Shipton Bellinger Primary School

                 Reception - Butterfly Class  


     Teacher - Miss J Rickwood

Learning Support Assistants - Miss Ramsden


Welcome to Butterfly class! Here in Butterfly class we learn through play and exploring the environment surrounding us. 


Key Information

Wednesday - PE day

Wednesday - Wild Area Afternoon

Friday - Show and Tell

Learning Overviews 2022-2023



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


Butterfly Class News

Autumn 2 Week 5 

Another week that has flown by! We have finished learning all of the phase 2 phonemes in our phonics lessons this week- well done to the children as they are doing so well learning them and it is wonderful to see and hear the children using their phonics knowledge around the classroom during discovery time. In Maths we continue to secure our knowledge of 1-5 and have been singing lots of number songs to help us with our learning. On Friday the children made some decorations for the outside area which double up as bird food!

The children have enjoyed decorating the classroom and we hope to add more decorations in the lead up to Christmas. We continued to practice our Christmas Sing-along and are ready for our performance on Monday afternoon. 


Autumn 2 Week 4

This week has been a great week for some spontaneous learning, which we love to do here in Butterfly Class! After all the rain on Monday morning we kitted the children out in their puddle suits and wellies and got them outside into our outdoor area were able to explore the idea of capacity, using buckets, boxes and anything else the children could find we filled them with water and said it they were full, empty or half full. The children also loved the opportunity to jump and splash in the muddy puddles!

On Wednesday in our outdoor area we were lucky enough to see a rainbow! This gave us a chance to revisit last terms topic of Colours, the children were able to recall what colours are in a rainbow and how a rainbow is made!

We are also busy preparing for our Christmas Sing-along and have spent lots of time rehearsing and learning the actions. We can't wait to show you in a few weeks! 

Autumn 2 Week 3

During 'Anti-Bullying' week we have been looking at how we can be kind to each other, the children each did a handprint and told us how they can be kind. We are using the handprints for a display in class to remind us of what we can do to be kind to each other. This linked nicely with our Story of the Week, which was Cinderella, as this gave us another opportunity to talk more about kindness. 

It has also been 'Interfaith Week' and as a class we learnt more about Diwali. In our wild area we heard the story of Rama and Sita and we then created candles out of the natural resources in the wild area! The children enjoyed being creative with sticks, twigs and leaves!

To finish off the week the children have celebrated 'Be Bright, Be Seen!' and Children in Need by wearing colourful and spotty clothes-a fun way to end the week!

Autumn 2 Week 2

Another week has flown by filled with lots of fun activities and learning. We are whizzing through our phonics, and the children are doing so well learning each new phoneme/digraph- ask them to tell you what a digraph is!

In Maths we continue to make great progress, this week has been focusing on numbers 1-3, lots of fun was had playing snap and memory games to help the children become secure in their numbers to 3. 

For International Science Day we helped our YR6 Buddies make Pitfall Traps in the Wild Area, we learnt a little bit about Carl Linnaeus who created a system for naming plants and animals. The next day we went back down to our Pitfall Traps to see if we had been successful in trapping any bugs, after looking at them and identifying them they were released back into the Wild Area!  Have a look at our Science page to see what they rest of the school got up to on National Science Day!

In honour on Remembrance day we made poppies to be displayed in our Remembrance Garden, we invited parents to join in marking Remembrance Day with a service and a 2 minute silence. Thank you joining us and making it so special.

Autumn 2 Week 1 

We have kicked started the new half term exploring our new topic of Traditional Tales. In small groups we played games to see if the children can guess the character and guess the traditional tale, this was lots of fun and the children had a go at describing some characters themselves! We did the next stage of our poppies with our YR6 Buddies which was painting them red, we are looking forward to seeing them assembled next week! Another highlight of the week was spending a morning down in our Wild Area, the children enjoyed spotting the signs of the changing seasons, practicing their balancing skills and we took our butterfly words with us to practice too! It's been a fun first week of this half term!

Autumn 1 Week 7 (w/b 17/10/22)

Mrs Mulley and I are so proud of the children! They have been brilliant this half term and the difference we've seen in the children's confidence and independence from their first week to now is incredible. This week in Maths we were looking at patterns, during our afternoon in the Wild Area the children had great fun making patterns with what they could find. The Wild Area is an amazing space for us to be able to use and the children love going down there. As we head into winter please can we ask that all the children have a puddle suit and wellies in school, this will mean that we can always get the children outside even on the wet days! We hope that you have a lovely break over the half term and come back ready for another busy half term!

Autumn 1 Week 6 (w/b 10/10/22)

We have had another successful week in Butterfly class. The main focus for this week was the Harvest Festival. We linked it to our topic and were inspired by colours in the environment around us. The children choose some fruit and vegetables, which we would use to dye pieces of cloth. We all enjoyed squishing and squashing the fruit and vegetables in the water before placing our pieces of cloth in it. We waited in anticipation to see if our little experiment had worked and we were happy see the results once the cloth was dry. The children were amazing during our Harvest festival, sitting beautifully and joining in to sing the songs- we are super proud of them!

Autumn 1 Week 5 (w/b 03/10/22)

Wow what a week we have had. Our highlight of the week was spending a day with our Yr 6 'buddies', to read more about what we did together head over to Schools event page!

This week we have been continuing to embed our routines and we have introduced a carousel of activities which include fine motor skills, handwriting and phonic skills. They are all working so hard with their writing and blending! 

Autumn 1 Week 4 (w/b 26.09.22)

We have had another great week in Butterfly Class. The children are continuing to grow their phonic knowledge and have started to blend words! In our outside classroom they have been enjoying making Elmer colourful and exploring colour using water colour paints. Inside they have been practicing their letter formation and  making smiles to give to others as an act of kindness. 

Autumn 1 Week 3 (w/b 19.9.22)

This week we began our Phonic Lessons, we are so proud of how the children are engaging and progressing in the lessons. We have continued our fine motor focus time which the children enjoy. They particularly enjoyed tower building with blocks and sticker dot lines! Our book of the week (The Colour Monster) inspired talk about self portraits and the children have done their own self portraits which will be displayed outside our room soon!

Autumn 1 Week 2 (w/b 12.9.22)

Well done to the children for completing their first full week of school! Over the course of the week the children completed four different fine motor skills to help to prepare them for when we begin writing. We also had a visit from our Yr 6 Buddies, they spent some time playing and reading with us. We loved meeting our Buddies and over the year we will do lots of fun things with them. 

Autumn 1 Week 1 (w/b 5.9.22)

We have been so proud of how the children have settled into school and we are happy to hear that lots of them are excited to be in for full days next week! The children have had the opportunity to explore their classroom and get to know some of the basic routines that will be important for next week! 

Curriculum Overviews 2022 - 2023                 

                                                             Autumn 1