Dear Parents/Carers,

We cannot believe how quickly the last half term has flown! We are all so incredibly proud of how confidently and happily the children have settled back into school and it has been a pleasure to welcome you all back.  After lots of hard work in and out of school this term, we wish you a very relaxing holiday.

We have lots of exciting things to look forward to in the next half term.


Our topic for next half term is ‘Sea Adventures’. We will learn about sea creatures and habitats including lots of wonderful texts with an ‘under the sea’ setting, as well as exploring mermaid and pirate stories. We even have a Belleville Pirate Day filled with swashbuckling fun- more details to follow but get your pirate costumes ready! As part of our topic we will be creating class papier-mâché sculptures, investigating floating and sinking, drawing treasure maps and learning to sing sea shanties!


This half-term in phonics we will focus on strengthening our existing knowledge of Phase 2, 3 and 4 phonemes and tricky words. In particular we will be working on using digraphs and trigraphs to write longer or more complex words, as well as make our spelling of tricky words more accurate. As always, this will be accompanied with a focus on forming each letter correctly. If you have not already completed and returned your child’s Handwriting Book 2, please continue to work on this at home.


Next half term our number work will continue with the introduction of doubling and halving single digit numbers as well as sharing quantities equally and grouping into groups of 2s, 5s and 10s. We will also recap measuring and weighing items and spend some time learning about money, including the value of each coin.

Finally, please continue to share any new learning or ‘wow’ moments from your child at home through Tapestry- for instance learning to ride a bike or celebrating a special day. Both children and staff love talking about the photos and videos you share with us. If you would like to speak to your child’s teacher then please email the school at or speak to us on the playground before or after school.

Once again, thank you all for your continuing support.  

Laura Britten (Assistant Headteacher Early Years) Eleanor Thompson (Reception Year Lead)
Marlene Zammit, Fiona Allan, Sophie Reynolds, Lucelle Hendriks


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