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St Barnabas

& St Paul's Church of England Primary School



Hello and welcome to Class RB’s section on the website! My name is Mrs Phoplunkar and I am the class teacher in RB. I hope you find this information helpful as it will give you an overview of what the children will be learning this term. We aim for all of our lessons and areas of the classroom to be fun, engaging and to create a sense of curiosity and wonder in our children. We have extremely high expectations in Reception and pride ourselves on using impeccable manners and being kind to all.


Please remember that ‘every school day counts’ and we encourage your children to be in school, on time, every day. Please make sure your child arrives at school at 8:30am.


Class RB and Class RP are called ‘Reception’ and we work as one whole unit. This means that the children can flow freely from one classroom to the next, including our private outdoor area which is known as our outdoor classroom.


In our unit, we have four teaching assistants: Mrs Howarth, Mrs McDonald, Mr McKenna and Miss Dent. We also have four teaching assistants who will be supporting individual children who require more support: Miss Desai, Miss Mulla, Mrs Jesthi and Miss Assi. The teacher in RB is Mrs Phoplunkar and your child will spend lots of time with all of the adults in the Reception unit.


Aims for the term

Our aim for this term is to continue to develop the children’s confidence and perseverance as they are encouraged to participate in a wide range of engaging activities and learning experiences. We want each and every child in the EYFS Department to ‘be the best for God that they can be’ and succeed in all that they set out to achieve. We aim to provide opportunities for your children to grow and progress in all areas of the curriculum, develop strong friendships and make excellent choices in all that they do. This term, the children will be exploring the value of hope as they think about what they want to achieve in the new year. We will continue to explore the values of hope, forgiveness, thankfulness, compassion and trust as the children continue on their school journey.



In Reception, learning starts with a curriculum based around quality texts. Oracy, language development and reading are at the heart of our curriculum and specific vocabulary is taught so that pupils develop a wider range of spoken language and improve their understanding and comprehension. We follow a 5-a-day approach and read a focus text over two weeks. On the second week, we will introduce the children to a subsidiary text that links to our focus text such as a poem, rhyme or non-fiction book. We believe this method to be incredibly effective in developing children’s vocabulary, word reading, writing and comprehension. This term in our English lessons, we will be introducing a range of stories and reciting well known poems and rhymes. Through doing this, the children will continue to develop their listening, communication and language skills. Our theme for this term is ‘Amazing Animals’ and the books are selected according to children’s interests and link to the topics where appropriate.



Children will be taught daily whole class phonics sessions using the phonics scheme ‘Read Write Inc’. This term, the children will be introduced to Set Two sounds (ay/ee/igh/ow/oo/oo/ar/or/air/ir/ou/oy) and review and revisit set one sounds (m/a/s/d/t/i/n/p/g/o/c/k/u/b/f/e/l/h/sh/r/j/v/y/w/th/z/ch/qu/x/ng/nk). We will now be focusing on reading and writing CVC words using the sounds we have learnt. The children will also continue to read red words (words that can’t be read using Fred Talk). We will also be focusing strongly on how to form each grapheme correctly.



Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically. We aim for children to develop a deep understanding of the numbers to 10, the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers. This term, we will continue with the White Rose Maths scheme of learning and explore the units ‘Alive in 5!’ and ‘Growing 6, 7, 8’. In these units, we will be focusing on deepening the children’s understanding of numbers to 5 and introduce 6, 7 and 8. We will also be looking at weight, capacity and measuring height and length.




At our school, we believe that learning about other religions and exploring different beliefs helps our pupils to develop a greater understanding of the variety of cultures and religions that make up our wider community. We believe that RE is essential in ensuring that all of our children develop respect for one another and celebrate the diversity of others. This term we will be exploring ‘Stories that Jesus told’.


Understanding the World

Our afternoon lessons concentrate on the area of learning: ‘Understanding the World’. Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. These lessons often link to the overarching theme of the term and this term it is ‘Amazing Animals!’. The topics covered are split into National Curriculum subjects to prepare children for their transition to Year One.



The children will be taught about Animals and explore what makes a living thing. They will also consider habitats and begin to associate some animals with a particular habitat. The children will investigate dinosaurs in their final science unit, where they will identify and name dinosaurs as well as understand how we know dinosaurs once existed. The children will also have lots of opportunities to explore a variety of scientific concepts within continuous provision activities.



In History, the children will be observing different artefacts and exploring dinosaur fossils. They will begin to explore timelines and understand that dinosaurs were alive a very long time ago, considering differences between life now and life then. The children will also compare and contrast various figures from the past such as Mary Anning.



In Geography, the children will continue to explore seasons and explore the associated weathers. We will also be using world maps to explore where some stories are based and begin to learn about features of the world and earth.


Art / DT

In Art and DT, the children will be exploring primary and secondary colours. This will be explored using an exciting text called ‘Mixed: A colourful Story’.



We follow the Charanga scheme of learning in Music and, this term, the focus is ‘Everyone!’. The children are encouraged to listen and respond to different styles of music and learn to sing or sing along with nursery rhymes and action songs. As the children make progress, they will be taught to improvise and lead playing classroom instruments and perform the learning that has taken place.



We follow the Jigsaw PSHE scheme of learning. The children have the task of helping fit together the six pieces of learning about ‘Dreams and Goals’. The unit covers topics such as; aspirations, how to achieve goals and understanding the emotions that go with this in class.



The children are now completing their weekly Phonics Homework book focusing on the sound learnt each day. The Phonics Homework will continue to be sent out every Monday and will need to be returned the following Monday. It is vital that you make sure the phonics homework books are returned on Monday for the relevant practice sheets to be stuck in at school. We ask that you work through one sheet a day, focusing on the sound taught that day.

You will also receive a new homework grid for Spring 1 in the homework book. This will include a grid for the term explaining which tasks need to be completed each week. The activities will be linked to a range of subjects. Please return the homework books every Monday.



The children have a P.E lesson every Friday for an hour. Please make sure your child comes to school in their P.E kit every Friday. They will remain in their P.E kit for the entire day. We follow the Get Set 4 PE scheme of learning and, this term, the children will be taught Dance: Unit 1. We also provide daily gross motor opportunities for the children through our outdoor provision.


Cohort specific information

As the children are now becoming confident with the Set 1 sounds in phonics, please continue to support the children to read at home every day. We are moving on to teaching Set 2 sounds this term and are eager for the children to develop their speed and accuracy in reading. Also, please don’t forget the red words (words that can’t be read using Fred Talk). As the children progress in writing, knowing how to spell the red words will support the children greatly.


Key dates


Trip to the Farm – 3rd February

Chinese New Year – 1st February 2022

Parents invited to join RE lessons – WB: 24.1.22

Parents Reading Talk – Date TBC