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Welcome to Rabbit Class

Hello and welcome to the Rabbit Class page!

Rabbit Class is a Reception class taught by Mrs Charity Reindorp.

The Teaching Assistant in Rabbit Class is Miss Debbie Jones..

Reception is a very important stage in a child's education. It helps your child get ready for school and lays the foundation for their future success and learning journey. The grown ups in Rabbit Class ensure that the children feel safe and secure, happy and valued as individuals. We nurture and tend to your child's emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs. We do this by getting to know the children really well! At the same time, our vision in Rabbit Class is to foster enquiring, confident and resilient learners and to do so through a rich, playful and provoking environment and curriculum. We seek to stretch your child's learning by extending their thinking and developing their knowledge and skills. We have lots of fun and we learn at the same time! 

Our Learning

In Rabbit Class we are always very busy learning and developing our skills. Here are some of the ways we do that:


We are great Mathematicians in Rabbit Class and we use a range of resources to support our learning. We play a lot of games as it is very motivating. 


We use our independent writing area and the resources there to make up stories and write with a purpose in mind. Writing is not however limited to just this area. We find reasons to write in all areas of our environment. 

In Rabbit Class we love to be engineers! We can construct on a large scale outside. We use our creations to develop our teamwork, role play and physical skills. 

Every year we perform a Nativity. 

Everyday in school I must have:

A water bottle

Book bag 

Reading book and diary

On a Monday I should wear...

My PE kit - This should include blue/black short/jogging bottoms, blue/black t-shirt, school jumper and trainers


EYFS Curriculum

In the Reception Class the children are assessed in the following 7 main areas of learning:

  • ​Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design


*Please see the link below for further information

Yearly Overview

Foundation Stage - Reception Year Curriculum


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term








Personal, Social and Emotional Development. 

(SCARF Programme). 

Me and My Relationships.

Valuing Difference.

Keeping Myself Safe.

Rights and Responsibilities

Being My Best

Growing and Changing



Why is the word God so important?


Why do Christians perform nativity plays?

Why are some times special?


Why do Christians put a cross in the Easter Garden?

Special Stories.


Special Stories. 


Talk 4 Writing

The Little Red Hen. (Focus: Setting) 


The Little Red Hen's Diary. Non Fiction. 

(Focus: Recount)

The Enormous Turnip (Focus: Starting a story).


Healthy Food. Non Fiction. (Focus: Information). 

The Three Billy Goats Gruff. (Focus: Character-Goodies and Baddies).


How to trap a troll. Non Fiction. (Focus: Instructions).

The Gingerbread Man. (Focus: Setting).


Glenmore Bakery Advert. Non Fiction. (Focus: Persuasion). 

The Hungry Caterpillar. (Focus: Describing with adjectives).


Mini Beasts. Non Fiction. (Focus: Information, inc 

Non-fiction features: Contents page, Index.

Page Numbers.


Goldilocks. (Focus: Character Feelings). 


A Trip to the Forest. Non Fiction. (Focus: Recount). 



Read Write Inc. Set 1 sounds.


Children take home picture books to read at home with important adults. (Continue throughout year).

Read Write Inc. Set 1 sounds inc. Special Friends. 

Children continue reading Lilac Books. 

Read Write Inc. Consolidation of Set 1 sounds inc. Special Friends.

Children may be reading at 'Ditty' level.

Read Write Inc. Consolidation of Set 1 sounds inc. Special Friends.

Children may be reading at 'Red' level.

Read Write Inc. Set 2 sounds.

Children may be reading at 'Green' level.

Read Write Inc. Set 2 sounds consolidation.

Children may be reading at 'Green' level and beyond.

Communication and Language.  Children sing songs and develop listening, understanding and speaking skills through games, Talk for Writing learning, performance and the use of talk partners over the course of the year. 

Other areas of learning

What makes me special.


Feelings - The Colour Monster.

Joining - Class rules.




Growing vegetables.  

Nocturnal Animals. 

Bonfire night.






Fairy tales. 

The Police.

People Who Help us.

Staying safe.






The World - Geography.


Life Cycles.


Woodland Animals.






The Sea.

Sea Creatures.


Moving to Year 1.

Move up Day.


 Other Stories

Nursery Rhymes.

We’re going on a Bear Hunt.

Little Rabbit Foo Foo.

What the Ladybird Heard.

Farmer Duck. 

