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Gruffalos - YR

 Learning to play, Playing to learn!

Class teacher- Miss Harrison

Mrs Barnes, Miss Hosker, Miss Creek and Mr Brown also help us with our learning



Key Worker System

Key Workers:


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Hello, I am Miss Harrison and I will be Gruffalo’s teacher for the rest of the year. I have been teaching for over 20 years, mainly in reception classes, but I have also taught in Key Stage 1 and in Nursery. I am a trained Forest School Leader and strongly believe in practical meaningful, play based learning to teach key skills for life long learning.  

Miss Harrison’s key children are:

Niamh, Kayden, Ismail, Megan, Christopher, Tristan, Sofia, Olivia, Elle, Daniella

Mrs Barnes works three days week in Reception class and leads on Outdoor Learning.  Educated to university degree level Mrs Barnes is an Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) with a teaching qualification for early years children.  Mrs Barnes is a creative and nurturing practitioner who is skilful in and knowledgeable of early years education.

Mrs Barnes’/Miss Creek's key children are:

Holly-Mae, Layla-Mae, Bitsy, Ibrahim Ali, Amy, Nina, Miley, Irfa, Isaac, Sabaha


Miss Hosker came to us as an apprentice four years ago and was so good we had to keep her.  She was awarded Apprentice of the Year by Burnley College and put forward for the national finals.  Miss Hosker is calm, creative and kind – everything you need to teach in Reception.

Miss Hosker’s key children are:

Noah, Areyn, Maisie, Ibrahim T, Thomas, Kayley, Keeley, Andray, Joshua, Coby


Welcome New Starters 2017

Before starting school in the children got the opportunity to visit and get a feel for what it would be like when they started in September.  Have a look below!

Gruffalo Rules

What we will be learning in Autumn Term

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.




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