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Our Summer 1 Learning Journey is: Amazing Animals.


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If you have not been able to sign up to Tapestry yet we will be holding a session next week to help you to access it. A date has yet to be confirmed but we will speak to the families who have not activated their accounts yet to let them know. It will be held at the end of the school day.


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We will be visiting London Zoo on Friday May 18th.


In English: This week the children told us all about what they did during the holiday. We filmed them and will be uploading these recordings onto your Tapestry.

We also recapped on Phase 2/3 of Letters and Sounds in preparation for starting Phase 4 next week.

During our Literacy sessions the children have been practising reading and writing sentences.

Next week in English: The children made an animal puppet this week which they will be using to create stories next week. They will be writing the beginning of a story therefore we will be discussing characters and settings.

Phase 2 sounds: s a t p i n m d g o c  k ck e u r h b f l ff ll ss

Phase 2 Tricky words: I, to, the, no, go, into.

Phase 3 sounds: j v w x y z zz qu ch sh th ng ch sh th ng ai ee igh oa or oo ar er ur ow oi ear air ure

Phase 3 Tricky words: he, she, we, me, be, you, my, they, her, was, all, are

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In Maths: This week we focused on counting in tens and addition. The children have been reading number sentences; such as 4 + 2 =6. They then had to draw out the sum using small circles to represent each number to help them to solve the addition.

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Next week in Maths: We will be focusing on Addition and Subtraction.


We will be going on several trips over the year and really value your help and support. If you would like to help us on trips you need to see the office to complete a DBS check as it is not possible for you to accompany us without one. You will also need to do an induction with Mrs Gannon, the Deputy Head teacher. This can take a while to do so if you are interested in coming on trips with us please see the office as soon as possible to start the process. Thank you

Focus Children

Each week 3 children from each class will be the Focus children. As part of this we will be sending home a form to update us on any information about your child’s interests which will help us to plan for their Focus week. They will also be bringing home one of our class puppets to share in their adventures. The puppet will come home in a red school bag along with a booklet for your child to add to. We would like you to help your child to add some information about their adventures with the puppet. They can draw pictures, add photographs, tickets or leaflets from days out. All the information is included in the booklet.


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Reception Phonics and Reading Meetings

Thank you to all those who attended the Phonics and reading meetings. We hope that you found it useful. If you weren’t able to attend the meeting the powerpoint and handouts are available from this webpage.

Please label all your child’s clothing.

Coats and bags

Please make sure that your child has a coat at school everyday as we do go outside. The only bag your child needs to bring to school at the moment is the red book bag.  Please do not bring in any large back packs as we have no space to store them. Also the children should not be bringing in any toys from home.

Red Book Bags

Every week the red book bags will go home on Thursdays and need to be returned by Monday. Thank you


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The children will be having P.E. on Tuesdays and Fridays each week. The children cannot wear earrings for P.E.


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Boxes and cartons for modelling

If you have any boxes, cartons, tubes, fabric etc. that are suitable for model making please can you put them in the special bins outside our classrooms. The children have the opportunity to make models every week so we would really appreciate any recyclable materials. Thank you

If you will be available to support us at any point this year, please see the office to complete a DBS check as it is not possible for you to accompany us without one. You will also need to do an induction with Mrs Gannon. Thank you again for your amazing support.



Spring 2: Arctic and Antarctic

In class the children also participated in several experiments. We wanted to find out how polar animals were able to keep warm in such extremely cold temperatures. They tested this out by placing one hand in freezing water whilst the other hand was coated in a ‘blubber’ substitute to feel what it must be like to be covered in blubber. The children found it amazing how their hands felt warm even though the water was freezing.

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Spring 1: People Who Help Us: We had visits from a Nurse, a Doctor, a Police woman and a road safety officer. We also went to look behind the scenes of the school kitchen to find out how Mary and the team prepare our lunch for us each day.

Tigger, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and Kelly from the Dog’s Trust visited the Nursery and Reception classes on Wednesday. Kelly told us all about how to stay safe around dogs, how to look after them and then Tigger showed us how he can play games to find treats.

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Autumn 2: Stories: We focussed on the stories of Julia Donaldson.

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Autumn 1: Nursery Rhymes: We learnt lots of Nursery rhymes and looked at rhyme and alliteration in stories.


List of useful revision websites:

Topmarks for Literacy and Maths activities.

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