Here's a Little Poem. 


A Great Big Cuddle. (Poetry).

Owl Babies.

How to catch a star. 

Goodnight Moon.

One Snowy Night.

Christmas Story.



The Gruffalo.

The Gruffalo's Child

Not Now Bernard

Where the Wild Things Are. 

Bedtime for Monsters. 


Biscuit Bear.

The Runaway Wok.

The Way Back Home.

Man on the Moon.

Tadpole's Promise.

Yucky worms.


Bog Baby. 

Billy's Bucket.

Surprising Sharks

A Planet Full of Plastic. 


Dunster Watermill.

Tractor Visit.

Little Red Hen visit - animal encounter. 


Post Office


The Parks. 

Police Officer Visit. 

Bakery/Minehead Town trip.


Blenheim Gardens.


The Beach. 

North Hill - Forest.. 


Harvest Festival.

Parent Welcome workshop.

Christmas Nativity.

Parent Phonics workshop.



Outside Learning.

Class Trip. 

Understanding  the World

Talking about ourselves and what makes us special.

Celebrating where we are from and the languages we speak.




Christmas celebrations.



STEM challenges and investigations linked to 3 Billy Goats Gruff.




STEM challenges and investigations linked to 3 The Gingerbread Man.




Growth and Change.

STEM challenges and investigations linked to The Hungry Caterpillar


Using computers for a purpose. 


Looking after our planet.

People who help us. 


STEM challenges and investigations linked to Goldilocks


Using computers for a purpose. 



Dice Patterns - Subitising.

Numbers to 5.

Finger patterns to 5.

Objects on to 5 frames. 

Recognising Numicon shapes to 5 - counting by filling holes, copying shapes, making shapes from memory. 

Comparing numbers to 5. 

Number collections. 

One more and one fewer than to 5.

Tall and Short.

2D and 3D shape in play. 

Numbers to 10. 

Finger patterns to 10.

Recognising Numicon shapes to 10. Numicon shape activities as in Autumn Term 1.

Exploring how a number can be mad with other numbers using Numicon.

Using 10 frames. 

Ordering 1-10. 

Number collections.

Comparing numbers to 10.

Long and Short.

Near and Far.

Language of 3D shape taught through play. 

Numbers to 20.

Finger patterns. 

Two 10 frames.

Add and subtract single digit numbers using 2x 10 frames/Numicon.

1 more/1 fewer and 1more/1 less than to 20. 

Number collections.

Comparing amounts.



Part, Part, Whole. 

Heavy and Light.

Full and Empty - holds more/less. 

Matching amounts with numerals.


Complex repeating patterns.

Children name and describe 2D shapes. 

Consolidation of numbers to 20 - Exceeding. .

Doubling, halving and sharing.

Problem solving.

Solving worded problems involving addition and subtraction. 

Solving problem involving 2s, 5s and 10s. Children taught to order 3 items by height, length, weight and language developed. 




Fine & Gross Motor Skill Development.


Outdoor Learning.

Forest School.

Real P.E

River Bear Mindfulness.

Fine & Gross Motor Skill Development.


Outdoor Learning.

Forest School

Real P.E

River Bear Mindfulness.

Fine & Gross Motor Skill Development.


Outdoor Learning.

Forest School.

Real P.E

River Bear Mindfulness.

Fine & Gross Motor Skill Development.


Outdoor Learning.

Forest School.

Real P.E

River Bear Mindfulness.

Fine & Gross Motor Skill Development.


Outdoor Learning..

Forest School.

Real P.E

River Bear Mindfulness.

Fine & Gross Motor Skill Development.


Outdoor Learning.

Forest School.

Real P.E

River Bear Mindfulness.

Expressive Arts and Design

Painting routines.

Cutting Skills

Exploring lines with pencils/pens.

Self Portrait Assessment. 

Space and form on the page.

Learning how to join.

Basic printing skills.

Playdough - routines and balls and sausages.

Building a repertoire of Nursery Rhymes. 

Self Portrait Assessment. 

Painting using pumps and mixing with primary colours.

Cutting skills continued.

Printing patterns and applying paint to print.


Exploring lines with chalk, charcoal and oil pastels. 

Space and form on the page continued.

Nativity performance.

introduction to instruments. 

Creating complex pattern.


Space and form on the page continued.

Observational drawings. 

Introduction to clay. 

Junk modelling skills.

