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Reception – Butterworth Class

Welcome to the Butterworth Class page!


Our Class Teacher is Mrs Cruise.


Did you know we are called Butterworth Class after the author Nick Butterworth? We have really enjoyed reading some of his books in class including 'One Snowy Night', 'After the Storm' and 'The Rescue Party'.




Our First Half Term


We have had a great start to Reception, getting to know our school, classroom, and grown-ups.  We have made lots of new friends too.  We have also become much more independent, we get changed for PE and Forest School and go for lunch with our friends, where we have to choose our own meal and carry our own trays!


We have focussed on Getting To Know You as our topic.  We started with ourselves, we carefully painted our faces trying hard to use the right colours.  We shared our likes and dislikes with our new friends and grown-ups, we talked about our families, our pets and any community groups we belong to.  We also brought in great news from home to help our school grown-ups learn about all the amazing things we achieve with our families.  We thought about people who care for us at home and at school, identifying those we could go to for help when we need it.  We have also learnt how to use technology safely to help us with our learning.


We have challenged ourselves at school by taking risks in our play, such as handling large construction items and screwdrivers at the woodwork area, and in Forest School where we are able to identify the boundary and hazards.  We can explore the wildlife area freely as long as we stick to the boundaries and are careful of the hazards.  We have learnt how to safely use a peeler to peel a carrot.


It was very exciting when we found a secret message in our register bag, it lead us on a trail around our room and once we reached the end of the message we found a present, it was a book called The Secret Birthday Message by Eric Carle.  We are able to re-tell this story with actions and can identify the setting, character, problem and solution.  We are now writing our own versions of the story with different solutions.


In maths we are learning about numbers, especially how we can represent numbers such as with our fingers, numicon, cubes, on dice, using other objects, with actions, tens frames and digits.  We know the best ways to count without getting in a muddle and that even if we move items around the number stays the same.  We are working hard to learn the songs that we sing for Birthday assembly, especially I Am Five.


We have enjoyed lots of stories this term, focussing on ones with rhyme, and repeated phrases as-well as traditional tales.  We especially love visiting the library bus for story time. 


We have had an amazing start to our Reception year already making lots of friends and lots of progress with our learning!



Our 2017 Ofsted inspection commented - that we still provide good quality education & a stimulating & caring environment. Individual needs are well met & children quickly grow in confidence. There is a positive culture for safeguarding & pupils said that they feel happy & settled in school.

"I am amazing. Together we are magnificent!"

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