EYFS 2 Grace Darling Class

Welcome to Grace Darling class

Grace was born on 24th November 1815 at Bamburgh, Northumberland and spent her youth in two lighthouses (Brownsman and Longstone) where her father, William, was the keeper.

In the early hours of the 7th September 1838, Grace, looking out from an upstairs window of the Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands, spotted the wreck and survivors of the Forfarshire on a low rocky outcrop. Amidst tempestuous waves and gale force winds Grace demonstrated great courage and resilience to battle the elements whilst rescuing the survivors of the shipwreck with her father.

To this day Grace is held as an iconic figure head for the RNLI.

Meet the team:

Class teacher: Mrs Hannah Lees

Hello and welcome to Grace Darling class. In our class we believe that every child is unique and special. We aim to provide a nurturing and safe environment to encourage our children to become independent and creative learners.

Early Years teaching assistant: Miss Bridie Windsor

  • Tier 2 safeguarding trained.
  • Paediatric first aid trained.

Outdoor teaching assistant: Miss Stacey Aire

  • Tier 2 safeguarding trained.
  • Paediatric first aid trained.

Welcome back friends...

We hope you have all had a happy and restful break and are now eager for some exciting new learning.

Our topic for this half term is Helping Hands

We are really looking forward to learning about the wonderful people in our community who are there to help us in lots of different ways.

With our new topic in mind we have a very exciting 'Learning Together' afternoon planned for this half term!

It would be fantastic to have as many parents as possible join us for this session, more details will be sent home with your child in their book bag next week.

Information for parents and carers.

Class diary dates

Friday 26th May - Break up for half term

Tuesday 27th June - Transition meetings with year 1 teacher

Wednesday 28th June - Class swap day

Tuesday 4th July - Sports day

Tuesday 11th July - Back up date for sports day

Friday 14th June - Graduation ceremony pm)

Friday 21st July - Break up for summer


Reading books are provided at your child's level to enable them to read at home with you with confidence.

The more your child practices at home and at school, the better they will become as both a reader and a writer. With this in mind please do endeavor to find just 5 minutes every day to enjoy sharing a book with your child.

In school we read with your child once a week individually and twice a week as part of a Guided Reading group.

Please make sure your child comes to school with their book bag and books everyday.

If you would like some more information about supporting your child with their reading please don't hesitate to speak to a member of the EYFS team or alternatively please find below a useful link which demonstrates each of the letter sounds your child is learning at school.

Sound pronunciation guide for parents

The great Grace Darling class robbery!

Somebody call the police, our rainbow pens have...been...STOLEN!

We came into school this morning to a crime scene, there were footprints all over the classroom floor, chairs knocked over and paper, pens and pencils in a muddle everywhere.

We had to use our deductive powers to work out exactly what was missing from our shelves.

We had to use our deductive powers to work out what was missing.

" I followed the footprints to the door."


"They stop at the snack table."


"Check people's feet, if they have the footprint. If the shoes matches, then its them that have the rainbow pens."


"Somebody knocked the chairs down and there's red string. The baddy knocked them over."


Winter Warmers

Please send your child in with suitable outdoor clothing to ensure they stay warm while learning outside. We have water proof trousers, coats and wellingtons for when the children are accessing the outdoor learning environment, but it is always a good idea to send in an extra pair of tights or socks for when it gets a little cooler.


PE will be in the hall on a Tuesday; please make sure your child has a suitable, named PE kit in school on these days.

End of year expectations

Below you will find links to our end of year expectations for children in reception.

Home Learning

If you would like to carry on the learning experience at home, please find some links below to online phonics and numeracy activities.

Phonics links

Maths links