Brave Bears (Reception)

Welcome to the Brave Bears!

Who’s Who?

Class Teachers: Miss Gisenan and Mrs Maciejewska

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Williams (AM); Mrs Iqbal (PM) and Miss Dana

Below you will find an overview of the exciting learning that will be taking place this academic year in our class.




Autumn 1

During this half-term, our theme is Nursery Rhymes. We will be learning about stars, rockets, spiders, becoming a spy, doctors and oral health, sharing our LOVE and helping others, kings, queens and knights and much much more.

In Literacy, our nursery rhymes and quality linked texts are:

  • Miss Polly
  • Jack and Jill
  • Spyder by Matt Carr (Incy Wincy Spider
  • Little Lumpty by Miko Lmal (Humpty Dumpty)
  • How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers (Twinkle Twinkle)
  • Small Knight and George and the Royal Chocolate Cake by Ronda Armitage (The Grand Old Duke of York)

We will be using these books to help us to concentrate and listen to a story, plan, make and create items, build, sing and dance, use our imagination, explore, write initial sounds and make marks, retell a story, role-play, read individual phonemes, explore music apps on the iPads, build memory skills, play collaborative games with others, form new friendships, explore nature, explore texture and messy play and learn new vocabulary.

In Maths, we will be ordering numbers, recognising numbers, counting numbers and hunting for 2D/3D shapes

In Collective Worship, we will be exploring the value ‘generosity’.

In RE, our big question is: Which people are special and why?

We will be starting our daily Stay and Learn sessions with parents and their children. Sessions begin at 2.30pm-3.00pm. All parents are allocated one session a week.

Planned visits/outings/visitors:

  • The Oral Health Nurse
  • A real-life princess!
  • Riverside Library
Our Weekly Learning Journeys for Autumn 1

Home Reading

All children must have a St Chad’s Book Bag in school every day. Book bags can be purchased form the school office for £3.50. We expect children to read at least three times a week at home alongside an adult. Please ensure that your child’s Reading Records is signed at least three times a week. Reading Records are checked every week. Further information on Home Reading can be found within the Home Reading section on this website (parents/carers tab).


Please ensure that your child has the correct PE kit in school every day. All items must be labelled with your child’s name and stored in a suitable drawstring bag. St Chad’s PE bags can be purchased from the school office for £3.50. We do not have storage facilities for rucksacks. During the colder months, we advise that your child has a pair of black jogging bottoms or leggings. Staff members are not allowed to remover earrings. We therefore advise that your child does not wear any earrings on PE days. If wish for your child to wear jewellery, they must be able to remove their own earrings. We cannot be acceptable for the loss of any jewellery items on PE days.

During the week, all children take part in a Daily Mile and ‘Go Noodle’. We are committed to ensuring that our children are active, fit and healthy. ‘Go Noodle’ videos can be accessed from home, please follow the link below.

Our LOVEly Classroom!

Please click on the pictures below to see our lovely classroom and outdoor area.