Bemerton St John CofE Primary School


Welcome to Wrens!

Early Years Foundation Stage - EYFS

Mrs Ford is your class teacher.

Mrs Hill is the class teaching assistant. 

General Information

Curriculum Overview 2023-2024

Summer Term timetable

Things to bring each day

  • a named water bottle
  • your book bag with your reading book and reading record book inside
  • a named coat (if it forecasts rain)
  • a named sunhat


We have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Please come to school dressed in the appropriate PE kit on these days.


The expected homework for children in Reception is that of daily reading and phonic practise.

Maths activities linked to the week's learning are set on Fridays and are expected to be returned by the following Wednesday. 

Other home learning tasks to support learning in other subjects are set periodically which are commonly shared with the class.


  • All children are expected to read 5 times per week minimum.
  • Reading books and reading record books should be in school EVERYDAY in your child's book bag. The number of reads recorded in the record book will be counted on a Monday.
  • An adult signature and an optional comment should be recorded after each read. Remember that phonics practise counts as a read.
  • 5 reads signed by an adult each time will earn you a raffle ticket each week! The raffle tickets go into a box and at the end of term one lucky winner will be drawn out who will then go on the bookshop visit to buy a book for their class.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about your child's reading or would like some help with how best to support their reading, please speak to the class teacher in the first instance.


Term 1

Term 2

Let's Celebrate!

We hope that you have had a lovely half term break. We look forward to hearing about what you did and where you went. Did you go pumpkin picking or go on an Autumn walk? Perhaps you went splashing in puddles or spent time with family. Whatever you did, we hope that you are ready for a busy term ahead! 


Anti-Bullying Week

Many children and adults are unsure of when unkind behaviour crosses the line and is bullying. Please see below for the Anti-bullying Alliance's definition of what bullying is. 

The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power.  Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological.  It can happen face to face or online.

We have been learning about what bullying is and what we can do if it happens to us or someone we know. 

We began the week by wearing odd socks to demonstrate that we are all different and that it is ok to be different. We then designed our own odd socks. 

Please remember that if you have any concerns, do come and speak to your class teacher. 

Colour Mixing

Wrens have been exploring mixing primary colours both inside and outside of the classroom.


Term 3

Toy Story 

We have been exploring materials and forces. We used different surfaces on ramps to find out if the surfaces effected how the toy cars moved.

Whilst outside, we explored what objects float and sink. We tried to predict what would happen each time. We had a few surprises!


Term 4

Imagine if....

Welcome back! We hope that you all had a lovely break and are ready for the coming term. The days are beginning to feel like Spring is just around the corner and the darker days of winter are behind us. Thank you to all of the parents and carers who joined me for parent meetings before the half term break. If you were unable to attend and would like to speak to me this week please do let me know.

World Book Day

Thank you for all of your support for World Book Day. We had a fun day, guessing what character each of us was dressed as, sharing our favourite books, viewing the toilet roll characters and being surprised by the extreme reading photos!

Jigsaw - Healthy Me

We shared our photos, certificates, medals and martial arts belt to help us talk about how we exercise to keep healthy. What a busy bunch you all are.


 Term 5

 Out and About

Rosie's Walk

We have been learning to retell the story of Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins. Once we knew the story well, we transferred our story telling skills to create our own short stories set in our green area demonstrating our understanding of positional and directional language.


Understanding the World Around Us

The weather was kind to us when we took our learning outside to find out about plants in the local environment. We have been learning to identify plants and recognising that flowers, bushes and trees are all plants. We spent time drawing our chosen plant by observing them closely.


 Here are some of the observational drawings.


Andy Goldsworthy inspired land art 

We have really enjoyed learning about Andy Goldsworthy's art using natural materials found in the environment. We created our own by filling, stacking, layering, spiralling, and creating different lines. We also created our own 3D sculptures using clay and natural materials from the garden area.


Term 6

 From the Tiny Ant...

Library Visit

Wrens visited Salisbury Library and learned that there is more to libraries than just books! We learned about the job of a librarian and the different parts of the library including the galleries. We were able to borrow a book and were shown how to use the scanning machine. Finally, we went for a picnic in the park.

Thank you to the staff at Salisbury Library for their help. Parents and carers, please remember to return the book within the next 3 weeks.  


Minibeast Hunt

Our science learning this term focuses on animals and their habitats. We spent time during our Forest School session looking for animals in the garden area. We discussed the importance of being gentle and handling creatures with care and always returning any living creature back to where it was found.



Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA)

Please click here for a parent guide on what the RBA is and how and why it is administered.