Elson Road, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 9EU

Reception – ‘Donaldson’ and ‘Jeffers’

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to our Reception Classes. Our staff provide a nurturing, happy and stimulating environment to ensure our children experience the best possible transition into school life. We plan and provide a balance of both child initiated and adult led activities which enable children to become independent, confident, resilient and inquisitive individuals. Our rich and stimulating environment enables children to explore the world around them, make discoveries and develop their problem solving skills through appropriate challenge. We respond to the needs of each individual following both the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory framework and The National Curriculum for Year 1.

Forest School

Reception take part in weekly Forest School sessions. Please provide appropriate clothing including; long sleeved tops, bottoms, waterproofs and wellies.
Carle Class- Monday
Donaldson and Jeffers- Tuesday


PE lessons take place every Wednesday for Carle, Donaldson and Jeffers class.
Please ensure children are wearing correct kit.


In Year 1 all children will receive weekly homework which will include Maths, Spelling and Reading. This will be set on a Friday and due back the following Friday. It is an expectation that all children complete their homework within this time frame.


All children will have two reading books and one ‘choosing’ book in their book bags. It is important that stories are shared with children on a daily basis. Please sign diaries so that we can share your child’s reading journey at home and in school.


All children will have a plastic ‘Sounds Pouch’. Class teachers will provide weekly updates of which cards need adding to sound pouches.
Reception- Read Write Inc Set 1 Cards


We will continue to document your child’s learning through Tapestry for both Reception and Year 1 pupils. We welcome contributions to your child’s learning journey so if your child amazed you at home by learning and applying something new, please share it with us. We would love to see!

Please contact your child’s class teacher if you are having trouble accessing your
child’s Tapestry account.

Reception – ‘Donaldson’ and ‘Jeffers’ Blog

15 December 2020

Festive Fun!

In Forest School Donaldson class read one of their advent stories ‘Pick a Pine Tree’. They spotted some pine trees in the forest and decorated them, they had to be careful as they were prickly! Their forest looked very festive afterwards!

01 December 2020

Tom and the Island of Dinosaurs

Reception/Year 1’s story of the week has been ‘Tom and the Island of Dinosaurs’ which they have absolutely loved! The children were excited to find a letter in a bottle just like the one Katy had sent. They wrote letters back to Katy asking her questions to help them find out where she was. The […]

13 October 2020

Who’s that trip trapping over my bridge?

This morning we have been very busy building a bridge for the Billy Goats Gruff to cross. We also made traps for the mean troll.

14 November 2019


What an exciting week it’s been! On Tuesday we had some very special visitors, The Owl Man and his wonderful collection of owls. The children all listened carefully to the interesting facts that we were told about each of the owls. We were very fortunate to see one of the owls fly across the hall! […]

08 October 2019

Happy Harvest

This week has been a very busy one for the children in Reception. We focused on Harvest and taught the children all about the importance of helping, sharing and taking care of others through the traditional tale ‘The Little Red Hen’. We learnt about how farmers harvest their crops using powerful machines called combine harvesters. […]

24 September 2019

Another Successful Week In Wales And Scotland

We have had another successful week in Wales and Scotland class. The children are becoming confident with the daily routines and their independence is growing enormously. We have continued our daily Read Write Inc. sessions which are proving to be very popular! The children enjoyed their second PE and swimming sessions where they demonstrated confidence […]