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Sharp Lane Primary School

Aspiration, Belief, Commitment & Discovery

CARLE (Reception)

We are named after the author Eric Carle who wrote the book

The Very Hungry Caterpillar.


In this class you will find Miss Ford and Miss Haigh and we are both 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.


Key Person System

A key person is a member of staff who has responsibility for a group of children and helps those children feel safe and cared for. This role is extremely important within an EYFS setting and involves the key person in responding sensitively to children's feelings and behaviours and meeting emotional needs by supporting the child's well-being. The key person is a familiar figure who is accessible and available as a point of contact for parents and builds relationships with the child and parents or carers. Whilst I (Miss Ford) will have overall responsibility for children's learning and development in Carle Class, your child's Key Person will play an essential role in this too.

Transition week

Just a reminder that next week, Monday 15th July - Friday 19th July, is our whole school transition week where all children will spend the week with their new class teachers in their new classroom. We will miss you all but hope you have a very exciting week.

Please drop your child off at their usual classroom Monday morning as normal but ensure that Tuesday to Friday, children are dropped off and collected from their new classrooms.

The Forgotten Forest

The children had such a good time at The Forgotten Forest. They had been looking forward to this for such a long, long time and it definitely didn't disappoint! They took part in lots of fun things! Swinging on hammocks and a tree swing, playing with the chickens and seeing the baby chicks, painting, threading beads to make caterpillars, making potions, climbing trees, bug hunting, sharing their dinner with the chickens, eating hot dogs and drinking hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows around the campfire! I imagine they were all very tired for you when they got home - a lot of them were asleep on the way home or as soon as we got back to school! Enjoy some pictures and videos from the day below...

On the bus...

Year 1

The children were all so excited to meet their new teacher this week - Ms Wilson. Ms Wilson came down at the end of the day on Wednesday and they begun to get to know each other a little bit! They were all very giddy when I came back to class which was lovely to see.


Our last full week!

Next week will be our last full week in Reception and this includes our TRIP DAY! I can not wait for our day out to The Forgotten Forest and I know all the children are super excited for this. The weather at the moment is looking a little wet but a little sunny too. Hopefully this changes to dry and sunny before the day comes - fingers crossed!

Our dinosaur world...

Our class assembly!

We all hope you loved our assembly as much as we loved performing it for you! The children put in SO much effort to learn all their words and the songs to perform to you and we think they did such a fantastic job! We are SO SO SO proud of them, well done Carle Class!

PS. If you would like a copy of the video burning on to a disc please bring a blank disc in to school and I will be more than happy to do this for you!


Thank you from a very proud Miss Ford :)


What a fantastic morning we have had in the garden at our Summer Nature Play session. Thank you to all of the parents who joined us for a game of 'Wiggly Worms', some pebble painting and a bit of pond gazing.

PE kit reminder

Please remember to bring your PE kits to school on Monday 10th June and then every Monday after this. The children are all looking forward to starting their PE lessons! 


Your PE kit should consist of:
Plain white T-shirt (no sports logos)

Black shorts/tracksuit bottoms/leggings

Black pumps/trainers

Carle Class Assembly

As our assembly is coming up, we would be very grateful if you could help your child practise their words at home. It is very difficult for them to remember what they are meant to be saying, especially in front of all the parents that will be there! We are looking forward to performing for you and celebrating the children's successful first year at school! We hope you will enjoy it!

Our assembly is NEXT FRIDAY (28TH JUNE) @ 12.45PM.

The Forgotten Forest

The children are SO excited for our class trip to The Forgotten Forest. If you are wanting your child to attend our trip, I ask if you could please return the permission slip and money by Friday 5th July, at the latest. We have ordered all the children a grab bag from school (they have chosen from ham, cheese or tuna), so nobody needs to worry about sorting out a packed lunch for them. As stated on the letter, we will also be having a hot dog, hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows! 

Also, remember to keep a check on the weather so that you know the appropriate coats and footwear to send them with on the day and please remember a water bottle too! :)

It will be a really great day and a nice end to a fabulous year in Carle Class!

