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January 2021

It was amazing seeing all of the children on the first day back. Although lots of you are now working from home, it is great seeing your photographs and videos of the hard work you have been doing at home. We are so proud of you and your families and we miss you greatly.  


This half term we will start by thinking about winter and learning some winter poems. We will then explore some traditional tales before we then celebrate Chinese New Year. Lots of the children are making fabulous progress with their writing and can now segment the sounds in words so we will be practising writing simple captions and sentences. There are lots of books on Oxford Owl that you can explore. 


In phonics, we will continue to learn the Phase 3 digraphs and tricky words. We will continue to send work each week so that you know which sounds we have been focussing on. Phonics Play is free again and has lots of activities that will help your child to practise blending to read and segmenting to write. 


In Maths we will continue exploring a number each week but we will also be learning number bonds for 5 and then thinking about height, length, weight, capacity and money. Busy things has lots of great activities. Try Pre-school age 4 or age 5 for activities at Reception level. 


In RE we will be thinking about family. We will think about the different types of celebrations and how we celebrate them. We will also be thinking about the families that we belong to and how they all support us. 


We really value your support. Please do get in touch with any queries. 


Mrs Buckel



November 2020

Dear Parents/ Guardians,


This term will be looking at Bonfire Night, Diwali and then moving onto learning all about Christmas. This term we will be carrying on with our phonics looking at Phase 3 of Letter and Sounds. The weekly homework showing all the sounds we have been learning will be in book bags and on Tapestry. Thank you for all the support from home, we have loved seeing all the pictures of homework and all the wonderful activities the children have been doing.


We have access to Oxford Owl and Busy Things. These are brilliant for learning at home, login details are on Tapestry.  We also have access to Purple Mash, log in details have been sent home in bookbags earlier this term.


Busy things -

Oxford owl -[kb1] 

Purple mash -


If you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact me on


Thank you,

Mrs Buckel

Remembrance Day

We watched a short CBeebies clip that illustrated why we remember and then observed the 2 minute silence at 11am. We then talked about the importance of the day and made poppies to help us to remember. 

Bonfire Night 5.11.20

We all enjoyed talking about why we have Bonfire Night and then we celebrated by pretending to toast marshmallows, making sparklers (using breadsticks, chocolate spread and sprinkles) and enjoying some hot chocolate whilst watching fireworks on the IWB. 


We enjoy lots of practical activities both inside and out!

Welcome to Penguin’s class 2020-2021

Firstly, we would like to welcome all the children to Penguins. We all are so excited to see the children start their journey into school. The past 6 months have certainly been unique but hopefully in this time lots of lovely memories with family have been made for the children. As well as myself and the Parrots class teacher Miss Best, we are very pleased to have Mrs Crook and Mrs French to further support and help with the children’s learning and development.

The children have all settled into the school routines fantastically well and have enjoyed being with friends old and new. The children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring all the areas of our classroom, both inside and out.

The first theme we will be learning over this term in reception is ‘Magic me’. This will include the children learning all about their senses, their homes, feelings and families.

We will also be following Letters and Sounds for our phonics. We will be sending weekly reading books home with the children to further support the teaching of reading in class. We really value and appreciate all the support at home with the children’s learning and a strong relationship between home and school will lead to a very successful year for the children.

In Reception, we have high expectations for the children in both their learning and behaviour. We have a positive and engaging environment for the children where positive behaviour is encouraged and praised. In our class we ask that all children have a go and try their best in every task. We cannot wait to show you all photos of the hard work we have been doing in reception but also all the fun we have been having on Tapestry.

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate contact me on:

Thank you,

Mrs Buckel

Space - Rockets October 2020

We had lots of fun making our own rockets. We then had a competition to see which one went the furthest.