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Flying Bull


Summer 2022

Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed a restful Easter break. This half term our Reception classes will be going 'Up, Up and Away' as we embark on our brand new topic for Summer term. The children will take on the roles of adventurers and explorers as we travel the world finding out about different cultures, traditions and communities. During our travels we will be investigating various modes of transport from hot air balloons to boats and aircraft. 

In Phonics we will be continuing to learn our digraphs and trigraphs and blending sounds to read simple words. In English our focus will be stories from around the world as well as writing simple sentences and instructions. In Maths we will be concentrating on developing our understanding of numbers with a particular focus on number bonds to and of 10.

We will be investigating floating and sinking as part of our adventures across the sea and the children will also be exploring a range of materials to find out which are best for different types of transport. 

We are really looking forward to getting started. Please come and speak to us if you have any questions.


Mrs Bates and Mrs Barker  


Spring 2022

Welcome back!

We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and managed to spend time with family and friends. We have been really pleased with how well the children have settled back into school already.

This half term our learning will be focusing on pets and how to care for them. We will provide the children with hands on experiences with different pets and discuss the similarities and differences between them. The children will be encouraged to use their sounds to begin writing short captions and sentences about the animals and how to look after them. We will be continuing to explore numbers up to 10 and finding ways to arrange and display numbers. They will also think about the composition of numbers and different ways to make them. We will be singing a range of animal songs and adding instruments to follow a simple beat. They will develop their joining skills to produce an animal of their choice.

Please remember how important it is to read with your child every day and record it in their reading record.

Thank you for your ongoing support, 

Mrs Bates and Mrs Barker

(Year R teachers)


Autumn 2021

Welcome to all our new starters in Year R. We are so excited to finally meet you all and show you around your new classrooms. We plan to have lots of fun in Reception and we can’t wait to get started. This half term our focus will be settling the children into school life and ensuring that they all have a smooth transition into Year R. 

Our topic this half term is ‘Fairy Tales’ and we will be exploring some favourites as well as some lesser known fairy tales. You can support your child at home by reading Fairy Tales and talking about them together. We will also be starting our phonics programme and your child will begin learning all about letters and their corresponding sounds. We will be practising forming letters in fun and imaginative ways. Look out for this on Tapestry! We will also be starting number work and will be using the Number Blocks series to explore numbers further. 

Miss Churchill and Mrs Barker are available to answer any questions via our Year R email address