Oak Class



 Class Teacher: Mrs Pierce
EYFS Practitioner: Miss Begum

Trainee Teacher: Miss Peace 

 Support Staff: Miss Rusch & Miss Shimbles 


 Spring Term 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. 


Topic Web


. Important dates:

to follow...

Focus Children: 

Each week in Reception class we will be selecting two or more children who we will work with closely to get a more detailed understanding of their interests, progression, relationships and next steps.

When it is your child's week you will receive a letter inviting you into school on the following Thursday to have a look at their books, have the opportunity to speak to the class teacher and generally spend the morning experiencing part of the school day with your child.



Tropical World, Leeds -  27th January 2020

We had a super day at Tropical World.  We saw lots of amazing animals and the children did us proud with their interest and behaviour all day - well done!

Thank you also to our parent volunteers who helped out on the visit.

Photographs of our recent learning: 



and our amazing nativity cast:


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 more 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 to an adult three times every week in a small group and 1:1 with an adult at least every fortnight.  We will change the children's books weekly if they have been read at home, usually on a Friday, but please keep your child's book and reading record in their book-bag every day.  We recommend you read each book three times for confidence and fluency but if you would like to change it please place the book and their yellow reading record on the snack table on arrival in school.


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 counting, recognising, ordering and writing numbers to 10 and beyond to 20 and investigating 2d shapes.

We will be investigating how numbers are composed as an introduction to addition and subtraction.  For example, 5 can be made up of 2 and 3, 4 and 1 or 5 and 0.

We will be delving deeper into numbers 6,7,8,9 and 10 and comparing numbers to 10.



Our PE day is Friday.  Can you please make sure your child has a pair of pumps in their PE bag.



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.


How you can support your child at home

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 a range of books to your child. 

You can also practise their phoneme flashcards (focus on the purple ones) and reading and spelling the tricky words that can be found on their bookmarks.

Read books together on the Bug Club website (password in the back of the yellow reading record).

Project homework will be given later in the year.





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