Shipton Bellinger Primary School

Learning and Growing Together

     Reception - Butterfly Class  

        Teacher - Mrs V Wills

Learning Support Assistants - Mrs M Mulley, Mrs A Woods and Mrs L Martin


 Key Information

Welcome to Butterfly class

Tuesday- Indoor PE (black shorts and white t-shirt to stay in school)

Friday - Outdoor PE and Wild area (children to come in wearing PE kit)


Learning Overviews 2023-2024


                                                                                     Autumn 1         Autumn 2        Spring 1        Spring 2       Summer 1      Summer 2


Our Weekly News


Autumn 1 Week 3

This has been a lovely week watching increased self-confidence, independence and friendships grow. As our lovely Butterflies feel increasingly settled into class, we have seen them begin to create their own games and activities, often playing cooperatively and imaginatively with those around them. We even created some collaborative art together (inspired by the paper collages of Pablo Picasso) by cutting small pieces of paper and using glue spreaders to stick our individual paper cut outs into a larger colourful class collage.

We enjoyed lots of 'Elmer' stories this week. Elmer is special because he is not the usual 'elephant grey', but a brilliant patchwork of many colours. Butterflies had a go painting the design of their own patchwork elephant and we named the colours as went. We have learned new sounds in phonics ('i' for iguana, 'n' for net, 'm' for mouse & 'd' for duck) and have started to playing blending games together. In our mini maths sessions, we have been thinking about measure; matching big to big and small to small, and exploring tall and short, long and short. We built towers to compare and drew around our feet to see if our feet were longer or shorter that others in class.

Outside, we have enjoyed a focus on gross motor skills, with lots of active play to help us develop our balance and co-ordination, some of the children even created their own yoga session by collecting a mat and completing a variety of stretches!

This week we have also introduced 'Classroom Dojo' to the children. Each child has their own Dojo character that hatched this week (when they got to 5 points). Dojo monsters collect points for positive behaviours. This week we have been working on 'Good listening' and 'Kind hearts'. Well done for a great week Butterflies!

Autumn 1 Week 2

You have all been brilliant during such a busy week Butterflies! We have learned our first sounds (phonemes) of 's' 'a' 't' and 'p' and played blending games to help you hear how putting sounds together can make words we recognise. We have had mini maths sessions together starting with our maths story 'The Button Box' and then worked as groups to complete some different activities that have helped us understand the concepts of 'same' and 'different' (such as sorting buttons and finding two objects the same) and you could find or show your own examples of a matching pair.

In your Discovery Time, you have also shown us lots of independence in choosing your resources, including starting to dress yourselves with the role play costumes and accessories we have had out this week. We learned a new song 'When the animals went in two by two' (linked to our maths) and we heard the bible story of 'Noah's Ark.'

Our mark making table has been super busy - we have seen some great drawing and lots of independent scissor use. Using tools like scissors can be really tricky and this is something that we will work on together. For our PE engaged in lots of active play on the 'Big' Adventure Playground. Well done everyone for also being super stars having your lunches in the hall this week. You have all done such a great job with settling into school life!

Autumn 1 Week 1

Wow, Butterflies, what a great week we have had. The sun has been shining and we have had lots of play outside and in the classroom. You all did such an amazing job coming in, showing just how ready you all are for starting school. It was lovely to see you all looking so smart, playing kindly and respectfully in our new class together.

We've had lots of different resources for the children to access in their morning sessions with us. Lots of different toys and activities that will develop our fine motor skills, such as peg boards and drawing. You have all had a go at climbing on (and jumping off!) our very own 'Mini Adventure' - some of you have even already scaled the climbing wall! We also love sand play and big build construction as these are also great for developing our core strength, co-ordination and even our communication skills - as these are often activities that encourage group play, collaboration and team work!

Our 'Home Corner' roleplay and small world resources such as Happy Land, Dolls houses and animal figures have all been out this week, as these are great for stimulating imaginative play and talk time between peers - it was so hot at the end of the week that the animals joined in with some of our water play!

We have had such a lovely time welcoming you all to joining our school and class Butterflies, all of your grown ups are so proud of you! Well done for super settling-in, next week we get to have you full time!