Witney Community Primary School
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Our Teacher is Mrs Taylor

Our Nursery Nurse is Mrs Mellin

Our Teaching Partner's are Miss Bull and Mrs Skuse

I loved the Learning Landscape that they have crafted, offering children simplicity, choice and endless possibilities while underpinning it with a sound knowledge of child development and what it is children want and are looking for.

Greg Bottrill 

Author of the bestselling ’Can I Go And Play Now?’, ‘School of the Magic of Children’ and ‘Love Letters To Play’ and Early Year Consultant..

Welcome to Sunshine Class, the Reception Class at Witney Community Primary.

Class Charter


Welcome back to the second half of  Summer Term.

Our last seven weeks together will be jam packed and full of exciting things to learn and discover.

We kick off this half of the term with the very first RLT Art Week, the theme is The Colours I See, and we look forward to welcoming back Felicity to support us in creating our art work during the week. Afterwards we will look at Coco Chanel and design our own T-shirts for our Sunshine Catwalk

As always we will have 6 new poems and our new Super 6 books to explore and we will consolidate the work on reading and writing so far this academic year.. We will prepare for our move to Year 1 in September by thinking about how we grow and change in our circle time.

As the weather improves we will continue to track seasonal change, watch as plants grow and flowers bloom. Our nature study will look at things such as rainbows, clouds and sun and shadows.

We will welcome more musicians to our carpet concerts and will enjoy sports day, the summer trip, celebrate World Ocean's Day, #30dayswild and more.

Get ready for the Grand Finale as we begin the journey to the end of Reception for the Class of 22-23, it's going to be fabulous!

An Interview with EY Lead about Witney CP's use of The Poetry Basket

Mrs Taylor spoke to Makebelieve Arts (who created The Poetry Basket) about how we use their poems in our Reception Class and beyond. This was published as part of their blog.


Weekly News

Termly News

Mystery Reader

In Sunshine Class we look forward to  our Mystery Readers. A mystery reader can be anyone, and auntie, granny, grandad, dad or brother. When they come they get to read a book of their choosing to a small group of children. It’s a great way to show the value we put on books and the love for them that adults have.

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Class Routines

  • Ask Me sheet goes home each Friday with some ideas of ways to consolidate the learning of the week

  • All activities from the Ask Me sheet can be shared at any point the following week via Dojo or our class email.

  • Friday is PE OR Forest Friday. Children come to school in PE kits. Each week one half of the class goes to Forest Friday ( outdoor learning) and the other half do PE. The following week they swap. 

  • Reading books are changed on Mondays. Children take home a quality picture book from our class selection and a class reader as and when appropriate. Class readers/blending books need to be read 3 times as a minimum over the week. First time for decoding, second time for comprehension and third for fluency. 

  • Tuesday is Toast Tuesday. 


Growth Mindset

Yeti Ned 


Growth mindset is about having a positive attitude and supports being a successful learner.

Showing a growth mindset helps us face challenges, overcome failure and
be resilient. At WCP we celebrate mistakes in all subjects as we know that that can be the first attempt in learning. We discuss how our
learning behaviours contribute to be successful in school and relate this to
future ambitions. Each term we focus on a particular learning behaviour
that is linked to growth mindset and certificates are awarded to children who show these learning behaviours in school.

Autumn 1 - Hardworking

Autumn 2 - Reflective

Spring 1 - Persevering

Spring 2 - Up for a challenge

Summer 1 - Understanding of Others

Summer 2 - Curious

Reception Super Six

Reading Tree / Recommended Reads

Year R Challenge Reading Tree

Books for WCPS values EYFS

Books for WCPS values EYFS V2

Forest School Fridays

Forest Friday’s are a favourite day of the week in Reception. The children have been enjoying spending time in our wildlife area, climbing trees, building dens, working collaboratively and noticing the wildlife and living things around them. 


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We Love Books in Reception

We love books in Reception and have at least two story times daily as a class. One of our absolute favourite authors is Nadia Shireen and so we were thrilled to have a virtual author visit with her. As well as reading one of her stories to us, talking about her books and being an author and illustrator, Nadia taught us to draw one of her characters called Fat Cat. 

It was a really inspiring session and the art work produced was fabulous. Check out our Instagram reel here 


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Reception Super Six Poetry Basket

Reception SUPER SIX Poetry Basket

Page Downloads Date  
Elgs guide for parents 07th Nov 2022 Download
Vocabulary Progression Rec 16th May 2023 Download
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