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We have 24 children in Rose Class. This year we hope to grow our rose buds into well-developed rose plants!

Our class has two teachers (the gardeners) who share the week as follows:

Mrs Robinson- Monday to Thursday

Mrs Biddles- Friday

We also have two teaching assistants (the assistant gardeners): Mrs Homer and Mrs Henson


Our PE day will now always be on a Thursday. This will include alternating indoor and outdoor PE.

Wednesday is our favourite day of the week as we always go on a Welly Walk.

What a great first day we had! We were very proud of how well the children came to sit on the carpet, engaged in self-chosen activities and began to make new friends.


WOW!!! We can’t believe the children have been at school for an entire month… and what a busy month it has been! The children have jelled extremely well and friendships are certainly forming in Rose class. The children have made huge progress in adapting to school life and have taken everything into their stride. The children have worked hard to show us all they know during our baseline assessments and this week we are looking forward to starting our more structured learning with adult-led indoor and outdoor focused activities that all children access throughout the week. Today has been a fantastic start to this new structure. Children have accessed the ‘challenge table’ (which is where the focused activity is set up) without being asked by the teacher to do so. We definitely have some natural learners in Rose class and we look forward to the exciting year together we have ahead of us.



ere did October go? We have some exciting times ahead of us in Rose Class. We look forward to welcoming the children in all of their finery for our Fairytale Ball on Wednesday 21st November. The children will be busy preparing a royal cake and biscuit to eat at the ball. We will also be practising our royal dancing ready for the event.

Our preparations for our Christmas concert are well on their way. Children have now been cast into their parts. We will soon be sending home their words and songs. Please help as much as you can with this at home. Tickets will be going on sale very soon.

Children are working very hard with all given tasks and their progress continues to amaze us! They are now working within new phonics groups which are specific to their phonics needs. The groups are split as follows: Mrs Robinson/Mrs Biddles’ supported by Mrs Henson;

Miss Standring’s supported by Mrs Homer or Miss Haywood’s group.


CHRISTMAS HAS ARRIVED in Rose Class! Our decorations are up and our Class Elf- Buddy is keeping the children extremely busy with his Cheeky antics! We are really looking forward to the next two weeks of pure Christmas fun with the children including many Christmassy arts and crafts, writing letters to Santa, learning about the Christmas nativity and exploring how Christmas lights work.

Our Christmas Party will take place on Wednesday 19th December. Children are invited to wear party clothes all day. Please could you send a clearly named paper plate of party food for your child to eat on the party afternoon (eg a few crisps, a small sandwich, a biscuit/cake).

We hope you enjoyed the Christmas performances last week as much as we did! The children were phenomenal and made us extremely proud. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in helping your children with their words and songs at home as well as coming along to watch them. We definitely have some budding actors and actresses amongst the children!

Thank you also for your attendance at parents evening. It was lovely to not only share your child’s progress with you but also to have the opportunity to have a general catch up with you too.


We hope you have had a fantastic Christmas break with your child. Firstly, all teachers and teaching assistants in Rose Class would like to thank you for your kind gifts at Christmas. They were gratefully received. The children all arrived back at school today full of energy and enthusiasm and are very much looking forward to commencing the Spring Term. Please see ‘Our Topics’ for further information about what might be happening this term. We have a very exciting event next week- Wednesday 16th January. Children are invited to bring their bike/scooter to school to participate in a range of fun outdoor activities. This will include discussions about road and pedestrian safety when cycling/scooting. They will also complete a pretend 'driving test' and receive their own driving license! Where possible, please ensure that if your child owns a helmet/protective wear that this is in school for the event. On arrival to school, Rose class should park their bikes/scooters within the Reception outside bike area (where they are dismissed at the end of the school day). A few parents have asked about ‘School Milk’ now their children have turned 5. To reiterate the initiative provide free milk up to their 5th birthday. However, if you would like them to continue having milk at school there is a small fee that can be arranged via the ‘School milk’ website. Please also remember to celebrate your child’s birthday, they are able to come to school in non-uniform- something our school council decided upon. This includes birthdays that fall on a weekend or in the school holidays.    



Welcome to the second half of Spring Term. We can’t quite believe Rose buds are now half way through the reception year! We are extremely proud of how well they have settled back into school life. Like they have never been away! We hope you had a great week off with your children. We have spent some time discussing holiday news as the children were very excited to share with their peers what they have been doing during their time off school.

