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Welcome to Brownlee Class!



We are named after the famous Brownlee brothers (Alistair and Jonny), the Olympic triathletes from Leeds!

The teachers in Brownlee class are Miss MacNay, Miss Howard, Miss Stanham and Mrs Machin.

Reception is a very exciting year where children are encouraged to follow their interests and explore answers to the questions they ask about the world around them. We will learn lots of new information and skills throughout the year in Reception through playing both inside and out - whatever the weather! Brownlee class is a safe and friendly place to learn, where all children are valued and everybody is listened to.

We can't wait for a fabulous year with you all! Please keep checking our class page to see all of the wonderful things that we are learning about.


This week in Maths we have been learning all about time. We have learnt about the days of the week, the days of the month, our daily routines, what time we do certain things and how long a minute actually lasts!


Key vocabulary: morning, afternoon, night, today, tomorrow, next week, before, after, now, then, fast, slow etc.


How to help at home: Children are not expected to be able to tell the time on a clock until Year 1 but talking about our daily routines and looking at calendars to discuss the different days, weeks, months and special times in the year will help support your child's knowledge and understanding of time.

Train Project Bun Sale

Train Project Bun Sale 1

Thank you to everybody who supported our train project team in their bun sale! We made a grand total of £70.05 and have already bought some new track with the money! We’re hoping to buy some ‘Thomas and Friends’ trains with the rest of the money soon 😊

Look at these fantastic Easter bonnets! We had everything from rabbits and chicks to unicorns and rugby pitches! 
We really enjoyed hunting for eggs that the Easter bunny had left us down at the garden - we each got a little chocolate egg inside and enjoyed eating it while drinking some milk and listening to the story 'We're Going on an Egg Hunt'.
A huge thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who have attended our Read and Relax sessions so far this year! Details of upcoming sessions for next half term will be on our Summer 1 newsletter. 
We tried some yoga in Brownlee class for Sports Relief and loved it! It made us all very calm and relaxed after dinner time. 

Phonics Reading Workshop for parents

Wednesday 21st March at 3.20pm and 5pm!

Thank you for the effort put into World Book Day costumes - the children looked fantastic! We had a great day sharing some of our favourite stories. 

Building a rocket!

Why not try playing one of these phonics games with your child instead of practising their home reading book one night?

Please take 5 minutes to watch this video showing you how to pronounce sounds correctly - it is extremely important in enabling you to support your child with their reading!


We have now learnt all of our phase 2 and 3 phonics sounds for Reception. In phonics lessons we are revising all of the learnt sounds and providing children with lots of opportunities to apply their phonics knowledge to their reading and writing on a daily basis.

By the end of Reception, children need to be able to demonstrate that they can use their knowledge of letter sounds and tricky words confidently and consistently within both their writing and reading.


Please click on the document below to view all of the sounds we learn in Reception!

We really encourage you to support your child with writing for a purpose as much as possible at home. This could be helping to write your shopping list, a list of things to pack for a holiday, writing birthday cards, helping to type a google search, writing a letter to a friend/grandparent/cousin, making their own party invitations etc. As children are always encouraged to use their knowledge of phonics to spell words, this may mean that children do not always spell words correctly (e.g. they may sound out and write 'house' as 'hows'). This is absolutely normal and shows that children are able to use their current knowledge of phonics to spell the word phonetically. This is exactly what we want the children to be doing in order for them to be as independent as possible with their writing. We would love to see any examples of writing that your child does at home - add them to Tapestry or send them into school with your child to share with their friends!

Phase 2 Tricky Words

Phase 3 Tricky Words

In maths we have begun to explore the 3D shapes cube, cuboid, cylinder, sphere, pyramid and cone. We have focused on recognising and describing the properties of these shapes (e.g. a cylinder has 2 circle faces at each end, a sphere can roll etc.) and have been on a shape hunt in our classroom to find the different shapes! We have spoken about 2D shapes being flat and 3D shapes being fat. Can your child go on a 3D shape hunt at home and talk about some of the shapes they find?  

Important Letters:

Christmas Dinner Day!

We are writers!

We have now begun practising for our Nativity - dates of performances are in this half term's newsletter. Please have a listen to the songs below with your child and help them to learn the words. You will receive a slip this week with details of your child's part and the costume they will need to wear.

Little Nativity

Mary, Mary, What a Surprise

Such a Long Way

Bethlehem is Full

In the Stable

On That Night

Once There Were Three Wise Men

One Little Boy in the Straw

Meet the tricky word troll! He has been helping us to learn tricky words in phonics. These are words that we can't sound out, instead we just have to learn to read them by sight! Pictured above are the tricky words we have learnt so far - these will be added to each week. By the end of Reception, children should be able to read and spell tricky words confidently. There is a link below to a fantastic song to help children learn tricky words - we have loved listening to it in phonics!

