Year R Octopus and Starfish


Octopus: Mrs Julie Jewell, Mrs Jenny Walker

Starfish: Mrs Amanda Powell

Support Assistants:

Mrs Maryevonne Black

Mrs Becky Skinner

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

Since September 2000 a ‘Foundation Stage’ has been established for our youngest children.  It gives this very important stage of education a distinct identity and is rooted in play based learning and practical activity both indoors and out of doors.  There are:

Three Prime areas which work together to support development in all other areas

  • Personal Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

Four Specific areas which include essential skills and knowledge

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


Our curriculum is delivered through topics that change each half term.  These are as follows:

Autumn        –        Getting to Know You

Kipper’s Toy Box

Spring         –        Once Upon a Time…

Spring to Life

Summer       –       Out of the Ark

Out and About

Visits and Visitors

Outings and visiting speakers are arranged to support our topics.  During the year we visit St Peter’s Church, walk to the local post box and enjoy a village walk.

Other trips may also take place during the year; parents are always given details of forthcoming visits.

Class Reward System

We believe that our class rules encourage appropriate behaviour.  The children remember the rules by thinking of 5 words: Effort, Respect, Polite, Kind and Sensible.  We award smiley faces to children whose behaviour links directly to these rules.

In addition, we mark praiseworthy achievements by awarding a ‘starfish/octopus of the week’ which is presented during assembly.


Reading is an integral part of our daily literacy sessions. Children regularly read with an adult in group guided reading sessions and sometimes on a one-to-one basis. Your child bringing home a book to share supports much of this work in class. Children can choose a new book for home as often as they wish; you may wish to come into the classroom to ensure your child selects a new book from the appropriate coloured band.

Please try to set aside a few minutes each day to share your child’s reading book.  It is helpful if you complete the record book on a regular basis.


PE usually takes place on a Monday and Friday.  We ask that your child’s named PE kit is kept in a roomy draw string bag and stays in school at all times.  We will send it home at the end of each half-term to enable you to wash it and to check that plimsolls still fit!

If your child has pierced ears, please remove earrings on PE days.

Show and Tell

Although we do not have a dedicated ‘show and tell’ session on a weekly basis, there will be a variety of opportunities throughout the year for the children to share special items or experiences with the rest of the class. Please look out for details on the half-termly newsletters.

Morning Routine

The children are allowed to play with a selection of activities in their own classrooms at the beginning of the day.

At 9 o’clock we will shake a tambourine as a signal for the children to stand still while we call the register.

For your children’s security, the school gates will be locked at 9.10 a.m. Parents still in the classroom after this time will need to leave via the main entrance.

If it is raining at the start of the school day, you are invited to gather in the school hall instead of the playground from 8.45am.


A whole school assembly takes place each Monday and Friday at 9.10am.  Reception children also join in with Key Stage 1 assemblies each Tuesday and Thursday. On Wednesday assemblies are classroom based.

In the Spring and Summer Terms, parents will be invited to attend a class assembly produced by the Reception children.  Details will appear on the school newsletter nearer the time.

Partnership with Parents

  • It is hoped that each class will have two Parent Reps and a PTA representative.  If you are interested in contributing to the life of our school in this way, please see Alice Timmins in the school office.
  • Parent helpers don’t usually start until the second half of the Autumn term. If your CRB check has been processed, please talk to your child’s teacher to arrange a mutually convenient time to come in and help.
  • There are many other ways that parents can help us at school e.g. gardening, sewing nativity costumes, ‘one off’ talks to the children about occupations or skills/hobbies etc. Please see Mrs Jewell if you think you could help us in any way.


We ask you to provide a drink (preferably water) in a spill proof bottle.  Children are allowed access to this throughout the day and will take it into the hall at lunch time. The bottle will be refilled with water if necessary.


Children may bring a small toy to play with at playtimes. Children are asked to put their toys in the tub in the corridor outside their classroom. We would like to politely point out that we can not accept any responsibility for these items!

Collecting your child after school

Children are dismissed from the external classroom doors at 3.15pm.  Please let us know if your child is to be collected by a different person from usual. You can do this by telephoning the school office or by writing us a short note – slips can be found on the parent notice board.

Newsletters and Information

Letters giving you general information can be sent to you by email. Please let the office know if you wish to do this.  Alternatively, letters will be given to the eldest child in the family. Letters giving information specific to Year R will be given to each child.  Please check your child’s book bag every day for important letters and communication.

Copies of most letters as well as other useful information can be found on the Parents’ notice board in the corridor between Octopus and Starfish classrooms.

Occasionally we may publicise notices and reminders on our classroom doors or an ‘A’ frame notice board on the playground.