This term our topic is 'ready, steady grow', we had a fantastic day at Hollow Tree Farm - the children didn't want to leave! We will continue having lots of fun planting in our garden, so far we have planted pumpkins, peas, sunflowers, carrots and poppies. We have also looked at the life cycle of a butterfly using The Hungry Caterpillar story, we have wiggly caterpillars in our classroom that are now quite fat! We're keeping an eye on them and hoping they will build their cocoon soon.

For the second part of the Summer term we will continue our 'ready, steady, grow' topic but we will also get in the Summer spirit with a seaside theme. Mrs Garland and I have organised a trip to Aldeburgh beach on July 11th, we are hoping to make boats to sail on the yacht pond, learn lots about the RNLI Lifeboat and visit a fish shack along the seafront, a letter with more information will be available soon. 

For the Summer term reception will continue to have PE on a Thursday morning, please ensure your child has their full PE kit in school. With the weather improving (finally!) please remember to send the children in with sun cream on, sun hats and a labelled water bottle, thank you. 

If you have any questions or concerns please come and see me.

Miss Payne 

Happy New Year!
Thank you for all your lovely cards and gifts, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

This half term we will be looking at traditional tales, each week we will focus on a different book with a variety of activities based around that theme. We have had lots of fun looking at Little Red Riding Hood since returning to school, including retelling the story using our puppet theatre and making wanted posters for the big bad wolf! I have uploaded a copy of my plans if you would like to get involved at home. 

As the sound key rings have been a success, we will be sending a 'tricky word' key ring home to be used in the same way. Tricky words are words that cannot be decoded by their sounds and have to be reminded through sight recognition and plenty of practise. These are often the words children find difficult once they are becoming fluent readers. 


If you have any questions or concerns please come and see me.

Miss Payne

Autumn Term 2

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Welcome back to the second half of the Autumn term, for the start of our half term we will cover a variety of celebrations and festivals (Halloween, Bonfire night & Diwali) before moving onto our Space topic. The children thoroughly enjoyed the spooky activities on offer including designing their own pumpkin, creating marvellous pumpkin recipes in the mud kitchen and writing their own spells around the cauldron. The children decided it would be a good idea to turn our pumpkins into a feast for the wildlife in Wickham Market, we carefully placed them in the forest school area - we look forward to checking if they've been nibbled next week (may require wellies again!)

If you have any questions or concerns, please come and see me. Have a lovely weekend.
Miss Payne


Autumn Term 1

Welcome to the start of the Autumn term, the children have had a brilliant start to ‘big school’, they are settling in and getting to grips with their new routine amazingly.
Our topic this half term is ‘Terrific transport’, each week we will focus on a different book with a variety of activities based around our topic. I have uploaded a copy of my plans and our class timetable if you would like to see what we are working on.
We will be sending your child’s reading record and a wordless book home to start with, a reading book will be given next week. The children start on wordless books to encourage them to use the pictures to develop their own story telling.

Please ensure your child’s reading book and record is in school every day, books will be changed every Tuesday or Thursday. Recent recommendations advise that children read a reading book three times, the first to decode the words, second time to increase fluency and the third to encourage expression and understanding. Please sign or write in the reading record every time you hear your child read to notify us when to change it, thank you.

General information:
• Reception will have PE on a Wednesday afternoon, please ensure they have the correct kit in school and all items are labelled. (PE kits can be left on peg)
• Please ensure your child has suitable clothing for all weathers as the children love spending time outside come rain or shine.
• The children will be receiving a fun keyring with the phonics sounds we have covered next week, please ensure this is in or attached to your child's book bag everyday so we can add the sounds accordingly each week. It would be great if you could practise saying and writing the sound with your child. Below (and on our class page) is a link to a helpful website to support practising the sounds and how to pronounce them when learning to read.
• The children will visit the school library on a Thursday afternoon and will be bringing a book home of their choice, please ensure they are returned each week to be changed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please come and see me. Have a lovely weekend.
Miss Payne

Spring 1 MTP

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