Oak Class

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

Teaching Assistant: Miss Rusch (Thurs/Fri pm)

 Spring 2

Welcome back!

Our new topic is 'Stories and Celebrations'. 

For the first week 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 Hansel & Gretal.

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. 

Photographs taken during special events can be found at the bottom of the page.



Important dates:

Parents Evening 27th/28th February - please book your appointment online

Stay and Play - please let Mrs Pierce/Miss Riley know which Tuesday you would like to attend.  The following dates are available this half term: 20th/27th Feb and 6th/13th/20th/27th March.


A selection of photographs showing some of our recent experiences:


Tropical World - 29th January 2018

Reception class visited Tropical World to experience first-hand some of the animals we have been learning about this half term.  The children were amazing and should be very proud of themselves.  Thank you to the team of parent volunteers who gave up their time to help out on the day!



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.


Our focus books this half term are Three Billy Goats Gruff and Hansel & Gretal.  We will also listen to some alternative versions, such as The Three Billy Goats Fluff.

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.    We will be exploring position, distance and direction linked to journeys, different methods of measuring time and different ways to sort objects.


Our PE day is Friday.  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.


At home, please try and hear your child read every day, even if it just a couple of pages.  Alternatively you could practice their tricky words, phonics flashcards or cursive writing.  Little and often is the best approach, rather than trying to get your child to read a whole book when they are not in the mood!  The children will have the opportunity to show the rest of the class their Chinese New Year homework during the first week back. 


Autumn Walk at St Ives - 7th November 2017

We had a great time at St Ives, thank you to everyone who helped out.  The children had a great first hand experience of autumnal change and had lots of fun on the playground!


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