Our Fathers Day Tiles

Maths this week

Carle class have learnt about weight, capacity, length and time during our maths sessions this week and they have had lots of fun whilst doing so! 

Capacity: The children explored capacity with water and several different sized bottles. The children worked out the most efficient and quickest way to fill the bottles, whilst using vocabulary of capacity such as full, half full and empty. All of the children were able to use good language to describe the different capacities they made and could reason, explain and prove the best ways to fill the bottles up.


Weight: The children were given 3 boxes (small, medium and large) and were asked about which box they think would be the heaviest and lightest (and most importantly, why!). The children discussed their initial ideas, with most of them thinking that typically the biggest box would be the heaviest and the smallest one would be the lightest. We encouraged children to use the language of weight to describe their thoughts and ideas, which they were brilliant at doing! The children were very interested in exploring the boxes by lifting them up and feeling, comparing and ordering the different weights. This open-ended task provided them with lots of questioning, discussion, reasoning and exploration opportunities and many children enjoyed revisiting this activity during the provision several times.


Time: We explored time again with the children this week by focusing on ordering our daily routines. The children were able to use the correct language relating to time to explain when they would do certain things in their normal day to day routines. Such as brushing our teeth 'in the morning' or going to sleep 'at night time'. The children were very good at pointing out the time during the day, such as when it became afternoon and when it would soon be evening.


Length: We explored length by measuring our bodies and other objects using non-standards units of measure. We were very good at remembering that length is when we measure something from one side to the other. The children chose their own things to measure with such as pencils, wooden bricks and lollipop sticks. The children were very good at lining the objects up from one end to the other, before counting them to see how long different things around the classroom were. We challenged the children even further by asking them to 'estimate' how many objects long something was. Most of the estimates were very close and sensible and throughout the week the children have become much more confident with this!

Our first PE lesson

Carle class had so much fun during their first PE lesson today and were very excited to take part in it with our brand new PE coach. We explored throwing and catching which required us to use our hand-eye coordination skills.  Well done to everybody who took part! Pictures below smiley

Show and Tell

Well done to everybody who has taken their turn at bringing something in to share with the rest of the class during our first two show and tell sessions. The children have all shown great enjoyment and pride in sharing their special toys, memories and photographs with everybody. By doing show and tell sessions in school, the children are given the opportunity to develop or demonstrate their self-confidence and ability to speak in front of groups of people. This is a very important skill to have both now and in their later life! We have really enjoyed looking at and listening about the exciting things that the children have brought in so far and we can't wait to see what the next group of children bring in next week to share with us! 

(6 children are chosen at random each week to take part in show and tell. If your child has not had their turn yet, don't worry! It will be coming soon smiley)


The children had a brilliant time at sports day today, they loved every minute! We hope you enjoyed coming to watch and thank you to everyone who did! PS. Thanks for joining in the parent and grandparent race too! The children absolutely loved cheering you all on!

Running race

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Hurdles race

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Egg and spoon race

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Quoit balancing race

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Sack race

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Parent and grandparent race

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Sports Day Reminder

Please see below for the arrangements for sports day, this Friday the 7th June:

Carle class: 9.15am

Fletcher class: 10.30am

Freedman class: 12.45pm

*Please note that each classes sports morning should last approximately 45 minutes, however this is only a rough guide and each session may take slightly longer.

Playing at the park

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On the roundabout...

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Taking George through the gallery

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This week

This week we have focused on story writing. The children have learnt that stories have a beginning, middle and end. They have been thinking of some amazing stories, a lot of them containing superheroes! We have really enjoyed writing our own story books in provision. 


We are still continuing to revisit our sounds during our phonics sessions along with revisiting reading and writing tricky words. The children are all showing great skill in remembering how to read tricky words although we must keep practising to ensure we are fluent in doing this confidently! A tricky word is a word that we have to just remember by sight. We do not say the sounds in these words as they are not yet phonetically plausible with the sounds that we learn in Reception. A fun way of helping children to practise reading tricky words is through the game of tricky word pass the plate! Get some paper plates (or even pieces of paper that you have lying around the house), write a tricky word on each plate (See the tricky word list below) and put on your child's FAVOURITE song! When the music plays, pass the plates. When the music stops, read the word! It's that simple laugh Remember to take pictures or videos to upload to tapestry to evidence your child's learning!


