Edge Top Road, Dewsbury, WF12 0BH

01924 325300


Overthorpe CofE Academy

Edge Top Road, Dewsbury, WF12 0BH

01924 325300


Overthorpe CofE Academy

Believe, enjoy, achieve.

Da Vinci Reception Class

Welcome to Da Vinci Reception Class.


Welcome to Da Vinci Class. Our teacher is Mr Waltham and our teaching assistants are Mrs Loney and Miss Metcalf. Mrs Symes teaches us R.E. on a Thursday morning and Mr Caddick teaches us on a Thursday afternoon. We all work hard together to ensure we enjoy learning through play.

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This term we are observing animals and plants as part of our topic on growing and changing. We will be going on a wildlife hunt around school and around the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to explore different habitats and discuss what different things animals need to survive. We will also be growing butterflies and hatching chickens.

 As always there will be lots of activities both indoor and out that will allow us to explore our new topic in the ways we find most exciting. Our teachers will also be learning about what we enjoy and will plan activities based on our individual needs and interests.

 On a Monday Miss Parker comes to do cooking with us and Mrs Earnshaw works with us in the outdoors.


Key Information

PE Days

We have PE on Friday. Your child will need navy shorts and white t-shirt or leotard. For outdoor PE your child should have some suitable footwear such as trainers on this day. No jewellery, including earrings, is permitted for PE. Children need to remove these or cover them with tape. We also require that long hair is tied up for these lessons.

Home Reading and Homework

It is vitally important that your child reads at home regularly and learns to love reading. We believe that this is essential for your child to understand and access all other subjects. Please return book bags and home reading books daily for changing. Children will change these books by themselves to encourage independence however they will be monitored to ensure their reading books are pitched at the correct level. We would like you to hear your child read at least 3 times a week.

Your child will receive homework every half term. Initially this homework will be very practical and ‘hands on’. Feel free to be as creative with it as possible! Homework will be checked and shared in class every Monday morning.

 Water Bottles

We would encourage your child to bring a labelled water bottle to school, so that they can keep hydrated throughout the day. Water only please.


Your child will receive a piece of fruit as a morning snack. They will also receive a drink of milk if you have requested it. Please note that milk is free for children until the term they turn 5 when you may need to start paying. Please speak to a member of staff for more information.

Every morning we provide a slice of toast for your child should you want them to have it. We charge 10p per slice for toast and the money goes straight back into our budget enabling us to buy new resources to support your child’s learning.


In Early Years we tend to go outside as often as possible and in all weathers. It would be useful to keep a bag in school with an outdoor all in one (or waterproof coat and trousers) and wellies to help keep children dry in wet weather. As the weather gets colder, scarves and hats are essential. It may be worth putting extra clothes in your child’s bag for particularly wet days.

 We ask that you name any clothes clearly with your child’s name. This way if your child should misplace any item of clothing during the day we can make sure it is returned to them before they go home.