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Welcome to Reception - Clown Fish Class




We had a fantastic time last term in Reception learning all about things that grow. We enjoyed raising our own set of Caterpillars and being superheros too!

 Please see our Year R Curriculum Map for a outline of our topics throughout the year. 

Term 6

This term our topic is 'Down By The Sea'. We will be exploring the different creatures which live under the sea and the life of pirates. We will also be learning about our local area of Dymchurch and will be visiting the beach! See our Term 6 Topic Web for more information. 

In English we be diving in to non-fiction books to research life under the sea to inform our own non-fiction book. The children will be writing their own pirate adventure stories, drawing maps and writing messages in bottles too!

In Maths we are beginning to learn our number bonds to 10. We are also learning how to count in 5's and 10's, use money to make amounts, consolidating our knowledge of 3D shapes and re-visiting key skills we will need next year. 

Wider Curriculum - The children have created wonderful props to turn our role-play area into a pirate ship! We will be having lots of fun in our ship learning lots of pirate language in preparation for Pirate Day! PE will continue to be held on Friday. This term we will be developing various sport skills to prepare for sports day! For further information please see our weekly timetable here.






Upcoming Events

Throughout this term we will begin preparing for Year 1 with lots of transition afternoons so that we can meet our new teacher and familiarise ourselves with our new environment.

Our very first class assembly will be held on the 19th June at 9am, please come along to see our fabulous show! 

We will be visiting the beach for a Pirate Picnic in Week 6, date TBC. 

For further information regarding whole school events, such as Sports Day, please refer to our weekly newsletter. 

Term 5

This term our topic is 'Outside We Go'. We will be exploring our wonderful world through lots of outdoor activities. The children will be growing their own plants and watching the changes as they grow. We will even be taking care of some caterpillars and observing the exciting changes that they go through to become butterflies. See our Term 5 topic web for further information. 

In English, we will be exploring lots of non-fiction texts this term about minibeasts and plants. The children will be carrying out their own research through observations and we will have a go at writing our own non-fiction books. 

In maths, we will be consolidating our understanding of numbers to 20, addition, subtraction and money. We will also be exploring some new areas including time, halving and counting in two's.

Wider Curriculum - This term our role-play area is themed as a Superhero Den and we are looking forwards to having lots of exciting adventures in there. We will also be creating lots of spring-themed art including painting flowers, caterpillars and making minibeasts from junk modelling. Our main focus is Understanding The World as we explore life-cycles, minibeasts, vegetables and spring. 

PE will continue to be held on Friday. This term we will be developing our balancing and wider movement skills through gymnastics. 

For further information please see our weekly timetable here.

 Term 4

Image result for traditional talesThis term in Clownfish Class our topic is 'Once Upon A Time'. We will be exploring lots of different traditional tales; our focus will be upon The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. 

In Literacy we will be writing character descriptions, writing our own traditional tales and developing our skills of storytelling. 

In Maths we will be learning how to subtract, double and count to 20. We will also compare height and explore time.

Throughout this topic we will discuss the behaviour of different charaters in the stories we explore, discuss how we can keep ourselves safe and sharing our experiences of Easter!


Upcoming Events

We are very excited for our School Trip to Leeds Castle on the 7th March. We will be learning all about castles and even going on a dragon hunt! 

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 Week 6

The children in Clownfish Class have been learning about Easter this week. We have discussed why we celebrate Easter and enjoyed lots of different Easter-themed activities. In English the children helped me to write a recipe and then we made Easter nest cakes! In Maths we have been continuing to learn how to double using eggs in a nest. We have also had lots of fun decorating our classroom with paper chains and Easter eggs.

 Week 5

This week the children were asked to make the healthiest sandwich they could and we all had great fun experimenting with different sandwich fillers!

In English we have been writing stories about troublesome Goldilocks and the Three Bears and in Maths we have been learning how to double using mirrors, objects and our fingers. 


