FSRB 2016 - 2017

Mrs Rowson

Reception Class Teacher

Miss Banks

Welcome to FSRB

On this page you will find out about what we have been learning, finding out and doing each week.

Reception is a very important year at school and within the year we aim to provide the children with the tools that they need to ensure they have a successful learning journey at Marlborough. The children learn the values that are important to us at both Marlborough and in the wider community, to take responsiblity for their actions, to be tolerant and understanding as well as how to enjoy their learning and work in harmony with others.

We hope you enjoy discovering what life is like at Marlborough. As ever if you have any question please feel free to come in and chat to us after school.


The teachers in this class are Mrs Rowson and Miss Banks.  Mrs Rowson teaches on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Miss Banks teaches on a Thursday and Friday. Miss Tune is the teaching assistant and Mrs Wilde works as a HLTA within the class on alternate Tuesday mornings and alternate Thursday afternoons when the teachers have PPA.

Summer Term 2017- 'All Creatures Great and Small'

Our theme for this half term will be 'All Creatures Great and Small'.

We will be starting off this topic looking at our favourite animals. We are setting up a Vets for our role play area so the children can take on the role of vets and owners. By following the children's interests over the next few weeks we are open to ideas about where the theme will go...Pets, dinosaurs and animals from different climates look set to be in the running!

After half term, we will be having our 'Summer Welly Week'. We will be exploring local woodland, throwing wellies, planting seeds and creating art work using natural resources. Following on from this, we are hoping to visit a farm which will lead our learning for the next couple of weeks. Having covered the larger animals, we are then moving on to minibeasts- going on bug hunts, creating symetrical patterns on butterflies and doubling and halving legs on insects.

As always, many more ideas and activities evolve from the childrens excitement, interests and ideas that they discover through the topic.

In Reading, we continue to use our diagraph knowledge, allowing us to decode lots of new words. We are now thinking more carefully about what we have read and are getting really good at talking about events, characters and what we think might happen next . In our writing we are all trying very hard to remember capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. The children are also being encouraged to write for a purpose, putting all their skills into practice, during child initiated learning.

In maths we are becoming very confident to put our knowledge into practice and are still enjoying taking on a more mastory  approach. In Number we continue with adding and subtracting numbers to 10 and beyond, talking about what we are doing and why, making predictions, checking our answers and reasoning. We are working on recognising and understanding the concept of two digit numbers and ordering numbers from 10 to 20.



A key focus throughout the year is reading. The children will usually read in school once a week and we would ideally like them to read to an adult at home every day whenever possible.

In addition to reading, the children have been given a list of high frequency words to learn at home. Please help your child to read these by encouraging them to blend by sounding out the words that are decodable,  for example "b  i  g" and "p  u  t."   There are also "tricky" words, on the list, such as  "the" and "said" and the children should be encouraged to  learn to read these by heart, through little games and tasks, as this will really help to speed up the reading process.

Home School News Books - The children are now bringing home their Home School News books. These books are used for the children to record their news in, places they visited, things they have seen, done, made, people they have seen.  They can draw pictures, stick in tickets, leaflets, photographs but please encourage your child to write a simple sentence or labels. Try to avoid copy writing and dotting the words for them. Instead talk to them about what they want to write and help them to stretch out each word to hear as many phonemes as they can. Please don't worry if they miss some out.

Useful Websites /Apps to access with your child

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/      This has some lovely games to help support our work on phonics. No need to subscribe click on free phonics play on the far right on the webpage.

www.ictgames.com    There are some lovely games on here to support both Literacy Development and Mathematics.

The Cbeebies website 


twinkl 123 count to 20

Forest  phonics

Tricky words

Phonics play

You can read

Useful activities to do with your child at home

Share books and read to your child. Talk about the pictures, characters, events and how they feel about them.

Make up stories about toys, objects and journeys.

Encourage your child to spot letters, numbers and shapes in the environment.

Count objects and talk about their size

Play dice games.

I spy


During the afternoon each day we have a fruit or vegetable snack, this is a government initiative where children in the infants have a piece of fruit. We call this session "snack and chat" This time provides a lovely opportunity for the children to sit with their peers and reflect upon the day and enjoy a healthy snack.


Each day children require:

A small healthy snack for morning break only.

Reading books and diaries.

A coat  (even when its not raining as we often go to the woods where it is colder)

A pair of wellies (to be left in school)

P.E. Kit (to be left in school) these will be sent home for washing at the end of each half term. Please also put a pair of socks and spare underwear in the bag in case of your child having an accident or getting wet playing in the playground.

If your child borrows any spare clothing from us then please return it ASAP because we have a limited supply.

A water bottle with a sports style top to reduce spills (containing water only please)

Useful information

Below  are two videos that cover all the phonemes we are learning in class.  The first covers the initial sounds that your child will be starting to become familiar with during the Autumn term. The second is the Phase 3 sounds which are made up of two letters (we call these diagraphs).

Your child may enjoy teaching you the actions for each letter. The actions and songs really help the children to remeber the letters and sounds so please practice these with your child.




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