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Reception - Jellyfish and Starfish classes

Welcome to our Reception base! Our teachers are Mrs Croft and Mrs Blackmore and our teaching assistants are Mrs Timms, Mrs Denton, Mrs Ling and Miss Aitken. 

Welcome to Reception!

Friday 19th October 2018

We have been learning about 2D shapes, naming them (circle, square, rectangle, oblong, triangle, semi-circle, pentagon, hexagon and octagon) as well as describing them (straight sides, curved sides, long, short, pointy corners etc). Perhaps you would be able to practise some of this language with your child or spot some shapes around your home.


On Wednesday, Reception were very lucky to have a yoga session, taught by a lady called Debbie who is a specialist in children’s yoga. We all loved it!


Update from “Beat the Street”. St. Andrew’s School is currently in 13th position with over 14,000 points. Children have already been given a green fob to tap on the boxes throughout Weymouth. The more taps we receive, the greater our chance of winning prizes for the school. Keep up the good work!


Information from the library – Thank you to all the parents who sent in their details to register for a library card. These need to be collected from Littlemoor Library as soon as possible.


Dates for your diary

Tuesday 30 October      8.30am      School starts again after half-term


Friday 2 November                           Pyjama Day – Children in Reception can wear their pyjamas to school. Please remember to also wear shoes, underwear and coats as we will be continuing all our other activities throughout the day.


Home Learning

Bring in a pair of adult socks. Please note that these can be old or threadbare, as we will be using them for a craft activity, so we will not be able to return them.

Friday 12th October 2018

You won’t believe it….On Monday, we found a balloon hanging from our ceiling. When Mrs Croft tried to get it down, it burst open and magic flew all over the place. There was a magic bean inside, which we planted. On Tuesday, when we came into school, an enormous beanstalk had grown up in our classroom!


Following that exciting event, we have been reading about the traditional tale of “Jack and the beanstalk”, as well as using different materials to make textured leaves to add to the beanstalk.


We have also started using the computers in the computer suite, practising using the mouse to control a drawing programme. Many children found this quite tricky. If you have a computer with a mouse, at home, perhaps you could let them practise.


On Wednesday, we had a visit from the “Beat the Street” team. Children have been given a green fob to tap on the boxes throughout Weymouth. The more taps we receive, the greater our chance of winning prizes for the school. Good luck!

Dates for your diary

Thursday 18th October                   Home learning fruit to be brought into school.

Friday 19th October  2pm-3pm     Topic Showcase event – Come along to see what we have been learning about. You will also get a chance to eat the fruit delights that your child has prepared for you!

Friday 19th October 3pm               Last day of half-term

Tuesday 30th October  8.30am     School starts again after half-term


Home Learning

Bring in a piece of fruit that you like to eat. We will be sharing and swapping portions of fruit so that everyone gets a selection of different fruits. Do not send pineapple, as we have a child who has an allergy.

Beat the Street

Mel, from Beat the Street, came to visit us to talk about this fantastic way to get fit, have fun AND win prizes for our school.  Simply swipe your green fob on more than one of the boxes around Weymouth and you will collect points.  The more you collect, the more chances St. Andrew's School has of winning prizes.  Follow these links to find out more about this exciting project.

Friday 5th October 2018

We have been reading about the traditional tale of “The Three Little Pigs” this week, using adjectives to describe the characters, as well as designing and making new houses for the pigs out of junk modelling resources and various construction kits.

In maths, we have been concentrating on counting small quantities onto 10-frames. We have also learnt a new board game to practise sharing and taking turns to build a house for the pigs.

It was wonderful to see so many parents at the Harvest Art Café. We hope you enjoyed hearing the songs that we have been learning, and seeing our artwork.

Dates for your diary

Friday 12th October     9-11.45am      Walk to our local library. Adult help will be required.

Friday 19th October      2pm-3pm       Topic Showcase event – Come along to see what we have been learning.

Friday 19th October      3pm                Last day of half-term

Tuesday 30th October   8.30am          School starts again after half-term


Home Learning

Go on a number hunt around your house, or during your walk to school. What numbers can you spot? Practise writing some of them in your book.

Wednesday 26th September 2018

What a fantastic week! We have started our topic of “Will you read me a story?” with the traditional tale of Goldilocks and the three bears. All the staff loved surprising the children on Monday when we dressed up as Goldilocks and the bears.

We have listened to several different versions of the Goldilocks story – perhaps you have a version at home that you could share at bedtime, or even bring into school to show us. We have also learnt a song which you might like to listen to at home - When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears:

Home Learning


Goldilocks and the three bears love eating porridge! Try making some at home with a grown up. Try putting some different toppings onto your porridge – you could try a little jam, fruit or honey. Do you like porridge?

Parent Curriculum Meetings


Thank you to all those parents who attended the curriculum meetings.  If you couldn't make either of the dates, please don't hesaitate to pop into school with any queries you might have.  We are always available to help first thing in the morning, or in the afternoon when you collect your children from school.


