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The Early Years Foundation Stage at Sharley Park.


Welcome to the Reception class page.  We are the Brown Mice and White Mice - we may be small but we are definitely mighty!


Information for our new families and Reception curriculum can be found by clicking on this link.


We value everything that your child says and does and want to ensure that you too get the opportunity to see these wonderful learning moments. To see what your child has been learning, please log into your child's online learning journal.


Imaginative Learning Project 

Spring 4 and Summer 5


Why do ladybirds have spots?




Our Imaginative Learning Project for Term 4 and 5 is called, 'Why do ladybirds have spots.' Do all minibeasts have six legs? Why do spiders spin webs? How do minibeasts change as they grow?We shall be exploring these questions and more in this project about minibeasts and their habitats.

Other lines of enquiry will include:

  • Minibeasts in the Local Environment

  • Similarities and Differences

  • Growth and Change

  • Patterns and Colour

  • Plants and Flowers


As always these will be dependent upon children's fascinations and interest.


Our memorable experience will be a minibeast hunt around both our local and school environments as well as a visit from the company Animal Magic, who will be bringing lots of animals for us to observe and touch.


Talk for Writing Text for the Half Term...

This term we are focusing on narrative and non-fiction and will be using the story, Superworm by Julia Donaldson. This story will help us to develop our oral storytelling and written work as welll as our understanding of rhyme and pattern. We shall be exploring the characters, setting and plot within this exciting text as we begin to think about how we can innovate it to create our own exciting stories.


Suggested Shared Reading...

Enhancement Texts: Fiction: The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle, The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, The Very Lazy Ladybird by Isobel Finn and Jack Tickle, Happy Birthday with Ant and Bee by Angela Banner, What made Tiddalik Laugh by Joanna Troughton, Buzz, buzz, buzz went Bumble Bee by Colin West, Kipper’s A to Z by Mick Inkpen, Ladybird, ladybird by Ruth brown, Amanda’s Butterfly by Nick Butterworth, Aaargghh Spider! By Lydia Monks, Squash the Spider by Mark Ward, Sophie’s Masterpiece: A Spider’s Tale by Eileen Spinelli, The Centipede’s 100 Shoes by Tony Ross, Busy Bees by Sue Martin and Martin Whiting, Round and Round the Garden by Ian Beck and Sarah Williams, Little Kipper 6: Butterfly, by Mick Inkpen

Ben Plants a Butterfly Garden by Petty Kate, The Butterfly that Roared by Michael Lawrence, Anansi Stories


Non Fiction: Minibeasts by Lynn Huggins-Cooper, Bugs and Slugs by Judy Tatchell, Spiders, from Bug Books Series by Karen Hartley, Chris Macro and Philip Taylor, Big Bug Search by Caroline Young, Growing Frogs by Vivian French, Watch Them Grow by Kim Taylor, Spiders (Usbourne Beginners) by Rebecca Gilphin and Zoe Wray, Tale of a Tadpole by Karen Wallace, Are You a Butterfly? by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries, Is that a Butterfly? By Claire Llewellyn, One Spinning Spider by Sally Crabtree and John Wallace


Rhymes/Poems: Five Little Speckled Frogs, Incy Wincy Spider by Penny Dann, There’s a worm at the bottom of the garden, and his name is Wiggly Woo, The Ants went marching 1 by 1, Mini Beasties by Michael Rosen


Information for Parents about the

Early Years Foundation Stage


To find out more about how your child learns throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage. Please click on the link below to find a copy of ‘What to expect, when?’ A simple guide which takes parents through the expectations of each age band in the EYFS and how they can support their children’s learning and development.

Key Skills Booklet - Early Years Foundation Stage

What to expect, when? A parents’ guide.

We asked Reception children for their views about their favourite things at school...

We asked Reception children for their views about their favourite things at school... 1

Our Favourite Things About School....

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Class Dojo


For the last two years, we have successfully been using an App called Class Dojo as both a reward and parental communication system in school. Lots of parents found using Class Dojo a real positive as it meant they were able to see how their child was praised and rewarded in class through the App instantaneously as well as keep up to date about school life and learning.


If you would like to get connected, please let your child's teacher know and they will provide you with a login and information on how to access the App.


Keep an eye out for messages and photos shared by your child's class teachers.

Parental Engagement Network - PEN Project - PEN



At Sharley Park Community Primary, we recognise the important role our parents and families have in supporting us to help shape the future for each of our children together.


We are currently involved and working with Oxford University and PEN as part of an exciting national research project to evaluate the impact of strategies and resources that can used to help support parental engagement and improve children's learning. 


What is involved?

  • Children and their families are given a mouse to support school transitions and help to develop and prepare children's school readiness. 
  • Being part of 'Mouse Club' enables parents to build relationships with staff and each other.
  • Workshops, tip sheets and 'mouse' home activities enable parents to better support their children's on-going learning and development.


For more information, on what is involved in the PEN Project, please click on this link.


If you would like to become involved in the Parental Engagement research project, please speak to Mrs Moody.

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Reading in the Early Years

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