Children have been enjoying accessing lots of different phonics games and activities in the provision to practise reading and spelling words. We have been writing different words onto banana and satsuma skins when we have them for snack and encouraging children to read the word before they eat it! Some children have also been helping to write the words for their friends to read. Maybe you could do the same with your fruit at home to encourage your child to be practising their phonics skills all the time! Remember to keep using the letter cards which are sent home each week to practise reading and spelling words - it would be lovely to see some pictures of this on Tapestry. Getting snapping and uploading!
In maths this week we have been learning about height. We have compared the height of our friends and different objects within the classroom using our key vocabulary tall, short, taller, shorter, tallest, shortest. Children have become really confident throughout the week with remembering to use the correct vocabulary. We have spoken about how length is measured horizontally and height is measured vertically - this has helped them to remember whether to use tall or long to describe their findings. We have used cubes to measure how tall objects are and have begun to make estimations about how tall they think other objects might be. Can your child use the key vocabulary for height accurately to describe objects? Maybe you could go on a hunt around the house to find objects that are taller/shorter? Can they order the people in your family by height and talk about who is the tallest and who is the shortest? You could challenge them to order their dinosaurs/dolls/toys in height order and describe which is the tallest/shortest. I would love to see pictures of this on Tapestry if you have a go at one of these challenges!

Learning about length

In maths this week we have been learning about length. We have compared the length of different objects using our key vocabulary long, short, longer, shorter,  longest, shortest and have been putting objects in order from longest to shortest. Later on in the week we had a jumping competition in small groups and compared the length of our jumps, using string to show how far we had jumped. The next day we measured the length of our jumps with cones and found out who had done the longest jump in the whole class - it was William with a whopping 12 cones long! 

Goldilocks and the Three Bears



The three bears have arrived in the home corner in Brownlee class! Daddy bear, Mummy bear and Baby bear are settling into their new home and have been enjoying eating lots of bowls of porridge! This has been a great way for children to retell the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, which is the story we are learning in Talk4Writing this half term. In Talk4Writing, children learn stories by following a story map made up of pictures and a series of actions. See if your child can retell the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears by following our story map below!

Phonics Sounds


You can listen to the correct enunciation of the phonics sounds we have been learning by

following the link below and clicking on individual sounds. It is really important to ensure we are modelling the correct enunciation of the sounds for children in order to support them with their reading so please do have a listen! 

Half Term Challenges!



After half term we will be learning about lots of different celebrations including Diwali, the Hindu festival of light which is happening now. It would be great if you could explore this festival together at home over the holidays and send in any photos of things you have done or found out.














Please take the opportunity to go for an Autumn walk and discuss with your child how the natural world changes during Autumn. Maybe you could collect some interesting natural 'treasures' (e.g. leaves, conkers, sticks) for our Autumn discovery table? Please record any comments and observations your child makes on Tapestry or on paper so we can add it to their profile.

This week we introduced Obb and Bob to the children - these are our 'word eating' aliens. Obb eats silly words and Bob eats real words. The children really liked reading the words and feeding them to the right alien. You can play this game at home with your child by following the link below and choosing 'Phase 2':


Another good game for letter recognition is 'Phoneme Pop'. You can play this game at home with your child by following the link below:

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We've been discussing pants today and how to keep ourselves safe! There is a great video which has been produced by the NSPCC to introduce the discussion about private parts. Watch the pantosaurus song at home with your child by following the link below - they have loved singing it in school!

Letter Formation!

We have been practising our formation of the letters c, a and g. All of these letters start off in the same way, by forming a 'c' to begin with. This is something that we have been reminding children about to help them with the correct formation of the letters!

Can your child practise writing these letters at home?

Building work has started on our exciting new outdoor area this week! The children have loved watching the builders set to work and have been asking lots of questions about the different tools and techniques they have been using throughout the build. We are really looking forward to seeing it all finished at the end of next week!

This week we have been listening carefully to sounds and have been tuning in to the sounds that we hear around us. We have been listening to the different sounds that musical instruments make and have been on a listening walk around school to identify sounds that we hear in the environment (cars, children shouting, birds, leaves crunching etc.) It is important that children are able to identify the difference between sounds they hear around them as this will support them to distinguish different letter sounds when we begin to learn them.


The links below are good games to support children's skills in identifying environmental and animal sounds:

Number Study - All About the Number 7!

We have enjoyed using the number study area to find lots of different ways to represent the number 7 this week, using a variety of resources including bead strings and numicon. The number study area helps us to gain a really good understanding of the value of numbers. Can your child find a way to show the number 7? This might be by counting out 7 cars, adding two groups together to make the number 7 or drawing 7 objects. Can your child tell you what one more and one less than 7 is? What would happen if you added 10 to the number 7? Can you find the number 7 anywhere in your house? E.g. On the remote control, the telephone, the oven, car license plates etc. You could take photos to add to our number study wall or write it down to add to your child's learning journal!

We really enjoyed our first trip to the garden this week and saw lots of interesting things - including a hedgehog! The children enjoyed picking apples and came up with lots of ideas for how we could use them: apple juice, apple cake, apple soup, apple pie and apple crumble. We decided to bake an apple crumble and an apple cake but all agreed it needed a bit of custard when it came to the taste test!