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Welcome to Saplings Class!

Welcome to Sapling!

Welcome to our Reception class page! We are the smallest children in the school and are always "busy learning."  Miss Latimer is our teacher and Miss Ansell and Mrs Hart are our Teaching Assistants.  Throughout the year I will add links and information about ways to help your children's learning at home, as well as keeping you up to date with what we have been doing at school :)


Key information:

At school your child needs - a water bottle, sun hat, wellies in a bag, a coat, a book bag and a P.E. kit. Please ensure that all of your children's items are clearly named.


Your child will be taking part in P.E. on a Friday morning. Please can you ensure that their P.E. kit is brought in, and it will be sent home at the end of every half term for washing. If your child has earrings, please ensure that these are removed on P.E. days, as they will not be allowed to take part in P.E. with earrings in.


It is very important to us to promote British Values from an early age. This is how we do so:



  • Speaking and listening activities promote discussions
  • Making decisions together
  • Listening to each other’s opinions
  • Turn taking, sharing and collaboration

Individual Liberty:

  • Freedom for all
  • Developing a positive sense of themselves
  • We listen to every child through pupil voice
  • Through our PSHE curriculum the children’s rights are promoted
  • The children are encouraged to make the right choices about how they learn and how they behave

Mutual Respect and Tolerance:

  • The classroom rules help children to understand how to share and look after each other
  • The children learn about different cultures, faiths and religions. They are encouraged to show respect and tolerance for different people, faiths, cultures and languages
  • The children study art and listen to music which reflects multicultural Britain
  • The children celebrate special days and festivals throughout the year

Rule of Law:

  • The children learn about their rights and responsibilities. They also learn about consequences of behavior and also learn to distinguish between right and wrong.
  • The children have agreed to abide by the rules and understand that these rules apply to everyone

First 45 Key Words

This is a copy of your child's first 45 key words. Please help your child with learning to read these words at home, as many of them are very common words, and many also cannot be read phonetically. Once your child can confidently read their first 45 key words, please let a member of our Reception team know, and we can check this at school (we will let you know when). If you have any queries, please let me know :)

On 6th November I delivered an Early Reading and Phonics Workshop, and on the 13th November I delivered a Mathematics in the EYFS Workshop. I have uploaded the presentations in case you could not attend, or if you would like further information for use at home.

I have also uploaded a cursive letter formation sheet, to help you with your child's writing at home.

Week commencing 13th November

This week Reception have been very busy learning about their new Food topic! We started with the story Handa's Surprise. We talked about the interesting fruits in the story and the lovely describing words used. We decided to write shopping lists of different fruit that we would like to eat, as I told the children that we would be making a fruit salad on Thursday. I was so impressed with their beautiful writing! Well done. Today we made our fruit salad, and I was so pleased that a lot of children tasted fruit they never had before, and told me they liked it! We talked about how good fruit is for us, and came up with our own lovely describing words for the fruit, including "juicy, squishy, delicious, tasty and sweet". 
In phonics we finished off Phase 2 and started Phase 3. Next week we will be learning the new sounds "w, x, y and z". We will continue to practise our tricky words "the, to, I, go, no and into", please practise these at home, as well as your child's first 45 key words.
In maths we have been doing our own fruit surveys to find out which fruit our friends like, and which is most and least popular! We have also been very busy estimating and counting to check.
Tomorrow (Friday 17th) your child is allowed to wear a spotty accessory to school along with their school uniform. Please donate £1 for a great cause! They can also bring in any copper change to place on our giant Pudsey Bear.
Tomorrow is also slipper Friday, so please feel free to let your child bring their slippers into school along with their school shoes and a very small donation (10/20p). The money raised so far helped pay for our delicious fruit salads today, so thank you very much!
Thank you, Miss Latimer

Week commencing 6th November

It was another lovely week in Reception. We have continued thinking about bonfire night, writing lots of “firework words”, such as “bang, whoosh, crackle”, and the children enjoyed talking about their experiences of Bonfire Night. They have also learnt about Remembrance Day, and have used their fingers to paint beautiful poppy pictures for our lovely canopy outside of the school. Well done!
Miss Ansell and I have been focussing on the children’s ability to recognise coins and pay for items. Lots of children have been able to add coins together to create a new amount – very tricky stuff! We also focussed on children’s abilities to follow complex instructions, and comment on stories. They have done a great job.
Next week we are introducing a new topic of Food. We will be focussing on children’s writing, as well as their estimating skills in maths!
Thank you to everyone who attended the Early Phonics and reading Workshop on Monday. If you were unable to attend, I have uploaded the PowerPoint on my Class Page on the Middlefield Primary Academy website. I have also uploaded a cursive letter formation sheet that you can use at home. In phonics next week we will be finishing off Phase 2 of our sounds with the “ss” sound and beginning Phase 3 with the sounds “j, and v”. We are also learning the tricky words “no” and “into”. The tricky words we have learnt so far are “I, no, to” and “the”. Please practise reading these words at home. To help out with practising the Phase 2 sounds that we have learnt, you can access free resources and flash cards from 

