Welcome To The New School Year 


Welcome to the start of the Autumn term and the start of 'big school'! The children have settled in and adapted to their new environment and routines amazingly. 

We've already had an exciting start to school including the Tour of Britain bike race through Wickham and a visit from the brilliant bubbleologist Steph, who showed us lots of tricks and fun ideas linked to exploring bubbles which, we tried in our outdoor area. 

This half term we are learning about different types of transport and how it is used, the children have enjoyed learning about transport so much that it has continued into their independent play - we have built double decker buses and trains! 


General information: 

  • Reception will have PE on a Wednesday afternoon, please ensure they have the correct kit and all items are labelled. 
  • The children will be receiving a fun keyring with the phonics sounds we have covered, please ensure this is in or attached to your child's book bag everyday so I can add the sounds accordingly each week. It would be great if you could practise the sounds with your child and practise writing them.
  • The children will visit the school library on a Tuesday afternoon and will be bringing a book home of their choice, please ensure they are returned each week to be changed. 


Please feel free to come and talk to me if you have any concerns or questions.


Miss Payne 



September update:

The children should have a reading book (picture book to start with) and a reading diary in their book bags. The reading books will be changed every Tuesday or Thursday, please can I ask that you look at the book at least 3 times with your child and note it in the reading diary to notify us, then the book will be changed, Thank you. 

This is the link to the app I mentioned in the newsletter, it's fantastic for phonics and supporting your child to learn their sounds. It's free to download until the end of September, otherwise the website is accessible for free.

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

Have a lovely weekend. 

Miss Payne




I hope you all had a lovely half term which feels like a lifetime ago already. We have a very exciting half term ahead with lots of fun things planned - we have organised a trip with Year 1 to see 'Wow said the owl' in theatre December 14th, you should have received a letter in your child's book bag - please return the information needed as soon as possible. We will also be starting our nativity rehearsals over the next couple of weeks which is very exciting, details regarding date/time will be confirmed soon. 

Our new topic for the next 6 weeks is 'What's in the blue?' (Space/Sea). I have uploaded a copy of my plans if you would like to see what we are working on. So far we have transformed our role play area into a spaceship, we have been dressing up as astronauts and enjoying lots of space themed stories!

After trialling break times in the big playground for a week I feel it is more beneficial and conducive to the children's learning if the reception children explore the classroom/outside area through free flow provision up until lunchtime. This allows the children to have more 'choosing time' without being interrupted whilst they are engaged in their play. The children will still have access to the big playground daily during lunchtime, we will introduce a structured break time nearer the summer term in order to transition the children into the year 1 routine. 

 Please remember to keep reading books/records in book bags and return library books every Tuesday in order for the children to exchange it. 


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

Have a lovely weekend. 

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 The Gingerbread Man story since returning to school, including retelling the story as a class, decorating gingerbread men to buy at our 'snack shop' and changing our role play area into a bakery. 

So far in literacy the children have sequenced the gingerbread story and written lovely sentences to go with it, next week we will be looking at instructions - once we have made our gingerbread playdough we will be writing our own instructions.

Now the winter season is upon us we will be looking at the changes we have observed and explore winter as a topic through science and art. Excitingly we will be creating winter themed art work which may be entered into the Aldeburgh Art Competition under the theme of 'natures delight'. The children have enjoyed the season so far - exploring the snow and ice in the quad, we used the ice in our experiment to see which bucket of ice would melt quicker in different climates. 

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

Miss Payne 


Spring 2:

Welcome back, I hope you all had a lovely half term. 

This half term our topic is 'on the farm', similarly to last term we will be linking each week to a different farm related story. The children have enjoyed joining in with 'A Squash and a Squeeze' this week and the class voted to change our role play area into a farm shop. We hope to show you some of our traditional tale work from last term and what we are currently working on in our class assembly on the 28th February. 

We have lots of fun things planned that we would love the parents to get involved with including our class assembly, Easter activities and a class trip - more information will be given soon via the website  and will be sent home. 

As the phonics keyrings have been a big hit with the children, we have made another one with 'tricky words' on which will be in their bookbags. Tricky words are words that cannot be sounded out, therefore have to be remembered through sight and practising. If you could practise the tricky words alongside the sound key ring it would be much appreciated and will contribute to your child's reading progress.  The children (and parents!) have done very well to keep the keyrings safe and in their bookbags - so a big thank you from myself and Mrs Blyth!

We are in the process of organising fundraising to support our polytunnel fund, please let me know if you have any ideas!

Please feel free to come and see me with any questions or concerns. 

Miss Payne 



Summer Term:

Welcome back to the summer term!

We have lots of exciting things planned for our last term in reception, We have already started our ‘ready, steady, grow’ topic with exciting new classmates (TADPOLES) I’m sure you’ve heard all about them. We have been learning about the life cycles of frogs and observing our tadpoles for any changes and reading lots of stories about tadpoles – our favourite so far being tadpoles promise.
Our topic will evolve around the theme of growing, which involves the children getting their hands mucky with some gardening and growing a variety of seeds in our garden!
I will be sending home ‘wow moment’ slips in book bags, please feel free to fill in as often as possible to celebrate successes outside of school, no matter how big or small. We love hearing about the children’s achievements and the children equally love sharing their successes with the class.
Please ensure the children have lots of opportunity to read at home and practise their sound/tricky word key rings, and of course any other extra phonics activities you have access to is an added bonus! 

Any questions or concerns please feel free to come and speak to me
Miss Payne


Autumn 2 MTP

Spring 1 MTP

Spring 2 MTP

Summer MTP