Tricky words that we have learnt: I no to the go he she we me be was my they her all are said so have like some come were there little one do when out what 


In Maths this week we have been exploring counting on by using fruits from The Very Hungry Caterpillar story. First, we made a group of fruits (E.g. 5 oranges) and we put that number 'inside our heads' and remembered it. But the caterpillar was still hungry! So we got another group of food for him to eat (E.g. 3 strawberries). We then counted on from the first number to find out how many pieces of fruit he ate altogether (E.g. 5...6...7...8). It is important that children are able to count on and back from a given number up to 20 in order to achieve the Early Learning Goal for Number at the end of the year. We remind children to count on from the GIVEN number (E.g. 5), rather than starting to count from the start at 1. The children have all done extremely well with this concept this week, although we would kindly ask for you to keep practising at home to ensure the children consolidate their skills fully! Why not practise counting on at home during your routines? Try counting on to see how much food is on your plates at meal times, or even count on to see how many boys/girls there are altogether in your family or group of friends. If you have any fruits at home, you could even continue the theme of The Very Hungry Caterpillar just like we did in school! Please don't forget to upload your child's learning to tapestry so we can all see!

Dinner Menus

We are currently reviewing the school dinner systems. Please be aware that menus will now be sent home on Wednesdays and must be returned to school by Friday morning at the latest.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Bank Holiday School Closure

Please note that school closes for the Easter bank holiday weekend tomorrow, Thursday 18th April at 3.30pm. School will reopen on Tuesday 23rd April. We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Easter Bonnet Parade

Just a reminder that we will be having our Easter Bonnet Parade on Wednesday 17th April at 9.15am. Parents are invited to watch in the outdoor area. We hope you enjoy making your bonnets together over the Easter holidays and look forward to seeing you all after the break.

Phonics challenge

This week we have continued to revisit our previously taught sounds and we are becoming much more confident in applying our knowledge of these into our reading and writing! The staff are all very impressed with the progress the children have made this term as the reading that we are hearing and the writing we are seeing is just FANTASTIC! Well done everybody! :) Although, to ensure your child continues to make good progress with their reading and writing, please keep checking this page to find activities you can try at home!


Below is a document titled 'Real and fake words' with a list of words on which contain either the digraph /ar/ or adjacent consonants. Print this document and cut up the words and see if your child can sort the words into a pile of real words and fake words. If you do not have access to a printer, just simply write the words out onto a piece of paper yourself and cut them up ready for your child to sort! Challenge your child to do this a few times to see if they can read the words and sort the piles even quicker. Using a minute timer/stopwatch can really engage and excite children into reading faster as it then becomes a fun little challenge for them to try and beat the time! 


Maths challenge

This week we have been learning how to count on from a given number to find an answer. To help us do this, we have been using our fingers and number tracks. It is important that your child can count on from a given number to find an answer, in order to achieve the Early Learning Goal for Number at the end of the year. To help your child achieve this, try this game at home!:

1. Roll the online virtual dice (or real ones if you have them at home!)
2. See if your child can count the spots or SUBITISE the amount (Subitising is looking at an arrangement of objects or marks, such as the spots on a dice, and knowing the number automatically WITHOUT having to count them) 
3. After identifying the number on the dice, find this same number on the number track (see the document below, or just write out your own number line!)
4. Roll the dice again and count this many on to find the new answer.


So, for example, roll the dice and land on 4. Put your finger on number 4 on the number track, or hold the number four inside your head and remember it. Roll the dice again and land on 6. Find 6 more than 4 by starting at number 4 (either on the number line or in your head) and count on using your fingers to help. When your child counts they should begin counting from the first number they started with. So, it should sound like this.. "Four...five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten". 


Fun Phonics Parental Feedback - If you would like further support in helping your child to develop their reading and writing skills at home, please see Mrs Garden or Mrs White.