Please let me know if there is anything else you feel would be helpful. Thanks! Miss Latimer.

Week commencing 30th October 

Reception have had a lovely first week back after the half term. There has been a lot of excitement in air as we have been very busy getting ready for Halloween and Bonfire Night! We spent the first half of the week talking about our week off, as well as our plans for Halloween - it's been great hearing about all of the lovely things they have been up to. We have been de-seeding our pumpkins ready to carve, which has been a lot of fun! In the classroom, we have been using magnets to count spiders, threading spider webs, and writing about Halloween. Over the second half of the week we have been focussing on Bonfire Night and why it is celebrated. We have used lots of different materials to make firework pictures- sequins, match sticks, and paint! We have also been using laptops to create our own firework pictures which look great. In phonics, we have continued to learn new sounds for reading, and have also been learning the words "the, I, to" and "go". We really enjoyed playing a game of "splat!" on my whiteboard, using a fly swatter to swat the tricky words! You can do this as home. In maths we have been looking at one more and one less by pretending to be passengers on a bus - the children extended this and decided to write their own bus tickets! Great work.


next week on Monday is the parent workshop on Early Reading and Phonics. The first session is in the hall at 10am, and this will be repeated again at 4pm in the Reception classroom. If you have any particular questions or queries, feel free to comment on this post and I will include it in my presentation. Or, if you prefer, please feel free to ask on the day :)


side note - if you have any kitchen roll tubes, please donate them to our classroom on Monday to help with an activity! Thank you.


Have a great weekend, Miss Latimer

Week commencing 16th October 


Well done Reception children, you have completed your first half term at school. I'm sure they are all very tired, as they've been working so hard these past few weeks. This week we have been reading the story "Funnybones" in preparation for Halloween. We have been making our own skeletons using cotton buds, which are now proudly displayed in the classroom! We have also been turning ourselves into skeletons, and talking about the different bones in our bodies and where they are. The children have also found it very interesting learning about day and night, and how the sun is on our side of the world in the day time, and the other side of the world at night time. 
The children have been practising reading small CVC words this week using a game of Buried Treasure. We have been practising segmenting and blending the sounds we can see, such as "c-a-p" for cap. They did a great job.
We have also been learning about capacity, size, and one more and one less in their maths lessons. It's been a busy week!

Over the half term, it would be fantastic to keep practising zipping and unzipping coats, as the colder weather is coming and children will need to do this very often throughout the day :)

Have a lovely, restful half term, and stay safe. Well done Saplings! Miss Latimer :)

Week commencing 9th October

What an exciting week we have had in Reception! On Monday morning, the children found out that something had left their footprints in the classroom and the playground over the weekend... who did they think did it? A dinosaur of course! We decided to write a list of everything we should take on a dinosaur hunt, such as "climbing shoes" in case we need to climb, "snacks" to feed it, and a "torch" to help us see if it is dark! Well done everyone. Today we went on our long awaited dinosaur hunt, where we stumbled across a real life dinosaur egg, along with a letter from our dinosaur. The children loved exploring the outdoor area and singing along to, "We're going on a dinosaur hunt"! At snack time, the egg cracked and out popped a... triceratops! We named it "Daisy with Sharpy Claws the Triceratops"...very creative! The children really enjoyed writing letters back to the dinosaur, and going on their very own dinosaur hunt in the outdoor area. This week we have also been working out how to add two groups of items together to find a total, and practising our counting skills. On windy Wednesday, the children did a fabulous job making kites, it was so much fun!


Next week we will be focussing on the story "Funny Bones" in preparation for Halloween. Miss Ansell and I will be focussing on their ability to segment and blend CVC words, and we will be looking at using different materials to make skeleton pictures.


Just a reminder that next week on Tuesday and Wednesday are the parent consultations. I look forward to seeing you all, and if you have any questions about anything, please feel free to ask me when I see you.

