Reception - France A & B Classes

Class Teachers: Mrs Kate Walker and Mrs Emma Pyne
Tapestry Draw - Autumn Term
Well done to Esme and her family who won the Tapestry Draw for parent contributions to Tapestry.
Learning this Week (17th October)
We will be carrying on with our theme People Who Help Us. On Monday the fire brigade will be visiting us to talk about their role and how to keep safe.
Our challenges are:
  • to write thank you letters to people who help us;
  • to write numbers;
  • to look at non-fiction books and gather information;
  • to mix colours and use these to print with objects;
  • to read the sounds learnt so far and CVC words;
  • to complete the people who help us fitness trail.
We will learn the sounds: f, e, l and h.
Learning this Week (10th October)
Our next theme will be People Who Help Us. We will be learning about emergency services. We will have a visit from the fire brigade and a nurse. 
This week our challenges are: 
  • to make words using magnetic letters, using the sounds we have learnt (m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o);
  • use tweezers to pick up objects;
  • make models of emergency services vehicles; 
  • recognise and draw 2d shapes in foam;
  • use balance scales in the mud kitchen and talk about items which are heavier/lighter; 
  • to act out emergency scenarios in the large construction area. 
Learning this Week (3rd October)
This week the children are continuing to focus their learning around the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Our learning this week has included: 
  • retelling the story using a story map;
  • acting the story in the mud kitchen, role play area and on stage;
  • creating bears using a variety of materials;
  • building a chair which is safe to sit on and assessing the risks;
  • building a house for the Three Bears using the small construction.
Each week children are set six challenges to complete during their independent learning time. Every time a child completes a challenge they collect a coloured stick to put into their envelope.
This week our challenges are: 
  • to build a house using the construction resources (lego, stickle bricks, duplo etc) for Thethree Bears. 
  • to write a note to the Three Bears from Goldilocks
  • to weigh household items and say which is heavier/lighter 
  • to practise forming letters in shaving foam
  • to sort objects that the children found on their nature walks 
  • to retell the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Children will need:

book bags
reading book and reading log
PE kits suitable for indoor and outdoor PE
a coat – we often go out in the rain!

We hope you find these links useful…


We use the Tapestry Early Years App as a way of sharing your child’s learning with you. You can also use it to share what you have been doing at home. We are in the process of setting this up, as it is a new system this year. You will be able to log into the system and details of this will be given at the meeting on 20th September.


Online Learning Journey – Parents’ Guide


All children attending Gatehouse ACE Acadmey have a personal on-line Learning Journey which records photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us.

We use Tapestry, a system, which is hosted in the UK on secure servers. You will have secure access (via email address and password) to your child’s Learning Journey and, in addition to viewing our contributions, we encourage you to add to it by uploading photos and comments, or commenting on observations made by us.

Where do I start?

Once you have given us an email address, we will set up an account for you. Go to on your computer, or if you have an iPhone or iPad, visit the iTunes store and download the Tapestry app from the Education section (search for TapestryMobile). Login using your email address and the password we give you. We strongly recommend that you change your password on your first visit.

Changing your settings

On the computer

At the top right of your screen you will see your name, and selecting this will give you the option to ‘Edit Preferences’. Choose this option and you will be presented with a screen giving you the option to change your email address and password.

You also have the option to receive an email whenever a new observation is added to your child’s Learning Journey – just tick or untick the relevant box if you would like to change this setting.

On iphone/ipad

To change your settings on the iphone/ipad app, click the 'cog' button on the bottom right hand side of the application. This enables you to change password and/or email address.

Viewing my child’s Learning Journey

Once logged in, you will see your child’s observations on your home screen in a list – selecting any one of these will open up the observation for you to look at. You may add comments in the box at the bottom of the observation if you would like to - and we would love to receive such comments!

Adding an entry to my child’s Learning Journey

Choose the ‘Add Observation’ option (or the 'plus' icon on your iphone/ipad) and add the relevant information in the boxes on screen. Photos and videos may be uploaded by choosing the ‘add media’ option. When you have saved your observation, you may go back to the home screen at any time by choosing ‘home’.

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