Dorrington C.E (Aided) School

Dragonfly Class

Reception - 2017 - 2018

Class Teacher: Miss Elvins

Welcome to our Dragonfly webpage

I would like to welcome you all to the new school year and to Dragonfly class. The children have settled really well. Thank you for your support in sending pictures and 'Wow' moments in with your children.

In Phonics - Letters and Sounds we are revisiting Phase 2 letters they might have started to learn in the nursery.

In Maths we have been estimating, counting and recognising numerals through practical activities such as playing skittles, measuring our class bears and hunting for numbers.

In Literacy we are learning to write our name using the cursive text formation and practising holding our pencil with a strong tripod grip. Your child has come home with a reading diary, story book from the book area and a reading book. The story book can be changed daily by the children, but the reading book is changed with an adult when they read it to us in school at least twice a week.


PE will be on Tuesdays. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school at the beginning of the week and that everything is named. Could you please ensure that extra clothing is also kept in your child’s PE kit just in case of any little accidents. Should your child borrow school clothing please ensure that it is washed and returned to school as soon as possible.

Forest School

Dragonflies will be going to Forest School weekly and sessions will be on Fridays. Again please ensure your child has their Forest School kit in school at the beginning of week and that everything is named.


Please ensure that your child brings a drink of water (not fruit drinks) to school each day. This needs to be in a labelled bottle that we can keep in the classroom which can be accessed during the day. You may also wish to provide a separate drink for lunch time or they can use the same one.


Your child will receive a piece of fruit and milk during morning break. Should you wish to send an additional snack please ensure this is a healthy snack.

Book bags

Could you please ensure that school book bags are used to store reading dairies and books. These should be sent to school daily. I am aware that these have not yet been given to the children in Dragonfly Class.


How you can help your child at home:

  • Your child will be bringing home a reading book and diary. Please write in your child's reading diary the pages your child has read at home and sign it. The first reading books will have no words, talk through the story with your child and encourage them to retell you the story. The next set of reading books will have small consonant vowel consonant words in that they will be able to phonetically read. The words that they will be given will contain letters that they will have learnt in class.
  • As part of our phonics work they will bring home a phonics mat for you to help support the sounds we are learning in school in any given week.
  • Your children will also bring home a key ring with 'tricky words' to learn. These are words they cannot sound talk and need to learn as a whole. These words can be taken off the key ring so you can play games with them such as hiding them and they read them when they find them or have them face down and turn them over one at a time to read.
  • WOW moments..

Reading Challenge

This term the children will be completing a ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ reading challenge. If the children read at home five times and this is recorded in their diary they move onto the next level in the reading challenge. When they complete six levels they will get a prize. Happy Reading!


Reception - Dragonfly - Files to Download

Reception - Dragonfly - 4Children Parents Guide - What to expect when.pdfDownload
Reception - Dragonfly - Curriculum letter - Autumn Term 2017.pdfDownload
Reception - Dragonfly - Forest School - Autumn Term 2017.pdfDownload
Reception - Dragonfly - Welcome letter - Useful information - Autumn Term 2017.pdfDownload
Reception - Dragonfly - Wow cards.pdfDownload
Reception - Dragonfly - Wow moment note - Autumn Term 2017.pdfDownload
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Reception - Dragonfly - News Items

A number of jumpers have gone missing from Dragonfly Class. Can you please check P.E. kits, Forest School kits and any other bags for any additional jumpers. If any jumpers are found please return them to school. Please remember to name all items of clothing.

Update....we have 4 children in Dragonfly Class who have moved onto or beyond the first level of the reading challenge, well done!

Reception - Dragonfly - Gallery Items

11.09.17 - Creation Music - Linking to the story of creation.

14.09.17 - Sports Festival

15.09.17 - Apple Picking

19.09.17 - Dragonflies found a stranded whale in their class! This links with the text we are focusing on this half term - The Storm Whale by Benji Davies

21.09.17 - Skeleton making

04.10.17 - Harvest Service - Our very own 'Dangle Dangle Scarecrows'!

Reception - Dragonfly - Events Items

New Dates

Phonics Workshop – Tuesday 10th October – 9.15am

Maths Workshop – Tuesday 17th October – 9.15am

Reception - Dragonfly - Useful Websites

A great website to use for Forest School and outside activities is the nature detectives website.


There is a great website to look at "50 things to do before you are 11 3/4" 

I wonder how many you can tick off?


Please see below the link for the letters and sounds video showing how to articulate the phonemes


ICT Games - A great selection of Literacy and Maths Games including 'Save the Whale'