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Welcome to Walnut Class

Reception Class

Class Teacher: Ben Mali

Learning Journey

In these big first weeks in Walnut Class we will be learning all about relationships and emotions – how to take care of ourselves and each other. Children will access a rich array of provision activities which support them to share the things they love with each other. This learning journey will also have an art focus, and will lead to the creation of a class gallery of self-portraits for families to come and celebrate the newest members of our school community.

PE Days

Our PE days are Thursdays and Fridays. Children are to arrive at school dressed in their PE kit on these days. Most lessons will take place indoors during the colder months.  

Outdoor Learning

Lots of our learning happens outdoors, so please ensure children have their wellies and a waterproof coat in school each day. Once a week we will spend the whole day outside, so please ensure children arrive at school wearing clothing suitable for being outdoors, along with a school jumper and school shoes. Our Outdoor Learning day is Wednesday. 


In Walnut Class, children are focusing on our sense of numbers by counting in different ways through songs, activities and continuous provision. We use the NCETM scheme of learning which you can read more about here - 

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At Totnes St Johns we follow the Read Write Inc. approach to phonics which supports children to make rapid progress with their reading and writing. Children take part in phonics lessons every day, where we are currently learning to recognise, sound out and write Set 1 sounds. The best way to support your child with their reading and writing at home is to encourage them to practice what they have been learning, and to ensure you are reading to your child at home every day. We have a wonderful reading corner in class and children will be choosing books every week to take home and read with their families. 

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