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France class is part of Reception in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with 30 fabulous children and we are taught by our class teacher Miss Hutchinson. Every 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. Mrs Homer is our lovely teaching assistant.

Welcome to our class page!


I hope you had a fantastic summer filled with lots of new memories and are now ready to begin the exciting first year we have ahead!


Please check here regularly for information and our upcoming learning. Please see 'Dojo' for our regularly updated class stories and any new messages. 


If you have any questions or any concerns, you are very welcome to come and speak to me at the end of a school day or message me through 'Dojo' and we can make an appointment together if required. 


Many thanks for your support,


Miss Hutchinson.

Spring Term

Our second topic for the last three weeks is...


Our topic questions we hope to answer are:

Who do the magical objects belong to?

How can the Princess and Knight help the King?

What magical powers does the unicorn have?

How can we help the mermaid save her home?


This topic will focus on Fantasy and the story of ‘Zog and the Flying Doctors’ written by Julia Donaldson.

The children will explore and develop understanding about new characters and settings and how these relate to each other. We will be sequencing the story, building on the children’s knowledge and understanding about story structure and events. The children will become storytellers, by retelling the story through the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach.


In maths, we will continue to develop our understanding in addition by exploring number bonds to 10. We will develop our 10 frame understanding and progress to using the part-part whole model.


Additionally, we will focus on the Creation story in RE and we will be thinking about different ways we can help our planet and save the sea, by making small changes in both the school and at home. We will continue to develop our art skills by focusing on the skill of ‘scrunching’ and how to create Transient art.


Key dates: 

3rd – 7th February - Mental Health Week - 'Well-being Wake and Shake' for both parents and children. On the playground, every morning, at 8.40am - 8.50am.

7th February - Wear yellow (or bright colours) to bring awareness to Mental Health. 

14th February – Break up from school.


Our first topic for the first three weeks is...


The topic questions we hope to answer are:


Who does the egg belong to?

What are the different species of dinosaurs?

How did the Dinosaurs live?

What features did a Dinosaur have? 


This topic will focus on the children becoming Paleontologists and Researchers, to find out about the different species of dinosaurs and create fact files to share their knowledge. It will develop the skill of prediction and create descriptive writing based on their ideas. This topic will continue to build on the children's knowledge and understanding about story structure, settings, characters, events and problems through a range of dinosaur stories.


Key dates: 

6th January – Back to school

9th and 16th January – Balance Bike sessions in school

14th February – Break up from school.


              Autumn Term


Our second topic after half term...


The topic questions  we hope to answer are:


How could you catch the Gingerbread man and why?


What material makes the strongest house for the three little pigs?


When Goldilocks went to the house of the Bears what did her blue eyes see?


Should Cinderella go to the ball?


This topic will focus on developing the skill of storytelling, following the 'Talk for Writing' initiative. It will develop their knowledge and understanding of how a story is structured (beginning, middle and end), key story language as well as learning that all stories have characters, settings and problems that may need solving. 


Our first topic ...



The topic questions we hope to answer are:


What makes a SUPERHERO?

What make me SUPER?

Why is my friend SUPER?


This topic will focus on learning about different superheroes and what their super powers are. It will develop understanding that not all superheroes wear capes and that there are people in our world whom are real life superheroes such as doctors, nurses, police officers, fire fighters and even teachers! We are learning about each other and that there are things that make us unique from others and that’s what makes us SUPER.

We know the children will love this topic as many of them have a huge interest in Superheroes!



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. The children will also be finding out about our school rules and routines. We look forward to continually getting to know your lovely children further over the next few weeks!



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.


Welly Walk

Monday is our favourite day of the week as we will go on our ‘Muddy Monday’ Welly Walk. All children must have wellies and a waterproof rain coat in school to support this amazing experience. 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. 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! We ask that each child brings their water bottle everyday with their full name clearly labelled.



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:


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 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 but 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. You will receive a letter of invitation to come into school to watch your child collect their award in assembly. These letters are usually sent home in advance to enable time to make any necessary work arrangements. Children need to achieve 25 stickers to achieve each award. The sticker chart scheme is separate to the class smiley chart stickers given at the end of each day. 


  • 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. 


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.



We are always very grateful for any extra help and support in school from: parent helpers, grandparents, aunties and uncles, or anyone else you know who may be interested. The jobs we tend to ask people to help out with range from: hearing the children read, craft activities and working with small groups of children to help them with their work. To help in school you are required to have an up to date DBS check.  This can be arranged via the school office.  If you, or if you know of anyone who would like to help out in school, please come and see Mrs Wilson who will arrange the necessary paper work for you. 


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France Class Page.