Ladybird Class (Reception)

Welcome to Ladybird Class

Ladybird Team:

Class Teacher: Mr D. Briscoe
Teaching Assistants: Miss E. Buck and Mrs R. Celik

Class Overview: 

Firstly, we would like to wish you a warm welcome to Ladybird Class! We pride ourselves on the strong positive relationships that we develop with the children and families in our setting, and as a Early Years team we are passionate about giving our children the best possible start to school life! Ladybird Class is the Reception Class of Old Buckenham Primary School, and forms the second stage of our Early Years provision within the school. We also have an on site Nursery, who enable our children to have a fantastic transition into our school community. We also work closely with our other pre-school providers, as we support our children to settle into their new class and make new friends.

We have a clear focus on transition at our school because we want our children to flourish, becoming confident and happy members of our school community. Therefore, we offer numerous opportunities for our children and their families to get to know our school. These include ‘Stay and Play’ sessions and ‘Home / School Visits’ in the Summer term to welcome children and carers into this new environment.

We follow the EYFS Statutory Guidance, using a child centred curriculum that takes account of the interests and needs of each child. Our continuous provision ensures children are developing the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ (‘Playing and Exploring’, ‘Active Learning’, and ‘Creating and Thinking Critically’). When children are interested and engaged they are motivated and excited to learn and they develop the skills needed to be able to try and learn throughout their lives.

Our learning behaviours:

We have explicitly linked the Characteristics of Effective Learning to our Windmill learning behaviours chart and to our ‘Growth Mind-set character’ Olaf the Snowman. This character helps children to identify the learning behaviours that they are developing, and models being a positive and happy individual! In Ladybirds class, this includes celebrating:

  • Having a go: Try new challenges as well as ones children are already comfortable with.
  • Challenge: We regularly use this word as children attempt new things and apply their skills.
  • Perserverance: Do not give up, keep trying and overcome difficulty.
  • Concentration: Focus on your challenge and be motivated to complete it.
  • Make Links: Use critical thinking to see connections between things.
  • The Power of ‘Yet’: Just because something is hard now, doesn’t mean it will always be hard!
  • Be Proud: Celebrate great achievements.

Positive behaviours are also celebrated through our ‘sparkle jar’, through praise and through regular communication with our families. Our ‘sparkle jar’ allows children to collect gems during the week which work towards a whole class treat on a Thursday afternoon.

These strategies link implicitly and explicitly with the school behaviour charter.

Our Curriculum:

In Ladybird Class we learn through play. We have a free flow environment which enables children to access a wide range of learning opportunities both inside and outside. The EYFS describes seven areas of learning and development. The prime areas are those most essential for a child’s healthy development and future learning. These are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development.

These prime areas will then enable children to develop skills in four specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

These seven areas are used to plan, support and track the children’s learning. Many activities support the development of several areas of learning. Most of all, the children in Ladybird Class are developing a love of learning and the skills to support them to achieve their goals.

Current Theme:

We have started our Autumn term with lots of enthusiasm, energy and curiosity this year! So far, we have been learning how to access our learning environment, and how the daily routine works so that our children feel confident and secure in their new environment. We would really like to thank our parents and carers who have enabled our children to begin each day positively, as our children settle into school life.

This term we will be learning about numerous different concepts and projects! We have had a fancy dress shop where children have been able to let us know about some of their interests. We have started our first ‘Talk for Writing’ project, learning and innovating the ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ story. We have also introduced our Phonics and Maths sessions.

You could support your children within their learning by doing the following things:

-Learning to recognise and say our Phase 2 phonics sounds.

-Learning to hear and recognise these sounds in words.

-Blending these sounds into simple CVC words.

-Number Recognition from 0-10 and then 10-20.

-Making these numbers through a variety of different resources to understand their value.

Ideas and support of fun ways to do this will be sent home throughout the year.

We never forget to play! (Just ask your children how much the adults like to wear wellies and get stuck in in the water area for example!) Adults and children alike are encouraged to share and extend their games and to show willingness to try new and tricky things.


We are following a whole school cursive handwriting scheme. At first this will be trickier for the children to master but they will not need to relearn letter formation when they are ready to begin joining their letters as they move through the school. Supporting children to not only write their letters but to form them correctly is really important. Correctly formed letters will flow and children will then be able to write more easily and quickly when they are ready. Several children have already told me this is not how they do it at home, please try to support us by consistently modelling the cursive letter style. In Reception, you will also hear this be called ‘pre-cursive’ as we learn how to form letters individually before joining them all together.

Below is a link to the cursive alphabet.


Weekly overview:

Monday  A staggered ‘News Time’ will be in place for all children to take part in each day of the week, where children will be able to show and tell news that is important to them.
Thursday Jigsaw reward time based on the ‘sparkle jar’ reward.
Friday Some specific adult-led Indoor / Outdoor PE sessions will be on this day, but as we learn outside every day, we ask that wellies and PE kits are always available for use on every school day.Lizzie Ladybird chooses a ‘Ladybird of the Week’ to go home with.

Afternoon: Forest School inspired learning begins after half term.