Week commencing 18/6/18

This week we are continuing our holiday theme. We will hopefully be setting up a campsite in our outside area if the weather allows. We will be pitching a tent, making a pretend camp fire and bbq. We will sing campfire songs and maybe even toast some marshmallows. Remember it is non-school uniform day on Friday. If the children could bring a contribution of £1 or some sweets for our Summer Fair that would be great. Swimming as usual on Tuesday.

Week commencing 11/6/18

This week we will be talking and writing about our trip to Sacrewell Farm (photos to follow). The children were all brilliantly behaved and we all had a great time. We will also be continuing our topic on Holidays, setting up an Ice cream parlour, talking about sun safety and making Father's Day cards. In Maths we will be problem solving, solving problems to do with all the areas in maths we have learnt this year. This week is Multi faith week and on Thursday we will be joining up with Year 1 and 2 to take part in activities to do with Hinduism.

Our topic for Term 6 is Wish You Were Here/Under the Sea

Week commencing 4/6/18

This week our topic is 'Holidays' We will be discussing our favourite holidays and what we like to do on holiday. We will be using maps to locate where in the world we go on holiday. We will also be writing packing lists and making our own passports. In maths we will be looking at teen numbers, partitioning teen numbers into tens and ones and using ten frames to help us. We have swimming as usual on Tuesday morning, a Samba Drumming workshop on Tuesday afternoon and our Summer trip to Sacrewell farm on Friday. A busy first week back!

Week commencing 21/5/18

This week is Scarecrow Week! Our class is entering a competition to design and make a scarecrow entirely of recycled materials. The finished scarecrow will be shown and judged at the Rutland County Show on Sunday 3rd June. This week we will be talking about how farmers use scarecrows, designing our own scarecrows and coming up with a final design together. We will hopefully have a finished scarecrow by the end of the week. In maths this week we are looking at money and setting up a shop outside every day to practice counting and paying with money.

Week commencing 14/5/18

This week we will be reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar. WE will be talking about the life cycle of a butterfly and making pasta representations of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly! We will also be choosing our own very hungry creatures and making booklets all about them. In maths we are looking at halving this week. We will be halving shapes and oranges and pizzas. We couldn't let this week go by without celebrating the Royal Wedding so we will also be doing some fun activities around that. We may even have our own little Royal tea party!

Week commencing 8/5/18

This week as a continuation of our topic we will be looking at minibeasts. We will set up an investigation table and go on a bug hunt. If the children have any books on bugs and minibeasts they are very welcome to bring them in. In maths we are going to be looking at doubles. We will be doing symmetry pictures by painting dots on butterflies and discussing the doubles. We will also be playing domino games and solving problems to do with doubles. Swimming is on Tuesday so don't forget swim kits!

Week commencing 16/4/18


Our topic this term is How does your garden grow?

Our key learning this week

This week we shall be observing the sunflower seeds we planted last term. We will be discussing the different parts of a plant and making a sunflower diary. We shall be looking at Van Gogh and his Sunflowers painting and having a go at our own still life painting. In maths we will be counting and ordering numbers to 20 and looking at one more and one less within those numbers.

Our key learning this week

This week is Science week at school so we are taking the opportunity to think and learn about recycling and looking after our environment. We shall be doing a litter pick around the school and talking about recycling and how we can recycle more at school. Our science day is on Thursday when we will be getting together with Years 1 and 2 and taking part in a carousel of science based activities. In maths we are looking at addition and introducing subtraction.


Our topic this term is Once Upon a Story

Week commencing 19th February

Our key learning this week

This week we are starting our Once Upon a Story topic. We will be reading Little Red Riding Hood, re-telling the story using puppets, sequencing and taking part in lots of writing activities.

In maths we will be looking at the number 14. We will also be investigating length, size and distance.

In RE we will be learning about and taking part in activities to do with Lent.

You can find the February newsletter here.

