Oak Class- Reception

Welcome to Early Years

Oak Class Page


 We are so glad you are visiting our class page to find out more about our lovely Reception class. 


My name is Mrs Donnelly and I am the Oak class teacher. We are so lucky to have three lovely ladies working with us,  Mrs Coupe will be with us each day and we have Mrs Bilthouse on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning and Mrs Crofts on a Thursday and Friday morning. 


Tapestry (our on-line learning journal) is up and running for all children and parents in Oak Class. You will be able to access school observations of your child as well as send us observations of your child's learning at home. If you are having trouble accessing your child's account, please let me know and I will have a look in to it. 


If you need to contact me please email messages@loxwoodschool.com. 

Mrs Donnelly



Woodland learning with Mrs Harder:

For the Spring Term Reception will have Woodland Learning EVERY THURSDAY. This is a change from their fortnightly sessions and we are looking forward to this exciting opportunity for Oak class to extend their outdoor learning to a session every week.

We ask that your child comes to school dressed in their Woodland Learning Kit on that day and please make sure all other items are named and are in a named bag. It is also useful to have a separate plastic bag for muddy clothes or boots following the sessions.

Your child will need to wear:

-Jacket/waterproof coat


-Waterproof trousers/trousers that can get muddy*

-Spare socks

-Wellies or boots (named and kept at school)

-Woolly hat/sunhat (weather dependent)

-Gloves (weather dependent)

-Spare plastic bag for muddy kit

*Shorts and short sleeved shirts are not suitable

Woodland Learning will happen in most weathers, other than high winds and thunderstorms therefore it means the children should be prepared to be outside in all weathers and dressed appropriately. To ensure we make the most of our time outside and are able to deepen our learning, playtime will be included in the Woodland Learning session.



Our PE day this term will be on a Wednesday. Please make sure PE kits are in school every day and they are named clearly with your child's name.
Below is a topic web for our second half of the Autumn term. The children have worked so hard already and have really shown their thirst for learning. You will notice that some of  the objectives are the same as the previous half term and that is because in the Reception year, the children work on and build on their skills so that they are ready for the Key Stage 1 curriculum when they move up to Year 1. However, there are some different objectives as we look at different topics and skills as well as the ones we have already covered. The learning in Early Years is child led and so may take on additional or different skills and themes to those on the topic web.
Read, Write, Inc (RWI) is the systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) scheme that we are using at Loxwood school. Your child is currently embedding the set 1 sounds and learning the Set 2 speed sounds.
 Below are the set 1, 2 and 3 speed sounds in the RWI scheme.
Below is an interesting video that demonstrates our 'learning through play' approach.
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