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Leiston Primary School

Bumblebee - Miss Otter/Miss Merry

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 Rouse and Miss Golding. Our Reception teaching team also includes Miss Wright. 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:

Friday 9th October - Autumn Term Reports

Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th October - Zoom  Parent Conversations 

Thursday 26th November - Filmed Class Assembly


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. Reading books will be changed twice weekly. 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. This half term, we will be exploring 'Our World', focusing on ourselves, our families and where we live. The focus will be to establish class routines, get to know each other and to ensure that the children feel secure and happy in their new environment. We will:

- Talk about ourselves, our likes and dislikes

- Talk about what we look like and create self portraits using a range of materials

- Talk about who we live with and how our families differ

- Talk about where we live and create models of our homes

- Explore the school and find out about the people there who can help us



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:

Our Power of Reading text this half term is The Blue Penguin:

Power of Reading focuses on the gradual reveal of a story, which promotes inference. Please feel free to read the book to enable you to discuss your child's learning with them at home, but please don't read ahead with your child.



White Rose Maths is used to provide your child with a secure understanding of both number and space, shape and measure. This term, your child will be learning about numbers to 5:

- Reading and writing numbers 0-5

- Counting on and back from a given number up to 5

- Counting reliably a set of objects up to 5

- Saying what is more/less than a given number up to 5

- Addition and subtraction using equipment up to 5

In addition, your child will be learning about time, money and using positional language. You can support this through everyday experiences at home, such as cooking. At this stage, it is important that Maths is practical so please encourage your child to use 'equipment'. Use whatever you have available at home (dried pasta pieces are perfect) and encourage your child to physically touch and move the equipment. 


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. 


Useful Links


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





September 4th 2020

Welcome back!


Firstly, just to say how much we have enjoyed meeting all the children and parents who have been able to come to our stay and play sessions this week.  Although we haven’t been able to have our traditional transition sessions to get to know the children this has been a great start to our new year together in Reception class.


We had lots of questions in the sessions - some which we could answer and some we have had to check. So here is a re cap of some of the main things to remember for next week and beyond.

  1.  Starting time:  You can drop your child off from 8.35 to 8.45 in the playground you enter through the walk way. At least 1 member of the team will be on the door to greet children and other members of staff will be in the classrooms helping the children to hang up coats and wash hands.  You collect children at 3.15 from the same playground.  Please remember to maintain a social distance from others in the playground and exit the school via the one-way system.

  2. Children need to bring their book bag into school each day. 

  3. Children need to bring in a named water bottle into school each day.  Please support the school policy by sending in water rather than juice in bottles. They do not need to bring in a snack as we provide a fruit snack in the morning and milk in the afternoon.

  4. Please send in a change of clothes (for accidents) which we will keep in a plastic bag on your child’s peg.

  5. We have P.E. every Wednesday, when children should come into school dressed in their P.E. kit (t-shirt, shorts/tracksuit bottoms/ school jumper, trainers).  Plimsolls can be sent in and kept on your child’s peg.  Please make sure long hair is tied back and any earrings are either taken out or can be covered with tape.  They will remain in their P.E. kit all day so there is no need to send in uniform to change into.

  6. School meals can be booked through Parent Pay.  If you were in Nursery you already have login details and new parents have been sent home login details today.  All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to universal free school meals.  You can book meals for the week ahead choosing between hot meat, hot vegetarian, jacket potato or “Pick and Mix” (sandwich option).  If you think you may be entitled to free school meals due to your household income being below £16,000 please apply as this means the school will receive extra funding.  This extra money is vital in ensuring that we can support children to the best of our ability. Check to see if you are eligible by following this link

  7. Breakfast Club and Kidsmix after school clubs are open to Reception children.  For breakfast club children MUST be dropped off at school Reception at the beginning of the session at 8.05 am. For Kidsmix children can only be collected at the end of the session at 4.30 pm.  Please note children must be booked into these clubs before the day.

  8. We are also sending home an “All About Me” sheet for you to complete with your child at home.  Please send this back to school on Monday. 

  9. Children throughout the  school are not allowed to bring in any toys from home due to our enhanced hygiene measures to keep everybody safe.  We appreciate your support with this.

Many thanks

Reception Team