We have had a lovely week in Class R. We have been learning all about the Christmas story and making story maps about it. We have made some fantastic Christmas cards (prepare to be impressed!) and decorations, all of which will be coming your way. The children also recorded the chorus of Love Shone Down, which will be part of a school compilation, which was beautiful.

Next week we carry on with our Christmas theme with lots more exciting activities planned.

A huge thank you to all parents and children who were involved in the FPS fundraising challenge – what an amazing amount you managed to raise!

Our Learner of the Week this week is Myles, for fantastic reading. Well done, Myles.



Another busy week in Class R! We have been making up animal poems in groups, learning the song Animal Boogie and innovating it with new characters and movements and we have been acting out lots of different movement words.

We also made a Christmas card and wrote a message for the crew of the Queen Mary 2, who are spending Christmas on board their ship. Below is the message that the children thought of.

Dear Crew of the Queen Mary,

We are sorry that you can’t be home for Christmas.

We hope that you all have a lovely day and do something fun.

We hope that you eat lots of Christmas puddings and can make some biscuits for Father Christmas.

We want this letter to cheer you up.

Don’t forget to put the carrots out for the reindeer.

Love Class R xxxx

What a lovely letter – it is sure to cheer up the crew!

Well done to Lucy S who is our Learner of the Week this week. She is one of our ‘always’ children – always ready to learn, always polite and kind and always tries her best. Thank you, Lucy.

This week we will start to learn about the Nativity story.

Don’t forget to put your reading record books in your book bags this week, so that we can see how you are doing with the school reading challenge of reading every night.



We have had another lovely week in Class R. We have been learning all about Elmer, which fitted in really well with anti-bullying week – we learned that we are all different and we are all special. We have all finished our sewing and everyone was really brave with their flu spray – well done!

Our Learner of The Week is Helena, who has been trying really hard with her reading and has contributed some great ideas in class discussions.

Next week we will be learning some poems from Rumble In The Jungle and the song Animal Boogie. We are also learning the songs Little Donkey, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Love Shone Down in readiness for filming in the next few weeks – if you would like to practise these at home, that would be great.

Below are some photos of our reading characters, if you would like to reinforce these, and some photos of our PE session today, where we were focussing on high and low.



Another busy week in Class R. We have made up and acted out our new versions of the story Walking In The Jungle, done some brilliant paper pattern weaving and we are working really hard on starting to build our words. On Pattern Day, we sorted ourselves into different groups according to the patterns on our jumpers, copied and continued patterns and drew some animal patterns. The children also wrote a wonderful class prayer for Remembrance Day – all their own work!

Dear God

We remember all the brave people who fought in the war.

Thank you to everyone for keeping us safe. Please help the doctors and nurses to help people get better when they get sick.

Help us to be respectful and kind and helpful.

Help us to be always there for each other.


Next week we will be learning all about Elmer the elephant.

Thank you so much to Patrick and Halle’s mums for reading the class a story – we loved watching you on the screen. If anyone else would like to do this, please send a video of yourself to the office.

Our Learner of the Week this week is Hope. She shows great perseverance when completing ‘jobs’ and is trying really hard to build her words when reading.

Last week our Learner of the Week was Evie, who had shown a great attitude to learning during the week. Well done!



We have had a very busy first week back, with lots of activities centered around the book Walking In The Jungle. We have been practicing moving in lots of different ways, painting in the style of Kandinsky and doing firework dances. In PE we have been practicing different jumps. We have continued learning our letter sounds and building simple words.

Next week, we will continue with work centered around Walking In The Jungle. We have a PATTERN DAY on Tuesday, when your child can wear a patterned or plain jumper to school instead of their school jumper. We will be thinking about Remembrance Day on Wednesday, when there will also be a live school worship on Zoom.

I hope everyone is keeping well and safe.



What a fantastic half term we have had in Class R. The children should be so proud of themselves – they have settled in really well, made new friends and become accustomed to all the routines of school life.

We had a busy last week of term. Our book was Handa’s Surprise and the children made a story map of the story and ‘innovated’ it by tasting fruits and thinking of new words to describe them.

Our Learner of the Week was Lucy S. She is a quiet, polite, friendly and helpful member of the class who is always kind and helpful to others. Well done, Lucy.

I have been thinking of you if you are involved in the 5 mile challenge to raise funds for the FPS – thank you so much. Good luck and I hope that the weather has not put you off!

Next Half Term our topic is entitled Elmer’s World. It is brilliant for learning about shape and pattern. We will also be doing lots of learning around the book Walking In The Jungle. I attach an overview of the proposed learning for the term.

You should all have received some words for your child to learn to read. We will check these weekly and give your child new ones as needed. A reading book should also have come home. Due to COVID, we are only changing books on a Monday and Friday for the foreseeable future.

This term I have added some weekly maths challenges, which I attach. This will support the learning in class that week.

Thank you for all your support. I look forward to another fantastic Half Term.



What a busy week in Class R!

We have been looking at the book The Runaway Chapati and started by playing Chapati Chase and tasting chapatis. They went down extremely well! We re-told the story, made musical sound effects for the story and acted it out.

Making sound effects

Playing Chapati Chase

Loving our chapatis!

We finally got to Druitt Gardens this week and looked at the colours and patterns in nature and collected some seeds and leaves to make some artwork based on the artist Andy Goldworthy.

Our fantastic artwork inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.

Congratulations to Mary, our Learner of the Week. She is becoming more confident, always plays and shares well with the other children and is always polite and ready to learn.



We have had another busy week in Class R.

All of the children should have brought home a letter from their Class 6 Buddies on Friday. Buddies met each other via Zoom in our school worship, when Class 6 each gave a personal message to their new Buddy.

The children should also have brought home a bread roll, which they made as part of our learning about the Little Red Hen. They looked and smelt delicious – I hope they tasted lovely too!

The weather defeated us going to Druitt Gardens, but we will try again this week.

This week we are learning all about The Runaway Chapati – this story is very much like The Gingerbread Man. We will taste chapatis and our activities will be based around this story.

In order to help me to build a bigger picture of how your child uses technology, I would be very grateful if you could complete the following form and return it in your child’s book bag. Thank you.


We have had another lovely week in Class R. The children have settled in really well and have already picked up the routines of school.

What a lovely service at The Priory this morning. Thank you so much to those of you that could make it. I expect that you were so proud of your children – they were so well behaved and very brave to go up to get their prayer books. As Mr Ruffle said, it was lovely to welcome the children into our school family in this way.

Next week we have another busy week. We are going to continue with our book The Little Red Hen and will be making bread rolls. The children will have their own equipment and the oven in the school kitchen will be thoroughly cleaned before and after use. I will make the dough in front of the children and will then wear a glove to give out the dough to the children, who can make their own roll which we will name before putting in the oven. If you feel uneasy about any of these arrangements, please let me know.

We will also be visiting Druitt Gardens to look at Autumn seeds and leaves.

Have a lovely weekend.

Admin, Reception

We have had a great first week back at school – learning the routines of school and making new friends. Thank you so much for bearing with us whilst we tried to make the drop off and pick up arrangements work. Drop off and pick up times will remain the same next week.

This week we will be learning all about The Little Red Hen – learning the story, acting it out, and using a programmable toy to move to the different characters.

As you may have read in the newsletter, we are intending to hold a welcome service for children in Year R this Friday, 2nd October at 9:45am. Further details will be given early next week. This will be a short service, when each child will be given a prayer book to welcome them into our school family.

Have a lovely weekend. I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.