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EYFS: Miss Hutchinson - Rachel Bright

Hello and welcome!


Rachel Bright class is part of Reception in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with 30 fabulous children. I am your class teacher, Miss Hutchinson and Mrs Homer is our lovely teaching assistant. Every other Wednesday, the wonderful Miss Martin will be teaching us due to Miss Hutchinson’s planning, preparation, and assessment time (PPA), therefore, she will be out of the classroom all day.


On our webpage, you will find regular updates on our learning each term and useful information. You will also find our chosen ‘Star of the Week’ who will get to take our lovely chosen character, weekend diary and book home.


Alongside our webpage, please see our class ‘Dojo’ for our regularly updated class stories and any new messages. Through Dojo, I will continually update yourselves on any key dates, events, reminders or important information, therefore, please check daily. You will also be able to access observations of your child’s learning on Dojo.


Please also keep visiting the 'Parents' tab regularly, to view Mrs Houseman’s new updates and information.


If you have any questions or any concerns, you are very welcome to message me through 'Dojo' or via my school email:


Many thanks and kind regards, Miss Hutchinson. 


Work for children off with COVID/Symptoms

Please see below a pack of home learning that your child can begin to undertake if they are isolating due to Covid. I will then upload specific learning to the school week in the folder below. 

Autumn 1

Week 3  Ava 

 Week 4 Emma 

Week 5 Poppy 

Week 6 Matthew

Week 7 Evie C 


Autumn 2

Week 1 Aurora

Week 2 Ellie

Week 3 Lenny 

Week 4 

Week 5 

Week 6

Week 7 

Week 8 



For the first few weeks, our main priority is to ensure all the children settle happily into school routines and form good relationships and friendships within the class. The children will also be finding out about our routines and 'REACH’ superhero values: Respect, Enjoyment, Achievement, Challenge and Health. We will model how this looks within the school environment. All the children will also be completing a range of activities which enable us to identify their current knowledge and understanding which will take place through our own school Baseline and a Government Baseline.


The children will begin Phase 1 phonics and will begin exploring numbers in depth. Some familiar characters, ‘Numberblocks’ will be helping us to do this! We will also begin learning about matching and sorting shapes and exploring pattern.


We will be learning all about ourselves, our families, and our friendships through a range of quality and engaging texts which can be seen below. We will be developing our understanding about what makes us unique from others and that's what makes us SUPER! We will share the story of 'The Colour Monster' to understand our emotions and feelings in depth and strategies to help us with some emotions. 


In the week commencing the 4th of October, it is World Space Week! So, we will get our space suits on and shoot into space in our rockets to explore the amazing solar system!  


We are looking forward to continually getting to know your lovely children and yourselves further over the next few weeks! 


Please keep checking Dojo to see updates and the fantastic learning your children undertake!

Every child takes home a reading diary and a wallet containing 2 books. Please sign your child's reading diary each time they read to you in order for us to celebrate your child's reading achievements and so they can receive their reading sticker. At the end of each term, they will receive a reading certificate to celebrate their reading achievements at home. 


The first book will be their pre-colour no words book or pre-colour words book and then this will progress to a coloured book band reading book. This book will be changed every week. 


The second book will be a Jolly Phonics book which is tailored to their phonics group and matches the sounds that they are learning in their phonics lessons. This book will sometimes be given for 2 weeks in order for your child to reinforce and apply their learning further. 


Both of these books will be changed when they are read with an adult at school or if they would like them changed more regularly, please drop me a Dojo message. 


Please see below for the letter, sent home previously, for further information. 



I just wanted to give you some information and some support for reading at home with your children. Please see below some useful links as well. Very soon, I will upload our very own reading videos to support you further. 


Please read with your child at least 3 times a week at home. Even if this is just for 10 minutes. Regular reading at home has a huge impact on the progression in their reading and phonics.


When the children are reading, it is important that they are applying their phonic knowledge and skills through the following: 


  • Pronouncing pure sounds (see link below) 
  • Sounding out and blending to read the word (eg, ch...air - chair or c.. a... t - cat
  • Identifying tricky words (can't sound them out). 
  • Later on in the year: Identifying the sounds including digraphs (two letters that make one sound - ch, th, sh, etc) and trigraphs (three letters that make one sound - air, ear, ure, etc).


Additionally, asking the children questions about what they have read and using the text to answer the questions will develop the children's comprehension skills. 


