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Class R Donaldson - Miss Twells

Welcome to Reception!

Red paint in the hair. Blue paint on the shorts. Sand in the shoes. White socks that look brown. Sleeves a little damp… We have been learning!

We are a fun-filled class of 30 inquisitive minds who love to learn. Our class is named after a very famous author, Julia Donaldson. We know lots of her stories, just ask us! 

Who helps us to learn?

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''I am Miss Twells. I am very lucky to be able to teach Reception on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
I have been teaching for nearly 10 years now and have taught Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and now Early Years. I love teaching and seeing children grasp different concepts! I particularly love computing and art, as I would consider myself to be very creative! 
I am the Computing and PSHE lead at our school and our mental health first aider - something I think is extremely important!"

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This is one of our teaching assistants, Mrs Weston. She works with us every day. Mrs Weston is a highly experienced teaching assistant as she has been working with children for over 20 years!  She is very passionate and enthusiastic about her job and believes in giving people the best possible start to school! 

This is one of our teaching assistants, Mrs Travers. She helps us on Wednesday afternoons. She is very cheerful and loves helping us to be the best that we can be. Mrs Travers has supported children in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. 

How do we learn?

We aim to foster children's love of learning and inspire every child to be the best that they can be.
The EYFS framework and guidance sets out 3 Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning. These are 'playing and exploring', 'active learning' and 'creating and thinking critically.'  We aim to facilitate these vital characteristics, along with the seven areas of learning (prime areas: Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design) by providing children with a mixture of adult-led activities and child-initiated learning through play. This means that at some times of the day, we are involved in focused activities while at other times, we access continuous provision within our stimulating indoor and outdoor learning environments. This is what they look like:



Learning through play allows children the time and space to explore, make sense and practise in order to build deep, meaningful learning and connections. It is about taking risks, making mistakes, getting creative, problem-solving, developing self-control and learning to communicate while immersed in experiences. At The Mosley Academy, we recognise the powerful role of play as a vehicle for learning.


Each half term, we have a class theme which is open-ended and allows for children's ideas to be incorporated into our learning and provision. We encourage families to get involved too in offering ideas for lines of enquiry, based on children's interests. We believe that high levels of engagement is the key to high levels of learning and progress. Our long term planning can be viewed below, although please note that this is subject to change, based on children's interests and needs.
Statutory learning and development requirements for the EYFS can be found in 'Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework 2021', accessible here:  

Non-statutory guidance can be found in 'Development Matters 2021', accessible here: 

Further guidance for parents can be found at 'What to Expect in the EYFS' 2021, accessible here: 

Information about our Class:

  • PE lessons take place on Mondays, please ensure children come to school in their kit on this day, with earrings out and their hair tied up.
  • Reading books are changed on Monday and Thursday. Please ensure children's books and reading diaries are available in book bags daily. 
  • 'Rainbow Readers' is our whole school system for supporting reading at home. We encourage every child to read at home daily and for this to be recorded in reading diaries. We can count a maximum of 2 reads per day. Every time children read 25 times at home, they receive a coloured badge. When children reach 200 home reads, they achieve a gold badge!

  • Children must arrive at school between 8:40am and 8:50am. Collection time for Reception children is 3:20pm. 
  • Observations of children's learning and achievements are uploaded to our online learning platform, 'Tapestry.' We encourage children's families to contribute to this online learning journal too! 
  • Every Friday, families receive a 'weekly newsletter' from Reception via Parent Mail. This indicates what we have been up to that week and gives a great starting point for discussions at home! It also tells you what we will be learning the following week. The newsletter lists useful tips and advice for supporting learning at home. 


Our learning theme for this half-term is...


I Wonder how we Grow


Resources to help at home

Phonics and early reading is an essential part of what we learn in Reception. We follow the progressive 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised' scheme, more information can be found here:  

Further resources to support early literacy skills: 

Our Early Mathematical learning is supported by the NCETM 'Six Key Areas of Early Mathematical Learning.' These are Cardinality and Counting, Comparison, Composition, Pattern, Shape and Space and Measures. More information can be found here: 

Further resources to support early mathematical skills: