Chaffinches Reception 2022 - 2023

Mrs Larbey

Mrs Ducker

Welcome to our Class Page!


We hope you've had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

We have been planning lots of lovely activities for our next half term, so we hope you are all ready to start 2023 with a bang in Chaffinches!


Spring 1

Our Topic is Transport!



To start the new year we will be looking at all things Planes, Trains and Automobiles! We noticed that lots of the children show interest in the cars and bikes, and loved learning about rockets from our Space topic last term. Therefore, we are first going to delve into looking at all the different types of vehicles there are.  Our focused text to begin with will be  'Mr Grumpy's Outing' by John Burningham. The children will learn the story using Talk For Writing which is an engaging teaching framework developed by Pie Corbett. It enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally, before reading and analysing it, and then writing their own version. We are hoping to plan our class trip to Manchester Airport soon, and then from this the children's outcome will be a recount piece of writing. More details about our trip to follow soon!




Phonics is the system we use to teach children to read and we do this using Oxford Owl. It teaches children the link between letters and the sounds they represent. Your child will be taught the most straightforward letters, and the sounds they make. For example, they will be taught that the letter ‘m’ represents an mmm sound and the letters ‘oa’ represent an oh sound. They will learn how sounds can be put together (blend) to make words. For example, they will learn that the sounds of the letters ‘m-a-t’ blend together to make the word ‘mat’. Your child will then learn more sounds and will start blending them too.

Please continue to help your child at home by using the letter cards we sent home. You can encourage your child by asking them to use their 'robot arms' to segment the sounds and then clap to blend them togther. Please try and read with your child at home as much as possible as this really benefits with consolidating new taught sounds.

****Please find our Early Reading Meeting Power Point from September underneath for your reference****




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For Spring term 1 we will continue to dive into numbers to 10, learning one a week. When we begin we will revisit the numbers 0-5 and consolidate this learning. We will then learn the number 6 we will look at it in all different representations. For example, counting to 6, how 6 is made (3+3, 5+1 etc), a shape with 6 sides, measuring 6 cm, weighing 6 items and much more! Alongside this the children will be involved in lots of practical activities to support their learning. 



Working Together

You know your child better than anyone, which is why at Cuddington we work on developing positive relationships with parents. We use the app called Tapestry so that parents can see what their child has been engaging in and learning about in school. Your can also upload your weekend adventures onto here, so we can see what you have been up to.

Please note that Stay and Play is going to change to just one day and this will now be on Thursday mornings 8:40-9:15am.

****Stay and Play will begin on the second week back, Thursday 12th January***


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Please feel free to ask us any questions you might have or email. Mrs Larbey will teach the children Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and Mrs Ducker Thursday and Friday. Mrs Jennings is with our children everyday. 


Mrs Ducker

Assistant SENCo & Reception Teacher


Mrs Larbey

P.E Lead & Reception Teacher










































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