Drawing and painting something from memory, something that fills the paper, something from imagination.

Junk modelling and joining skills continued. 

Instruments and Dance. 

Consolidation of all skills.

Using technology to create art.

Consolidation of all skills.

Using technology to create art.

 Over the year I use observations and the children's data to make a 'Gap and Strength Analysis' to see where the gaps are in our learning. This, along with the children's interests and the Talk for Writing story informs the continuous and enhanced provision. 

Medium Term Overview


Home Learning Timetable during Lockdown


DT and Art Projects

At the end of every half term the children complete an Art or DT project that develops their skills and knowledge. 

In Spring 1 2021, we carried out a DT project based around Jack and the Beanstalk. The children created a device that would help Jack get the golden egg down the beanstalk safely. The children planned, designed and labelled their idea before creating it. The children then evaluated their idea and adapted their models accordingly.

Reception Home Learning Expectations and Parent Partnership

Reading - It is important that you read with your child daily for at least 15 minutes. Reading with your child is a vital learning opportunity and should be a fun  enjoyable experience. Reading can include books sent home from school, books you already have at home, trips you take to the library or even text you see in the environment e.g. reading the bus stop sign. Please always comment in your child's reading record book, your input of your child's learning is important to us. When reading with your child encourage them to look at the front cover and predict what might happen. Question your child as you read and ensure they are able to recall events that have occurred. When you have finished, can your child recall their favourite part of the story and give a reason why they think as they do?


Mathematics - Maths is everywhere in the home. With the support of parents, children can grasp many mathematical concepts through their play. You can make maths fun at home through songs, rhymes and toys e.g. counting how many animals there are in the box, playing board games, baking and cooking and interactive games. When you are out and about you could do a shape hunt or you could get your child to count the coins you need to buy an item at the shops. 


Handwriting/ Phonics - Please support your child to practise writing the letters they are learning at school using the correct Read Write Inc handwriting formation. Remember to always refer to the letters by the sounds they make and not their letter names. When asked, please also encourage your child to watch any Phonics video links that may be sent home and support your child to learn how to spell tricky words off by heart.


Parent Partnership - Parents are experts on their own child therefore all parents can enhance their child’s development and learning. Successful relationships between parents and educators can have long-lasting and beneficial effects on children’s learning and well-being. Successful relationships become partnerships when there is two-way communication; parents and practitioners really listen to each other and value each other’s views and support in achieving the best outcomes for each child. In Rabbit Class, the educators are always there for parents who have worries or just want a friendly conversation about their child. Our door is always open!

How we reward children in Rabbit Class

In Rabbit class we have many ways to reward the children who have made us say 'WOW'. 



*House Points


*Special Mentions in Collective Worship



Our Environment


Transition into school is exciting but it can also be daunting! Creating a smooth transition into school is vital to ensure your child gets the best possible start in their new setting. For many parents having a child start school will be a completely new experience so they may also be feeling anxious about the changes. We have many opportunities for the children and parents in the Summer term and Autumn term to help support a smooth transition. 

If your child attends Watery Lane Pre-School, then your child will be introduced to our school setting throughout their time at the Pre-school. They often play games in the hall, use the school swimming pool and visit Rabbit Class for occasional learning opportunities. In the Summer term there are many 'stay and play' sessions for children to visit the Reception classroom by themselves or with their parents. There is also a 'New Parents' presentation in the Summer term.  'How to help your child in their learning' presentations are offered to every parent. If there are any other concerns about your child starting school then please come to Rabbit Class and speak to Mrs Reindorp or book an appointment through the school office.


In the Summer term at the end of the Reception year we introduce the children to their Year one classroom and teacher. We will visit the classroom where we will do activities and story times. The Year one teacher will visit Rabbit Class to get to know the children. There is a move up day in July and if we feel some children would benefit from more transition visit then this will be arranged with the year one class teacher.

Useful websites




Tapestry - Online Learning Journals 

Tapestry is an online journal recording all the learning and fun of children's early years education. Rabbit Class is fun-packed and busy. From messy play and first steps to learning phonics and new games, there's so much for children to do, learn and take in.

Tapestry enhances this special time, helping us to capture children's experiences as well as monitor development and learning. This unique journal is shared online with parents, who are able to see special moments and view their child's progress. Parent's can also post pictures and stories that their child has done at home. I know that you will really enjoy Tapestry as much as I do! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Reindorp.