Phonics Challenge

In phonics this week we have continued to revisit the sounds we have already learnt and the children are becoming so confident when writing and reading at applying the skills they know. We all just need to keep the practise going! :)


We have also been looking at adjacent consonants near the end of words. E.g. mil-k, pin-k, ben-d, lif-t. The children have tried really hard to grasp this concept and are doing so well with their reading, writing is always a little bit trickier. See if you can sound out, spell and write some of these words together – remember they only need to be spelt phonetically correct they don’t need to be spelt how we would spell everything!


We are still focusing on letter formation in school so look back to last week and use some of those ideas to practise this with your child.


Don’t forget to upload the things you do together on to Tapestry so we can see it all!

Maths Challenge

This week in maths we have been looking at time and distance. We looked at the days of the week, what we do on certain days and also our daily routines. We found that most of us have the same kind of routine through the week on a ‘week day’ but at the ‘weekend’ when we are not at school lots of us have different kinds of routines. Whilst at home you could talk to your children about your daily routine. What does it consist of? What have you just done? What are you doing? What will you do next? Can you make a time line of how one of your days went at the weekend?


We also had lots of fun rolling objects to see whose could go the furthest, who rolled near our object, whose didn’t go as far etc. and then measured how far our object went using bricks. E.g. My object was *5* bricks away. Play a game at home using any objects. Whose went the furthest and whose stayed near and didn’t go as far?


Don’t forget to upload the things you do together on to Tapestry so we can see it all!

Phonics Challenge

In phonics this week we have continued to revisit our previously taught sounds and have learnt some new adjacent consonants. We are becoming very good at reading and writing words and sentences which contain these letters and sounds, but we still need to be practising lots and lots to make sure we achieve the Early Learning Goal’s for Reading and Writing at the end of the school year!


We are really pushing the children to be reading sentences now to ensure they reach the ELG at the end of the year. This week some children showed lots of excitement towards playing this online reading game, where they had to read the question and decide if the answer was yes or no. Please have a go at playing the game your child to help them develop their reading skills and fluency: Please add any pictures, videos or comments to your child’s Tapestry profile to evidence their learning! Thank you :)


We are focusing on developing the children’s letter formation in Reception by having daily handwriting activities for the children to complete. If you have any child friendly trays, plates or bowls try pouring flour/rice/sugar (or any other type of sensory materials that you have lying around the house) onto them for your child to practise forming their letters in. They could use their fingers to write the letter, or even use a twig or pen to do this.

If you have access to the internet, try using this virtual letter formation activity where your child can follow the formation.

Maths Challenge

This week in maths we have continued exploring the number 8 along with the concepts of addition, subtraction, one more/less and ordering numbers. We practised subtraction by using pancakes and we made up ‘number stories’ which involved people coming along and pretending to eat some of them! We had to use our maths skills to work out how many were left over. Whilst at home, see if you can make up your own maths story based on subtraction (and addition too!) to find 8 using real objects in your house. E.g. Holly was eating 5 apples but then 3 more fell off the tree and landed in her bag! How many could she eat altogether? - use some apple and have a go at moving them around to make the groups 5 and 3 before pushing them together to count them all and find the total!


To support your child with one more/less, try saying quick-fire questions to them whilst you are walking to school, driving in the car or even whilst you’re out shopping! Try randomly and regularly asking questions such as “What is one more than 5?” and “What is two less than 8?”. The more your child is asked these types of questions and given chance to discuss their ideas and give reasons for their thinking, the more confident they will become with finding the answers and becoming little mathematicians! If at home, why not use objects or toys to help them work these problems out practically?


To practise ordering numbers at home, take a look at some of these online games where your child can practise ordering numbers up to and beyond 20!: Please add any pictures, videos or comments to your child’s Tapestry profile to evidence their learning! Thank you :)


Our new Talk 4 Writin text map for the story, 'A fish who could wish'.

World Book Day

Don't forget World Book Day is on Thursday 7th March. Children are invited to dress up as characters from books and bring in their favourite stories to share with their class.


