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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.

Miss Carey is getting married!

We celebrated in Foundation Stage by holding our own wedding. Some of the children brought in clothes to dress up, we had a bride and groom, father of the bride, bridesmaids and a priest. We celebrated with a very short service, singing, eating and dancing. We wish Miss Carey all the best for her special day and look forward to having her as Sunshine's new teacher (Mrs James) in September.

A visit to Streamwoods with our Year 6 buddies

It was cool and shady in the woods, the children went mini-beast hunting and then went down to the stream to see what creatures they could find there. We had lots of fun with our buddies and no one fell into the water. A big thanks to the parents who came with us and to our Year 6 buddies.

Zoolab visits Sunshine Class - Can your child tell you about all the different creatures that we saw?

Stay and Do Maths in Sunshine Class - 2nd May 2019

Information about maths in Reception

World Book Day Stay and Read

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Baking Healthy Breakfast Muffins

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Feel Good Week

A visit from the small animals from Ark Farm.

The children enjoyed feeding, stroking and looking at the small animals. The favourite in Sunshine Class was definitely the dog. The children thought feeding seed to the chickens was very funny because it tickled when they pecked the seed from their hands. 

The BMX Academy Assembly

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Visiting the postbox to post our letters

As part of our topic 'People Who Help Us' we have been thinking about the delivery service. We braved the rain and wind to walk to Hatfield town centre where we posted the letters that we had written to our parents. Hopefully the postman will deliver them soon and our parents will be very excited to receive the letters.

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Come and do phonics - Thursday 7th February

Thank you very much for coming along to see how we learn phonics in school. 

We started by looking at a story book together; finding the title, counting how many words we could see, spotting tricky words and digraphs in the text. We used our blending skills to read the words.

We also recapped the digraph sounds and tricky words we have learnt so far. The adults helped us segment to spell 'oo' words. It was fun showing off all the skills we have learnt so far.

It was lovely to have so many parents and we hope that you found it useful.


This is what some of the parents said;

"It was a great opportunity to see how our children work with phonics."

"The session will definitely help me with work we can do at home."

"The session has been very helpful for me as now I can see the way children are working."

"I can practise in a similar way at home and be more focused."

"A very interesting session. Nice to see the children enjoying learning."

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The police officers came to visit

The police officers told us all about their job. They wanted us to know that they are here to keep people safe and that they will always help if they can. They showed us their uniform and the special equipment that they use. We got to see the car with the flashing lights and siren.

A visit to Hatfield Library

It was a chilly morning, we walked into Hatfield Town Centre holding hands with a friend and arrived at the library. We has some lovely little mats to sit on and we learnt all about how the library works. The library staff read us some stories and we chose a book of our own to take home. We learnt how to use the special machine, we needed to use our library card too.

Did you know.....?

Children can borrow up to 30 books at a time.

You can keep books for up to three weeks.

You can borrow story CD's and DVD's.

The children can use the computers in the library.

You can borrow books online.

It is all free.

Your child's book needs to be back at the library by Friday 8th February. The library staff would love you to use the library regularly.


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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).

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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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