Year R – Mrs Osborne Yellow Class

Welcome to Yellow Class – Mrs Osborne

Summer Term 1 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

During this half term those of us in Reception will be learning about ‘Changes’.

This unit is part of the Early Years programme of the International Primary Curriculum. This new curriculum has been specially written for young children who are in schools out of their home country and sets out clearly what children should learn in four groups or ‘strands’ – these are called ‘Independence and Interdependence’, ‘Communicating’, ‘Exploring’, and ‘Healthy Living’.

The activities which have been planned will cover these strands in the following ways.

Independence and Interdependence

The children will have the opportunity to dress up and take on different roles in different contexts — as a prince or princess in a castle, for example. They will also explore their own family background when thinking about changes in their own lives.


Children will use language skills in a variety of contexts and enjoy changing rhymes and stories. They will explore paint and find out about how to mix and change colours.


Throughout this theme the children will explore the world around them using a variety of materials. They will be encouraged to try things out and be curious when taking part in simple investigations into changing materials, for example watching ice melt.

Healthy Living

The children will need to pay attention and to concentrate during these investigations. They will also have the opportunity to talk about their emotions when they discuss change in their own lives.

As always, we welcome any support or suggestions which you may have and are very grateful for your continued support.

Many thanks,

The Reception Team

Spring Term 2  2017

There are some exciting things happening in Yellow class. We planted broad beans, which are now growing brilliantly. We also have some frog spawn, which we will be watching change over the next couple of weeks.

In Maths this week, we will be looking at 2D and 3D shapes – square, circle, triangle, star and rectangle. Cube, sphere, cone and pyramid.

The children are making great progress in reading and writing. Some children are struggling with blending the phonemes, so lots of practise of this is needed. Please ask if you need any tips on this.


We had a fun packed week for World Book Week! The children went to other classes, to take part in various activities linked to books. These activities also had a science theme. It was lovely to see all the children dressed up on Thursday – there were some fabulous costumes. The week was finished off with a theatre show of The Gruffalo.

We had our first Reading Cafe last week and it was lovely to see parents playing games with their children. I hope you find the phonics pack useful. Don’t worry if you can’t make your allocated Reading Cafe, a pack will be sent home for you.

This week we will be focusing on counting and ordering. We will match numerals to quantities, as well as adding and subtracting.

We look forward to a great week.

Mrs Osborne



Spring Term 1  2017

Last week we learnt about weight. We used the vocabulary ‘heavy’, ‘heavier’, light’, ‘lighter’ and ‘balance’. We used balance scales to compare the weight of different objects. In addition we learnt that bigger does not always mean heavier.

In English, we looked at rhyme. We sang rhyming songs and thought of words which rhyme, for example cat – mat – hat. This is a tricky concept to acquire, so any practise you can do at home is really helpful.

We read the story of Chinese New Year about the animal race and looked at some celebrations for Chinese New Year. The children enjoyed colouring pictures related to it but needed reminding that Chinese people really like the colours red and gold.

This week we will be looking at capacity and our story focus will be The Gingerbread man.





We a great time last week. It’s fabulous to see the children independently trying to use their phonic knowledge to write. This week we will be looking at rhyme. We will sing some rhyming songs as well as think of rhyming words, for example dog and log. If you are out and about, you could verbally do this. Maybe think of words to rhyme with car, bus or rain. You could even make up your own words too.

In Maths we practised counting and sorting objects. We showed them how to move objects, as they count, so that they count accurately.

We had a lovely surprise last week! Year two had a fire safety talk by the local fire service and we took the opportunity to go out to see the fire engine. The children thoroughly enjoyed this and asked a lot of interesting questions.

Mrs Osborne and Miss Bailey




It’s hard to believe that we are already a couple of weeks into the 2nd term. We can see how the children are growing, which is fabulous. This term we are looking at changes in state, animals and ourselves, beginning with water and ice. We will also be baking next week, to show the changes in a cake mix to cake. Our linked topic is ‘Let’s Pretend’, where we will learn different traditional tales, the structure of stories and how to change stories or rhymes.

In Phonics we have been busy learning phase 2 phonemes, with some children moving on to phase 3. We will send home the phase 3 phonemes, when relevant, along with another list of the phase 2 phonemes.

Some children have already received their first certificate for home reading. Thank you for supporting this. Reading is so important to the children’s overall progress and reading even 5 minutes daily will make a huge difference.

As all children have some knowledge of phonics, we are encouraging them to mark make every time they do a drawing. This could be writing their name, if they can’t yet, writing the initial sounds for what they have drawn or writing a caption. With Maths, please continue to carry on getting them to count at every opportunity. Also use vocabulary such as bigger, most, more, lots – this can be done when out shopping. You could practise colours with them and spot shapes when out and about.