We have an exciting new topic starting this week – “Stepping into Stories”. This will focus on a story each week commencing with ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’- a classic favourite! The children will be retelling the story in different ways and creating their own story maps as well as engaging in lots of other independent challenges. In Maths we are focusing on height using key language “tallest” “tall” “medium” “short” “shortest”. Before half term we introduced a new initiative in Rose Class called “Busy Bee Time”. This involves children engaging for a longer periods of time in a specific activity initiated by an adult. This is to encourage children to access activities beyond their interests. Each time they successfully achieve their ‘Busy Bee’ activity they receive a token. Each week they aspire to get 6 tokens or more which will then lead to a reward of their choice. So far the children have approached this new system well and have made us very proud. We have also been practising the correct number formation as a whole class during our morning challenge time before register. We tend to use the ‘Chant and Write’ numbers video ( which provides a rhyme for each number to help them remember the correct formation. Where possible, could you please support with this at home?

We have a new day for PE which is now Thursday.

Finally, just a kind reminder about independence in the mornings. All children should now be coming into school from the gate on their own every day. We understand that family members who sometimes drop off may not know this so may we kindly ask that this message is passed onto them too? Many Thanks in advance.


Welcome back to the Summer Term. can't quite believe I'm saying that...   where has this year gone!? am happy I still have 11 weeks left with my blossoming rosebuds.
It was great to see all of their smiling faces yesterday morning. They settled straight back into routine like they had never been away. Well done children. I hope you had a great Easter break with the children. We spent some time yesterday sharing holiday news. They had LOTS to talk about and were very keen to tell their friends all the lovely things they had done over their time off.

Please do continue to look out for posts on Class Dojo. Thank you to those parents who have been sharing pictures from home with me. It is always so lovely to see the wonderful things the children do with you at home so do continue to send these.

Finally, before half term I attended a very inspiring course about mindfulness for children. Following this course I am beginning to introduce some meditation time into the school day. We practised some breathing techniques today. The children responded extremely well to this and are looking forward to continuing our meditation journey together. 


Welcome back to the second half of the Summer Term! Where did the first half go? So hopefully we will see a lot more sunshine over the course of the final 7 weeks of the reception year. As mentioned on Class Dojo- could all children please have a sun hat in school everyday please? Children are also able to bring their own sun cream into school to re-apply but must be able to do this independently. This half term commences the transition to year 1 preparation. Rose Class are already showing they are ready for year 1 whole class learning and we had a little practise during a maths activity during the last few days of term. They made me so proud they won a whole class star award. They enjoyed the focused time as well as the additional challenge this entailed. I look forward to continuing this journey with my Rosebuds who are looking more like fully bloomed Roses by the day!  You will receive a letter next week explaining transition further. We also have some exciting events coming so please look out for these too. But for now enjoy the remainder of the half term holiday with your children and I look forward to seeing lots of smiling faces on Monday 3rd June for our first day back at school. 

For the first few weeks children will be completing a range of activities which enable us to identify their current knowledge and understanding before more formal teaching commences. The children will also be finding out about our school rules and routines.


Following the baseline our first topic is:


The topic questions we hope to answer are:

What makes a SUPERHERO?

What make me SUPER?

Why is my friend SUPER?


The topic will focus on learning about different superheroes and what their super powers are, understanding that not all superheroes wear capes and that there are people in our world whom are real life superheroes such as doctors, nurses, police officers, fire fighters and even teachers! We are learning about each other and that there are things that make us unique from others and that’s what makes us SUPER.

We know the children will love this topic as many of them have a huge interest in Superheroes.


We are very excited for our SUPERHERO DAY on Monday 22ndOctober.

Our Topic after the October half term holiday is:

Followed by our favourite topic of all:

We are very excited for our Christmas Party Day on Wednesday 19th December.

Our Topic up until February half term is: 

The topic questions we hope to answer are:

How do I travel?

Which vehicles help us?

How many different types of transport travel on the road?

How do aeroplanes, helicopters and hot air balloons fly?

What different types of trains are there?

How does a boat float?

We are very excited for our Bike/Scooter Day on Wednesday 16th January.

This half term topic is called:

We have discussed as a class how this topic will be bringing well known children’s books to life, like when Mary Poppins steps into the paintings in the film! Each week will be a different story focus – those we know young children will love and those chosen by the chidren.

Week 1 - We’re going on a Bear Hunt

Week 2 – Room on a Broom

Week 3 – The Gruffalo

Week 4 – The Tiger who came to Tea

Week 5 – Five Minutes Peace

Week 6 – The Jolly Postman

Week 7 – Child-initiated book choice


Our new topic is: 

The children will be learning about different parts of plants; what plants need to grow; how long it takes for different plants to grow; which is the largest plant; where fruit and vegetables come from and their nutritious value.

We will continue to have weekly story focus as follows:
Week 1- The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
Week 2- Jack and the Beanstalk
Week 3- The Enormous Turnip
Week 4- Oliver's Vegetables & Oliver's Fruit Salad by Vivian French

Our topic for the second half of the Summer Term will be:


*Details to be confirmed*


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