Children should have their bookbag in school everyday. Please try and keep their reading book and reading record in the bookbag ready for when we read with them. We will also put letters, new phonics sounds and other bits of information in there, so make sure you check them regularly.


Children earn the class a spot on the reading rocket everytime they read with an adult at home. Please make a  quick comment in your child’s reading record so we know when they have read. When we reach 100 we will get a prize!

Supporting your child with reading booklet


Reception Sports day will be held on Tuesday 2nd July on the school basketball court. You are invited to come and cheer the children on from 9.30 to 10.15. Look out for info coming soon about team colours.


Letters will be coming home soon about our trip to the farm on Wednesday 10th July. If you are able to help on this trip, please let your child’s teacher know.

Next week…



We really enjoyed learning about how chicks form inside their eggs and counting down the days until they hatched. We loved watching the little chicks and observing them and caring for them over their first couple of weeks. The chicks have now gone back to Middle Farm where they have lots of space and will be well looked after.

We have been focusing on teen numbers using ten frames to support our understanding that teen numbers are ‘ten and some more’.


Using this text as a starting point, we will be exploring what we can see and hear around the school, our city and the farm. We will be looking at maps, learning about Brighton landmarks and having a go at drawing, building and making our own.

PE Days

Apple and Cherry class will have PE on a Wednesday

Children will need a white PE top and  shorts in a PE bag. Please name all items as you can imagine what it might be like with thirty children getting changed at the same time!

It is useful to practice getting in and out of clothes at home. Socks can be especially tricky!

Take a look at our topic webs to see what we’ll be learning about each term.

Here I am (Term 1) 

Going on a Bear Hunt (Term 2)

Down on the Farm (term 3)

Reception staff

Apple Class    

Mrs Prichard , Mrs Flippance and Mrs Wright

Cherry Class     

Mrs Souttar and Miss Barnes

PPA cover (Wednesdays)

Miss Burfield

Learning at Home


Each Friday your child will bring home new letters and sounds we have been learning. Please practise these at home.

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Every week your child will read with us 1:1. We will help them change their reading book which is levelled appropriately for them. When they read with you at home, please fill in their reading journal.

The Oxford Reading Owl site has access to free e-books each with their own activities to help develop reading comprehension. All you have to do is sign up and log-in!


In Reception we focus on teaching the correct starting points and letter formation in print, ready for the children to move on to pre-cursive in Year 1 and fully joined in Year 2. See here for a guide of how to form each letter.

We teach the letters in groups we call ‘letter families’ as we believe this helps the children to master the patterns which build on the basic letter shapes (down and curve, anti-clockwise curve, down up and over, diagonal lines)


Practice counting up to 20 objects. e.g. Laying the table for 4 people, counting steps, counting the pairs of socks that come out the wash etc.

How many ways can they make 10? What happens when you take objects away or add some on?

Can you spot numbers around you? (recognising numerals up to 20)

Play games with dice/dominoes – encourage your child to spot number patterns.

Wow! Moments

We would like to encourage you to participate in your child’s learning journey by telling us about any WOW! Moments your child has when out of school.These should be personal achievements for your child that can relate to any area of learning. It might be a new skill they have learnt, the first time they have achieved something or a new discovery they have made. If you and your child are proud of it, we want to know too! 

wow dockets

Number of the Week


Can you count it? What number comes before and after? Which numbers can add together to make it? Can you spot the number when you are out and about?

Sounds of the week

consonant blends (phase 4)

e.g. fl st cr sp

Which words do you know with these sounds in? Can you write them? Can you spot them when you are reading?

Words of the Week

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