Week commencing 16/4/18


Our topic this term is How does your garden grow?

Our key learning this week

This week we shall be observing the sunflower seeds we planted last term. We will be discussing the different parts of a plant and making a sunflower diary. We shall be looking at Van Gogh and his Sunflowers painting and having a go at our own still life painting. In maths we will be counting and ordering numbers to 20 and looking at one more and one less within those numbers.

Our key learning this week

This week is Science week at school so we are taking the opportunity to think and learn about recycling and looking after our environment. We shall be doing a litter pick around the school and talking about recycling and how we can recycle more at school. Our science day is on Thursday when we will be getting together with Years 1 and 2 and taking part in a carousel of science based activities. In maths we are looking at addition and introducing subtraction.


Our topic this term is Once Upon a Story

Week commencing 19th February

Our key learning this week

This week we are starting our Once Upon a Story topic. We will be reading Little Red Riding Hood, re-telling the story using puppets, sequencing and taking part in lots of writing activities.

In maths we will be looking at the number 14. We will also be investigating length, size and distance.

In RE we will be learning about and taking part in activities to do with Lent.

You can find the February newsletter here.

Week commencing 5th February

Our key learning this week

This week our theme is sea travel. We will be reading Lost and Found and re-telling the story using puppets. We will also be drawing, painting and writing about Noah's Ark.

We will be carrying out a floating and sinking investigation and making and sailing out own model boats.

In Maths we are continuing to look at addition, 2D and 3D shapes.

Week commencing 29th January

Our key learning this week.

This week our theme is air travel. We will be compiling our own fact files on our choice of air travel.

We will be following instructions to make paper planes and we will be looking at maps and making maps of our playground.

For numeracy we are looking at adding 2 groups of numbers and finding out what number we will have altogether.

We also have our bikeability class.

Our Fire Station trip.

The children had a fantastic time at the Fire Station today. They all had a chance to climb into and explore the fire engines. They looked at the hoses and even tried on some of the firemen's uniforms!

Week commencing 8/1/18

Our key learning this week.

This week is Aspirations week and as part of that we will be visiting Oakham Fire Station on Monday to talk to the Fire fighters and explore the fire trucks and maybe have a go with the hose! On Tuesday there might even be a visit from a farmer with his tractor!

This week is also the start of our topic on Transport. 

We will be writing about our experiences at the Fire Station, reading Duck in a truck, and sorting and grouping different types of transport.

In maths we will be looking at the number 11 and using a ten frame to help us understand 10's and 1's.


If any parents are free to walk with us on Monday morning, we will be leaving for the Fire Station at approx 10 am and should be back at school in time for lunch. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou.


Our topic this term is Transport

The latest EYFS Newsletter can be found here.

Week commencing 3/1/18

Our key learning this week.

This week we will be talking and writing about our Christmas holidays. We will be finding out about the feast of The Epiphany.


The children had a great time on Wednesday at the farm park. There were a few cold toes but they all enjoyed seeing Santa and warming up in the cafe afterwards!

Advent 2017.

We started off our RE topic 'Birthday' by preparing a Birthday party for our class teddy-Scruff. The children wrote invitations, made cards, cakes and wrapped presents, ending the day with a party.

On Friday 1st Dec we talked about Advent. We started by looking at our Advent baubles. The children will be recognising the correct numeral and taking down the bauble to find a promise and a treat hidden behind. One of our first promises was to look after someone feeling sad that day.

We looked at an Advent wreath and made our own Advent wreath crowns.

Bakery trip.

We had a lovely trip to the bakery last week. We found out how the bread is made and we bought some cakes for the teachers back at school. 

We were all given a lovely goody bag to take home. 

Thank you to Hambleton Bakery for a great trip.

  Grandparents day    29th Sept. 

It was lovely welcoming Grandparents into our classroom today. The children were very excited and we had a great morning.


We have been finding out about our bodies. We wondered what would happen if we had no bones!  

The children have all settled extremely well and appear to be very happy!

We have enjoyed getting to know the children and finding out their interests and what makes each child special.

Must do at home, please: (reviewed termly)

You may want to look at these sites/information in order to help when you are looking at the letters/sounds with your child.

For help with sound pronunciation-


To help with letter formation, this is a list of the letters and the rhyme to go with each as your child forms the letter.

Additional ways to support your child:

Read Write Inc.

We use the phonics scheme Read Write Inc. at English Martrys.  This PowerPoint presentation explains how it works.

Please click here for worksheets to help with formation of letters to practice with your child at home. 

Early learning goals

Early learning goals information for parents can be found here.

As many of you are aware we are currently using the Maths Mastery approach when teaching Numeracy in Early Years and we thought it might be helpful to show you a short lesson that demonstrates some of the techniques and strategies we use when teaching Numeracy to the children. Although this particular lesson was filmed last year with the current Year 1 children it is a good example of a typical maths lesson. If any of you would like to find out more about Maths Mastery, we will be running a short workshop towards the end of January - (dates to follow).

The password to view the video is Oakham.