Have a great weekend, Miss Latimer

Week commencing 2nd October

What a busy week we have had! This week Reception have started learning the story "We're Going on a Bear Hunt". We have been putting a story map together to help us sequence the story, and putting actions with each part! We have also had a lot of fun re-enacting it in the classroom and outdoors. In phonics, we have been really getting the hang of writing on whiteboards to practise our letter formation. Please continue to practise at home, in pre-cursive lettering, as this can be very tricky!


In maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes - the children loved seeing what happens when we put a 2D shape into the "magic 3D bag"! We have also really enjoyed practising counting accurately using a track game. This is a very simple game you can play at home with your child and they can help you make it! Write numbers to 10 or 20 in boxes, roll the dice, see who gets to the end the quickest! This can also be played outside using chalk on the ground.

We have also been junk modelling bear caves, writing about the story, travelling through our "obstacle course" outside. It's been a lot of fun.


Next week we will be changing the Bear Hunt story, and putting new actions and settings together. Miss Ansell and I will be focussing on children's writing to write lists, as well checking their 1:1 correspondence when counting, and their ability to segment and blend CVC words.

Have a fantastic weekend, Miss Latimer

Week commencing 25th September

It's been another really lovely week in Reception, and the children are really settling in. This week we have been talking about the changes that are taking place now that we are moving from Summer into Autumn. On Tuesday we all enjoyed a walk to the wooded area outside, picking up different coloured leaves! We have also been learning about weighing, measuring length, and repeating patterns! Yesterday the children took part in their first P.E. lessons - they did a fantastic j...ob and worked really hard to dress and undress independently.
Today we have been busy making our own peg people using dolly pegs and lots of different materials. I was really pleased with how well the children were able to use sellotape to attach their materials!
We hope you have enjoyed reading with your child at home. Although there are no words, it is really important for children to talk about the story and develop their abilities in speaking, talking about the characters and setting.
Next week we will be starting our new topic based around the story, "We're Going on a Bear Hunt". Miss Ansell and I will be focussing on the children's abilities to recall and re-tell the story to create a story map. We will also be looking focussing on children's imaginative role-play, as well as their physical development.
If you have the Bear Hunt story at home, feel free to read it again over the weekend to familiarise your child with it! Another fantastic resource we will be using is Michael Rosen's video version, which really helps the children recall the story, and uses lots of actions! Here is the link via youtube

Have a great weekend, Miss Latimer

Week commencing 18th September

Wow, what a fantastic week we have had! Reception have been very busy this week taking parts in lots of different activities including cutting and labelling bodies, ordering and counting, drawing our families, mark making with feathers, and playing ball games outside! They have worked so hard, well done.

Next week on Thursday will be your child's first P.E. lesson. If they do not have it in school already, please ensure that their P.E. kit is brought in on Monday. They will need black shorts and a white t-shirt.

Next week we will also be giving out home reading books. They will have story books without words, to encourage book talk and talking about the characters. We encourage reading with your child every night, and we ask if you could leave a little note in their reading record when you have read with them, just so that we know. Please ensure that your child has their reading book and record at school every day, as we will also be reading with them at school during the week.


Next week Miss Ansell and I will be focussing on children's turn-taking skills, and building their confidence in initiating play with others. We will also be learning about weight, and comparing various items against one another in terms of how much they weigh. A fun idea for home - tying two plastic containers/bowls to a coat hanger, and dangling it from a fence in the garden or on a door, and testing lots of household items to see which ones are heavier!

Thank you for all of your beautiful baby pictures that you have sent in, they look wonderful on our display, and the children have really enjoyed talking about them and guessing who is who!

Have a lovely, restful weekend, Miss Latimer

Photos from w/c 11th September

Week commencing 11th September

It's been a wonderful first week for our Reception children! We have been very busy getting to know our routines, and learning each other's names. The children have made lots of new friends, and I have been so pleased with how confident, funny and happy all of the children are! Well done.

Today I wanted to see how many children could write their name. They all did a fantastic job and worked really hard! It would be great if you could carry on practising name writing at home with them too. Next week on Friday I will be sending home letter formation sheets, as at our school, children learn cursive letters from Reception. These should help you and them practise writing cursive letters.

Next week Miss Ansell and I will be seeing if children can recognise and order their numbers to 10 or to 20. We will also be seeing how well children can hear sounds in words, and recognise some letters for writing.

Have a lovely, restful weekend, ready for your children to be full-time next week! Just to remind you that they will start at 8.45 and finish at 3.10. See you then!