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R2 - Donaldson Class

Welcome to Donaldson Class R2

Teacher:Ms Marisa Etienne-Barnett

Teaching Assistant: Ms Adene Williams



This year each class have been paired with an author and ours is Julia Donaldson.Over the term we will be learning all about our chosen author so please keep an eye on all the exciting things we do.


Welcome to Julia Donaldson Class Page




Julia Donaldson CBE (born Julia Catherine Shields; born 16 September 1948) she is an English writer, playwright and performer, and the 2011–2013 Children's Laureate. She is best known for her popular rhyming stories for children, especially those illustrated by Axel Scheffler, which include The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man. She originally wrote songs for children's television but has concentrated on writing books since the words of one of her songs, "A Squash and a Squeeze", were made into a children's book in 1993. Of her 184 published works, 64 are widely available in bookshops. The remaining 120 are intended for school use and include her Songbirds phonic reading scheme, which is part of the Oxford University Press's Oxford Reading Tree.


The Gruffalo

Donaldson class have been learning about the story of The Gruffalo. We have done many activities throughout the week with the children that will enhance the children’s abilities to learn, especially in our literacy and creativity area.

The children have worked extremely hard.

Donaldson class have settled well into their new classroom. 

Reception key word list

The children visited the wildlife garden. It was fabulous to see the children together, learning and enjoying being outside.

In November, we remember

We Made Thanks Giving Turkeys

Welcome To Our Post Office

EYFS Christmas Concert

 We have read the story of the Little Red Hen, and begun to look at the sequence of events within the story. We learnt some new vocabulary such as ‘wheat’, ‘corn’, ‘windmill’ and look at how windmills work. We also  continued to use our phonics to write words, captions and sentences (using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.) We also made our own hen using hand prints.

Mothering Sunday

This week we have been learning a new story...The Little Red Hen. We started off the week retelling the story and with lots of practise we can now retell the story without any prompts! We added different voices for the characters and The Little Red Hen.

We also made our own Little Red Hen and used our phonics to write about The Little Red Hen.

Reading in reception 

Each week children will bring home a reading book given to match their reading level. Children will bring home their reading record and book each night but this must come back to school the next day. As a school we place a high value on reading at home and we have the expectation that parents/carers will read daily with their children at home.  

Easter Hunt

What an amazing end to our week! As we had been learning about writing a shopping list, we decided that we could follow our own plans and make our own sandwich. The children said "I've never made one before!", "This is so yummy!", "Thank you - this is the best day ever!" "I make sandwiches are home". The children behaved so well, taking turns and being safe with all the equipment.

Well done R2 I am very proud of you!

Termly Pamphlets: Find out what we will be learning each term. Summer

Numbers Day 2021

We had lots of fun on Pyjamarama Day! We came to school in our pyjamas and did lots of exciting activities; such as designing our own pyjamas and sharing our favourite stories with our friends.

Reception have really enjoyed the Gingerbread Man story. This week they have learned to retell the story themselves, written a version of the story, decorated their own gingerbread men.

Physical Education with the sports coach

This week the Reception children have been making clocks and learning to tell the time. We have been very impressed with them being able to tell the time to o'clock. The children have also amazed us by learning their numbers up to 100!

Our class display Jack and the Beanstalk

We have been learning all about the world around us and we have been learning about 'growing'. We sowed our own cress seeds and we talked about what plants need to grow.