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Welcome to the Sunshine class page. 

Mrs Harvey-Smith is the class teacher and she is supported by Ms Ndoda and Mrs Monika Dzierzanowska. 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.

Religious Education

We started the term with a project on crosses. We were learning all about 'Holding Crosses'. The children had a chance to hold the cross in their hand and talk to God. We then went on to learn about God's love for each one of us and we listened to the story of Jesus washing the disciples feet - He wanted to show them how much he loved them. We took part in our own Godly Play and washed each others feet.


Autumn Time

We have been thinking about Autumn. A few weeks ago we went for a walk in the grounds to look for signs of Autumn. We could see a few leaves that were changing colour and some of us spotted a squirrel. This week we had a list of Autumn things to look out for. We found nearly all of them, including a "naked tree". The only thing we couldn't find was a conker in it's shell. Maybe, if you are out for a walk, you could find one and bring it into school to show all of Sunshine Class.

The children enjoyed the story 'The Tin Forest'. We painted pictures to make a before and after tree just like in the book. We also planted cress seeds which grew very quickly and daffodil bulbs which will grow very slowly.
We have been talking about ourselves and our families. We are thinking about similarities and differences. We all painted a self portrait.

Here are some links to some Phase 2 Phonic games that you could play at home.

As we learn more sounds we will put new games up for you to try.


Alphablocks is a good programme to help your child with phonics. Please find videos below to help with the first sounds we will be learning in class. 

Meet The Teacher - If you missed our meeting here is the information that you need to know.

Autumn Term Curriculum Letter

Our second PE lesson

The children have been excellent at listening and following instructions. We had fun with cones today and with balls. We played some games to help us learn each others names.

Day 3 - Monday 7th September

Today we had a nearly full class. The children came into school very happily and settled quickly. We played some phonics games and read some stories. We played inside and out and are beginning to form new friendships. Ir was our first hot lunch today, the children seem to be excellent eaters!

Friday 4th September - Visit Day 2

The children settled very quickly. They have had lots of fun exploring inside and out. Most of them were excellent eaters! It will be hot dinners from Monday. We are looking forward to having the whole class together for the first time on Monday. Remember 8.50am start and 3.10pm finish. There are lots of photographs for you to see what we have been up to.

Thursday 3rd September - Visit Day 1

The children were very quick to settle and we had lots of fun. We explored inside the classroom, outside in our garden area, the woods and the trim trail. Here are a few photographs of our day. 

Looking forward to seeing you all again on Monday.

I'm looking forward to meeting you all

Ideas for Home Learning if you are unable to attend school.


Reading books together and talking about books

Spend time looking at books together. Talk about what you see in the pictures, about what is happening and what might happen next. Talk about how the characters might be feeling. Ask the children if they liked the story, what did they like best?


Play I spy, make and identify animal sounds, listen to and identify sounds in and around the house.

Name writing

One of our first targets in Reception is for the children to learn to write their names forming the letters correctly. That means a capital letter at the start and lowercase letters for the rest. Correct formation is really important - they will be writing their name for years to come!


Look for numbers in the environment, on doors, buses etc. Count as you climb the stairs or as you set the table. Practice counting up to 10 and beyond.


Practice putting on their school jumper and taking it off independently. Make sure your child know how to use a knife and fork - fingers are not acceptable for most foods! 

Fine motor control

Lots of activities to get their fingers working and to build up strength to support pencil control.


Spend time drawing, colouring and cutting (it is important children know how to hold scissors correctly and use them safely)

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 

Initially we will change home readers twice 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 put it in the book bag.

Guidelines for reading with your child

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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