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Mrs Greenwood      Mrs Death

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Ruby Class is our Reception class and is taught by

Mrs Greenwood and Mrs Death 




We are supported by Mrs Knuckey at the start of each morning.  Mrs Rouse teaches us on Wednesday afternoons.

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Mrs Knuckey

Mrs Rouse

Our EYFS curriculum is strongly influenced by our curriculum drivers: community, communication, opportunities and possibilities and initiative, where the outcome is a cohort of happy, independent, confident and determined learners who are able to communicate effectively, have the ability to think critically, enjoy sharing their thoughts and ideas with others and believe that anything is achievable.  The children within our early years provision learn through a range of child initiated play-based opportunities as well as child-led, adult led and independent learning opportunities.


Curriculum Newsletter

Autumn Term 1 September 2021


Click on the tree to see what we have been up to in the Wild Woods.


If you are a parent or pupil of Ruby Class, you can log in to TAPESTRY to view your child's online learning journey.  Click on the icon to log in.

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Click on the picture to find out some useful information about our reading and phonics program.

Look at some of the exciting things we have been learning...

Autumn Term 1-All About Me, My Wishes and Dreams


Following on from the children's interest in babies and dolls, this week we focused our CLL learning on the story 'Peepo' by Allan and Janet Ahlberg.  We looked carefully at the pictures and talked lots about what we could see in the pictures that is different to what we see and use today. We learned that Peepo is an old story and that some of the things in the book show us what life was like in the past.

In maths we have been comparing set of objects, using the vocabulary more/fewer/the same.


In RE we have been thinking about the VIPs in our lives and how Christians believe that God is the most important person in their lives.  The children enjoyed painting pictures of their VIPs and labelling them using their phonic knowledge.


The children also enjoyed their first service in the church to celebrate Harvest Festival.  You all sang beautifully Ruby Class.

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This week we have focused our CLL learning on 'Handa's Surprise' by Eileen Browne.  We have enjoyed creating a story map and making masks and props to help us retell the story.

In our Funky Fingers sessions we learned how to weave a basket just like Handa's and practiced our scissor skills by cutting out fruit.

In maths we have been sorting objects by looking at things that are the same and things that are different.  We were also challenged to work out the sorting rule and spot the odd one out in a set.

We have loved the arrival of our new sand pit and have enjoyed digging, scooping and using the moulds.  We created a seaside by adding buckets of water to the sand area to dip our toes in!

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In CLL and PSHE this week Ruby Class have been enjoying the story 'Elmer' by David McKee.  We have talked about our similarities and differences and how amazing it is that we are all unique like Elmer. We also learned the word 'conversation' and thought about what the elephants might be saying to each other. The children enjoyed thinking of interesting adjectives to describe Elmer and creating their own Elmer using a milk bottle.


In maths we have been thinking about how things are 'exactly the same' and how they are 'different'.  We explored this by finding matching bears, building matching towers and sorting Elmer's socks into matching pairs.  Mrs Death tried to trick us by pairing socks that were stripey or spotty but were different colours but we used our good looking eyes and spotted her mistake. 

Wednesday 22nd September was National Fitness Day.  We enjoyed completing 1 minute challenges throughout the day.

This week the children have been really interested in hairdressers.  As a result of this interest we have set up the Ruby Class Hair Salon.  Everyone has been engaged in role play, have enjoyed writing appointment lists (using each other's name cards to help) and have been practicing their scissor skills (on paper customers!)






In RE we started our learning about 'Why is the word God so important to Christians?'  We created a Ruby Class treasure box, labelled it with our names and will fill it with special treasures throughout the year.  This is to help us engage with the idea of names being special and to help us understand what kind of things are important to different people.

We practiced our dragon breathing in our mindful moments this week.  Click on the dragon to join in!

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This week Ruby Class have enjoyed celebrating Roald Dahl day by making 'marvellous mixtures'.

We read 'The Colour Monster' by Anna Llevas to help us think about and understand some of our feelings.  The children enjoyed painting a picture of the colour monster and talking about things that make us feel happy, sad, angry, scared, calm and loved.  We are going to use the monsters to help us check in with our feelings each day and learn how to manage some of the more tricky feelings we have sometimes.  We have made a promise to help each other feel calm and happy at school.

Fred Frog taught us the sounds 'm' and 'a' and we learned the rhymes to help us write them...'Maisie mountain mountain' and 'around the apple and down the leaf. The children all really enjoyed their first phonics lesson and can't wait to learn some more sounds next week.

We also made pizza this week, following on from the children's interest in setting up a pizza kitchen role play and creating pizzas with the play dough.  We used 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of Greek yoghurt to make our base and then chose what toppings to put on top.  The pizza looked and smelled delicious!

We have loved our 'mindful moments' this week-join in with our rainbow breathing by clicking the rainbow.


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10.9.2021 SETTLING IN
Wow, what a super first week at school you have had Ruby Class.  You have all worked really hard and stayed resilient-we are very proud of you. 
This week Ruby Class enjoyed exploring the inside and outside areas and making new friendships.  We have loved our afternoons playing with Year 1 too!

We read the story 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers and talked about ways we can protect planet Earth.


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Summer Term 2-Oh I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside.


What a week...a Suffolk Minds session, meditations, mindfulness activities, Sports Morning, wellbeing activities, an archery lesson, our very first whole school assembly (socially distanced outside) and Gold Awards for everyone in Ruby Class.  We are all feeling great!



