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Puffins - Reception

Summer term 2022

Dear parents,

We hope you had a wonderful break.

The children have settled really well back into school and are having fun and working very hard. You must be so proud of them, as we are.

This term, our topic is going to be 'All creatures great and small'. There is a strong focus on the natural world, environments, habitats etc, with learning this week also centred around the children - growing and changing.  Past and present also features in the children’s learning and through the story ‘Peepo’ we will be looking at old and new toys, and differences and similarities in how families lived.


  • Please see our curriculum map below for more information.


Some reminders for the summer term:



Please send your child in with sun cream applied and named hats, if sunny, or named coats, depending our lovely variable weather!


The children are doing so well with their Phonics, tricky words and reading at school, but there is nothing like spending quality time with a parent/carer at home, to enhance and extend the children’s learning. We welcome your support with their learning and would ask that you write how the children are getting on in the children’s reading diaries. It also helps us to know if we need to change their reading books.


Another way to see what lovely things are happening in Early Years at St Margaret's is the on line Tapestry Learning Journals. We would love to see more posts about home learning and wow moments. A ‘like’ or comment lets us see you have seen their amazing efforts.

Show and Tell

We have sent, via email, a special date for each child to share something that is important to them. This gives them special time to talk to their friends about their interests and for the class to be able to ask questions. Please upload a photo or very short video a few days before their date and mark it Show and Tell please. The children love it, it really makes us happy seeing their faces light up!


Please do contact us if you have any further questions on the class email.


We look forward to seeing and hearing about what the children get up to.


Mrs Maudsley, Mrs Gibbs, Mrs Berry and the staff team.

Spring Term 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,



Happy New Year to you all! It has been lovely seeing the children return to school after their break full of energy and enthusiasm for the learning we are going to be doing this term.


This term, our topic is going to be 'Transport' so the children need to 'hop on board and prepare to blast off' to discover adventures from the past to the present day! Please see our curriculum map below for more information.


Our main stories we will be reading this term are:


The Hundred Decker Bus

The Train Ride

Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year

Stories around emergency vehicles

Zoom, Rocket, Zoom

Little People, Big Dreams: Amelia Earhart

Up, Up, Up!





We will continue to use Tapestry, our online learning journal, to make observations on your children. Please remember to look at how much learning is going on in our classes. If you are having any technical issues, do let Mrs Maudsley know.

We have sent emails out to you all explaining that we will be having 'show and Tell' through Tapestry, your child will be given a date when they can show pictures that you have uploaded to Tapestry.

Early Year's Curriculum Map

Autumn Term

Meet the teacher presentation

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What a wonderful week we have had, the children have been amazing and we are really enjoying getting to know them!

Please watch this presentation about the routines and learning in Puffins Class.

Hello Puffins!

Welcome to St. Margaret's School!

We are all so excited to meet and get to know you all! 

Your teachers are -

Monday - Wednesday: Mrs Maudsley

Thursday & Friday: Mrs Gibbs

Miss Woollard and Miss Marsh are also in Puffins Class Monday - Friday. 


In the Autumn term, our topic will be based around 'It's Good to be Me!', 'Traditional Tales' and 'Christmas', but we also want to know what you love to play and talk about and will plan learning and activities around that!

We will be having some celebration days, including performing songs and stories to your parents, share activity sessions and dressing up days.


Parents, please look below for additional information about the Early Year's curriculum and how we teach phonics and maths at St Margaret's. 


If you have any questions, please email puffins@stmargaretsipswich.org



Important Dates!


Little Red Hen Performance - Friday 1st October 2.45 p.m.

October - Black History Month

Friday 15th October - Well-Being Day

Wednesday 20th October - Dress up day (We will have been learning about Percy the Park keeper, so your child can come dressed as a park keeper or as their favourite woodland animal!)

Tuesday 2nd November - Diwali Day

Friday 5th November - Fireworks Day

Christmas share afternoon - date tbc

Here are some poems we will be learning over the Autumn Term

Early Years Curriculum

Medium Term Plans


General Resources and Information