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Brenzett Primary School

BrenzettChurch of England Primary School

'Life in Abundance' John 10:10




Hello, and a very warm welcome to Acorn class!


We hope you had a lovely half-term, we can't wait to see what term 6 brings!


I'm Miss Twomey, and I am the reception class teacher here at Brenzett. You will often find me digging in our flower beds hunting for various insects and spotting birds in our trees!

Miss Knott is one of our Teaching Assistants (TA) who you will find making play-dough or doodling in the art corner.

Miss Pullinger is another one of our Teaching Assistants (TA) in our class. You will definitely find her dancing around the classroom and making mud pies in the mud kitchen!

Here in acorns you will often find us in the garden digging up worms, making something amazing or practising our handwriting and sentence building. 

Below, you will find our weekly timetable filled with all the subjects and lessons for this term.

 Acorns Weekly Timetable for this term:


Please ensure all school uniform is clearly labelled.

Children will need a drinks bottle to be used in the classroom, please ensure your child arrives to school with one.

Children will need a full PE kit clearly labelled.

Please bring in Forest School kit (to be used on Wednesday's), which needs to include; long trousers, long sleeved top, a long sleeved jumper, a coat, a summer hat, and welly boots. These can all be kept at school until the end of term.


Our focus within reading is to build oral fluency and comprehension. All children will now have be reading a Ditty phonics book, and will be sent home the corresponding book aligned with their phonics groups. Please ensure you read with your child every evening. Please sign and date after you have read with them, so we can keep up to date with how our little bookworms are doing with their reading during their early stages of reading for pleasure.

Some children have moved up into the next phonics group. These vital steps are important for your children development and are a product of their progression. They will be bringing home two reading books which correspond with what they are reading in these Phonics sessions. Please do listen to your child read, they have all progressed so well and will be delighted to share their reading with you. Question what events happen in the story, and make them reflect on what they have read. These questioning skills help develop your child's comprehension.




This term we will be continuing with the rest of the year groups in the reading raffle competition. The aim is, your child will read for 10 consecutive days at home ONLY. They will however, still be reading 3 times a week with an adult at school. After the 10 days of consecutive reading at home, your child will be awarded a bronze award, they will then complete another 10 days for their silver award and a further 10 days for their gold award. After this, they will be given a raffle ticket after every 10 days to be put into the draw to win a prize at the end of the term. The more they read, the more of a chance they have to win. HOWEVER.... if they miss a DAY.. they go back to the start on day 1. Please, please keep reading with your little one! 



In term 6 we will be learning...

 Our Topic this term is all about habitats and different climates. We will be looking at a variety of animals near or far, living in hot and cold climates. We will be exploring why certain animals can't live in some climates, and will be debating questions such as 'Why don't you see a polar bear at the farm?' and 'Does a penguin live in your garden?'

In Literacy, we will be reading a variety of books that link to our topic for this term. We will be reading the stories as a class, discussing the elements of the story and having a chance to re-create our own narratives for the story thinking 'What would happen next?'. These skills will develop children's understandings as they become familiar with reading for pleasure. This term, we are continuing to build on writing by securing our independent writing, and starting to create stories from the texts we have covered in our class.

We are excited to be continuing Drawing Club this term as the children have loved it so much. It is an imaginative approach to reading, writing, drawing, and story-telling that allows children the freedom to create their own narratives through story books. The 20-minute daily sessions will focus on the characters, the setting and what happens next within the stories. It allows children the independence to form imaginative thinking when it comes to story writing, and we hope they continue to enjoy it as much as we do!

In Numeracy, we will be continuing our deeper thinking of numbers to 20 comparing, representing, and composing them. Children have been developing their understanding of partitioning numbers 1-20, and this term we will be expanding our thinking looking at doubles, and collecting data by using tally charts. 

In Child Initiated (Discovery time), children will be choosing and playing with resources that interest them, whilst still being engaged in enriching activities to promote deeper thinking. There will be great opportunities for children to bring their learning from Numeracy, Literacy and Topic into their play to deepen their understanding of all the elements in their subject knowledge.

In RE, we will be looking at 'World faith stories – which stories are special and why? ' We will be developing our thinking by discussing why Jesus and other spiritual leaders are important to Christianity and others religions. This term, we are exploring Sikhism and developing a deeper understanding of other religions and cultures. 

In PSHE, we will be looking at developing our understanding on emotions and feelings, and that of others. This term, we are looking at ourselves and how we change and grow as we get older. We are preparing the children for the transition into YR 1, and supporting their emotions as they move up the school into Cherry class. 

In Phonics, here at Brenzett we follow the Read Write inc (RWI) scheme. This term, we have a drive to have keen readers and writers within our reception cohort! Children have now been placed in groups which will help support and challenge their development whilst also building their confidence and understanding. Children are using their knowledge form phonics to help their development and awareness for their reading, writing and blending. This term, we have a great focus on children independently writing sentences and stories around our topics and themes. 


Parents, please log in to your Seesaw accounts to access our online learning platform and keep up to date with everything we are getting up to every day. Remember, this is the quickest and easiest way to send and receive messages and updates to and from us.

If you want to see what we are up to in our class, the school Instagram is updated regularly with all the fabulous learning we get up to in Acorns!

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If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to talk to me, Miss Twomey. You can easily contact me using Seesaw, where I will be delighted to respond to any messages as quickly as I can. If necessary, catch me in the morning or after school if it is urgent.

Kindest regards,

Miss Twomey xx