Examples of questions to ask: 


Before reading the book:

  • Can you point to the title? or What is this? (pointing to the title) 
  • What do you think this story will be about?
  • What might happen in the story? 
  • Who is in the story? 

During the reading of the book:

  • What is happening here?
  • What is ______ doing?
  • What might happen  next? 
  • How do you think the story might end? 
  • Is __________ friendly/ mean/ nice…? Why?
  • What does ______ mean? (To check understanding of a word)
  • How do you think ______ feels? 

At the end of the book:

  • Did you like this book? Why? 
  • What was your favourite part? Why? 
  • Which character did you like the best? Why? 
  • Why did that character do … (give a situation/ event from the story)? 
  • What happened in the story?


I hope this helps and thank you for your support with reading. 

Our School Day

The school day starts from 9:00 am - 3:15pm with the gates opening at 8:50am. 


In the morning, please drop off your child at the main gates so they can independently walk to their classroom. Familiar staff will be at the gate to support this. 


On collection, if you wait outside our classroom (on the playground) and your child will be in the line to come out to you. Please give us a wave and try and stand in a similar spot each day to aid with getting the children out quickly and safely - especially in the wetter months. 


Water Bottles

We encourage all children to bring their own water bottles into the classrooms everyday with their full name clearly labelled on the side. Children are provided access to their own water bottles throughout the day to ensure hydration. Please could you ensure that only water is put into them and not juice! This will be returned each day to be washed and refilled for the next school day. 


Book bags

The children have now been given book bags. Please could these be brought into school each day and checked every evening for any new letters. Please could we ask these are the only bags brought into school as we have limited space in the cloakrooms.


PE day

Our PE day will be every Tuesday and children will be asked to wear their PE kit to school. Please note the PE kit should be: a plain red t-shirt with or without the school logo, plain black sports jacket/zip-up jacket and plain black or navy joggers/shorts. Please can you ensure all PE clothing and footwear is labelled with your child’s full name.


PE will include alternating both indoors and outdoors. Please could you ensure the appropriate PE kit is worn. I will communicate in advance on Dojo whether it is indoor or outdoor PE.


School Money 

 You will shortly receive a text message /email about joining 'School Money'. This is our system on paying for things in school as we do not handle cash. This will include things like school milk, trips wrap-around club etc. Any questions please Dojo, email or ring the school office. 



While the children are 4 years old, they will receive milk for free. Once your child turns 5 years old, unfortunately they will no longer receive it. If you wish for your child to continue to have milk at school, please visit:



To celebrate this special day, the birthday boy or girl can come dressed in their own clothes for the school day. If their birthday is on the weekend, they are welcome to pick the closest day to come in non-uniform! 


Jewellery and Hair 

To ensure the safety of your child our school policy regarding jewellery, hair and nails is as follows:-


  • No jewellery other than stud earrings and watches.
  • We recommend that children who have long hair (below their shoulders) should tie their hair back for school; however, it is essential that it is tied back for PE lessons. 
  • Appropriate hair bobbles of size and design.
  • Nail varnish should be removed for the school week.


Rewards at Dovedale 

At Dovedale we have a positive approach to behaviour management and use different strategies to reward positive behaviour. They are as follows: - 


Smiley Chart

Both classrooms have a smiley chart. Each child starts on the green smiley face every morning and throughout the day if they show progress towards our ‘REACH Rules’, they have the opportunity to move up the chart to the silver (where a sticker will be placed on their chart). The gold smiley is highly regarded and only 1 or 2 children achieve this each day. If they achieve the gold smiley they will receive a golden ticket explaining their achievements.


Children that achieve a green smiley, silver smiley or gold smiley will come home with a smiley sticker to show they have had a good day at school.


Alternatively, children who struggle to follow our ‘REACH Rules’ may have to move down on the smiley chart to have reflection time in the classroom or to visit a member of SLT in reflection time during lunch times.  This will additionally be communicated to their parents. However, they will always have the opportunity to move back up the chart before the end of the day. 


Sticker Charts

Children receive stickers for a wide range of reasons within the school day. As they gather stickers on their chart they will gradually be getting closer to achieving a bronze, silver and gold award. Children need to achieve 25 stickers to achieve each award. 


House Points

Children across school are allocated a place in either the Gold, Sapphire, Emerald or Ruby House Team. Throughout the school day, children achieve house points for their team which are calculated at the end of every week. At the end of each half term the winning house team receives a small prize and an additional play time.