Oak Class

 Class Teacher: Mrs Pierce
Nursery Nurse: Miss Riley (Mon-Thur)

Teaching Assistants: Miss Rusch (Thurs/Fri pm), Miss Shimbles (Fri am)


 Spring 2

Welcome back!

Our new topic is 'Stories and Celebrations'. 

For the first two weeks back we will be learning all about Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated around the world.

Our learning will then move on to traditional tales and in particular the stories of The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Three Little Pigs.

At the end of this half term we will focus on Easter and its traditions.

Please take a look at our  topic web and the more detailed information below to find out more about the experiences and learning we have planned. 


 Important dates:

 Parents evenings: Tuesday 5th March and Wednesday 6th March.  Please book your appointment online.

World Book Day: Thursday 7th March - dress as your favourite book character (there will be no PE this day)

Comic Relief: Friday 15th March - non-uniform (suggested donation of £1) plus cake/bun sale

Class assembly: Wednesday 3rd April @ 9.00am (hall)


Photographs of our recent learning experiences: 



Tropical World Visit - 4th February, 2019

We had a fantastic day and saw lots of animals that live in hot places!  I think it is fair to say the meerkats were everybody's favourite.  The children were a credit to themselves and the school and we are very proud of them.  Thank you to our parent volunteers who made the visit possible!








In phonics we have now covered ALL the phonemes (sounds) that children need to know in Reception class.  This half term we will be practicing everything we have covered so far and begin to read and write longer (2/3 syllable) words and words with adjacent consonants. We will continue to learn to read and spell tricky words and practice reading and writing words and sentences. There will be more emphasis on applying what we know independently and reading with understanding.

Your child will read with an adult at least once every week and their book will be changed if they have read it at home.  If you would like to change their book at any other time please place it, along with their yellow reading record, in the box on the snack table.


Our focus books this half term are Three Billy Goats Gruff and Three Little Pigs.  We will also listen to stories linked to Chinese New Year and Easter.

We will be retelling stories using puppets, story maps and role play.  In our written work we will be using our phonics to write simple words, captions and sentences.  We will be having a go at writing instructions, speech bubbles, labels and posters.  We will also be having a go at re-writing stories we are familiar with.

We will be encouraging the children to make predictions and inferences and to offer their opinions on characters in the stories we read.


This half term we will be continuing to count, recognise, order and write numbers to 20 at every opportunity. We will be using different methods to solve subtractions and looking at how numbers are composed (for example 3 is the same as 1 add 1 add 1 or 2 and 1 or 3 and 0).  We will be exploring ways to measure time and investigating the properties of 3D shapes.



Our PE day is Thursday.  Can you please make sure your child has their full INDOOR PE kit on their peg. Please name all items of PE kit.



Children will spend time in our outdoor classroom everyday.  Please make sure that your child has appropriate clothes for outdoor play - warm clothes for the winter, waterproof coats for the rain and a sunhat (and sun cream) in the summer.



In Reception class we ask that you try and listen to your child read on a daily basis and record what you have done in their reading record. It is also important that you also read to your child. 

You can also practise their phoneme flashcards and reading and spelling the tricky words that can be found on the inside of their yellow reading record.

We will send home a workbook each Friday to consolidate the week's phonics learning.

Project homework will be given later in the year.



Class Reward - Fancy Dress Party - 8th November, 2018

Well done Reception class for earning 20 reward points!  We had lots of fun and games at our fancy dress party and disco!



If you have any questions or concerns please speak to a member of staff when you drop off or collect your child and we will do our very best to help.

 Thank you!
The Reception Team