about how to support physical development for your EYFS child. If you would like a pack with all this information please come and see me.

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!


Our next stay and play session will be on Thursday 25th October at 2pm. We hope you can join us! 


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. Alternatively you can ring school on 01773 712840 or email Mrs Ellis, or our EYFS co-ordinator, Miss Harrison on and we will do all we can to help.


Squirrels Class Dates

We will put all the important dates for Reception here on our webpage as well as on our weekly newsletter! More dates will be added as soon as we have them!


Monday 3rd September - Inset Day – School closed for the children

Tuesday 4th September - Back to school for the children

Week beginning Monday 10th September - Roald Dahl week for the whole school.

Thursday 13th September - Dress up as a Roald Dahl character day!

Friday 14th September - Welcome to Reception parents/carers meeting at 3.30pm in the Reception classroom.

Monday 1st October onwards. Individual parents/carers meetings at 3.20pm daily to discuss how your child has settled in 

Thursday 4th October - British Values day! More information to follow.

Friday 5th October – Sponsored walk at Shipley Park. More information to follow.

Wednesday 10th October - Your child's Christmas card design will be sent home today so you can order them if you wish! 

Friday 12th October - EYFS superhero dress up day!

Tuesday 16th October - EYFS Harvest Festival for parents and carers at 9.15am in the School Hall. Any donations to Salcare on the day would be gratefully received! 

Thursday 25th October -   Squirrels class stay and play session at 2.00pm

Friday 26th October - Last Day of term

Monday 5th November - Inset Day – School closed for the children

Tuesday 6th November - Back to school for the children

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 Letters and Sounds activities. Also remember you can log on to Bug Club! Follow this link The school code is 7lwj. The password for all Reception children is pig. Please see Mrs Gent for your child's username!


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.