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Teacher: Miss Barton

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Ashley, Miss Goodall.

We are a Reception class at St James Church School.


Welcome to Summer Term in Reception!


General Class Information 


Welcome back to Summer 2!


REMINDER: Beech Class will continue to do Forest School every Thursday morning and PE on a Friday morning.  

Please ensure your child's PE and Forest School kit are in school at all times. 

Forest School- wellies, a sturdy waterproof coat (with hood), and a pair of waterproof trousers. We go to Forest School in all weathers so please make sure your child is prepared with the right clothing. 

PE-yellow t-shirt, black shorts or tracksuit bottoms, trainers (not daps, please). 



We will be spending a lot of time outside over the Summer Term. Please ensure your child has a named hat at school. It is helpful if sun cream can be applied before school or children are welcome to bring named sun cream in to apply themselves.
If your child does not have the appropriate clothing to keep them safe in the sun, we will phone home to ask you to bring in a hat and suncream. 


Dates for the Diary


Monday June 3rd - Inset day

Thursday June 20th - Reception PE festival. All PE kits in school please :-) 

Thursday 27th June - Summer Fayre, after school

Tuesday 9th July, PM - Sports Day. All PE kits in school please.

Thursday 11th July - Art Exhibition, after school.

Friday 19th July, 2:30 - Reception Leavers Service, 2pm. 

Tuesday 24th July - Year 6 Leavers service, at the Church


Roald Dahl


We will be having a big focus on author Roald Dahl this  term. We will read chapters from his books every day, starting with 'The Enormous Crocodile'.

We will also be learning some of Roald's wonderful poetry too.


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Throughout the term, the children will continue to engage with a multitude of texts from a range of other authors too.


We will also be having a non-fiction focus on Bees. This will be our inspiration for our Art Pastels for the exhibition (see below for details) and more poetry talk.

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This term, Beech class will be working on developing their mathematical skills in a range of contexts. We will be having a big focus on intervention to support each child to progress to meet their own personal Early Years Goals. We will also be supporting some children to challenge their brains beyond the Early Years Curriculum and exceed their Reception targets! 


Please keep an eye out for new challenges appearing in the home learning books for you to help support your child's learning at home,


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This term, the children will be beginning their Phase 4 phonics. Although this phase does not have any new sounds, the children love learning the new sight words so please do quiz the children at the end of the day to see which one we have learned.


Here's a sneaky peak at the sight words we are learning: 



These sight words can also be found in your child's home learning book.


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Autumn Term Information


Phonics and Reading


We are currently learning our Phase 2 sounds and sight words. We will be sending home the sounds and actions at the end of the week for you to practise at home. They are also below for your reference. 

Jolly Phonics Actions and Sounds Video



PE/Forest School

Beech Class will be doing Forest School every Thursday until Easter. They will need wellies, a sturdy waterproof coat (with hood), cold weather gear (hat, gloves) and a pair of waterproof trousers. We go to Forest School in all weathers so please make sure your child is prepared with the right clothing. We will also be doing PE on a Friday morning. They will need a yellow t-shirt, black shorts or tracksuit bottoms, trainers (not daps, please). 


If you have any questions, please pop in and chat to a member of staff. 

Many thanks,

The Beech Class Team smiley



Gingerbread Man Performance

Royal Wedding Breakfast!

Bible Performance

2nd February 2018

Today, we used some woodworking tools for the first time. We had a safety talk from Miss Barton, especially about using the safety goggles before starting our saw. We used the clamps to secure the wood to the table, and then used the saw and the drill.  Beech Class were absolutely brilliant at keeping themselves safe, and keeping on trying. Have a look at the photos below!

26th January 2018

We have been learning about the illustrator, Axel Scheffler. We found out the technique of his illustrations and learned how to do some ourselves. He draws his outline in pencil first, then uses a black pen to go over the top of the outline. He then uses coloured inks. We got inspiration from the Monkey Puzzle book, and chose some jungle animals to draw in the style of Axel Scheffler. We spent 2 weeks building up our illustrations, and creating a jungle background. We really challenged our brains with our illustrations, as they were not easy to do. 


Here are our illustrations.