Appleby Primary School

Appleby Primary School

Mrs Hearn

Welcome to Reception Class.

Spring 2023

Our first theme this year is  'Rainbows and Puddles'.  Children will discover the wonders of the weather and how weather changes and effects people. They will learn about different climates around the world and what clothing to wear in different seasons.  Our second theme is 'Build it Up'. Children will learn about homes and buildings in Appleby. They will learn about the history of Appleby and how the buildings support the community.  They will discover how bridges are used in Appleby and make comparisons between them. They will also learn about the similarities and differences in homes around the world.  During this term we will also have a focus week on the travelling community 'Appleby New Fair'. 


We will be using Little Wandle letters and sounds revised phonics programme.   This is very exciting as we have lots of new books to read.  The children will be bringing home a new practice book each week to show of their reading skills.   They will also bring home a book to share.   Please continue to share books from home and the library and comment in books at least 3 times a week.   Initially your child will bring home a book without words, as soon as they start blending sounds they will bring a book home with words. You can practice oral blending at home.  Visit the Little Wandle website for more information on how to support your child with reading at home. 


We will be  following the NCETM Mastering Number programme. This is a mastery approach where children engage in practical activities focusing on subitising, counting, cardinality, ordinality and composition.   


Our focus this term will be on consolidating our previous knowledge of phonemes as well as learning digraphs and trigraphs.   Your child will be bringing home a home learning sheet each week with the phonemes we have learnt, for you to practise at home.   


We will focus on name writing and correct letter formation using the Little Wandle formation phrases.  We will start segmenting words into sounds to write simple words and phrases. We will continue to follow the Move Write programme developing writing skills. 


Thursday mornings we will be learning about what effect exercise has on our bodies and the importance of keeping healthy.    We will use the parachute and learn ball skills as well as exploring different ways our bodies move. 

Forest School 

This will be every Monday afternoon.  Make sure children have the correct kit as listed in the induction booklet.   We will go out whatever the weather so be prepared for muddy children!  They will go home in their kit so it can be dried for the next week.  


We will be singing familiar songs and building up a repertoire of new songs. We will also explore the musical instruments and play along to the songs we learn.   

Welcome to Appleby Primary School