Reception/Year 1 – Yellow

Welcome to Yellow Class

Our class teacher for the 2023-2024 academic year is Mr. O’Flanagan

Our teaching assistant is Mr. Martin.

In Yellow Class, we cover many exciting topics to enhance children’s knowledge and understanding in-line with The National Curriculum 2014.  British Values also underpin our curriculum.

Our key topic areas this year are:

1. What is it like to be a St Anne’s Learner?

Core Texts: ‘I Am Too Absolutely Small For School ‘ by Lauren Child, ‘All Are Welcome’ by Alexandra Penfold & Suzanne Kaufman, ‘Everybody Feels’ book series by Moira Butterfield & Holly Sterling, ‘Boris Starts School’ by Carrie Weston and Time Warnes, ‘The Lonely Beast’ by Chris Judge and ‘Luna Loves Library Day’ by Joseph Coelho & Fiona Lumbers.

This is a Geography based topic.  We will be learning about our school and the surrounding area.


2. Where do the leaves go in Winter?

Core Texts: ‘Maya’s Walk’ by Moira Butterfield, ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Ehlert, ‘Stick Man’ by Julia Donaldson, ‘A Stroll Through the Seasons’ by Kay Barnham, ‘The Leaf Thief’ by Alice Hemming & Nicola Slater and ‘The Littlest Yak’ by Lu Fraser & Kate Hindley.

This is a Geography based topic.  During this topic the children will be learning about seasonal changes and the different trees and plants around our school.


3. Who were Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole?       

Core Texts: ‘A Superhero Like You’ by Dr Ranj, ‘Kind’ by Alison Green, ‘Brave Nurses’ by Charlotte Guillain, ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, ‘What Happened to You?’ By James Catchpole and ‘Zog and the Flying Doctors’ by Julia Donaldson.

This is a History based topic. This topic is a study of changes in living memory.


4. Would Great Grandma play with toys like mine?

Core Texts: ‘The Everywhere Bear’ by Julia Donaldson, ‘The Teddy Robber’ by Ian Beck and ‘The History of Toys’ by Helen Cox Cannons.

This is a History based topic. This topic is a study of changes in living memory.


5. Can I help Peter Rabbit navigate the United Kingdom?

Core Texts: ‘Lottie Potter Wants an Otter’ by Jeanne Willis, ‘Should I Get A Rabbit?’ by Vicky Simpson, ‘Looking After Rabbits’ by Fiona Patchett, ‘I Want My Hat Back’ by Jon Klassen, ‘Bunnies on the Bus’ by Philip Ardagh, ‘Little Rabbit Foo Foo’ by Michael Rosen and ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ by Beatrix Potter.

This is a Geography based topic.  During this topic we will be comparing our local area to another area.


6. How has the Queen kept herself busy for over 90 years?

Core Texts: ‘The Paper Bag Princess’ by Robert Munsch, ‘Paddington At The Palace’ by Michael Bond, ‘Changing Guard at Buckingham Palace’ by A. A. Milne and ‘The Queens Hat’ by Steve Antony.

This is a History based topic.  The children will be learning about the Royal family and their significance in History.



Homework is explained on the newsletters.  It will be handed out on a Friday and must be returned to school the following Wednesday. Homework will include: Phonics, Maths, English & Reading. This will be handed out in paper copy.



Yellow Class will have their PE lessons on Wednesdays.  It is essential that children have the correct PE kit in school. This can be brought at the start of a half-term and taken home for the holidays.

Indoor Kit

  • Black shorts
  • Red polo shirt
  • Black pumps

Outdoor Kit

  • Black shorts or dark tracksuit bottoms (winter)
  • Red polo shirt
  • Trainers (not fashionable)
  • Sweater (winter)


Outdoor Learning:

We love to learn outdoors!  We will go out and use the outdoor area and quadrangle for a variety of activities and in all weathers! Please can you provide a pair of wellies for your child to wear when necessary, it is also important that your child has warm, waterproof clothing e.g. water proof coat, gloves and hats for cold and wet occasions.


Our Learning Line:

The Learning Line helps the children to evaluate their own progress in lessons. Our line shows Simba and his journey to becoming king.  We use the design of our learning line in all areas of the curriculum.

Our Golden Promises:









If you would like any more information about our class, please do not hesitate to contact us via the school office.

Mr. O’Flanagan & Mr. Martin