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EYFS Polar Bears

Polar Bear class is part of Reception in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with 30 fabulous children. We are taught by our 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 and useful information. Alongside our webpage, please see our class ‘Dojo’ for our regularly updated class stories and any new messages.


Please 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:


Kind regards, Miss Hutchinson. 

Autumn Term 

For the first few weeks, our main priority is to ensure all the children settle happily into school routines and make friends within the class. All the children will be completing a range of activities which enable us to identify their current knowledge and understanding before more formal teaching commences. This will take place through a Government Baseline and our own school Baseline. The children will also be finding out about our school rules and 'REACH values' and all our routines. We look forward to continually getting to know your lovely children and yourselves further over the next few weeks! 

Friday 11th September


WOW! The children have completed their first full week at school already and they have settled in beautifully. It was wonderful to see the children independently walk into school so confidently and with beaming smiles too! Well done Polar Bear cubs! 


All the children have been fantastic at learning our routines and been super at carefully washing their hands, at numerous times, throughout the day. At each dinner time, I have been so impressed with how all the children tried lots of different foods and used their knives and forks for cutting their own food. 


This week, the children were introduced to our school values through our ‘superheroes!’ (Please see the photo on our Dojo page). They loved trying to spot where they were each day! We learned a new action for each value and discussed what they meant and how it could be achieved. Lots of ideas were given and many children are showing our values already which is fantastic! We found out that together the values spell the word ‘REACH’ and we discussed how using these values, we can reach for the stars! 


Additionally, I have started ‘Baseline’ this week to identify the children’s current knowledge and understanding in order to progress and support the next steps in their learning. 


This week, it has been truly wonderful getting to know our Polar Bear cubs and so many of you! 


I am looking forward to another positive week with Polar Bear class.


Many thanks, Miss Hutchinson.  

Friday 25th September 


Another wonderful and busy week with our Polar Bear cubs! 


We have completed our EY Baseline and we will be sending out individual targets next Friday to support the children's progression! Also, reading books, diaries and book bags will be sent home next week :) 


I hope you all enjoy 'The Runaway Pea' over the weekend which we received from The Book Trust. I am looking forward to discussing the story on Monday and seeing if the children enjoyed it. 


This week we have discussed the importance of sharing books together and caring for books. The children are encouraged to carefully turn the pages in the bottom corner and ensuring the pages are kept smooth and not bent backwards! They are showing this really well in the classroom. 


At the beginning of the week, two apples, Bob and Pippy, appeared in our Curiosity Cube. We said really kind words to Bob and unkind words to Pippy. We looked carefully at how their facial expressions changed and how they felt on the inside after our word choices. Bob was really happy, however Pipette had changed because she was so sad. The children engaged with this really well and thought carefully about how kindness is so important towards others. 


Also, a big congratulations to Evelyn for being our first REACH superstar this week! She has started school in such a positive and respectful manner and is consistently showcasing all our REACH values! Well done Evelyn!


Due to the current situation and not being able to invite parents into school for assemblies, our REACH assemblies are being posted on the website under the 'Children's tab - Mrs Houseman's updates for children'. 


In Polar Bear class, our REACH stars will get the chance to take our Polar Bear 'Polo' home over the weekend to join you for lots of adventures. Then, on Monday we can share all the weekend fun by sharing 'Polo's diary!'. 


Thank you for all your ongoing support. I hope you have a lovely weekend and family time. 


Miss Hutchinson.

Our school Day 


Due to the current situation, as a school we are using staggered start and end times to the day for each year group to ensure ‘bubbles’ aren’t mixed. 


EYFS Morning drop off time – 9am through the Main Green Gate (near the bins). 


EYFS Polar Bear class end of day pick up – 3.15pm on the playground near the grass and children will be sent from our outdoor gate. 


If our Polar Bear cubs have siblings in the school, please select the earliest drop of time and let me know through ‘Dojo’ so I can arrange an adult to collect them from the correct gate. 


At the end of the school day, it can be arranged for siblings to come to my classroom and be picked up with our Polar Bear cubs. Please let me and their sibling’s teacher know in advance. 


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. 



PE day

Our PE day will be every Thursday. This will include alternating indoor and outdoor PE. All PE kits will be kept on their own peg. Please can you ensure all PE clothing and footwear is labelled with your child’s full name. PE kits will be sent home every half term to be washed. 


Outdoor Learning

Exploring the outdoors is a fundamental part of EYFS learning. We love to go outdoors come rain or shine, therefore, please can all children have wellies and a waterproof raincoat in school. Please can you ensure these are labelled with your child’s full name. 


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. 



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:-


  • Jewellery can only be worn for religious purposes.  
  • Any recently pierced ears need to be kept covered for the advised time of six weeks.
  • 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. 
  • 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) or gold smiley. 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 reward which may include a golden ticket or prize. 


Alternatively, children who struggle to follow our ‘REACH Rules’ may have to move down on the smiley chart to have thinking time or to visit a member of SLT. 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. 


If your child comes home with a smiley sticker this shows they have had a good day at school. 


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.