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Wren Class

Spring A 2020

Welcome to Wren's class page!


In our class you will find

Class Teacher : Mrs Taylor

HLTA : Mrs Brackley/ Mrs Rice

TA : Ms Jaffe


This half term our theme is 'Traditional stories'. We will be learning about some of our favourite traditional stories, including Jack and the beanstalk, The 3 little pigs, Goldilocks and the 3 bears, and The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. We will be making our own characters, retelling the stories through drama, small world puppets and role-play. As always there will be lots of exciting learning opportunities for the children to explore in the indoor and outdoor areas. 

The children will continue to learn to read and write their names; focusing on letter formation, and reading and writing numbers; focusing on counting and matching objects to numbers. We will be encouraging the children to apply their phase 2 phonic knowledge to read and write CVC words, and continue to identify the initial sound in words. As well as consolidating our Phase 2 sounds, we will begin learning Phase 3, and applying these to our reading and writing. 

In the early years foundation stage at St John's, we follow the Development Matters curriculum. This focuses on 7 key areas of learning; communication and language, physical development, numeracy, literacy, personal social and emotional development, expressive arts and design and understanding the world. Much of this learning is carried out through play and exploring, alongside guided groups with adults.

We encourage the children to access the resources around the classroom and outdoor area independently, and promote the development self-care skills.
Children in Robins and Wrens have access to the outdoor area together. This gives the children the opportunity to develop friendships with children in both classes. The children will be included in planning some of the provision for the outdoor area, as well as activities planned by the adults. 

In R.E we will be looking at different celebrations; including how we celebrated Christmas and New Year over the holidays (please remember to send their snapshots back into school) Chinese New Year, and birthdays. 

During the term in phonics, we will be recapping phase 2 sounds, and beginning to learn the digraphs within Phase 3.  We will be learning how to orally blend and segment sounds, to read and write CVC, CVCC, and CCVC words. Phonics sessions are fun, interactive sessions, using a combination of Jolly Phonics, and Letters & Sounds. In addition to this, we will begin to learn the first 16 high frequency words; a, I, in, was, to, the, of, and, is, that, he, it, went, my, then, with. 

Sounds will be sent home at the end of each week, and can be kept at home for your child to practise. These sounds are in line with the sounds we have been learning in school. It is important that you learn the weekly sounds with your child to help consolidate their understanding. A secure knowledge of sounds will support your child in reading and writing. In addition to this your child will bring home a reading book of their choice from the book corner. At St John's we aim to promote a love of reading and story telling; therefore it is important you listen to your child read and encourage them change their book daily.

Support in pronouncing the sounds, and phonics activities can be found under the 'About us' tab, 'curriculum' and then 'sounds and reading'. Please ask a member of the Early Years teaching team if you would like any additional support.

Our P.E days are a Monday and Thursday, however this could change without notice, therefore we ask that kit bags are brought in on a 
Monday morning and kept in school for the duration of the week. Your child's P.E kit needs to include shorts/jogging trousers, P.E t-shirt and plimsolls. It is important your child has the correct footwear for PE as we will go on the field when the weather is nice. Please remember to tie long hair back, and remove all jewellery, including earnings.

In addition to their P.E kit, your child will also need the following each day:

  • A water bottle (no juice)
  • A healthy snack (fruit and vegetables only)
  • A coat
  • A bookbag - please do not carry fruit and water bottles in this as it damages the books if it leaks.
  • Packed lunch unless they are having school dinner
  • A ruck sack for your child's fruit and water bottle.


Phase 3 Tricky Words Song Say Hello To

Phase 3 Tricky Words song as requested by many :) Tricky words/sight words featured me, be, was, you, my, all, are, they, was. Tricky words These are tricky, tricky, tricky, tricky tricky words That you can learn, learn, learn, learn Tricky words Don't let them trick you They are just tricky words Don't let them trick you Say hello to me, me, me, me, me m and e spells me Don't let it trick you.

Phase 2 Tricky Words song Check out our printable phonics resources and online games! A tricky word/sight word song for children covering the, I, go, no, to, she, he and we. Tricky words, these are tricky tricky tricky tricky tricky words! Don't let them trick you!

Jolly Phonics Phase Three

Phase 2 Jolly phonics complete A Z