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Welcome to Whitby class :)

In this class you will find Miss Ford, Mrs Chapman, Miss Tiffany (on a morning) and Mr Anderson (on an afternoon) and we are all extremely excited to meet you all and spend lots of time with you! We will be having lots of fun and learning new and interesting things. We will have the chance to explore the rest of reception and meet lots of new friends whilst we are at school.


I hope you are looking forward to starting school as much as we are looking forward to seeing you! 

Miss Ford :)


Have you been able to get logged on to your child's tapestry page to see what they have been doing at school? If so, please also add pictures and comments about what they have been doing at home. We love to know how they have been busy!


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Whitby Rules

In Whitby class we think it is so important for every single person to feel happy, safe and enjoy their day at school, EVERY DAY. In order for this to happen we had a class discussion to decide the 5 most important ways we could ensure this happened for everybody. Once the children had chosen and written the 5 rules, we sealed them with our finger prints and made a promise to always try our best to follow them.


1. Don't put things in your mouth.

2. Take care of our things.

3. Use kind hands and feet.

4. Say nice words.

5. Don't interrupt each other.




We are so excited today as 1 of our caterpillars has pushed it's way out of it's cocoon and is now a BEAUTIFUL butterfly!

Below there is a video and some pictures!


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Whitby Writers!

This week Whitby class have done even more writing, lots of different kinds. We have written lists for things we need for our assault courses, things we need for my nephews tea party, children who haven't turned 5 yet and even lists of our favourite toys. We have also been using the smart board and the touch keyboard to write some sentences on the board which everybody has loved doing. Then, once we had our special visitors (see above) a lot of Whitby class decided to label the life cycle of a butterfly, which has some REALLY tricky words in and they did fantastic. Remembering to say the word in to their hand, shake it up and sound it out onto their fingers really helps with their spelling! Well done this week guys.


Billy's super toy list

Assault course lists:

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Smartboard writing:
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Picture 2 Darcie
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Party lists (and Kacey-Leigh's invitation):
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Butterfly Lifecycle:
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Super Writing

I am so impressed with lots of the writing the children are doing now, they have become very independent with this and they are trying so hard. We have been reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar book and watching our caterpillars and tadpoles grow which has given the children something real to write about. Check some of this lovely writing out...

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Darcie's Book

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Last week a few of us had chance for a little play on the school iPads. We had lots of fun on the different games and I was very impressed with how well the children were all able to navigate round them. We spoke about how we have similar tablets and games at home.


George - "I've got 2 of these at home, my mum and dad. Mines for Mexico."

Brandon - "I've got 1 at home like an iPad, my dad bought me 1 it's like power rangers."

Darcie - "I do have a different iPad at home, it's like purple. I'm gonna see if I can use emojis. Oh my gosh, you can Miss Ford, yeah you can use them!"

Kai - "Oh my, it's like a real iPad, I have a little one at home not a big one like this."


We are hoping to have use of the iPads quite regularly so that all the children can have a go and we can develop our tablet skills.


Technology Early Learning Goal: Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.

In the garden...

A few of us went down to the garden looking for ladybirds. We didn't manage to find any ladybirds BUT we found something even more exciting....FROGS! We moved a log to see what was underneath and we found a family of frogs. A mummy, daddy and baby. We tried to get some good pictures but they were too quick and went to hide before we had chance! Here is what we got...



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Whitby Class Band

We have been enjoying our new outdoor music area very much and some children have even created a band and I see them going very far! Here they are...




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In Maths recently we have been learning about 3D shapes and their properties. We have been on shape hunts, looked at the shapes of real life food items and looked at the faces of different 3D shapes. One thing we did was draw around the shapes to see what the faces looked like on paper and what 2D shape they made. Some children even had a go at writing the shape names!



We have now finished learning all our phase 2 and 3 phonics sounds. We are currently spending our phonics lessons revisiting and revising these sounds to become super strong and confident with our reading and writing and also improve our fluency. We continually give the children lots of opportunity to apply their phonics knowledge in the provision everyday through games and activities. The Early Learning Goal (ELG) that the children should be reaching by the end of their reception year for reading and writing is as follows:


Reading: Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words (tricky words). They demonstrate  understanding when talking with others about what they have read.


