A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT
A partner academy in the John Taylor MAT


Welcome from Miss Alexander!

Hi! I am Miss Alexander and I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the EYFS team as the Reception Class Teacher at Shobnall Primary & Nursery School. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the children’s journeys as they gain knowledge and develop skills to become successful learners. I am passionate about providing fun and creative experiences and enjoy thinking of numerous ways to make the children’s learning memorable and exciting.

Support staff that work alongside me in the Reception class are Mrs Martin and Mr Attwood.

For further information about our expectations in Reception, please click on the link below.

Reception Meet the Teacher Presentation

Key Information

Children arrive through the EYFS gate from 8:45am. The school day starts at 8.55am. The children are collected at 3:20pm. The total time amounts to 32.5 hours in a typical week.

During the second half of the autumn term children will be given a weekly guided reading book in a named folder. This should be kept in book bags each day.

Homework is given out via EvidenceMe, our online learning platform.

Each Friday children will also receive the phonemes that will be covered from the following Monday along with a phonics activity. This will also be sent via EvidenceMe.

The children have PE sessions on Mondays with our specialist PE teacher Mr Attwood. Children will need to come to school in their kit on their allocated day. An outdoor kit should consist of plain black or navy jogging bottoms, a plain black or navy sweatshirt and trainers. For health and safety, children who wear earrings should have these removed on PE days.

Please ensure all children’s clothing, footwear, bags and water bottles are clearly named.


Our weekly timetable for 2023-2024 is available to view via the link below. Please note that this may be subject to change.

Reception Timetable


We follow the EYFS Statutory Framework and base activities around the 7 areas of learning:

  • Communication and language
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Physical development
  • Expressive arts and design
  • Understanding the world

Each half term the children’s learning will be linked to a theme-

Autumn Term 1: On Our Doorstep

Home Sweet Home: Overview

Autumn Term 2: Sparkle & Shine

Sparkle & Shine: Overview

Spring Term 1: Food Glorious Food

Food Glorious Food: Overview 

Spring Term 2: On the High Seas

On the High Seas: Overview

Summer Term 1: A Bug’s Life

A Bug’s Life: Overview

Summer Term 2: Bon Voyage!


Homework is set on a Friday and must be handed in by the following Wednesday. Work will be uploaded here on a weekly basis for Reception.

19 April 2024

12 April 2024

22 March 2024

15 March 2024

8 March 2024

1 March 2024

23 February 2024

9 February 2024

2 February 2024

26 January 2024

19 January 2024

12 January 2024

15 December 2023

8 December 2023

1 December 2023

24 November 2023

17 November 2023

10 November 2023

27 October 2023

20 October 2023

13 October 2023

6 October 2023

29 September 2023

22 September 2023

15 September 2023

8 September 2023

What to expect in the EYFS

The DfE has published a guide for parents, produced by Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre, entitled ‘What to expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage’.  This document supports parents in understanding the seven areas of learning and children’s development at particular ages and stages. Please click on the link below to view this useful document. 

What to Expect in the EYFS : A Guide for Parents


Click on the links below to access some of the resources that will help with your learning in Reception…


Games, Stories & Rhymes

Interactive Reading Books

Numeracy & Literacy Activities