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Sharp Lane Primary School

Aspiration, Belief, Commitment & Discovery

FREEDMAN (Reception)

Welcome to Freedman Class. We are named after the author Claire Freedman who wrote the book Aliens Love Underpants. Have you read this book?

Your Class teacher is Miss Rhodes and Key worker is: Miss Tiffany

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 Rhodes will have overall responsibility for the children in Freedman 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'

Thank you!

A huge thank you to all who came to our class assembly today. The children were amazing and I hope that you all enjoyed it!


Just a reminder that next week is transition week and the children will arrive to me as usual on Monday morning and then they will be taken to their new classroom. You will then collect and drop off for the rest of the week from their new classroom in Year one.

I will really miss them next week and can't wait to celebrate our year and say our goodbyes the week after!

Assembly reminder

Just a reminder that our class assembly is this Friday 12/7/19 at 12:45pm in the school hall. Pleas enter through the main school reception. We hope to see you all there!

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

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 from Tuesday to Friday, children are dropped off and collected from their new classrooms.

Sun cream

This week we have been blessed with lovely weather all week, most children have brought sun hats and sun cream. Just a reminder to ensure your child has a named bottle of sun cream and that you have filled in a permission slip for us to help apply this. See a teacher for one of these if you do not have one. Can children please come with a sun hat and water bottle everyday as we are hoping this lovely weather is staying! See below some children applying their cream today...

Instructional writing

04.07.19 The children have shown a brilliant understanding of bossy verbs and have been able to use these in their instructional writing today. We were very impressed with the 'stretchy sentences' that the children thought of and how well they could explain the process of building a house for a fairy. Take a look at some of our instructions below! smiley

Some examples of fantastic instructional writing

This week

This week we have spent time in the garden making houses for a fairy. We are hoping the fairies might come back and pay us another visit as we are very interested in fairies in our class! Look out this week for some fantastic writing this week as we write our own instructions for how we made our fairy houses...

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


This week we have been lucky enough to have a visit from the tooth fairy as a child lost their tooth at school! The tooth fairy left a trail of fairy dust and a golden coin. The children have then become very interested in fairies this week and have written a number of letters back to tooth fairy. The children then used their amazing imaginations to start looking for fairies and finding clues to where they think they might have been. We then went for a visit to our school garden where we searched for further clues to see if we could find any fairies. The children decided to then build houses for the fairies to come back and visit. At the moment they have been building these inside in the construction area but we are going to see how else we could make fairy houses next week and see what other magic may happen over the weekend! We are very excited!

Our FANTASTIC writing this week!

Look at some of our fantastic instructional writing from the children this week! Some of the children have even helped to mark and purple polish their work to make it even better! 

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.

Jam Sandwiches!

Today we had lots of fun reading and following instructions to help us to make some delicious jam sandwiches. This not only helped us to develop our reading skills but really challenged us physically as we explored different ways to spread the jam and butter. The best bit however was eating them once we had finished. Look out for some fabulous instructional writing to follow later this week. Maybe you could even try to follow some cooking or baking instructions at home with your child this weekend.

This week we have been revisiting our trip to the rainbow factory. The children have loved pretending to be superheros and role playing different stories. They have also done a lot of fantastic writing about their trips making sure they use time connectives such as, first, next, then, after that and finally. Their work really has been fantastic! 

 Releasing our butterflies

After our read and relax session today we invited the children and their family and friends to come outside and watch as we released our beautiful butterflies into the outdoor area! We were amazed to watch them spread their wings and fly away for the very first time. Some of the butterflies were still strengthening their wings so the teachers had to very carefully place them into the planter area until they were ready to fly. The children were very eager and excited to take a closer look. Thank you to everybody who came and shared this moment with us! We have enjoyed taking great care of our little friends and we are all very proud of the children for the levels of care and concern they have shown!

