Welcome to Buttercross Class!

Buttercross is the first class at John Clare School. It contains children from Reception and Year 1, which means that Buttercross children are age 4, 5 or 6 years old. Mrs Challis and Mrs Donaldson are the class teachers. Mrs Dorcheh, Mrs Clarkson, Mrs Wishart, Mrs Cook, Miss Kaur and Mrs Thompson are the teaching assistants who work in Buttercross throughout the week.

Our reception children all have a Year 6 buddy who helps them settle into school and supports them during play and lunchtimes.

We enjoy learning through play in our indoor and outdoor workshops as well as adult led activities throughout the day. In Buttercross class we are kind to one another and always show that at John Clare we take care.


















All home learning is posted on Google classroom as well as any whole class messages and photos/events.

Reception children’s observations are on Tapestry which are shared with parents/carers at home.

Here you will find links to Buttercross Class information to help you support your child at home:

1_Babies – learning starts from the first day

2_Children as artists

3_Going out to play and learn

4_Helping children cope with change

5_Helping children with their behaviour

6_Making a noise for music

8_Maths is Everywhere

9_Questions and answers

10_The road to reading

11_Science all around

12_Toddlers and very early learning

13_Young children and technology


Homework advice



Phonics Screening – Year1


Sonic Phonic Booklet

Transition to Year 1