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‘Living and Learning’

Mrs Gatefield & Miss Howells C1

Welcome to Autumn term 2020!


Autumn is definitely with us although we have been enjoying the beautiful sunshine of late.

This term we have been looking at Oliver Jeffers' book Here We Are which looks at us as part of the greater world and beyond.

The children have been exploring where they live, what they can see in their immediate environment, who they can trust and talk to as well as being part of the world.  They have also been learning about the plants and creatures in our school gardens and forest as part of understanding and caring for our world.


We have been so happy to see all the children back in school and have been amazed at how well they have settled into their new class. Their safety is our priority and they have readily adapted to the "new normal" that we are now living with. Thank you for your support in helping the children adapt to the changes that an Autumn term brings.  We have added the checklist of things you can do at home to help with developing their independence within Reception class below.

Our overview for this week is also attached below so you can see what topics and work we will be covering this week.

Thank you for your support in these difficult times 


Miss Howells, Mrs Gatefield and Mrs Holcombe 

Reception class for the year 2020-2021

Hello everyone, there will be a few little changes to staffing this Autumn term.

The reception teachers will be Mrs Gatefield, Miss Howells and Mrs Holcombe.

We have created a short video for you below.


We are looking forward to an exciting year although maybe with a few different rules. We aim to make this a fun, inspiring and happy year with your children at the centre. 



Welcome to reception.mp4

Still image for this video

Checklist for September

Monday 13 July 2020

Hi Everyone!  I hope that you are all doing well and are ready for another week of learning.  This week I would like you to practise your phonics and find a number.  Don't worry, little crab is our story to watch and there are some crab activities to do.  Plus there's another story to watch (The cave) and have a go at being an illustrator! Enjoy.


As always, the most important thing is that you are all happy and healthy and I hope that you get outdoors when you can, read books together, colour, draw & play!  

On-line links for this week's activities

Week Commencing 13 July 2020

Weekly Overview 6 July 2020

Weekly activities week commencing 29 June 2020

Week Commencing 22 June 2020

Here are some links to the online activities this week:


Week commencing 15 June 2020

Weekly ideas Monday 1 June 2020

Weekly Activity Ideas - 18th May 2020

Purple Mash - I have set a new 2Do - have a look around the MiniMash section -  if you do not yet have your login or need any help or advice please email me on


Here is the link to sign up to 30 Days Wild:


Here are the website links to the Phonics activities: (Speed sounds set 1 practice) (Speed sounds set 1 booklet to work on)

Have a go at this maths game: 

Here is a lovely page with invitations to book related activities:

Weekly Activity ideas Monday 11th May 2020

Weekly activity sheet Monday 4th May 2020

Weekly activity sheet Monday 27th April 2020

Weekly Activity Sheet

Everyday learning...

Some home learning ideas for this week...

A lovely way to think about organising your day...

A range of really useful online applications for home learning.

Learning Log Tasks - Spring

Please remember the learning log contains a list of suggested ideas - feel free to add your own ideas to your child's learning log! no

PE Kits

Please can you make sure that your child has a PE kit in school.  This should be a pair of shorts and a t-shirt (no trainers are required).  These should be clearly labelled and put in a bag, which should also be labelled.  This can then stay in school until the end of the half term when we will send it home to be washed.  Many thanks.

What your child will be doing this term...

Don't forget! mail

Forest School - Monday - Please bring in a pair of wellies that we can keep in school clearly labelled with your child's name. 


Snack - Contribution to healthy snack is £1 per week and can be paid weekly, monthly or termly.  For your information this half term is 8 weeks and next half term is 7 weeks. 


PE  is on a Tuesday - Children will need a kit which should be a pair of shorts and T shirt - clearly labelled with your child's name, which are put in a bag (again labelled) that we can keep in school and send home at half term.

Many thanks!