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Our Class Learning Journey - January

Date: 28th Jan 2021 @ 10:52am


Well what a start to 2021 we have had so far! Not the start to the year we were expecting however, there is definitely lots to celebrate. First and foremost, we want to say a big hello to all the children at home and a big well done! The resilience of the children has been outstanding and their eagerness and motivation to learn has been lovely to see. We have loved receiving emails of photos and messages about your home learning and we are proud to display your wonderful work on our class page (take a look on the tab ‘display work from home learning').
The children in school have been busy joining together with Nursery and showing the environment to the new children. The weather has certainly been a focus point for learning this January and we have had many days out splashing in puddles and looking at the effects of frost and ice outside. We received our new wetsuits and the children have been testing them out!
I want to end on saying a huge ‘thank you’ to all our wonderful parents and carers. Without your continued support, we wouldn’t have been able to plan and deliver remote learning and we really do appreciate everything you do.

Thank you!

Take care

Miss O’Nions / Miss Nieman / Miss Dunphy / Mrs Vella


Date: 11th Dec 2020 @ 2:39pm


We have been busy bee's in Reception this month doing all things Christmas! We have been working very hard to write our own Christmas cards, write letters to Santa, make christingles and even record our very own play! The children have loved learning all the songs and making their own head bands to wear for the video. Take a look on the website at the end of this term! 

In phonics, we have been learning the remaining of the phase 2 sounds and we have even learnt some diagraphs and where to use them! I wonder if your child can tell you any diagraphs that they know? Now that we have built up a big bank of sounds, we are starting to become more independent writers and write short labels and captions. 

For our 'Power of Reading',we have loved reading 'The Gruffalo' and 'The Jolly Christmas Postman'. The children have loved learning the key phrases in 'The Gruffalo' and we have even drawn and labelled the features of the Gruffalo. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, we have been drawing our own story maps to look at where the postman goes on his journey. Can you remeber where he goes in the beginning, middle and end of the story? 

In maths, we have been busy learning how to write numbers to 5 and even beyond! We used cubes to find 1 more and 1 less and we looked at different 2D shapes in ou environment. After Christmas, we will be extending our learning to look at numbers beyond 5 and 10. 

The children have loved joining up with Nursery class for many celebrations this month. We had our EYFS disco where we showed off our dance moves in the hall and played lots of party games! Take a look on our class pages for the amazing photos.

We wish all children and parents a very happy and safe Christmas break and we will see you all in the New Year!

Miss O'Nions / Miss Nieman / Mrs Vella / Miss Dunphy 



Our Class Learning Journey 3

Date: 26th Nov 2020 @ 8:44pm


What a very busy month we have had! 

The children now start each morning doing group work including writing letters of the alphabet, jigsaws, dough disco, finger gym exercises and more.  This is even before 9am. 

The children have started phonic work and already this month they have learnt the following letter sounds and letter names including s, a, t, p, n, m, i, d, g, o, c, k, e, u and r.  The children are also trying to blend letters to make words e.g. dog.

During class busy times we have looked at firework night and created stunning blow paint firework pictures.  We looked at Remembrance Day and created a Poppy wreath to be displayed at the school entrance. We talked about Anti-bullying week and how to be a good friend.  We celebrated a week of Children in Need and dressed up, went on a scavenger hunt, a welly walk and much more. 

The children have started with home reading books and in class children have read guided reading books in small groups with their teacher.  Thank you for supporting your child to read at home.  It is so important to spend that time together. 

All the children have started writing; independent writing and  guided writing with their teacher.  All the staff are very proud of all the children and their attitude and resilience to work and challenges.

We have completed the story Owl Babies and The Gruffalo and looked at Autumn, woodland animals and nocturnal animals. Children have made animal homes outside and got very muddy in the mud kitchen making food for them.

During maths and number work, we have been concentrating on numbers to 5, writing them, reading them, ordering them and number bonds, for example 1 and 4  or 2 and 3.  The children work in groups to access different activities and games to support their learning and all have made progress. 

Finally, nurses have been in school to test your child’s eyesight, hearing and given the flu nasal spray to those who agreed it. 

 Please use the 'Autumn 2' or 'Outdoor learning' tab at the top of the class page to find photos. Ask your child to tell you what they have been up to in the photographs.

Miss O'Nions /Miss Nieman / Mrs Vella / Miss Dunphy 


Our Class Learning Journey 2

Date: 19th Oct 2020 @ 4:51pm


What a fantastic month we have had! 

The children have settled in and begun their learning journey.  The children have been assessed and next steps planned for all children.  Group work and interventions will start in November.

We have been learning new songs that include Months of the Year and Days of the Week and looking at when our birthdays occur. We have started learning dance routines and doing yoga to build muscle strength, coordination and balance.

The children write their names daily in class and are working hard to write their surname too.

We have completed the story 'So much' by Trish Cooke and children learnt what a Freeze Frame is and wrote a party invitation for Dad’s surprise party. 

During 'busy' time, the children have been exploring the indoor and outdoor areas and have loved exploring the changing environment from Summer to Autumn.   Please use the 'Autumn 1' or 'Outdoor learning' tab at the top of the class page to find the photos. Ask your child to tell you what they have been up to in the photographs.

We are very excited for Autumn 2 and look forward to teaching lots more new things and providing new and challenging experiences for your child. 


Miss O'Nions /Miss Nieman / Mrs Vella / Miss Dunphy 

Our Class Learning Journey

Date: 9th Sep 2020 @ 7:08pm


Welcome to our class blog! We will be updating you with photos and information about what we have been learning every month. 



Well what a busy first month we have had at school! The children have been exploring their new environment and making lots of new friends. It is lovely to see so many smiley faces in the morning and parents telling us that their child is excited to come to school. 

Every morning, the children self-register through finding their own name card and posting it in the box to let us know how they are feeling today. We then sing lots of exciting songs together! If you would like to share some of the songs at home, please use the links on the class page. We have been reading a story by the Charlie and Lola series called 'I am too absolutely small for school' and we have just started our next reading focus - the story 'So much' by Trish Cooke.



The children have become very familair with the daily routine which we display on the board and talk about together. Some children have even become the 'teacher' and tell us what the timetable says! A visual timetable helps children to break up the day and understand 'now' and 'next'. This has been a very useful tool - especially in the first term. 

During 'busy' time, the children have been exploring the new indoor and outdoor areas. As part of our Early Years curriculum, we provide an exciting and stimulating environment in which the children can learn through play. We update our class page weekly with photos of our learning. Please use the 'Autumn 1' or 'Outdoor learning' tab at the top of the class page to find the photos. Maybe your child can tell you what they were busy doing? 

We would like to thank all the parents and carers for your support during the first month and we look forward to what the rest of the year brings!


Miss O'Nions /Miss Nieman / Mrs Vella / Miss Dunphy 

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