Spring 2, Week 1

Stars of the week: Kavalli and Araliya

We have been thinking about rainforests and the animals that live within them. These children wrote beautiful sentences about different animals in their literacy books this week. They both tried so hard and were able to apply their phonics learning.

The children have had a great return to school and have loved sharing their half term stories.

This week, we’ve looked at the art of Henri Rousseau, that shows us beautiful jungle scenes with animals nestled amongst the leaves. Children have had the opportunity to create their own art using bright wax crayons and sugar paper.

Next week in Literacy we’ll read Ten Delicious Teachers and create our own monsters!

In Mathematics, we’ll think about pairs and doubles.

Playing a game of dominoes at home will help to support this learning.

Noticing any pairs of socks, gloves, shoes will also helpful.

Next Friday (in anticipation of World Book Day – which will take place the following week) the children will take part in an external pirate themed workshop!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Hardy


Spring 1, Week 5

Stars of the week: Ariella and Nathan

This week in Reception we have been making rainbows for our Christian Symbols display. We have used colourful tissue paper and PVA glue. Ariella and Nathan worked particularly carefully and have created beautiful artwork!

It was lovely to see you all this week for parents’ evening. Thank you all for coming!

Now we’ve made it to the end of the term, a huge congratulations to all of the children.

We hope everyone has a relaxing break.

When we return, we will be reviewing phase 3 digraphs that we’ve already learnt.

In Spring 2, we will be consolidating the sounds we covered in Spring 1.
I will attach the overview for the following half term here:


In Mathematics, we will be looking at the composition of 6, 7 and 8 – with a focus on subtraction.

You can help at home with this by looking at subtraction within 10 at home using real objects. If you begin with 8 grapes and then you eat 2, how many grapes will be left?

Our new half term topic is: Habitats of the World.

In the new half term, we’ll spend time looking at different types of habitats and the animals that live in them.

We’ll begin by looking at the jungle and reading ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ by Giles Andreae.


Have a wonderful half term!

Miss Hardy

Spring 1, Week 4

Stars of the week: Liv and Amelia

These girls are our stars for their efforts to dress independently for our PE lesson. Well done girls!

Next week in Literacy our traditional tale will be The Gingerbread Man.

We’ll look at compound words, like gingerbread. Children will be taught about how compound words are words that are made up of other words, but have their own individual meaning.

For example: sunset, cowboy, pancake, daylight.

You can support this learning at home by noting any compound words you use in daily life and highlighting the different words that make up the compound word. For example if you eat pancakes or blueberries at home, make sure to discuss the compound words and their composition.

In school, the children will sort words as to whether they are compound words or not.

In Mathematics we’ll look at weight. We’ll use scales and weigh classroom items, whilst discussing which items are heavier and which are lighter.  Whilst cooking or baking at home, include your children whenever you weigh any ingredient. Let them help you!

As Chinese New Year is on Saturday 10th February, we’ll learn about the animals of the zodiac and make our own dragons.


Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Hardy

Spring 1, Week 3

Stars of the Week: Leiys and Ralph

These boys have shown a real commitment to developing their reading and writing. Both boys listen excellently throughout our phonics lessons and have shown lots of improvement. Well done boys!

This week in phonics, we have learnt: ur (as in fur), ow (as in owl), oi and ear.

To practice applying these phase 3 sounds, you can write lists of words that use each sound.

For example: ear, fear, near, clear, dear, tear.

Next week, we’ll learn air and er. Then we’ll focus on words with double letters, like hammer and rabbit.

Literacy this week has been all about Jack and the Beanstalk. We’ve been sequencing the story and discussing what happens at the beginning, middle and end of the story.

Next week will be all about The Little Red Riding Hood. We’ll focus on our writing and the skill of segmenting a word so that we can hear all of the sounds that we need to write down.

In Mathematics we’ll be thinking about what it means to double a number. We’ll learn the doubles within 10 for example 5+5, 6+6, 7+7 etc.


Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss Hardy




Spring 1, Week 1

Stars of the week: Robert and Nina

These children have been selected this week for their lovely behaviour and attitudes to learning this week.

PE this term will take place on Wednesday afternoon. Children will be working with a professional gymnast during PE this term.

Sessions will take place mostly inside, in shorts and with bare feet. Though, the second part of the lesson may take place outside, so it’s important for children to have pumps as well. PE kits can still come into school on Monday, and will go home with children on Wednesday.

It is better for children to have their PE kit in an additional bag, that they can place into the PE kit boxes located just beneath their pegs.

This way they’re all in the same place and it is easier for them to access for the lesson.

This week in Phonics we’ve learnt the digraphs: ai, ee, oa and igh. 

It’d be great to try to write words with these sounds in them at home to reinforce this learning.

For example: snail, tail, maid, rain, pain/ see, feel, peel, keen, tree/ goat, coat, boat, float, soap.

