GLF Schools

GLF Schools

GLF Schools was founded in 2012 in order to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School. Together, we began our journey to become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 40 schools across 5 regions in southern England.

Reception - Franklin Class and Nightingale Class

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Franklin Class

Class teacher: Mrs Bloomfield

Nightingale Class

Class teacher: Mrs Beeton

Learning Assistants

Mrs Gurung, Miss Bailey and Miss Burchell


This term:

This term our STEAM focus is preforming arts, and we will be answering the question ‘Can I explore festivals and celebrations from around the world?’ The children will be working towards preparing for and organising their graduation ceremony.  


  • Using our phonics skills to write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others.  

  • Joining in with repeating refrains in stories. 

  • Apply our own grapheme, phoneme knowledge to write our own invitations to our graduation and memories of our time in Reception.  


  • Beginning to develop our understanding of time. 

  • Consolidating our understanding of 3D, 2D shape and length.  

  • We will be learning how to use rekenreks to show ways of making ten including recalling doubles facts. 

  • Verbally counting beyond twenty. 

  • Comparing quantities up to ten. 

  • Investigating even and odd numbers. 

Expressive arts and design 

  • Role playing a variety of scenarios to represent family lifestyles and experiences.  

  • Sharing photos of each other celebrating with their families. 

  • Painting self-portraits and making comparisons with portraits they painted at the beginning of the year. 

  • Making mortar boards using a variety of materials in preparation for a graduation ceremony.  

Understanding the World 

  • Learning that other families and communities celebrate differently.  

  • Children will be making observations of artefacts and matching them to celebrations.  

  • Children will prepare for an end of term graduation and their wider transition into year one.  


We are continuing to enjoy ‘Talk Through Stories’ this term, which provides the opportunity for children to really explore key texts, understand the principle of the story, learn new vocabulary and explore new characters. Each week we will focus on one key text which the children will become very familiar with.   

Our literacy key texts for this will be:  

  • Zog 

  • Cottonwool Colin. 

  • The Scarecrow’s Wedding. 

  • Tiddler 

Other topical key texts this term will be: 

  • Julian and the Wedding 

  • The Koala Who Could 

  • Harry and the Dinosaurs Go to School