Writing: Children use their phonics knowledge to write words in way which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words (tricky words). They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.


It is really important now for children to be writing for a purpose as much as possible and we encourage you to do lots of this at home. They could help you out by writing things such as shopping lists, cards, letters, etc. and we would love to see everything they do! Upload it to Tapestry or bring it in to school - I am certain your child would love to show me and the rest of the class what they have done! We really encourage you to let your child use their phonic knowledge to do their writing independently - they know a lot of sounds now so if they get stuck, segmenting the word slowly together will help them to remember. Not all the words that your child writes will be spelt correctly, but, as the ELG says, "Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible" so do not worry, this is completely normal.


Keep reading with your child at home, this really helps them, not just with reading but their confidence as a reader too! Remember to write in their reading log EVERY time you read, not just when you finish the book. Books are still changed on a Tuesday and Friday.


Easter Egg Hunt

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The Easter Bunny left us all a sparkly egg in the garden. We had lots of fun finding them! They looked beautiful shining in the sun and the best thing was they had a Creme Egg inside!
Well done to Whitby Class on parading their Easter Bonnet so gracefully! You all looked magnificent and all your bonnets were lovely, you all made so much effort.

Making Easter Bonnets

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A big thank you to all the parents who came in to help their children make their Easter bonnets. It was so lovely to see you making some lovely things together. Also, I just want to say another big thank you to those parents who I saw helping other children too!

I hope you all liked your Mother's Day cards and the writing the children had done for you! I thought they were lovely and there was some really lovely reasons of why you are loved!

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Read and Relax

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13th January 2017

This week in phonics we learnt 2 new digraphs which were 'th' and 'ai' (as in paid). We read words with these digraphs in and also spelt them. Whitby Class are becoming so good at blending and segmenting and this week we have done a lot of writing the digraphs on our whiteboards too and they have impressed me very much, with their letter formation! The links for the Jolly Phonics songs for these sounds are below;




We have also continued to learn our Tricky Troll words this week too and have concentrated on the word 'was'. We recapped on ALL the tricky words we have already learnt too and the children were so so good at remembering which is good because thats all we can do with tricky words, they can't be blended! We did a lot with putting tricky words in to sentences this week, written and verbally and the children could do this very well!


How you could help at home: Continue to recognise letters with your child and encourage them to be enthusiastic about this. Also, remember to read and remember books get changed on a Tuesday and Friday. Put your books in the green basket when they need changing :) thank you!


Preview Learning: Next week we will be continuing to look at more digraphs and reading and spelling with these. The new digraphs will be: 'ng' and 'ee'.


In Maths this week we have been learning about height. We have learnt some new vocabulary, such as tall, taller and tallest and also used some vocabulary we already knew, such as short, shorter and shortest. We had lots of fun ordering different items into height order but also ordering ourselves into height order and it came in perfect timing as we were needed in height order for our class photos! 


How you could help at home: Can your child tell you the different between length and height? Length is across the floor and height is towards the sky! Ask them to see if they remember!


Preview Learning: Next week we will be moving on with our numbers in Maths and introducing adding 2 numbers together and getting a total! Exciting times.

6th January 2017

We are now on to learning our Phase 3 phonics and have started learning digraphs, which are individual sounds made up of 2 letters. The 2 digraphs we have learnt this week are 'ch' and 'sh'. 

The links for the Jolly Phonics songs for these sounds are below;


How to help at home: Encourage your children to tell you about what we have been learning in phonics at school. Can they remember the digraphs we have learnt this week? Can they tell you any words with the digraphs in? Also, keep reading with your children! This helps them so so much, remember to use our cars crashing together method. If you need reminding what this is just ask me at school! :)


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Preview Learning: Next week we will be learning the digraphs 'th' and 'ai'. We will be thinking about where we hear those sounds, at the start or words, at the end of words? We will also be thinking about what words we know these digraphs are in and practicing writing these digraphs, as well as previous phonemes and digraphs we have learnt. 


In Maths this week we have been learning about length. Throughout the week we have learnt some new vocabulary such as long, short, longer, shorter, longest and shortest and we have compared lots of different objects to find out which is longer and which is shorter. We used underpants to match our 'Aliens Love Underpants' story and also had a trip to the garden to find sticks of all different lengths. The children really enjoyed all these activities and learning about length and they have done very well with this.