In phonics this week we have learnt how to read and write words which contain adjacent consonants (2 consonant letter sounds that appear next to each other in a word - e.g. /fl/ oat .. /br/ ush .. /fl/ ag. We teach these as separate phonemes (sounds) but we explain to children that we say these really quickly together! So, instead of saying /b/ /r/ /u/ /sh/ we would say /br/ /u/ /sh/! The children have picked this up very quickly and have shown great skill in reading and writing words with these in. This week we have covered the adjacent consonants /bl/ /fl/ /cr/ and /br/. Please practise reading and writing words that have these sounds in with your child to help build up their fluency. Why not...

- Write words containing the above adjacent consonants down and hide them around the house/garden for your child to read. How many can they find and read in one minute?

- Read out words for your child to practise writing. How many can they write in one minute? Can they try this again but beat their original time?!

- Think of their own words containing the above adjacent consonants. How many can your child think of and write? Who can write the longest list of words?


Please don't forget to capture your child's learning through pictures, videos or written notes and upload these to Tapestry! It it all fantastic evidence to help support their assessments :)


We have been very busy in Maths this week doing lots of learning (and eating!). We have had lots of fun whilst learning about sharing. We have learnt some new words 'share' and 'equal' and we have become very confident at recognising and explaining that when we SHARE objects every group needs to have an EQUAL amount. We practised this by getting into groups of 4 and sharing biscuits out between ourselves, making sure that we all had an equal amount. When you are preparing your breakfast/lunch/tea/snacks this weekend, why not challenge your child to share some food out onto the plates so that everybody has an equal amount? It is vital that children are given opportunities to use REAL objects/resources to help with their mathematical thinking and learning, so letting them help with dishing out the food at home would be a perfect opportunity for this! It would be fantastic is you could practise recording this on paper by drawing what you have done too! This week we explored drawing big circles to represent how many people there were and then drawing marks inside them one at a time as we counted out and shared the biscuits. As always, don't forget to upload your learning onto Tapestry so we can see all the fun you have been having as you learn at home! :)

School Newsletter

Reading books

Don't forget, we are now changing home reading books in Carle class on Monday every week but please ensure your child brings their book and reading record to school every day. Thank you! frown

HALF TERM Maths challenges


We have been exploring 3D shapes again this week in Reception and the children are becoming very confident at using the correct language to describe the properties of each one (sides, corners, faces, points). During the holidays, why not try these activities to help consolidate your child's shape knowledge even further?...


> Play shape shop. Ask your child to 'phone' the shape shop by pretending to hold a phone to their ear. They are phoning up to buy a shape, but they have forgotten the name! Ask your child to describe the shape that they want by naming the different properties of it (E.g. the shape I want to buy has 3 sides, 3 corners and is a flat 2D shape). How many shapes can your child describe?

>2D/3D shape hunt around the house, garden, shops etc. How many 2D/3D shapes can your child recognise? If you have some 2D/3D shapes at home, why not hide them around the house for your child to find and sort into piles of 2D and 3D. If not, why not draw some 2D shapes and see how many 3D shapes/objects your child can find within your house? (E.g. a pringles tube is a cylinder)

> How many 3D shapes can your child make using play dough? See the recipe to make it at home below! Can your child help with the measurements? See if they can count out the correct cups of flour/salt etc. 

HALF TERM Phonics challenges

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. - they could even write a sentence or more about something you do in the holidays! We would love to see everything they do! Upload something to Tapestry or bring it in to school by Tuesday 26th February - 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.

Trip to the field


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The under water tunnel

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Scuba diver!

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Jelly fish!

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Lots of fun!

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This week we have learnt the sounds /ear/ and /ure/. The children have shown a brilliant understanding of these sounds so far, but if you carried on exploring these sounds at home with your child it would help their reading and writing skills to flourish even more! You could do this by playing this game...


Can you beat the timer?