Next week, we’ll learn 00 (as in book) and oo (as in moon), ar, and or.

In Literacy, the theme this term is Terrific Tales and it centers around a different traditional tale each week.

This week has been The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Next week, we’ll read and The Three Little Pigs.

Children will be asked to sequence the story, and to summarise the main plot points: the beginning, middle and end.

In Mathematics, we’ve been looking at the number 0. Children have been asked addition and subtraction sums including 0 to ensure they understand the concept. For example, 10 + 0 = 10. 7 – 0 = 7.

Next week, we’ll look at comparing different amount and numbers. Children will be encouraged to use the language of comparison: greater/ smaller/ bigger/ fewer/ more/ less.


Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Hardy




Autumn 2, Week 7

Stars of the Week: Meadow and Dhani

These girls have been selected this week for their excellent listening skills. This week has been one full of lots of new things and these girls have made everything that little bit easier by always listening and following instructions swiftly. Well done girls!

Thank you to everyone who came to see our first nativity! The children had a lot of fun performing for you and seeing you in their classroom afterwards. I’ve attached some photos below from the Stay and Play session.

In phonics this week, we’ve been consolidating the sounds we already know, especially those consonant blends: th, sh, ch, ng and nk. When we return from the Christmas holidays, the first sounds we will learn are ai, ee, igh and oa. If you want to consolidate your child’s phonics learning over the break keep reading lots of wonderful books! In addition, Alphablocks is an entertaining show to watch. Alternatively, Mr T on YouTube uploads videos entitled Geraldine the Giraffe and makes sure to pronounce each sound accurately.  Here’s an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyrYDitif1o

In Mathematics, we’ve been thinking about number bonds to 10. Here’s a YouTube video that we dance along to in the classroom that you could use for fun at home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD9tjBUiXs0

Once again, thank you for all of your continued support over the Autumn Term!

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Warm wishes,

Miss Hardy, Debbie and Sara

Autumn 2, Week 6

Stars of the Week: Ariella A and Nia-Leigh

These girls have been chosen this week for always being so polite and kind. All of the children in Reception are excellent at remembering their manners to say please and thank you and always treating others with kindness, but these two have stood out for their consistency.

We hope you enjoyed our Cathedral service this morning. We’re so please with how all of the children listened and sung. Everyone went all the way up to gold on our return back to the school! Thank you to every one who was able to attend.

This week, we’ve not learned any new phonics sounds. Instead we’ve completed our Little Wandle Phonics Assessments. In January, all children will be put into new reading groups with a different group colour.

In Mathematics, we’ve now looked at both addition and subtraction within 10. Next week, we will try to consolidate our understanding of number bonds to 10. This video helps with this learning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD9tjBUiXs0

We look forward to seeing you all next week for our Nativity Play.

Please make sure to bring your child into school at 8:30 on Wednesday 13th December, to give us time to get the children with character roles into costume.


Best wishes,

Miss Hardy

Autumn 2, Week 5

Stars of the Week: Lilian and Jack 

These children have been selected this week for their consistent efforts in our reading group sessions. Both Jack and Lilian listen to others whilst they read, whilst giving a full effort for their own turn. Both have given a great effort in our play rehearsals this week as well, and learnt their lines beautifully.

This week has consisted of lots of acting and singing. We’ve done whole school rehearsals of the song we will sing in Southwalk Cathedral next Friday, and we’ve done class run throughs of our Nativity play on the stage in the hall.

In Mathematics we’ve continued to look at addition, and begun listening to songs that teach us the number bonds to 10. Next week, we’ll think about taking away and subtraction.

In Phonics, we’ve learnt all the Autumn Term sounds already, so we are focusing on blending the digraphs we’ve learnt: th, qu, nk, ng, ch and ck in words like quick, chunk, think, and thing. We’re also practicing reading longer sentences as a class.

In Literacy we’ve read In the City by Dominika Lipniewska and had a go at writing down why we love living in London. Next week we will look closer at the components of a sentence, reminding children to use finger spaces between words, and full stops at the end.

We look forward to seeing those who can attend our Cathedral service next Friday!


Best wishes,

Miss Hardy



Autumn 2, Week 3

Stars of the week: Raphael and Julie Maria

These children have been selected for their excellent commitment to this weeks’ rehearsals of our Nativity play!

They have read their lines enthusiastically and sing all of the songs beautifully. Well done them.

This week we’ve been trying to learn our lines for our Christmas play. The play will take place on Wednesday December 13th. All children have a line or two that they’ll want to learn. We’ll send home a script for each child so that you can practice at home as well.

In phonics we’ve learnt: qu, th, ng and nk.

Next week we won’t learn any new sounds, we’ll practice blending words with all of the sounds we’ve already learnt.

In Mathematics we’ve been looking at addition. Next week we’ll try to develop the skill of counting on from a given amount to find an answer, rather than counting everything from the beginning.