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FLETCHER (Reception)

Welcome to Fletcher Class! 

We are named after the author Tom Fletcher who wrote the books

There's a Monster in Your Book and The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet

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In Fletcher class you will find

       Miss Cooke                                        Miss Machin                                        Miss Wordsworth
Miss Cooke                                                                    

Our Nativity

The children are all enjoying practising for our Nativity show next week. Please practice the songs below with your child over the weekend so they can be super singers at the performance. Also, if your child has a speaking part please make sure you are practising their lines at home so they are confident with the words they have to say.

Thank you!


01 little nativity.wma

02 mary, mary, what a surprise.wma

03 such a long way.wma

04 bethlehem is full.wma

05 in the stable.wma

07 on that night.wma

08 once there were three wise men.wma

10 one little boy in the straw.wma

Exploring number 4 in the classroom

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Children In Need

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Thank you to everybody who took part in our Children In Need event by dressing up or donating. The children had lots of fun wearing their pyjamas to school smiley

Weekly music sessions

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This term we have started our Music sessions where the children are able to explore singing, using different instruments to make musical sounds with and moving their bodies to these. During our first session, we learnt what a Ukulele is and had lots of fun singing along and dancing to the different songs that we learnt in the session. The children were very excited to take part and already can't wait for next week! 

A special visitor!

This week we had a couple of visits from a very special friend... Storm the bunny! Miss Machin kindly brought her in to meet the children and she got a very warm, loving welcome! The children took great care of Storm by making sure that everybody handled her gently and didn't make too much noise or scare her! It is really important that children are able to experience handling real life animals as it can help to develop their understanding of the world around them and the things that live in it. The children developed a great love for Storm throughout the days she spent with us and were amazing at looking after her.Thanks for visiting us, Storm! 

Remembrance day

The children decorated a sign which read '100' in support of Remembrance day. We spoke about how a long time ago lots of people did some very brave things to help our country and this day was to appreciate and remember what they did for us. The children enjoyed visiting the Remembrance day poppy display which the whole school created together.

Maths Mastery - Number 3

The children have shown great skill in finding different ways to make the number 3 during our maths sessions. We particularly enjoyed playing musical statues, but with a twist! We danced around the classroom but when the music stopped we had to quickly group ourselves into 3's. We were extremely good at organising ourselves into groups of 3 and we were able to discuss in depth what we noticed when some children were left over! The children are now taking ownership of their maths floor book with great pride. Please feel free to come in and take a look at all of our mathematical mark making!
We were very lucky to be able to have a brilliant Judo session in school. We explored how to move our bodies in different ways by pretending to be animals - it was so much fun! The children all engaged with the session fantastically by listening carefully, following instructions and skillfully moving their bodies in certain ways!

Maths Mastery - Number 2

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We have been exploring the number 2 in lots of different ways in Fletcher class. We searched the provision for objects that showed the number 2. Some children were able to find two of the same objects, whilst others could bring two different objects and explain that two one's also makes 2! The children are now becoming very good as using 'stretchy sentences' to explain their thinking and answers in greater depth. As well as using objects, the children are becoming more aware of how to represent numbers using marks on paper too and are beginning to take real ownership of our maths working wall in the classroom. Make sure to take a look at it when you are next in class!

Autumn Half Term Challenge

After the half term we would really love to hear what you have all been up to. It would be great if you and your child could create either a collage of pictures, or a picture drawn by your child, showing what you have been getting up to during the week. Your child will then have time to discuss this and share it during their key worker time. We are really proud of how all the children have settled over their first half term, well done everyone! Thanks for a great start to the school year.

You can either upload these to tapestry or your child can bring these in to school. Thanks.

Maths Mastery - Number 1

As part of our Maths Mastery focus, the children have been learning about the number 1. To develop a secure understanding of the number 1 we have been representing it in different ways by using things such as objects, movements, noises and written marks. We have also been exploring children's thinking through detailed discussions, where we encourage the children to explain and justify their answers. The children have all demonstrated a secure understanding of the number 1 and it has been amazing to see how they have used the provision to apply their learning and explore this even further! Throughout the year, we will continue to support the children in becoming masters of maths by exploring numbers 1-10 in fun, engaging and meaningful ways. Keep checking our page to follow our journey!

World Mental Health Day

To promote and support World Mental Health Day, Fletcher class spent the day exploring mindfulness and well-being activities. The children loved taking part in our yoga sessions and were fantastic at practising our breathing exercises. During these relaxing exercises, we focused on becoming aware of the different parts of our body and finding our inner calm. Some children took a trip to the garden, where we engaged in some more yoga movements and we spent some time relaxing whilst listening to the nature sounds in the garden.
Our daily discrete phonics sessions enable the children to apply their phonic knowledge through reading and writing activities which are adapted to their needs. The children are making good progress with their Phonics and have now learnt a range of letter sounds. To help support your child with their learning, why not practise the Jolly Phonic songs at home? We sing these songs in school to help children remember the letter sounds they are learning. Follow this link to find the songs!

Key Person System

At Sharp Lane Primary School we continually strive for the best outcomes for our pupils both academically and emotionally. Our Key Person system plays a vital role in connecting and tuning in with children and families at a more personal, small group level. Whilst Miss Cooke will have overall responsibility for the children in Fletcher class, your child's Key Person will play an essential role in caring for your child, supporting their development and developing rich relationships with families, resulting in a 'community of learners' approach. Spending daily time in our Key Person groups supports our ethos of 'togetherness' which is embedded within our key family approach. Through this approach, we are able to become engaging companions for curious young minds, supporting their explorations and observing their discoveries. It is through this approach that we are able to observe our children flourish whilst achieving wonderful outcomes and most importantly being 'happy'. 

Reception Class Curriculum meeting

We hope that your children have had a wonderful start to the year and have settled well into their new class. The team are thrilled to invite you along to a curriculum workshop where we will share information about the Early Years Curriculum, how children learn in the Early Years, how we support learning at Sharp Lane Primary School and ways in which you can support at home. The dates for these sessions are: Thursday 20th September at 3:30pm or Tuesday 25th September at 9am. We look forward to seeing you at one of these.

How Children learn in Early Years

In Early Years we recognise children as competent and capable learners born with inquisitive minds. Listening to the children's curiosities and interests is a key method through which we are able to interact, scaffold and co construct learning alongside the children, creating a learning environment in which children flourish into confident explorers and reflective learners. Throughout the year the children's learning in Reception Class will reflect this 'community of learners' approach where children interests are the basis for future learning. This alongside discrete teaching sessions of key skills in Phonics and Maths will support the children in becoming independent and motivated learners.