Week 4

We have had a very exciting week in Clownfish Class as Goldilocks has been to visit. She has caused all sorts of problems around our classroom such as messing up our role play area, leaving 3 chairs in our classroom and making a mess of our books! The children have been writing descriptions about the characters in our story this week and even had a go at labelling their friends! In Maths we have been re-visiting one more and one less by playing games such as snakes and ladders. 

 Week 3

This week in Clownfish Class we have been learning about how to keep ourselves healthy. We have discussed and explored which food is very healthy for us and what we should only eat sometimes as it is unhealthy. During Maths this week we have been practicing adding using a number line, using numbers up to 20! The children have also enjoyed completing lots of experiments and investigations as part of Science Week. 


 Week 2

This week Clownfish have been busy learning about Little Red Riding Hood. We have used a story map to re-tell the story and had a go at writing our own versions! In Maths this week we have been measuring and comparing objects by height. We also went on our school trip to Leeds Castle where we acted out the story of 'The Swan Princess' and had a tour of the beautiful castle. 

 Week 1

This week we have been very busy in Clownfish class. We have been reading the story 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff', building bridges for the goats and creating our own trolls using stones. We have also been learning how to take away by using a number line! The Clownfish children have enjoyed writing their own fairy tales and role-playing as Red Riding Hood and Grandma in our cottage. 


 Welcome - Term 3

Welcome back! In term three our topic is ‘Out Of This World’ where we will be exploring space! We will investigate the life of astronauts, the planets, space travel and aliens! Towards the end of term we will also learn about the celebration Chinese New Year. 

In Literacy, we will be writing lists, learning how to describe objects and writing facts about space. We are going to read a range of non-fiction books alongside 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy and 'Aliens love underpants' by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. 

In Maths, we will be consolidating numbers beginning to explore simple addition. We are going to be learning language relating to position (1st, 2nd, 3rd), capacity and money. 

During this topic, we will also discuss people who help us such as firefighters, police and nurses. 

For further information please see our Topic Web – Term 3: Out Of This World

Upcoming Events

You are invited to attend a Phonics ‘Stay and Play’ session in the morning of Tuesday 29th January.  We had a brilliant turn-out for our Reading ‘Stay and Play’ last term and really hope you can join us this time too.


 Week 7

We have had an exciting week in Clownfish Class. On Monday we found a giant egg in our classroom! We have spent the week looking for clues about which animal could have left the egg, closing observing it for any movement and writing predictions about what might be inside. We also had a visit from a Firefighter. He talked to us about his job, how to keep ourselves safe and the different things firefighters do to help us. 


Week 6

This week in Clownfish class we have been celebrating Chinese New Year. We have practiced writing Chinese symbols and numbers, made cards and different decorations for our classroom. The children have all written a wish on oranges to put onto our Wishing Tree for English and in Maths we have been exploring British coins and playing shops. 



Week 5

Clownfish class have been reading 'Aliens love Underpants' this week. We have thoroughly enjoyed lots of alien activities including making aliens masks and designing our own alien pants! In Maths we have been learning about capacity and the children have been confidently using vocabulary such as 'full', 'empty' and 'half full'.

  Week 4

This week we have been enjoying the story 'Whatever Next'. The children have been writing simple sentences about the story - working on using finger spaces and capital letters. We have enjoyed role-playing as Baby Bear with his rocket, space helmet and space boots. In Maths we have been learning how to find one less and practicing counting backwards. 



 Week 3

 This week in Clownfish Class we have been exploring the planets. We know lots of facts about Earth. Mars and Saturn in particular. In Maths this week we have been practicing adding by counting the total of two groups using moon rocks! We have also enjoyed building rockets, making the moon and learning a new song in Music. 


 Week 2

This week we have been learning about astronaut life in space. The children have enjoyed watching videos from the astronaut Chris Hadfield modelling how he completes everyday tasks in space. We then wrote instructions about these tasks. See below for an example about 'How to go to bed in space'. We have also been exploring the properties of 2D shapes. We have used them to build our own rockets! 