Print the word documents below that has a range of words containing the /ear/ and /ure/ trigraphs (A trigraph is when there are three letters together that make one sound!).Cut them up and see how many of them your child can read before the timer runs out? (5 minutes) This is to help the children with their fluency in reading. Remind your child to say each sound out loud and in order, before blending them together. Your child should keep doing this until they can hear and read what word it is. Challenge your child further by seeing if they can complete this quicker the next time!




Please add any photos or comments of your child completing challenges to Tapestry!


This week in maths we have been looking deeper at number 7. We have focused a lot on subtraction. This is a hard concept for the children so it would be good if you could practice subtraction with objects at home. Start with 7 objects and then take some away, see if the children can record this by using marks. This week we have also looked at doubling 7 and representing this in different ways and we have also explored Odd and Even numbers. 

A huge thank you to parents/carers this week for their donations for the bake sale which was raising money for the shark project in Carle class. Another huge thank you to those of you that could make it to our first read and relax session today. It was lovely to see so many parents interest in how their children read and getting involved in all the reading activities we had set up.



This week in phonics we have introduced two new sounds to the children. These sounds are, 'er' and 'air'. The children have had a lot of opportunity to embed their learning through various reading and writing activities. It would be good if you could revisit these sounds with your children by reading some words which contain these sounds? For example, hammer, chair, hair, pair, fair, ladder, tower and shower.




This week in maths we have introduced our new number, 7. We have been investigating this number in great detail by using a story to support our learning, this story is Handa's surprise. We have discovered the different ways of making 7, using our fingers, objects, and pictures to represent this. Maybe you could see if your child can tell you a way to make 7? We have also learnt one more and one less than 7, using concrete resources to support us.

Next week

We will be celebrating Chinese New Year across Early Years, we have lots of lovely activities and provision set up for the children and we will also be participating in some food tasting so the children can explore foods from other cultures. This will all help them to learn more about this celebration.

Texture Kitchen Play


This week we have learnt the sounds /oi/ and /ur/. The children have shown a brilliant understanding of these sounds so far, but it would be fantastic if you could keep practising these sounds at home to build an even deeper understanding and good memory of these! You could do this by playing this game...


Picture Hunt!

Print the word document below that has a range of pictures which words contain the /oi/ and /ur/ digraphs (Remember; a digraph is when there are two letters together that make one sound!). Stick them up around the room and get your child to hunt round writing each word down in a list. Remind your child to say each word into their hand, shake it up and then segment the sounds out slowly out loud – this will help them hear every sound in the word. Encourage your child to listen for every sound again if you notice they have missed one out! Challenge your child to see how many words they can write altogether! To challenge even further, you could even ask your child to write sentences with the different words in! The children are becoming fabulous at this. Also within the word document you will find a sentence writing prompt, with our sentence writing rules on – ALWAYS include a capital letter, say it into our hands, use finger spaces after each word and full stops on the end. If your child finds these words easy to write you could provide them with some even trickier words with these sounds in such as... poison, tinfoil, spoil, voice, noise. Remember: they do not have to be correctly spelt, just phonetically correct!




This week the children have done so well in maths and have learnt and understood so quickly! We began the week with a quick shape refresher – our objective was to describe shapes to our friends so well they could guess what they were! We were really good at this, we then got the slime out so we could feel the shapes in the slime and have to describe them without looking ourselves too, the children had great fun!

We wonder if you and your child could look round the house for different shapes. What different ones can you find? Are they 2D (flat) or 3D (fat)?


We then went on to exploring length which involved lots of new language – long, short, longer, shorter, longest, shortest, longer than, shorter than! So much! The children tried really hard to use this language all the time when comparing different sizes, sometimes slipping in to bigger and smaller, but with a small reminder they could remember the correct mathematical language. We were really impressed. We also introduced height and explained how length is when we measure something along the floor but height is when we measure how high something is coming off the floor. There was a bit of new language for this too! Tall, taller, tallest and taller than – we were happy to know we could still use the word short though! The children took to this really quickly, so we decided to introduce measuring with non-standard units, which was so much fun! This is when the children measured how long or tall something was in cubes and then compared using the cubes instead. It was good to hear the children comparing using numbers and deciding things were longer or taller because the number was bigger, well done guys.