How you can help at home: You could continue to use the vocabulary introduced to the children this week by comparing the length of everyday items in your home. E.g. Who has got longer hair, mum or dad? 


Preview Learning: Next week we will be continuing along the measuring lines by moving on from length and studying height. The children will learn even more new vocabulary so I am sure you will be hearing it a lot at home! 


'IT'S AN ALIEN INVASION!!!', said Gabriel.

When we got to school this morning we were very, VERY, surprised to find that ALIENS had been in to school when we weren't here last night! They had come for our underpants, as we all know ALIENS LOVE UNDERPANTS!!! We couldn't believe it! There was slime all over, glitter footprints and even underpants on the roof!!! Then, as if it wasn't exciting enough already we were all invited into Miss MacNay's classroom as she had something to show us... A VIDEO OF THE ALIENS UFO LANDING IN OUR PLAYGROUND!!! We just could not believe it. Watch it below along with our reactions to the video!

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All the children were very excited when they came in on Thursday morning to see that the christmas fairies and elves had been to decorate the classroom! They had brought us a christmas tree, baubles, santa plates, a nativity set, tinsel, christmas characters and so much more, we even received a letter from the head elf and fairy telling us about everything they had brought us and how they think we will be really good at looking after it all!


THEN, just as we thought it couldn't get any better Santa had delivered us an elf on the shelf and a letter to Scarlett's house! This was very exciting and the letter from Santa explained to us that our elf on the shelf, who we named Felicity, was here to keep on eye on us all and fly back to the North Pole EVERY NIGHT to feed back to Santa about how we have been. (I hope she will tell him all good things!)

Gifts from SANTA! Ho Ho Ho!

You won't believe it! This morning when we got to school there was a parcel with a little note written on it! It was from Santa! He had come and delivered it when we were all at home in bed. The children were extremely excited about this and even more so when Mr Sayer brought in a CCTV image of Santa dropping it off! We couldn't believe it...he was looking straight at the camera! When we opened the gift it was a super whiteboard, for us to do all our fabulous writing and drawing on! The children were oh so very excited and grateful and they just could not wait to tell everybody that Santa had been to their classroom and brought them a present! Especially Mrs White...

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The cheeky cheeky elf!

Well, we had another visitor...but this time it wasn't very good at all! This time one of Santa's cheeky elves (the one he can't rely on) came to Whitby classroom and made a mess on the carpet! He made a mess and was laughing about it on the CCTV! The children were so shocked and so cross and even a little bit sad! They could not believe it! This cheeky elf had made such a mess and left it for them to tidy up - they did not like this ONE BIT!


We wrote a letter to Santa as a class and expressed how we felt about this, we thought he needed to know how upset and cross the elf had made us so that he could have a little chat with him and maybe give him something to do as a punishment! The children thought he should make the elf clear up all the reindeer poo! Yuck! This was our letter...


" Dear Santa,

A cheeky elf came to our classroom and made a big mess! We are cross and sad! :( Liam thinks it was the bad Santa and bad fair who sent him! Hugo wants to tell you that he has put his christmas tree up! Darcie thinks it was a bad elf! Do you know exactly who it was?


Love from

Whitby Class :)

x x x "

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Reception Nativity 2016!

We are all so so pleased at how well Reception did in our Nativity. They were FANTASTIC! Well done Whitby Class.

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11th November 2016

In phonics this week we have learnt the new sound 'c/k', 'e', 'u' and 'r'. We have been thinking of things that begin with these sounds, end in these sounds and just have these sounds in them. Again, we are still continuing to become more and more confident in our blending and segmenting and your child will have their first book this week! How exciting. I am really impressed with how well the children are reacting to learning all these new sounds and techniques such as blending and segmenting. They are doing so so well! Well done Whitby Class!

The links to the jolly phonics songs for these sounds are below;



This week we introduced the Tricky Troll to the children. The Tricky Troll is a bit unkind because he created some words which you can't sound out and you just have to memorise!!! These words are called tricky words and the ones we learnt this week are 'the' and 'to'.




