Nursery and Reception

Welcome to Bumblebees Class

Welcome to Bumblebees Class, the learning environment for Nursery and Reception. We are taught by Miss Upton, Mrs Finch, Miss Mynard and Miss Haynes. If we are not in our classroom, we can be found on our Pirate ship in our outdoor learning area, cooking in our outdoor kitchen, exploring in the conservatory or learning in our Forest School area.

In Bumblebees class we are inclusive, accepting, and work hard at being the best versions of ourselves. We believe every child is unique and full of potential, so we passionately work to help them progress, achieve, and discover their given talents.

Whilst our engaging curriculum and environments encourage learning and independence, our class ethos of respect helps to develop us into kind, caring, responsible young people.

Every morning we all enjoy daily sessions of Phonics following the Read, Write, Inc programme. We learn English, Maths, Reading, and Handwriting every morning too.

In the afternoons, Nursery and Reception enjoy enriching activities such as art, cooking, and forest school alongside child initiated sessions to enable them to develop the key strands of the Early Years Foundation Stage.







Curriculum Planner

Bumblebees Autumn Term Curriculum Planner 2023 – currently being updated, please check back soon

Bumblebee Planning Autumn 1 2023 –  currently being updated, please check back soon

EYFS guidance for parents/carers  – currently being updated, please check back soon

The development statements and early learning goals can be found here: Development statements

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Homework – Reception: Expectations and links


Please hear your child read regularly, ideally every day. Please then write in their reading diary and teachers will sign planners each day. Your child’s book will be changed every Thursday.


Your child has begun their handwriting journey. Each week we will send home letter formation homework for them to practice the skills they have been learning in class. We always love to see children’s writing so please allow them to continue in their books if they wish to show further practice.

Doodle Maths

There will be weekly homework set onto MyMaths, where your child can complete a task related to the math’s concept they are currently studying. Please follow this link:  DoodleMaths | DoodleLearning


Each half-term the children will receive homework based on the current topic that we are covering in school. Activities will be posted in your child’s homework diary.

We want to share this work in class – Please post pictures of these pieces of homework onto your child’s portfolio onto Class DoJo and children will be awarded DoJo points for every piece of homework that they complete and share. On the last week of half-term, class teacher’s will review all the homework and children will have the opportunity to share these pieces with their classmates.

Our class video


Here is one of our wonderful Bumblebee Class children in Reception reciting his Poetry by Heart poem entitled ‘At The zoo’ by William Makepeace Thackeray.

Additional information for EYFS at Tilstock:

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage at Tilstock CE Primary School

What will a typical day look like in the EYFS at Tilstock

Activities to do with your child before they start Reception

EYFS transition – Home learning challenges

How will my child learn in the EYFS at Tilstock

Kinetic letters – Parent information

Read Write Inc – Phonics information for parents

Tapestry parents information booklet

Information for EYFS at Tilstock:

Transition in the Early Years Foundation Stage

What are the 7 areas of learning in the EYFS?

What is the Physical Development strand of the EYFS?

What is personal , social and emotional development in EYFS?

Understanding the world in EYFS

Maths in EYFS

Communication and language development in EYFS

Literacy in EYFS

Expressive arts and design in EYFS