What can you find in your house to compare the sizes of? Is it long or tall?



Read and Relax Sessions

Read and Relax will take place on the following Fridays this term:







1pm – 2pm



1pm – 2pm



1pm – 2pm



1pm – 2pm



Storytime Session

Children will be bringing a letter home tonight inviting parents to join us for a storytime session on Monday afternoon next week. We apologise for the short notice but would like to reassure parents who are unable to attend that there will be a further opportunity next term. We hope that many of you can make it and we look forward to seeing you!


This week we have learnt the sounds /ar/ and /ow/. The children have shown a brilliant understanding of these sounds so far, but if you carried on exploring these sounds at home with your child it would help their reading and writing skills to flourish even more! You could do this by playing this game...


Word Jump!

Print the word document below that has a range of words containing the /ar/ and /ow/ digraphs (A digraph is when there are two letters together that make one sound!). Lay them out across the floor either inside or outside and say a word for your child to find and jump on. Remind your child to say each sound out loud and in order, before blending them together. Your child should keep doing this until they can hear and read what word it is. Challenge your child to see how many words they can read and jump on. To challenge even further, you could even put a five minute timer on to see how many words they can find in that amount of time! If your child finds these words easy you could write these words down on paper and add them to the game... start, frown, crown, brown, starfish, marking, parking.




We have explored lots of mathematical concepts this week including one more, one less, representing numbers, doubling and halving. We have explored all these concepts by working with the number 6. The children really enjoy being active during their sessions where they use concrete objects such as toys and multi-link cubes to help with their learning. To help your child develop their knowledge of halving, please have a go at this activity at home...


Halving ladybirds

Print the document below titled 'Halving ladybird', or just use a space on your floor at home. Give your child a number of objects and see if he/she can half that number by sharing them out either into the two sections of the ladybird or into two piles on the floor. Can your child count the number of items in one group to find what half of the amount it? It is important that you ALWAYS remind and encourage your child to use language to explain what they have done, in as much detail as possible! To help them with this at school, we call these 'stretchy sentences'. Try modelling the sentence "Half of __ is__" and see if your child can repeat it back to explain what they have found! Can your child half numbers up to 10, or even 20?



Halving ladybirds

Please see the attached documents for the weekly learning that will be taking place in Phonics and Maths in Reception over the course of the year.

Happy New Year everybody! frown It has been lovely welcoming everyone back into school and watching the children settle back into their school routines with so much ease and pace! We have already learnt so much during our first week back!...


This week we are learning the sounds /ai/ and /oo/. The children have learnt that the digraph /oo/ can make both a long and a short sound, so it is really important that when they read words they carefully blend the sounds and listen closely to make sure they are using the right sound! Please practise these sounds with your child at home by talking about or pointing out words that include these sounds. You could even practise singing the Jolly Phonics songs together:


Jolly Phonics /oa/ song


Jolly Phonics /oo/ song



We are exploring the number 6 in lots of fun and engaging ways this week. We have enjoyed exploring the different number bonds to 6 through a game of 'grow me, show me, throw me'. Why not practise this with your child at home?...

How to play:

1. Ask your child to hide their hands behind their back. Say "Grow me 6" and encourage your child to use both hands to 'grow' 6 fingers. (Your child might grow 2 fingers on one hand and 4 on the other, or 3 on one hand and 3 on the other, and so on).

2. Say "Show me 6" and ask your child to show you their hands/fingers. Discuss how your child has grown 6 fingers. Can your child explain what they have done? Encourage your child to use 'stretchy sentences' by saying things such as "I have made a group of 5 and a group of 1" or "Double 3 makes 6". It is important that children are encouraged to explain and justify their mathematical thinking, so try give them lots of time to think and talk!

3. (Now for the fun bit...) Say "Throw me 6!" and your child will throw their 6 fingers into the air and cheer "woooooshhhh!".

4. Repeat the game. How many ways can your child make the number 6? Can he/she find all the different ways of making 6? Can they use 'stretchy sentences' to explain how they made 6?