Please ensure that all clothing is labelled, as this makes it much easier to reunite mislaid items with the correct children.

If you have any queries then please ask, the end of the day is usually better, but if I could ask that you wait until the other children have been dismissed, that would be much appreciated.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Osborne


Autumn Term 2  2016

We’ve had a very productive week. Rehearsals are in full swing and the children are enjoying the songs. Phonics learning is going well and the children are trying to blend phonemes to read words. Some of the children are also segmenting the phonemes to help them write words!

It is really important that children read at home, at least five times a week. Even if they have a book without words, they need to be verbally telling the story. The more language and vocabulary they are exposed to will enhance their writing later on.

In maths this week we looked at shape. We reinforced knowledge of square, rectangle, circle and triangle. We also learnt hexagon and pentagon. We learnt properties of the shapes e.g. a square has 4 equal sides and 4 corners. You could look for shapes in the environment.

Please ensure that your child’s reading books and record are in their book bag every day and not just their reading day. This is because we try to have additional reading, in a group or with the reading dog.

Next week we will be looking at animal families. Please talk to your child about pets you may have or animals they may like.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Osborne and Miss Bailey

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This week we have been looking at size and ordering objects. We used the vocabulary small, medium and big, as well as alternative words such as little. The children chose the biggest objects and smallest. You can practise this at home by asking them to order things, such as fruit, from the smallest to the biggest. We also looked at colour and sorted objects by colour.

We focused on the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, discussing how the bears are a family. We looked at our own families, who is in them and how to write mum and dad.

The children used different materials to make beds and chairs. They found it difficult to use junk modelling to make them but did make some using Numicon shapes.

We have started learning the songs for our Christmas performance, which the children are really enjoying.

The children have been learning the phonemes s-a-t-p-i-n-m-d – you can practise these with them and also try putting some sounds together to make a word e.g. s-a-t = sat p-a-t = pat etc. Also ask them what sound things begin with. This can be phonemes they haven’t learnt yet, as it’s about hearing the sound e.g. what sound does ‘chip’ begin with? (ch)

Next week we will be using the story The Three Little Pigs to enhance our learning.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Osborne

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We’ve had a busy week! The children made poppies and a wreath for Remembrance Day, which looked fabulous. We were very proud of how well they all conducted themselves at the short service around the tree.

We finished off our learning based on Room on the Broom and learnt about sequencing a story. It was National Nursery Rhyme week, so we focused on a different Nursery Rhyme each day. They really enjoyed Doctor Foster, which they thought was hilarious.

In Maths we did some more work on reciting, recognising and writing numerals to 10. Some children went up to 15.

It’s amazing how fast the Christmas season is approaching and, as a team, we have been busy preparing our Christmas performance. Letters about costumes should be out this week.

This week we are linking the story of Goldilocks with our IPC topic. Maybe you could read this story with your child, also in your home language.

We seem to acquire pieces of uniform, but as they don’t have names on them, it’s difficult to know who they belong to. Please check that your child’s name is on all items and that it hasn’t faded.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Osborne



This week we are not learning any new phonemes, as we are assessing the children in Phonics.

Please keep practising

a – as in apple

s – as in snake

t – as in tennis

p – as in pan

i – as in ink

n – as in net

m – as in mat

d – as in dog

We have also been beginning to learn to blend sounds to read words, for example:

t-a-p = tap         p – i – n = pin         m – a – t = mat

In Maths we are working at being confident in counting objects to 10 and forming numerals correctly. When you are shopping you could ask your child to get quantities of food e.g. 5 apples. You could also ask what one more would be.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Osborne

Autumn Term 1 2016

It’s hard to believe that half a term has passed already! The children have settled in really well and loved learning our new phonemes (sounds). We have learnt s-a-t-p and have begun blending these sounds to make the words – sat and pat and sap. It is important that the children say the pure sounds. This means that they say ‘Mmm’ for ‘m’ and not ‘m-uh’. The link below will take you to a video of all the sounds being pronounced the correct way.

In Maths we are learning numbers. It is good if the children can recite counting to 20, however we are now also associating the number with an amount, so counting objects. This is easy to reinforce when you are out and about. You could ask your child to pick you 6 bananas, at the shop, and get them to count them out loud or count the sweets in a packet etc.

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the Harvest assembly. We were so proud of how well the children did. They have only been in school a few weeks but sang beautifully and confidently.

