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Reception -Donaldson Class

This is a lovely story written by a teacher during "lockdown" which you might like to read, "How to Not go to School, Parsley Mimblewood Saves the World".

Please take the time to have a look at these useful websites. They are all linked to reading and provide extra activities, as well as the opportunity for children to listen to celebrities read to them. They are great for simply sharing a story or a poem and enjoying a wide range of texts thus,developing a love of reading. I am sure the children will love listening to many of the stories and poems:

Don't forget to check out the Useful Links tab under 'Children'. Here you will find lots of PE and Wellbeing activities such as:

  • Mini me yoga & wellbeing
  • Premier league all stars - family games & challenges
  • Get set 4 pe - family games and challenges
  • Community soccer coaching videos by Neil Prince, Megan & Tom

Poetry For All - some exciting poetry ideas for you to try at home. Plenty of resources to download and use practically also. Please feel free to share any of your work with me, using our Reception class email address - I'd love to see what you have been up to.

More practical Mathematics ideas for you to try out at home:

Please see the link below for more practical Mathematics activities. Click on the Early Years tab, along the right. The work is linked to a popular story and is interactive and hands on for your little ones:

Please see below for an updated Ruth Miskin Timetable - Monday 20th April 2020 until 19th May 2020. RWI speed sound lessons and spelling will take place daily.

Please log onto the 'Oxford Owl at Home' website and click the 'Kids' section. There are lots of interactive activities linked to phonics, reading, times tables, number bonds and many more, to help support you at home whilst schools are closed. 

In the early years we love doing dough disco!!! Dough disco is a fun activity which combines the use of playdough with a series of hand and finger exercies designed to improve fine muscle control. Shonette Bason is the lady who created this and she is doing a live dough disco everyday on youtube at 9.30 am. You will need to subscribe to Spread The Happiness tv channel on youtube to view this. Whilst school is closed please have a go at doing this at home, it is something all the family can do together and is so much fun!!

If you don't have playdough at home there is a simple recipe on the website

Suggested Timetable/Plan for your child.

In the event that school is closed for a longer period of time, there are weekly packs included below.  Please use the green project book that was sent home to complete.  

If you are having to work from home please use these three documents to help you find useful activities to complete. There are plenty of useful websites listed and many more are also offering access during this time. Please try to be as creative as possible and remember to design a front cover, to get you started. Use your Purple Mash logins to receive frequent updates and locate any additional work which may be posted.

As well as doing your schoolwork it is really important to look after your mental wellbeing too. is a great site to practise yoga and don't forget mindful breathing from class dojo.

Wow! What an exiting afternoon we had.........Snack with Santa was amazing! We were all so excited. Donaldson Class wrote their Christmas wishes on a special tag and placed them on the tree before enjoying cookies and a drink with Father Christmas.

We had a very special visit from Year 3 children today. They wanted to measure parts of our body for a Scientific Investigation that they were carrying out.

Anti Bullying Week 2019. Donaldson Class thoroughly enjoyed wearing their 'odd socks' on Tuesday to show that we say 'no' to bullying here at Linacre! We talked lots about everybody being different, yet everybody being special. The phrase to remember for this years Anti Bullying campaign is - "We can start change."

Black History Week in Donaldson Class. This week we have shared the story 'Handa's Surprise' by Eileen Browne. The children have talked about Africa being a hot country. We looked at the different animals and fruit within the story and made a fruit salad using some of the fruits we identified. The children thoroughly enjoyed tasting their creation! They can now name lots of fruits that they hadn't previously tasted

National Poetry Day. Donaldson Class enjoyed sharing poems together. Our favourite poem was one called 'Higglety Pigglety, Pop!'

Donaldson Class (Reception - 2019/20)


Mrs Martin

Hello and welcome to Donaldson Class. Myself and all the staff in Reception look forward to sharing our fantastic experiences with you. We will upload lots of work, showcasing all of the lovely activities that we participate in. We ask that you please check your child's book bag every night to ensure that you are receiving all the information that we send home. Additional information can also be found here or alternatively feel free to pop in and see a member of staff.


Autumn 1 Topic

All About Me.

During the first half term our topic will be - All About Me. Reception children will settle into their new environment and become more and more familiar with the setting as time moves on, making new friends and learning new routines. This is a busy time for the children and it may take a good few weeks for them to feel confident. The children will make lots of new friends and begin to build lifelong relationships. We will learn all about families, celebrations and homes and will begin to think about how everybody is different, yet still special.



Please try to read every night with your child. It will really help them to progress in all curriculum areas. Children will shortly bring home a staged reading book to share with you as well as a RWI text, which they will be familiar with and be able to talk about at length. Please remember to make sure reading is an enjoyable experience and record any reading whatsoever in their reading record.

Our class author this year is Julia Donaldson, therefore we are currently sharing lots of her texts, such as The Gruffalo, A Squash and a Squeeze, Room on a Broom, The Smartest Giant in Town (Mrs. Martin's favourite!) as well as many more. 



In order to help further develop language and communication skills, Reception children will receive 'Talk' homework on a weekly basis, as well as their nightly reading. Please try to participate in this with your children, as this will give them the confidence and ability to share their ideas in school. Each week we will complete a Circle Time, sharing the exciting things they have discussed and experienced at home. A copy of this 'Talk' homework will be sent home with your child and will also be uploaded further down this page, for you to refer to. Reception children will also be given a login for our 'Mathletics.' This is a fantastic program used to help support Mathematics skills. Children can use his as and when to help develop their own skills and I am sure they will enjoy the interactive games it has to offer.



P.E will take place on a Monday and Wednesday.

Our P.E kit includes the following:

  • White polo shirt
  • Navy blue shorts
  • Black pumps 

​During the colder months children can also wear the following:

  • Dark tracksuit bottoms 
  • School jumper  


Please place PE kits in the PE bags provided, at the start of the year and leave them in school. They will be sent home half termly in order to be cleaned and returned. Thank you.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to come and see me at the end of the day.


Planning tools used in FSU:
'Talk' Homework
Files To Download

Welcome to our fantastic, newly refurbished Reception classroom!

We are extremely lucky to have these new facilities to work in and the children have thoroughly enjoyed settling into and finding their way around our new environment. The children have been learning how to look after the resources and value all that they have - they have tidied up exceptionally well and are proud to be part of our Reception class.


Please keep visiting our website to see regular updates.

Our newly refurbished classroom

Today we really enjoyed listening to one of the stories written by our class author Julia Donaldson