Week commencing 5th February

Our key learning this week

This week our theme is sea travel. We will be reading Lost and Found and re-telling the story using puppets. We will also be drawing, painting and writing about Noah's Ark.

We will be carrying out a floating and sinking investigation and making and sailing out own model boats.

In Maths we are continuing to look at addition, 2D and 3D shapes.

Week commencing 29th January

Our key learning this week.

This week our theme is air travel. We will be compiling our own fact files on our choice of air travel.

We will be following instructions to make paper planes and we will be looking at maps and making maps of our playground.

For numeracy we are looking at adding 2 groups of numbers and finding out what number we will have altogether.

We also have our bikeability class.

Our Fire Station trip.

The children had a fantastic time at the Fire Station today. They all had a chance to climb into and explore the fire engines. They looked at the hoses and even tried on some of the firemen's uniforms!

Week commencing 8/1/18

Our key learning this week.

This week is Aspirations week and as part of that we will be visiting Oakham Fire Station on Monday to talk to the Fire fighters and explore the fire trucks and maybe have a go with the hose! On Tuesday there might even be a visit from a farmer with his tractor!

This week is also the start of our topic on Transport. 

We will be writing about our experiences at the Fire Station, reading Duck in a truck, and sorting and grouping different types of transport.

In maths we will be looking at the number 11 and using a ten frame to help us understand 10's and 1's.


If any parents are free to walk with us on Monday morning, we will be leaving for the Fire Station at approx 10 am and should be back at school in time for lunch. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou.


Our topic this term is Transport

The latest EYFS Newsletter can be found here.

Week commencing 3/1/18

Our key learning this week.

This week we will be talking and writing about our Christmas holidays. We will be finding out about the feast of The Epiphany.


The children had a great time on Wednesday at the farm park. There were a few cold toes but they all enjoyed seeing Santa and warming up in the cafe afterwards!

Advent 2017.

We started off our RE topic 'Birthday' by preparing a Birthday party for our class teddy-Scruff. The children wrote invitations, made cards, cakes and wrapped presents, ending the day with a party.

On Friday 1st Dec we talked about Advent. We started by looking at our Advent baubles. The children will be recognising the correct numeral and taking down the bauble to find a promise and a treat hidden behind. One of our first promises was to look after someone feeling sad that day.

We looked at an Advent wreath and made our own Advent wreath crowns.

Bakery trip.

We had a lovely trip to the bakery last week. We found out how the bread is made and we bought some cakes for the teachers back at school. 

We were all given a lovely goody bag to take home. 

Thank you to Hambleton Bakery for a great trip.

  Grandparents day    29th Sept. 

It was lovely welcoming Grandparents into our classroom today. The children were very excited and we had a great morning.


We have been finding out about our bodies. We wondered what would happen if we had no bones!  

The children have all settled extremely well and appear to be very happy!

We have enjoyed getting to know the children and finding out their interests and what makes each child special.

Must do at home, please: (reviewed termly)

You may want to look at these sites/information in order to help when you are looking at the letters/sounds with your child.

For help with sound pronunciation-


To help with letter formation, this is a list of the letters and the rhyme to go with each as your child forms the letter.

Additional ways to support your child:

Read Write Inc.

We use the phonics scheme Read Write Inc. at English Martrys.  This PowerPoint presentation explains how it works.

Please click here for worksheets to help with formation of letters to practice with your child at home. 

Early learning goals

Early learning goals information for parents can be found here.

As many of you are aware we are currently using the Maths Mastery approach when teaching Numeracy in Early Years and we thought it might be helpful to show you a short lesson that demonstrates some of the techniques and strategies we use when teaching Numeracy to the children. Although this particular lesson was filmed last year with the current Year 1 children it is a good example of a typical maths lesson. If any of you would like to find out more about Maths Mastery, we will be running a short workshop towards the end of January - (dates to follow).

The password to view the video is Oakham.