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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, Miss Cook and Mrs Saunders. 

Hello from Reception this week!



We have been continuing our bear topic by reading books about Paddington Bear. We have written new adventures for Paddington to go on as well as “Please look after this child” labels. As part of Science week, we have learnt about water, floating and sinking objects in our water tray, and practising using vocabulary about capacity (full, half-full, empty). You may like to continue this at home, perhaps at bath time, using house-hold containers.



  • 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!

Dates for your diary:

Friday 23 March               2-3pm                Parents in school craft afternoon

Tuesday 27 March             1-3pm                Local walk – We’re going on a bear hunt

Home learning - 

In preparation for our craft afternoon, please send in any materials that could be used to create Bear Hunt scenes in shoe boxes. For example, white material, net, cotton wool for the snow storm. The scenes are:

Long, wavy grass

Deep, cold river

Thick, oozy mud

Big, dark forest

Swirling, whirling snowstorm

Narrow, gloomy cave


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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.

Wow! We love reading and writing.

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
People Who Help Us - Mrs Patterson 2
People Who Help Us - Mrs Patterson 3
People Who Help Us - Mrs Patterson 4
People Who Help Us - Mrs Patterson 5
People Who Help Us - Mrs Patterson 6
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'