Gruffalos – YR (2016/17)


Learning to play, Playing to learn!

Class teacher- Mrs E Maskell


In the Gruffalo Class you will be taught and helped by…


Mrs Maskell (classteacher)


Mrs Hutchinson


Mr Brown


Miss Hosker & Miss Whittaker


Our plan for this year….

Autumn Term

Autumn Term 2016

What a fantastic start to our new school year.  All the new children in Gruffalos have joined the school with hardly a tear.  Everyday the children come into class, hang their coats up and quickly sort themselves out.  They run into school whilst their poor mums and dads are still waiting for a kiss and a cuddle!

This half term our learning theme will be based around OURSELVES.


We will be learning:

To settle down and join in

To follow class and school routines

To find and try new activities

To get to know one another

To write our names

To use small equipment

To count and use numbers to 5/ 10

To learn letter sounds and write them

To know the parts of our bodies

To learn about our families and homes



Take a look around our class… 



Roald Dahl Day

Everyone from Sophie to James and his Giant Peach turned up to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday!



Have a look at the learning we have done so far! 





The Prime Areas of Learning and Development:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be working hard to settle the children into school routine. We will be focusing on working as a whole group, turn taking, sharing and building friendships.  The children will be working towards  speaking to others about their own needs, wants, interests and opinions; to play cooperatively taking turns with others; becoming aware of the boundaries set, and of behavioural expectations in the setting; and making conversations with others, asking questions.

Communication and Language

We will be working hard to improve our speaking and listening skills in both our small group activities and whole class circle times.  The children will be aiming to maintain concentration during an activity; responding to instructions; extend their vocabulary; and use their language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play.  To help the children to develop their speaking and listening skills we shall be nursery rhymes, circle times, songs, and stories.

Physical Development

We will be using a variety of opportunities and experiences to develop children’s confidence and awareness of space using our wonderful outdoor areas.  We aim for children in Reception to experiment with gross motor movements for example trying out different ways of moving and negotiating space successfully.  As well as fine motor movements for example, handling tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control, showing a preference for a dominant hand, and holding a pencil correctly.

The Specific Areas of Learning and Development:


Literacy incorporates reading and writing skills in a variety of fun, exciting and sometimes messy activities!  The children will begin to link sounds to letters, allowing children to read words and simple sentences; experiencing an increasing range of books; writing their own names and forming letters of the alphabet correctly.  Children shall learn their letters/sounds and high frequency words through their daily phonics sessions and then we will aid the children to transfer these skills into their reading and writing.


In Reception we will be practicing and using our mathematical skills in familiar contexts (e.g. role play, construction, sand, play dough etc.) to give us meaning to numbers and counting.  The children will be working towards recognising and forming numbers to 10; beginning to match numeral and quantity, in practical activities, beginning to use the vocabulary involved in adding; and beginning to explore shape, space, and measure.

Understanding the World

We will be building upon children’s interests and experiences, developing their curiosity and interest of their surroundings. We shall be visiting different parts of the community to learn about our surroundings and environment we live in.  The children will be looking closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change, as the seasons change into Winter.  We shall also be learning about family customs and routines.

Expressive Arts and Design

This term we will positively encourage children’s creative development through a range of media experiences such as paint, clay, song, dance, music and role play experiences. We aim for the children to begin to build a repertoire of songs and dances; experiment to create different textures; manipulate and use a variety of tools and techniques; create simple representations of people, events, and objects, and play alongside other children who are engaged in the same theme.

October 2016- Halloween


We read the book

‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper


We re-told the story using our class puppets.


We did experiments…


We investigated and found out…


We made our own pumpkin soup…



Harvest Festival

We walked to St Catherine’s Church to take part in the school’s annual Harvest Festival Service.  We collected food for the homeless people of Burnley and brought it to church with us.



Christmas Nativity 2016 at St Catherine’s Church






Spring Term

Spring Term 2017



We will be learning…

To talk about our learning and activities and have more meaningful conversations

Ask for help when we need it and sit and listen for longer times

How we can play and make friends without falling out

To use a pencil and hold it effectively to form recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed.

To make healthy food and life choices.

To begin to read words and simple sentences and write our name, labels and short simple sentences.

To recognise and use numbers up to 20 and add and subtract up to 10.

To recognise 2D and 3D shapes.


Click on the link below to hear the Pants Song.


We learnt how to keep safe…



Tots 2 Tyres is a new programme that involved our Gruffalo children being introduced to the basics of two-wheel cycling.

The children use balance bikes (without pedals) for 15 minutes at a time, to get them used to the way a two-wheeled vehicle responded. This was a five week programme that the children thoroughly enjoyed.




Summer Term

Summer Term 2017





Both girls will now be representing Springfield School at the North West Primary Engineer Regional Finals on Wednesday 12th July!