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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 Tarambikos, Mrs Rouse and Miss Golding. Our Reception teaching team also includes Ms 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: 


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 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 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, our topic is 'Traditional Tales'. We will be learning to orally retell stories. 



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 Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei Tolstoy:

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 10:

- Reading and writing numbers 

- Counting on and back from a given number 

- Counting reliably a set of objects 

- Saying what is more/less than a given number 

- Addition and subtraction using equipment 

In addition, your child will be learning about matching pairs, length, height and time. You can support their learning through everyday tasks such as matching socks when you sort the washing. You could build, compare and measure towers or family members. Discussions about everyday activities are a fantastic way to teach your child about time. You can talk about how long everyday activities take and the times they are completed. You could set each other challenges (for example, how many star jumps can you do in a minute?)


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


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





Answers to some frequently asked questions:


  1.  You can drop your child off between 8.35 and 8.45. 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 their coats and wash their hands.  You collect your child at 3.15. Please remember to maintain a social distance from others in the playground, wear a face covering 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. 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 PE every Wednesday. Children should come into school dressed in their PE kit (shorts or tracksuit bottoms, tshirt, school jumper and 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 PE kit all day so there is no need to send in uniform for them 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. 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,


The Reception Team