Please do remember that children should only have water in their water bottles. Squash is fine for their packed lunch drink but please ensure they only have water in the class bottle. Other children do notice that some have juice and feel it’s unfair that they don’t. When we refill their bottles, it’s always with water and they happily drink it.

The second half of the Autumn term is always very hectic, with preparing for Christmas and our Christmas show but the children will continue to do a lot of learning.

We feel that we have had a super first half term and look forward to the next. Thank you for your support.

Mrs Osborne, Mrs Watson and Miss Nichols

What a fun-packed week we’ve had!

Some children expressed an interest in Space, so we set up a space area and added some books. They enjoyed it so much that we are continuing with it but will get the children to make things to add to it. We changed the role-play area into a restaurant, which has been hugely successful and Mrs Watson, Miss Nichols and myself have enjoyed popping in for a ‘meal’.

There has been a lot of problem solving going on, where the children have been working out ways of joining lots of pipes together to get water to travel.

We are busy getting ready for our Harvest assembly, with the children enjoying singing our Harvest songs.

If you have any empty kitchen rolls, we would be grateful if you could send them in over the next week – this is for something we think the children will enjoy making. Unfortunately we are unable to accept empty toilet rolls, so just kitchen rolls please.

I am looking forward to seeing you at Parents’ evening Tuesday or Wednesday.

Remember the Book Fair will be available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Many Thanks

Mrs Osborne, Mrs Watson and Miss Nichols


We had another great week in Yellow class. The children really enjoyed creating a person by cutting different materials to make clothes and putting faces and hair on. They chose whether they were creating mummy, daddy, nanny, grandad or someone else. For ‘finger gym’ we were putting small sequins on to a flower template. Finger gym helps to exercise the muscles needed for pencil grip and build on the pincer grip. Some children have shown real perseverance by working hard to build the railway track, which wasn’t easy.

The class is becoming familiar with the songs we sing throughout the day and it’s lovely to see everyone beginning to join in.

Please remember to send in a photo of one room in your house, so that the children can talk about their home. This is important for communication and language skills.

If you pass any conkers on your way to school, we would love the children to bring one or two in please.

We look forward to another exciting week and hope the weather stays kind to us.

Many thanks

Mrs Osborne, Mrs Watson and Miss Nichols

We had a lovely first week in Reception. The children are doing very well at coming in by themselves in the mornings. We spent last week getting to know each other, whilst trying out lots of new activities.

I would like to say thank you to all the parents and carers for your patience at home time. As we get to know you dismissing will become much quicker.   Also thank you for labelling your children’s belongings – it makes a huge difference.

If possible, we would really like the children to bring in a photo of a room in their home. This is for our topic and to encourage talking about different rooms; what we use them for and to link their own life to the role-play areas in the classroom.

Remember Tuesday is Roald Dahl day and your children may dress as a character from one of his stories, if they would like to.

We look forward to another great week but if you have any questions please come and speak to one of us.

Many Thanks

Mrs Osborne, Mrs Watson and Miss Nichols

Dear Parents/Carers

Over the next few weeks those of us in Reception will begin a new topic called ‘Family and Friends’.

This unit is part of the Early Years programme of the International Primary Curriculum. This unit looks at ‘independence and interdependence, communicating, exploring and healthy living.

The activities which have been planned will cover these strands in the following ways.

Independence and Interdependence

During these first few weeks the children will learn how to get along with each other and have opportunities to play alone, alongside and with other children. They will need to begin to take responsibility for their own belongings.


We will learn simple rhymes and the children will listen to stories. The children will make simple pictures of themselves and their families. They will see their own name-card all around the classroom. The children will be introduced to numbers and be involved in simple counting activities.


Throughout this theme the children will be encouraged to take part in domestic role-play in the house area. This will give them the opportunity to learn about social relationships.

They will use simple reference materials to learn about families.

Healthy living

The children will learn about expressing emotions and emotional needs. Each day will bring opportunities for coping with change.

In addition, we will be learning about homes and houses – how they differ; what they are made of and what type of house we have and also animal homes. We will also be making models of houses.

Towards the end of this unit you will be invited to come and look at the work the children have done.

Other information:

Our PE days are as follows; Monday = Yellow class and Wednesday = red class. Please ensure that the children come to school with hair tied back and no earrings in on those days. Earrings should be stud earrings only, not hoops or dangly ones, for safety reasons.

If you haven’t already, please send in your ‘All about me’ book, so that these can be shared.

If you have any questions or worries, please speak to one of the Reception team.

Many thanks

Mrs Osborne, Miss Cragg, Mrs Watson, Mrs Plitsch and Miss Nichols

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