Ladybird Class (Reception)

Welcome to Ladybird Class!

Ladybird Team:

Class Teacher: Mr D. Briscoe
Teaching Assistant: Miss P. Hardiment

Class Overview: 

First of all, we would like to wish you a very 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 an 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, with a team of fantastic staff who enable our children to have a smooth 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. Whenever possible, these have included ‘Stay and Play’ sessions and ‘Home / School Visits’ in the Summer term to welcome children and carers into this new environment. Recently, we have adjusted our transition programme to accommodate for other transition activities to take place, given the current Health and Social climate within the UK. This has included offering A Virtual Tour of our Reception Classroom alongside a ‘Meet Your Teacher’ Video and other ‘Settling In’ resources. Links to these can be found below.

Our Reception Classroom: Please feel free to take a look around our learning environment through our Virtual Tour of the Learning Environment. We are very proud to share a very exciting learning environment with you!

Meet Your Class Teacher: My Welcome Video

Settling In: Arriving at School* and Helping Your Child to Settle in School*

*Please note that there are currently changes to this routine due to the time of recording and government guidance. However, you may still wish to watch these videos in order to get a flavour for your child’s school setting and Busy Fingers Routine.

Our Learning Behaviours:

We follow the EYFS Statutory Guidance at Old Buckenham Primary and Nursery School, and believe that using a child centred curriculum that takes account of the interests and needs of each child is the best way to support their development. 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 learn throughout their lives.

We have explicitly linked the Characteristics of Effective Learning to our Character Education Approach, which recognises and promotes the desired behaviours that we wish to nurture and develop within our children.

These Characteristics involve the statements below:

  • Be Proud: Celebrate great achievements, no matter how big or small.
  • Have a go: Try new challenges as well as engaging with activities that children are already comfortable with.
  • Challenge: We regularly use this word as children attempt new things and apply their skills, as they expand their ‘comfort zone’ and acquisition of knowledge, understanding and skills.
  • Growth Mind-Set: Understanding the difference between having a ‘Growth’ or a ‘Fixed’ Mind-Set.
  • Perseverance: Do not give up, keep on 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.
  • Team Working: Learn the value of working with others.
  • Independence: Be responsible for your own choices and learning, beginning to appreciate the impact this can have.
  • The Power of ‘Yet’: Just because something is hard now, doesn’t mean it will always be hard!

In order to communicate and promote these learning behaviours, we have designated characters who exemplify these characteristics. These characters can be explicitly referred to during stories, circle time sessions and all other parts of the EYFS curriculum as these behaviours permeate throughout our provision. These characters are also present within our Nursery and Key Stage 1 classes, and link to the wider values that our whole school focuses upon.

This includes:

Empathy: Mr Happy and Little Miss Hug

Resilience: Mr Brave and Mr Bump

Problem Solving: Mr Clever and Mr Adventure

Reflection: Little Miss Brainy and Little Miss Curious

Teamwork: Little Miss Twins

Further information about the characteristics of these characters and the ‘Character Education’ approach can be found within our Behaviour Policy.

Our Class Windmill:

Our learning behaviours link implicitly and explicitly with the school behaviour charter, and also link into our Class Windmill. This behaviour system is present within each classroom around the school and is one strategy used to encourage positive behaviour. Each day, each child starts on green, as we begin each day in a positive frame of mind. When we notice positive ‘learning behaviours’, your child will be moved up the windmill. This involves moving up to bronze, silver or gold. If your child moves to bronze, they will receive lots of praise for their efforts. Further to this, if they move to silver they will also receive a sticker to take home. In those really treasured and special moments whereby your child has moved to gold, they will receive a golden badge to take home with them, given to them by our Headteacher. They will also have their name placed onto our Golden Windmill which shows their achievement to the whole school community. Finally, you will also receive a postcard sent home to acknowledge the reasons why they achieved this wonderful recognition. There is also an orange and a red coloured band which are there to highlight to our class what unacceptable behaviours are within school. We will also communicate with you if your child goes to this coloured band, in line with our behaviour policy.