How to help at home: We are getting so so good at our phonics now so just carry on encouraging your children to recognise sounds and words everywhere. Listen to the jolly phonics sounds together and definitely read their reading books together, your child will love being able to read these to you!


Preview learning: In phonics next week we will be looking at the sounds 'h', 'b', 'f' and 'l', continuing to blend and segment and learning the Tricky Troll words 'no' and 'go'.


In maths this week we have continued with our learning of shapes. The whole class has seemed to really enjoy this topic and have been eager to learn new things about shape. We have introduced even more 2D shapes this week and the children have sorted shapes depending on their sides and corners and use mathematical language to describe shapes to their friends. 


How you can help at home: Now your child knows even more shapes can they find these shapes in your house? Why not do another shape hunt?


4th November 2016

In phonics this week we have been learning the new sounds 'm', 'd', 'g' and 'o'. We have spoken about words that begin with these sounds and also about other words which may have these sounds within them. We have also continued to develop our reading (blending) and spelling (segmenting) skills and we are getting so good at this! Well done Whitby Class.

The links to the jolly phonics songs for these sounds are below;



How you can help at home: Continue to encourage your children to spot letters everywhere and talk to them about these, even introduce sounds we haven't done. Also, ask your child to show you how they can blend and segment. They may even be able to read and spell words such as dog, map, pop and sad now!


Preview learning: Next week in phonics we will be introducing the sound 'c/k', 'e', 'u' and 'r'. You can give your child a preview of these sounds by playing them the jolly phonics songs (which you can find on youtube). We will also continue blending and segmenting and your child will even bring home their first reading book so they can show you really how good they are at home!


In maths this week we have been learning about different 2D shapes and children are becoming very good at identifying squares, circles, rectangles and triangles. We have been exploring the different properties of different shapes - how many sides they have, how many corners they have. Some of us have even been on shape hunts to find different shapes in the environment, which was very fun! 


How you can help at home: Encourage your children to look out for different shapes when you are at home, out and about, eating. Can they identify shapes? Can they tell you how many sides a shape has? How many corners it has? Why not have a shape hunt at your house or on a walk?


Preview learning: Next week we will continue to progress in our learning about shapes. We will introduce new shapes; such as pentagons, heptagons, hexagons and will explore the properties of these shapes too. We will also be having even more shape hunts.


We have also had lots of fun talking about bonfire night this week. We have been creating firework pictures inside and outside and we even watched Fireman Sam's top bonfire night tips, so now all the children know how to keep safe on bonfire night!

George has mastered the balance bike!

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George has been practising on the balance bike everyday. He has shown that he has a fantastic growth mindset through his determination to master this skill which began in Nursery. He was very proud of himself and rightly so! Well done George!

21st October 2016

In phonics this week we have been learning the new sounds 'p', 'i' and 'n'. We talked about words that begin with these letters and we also spoke about other words which might also have one of these letters in, in the middle or at the end. This week we even used our knowledge, of all the sounds we have learnt so far ('s', 'a', 't', 'p', 'i', 'n'), and read AND spelt some words! I was very impressed with Whitby class, especially with the segmenting and spelling of the words. Well done everyone!

The links for the jolly phonics 'p', 'i' and 'n' songs are below;



How you can help at home: Continue to encourage children to recognise letters everywhere, ones we have done but also introduce them to new letters - children love to already know things! Also, encourage you children to show you their blending and segmenting/reading and spelling. Use word such as; pin, tin, sip - words using the sounds we have learnt.


Preview learning: After the holiday we will be looking at the sounds 'm', 'd', 'g' and 'o'. We will also continue to become better readers and spellers and begin to learn new words including these new sounds.


In maths this week we have been practising our counting, again! You can never count too much! We have also been looking closely at recognising numbers to 10 and concentrating on how the numbers look and the different shapes they are. The children really enjoyed one particular game we played, number reveal. This was where I would show the children just a small part of the shape of the number to see if anyone could recognise it without seeing the whole shape.


How you can help at home: Ask your child what numbers they can see on everyday things. For example when you change the channel on the television see if they can tell you what channel you have just changed it to. Do they recognise the number?


Preview learning: After the holiday we will be beginning to be learning about shape. We will learn the different names of some 2D shapes and also about their properties, including their sides and their corners.


