Early Years (Class 1 & 2)

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage

  • Class 1 – Mrs Greenwood (Mon – Tues) / Miss Griffiths (Wed – Fri)
  • Class 2 – Mrs Daniel (Mon – Wed) / Mrs Greenwood (Thurs – Fri)

Support staff

  • Miss Dawson
  • Mrs Dickinson
  • Mrs Gough

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 2022 

THE BIG QUESTION – Are we really that different?

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



Our theme for this half term is ‘Traditional Tales’. This will include:

Understanding the World        
Learning about our local area including different types of buildings and open spaces. We will be developing some basic map skills.

People, Culture & communities
Looking at religious buildings e.g. churches and temples and learning about Christenings and Baptisms.

Being Imaginative & Expressive
Songs, drama/role play and percussion linked to traditional tales.

Creating with Materials               
Artwork which will include sketching outside and artwork linked to stories.

Working on our self-regulation techniques and to be proud of our own and peer’s achievements and to set small targets for ourselves.

Agility, balance and co-ordination skills with Miss Eaton

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 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.

  • Sun hat and top up sun cream. Please can your child come to school with sun cream already applied. The top up sun cream will be applied by your child at lunchtime on a very hot day.

To leave in school throughout the week

· PE kit

P.E. day

Class 1 - Thursday

Class 2 - Thursday

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)

  • Hair - all children with hair longer than shoulder length should have it tied back.

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

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


This half term there will be a weekly practical fun outside activity to complete which can be done as a family. This will be linked to our theme ‘Traditional Tales’.

The children will be having a weekly phonics/sheet to practise at home. This will be sent home on a Friday and then can be kept at home.

The children also have their library books to share with you; these will be changed on a Monday. If your child does not bring their library book back, then unfortunately they will be unable to have a new one.


It is really important that your child reads regularly at home. The phonics sheets we are sending home will contain words to blend and sentences to read.

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 Daniel, Miss Griffiths and Mrs Greenwood.

"Ralph Butterfield Primary truly is a very special school and we feel so lucky that it is our school."