Please note, school re opens for Spring term on Tuesday 8th January.

What a lovely afternoon had by all at our 'Christmas Carols and Cuddles around the Campfire.'

We all had a wonderful afternoon by the campfire where we enjoyed hot chocolates and sang Christmas carols together. Thank you to everybody who joined us!

Christmas Dinner

We all enjoyed tucking into our yummy Christmas Dinner at school this week whilst listening to Christmas songs in the dining hall! Merry Christmas! 

Christmas Stay and Play

Thank you to everybody who came to our Christmas Stay and Play session this week. It was lovely to see so many of you join us and take part in our morning routines and activities. The children had a wonderful time! If you didn't manage to join us, don't worry! We will be holding more Stay and Play sessions in the New Year, so keep posted to hear about dates and times smiley

Important dates!

It is now the last week of term and we are extremely busy in Reception on the run up to Christmas!;


Wednesday 19th December 2018

Wear your party clothes to school


Thursday 20th December 2018

Wear your party clothes to school

Christmas party day

Meeting Santa! (Don't forget your £1!)


Friday 21st December 2018

Wear your Christmas jumper to school

Break up for Christmas holidays at 2pm.


Don't forget, we break up for Christmas on Friday 21st December 2018 and will be returning to school on Tuesday 8th January 2019. Monday 7th January will be a staff training day and school will be closed. We hope you all have a wonderful last week of term and enjoy your Christmas holidays. Thank you and well done to everybody for a brilliant first term in Reception!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Reception team! frown

Little Nativity

The children really enjoyed taking part in our Little Nativity show this week! We hope you loved watching it as much as they loved taking part!


In our Maths sessions this week we have been exploring the number 5 further. We have discovered what is 1 more than 5 and what is 1 less than 5. We have also learnt about doubling 5 and the children could all tell us that this was 10. If you could revisit this at home too we would appreciate it. Thank you. 


This week in phonics we have learnt 2 new digraphs (2 letters which make 1 sound) which were 'ee' and 'or'. We read words with these digraphs in and also spell them. The children are becoming so good at forming their letters and remembering what letters are in each digraph. The links for the Jolly Phonics song for these sounds are below;

We have also continued to learn our new Tricky Troll words this week and have concentrated on the words 'you' and 'my'. We recapped on all the tricky words we have already learnt too and the children were really good at remembering them which is great.


How you could help at home; Continue to recognise letters with you child and encourage them to be enthusiastic about this. Reading with your child - their school book or phonics game - will also really help them to practice their phonics. Books are changed on a Friday if they are put in the basket, thank you :)


Preview learning; Next week we will be practicing all the phonemes and digraphs we already know by doing some Christmas writing.

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

12 we wish you a merry christmas.wma

Children in Need

Thank you to everybody for joining in with our 'Children in Need' fundraiser. The children really enjoyed coming to school in their pyjamas and Pudsey Bear clothes. The children looked fabulous!


A visit from an Alien!

We recently had a very interesting outer space visitor! We came to school one Monday morning to find that the whole climbing tree had been taped off with Police tape and gooey footprints leading towards our cloakroom! The children were all interested to find out more and when they came inside there was even more unusual evidence! Glitter footprints, slime in the sand pit and Mr Sayer (the caretaker) had footage of an usual spaceship landing. Some of the children decided to write letters to the alien to come back and visit us. We are going to post these to the alien sometime soon!

The Alien Landing

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Storm the Rabbit

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! 


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!

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.

Last half term we started Music sessions with Miss Lee where the children are able to explore singing, using different instruments to make musical sounds with and moving their bodies to these. The children really enjoyed these sessions and were very excited to take part and we all already can't wait till it's our turn again in spring 2!

Conker Painting!

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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 Monday 24th September at 9am. We look forward to seeing you at one of these.

How we 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 inquisitive explorers and reflective learners. Throughout the year the children's learning in Reception Class will reflect this 'community of learners' approach where children's interests are the basis for future learning and explorations. This alongside discrete teaching sessions of key skills in Phonics and Maths will support the children in becoming independent and motivated learners.