St. Edward's CE Primary School (Dorrington)

Dragonfly Class

Reception - 2017 - 2018

Class Teacher: Miss Elvins

Welcome to our Dragonfly webpage

Our topic for the first half term is 'Treasure Island‘ where we will be learning all about 'Pirates'. One of the texts that the Reception children will have as their focus is 'The Night Pirates' by Peter Harris.

In Phonics - We will be concentrating on Phase 3.

In Literacy - We will be applying all the skills and sounds we have been taught in our phonics sessions. The children will initially be writing simple captions however this will progress quickly onto writing longer sentences. The children will be using their phonic knowledge to read and write simple words through sounding out. 

During our guided reading sessions children will be discussing the features of fiction and non-fiction texts. We will also be encouraging them to read words by sounding them out and blending the sounds together. Please continue to read with your child at least three times a week. Continue to write helpful comments in your child's reading record to support us in moving learning forward.

In Maths - We will be focusing on your child’s understanding of numbers to 20 and beyond. We will be learning how to count past 20, to order numbers and to form numbers correctly. Children will be taught how to add and subtract practically and will then move onto addition and subtraction on a number line.

Morning routines - We will be encouraging your child to be independent by coming in by themselves, hanging their own coat up, putting their book bag into the reading box and settling down at their table. Every morning there will be ‘Early Morning’ activities on their tables such as writing their names, forming their letters and numbers correctly, handwriting practise and phonics activities.


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 or squash) 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:

  • Handwriting practise - This can be found in your child's homework book.
  • 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.
  • 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 - It is lovely to hear about your child's learning and development outside of school.

Reading Challenge

This term the children will be completing a ‘Pirates’ reading challenge. If the children read at home five times and this is recorded in their diary they move onto the next stage in the reading challenge. When they complete six levels they will get a prize. Happy Reading! Last half term over half our class received their prize. Fabulous, thank you for your support!

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

Update.... two children have completed the reading challenge, well done!

Reception - Dragonfly - Gallery Items

This weeks highlights...

Reception - Dragonfly - Events Items

New Dates

Friday 16th February - Pirate Activity Day at Condover Hall

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'