Ewyas Harold Primary School

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Welcome to Class R page.


Our class teacher is Mrs Colwell and our teaching assistant is Miss Gittings.

On Thursday mornings the children have Mrs Adjei.

The reception children have come back from their Christmas break full of stories about their time off. Lovely to hear they all had such lovely, family time. I would like to congratulate them all again on an amazing nativity play, I am so proud of them all.

The children have been busy learning through play whilst the adults have been busy observing and providing resources to enhance and extend their play.

All the children have reading books and tricky word cards, please support the children by looking at these at home. They will also have a home learning folder with ideas of what you can do at home to develop your children further.

WOW sheets have gone home this week as I love to hear all about the amazing things you do at home, I will share these with the class and display them on our WOW board. 

Mrs Colwell is happy to speak to parents or guardians either before or after school.

PE is on Monday afternoons, please ensure all kit is labelled.

The teachers and assistants in Reception continue to watch and interact with us everyday to see what we are interested in and what we are good at. Then they plan a range of really exciting indoor and outdoor activities for us following the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance. This has seven areas of learning:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

We are promoting positive attitudes through the use of circle time and puppets. We are focusing on forming positive relationships with both peers and adults and we try to be really kind and considerate to each other.

Communication and Language.

We encourage the children to listen carefully in a range of situations; such as story time, circle time and to instructions. We model how to speak clearly and confidently and how to take turns in conversations.

Physical Development

We are supporting the children as they develop their gross and fine motor skills. This is through the use of large equipment such as the climbing frame, bikes and balls and smaller equipment such as peg boards, threading, play dough and mark making tools. During P.E. sessions we encourage children to change into their PE. kit independently before going into the hall or outdoors to explore space and movement. Please ensure your child has their PE. kit here each Monday labelled with their names.


We will explore a variety of fiction, non-fiction, songs and poetry texts. We are currently covering new letter sounds through Letters and Sounds, covering three sounds a week, learning their sound, action and song. Parents also have a copy in their Home Learning Book to practise at home.  


The children are doing lots of nursery rhymes and counting as we are embedding numbers to ten this half term, we will be busy painting our hands so we can count our fingers, it will toes next.

Understanding the World.

We are supporting the children in finding out about themselves and others, realising that we are all different but all special. Laptops are available throughout the day and the children are encouraged to ask and answer questions about the world around them. Each child has access to an ipad on Fridays.

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will have great fun painting, using clay, oil pastels, and chalks and engaging in spontaneous messy play, producing many pieces of art that they will bring home. We also have a range of musical instruments and role play props for the children to explore.

Thank you for all your continuing support!!

Mrs Colwell


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