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Welcome to the Sunshine class page. 

Mrs Harvey-Smith is the class teacher and she is supported by Miss Ndoda, Mrs Markowicz and Miss Jones.

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.

Sunshine and Rainbow enjoyed performing their Nativity play - Christmas Counts For Everyone
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Stay and Read 6th Dec 2018

Thank you to all the parents who came along to our second stay and read. The classroom was buzzing and the children really enjoyed sharing books with you all.

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Our Autumn Walk to Streamwoods

We have been learning all about Autumn and the changes that happen at this time of year. We went for a walk across the road to Streamwoods with our Year 6 buddies. We were looking for signs of Autumn, we saw lots of squirrels and leaves of red, gold, brown, green and yellow. The fallen leaves were a little bit crunchy under our feet. We want to say a big thank you to all the adults who came along to help us.

Stay and Read - October 4th

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Stay and Read session. It was very exciting to see so many children enjoying books with an adult, all at the same time. There was a real buzz and we are really looking forward to the next one (6th December).

Photographs from our Stay and Read Session

Here is the PowerPoint from thr English Information Evening.

Parent Information Meeting Powerpoint

Pupil Premium Form for new Reception parents June 2016

Here is our Information Pack for new Reception parents.

Homework Information

Phonics homework books go home on Fridays, they are expected back on the following Wednesday. 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. 

Timetable for Sunshine 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 phonics.

This document will give you ideas on how to support your child with their reading.

How parents can support their child with maths

This document will give you ideas about how to help your child with their maths. (There are more ideas on the CBeebies website)

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  • St Cuthbert Mayne 1942
  • St Thomas More 1858
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"We are part of God's family. We follow the way of Jesus by loving, learning and doing our best."


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