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Welcome to our class page!


WOW! Can you believe we are coming to the end of this academic year? My children have been a pleasure to teach and I am amazed by the progress they have all made this year!  I am so proud of how well they come into school independently and are all very ready for moving into Year 1 in September! All the children had a fabulous transition visit this week to their new class. Mrs Brassington and Mrs Garbutt had a lovely time meeting the children, and are both very excited to be getting my class and can't wait for a great start in September. 


The children have all loved having Max the dog stay at their homes and spend time having fun with him over the weekends. It is so lovely to look back over this two diaries and read all the adventures he has been on with my class. He really has a had a great year - THANK YOU TO MY CLASS!

Holly wanted to share her amazing observational drawing of a flower! I think you will all agree it is stunning, well done Holly!

The children thoroughly loved our 'Living Eggs' experience! To see more photos click on the link below.

World Book Day was a lot of fun, the children dressed up as a character from a book they love. They also brought in their favourite books and told their friends about the book.





During the spring term the children are coming into school each morning and taking part in 'doodle time'. They are writing simple sentences and sounding out words. Any practise you can do at home to help your child get better at their writing would be GREAT!! Your child could bring in some writing they do at home and we can share it on our WOW wall!

Can your child copy and complete any of these sentences?

I can...

I have a...

I like...

The cat is...

The dog can...


The children enjoyed dressing up as a Superhero at the end of last half term!

In December all the children took part in our Christmas play and sang beautifully to their families and friends. Here they are in costume!

Click on the link below to find out how you can support your child in reading over the Christmas holidays.

We have so many more exciting things planned as the year goes on and I can't wait to see what ideas the children have to lead their learning onwards, I wonder where our learning journey will take us as we move into 2017?

I will be using this page to add information and some photos! Don't forget to explore the other links on our Reception page on this website, there are lots of ideas for how you can support your child at home and on-going messages will be posted in the 'notice board' link. Lots more photos will be posted in the 'Reception Photographs' page too!


Our Class Has a New Name!

All of the classes in school have been given names, using letters of the alphabet.  It has been decided to use local place names.  The 3 Reception classes will be A, B & C.  We are C, so our name is.... Castleton

The other classes in Reception are Buxton and Ashbourne.

If you need to contact our school this school year, or a relative needs to, you can use this name as well as mine (Mrs Smith), to identify the class your child is in.


Physical Education (PE)

Indoor PE is on a Monday, and outdoor PE is on a Wednesday for my class. The children are expected to have a go at getting changed themselves. It would be great if you could practise these skills at home by letting your child get dressed themselves in the morning and at bedtime into their pyjamas by themselves. Let your child practise putting on their own socks and shoes as often as possible.

Please make sure all clothes and shoes in PE kits are named.



Some of the displays in our classroom so far!







Max the dog!

Each Friday one child will be able to take home our class pet, Max the dog. He will have a diary for your child to add photos, drawings and writing in. Please make sure Max is back in school on Monday so we can find out what he has done over the weekend.

I will be giving him out to the children in (first name) alphabetical order, so please don't worry if your child has not received Max yet. He will be coming home with every child at some point this year!

Well done to everyone who dressed up as a character from a Roald Dahl story! The children looked amazing and we had a great day. We painted and collaged the Roly-Poly bird, as well as learning a song about the ENORMOUS crocodile!

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3 Matilda
Picture 4 Fantastic Mr Fox
Picture 5 The Witches
Picture 6 The BFG and Sophie
Picture 7 An Oompa-Loompa and Veruca Salt
Picture 8 Snow White from Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes
Picture 9 George's Marvellous Medicine
Picture 10 Giraffe from 'The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me!'

Our classroom

All children in Reception at St John's use the whole of our inside and outside learning environment together. Each class also has their own classroom space. I have been busy setting up our classroom ready for the start of term. During the first week I will take photos of each child to add to our birthday balloons, and the children will be painting pictures of themselves to put on my display!