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. Most activities support the development of several areas of learning at the same time as our curriculum is incredibly interlinked. Most of all, the children in Ladybird Class are developing a love of learning and the nurturing the skills to support them to achieve their own personal goals.

You may wish to look at our Early Years School Policy for further information.

Our Current Curriculum Map:

As we plan to follow the interests of our children, our teaching always aims to be responsive to their current needs and lines of enquiry. Each half term, we plan an overview which builds on the learning and interests from the previous half term.

Please see the attached Half-Termly Overview here: Summer 1 Curriculum Map

You can also view our Talk for Writing text map here: Jack and the Beanstalk Model Text Please spend some time helping your child to learn this new text at home if you are able to do so. Thank you.

Home Learning:

Home Learning builds upon your child’s development at school too. We really appreciate your input with this, as we recognise that you know your child best. We encourage you to record some of the important learning ‘moments’ that your child has been engaging with at home on blue home learning sheets. We really value your contributions to their learning and would love to see these come into school either via email or to be handed to a member of teaching staff. Your child can then share these with the rest of their class. This is also the way we manage ‘Show and Tell’, as rather than giving a set time to share something important or significant in your child’s life, we would rather you fill a sheet in as and when this happens during the year for your child and communicate this with us so that we can celebrate their achievement or news with us!

You can access Blue Home Learning Sheets here.

The Power of Reading:

At our school we are immensely passionate about reading. Reading is not only incredibly pleasurable but also opens up a world of imagination and knowledge for our young children to explore. One of our favourite times of the day is when it is time to share an exciting piece of literature, in whatever form this may take: Comics, Magazines, Stories, Fact Books and many more text types are always exciting to explore.

Below are some of my personal favourite stories that you might like to listen to at home. I hope you enjoy finding a cosy place to snuggle up and listen to these!

Mr Briscoe’s Reading Library:

Video: What’s Next Door?

Video: Ralfy Rabbit: Book Burglar

Video: The Dragon and the Knibblesome Knight 

Video: George and the Dragon

Video: There’s An Alien In Your Book!

Video: Rhinos Don’t Eat Pancakes

Video: Oi Cat!

Video: There’s A Dragon In Your Book!

Video: Stanley: The Amazing Knitting Cat

Video: Owl Babies

Video: Supertato

Video: Detective Dan


We are following a whole school cursive handwriting scheme. In Reception, you will also hear this be called ‘pre-cursive’ handwriting as we learn how to form letters individually first before joining them all together. At the start this will be tricky for the children to master but as they move through the school they will feel the reward of their hard work as they will have formed good habits at an early age.

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 to do so. Several children have already told me this is not how they do it at home, therefore please try to support us by consistently modelling the cursive letter style where you can.

Here is a link to the cursive alphabet for you to view: Pre-Cursive-abc

You may also be interested to learn about our ‘Letter Families’. This is one of the methods we use to teach our children about the different types of letters that are present within the alphabet, and how similar they can be to form.

The ‘Letter Families’ include:

Zig-Zag Monster Letter Family

Curly Caterpillar Letter Family

One-Armed Robot Letter Family 

Ladder Letter Family

There are some videos online which can also help to show how these letters can be formed:

Jedi Writing (Note: The letter ‘f’ is not formed the way that our school would form it, however every other letter is accurate)

Pre-Cursive Writing (Another example; Note: Again, ignore the ‘f’!)


Weekly Overview of Key Reminders for Parents:

Monday Your child’s Book Bag and the resources outlined below will be given back to you.


Thursday Please remember to send in your child’s Book Bag on this day. This should contain your child’s Reading Record, Animal Words Book, Reading Books and Phonics Home Learning Pack. These will then be placed into a ‘quarantine’ period before we will return them back to yourselves.


Friday Some specific adult-led Indoor / Outdoor PE sessions will take place on this day, and so your child should come to school dressed within their PE Kit on a Friday morning please.


As we learn outside every day, we ask that wellies and overalls are always available for use on every school day. These will also be specifically used during Forest School sessions.


Forest School inspired learning begins after October half term and continues throughout the year on a Friday afternoon.


Thank You!

More information will be made available for you when it is relevant to do so. In the meantime, thank you very much for taking the time to visit our class webpage!

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