Last update: 2018-04-20

Welcome to RM & RC

Our teachers are Mrs Midlane and Miss Cook. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Binding, Mrs Webb, Miss Durlacher and Mrs Bursztynska.

Mrs Hodges and Mrs McIvor also help us on Wednesday afternoons. Mrs Smythe helps in RC on Tuesday mornings. Our normal PE days are Mondays. Please make sure that your child's PE kit is in school every day. 




This Term's Learning

"Where are we going and how will we get there?"

Topic Overview

Our big question for the spring term is 'Where are we going and how will we get there?' We will be using this question to explore new activities, and places as well as stretching our imaginations. 

For more information, please view our curriculum map here.

Our learning is planned around the interests and needs of the children so these objectives will be adapted as the term progresses based on the needs of the individual children.

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'The Little Red Hen'

We are learning an alternative version of the story with the main characters being a hen, a bull, a rat and a cat. We are learning our story using actions similar to the Pie Corbett video below:  

This week's learning -

Term 4 Week 1

Each week we will update this section to inform you of the planned learning objectives for the coming week.

This week we are...

We will be learning and reviewing the sounds we have learnt so far...
s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, j, ss, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, sh, ch, th, ng, ai, 'ee (see), oo (book), oo (zoo) and oa (goat), igh, er, ur, ow and ear'and all of our camera words 'I, no, go, into, to, the, he, she, we, me, be and are'.

This week we have been revising all of our sounds and will continue to do this in week 2. Please practice saying the sounds with your child in their phase 3 booklet.

Please help your child with recognising these sounds when possible.  A reminder to keep practising word boxes, focusing on segmenting the word to then blend together.  If you need a variety of books you can always log on to Bug Club, using your child's log in detail (found in their yellow reading record book) or visit the local library.

On the bottom right hand side of this page there are downloadable resources and links to webpages to help with Phonics.


This week we have continued with learning all about subtraction. We have been thinking about saying 'one less' and jumping back using a number track. You can download a number track to use at home here to practice counting on and back from a given number. 

Number track to 20

Don't forget to practise the 'Math Planet' at home. We will put out our class Math Planet box each morning (on the shelving units in the Reception cloakroom). Please drop the booklet into the box once your child can complete the next objective and we will return it to you as soon as we can. Please ensure your child is fully confident at the skill for a minimum of two weeks before returning the booklet.


We are starting our new class book, The Little Red Hen. We have been learning actions to help us retell the story. 

This week we have been writing all about our February half term holiday news and talking about this in front of the class.


Other important things happening this week:


Dates for your calendar:

Thursday 1st March - Book at Bedtime
(Children can come back to school in the evening (6.00 - 6.30pm),
wearing their pyjamas, to listen to a story. The children can also bring their favourite teddy and a mug for a hot chocolate! There will be more information coming soon about this!)

Term 4 - Week 2 - Reception health screen checks

Tuesday 20th March (until 7pm)
Thursday 22nd March (until 6pm)
Parents’ evenings – more information to follow in the newsletter about booking an appointment.

Please see the main School calendar for information on whole-school events.

Phonic resources:

Youtube is a great resource to help with recognising, pronouncing and blending the sounds correctly. Here are a few pages we use at school and recommend at home for further practice:

Mr Thorne does Phonics

Epic Phonics 


Please see below for examples of videos to support...

Phonics - Correct pronunciation

Home Learning

School expectation is that children spend a maximum of 10 minutes per day doing home learning activities. 

Tapestry home learning 


We recommend reading to your child every day. Your child will shortly come home with a picture book. Please encourage your child to tell the story using the pictures. Model using story language.



Encourage your child to mark-make for different reasons at home. This may be drawing a picture, or making a shopping list using swiggles and other marks. Children will begin to learn their first sounds later this term.


Encourage your child to find numerals up to 10 in the local environment, such as door numbers, number plates etc.
Encourage your child to count objects to 10, such as collecting 4 tins of beans in the supermarket, or counting out spoonfuls of flour when baking. Play games where you and your child have to pick out 2D shapes in the environment.


'Achievosaurs' challenge
In Reception we have been encouraging children to take responsibility for their learning by setting two challenges a week they have to complete independently. We name the challenges after some of the school 'Achievosaurs'. These focus on areas of the EYFS curriculum, predominantly English and Maths. At the end of the week we review and celebrate the children who have completed both challenges. They will bring their 'challenge card' home with them.


Other Resources:

Useful Websites for YR children

Letter formation mat

Handwriting formation

Number Formation Sheet

Train Track Paper

Numicon Money

Camera words - Phase 2

Phonic sounds - Phase 2