This week in Literacy we read the story 'Tiddler' by Julia Donaldson and thought of our own reasons why Tiddler might be late.  We used our ideas to write a letter of apology to Miss Skate.




In Maths we have been learning about odd and even numbers and practicing

our counting skills. 

During Explore and Learn time the children enjoyed making fishing rods to catch Tiddler on..."sorry I am late Miss Skate, I got caught on a Ruby Class fishing rod".

We enjoyed our first gymnastics lesson in PE and learning about the human

skeleton.  Did you know we have more bones in our body when we are born                         than we do now and that our longest bone is in our leg?



EXCITING NEWS...we have 4 butterflies!  When we returned to school on Tuesday we were excited to discover that all 4 of the caterpillars had turned into butterflies whilst inside their chrysalides.  We watched them for a while and then took them out to the Wild Woods to set them free into the world.  We hope we see them again someday!

To kick off our new topic-'Oh I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside', we have been reading the story 'What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside' by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks.  We looked carefully at the illustrations and thought of lots of interesting words to describe Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len.  We then created our own WANTED posters for these bad guys who this time were trying to steal the mermaids beautiful hair.  To accurately draw the pictures of Hugh and Len, we listened to and followed step by step instructions from the illustrator herself, Lydia Monks.

In Maths we have been finding out about doubles.  We have enjoyed playing with the dominoes and even created our own.

Our RE theme this half term is 'How can we care for our wonderful world?'  This week we have been looking for things outside that make us say 'I wonder'.  The children took photos of some beautiful things and extended the sentence 'I wonder' to explain their thoughts.

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Summer Term 1-Growing, Lifecycles and In the Garden

Finding lots of ladybirds in the garden inspired us to read 'What the Ladybird Heard' by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks this week. 
In Literacy we enjoyed re-telling the story, creating and labelling our own maps and independently writing instructions on how to find the prize cow.
In Maths we have been practicing using all of the skills we have learned so far in Reception.
In Topic we collaged our own ladybirds-we love how different they all look.
We enjoyed our last tennis lesson and are now looking forward to doing some gymnastics next half term.
EXCITING NEWS: 4 of our caterpillars have turned into chyrysalises (we lost one little caterpillar).  We can't wait to watch them transform! 

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Watching our caterpillars grow has inspired us to continue with our 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' learning this week.  We can't believe how big they are getting-they are now surrounded by webbing and they crawl around a lot more!

In Literacy we created a story map to help us re-tell the story.  Then we thought about something that happened at the beginning of the story, in the middle iof the story and at the end of the story and practiced writing sentences and labels.

In maths we have been exploring spatial reasoning through looking at shapes.  We designed a square using different shapes and put all of the individual squares together to make a new quilt for Grandpa. We arranged the squares to make a long thin rectangle and a short fat rectangle.  The we used pattern blocks and a star template to explore different ways to build a star.   We also had great fun playing a game with the Numicon.

In Topic we looked at the illustrations in the story and talked about collage.  Then we had a go at collaging a caterpillar or a butterfly in the stye of Eric Carle.

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In Literacy we have been reading 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle.  We have really enjoyed learning about the life cycle of a butterfly and were VERY excited to receive our very own caterpillars to look after.  We have 5 caterpillars and can't believe how much they have grown already.  We are really looking forward to witnessing their transformation.

In maths we have been counting down from 20 and telling first, then and now stories involving subtraction.

In PSHE we have been talking about healthy eating and what foods we should eat lots of and what foods we should eat less of.

In Topic we have been looking at the symmetrical wings of butterflies and have created our own symmetrical butterflies.

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This week we have been reading the story 'Oliver's Vegetables' by Vivian French.  In our Literacy sessions we planted potatoes and then sequenced and wrote instructions for how to grow potatoes.

In Maths we have been telling first, then and now stories involving addition.

We also enjoyed taking part in the NSPCC Number Day and completed lots of number challenges.

In preparation for our caterpillar week next week we made edible caterpillar sandwiches.  We did lots of maths learning as we made them-talking about 2D and 3D shapes, repeating patterns and counting carefully.

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In Literacy we have been exploring non-fiction texts about growing and have been busy writing sentences for our own fact book. 

In Maths we have been matching and describing shapes and creating our own pictures using shapes. 

In RE we have been finding out about the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan and making our own rakhis to give to someone special. 

In Music we have been learning about 'pulse' and in PSHE we have been thinking about working as a group to help others.


This week in Literacy we have been reading and comparing Jasper's Beanstalk by Mick Inkpen and the fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk.   We talked about the similarities and differences between the two stories and enjoyed writing about what we would like to find at the top of our beanstalk.  We also practiced our listening skills and our cutting skills by creating our own Jasper the cat.  In Maths we have been exploring numbers 11-20 and practicing our counting skills.  In RE we have been thinking about the words 'special', 'precious' and 'unique' and engaging with the question "What makes every single person unique and precious?" as we further explore Christianity. 

In PSHE we have been talking about our British Value of 'Rule of Law' and enjoyed making a poster to promote our newly formed school rules.

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This week in Literacy Ruby Class have been listening to the story The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle.  We have enjoyed planting seeds and talking about the life cycle of a flower.  We loved singing our seasons of the year song and talking about what happened to the seed in each season. 

In Maths we have been meeting the Numberblocks 11-20 and finding out about tens and ones.