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Welcome to Rainbow class page!

Miss Carey is the class teacher and is supported by Mrs Davies, Mrs Eaton, Miss Moorhouse, Mrs Mrabate and Miss Wilkin.


This page will show you some of the exciting things the children have been doing in class, and ideas for you to do at home to support learning.

Respect Week

On Monday we had an exciting percussion morning. The instruments were made from everyday objects.

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On Tuesday some children wore traditional dress from different countries. There was an Irish dancing dress, a traditional Nigerian outfit for a boy and a Ghanaian top.

Kachi's mum came into school to teach us Igbo a language from Nigeria. 

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On Wednesday Ruth came to visit. She told us about the Jewish faith and a special Jewish festival called Hanukkah.

Police Visit

Today two police officers came to visit. They talked about their job and told us they help people and help keep people safe. They told us it is important to know our home address. We sat in the police car and turned on the blue lights.

A Trip Out To The Post Box

A visit from Firefighters

Christmas Counts

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The final song from our Christmas Nativity 2017.

An Autumn walk to Stream Woods with our Year 6 buddies

Visit to Hatfield Library

Our first few weeks in school

Homework Information

Phonics homework books go home on Fridays, they are expected back on the following Friday. Please practise the letter sounds every day.

Talk homework is sent out weekly - this homework should be easy to fit into your routine eg a chat around the dinner table. Usually this homework will be to prepare a child for a new subject we will be covering or to consolidate learning that has been happening over the week. 

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Timetable for Rainbow Class


Reading and Phonics in Reception Classes

Guided Reading

The children read their guided reading books with an adult three times a week. They do this in a small group and with a different focus each time.

 Initially we walk through the book. We look at the title, the characters, the blurb on the back and talk about the pictures. Then we will see what the children can recall and will talk in more detail about the story, read the words (looking for words / sounds that we know). All they children have opportunities to contribute, offer ideas and predictions and answer questions. On our final session we will complete a worksheet related to the book.

Home Readers 

We try to change home readers three times a week. Occasionally they may bring home a book that they have had before (it can boost their confidence to feel secure with a book).

Please spend time with your child each day looking at the book. Ask them questions to prompt them to look at the details. Sometimes you could tell the story for them to model the kind of language we are trying to encourage them to use.

As they start coming home with books with words, encourage them to use their phonics knowledge to sound out the letters and blend them to make a word. They will use the pictures to help them work out what the words say – this is fine.

Please sign to show that you have read the book and please take it out of their book bag and put it in the reading book box every morning.

High Frequency Words

There are over 50 high frequency words (words which the children will come across regularly in their reading and writing) that we would like the children to know by sight before they leave Reception. Some of these words are phonetic (which means the children can sound them out) other are “tricky” and will just have to be learnt.

We will send home tricky words as part of phonics homework. A sticky label on a page will indicate the tricky words we are learning that week during phonics. You may find it useful to write them out on individual pieces of card. It would be good for the children to practise writing these words too as it will help them to remember them when they want to use them in their writing. 

We are aware that all children learn at a different pace but would encourage you to spend time working with these words every day to ensure that your child does not fall too far behind.

This document will give you ideas for supporting your child with their reading.

This document gives you ideas for supporting your child with their phonics.

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  • St Edmund Campion 9430
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  • St Thomas More 12958
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Attendance percentage for each class.

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Whole School:

"We are part of God's family. We follow the way of Jesus by loving, learning and doing our best."


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