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St Philip Howard

Catholic Primary School


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Welcome to Rainbow class page!

Miss Brassington is the class teacher and is supported by Ms Ndoda, Miss Tatum, Mrs O'Gorman and Mrs Bernadette.


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.

Chicks hatching at St. Philip Howard. 


Last week in EYFS we had some eggs that came to hatch with us. All the eggs hatched on the same day. Rainbow class enjoyed visiting the chicks and most of us held one too! 

Animal Encounters 


Today we had some very special visitors. Fish the tortoise, Charlotte the tarantula, Flower the skunk (who smelt nice) and Scout the meerkat (who was very smelly) all came to visit St Philip Howard. The children were all very well behaved. They made sure they didn't make too much noise so that they didn't scare the animals. The children were all very gentle with the animals if they wanted to hold or touch the animals. They were also all incredibly brave (which meant Miss Brassington had to try to be brave with the tarantula too!) 


Thank you Animals UK for a great time!

Stay and Read 06.02.2020

Thank you to all the parents who were able to stay for stay and read today. 

Forest School 25th October

We all had an amazing time playing Forest School games, cooking delicious meals in the mud kitchen and roasting marshmallows over the campfire. Thank you very much to Mrs Hulley who has been leading our Forest School sessions this half term and to all the parents who have supported us. Forest school clothes are going home to be washed but please return them next half term as we plan to continue on Monday afternoons. If you can help please let us know.

Photographs from our first day in Rainbow Class

Information about maths in Reception

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)

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. 


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.

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

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

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.

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Attendance percentage for each class.

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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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