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Leiston Primary School

Bumblebee - Miss Otter/Miss Kinrade

Welcome Back

Our topic this half term is 'Garden Secrets, Growing Things'. We are really looking forward to enjoying the warmer weather and exploring the great outdoors as we learn about plants and minibeasts. Our Power of Reading text is 'Yucky Worms' by Vivian French but please don't share this story with your child, as it will gradually be revealed during our Literacy sessions. In maths we will continue to follow the White Rose Maths scheme. 


Please bring bookbags in on a Monday so that we can enter those children that have read four times into the weekly 'Reading Golden Ticket' draw. We will then give your child new books and/or ditty sheets for the week ahead. Thank you for supporting us by reading as regularly as possible with your child - don't forget to record any reading in your child's reading record! Please leave bookbags at home for the remainder of the week. You are welcome to leave a change of clothes/shoes at school. Please ensure that your child has a labelled bottle of water and sunhat as the weather gets warmer. PE continues to be on a Wednesday so please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately.


We will continue to use Learning Book to assess your child's progress throughout the summer term and will also be uploading weekly homework tasks to Seesaw. Please get in touch if you need any support accessing either of these and contact either of us with any questions or concerns.

Learning from Home


Anashe made a brilliant bed for Goldilocks. Anashe's been working really hard with Mummy and has made brilliant progress with his writing. Look at those fantastic patterns on the duvet Anashe - brilliant pencil control!

Otis created a recipe for The Gingerbread Man and then made some real ones with Mummy. Great work Otis - they look delicious!
Ivy has drawn a super story map to help her retell the story of The Gingerbread Man. Ivy remembered all the key events from the story in order and even added some key words. Super story telling Ivy - we loved listening to your version of the story!
Jodie wrote a letter from Goldilocks to the Bears. Jodie worked really hard to write this letter all by herself with no help from Mummy. You can see that Jodie has thought really carefully about what she would like to write and has used all of the sounds that we have been learning in phonics. Superstar writing Jodie - we are incredibly proud of you!

Welcome to Bumblebee Class!

Welcome to Bumblebee Class' webpage. Here you will find information about the school week and what we are learning, as well as links to useful websites and tips to support your child's learning at home. Our class page will be updated regularly, so please be sure to check often for any updates. 


Bumblebee Class is taught by Miss Otter (Monday and Tuesday) and Miss Merry (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) alongside our fabulous teaching assistants Mrs Tarambikos, Mrs Rouse and Miss Golding. Ms Wright is another teacher in the Reception team. Your child will have the opportunity to work with all the team, who will lead activities and support them throughout the day. Please see below for a links to Miss Otter's and Miss Merry's profiles, so you can get to know a little more about the teachers. 

Key dates this term: 

Coming soon...

Key information about the school week:


The school day begins at 8.45am and finishes at 3.15pm. Teachers will be available before and after school, so please approach us with any questions or concerns. Appointments can be made if a longer discussion is required. Please support us by arriving punctually and encouraging your child to come into school independently. 



It is important that your child experiences reading at home as regularly as possible. Please aim to read every day. Just ten minutes a day can have a tremendous impact. Reading every day exposes children to a variety of reading materials and vocabulary, and allows children to develop their story language. Nursery rhymes, rhyming stories and poems are also great as they allow children to experience rhyme and rhythm. By the end of Reception, children are expected to read and understand simple sentences, demonstrating this by talking with others about what they have read. You can support your child at home by:

- Setting aside a quiet and special time to read together every day

- Talking about what they have read and asking questions:

  • What is happening in the picture?
  • Where does the story take place?
  • Who are the characters in the story?
  • How is the character feeling?
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • What happened in the story?
  • How does the story make you feel?

Please write in your child's reading journal every time you hear them read. When you write a comment, we know that you have read the book at home and can change it for a new one. Your child will also visit the school library to choose books to take home to share with you. 



Your child will have one PE session a week. Please ensure that they always have a full PE kit in school, should the timetable change. Long hair should be tied up and earrings removed or covered with tape. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own belongings and to be as independent as possible. Please support your child by ensuring that all of their clothing is clearly labelled and by practising the skills at home (for example, buttons, zips and laces).  


Personal belongings

Please ensure that your child has a clearly labelled water bottle. Your child will have free flow access to the outdoor area so we ask that your child has appropriate clothing for the weather (coats in the winter and hats in the summer). We also ask that your child leaves any toys at home. Please ensure that all belongings are clearly labelled so that any misplaced items can be returned to your child. 



Teaching and learning:

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, there are 7 areas of learning:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

The prime areas are in bold and are the areas considered fundamental to success in all areas. Each area has an early learning goal, which is the end of Reception expectation. These can be found listed in Development Matters in the link below:


Teaching and learning is a mixture of adult focus and child led learning activities throughout the day.



Your child will have daily discrete phonics sessions. We follow the Read Write Inc. programme. In phonics, your child will learn to recognise the sounds individual letters make, recognise the sounds combinations of letters make and then blend these sounds together to read words. Your child will also learn how to segment words into sounds to write words. Please support your child by reading with them as often as possible and using the resources sent home to practise their recognition of phonemes and special friends. You can check that you are saying the sounds correctly by watching the pronunciation videos below:

Set 1:

Set 2:

Here is an example of a Read Write Inc. phonics session in action:



Power of Reading is used to teach your child Literacy through high quality books and creative teaching approaches, such as art and drama, allowing your child to explore books in depth and develop reading comprehension. The Talk for Writing approach is also used to allow your child to imitate orally an existing text and then use the language in their own writing. By the end of Reception, your child is expected to write a sentence that can be read by themselves and others. You can support this by providing them with writing materials at home and encouraging writing in their play (for example, writing potion recipes together).

Here is an example of Talk For Writing in action:



White Rose Maths is used to provide your child with a secure understanding of both number and space, shape and measure. By the end of Reception, your child should be able to:

- count reliably to 20, order numbers and say which number is one more or less than a given number

- add and subtract single digit numbers

- solve problems involving doubling, halving and sharing

- use language about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare and solve problems

- recognise, create and describe patterns

- use mathematical language to describe shapes


Continuous Provision

In Reception play based learning is promoted and achieved through continuous provision. We plan the environment carefully to ensure that the provision provides challenge and meets the needs of your child. There will be invitations for learning, set up by adults and linked to the topic, but your child will also have have the ability to direct their own play. Your child will have free flow access to the outside area at all times. Playful adults will play alongside your child, introducing new language, providing challenge and making online assessments on Learning Book, which you are able to access from home. 


Useful Links


We use Seesaw to set home learning tasks. Please contact a member of the team if you need support accessing your child's account. 


The Book Trust - expert advice on supporting reading


Oxford Owl - a wealth of resources across the curriculum


National Numeracy - expert advice on supporting maths


Phonics Play - resources to support phonics


Top Marks - games to support learning across the curriculum but particularly useful for maths


Cosmic Kids - yoga through story