School Logo

Bruce Grove Primary School

Every child inspired, learning & growing

R1 - Donaldson Class


Teacher:  Venus Guy

Teaching Assistant: Adene Williams



Welcome back!




         We hope you have all had an amazing summer break. We are so thrilled to be back in class 

and ready to learn! This page will show you all of the exciting activities we will be getting up to this

year and the amazing work we will be creating.

This year R1 is named after the author Julia Donaldson. We will be spending time learning interesting 

facts about her and reading many of her books in class. If you do not want to miss out, please check 

our class page ! 


Julia Donaldson (born 16 September 1948) is a Scottish writer of children's books. She is best known for her most famous tale 'The Gruffalo' illustrated by Axel Scheffler. In 2011,she received an MBE awarded for her outstanding service to the community. This was reflected through her encouragement for children to create a love for books and reading. 


Class R1 will be creating a display on 'The Stick Man' by Julia Donaldson.






  Stick Man is a 2008 book by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. It is a magical adventure story following a Stick Man who becomes separated from his family. He realises that the world is a dangerous place as he desperately tries to reunite with his wife and three children.


 He gets thrown to a dog. A swans uses him to build nest. He even gets used as wood for a fire! 




Here are some books by Julia Donaldson !

Welcome to Class R1

We really enjoyed our first lunch at school today !

Counting and Numbers!

Reception love visiting the nature garden to explore the different types of trees, leaves and even some fish!



In Reception, we recognise the importance of early reading. Throughout the day, we encourage a love for reading through stories varying in genres and allow children to relate to the characters. They become amused when hearing the characters voices coming to life. 


On Friday mornings,  parents or carers are welcome to join us in a reading session. 

Kipper's Birthday


This term the topic for Reception is called 'Let's Celebrate'. This week our focus has been on birthdays. We have read the book 'Kipper's Birthday' to support our conversations in the classroom and help to create context for our writing. Throughout the week we have been learning about the feelings we encounter on our birthdays and how other people may be feeling. On Friday, we had the opportunity to make our own birthday cakes by using icing, fruits and sprinkles. They were really yummy !


When decorating the cakes we needed to cut our fruits using knives. This allowed us to practise our hand and eye coordination skills. 


Fantastic work Reception !


Spring Curriculum Leaflet

This week, we went on a trip to the Walthamstow Wetlands. We walked sensibly to the bus stop and waited for the 123 bus. It was very exciting to see familiar places within our local area as we travelled to our destination. At Walthamstow Wetlands we had the chance to explore plants and animals on our nature walk. We really enjoyed looking at the willow tree, watching the sleeping fox, finding different species of birds and learning about the geese swimming in the lake.

At Walthamstow Wetlands there were three main activities which included pond dipping ,searching for mini beasts that lived in the water and digging for worms. We really enjoyed finding the worms and carefully placing them into pots. All the children worked very well together as they discussed their findings by using new vocabulary.

Reception had a great day and did very well listening to instructions.

This term, Reception have been learning about life-cycles and the changes that occur in living things. Last week we were lucky enough to watch the life-cycle of a chick. We watched the eggs hatching and were amazed to see what was inside. The eggs stayed in an incubator so this meant that we had to remain patient until they hatched

Circle time sessions are so important in Reception as it allows them to share their feelings and answer questions.

Well done Reception !

Careers week 


This term we had careers day and the children dressed up as what they would like to be  in the future. The children really enjoyed sharing their ideas and talking about their reasons. We had some doctors, nurses, ticket officer and even some singers !