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We hope you had a restful Easter break!


This summer term our Learning Journey theme is 


Big Chef,little chef!

On their first day back, Bluebell Class arrived at their classroom to hear a radio report about mysterious events happening in Whispering Wood. On investigation, the children discovered clues which led them to the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears,  one of the traditional tales we are using in our learning. We will be talking, sharing and learning a lot about food as a way to support learning across the curriculum: where it comes from, how it grows, how it is prepared and cooked, and the types of food we prefer. We will be using invites, menus and recipe cards as learning resources for literacy, as well as thinking about how we measure ingredients to support our maths learning. In the classroom, we will have two role-play areas set up - a bakery and a garden centre to support our exploration and cross-curricular activities.


Over the course of the term children will enjoy sharing a variety of quality texts which will inspire their learning across all areas of the curriculum.  As well as some more familiar traditional stories these texts also include; 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea' by Judith Kerr, 'Eat Your Greens Goldilocks' by Steve Smallman, 'I Will Not Ever, Never Eat a Tomato' by Lauren Child, 'How Did That Get Into My Lunchbox?' by Chris Butterworth, and 'Thunder Cakes'  by Patricia Polacco.


In maths the Reception children will be continuing their understanding of number, and exploring halving and doubling as well as food measuring activities. Year 1 will continue to develop their independent approach to their learning, focusing on addition and subtraction and working out how to do the inverse of each.



This term will be an opportunity for your children to consolidate their skills in science and geography through the food themes. We will be using the outdoors as a learning area as much as the indoor classroom. In history we will be linking to The Great Fire of London - which started in a bakery on Pudding Lane - and our art and DT activities will also link to our overall foodie theme.



On Wednesdays, Reception children will have the opportunity to attend  Forest Schools, so please can you ensure they have appropriate clothing. On Fridays, the year 1 children will have spellings tested and we will be issuing homework, so please keep an eye on your child's book bag. We also provide a maths game for you to play and enjoy with your child.

Year R children will be sent home with a simple task for them to enjoy completing at home which may link to either phonics, literacy, maths or their wider learning.


As always please read as much as possible with your child to help them develop their skills. They will be continuing with regular phonics sessions in class to help support their reading.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to come in and speak to Ms Smith or one of the Bluebell team.



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