Early Years (Class 1 & 2)

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception)

Click below to learn more to support transition into Class 1 and Class 2 through our social story.

Social Story.

  • Class 1 – Mrs Daniel (Mon – Wed) / Mrs Greenwood (Thurs – Fri)
  • Class 2 – Mrs Robinson (Mon – Fri) 

Support staff

  • Miss Dawson
  • Mrs Gough
  • Mrs Barker
  • Ms Poulter
  • Miss Addison
  • Mrs Aristizabal

Should you need to contact any member of the Reception team, please email the school RalphButterfield.School@york.gov.uk or speak to one of us at the start/end of the school day in order to arrange a convenient time.


Information for Summer Term 2024 

THE BIG QUESTION - Are we really that different?

This question is linked to the British Value ‘Tolerance of those with different faiths’ and is a whole school initiative.        



Our theme for this half term is ‘In the garden’. This will include:

Understanding the World        
Learning about the garden as a habitat. Exploring the animals who live there, how plants grow and planting our own seeds to watch their growth.

People, Culture & communities
Exploring national festivals, e.g. St George’s Day. Discovering religious stories of creation and our love of the natural world.

Being Imaginative & Expressive
Singing songs, playing rhythm games and playing percussion instruments.

Creating with Materials               
Artwork which will include, drawing/painting skills, collage craft and model making, linked to our theme. Studying the works of famous artists, including Andy Goldsworthy and Van Gogh.

Continuing to learn about the ‘Zones of Regulation’ strategies, to help to manage each emotion. Developing a greater understanding of the British Value ‘tolerance of those with different faiths’. Developing a greater understanding about ways to keep healthy, e.g. eating healthily, doing exercise and brushing teeth.

REAL PE - practising coordination and balancing skills.


Your child will also have daily phonics, story and maths lessons. There will be group practise reading sessions three times a week. The children will also be working on developing their writing skills during the week. 

To bring each day
  • Water bottle – please remember to label this with your child’s name.

  • A waterproof hooded jacket as we go outside in all weathers.

  • Book bag

  • Sun hat


To leave in school throughout the week

· PE kit

P.E. day

Class 1 - Monday

Class 2 - Wednesday

Your child will need their PE kit in school at all times as our timetable is intended to be flexible. Plimsolls are required for indoor PE lessons.

  • Indoor kit - black shorts, white t-shirt, plimsolls, (+ socks for girls wearing tights – tights are not appropriate for PE)

  • Outdoor kit – please add a warm jumper and tracksuit bottoms.

  • Earrings - earrings must be removed or taped over. Please bring the tape if they cannot be removed.

  • Hair - all children with hair longer than shoulder length should have it tied back during PE and when using the fixed play equipment.

  • Fixed Play Equipment - Part of the safety requirements for using our new play area is that children wear suitable footwear which is securely attached to their feet; plimsolls and any style of slip-on shoes are not suitable.

Please ensure all belongings have your child’s name on them.


The children will be having a weekly phonics task to practise at home. This will be sent home on a Friday. Please help children to bring their homework folders into school each Friday. 



It is really important that your child reads regularly at home. The phonics activities we send home weekly will contain phonemes (sounds) to practise and words to blend. 

Little Wandle

‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised’ is the phonics scheme which is used to teach phonics in EYFS and Key Stage 1 and to assist children with their phonics knowledge through the school. Every day, your child(ren) will have a phonics lesson where previous sounds are revised both as letter sounds and words. New sounds are taught in isolation and then read in words. Tricky words, spellings and a dictated sentence are also taught, developed and practised within this phonics lesson. Further to phonics, reading sessions are also developed, throughout the week, allowing the children to develop their decoding ability in their reading, as well as their fluency and comprehension skills. On a Wednesday, your child will bring home the book they have read during the week to share with you. However, as these are also the books we use in lessons, they are numbered and allocated to each child. It is therefore important that they come back into school the following Monday ready for the next group to use as part of their lessons. Unfortunately, if your child(ren) does not return their book, we will be unable to issue the next one, until it is returned.

For further information and guidance, please visit the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised website where you will find helpful videos. These videos contain valuable support with the pronunciation used in phonics and reading lessons in school; share the structure of phonics lessons and give support with reading at home. Please click here.


Reading for Pleasure

As a school, we love to read and wish to impart this love of reading to our students. Each week, children in each class can choose their own reading for pleasure book. This book can be read at home, shared with family and friends but above all, is for you all to enjoy!


EYFS Learning

Click below for information shared at the Parent/Carer workshop September 2023. EYFS


Please don’t hesitate to speak to one of us if you have any questions/concerns or if you would like further information about any of the above.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Mrs Robinson, Mrs Greenwood and Mrs Daniel.

Typical Weekly Timetable

Please be aware that this is an example of a Reception weekly timetable and therefore the timetabling of each lesson will differ between each class. The days for PE lessons are as detailed above. 


"I have felt safe in the knowledge that all is being done at school to keep my children and others safe so thank you very much - as a parent that is all you can ask for."