Oak Class

 Class Teacher: Mrs Pierce
Nursery Nurses: Miss Riley (Mon-Thur) & Mrs Heald (Fri am)

Teaching Assistant: Miss Rusch (Thurs/Fri pm) 


 Spring 1

Happy New Year!  Welcome back!

Our new topic is 'Amazing World'.  For the first few weeks in school we will be learning all about how things change in Denholme in the winter.  We will then begin to investigate the hot and cold regions of our planet, including  the people, environment, climate and animals.  We will be making lots of comparisons between these places!

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:

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


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!



Photographs of our recent learning:





In phonics we have now covered all the single letter phonemes (sounds).  We are continuing to work in Phase 3 of the Letters and Sounds phonics programme and this half term we will be learning new phonemes represented by two and three letters (digraphs and trigraphs).  We will continue to learn to read and spell tricky words and practise reading and writing words and sentences.  We will also be learning how to read and write 2-syllable words.

Your child will read with an adult at least once every week either individually or in a guided reading group 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.


To link with our topic, our focus books this half term will include Charlie Crow in the Snow, Penguin Post, Handa's Surprise and Monkey Puzzle.  We will be looking in non-fiction books and the internet to find out facts.

We will continue to focus on story events, characters and settings.  We will be sequencing and retelling stories using puppets, story maps and role play.  We will be encouraging the children to make predictions and inferences and to offer their opinions on characters in the stories we read.

In our written work we will be having a go at writing simple words, captions and sentences using our phonics.  We will be having a go at writing lists, poems, riddles, signs, labels, postcards and recounts.



This half term we will be continuing to count, recognise, order and write numbers to 20 at every opportunity. We will be introducing addition and using different methods to solve addition problems.  We will also be investigating the properties of 3d shapes and using mathematical language to describe and name them.  We will be exploring weight and capacity.



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