Maths challenge

23.05.19 This week in maths we have revisited doubling and halving numbers. The children are very good at explaining that when we double a number the answer will be bigger and when we halve a number the answer will be smaller. To help us explore these concepts we have used whiteboards, pens and loose objects to help us work out a range of word problems. It is important that children are encouraged to use a range of methods and resources to work out problems, so offering these opportunities is vital for them to become confident mathematicians! Please use the attached document below which shows some word problems that you can read to your child for them to work out. We would love to see the different methods the children use to work out the problems so don't forget to upload pictures or videos to tapestry to show their teacher! (This would also be brilliant evidence that would contribute towards their assessments for the Early Learning Goal for Number!) yes


23.05.19 As your weekend challenge, we would love to see you practising your handwriting at home in as many different and creative ways as you can. See what tools you have lying around the house or garden that you could use instead of a standard pen or pencil (this just makes it a bit more fun!). See if you have any twigs in the garden, cotton buds, strong straws, craft sticks or anything similar that could be used as a writing tool. Then take some craft paint, shaving foam, glitter or anything you can possibly get your hands on that is lying around the house and have a go at forming your letters in the materials you use! (Using chalks on an outdoor path is another fun way to practise handwriting, or even dipping a paintbrush into water and writing on dry ground). It is important that children are encouraged to hold a writing tool effectively to form letters which are mostly correct, in order for them to achieve the Early Learning Goal in Writing. So, pick up whatever you can find lying around the house and get writing! We would love to see the fun and interesting ways you find to practise your handwriting to PLEASE don't forget to take pictures or videos to upload to your child's Tapestry profile! The children really do love sharing the learning that they do at home with their friends and teachers in school and this would be a brilliant opportunity for them to do this smiley


Please see the Jolly Phonics website for some more information about correct pencil grip and letter formation: 

Our class trip to the Rainbow Factory...

We all had a lovely day on Friday at the Rainbow Factory. The children absolutely loved spending the day with 'Super girl' and 'Batman'. All the children were very well behaved and were a credit to the school! They were definitely tired on the way home. Thank you to all the parents/carers for your contributions to the cost of the trip and for making it possible for us all to go. Here are just a few of the photographs we had taken...

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!

Rainbow Factory Trip

The children are very excited about their Superhero trip tomorrow to the Rainbow Factory. Could I please remind you that all children need to wear school uniform for the visit.

We hope they have a wonderful time and look forward to sharing the photographs with you.

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.

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". 

Number tracks 1-10

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.

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 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! J


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 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 :)

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.

World book day! Thank you to all the effort you have put into the children's costumes, they look fantastic!!

Some of our fantastic learning over the last week!

Our Talk 4 Writing text map for this term 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 Freedman class on Wednesday every week but please ensure your child brings their book and reading record to school every day.

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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 it 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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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 photos to tapestry and any comments of your child completing the challenge!


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. 

A huge thank you to parents who could attend the story session. We hope you found the information about the local Library useful and enjoyed yourself too!

Reading books

Dear parents/ carers, 

To ensure that children are being read to regularly and are appropriately challenged in their reading, could we kindly ask that children bring their reading books to school every day. This will ensure that staff are able to hear children read and change their books on a regular basis. Thank you.


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 Wednesday 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 by 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

A huge thank you to everyone who managed to stay for our stay and play today. It was so lovely to see so many faces! We hope you enjoyed doing some Christmas activities with your children.

Stay and play fun!

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

Christmas Lunch


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


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.


The children all did fantastic in our Nativity this week, we hope you enjoyed it!

Everyone on stage!

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

We have loved decorating our tree everyday this week!

A surprise visitor!

Last week we had a surprise visitor over the weekend come to our school. The children were very excited to find out who it was. They had left us a slime trail into our cloakroom and a trail of sparkly foot prints. They also left us a tray of slime, these were all clues as to who it was. Luckily we caught the visitors landing into our playground on our CCTV.

The Alien Landing!

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This week..

This week the children have loved the wet weather! We have enjoyed putting our wet suits and wellies on and jumping in the big puddles in our outdoor area. Poor Anabell even fell into a puddle, but it was all good fun!

A visit from Storm the rabbit!

Miss Machin brought her rabbit Storm in for a few days to spend some time with the children. She definitely got a warm and loving welcome from all the children! The children took great care of Storm by making sure that they didn't make too much noise to scare her and that they stroked her very gently. This brought up the lovely topic of children talking about pets they or their families have at home.

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.

Autumn Fun!

Maths Masters!

Over the past few weeks we have been supporting the children in Freedman Class to develop a deep understanding  of the numbers 1 and two. What do these numbers mean to you? Can the children spot these numbers whilst they are out and about?

World Mental Health Awareness Day Celebrations

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 Children learn in Early Years

In Foundation Stage 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. 


Parent Partnerships: We really look forward to hearing more from you about your children's fascinations at home and when out and about.