The Federation of Church Schools of Shalfleet and Yarmouth

Y Reception

Welcome to Purple Class – Reception

Dear Parents/Carers,

This year in Purple Class the staff team are Emma Haisell (Teacher – Mon – Thurs), Georgina Westhorpe (Teacher –Friday), Claire Sampson (HLTA), Holly Chiverton (TA) and Anna Bristow/Lisa Burton (1-1).


Current guidance restricts what we send between school and home.  With this in mind, all correspondence and messages will be sent via class dojo so we ask that you check it regularly for updates.  We would be sorry for you to miss key messages and information.  This is also the number one method of communication if you need to let us know something or need help with something (aside from seeing us in a morning or at pick up time) as we check the messages whenever time allows during the school day.  If you are unable to sign up for class dojo, please ensure that you provide an up to date email address for communication to be sent to.  This can be sent via our class email:

To ensure we are adhering to safety guidelines, for the immediate time we will not be sending home children’s work from class.  However, we understand how much children can want to share work with members of their family and how much they appreciate their work being celebrated.  Therefore we have established a class gallery display to allow us to celebrate and honor children’s hard work and where we can, we will send pictures to show work children are particularly proud of via dojo. 

EYFS ethos

We have been working tirelessly to ensure that we can stay true to the ethos of EYFS whilst continuing to prioritise the safety of our pupils and staff.  Children will continue to move freely around the setting, selecting and using resources to enhance their play.  Child led learning and play based interactions will continue to be central to our daily practice.  What will be slightly different is that we will work with children to select a ‘Bubble Box’ of resources each day.  This will limit the number of resources that can be accessed in a day and the number of children who can be accessing a resource / area of the classroom at a time.  This will ensure that our stringent cleaning routine for resources is upheld. 

We will engage with the outdoor environment heavily throughout the day for play, learning and when weather allows, for circle times and Show and Tell.  With this in mind it is always essential that children bring a coat to school, even if the weather appears to be fine when you leave home in a morning.  

Forest Schools and PE

On a Tuesday, we are very lucky to be able to take part in Forest School, followed by a PE session.  To limit cross infection, current guidance recommends that children do not change in school for sessions such as PE.  Therefore, on a Tuesday we are asking children to come to school dressed in their PE kit but with their waterproof/warm clothing for Forest School over the top.  Our Forest School session will be first, children will then remove their waterproof clothing in preparation for PE.  We would ask that all children have a pair of named wellies and plimoles/PE trainers by their peg to use each day in class.  On Tuesdays they can come to school in school shoes and change into their wellies / plimols/trainers once in school. 

There is no set requirement for what clothes children use for Forest School – you may opt for an all in one suit or over trousers with braces and a waterproof coat.  As a parent myself I have found great success sourcing such clothing in charity shops as they don’t tend to wear out but rather children grow out of them, so this may be an option you feel you could pursue.  However, please speak to a member of our team or message if you need help in sourcing suitable Forest School clothes for your child. 

On a Friday, children will have their second PE slot so once again children should come to school dressed in their PE kit for the day.

We will still be offering coloured, team PE shirts this year.  

Show and Tell

Show and Tell is a key element in Reception Class.  It has such a positive impact on a child’s language development, listening and attention skills and confidence.  To adhere to current guidance, we need to limit considerably what passes between home and school and for this reason we are not able to allow children to bring in items from home to talk about.  However, we would actively encourage all families to engage with sending in photos, pictures of work the children want to share or a picture of something that has captured your child’s interest.  These can be sent via class dojo or our class email.  We would also recommend spending time with your child to think about things they may like to share with their class e.g. an event at the weekend, something they are looking forward to, a new activity or hobby they are trying.  Our Show and Tell is a Tuesday so we would ask all pictures to be sent in by the end of the day Monday so that they can be organised for the next day.    

Reading and writing

Reading skills are key to a child’s academic development and underpin much of the learning in school.  We will aim to hear your child read a minimum of twice weekly.  To support with this we ask that you listen to your child read regularly at home as well as sharing books, rhymes and poems as often as possible.  Please always write in their reading record book to let us know when you have shared a book together.

We will be teaching children a non-cursive handwriting style with a lead out stroke to prepare them for a joined, cursive style at a later date.

Water Bottles and Snack Time

Please provide a named bottle for your child to access water in school, this can be left in school and we will refill it each day if that is easier for you.  In the class we ask that only water is provided in line with the Healthy Schools initiative, with juice etc. welcome only at lunch times.  We will also provide fruit in the mornings, however, you are welcome to provide your own fruit if you wish.  Other healthy snacks that are acceptable for morning break are yogurts, rice cakes, bread sticks or cereal bars.  Please no nut based products as we have allergies in school and only real/dried fruit products.

Hopefully the information is helpful and will support your child in feeling confident and settled in Purple Class.  If you feel there is any further information that could be added to this welcome letter we would like to hear your feedback.

Yours sincerely,

Purple Class Team


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Early years foundation stage

Examples of what you can contribute to the EYFS profile

Purple Class Long Term Plan 2020-2021

Purple Class MTP Autumn 1 – Finding Your Way Through Play!

Autumn 1

In Purple Class we have been busy getting to know each other and settling into our new school and class. The children have settled beautifully and have particularly enjoyed making the most of the outdoor classroom with team games being a big interest across the provision.
We began the school year with ‘All About Me’ being a key focus. We explored and celebrated similarities and differences that exist within individuals and families and made links to our maths theme of Same and Different too. Stories are a huge part of our day in Purple Class and these have helped us to talk about emotions and the differences we will see in school and around our community in our current climate as we adjust to life with COVID.
We have started teaching daily phonics and this alongside our home/school reading books are enthusing the children to begin to write, read and share their ideas orally (with our focus to speak in sentences and build our vocabulary).
Our learning themes in class follow the children’s interests and with the children’s confidence growing our learning has moved on to explore towers, bridges, measure, animal homes, hibernation and autumn. We are particularly excited to harvest our pumpkins, turnips and corn before half term.

Autumn 2…..

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