Penguins 2019 - 2020

Mrs French

Welcome to Penguins


Class Teacher - Mrs French

Teaching Assistants - Miss Dunn, Miss Taylor and Mrs Lewis

Other Staff that work with us during the week - Mrs Critchley and Mrs Byrne

In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which is divided into 7 areas of learning

All 7 areas of development are inter-connected. We learn through a range of teacher directed and self initiated activities which take place both inside and outside our classroom. We focus on creating positive relationships where children feel supported and nurtured and can become confident, independent learners.


Three of these areas are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.These three prime areas are:Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. They are the foundations for all our learning.

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Our Topic

This term our topic is going to be focusing on 'People We Know'. We will start by getting to know all our new frinds and staff at school.  We will then look at our  extended families and the jobs different people do.  We will  using stories including 'Owl Babies' and  'Monkey Puzzle' alongside many non-fiction texts about different occupations.  We have planned many interesting activities both indoors and out based on this theme. To see some of these activities look at the curriculum map below.

Try these games at home. Click the link to play!


Things to do at home to support learning

You could:

  • Share a story together as often as you can.
  • Play a game, especially one like 'Snakes and Ladders' which involves counting and taking turns.
  • Practice using scissors and cutting out shapes or different lines such as curved or zigzag.
  • Use tweezers to pick up and sort objects such as buttons or raisins.
  • Use old paintbrushes and water in buckets to 'paint' outside on brick walls/drives/patios.
  • Using 'Play-Doh', blue-tack or even a ball of uncooked pastry practice rolling out with a rolling pin, squeezing, stretching or rolling into a ball. Add some music and you've got your own 'Dough Disco!'


Please, please name EVERYTHING!


You need to have a named water bottle in school every day filled with fresh water.

All children in Reception are offered free milk and fruit each day.

If you wish to send in a snack for morning play please ensure it is a healthy snack and one that your child can eat in 15 minutes!

Please come and ask if you have any questions, no matter what it is. If you are unable to come to school then please ring or write a note.

Starting school is a daunting prospect for parents as well as children and we are here to help make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone.


What to bring each day:

  • A waterproof coat.
  • Sunhat and sun cream on warm days.
  • Hat and gloves on cold days.
  • Spare underwear socks/tights etc.
  • Snack/lunchbox
  • Reading bag with reading record  inside.
  • Water bottle.
  • PE kit – on a Monday after a holiday or after it’s been sent home.
  • A smile!



Many thanks

Mrs French


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Wheelock Primary School

Crewe Road
CW11 4PY

Tel: 01270 845911


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