In addition, please have a look at the presentation below.

Friday 7th September 2018


We hope you had a good holiday and are ready for the year ahead.


We have been very impressed by the way the children have settled into their new classes and also by how independent they are at coming in and organising themselves. A priority for the next few weeks will be to continue to settle your child into school and help them to learn all about the school rules and class routines.


Many other staff from around the school have even commented on how sensible the Reception children have been when walking along the corridor to morning worship.  We are very proud of them.

Read Write Inc Phonics


We teach phonics through a fantastic scheme called Read, Write, Inc.  Your child has been learning what the phoneme (mini sound) looks like, sounds like, how to say it correctly, what objects start with the letter and how to write it correctly.  We also segment and blend simple words so that we can read and spell them.


We are extremely proud of the progress they are making so far!


Please do continue to help your child practise their phonemes, by looking at the phonics flash cards that we send home.  The websites below may be useful for you to find out more about RWI and other aspects of phonics:


Take a look at this introduction to RWI phonics- 


To hear the sounds that each letter makes-


Reading Books


We have some really super readers in Reception! Our aim is to have every child reading at home each evening to a parent/ grandparent/ older brother or sister and some of you are achieving this already! If you are finding reading at home tricky, please do come in and chat to us about it and we will see if we can help.


  • We keep spare clothes in school for small accidents; however, our supplies of pants, socks, shorts and trousers are running low. Please send in any that you have borrowed, or perhaps you have some that your child no longer needs/ fits. All spares will be gratefully received.

  • We always need volunteers to listen to children reading. This is a lovely opportunity to support the children in our class. Please do let us know if you are available; even if it is only for an hour, your help will be greatly appreciated.

  • Well done to everyone who has helped their child with their “Red Words”. It is making such a difference to the children’s reading and understanding. Keep up the good work!

Thursday 19th July 2018


What an amazing day!  We have just returned from the beach, having built sandcastles, collected shells, had a picnic... We also had a "beach safety" talk from the lifeguards.  AND, we went on a coach!  Thanks to all the parent helpers who came along; we couldn't have done it without you all.

Friday 15th June 2018


We started the week by making individual treasure maps and then staining them with tea bags to make them seem old. We also learnt how to carefully tear the edges.


In maths, we have been working out number bonds to 10 and 20, e.g. 7+3=10, using cubes and other equipment for counting. You might like to ask your child about this and have a go working out some different ways at home.


In addition, we have thought about similarities and differences between us and our friends. We know that everyone is different, and that this makes us all very special.

On Sunday, it is Father’s Day; everyone has a card in their bag that they have made during the week.


Home Learning:

Please talk to your child about what like was like in the past. They may like to chat to older family members, or friends who remember phones with cords, videos, black and white television, fax machines, milkmen delivering milk, no internet or public phone boxes.

21st May 2018

What an exciting week we have had.  Following the Royal Wedding, we designed and wrote about our own fancy hats for Mrs Patterson to wear to a Royal event!  For our Royal dress-up day, we made flags and invited the Mulberry Bush children to join us as we all paraded around the hall.  We have also been thinking about all the things that we have learnt to do over this year, and how they make us all different, yet equally special.

Home learning over the holidays- 


Practice handwriting of lower case and upper case letters on template provided. 

Wow! We love reading and writing.

Our topic for Spring 2 was "Bears, Bears, Everywhere!"

We learnt about real and fictional bears, including reading books about Paddington Bear, Biscuit Bear, the Three Bears and many others. We wrote new adventures for Paddington to go on, “Please look after this child” labels, as well as thought bubbles about what Biscuit Bear might like to do next.  We went on our very own Bear Hunt, and we really did encounter many of the places...including the blizzard, the long grass and the very deep, squelshy mud! 

How many bears can you find?

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How many bears can you find? 3
How many bears can you find? 4
How many bears can you find? 5
How many bears can you find? 6
How many bears can you find? 7
How many bears can you find? 8
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Our topic for Spring 1 was "Superheroes and people who help us". 


The children wanted to learn about real-life people who help us, such as teachers, people in our school, police, fire fighters, doctors and nurses, vets and our local librarian.  They were also interested in superheroes, and planned some transformations of our role play area and reading dens.  We were visited by lots of different people who help us.  Have a look at their photographs below.

People Who Help Us - Mrs Patterson

People Who Help Us - Mrs Patterson 1
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People Who Help Us - Mrs Patterson 3
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People Who Help Us - Mrs Patterson 5
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People Who Help Us - Mrs Patterson 7

We will keep you updated with all the information that you will need each week. So, please come back and read our class news on a regular basis!


Thank you for your continued support


The Early Years Team

Look how much fun we have had!

Come and see the transformation of our outside area...

Our topic in Autumn first half term was 'Nursery Rhymes and Traditional Tales'