Term 2

Week 6 - 03/12/18

This week we have been learning about Christmas.

We have been wrapping up presents in Santa’s Workshop.
We have been weighing and sorting presents for Santa.
We have been practicing our songs and dances for the Christmas Show!


Week 4 - 19/11/18

This week we have been learning about the journey of a letter.

We learnt the story 'The Jolly Postman'.
We learnt about the jobs people do at a post office.
We have been learning to +1.

Week 3 - 12/11/18

This week we have been learning about the dark.

We learnt the story 'Owl Babies'.
We made a shadow puppet theater and experimented with changing the size of the shadows. 
We talked about what scares us. 

Week 2 - 5/11/18

This week we have been celebrating Bonfire Night (5/11/18) and Diwali (7/11/18).

We learnt the story Hindu story of 'Rama & Sita'.
We cooked roti and tasted different Indian spices. 
We made our own rangoli patterns. 

Week 1 - 29/10/18

This week we have been celebrating Halloween!

We learnt the story 'Room on the Broom'.
We have been picking seeds out of pumpkins using tweezers and talking about the texture of the pulp inside. 
We made and wrote about our very own magic potion. 


Welcome - Term 2

Welcome back! In term two our topic is ‘Are We There Yet?’ where we will be exploring journeys and some of the celebrations that take place in the lead up to Christmas.  

In Literacy, we will be writing letters home and learning the story of ‘The Jolly Postman’. To support our learning, we will read stories such as ‘The Story of Rama and Sita’, ‘Owl Babies’ and the journey Mary and Joseph take in the Nativity Story.

In Math, we will be consolidating numbers and counting to ten and beyond. In the lead up to Christmas we will be busy in our post-office ordering and sorting parcels by length and weight.

During this topic, we will also discuss significant events such as Remembrance, talk about how to stay safe on Bonfire night and how we feel about the dark.

For further information please see our Topic Web – Term 2: Are We There Yet?


Upcoming Events

We will be visiting a real post-office in Week 5 (Week beginning 26/11) – date TBC.

You are invited to attend a Math ‘Stay and Play’ session on the morning of 22nd November. We had a brilliant turn-out for our Reading ‘Stay and Play’ last term and really hope you can join us this time too.

Our Christmas Nativity performance will be on
Tuesday 18th December at 2pm in the School Hall.


Home Learning

We will not begin to set homework until Term 3. However, we do expect:

  • All children to read for 5-10 minutes a day. Please remember to write in your child's Reading Diary as each time they read will count towards Red Ted rewards.
  • Children to practise sounds learnt in phonics using the sound and tricky word mats which are in your child’s book bag.
  • Parents/carers to check the weekly newsletter for Home Learning challenges and share your learning on Tapestry.


We learn Phonics daily, following the ‘letters and sounds’ curriculum. Every child began Phase 2 in September.

Children learn a number of new sounds each week so it is helpful if you re-cap these at home. Phonics is taught in groups – Mice, Foxes, Owls and Snakes. Look for the sounds your child has been learning on the weekly newsletter. Your child should know which group they are in, if you have any queries please ask your class teacher. The groups are fluid to meet the needs of the children, please do not worry if your child changes group. Again, please speak to us if you have any concerns.

We have recently started learning phonics to help with our reading and writing. Look at our fantastic labels.


*The hand-out from the Phonics Workshop on 11/10/2018 can be accessed here.* 



We will partake in PE on Friday mornings. Please ensure your child has a complete PE kit in school and that everything is named.


Further Information

Attached you will find the Early Year’s curriculum. Throughout the year children will have the opportunity to engage and explore a variety of activities that encourage development in each of the seven areas of learning. These areas are detailed in the Topic Web above. Children need to meet the Early Learning Goal in all areas by the end of the academic year in order to achieve a ‘Good Level of Development’.

We are really looking forward to journeying through our new topic. We hope you have a wonderful half term; see you again on the 29th October!


Mrs Goodeal, Miss Grace, Mrs Eyers & Mrs Nelson.