It was also Big Draw Week this week and all the children have had lots of fun being involved in this. For reception it was all about Robots! We have made robots, drawn robots, learnt about robots, built robots and even seen robots in action! We hope you had chance to go and see all our lovely work at the exhibition but if not this is some of what we did...

In the lead up to our new project 'Witches and Wizards' the children have been learning a poem all about witches. We made some actions up to go with the poem and me and the children performed it for you to watch. Enjoy!


Witch, Witch, where do you fly?

Under the clouds and over the sky!


Witch, Witch, what do you eat?

Little black apples from hurricane street!


Witch, Witch, what do you drink?

Vinegar, and good red ink!


Witch, Witch, where do you sleep?

Under the clouds where the pillows are cheap!


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Preview learning: After the holidays we will be beginning our new project, witches and wizards. The children have really enjoyed the lead up to Halloween and everything we have done linking with this so we are going to carry this on and talk about potions and spells. We are even going to be learning a story about a witch, called 'Room on the Broom' and putting actions to it! Watch this space.


14th October 2016

In phonics this week we have been learning the new sounds 'a' and 't' and revisiting our knowledge of the sound 's'. We have been listening to lots of words and looking at lots of pictures and objects and discussing what sounds we can hear at the start of each word as their initial sounds and sorting them according to this. We have also learnt the jolly phonics songs to these 2 sounds and you can listen to these by clicking the links below;




How you can help at home: Encourage children to recognise letters on things around the house, on their way to school, at the shops. Talk about the initial sounds in words. Ask your child what words they can tell you that begin with 's', 'a' and 't'.


Preview learning: Next week we will be learning the sounds 'p', 'i' and 'n'. We will also look at blending the sounds we have learnt to read simple CVC words, such as 'at', 'sit' and 'pin'.


In maths this week we have been looking into numbers to 10 and their quantities, ordering numbers 10 and looking at what comes next. We have done this by singing songs about numbers, playing games on the interactive whiteboard together, creating our own number lines and using numicon to match quantities to numerals. The children have really enjoyed singing the number song about elephants! Ask them to sing you it...


''1 elephant came out to play, upon a spiders web one day.

He had such enormous fun that he called for another elephant to come!

2 elephants came out to play, upon a spiders web one day.

They had such enormous fun that he called for another elephant to come!




How you can help at home: Encourage your child to count everyday items when doing everyday things. Can they get you 4 chicken dippers?


Preview Learning: Next week we will continue to look at numbers to 10 and beyond. We will look at the formation of numbers and practice our recognition of these and explore the different value of each number and the different ways we can present their value.

7th October 2016

We have begun our phonics and maths sessions this week and children have done fantastically well! We are so impressed with how they have faced the challenge of learning their letter sounds and numbers with such enthusiasm, even when they have found it a bit tricky.


In phonics, we have learnt the letter 's'. We have been learning to say the sound, found objects that begin with the 's' sound and have been practising writing it. We have learnt a song to help us to remember the 's' sound, you can listen to it and sing it at home with your child by clicking the link:



How you can help at home: Encourage your child to notice everyday items and objects at home which start with a 's' sound. For example, whilst at the park - "swings starts with a 's' sound" or whilst eating tea - "sausages and sweetcorn start with a 's' sound!"



Preview learning: Next week we will be introducing the 'a' and 't' sounds in phonics. You could show your child these letters and start to discuss things that start with the letter sounds. 


In maths, we have been practising counting to 10 and recognising numbers 0-10. We have begun to check amounts up to 10 by counting each object one at a time. We have been singing lots of songs to help us learn the order of the numbers to 10. You can listen to some of these at home with your child by following the links:



How you can help at home: Encourage your child to notice numbers all around them - house numbers, on the television remote, license plates of cars, on clocks, on telephones, train platforms, bus numbers etc. Can they tell you which numbers they can spot?



Settling in to reception smiley
All of us in reception have had such an exciting first few weeks in our new classes - children have got to know their teachers really well, been reunited with their old friends and have also met lots of new friends! I and the other teachers are so so proud of how well the children have settled into school and how they have adapted to new routines and environments! There has been lots of learning  in the areas of provision within reception through children's play and below there is lots of photos of everyone getting busy and having lots of fun whilst learning...

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