Reception - Tom Daley Class

Welcome to Tom Daley Class Page

Welcome to Tom Daley Class! Our Teachers are Mrs Waite and Mrs Harvey and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Delafield and Mr Hocking. All the staff within the EYFS will be supporting your child so please feel free to approach anybody in the setting if you would like to discuss your child’s learning journey.


There are seven areas that we will focus on with your child. The three prime areas are:  Communication and Language / Personal, Social and Emotional Development / Physical Development. The four specific areas are: Literacy / Mathematics / Understanding the World / Expressive Arts and Design. These areas will be embedded in our topics throughout the year, this can be explored in more detail on our Autumn 1 and 2 Learning Journey Map.


For Autumn Term 1 we have so many exciting learning opportunities for the children and staff, focusing on the topic ‘All About Me’. We will be revisiting all of our routines which involve promoting independence with toileting, hanging our coats up, putting our bookbags away, changing for P.E., writing our names and transitioning between different activities throughout the day.


We will look at how we are all different and special and talk about ourselves, body parts and families. We will explore our local community and relate our learning to Geography and History within our local area. The children will also explore Science activities as part of understanding the world. 


We will use Tapestry as a means of communicating with you and sharing some of what your child has been doing in Tom Daley Class. Please feel free to comment or even add something that you have been doing with your child at home. You will be given the login details after your child joins and you can download the app on mobile devices. This is a secure platform that only you and the staff will have access to. 


RWI and Reading



At Beechwood Primary Academy we follow Read Write Inc, a program to help your child read at school. In Tom Daley Class the focus is very much on developing your child’s communication and listening skills. This is rooted in conversations around your child’s-initiated play and adult led learning opportunities. There are set periods of designated teacher led activities that will enable your child to explore a rich spectrum of curriculum subjects all linked to the EYFS learning areas.


Every morning Tom Daley Class will take part in a phonics lesson focusing on phase one sounds. 


Tom Daley Class will really focus on sharing books and stories to promote a love for reading. Reading stories with your children is invaluable for setting the foundation blocks for communication and language, listening skills and creative writing. The children with bookbags will have the opportunity to borrow a book each week, this will be sent home for you to enjoy with your child. Please try and encourage your child to join in with any repetition or rhymes, ask them questions about the characters and setting. Do you think this character is happy, why/why not? What is the weather like there? What do you think might happen next? Why do you think that? Etc.




We love earning rewards and stickers in Tom Daley Class! Each week a ‘Star Learner’ will be chosen and called out in the school assembly. This celebrates one child and something(s) that they have tried particularly hard with. We celebrate being ready, respectful and safe. At EYFS level this involves kind words and actions. 


If you would like any further information on your child’s learning then please do not hesitate in contacting any of the setting staff, we are always more than happy to help and support you in whatever you and your children need. We would also like to direct you to PACEY (www.pacey.org.uk) it has a wealth of information about how to help your child become school ready. It also provides lots of ideas and free resources for supporting home learning activities and promoting communication and language. 


 Internet Safety  


 ‘Parent/Carers – Discovery MAT extends its commitment to E-safety and Online Learning to parents through use of the National Online Safety Platform. If you follow the link below: http://nationalonlinesafety.com/enrol/beechwood-primary-school-pl6-6dx and select parent/carer, you will become part of our parent community on our platform. Once you are a member, you will be able to access a wide range of E-safety CPD and resources designed to further consolidate children’s E-safety knowledge. You will also be able to access many ‘What Parents Need to Know’ guides which provide useful updates about the latest technology.