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Friday 28th May

We enjoyed an end of term class treat today. We had a picnic on the school field this afternoon.

What a windy day!  We had fun flying kites on our Adventure today!

Today the chicks are enjoying the fresh air and sunshine with our reception children.

Chick update

Hope you are all enjoying the reception class chicks as much as we are, below is a video of their progress to date.

Want to see more of the chicks? Head to our old Sarum Primary YouTube page where there will be live feeds on the weekends.

Wednesday 31st March

Today we set eggs in our incubators.  If all goes well we should have chicks hatching when we come back after the Easter break.  The eggs are very small and the children are being careful to not knock the incubators.

Welcome back everyone!  We have missed you all during lockdown and we are enjoying seeing the amazing progress you have made at home.  Thank you to all the families who took on our role as teachers and delivered our seesaw lessons - you did a wonderful job.


This week we have enjoyed playing outside. We have enjoyed exploring the water and gloop as well as buliding dens and making an obstical course.

This week we are spending lots of time reconnecting with our friends.  We are playing together, talking and learning together.  Miss Dodd and Mrs Butler are making sure we have reading books ready to send home on Thursday.  Remember, on Friday we don't need our book bags as we will be outside on our Old Sarum Adventure.  In phonics we are revising oa, igh, oo and ar.  We have also looked again at the tricky word 'you'.  In maths we are looking at more and fewer and spotting mixed up numbers on a number track.  

We have been busy learning inside and outside!

Reception - Pipers and Tigermoths

Our teachers are Miss Dodd (Pipers) and Mrs Butler (Tigermoths)

Our teaching assistants are Ms Roches (Pipers) and Miss Alcock (1:1 in Pipers), Mrs Adams (Tigermoths), Mrs Bartlett (1:1 in Tigermoths) and Mrs Osborne (1:1 in Tigermoths)


Pipers and Tiger Moths teachers and TA had an anonymous chocolate bouquet delivery today from a parent. The parent wanted to thank the staff for all they have done over this half term in lockdown. Pipers and Tiger Moths thank that parent very much. Such a kind gesture and one that put very big smiles on faces.


Below are some pictures of the children doing our science experiment at home to filter water and the children at school measuring objects with paper clips.


Below are some art Pipers and Tiger Moths worked on last week.


We have been enjoying the story of The Gingerbread Man this week.

The children have created story maps and used their phonic knowledge to write words and captions to accompany parts of the story.  Next week we hope to make delicious gingerbread men!  In maths we read the story Kipper's Birthday and have been investigating numbers which add to make 5.

We have also been exploring 4 sided shapes and making shape pictures.  In the morning we have been using a new clip to supplement our subitising and months of the year - great fun!

Next week we welcome James who is joining Pipers class and Edward who will be in Tigermoths.  We hope they have lots of fun making new friends and learning with us.

Last weeks learners of the week were Archie and Jacob - well done to you both.  This week we are celebrating Lily-Mae and Haydyn.

Friday 11th December is our last Old Sarum Adventure of the term.  We will resume on the first Friday back after the Christmas break.


This week we had great fun with the story of The Little Red Hen.  The children are learning actions to go with the story   and they enjoyed  baking bread rolls.  We will be drawing story maps next week and trying to make a recording of the children retelling the story... Watch this space!

In maths we have done some practical activities with weighing and capacity and also looked at positional vocabulary.  We enjoyed the poem 'Cats sleep anywhere' by Eleanor Farjeon.  We also read the book 'One Fox' by Kate Read which has lots of interesting language and counting opportunities.

Next week Tigermoths will be saying goodbye to Noah - we wish him and his family all the best and we will miss him very much.

Congratulations to our learners of the week - Harvey and Emilia.


Thank you to everyone who took the opportunity to have a parent/ teacher phone consultation.  It was great to have the opportunity to share the children's progress with you.  Hopefully we will be able to talk face to face for the next one.

This week we have been learning 'tricky words' in phonics - ones that we can't sound out and hence have to recognise by sight.  The children have enjoyed singing along to this clip to help them remember the first ones.

On Wednesday the children talked about why people were wearing poppies.  They learned about remembrance and observed the 2 minute silence.  Later the classes coloured and created poppies and watched the Act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph.  The also enjoyed talking about this CBeebies clip of a rabbit in the poppy fields.

The children have also been learning about the story of Rama and Sita and the Hindu festival of Diwali.  They have looked at Rangoli patterns and used the construction kits to build structures from parts of the story including flying chariots and long bridges.

We have also enjoyed sharing counting stories and rhymes in maths and continuing to look for shapes in the environment.

Our learners of the week were Noah W and Ramon - well done to both of you!


It has been lovely to have the children back after the half term break and to welcome our 2 new members of staff - Miss Alcock who will be working in Pipers and Mrs Bartlett who is working in Tigermoths.  Pipers have also had a new classmate join and we welcome Erin to our school and hope she has many happy years here.

This week we have been enjoying the story of Goldilocks and using this as the base for our literacy learning.  In maths we have been working with numbers and focusing particularly on 1,2 and 3.  We have looked at 1p and 2p coins and have been practicing saying 'one and another one makes 2' 'two and another one makes 3' etc.

Today we have had a fabulous Old Sarum Adventure in the sunshine with children making obstacle courses, looking for shapes, threading leaves to make necklaces and using natural materials to make letter and number shapes.  Sadly we rushed out without our ipads this week so there are no pictures to share.  We will post some next week.

Finally we have been celebrating our first 2 learners of the week - well done Lilly- Beth and Charlie!


Last week’s Old Sarum Adventure will hopefully go on record as our wettest! Thank you to all our fabulous parents for the wonderful wet weather gear - being dry made such a difference to our learning and enjoyment.  Tomorrow the forecast looks much kinder and we may even see the sunshine...

This week we have enjoyed the story Leafman by Lois Ehlert.  The classes received a letter from Leafman and worked together to compose a letter in reply.  They have been learning about the structure of a letter and have thought of questions we could ask Leafman.

In numeracy we have continued comparing amounts and started looking at simple repeating patterns.  We have also looked at the repeating word patterns in We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

The children have maths packs in their book bags this week.  We hope you will enjoy the booklet of games and use the resources to help support their investigation of number.


Our first week full time has gone extremely well!  The children have coped well with the changes including meeting our PPA cover teachers on Wednesday morning.  Mrs Richards will teach Tigermoths and Mrs Haines will teach Pipers.  We changed out of our shoes and socks for PE this week and hopefully everyone wore the correct ones home at the end of the day!

In Literacy we have looked at the book 'My world, your world'

and  been thinking about how we can be different and similar.  In maths we have started comparing amounts and sizes.  The books 'A squash and a squeeze' and 'Dear Zoo' have helped us explore these ideas.

The children have also been thinking about how parts of our body are private to encourage them to be respectful of other children's privacy in the toilet cubicles.  We have learned that 'what's in our pants is private' and have sung along to the NSPCC song

As I write this, tomorrow is outdoor learning with heavy rain and wind forecast... hopefully we are not too blown about and that the rain allows us to have lots of fun new learning experiences.  Thank you to everyone for making this opportunity possible for the children.


Another fabulous week with the children learning the first set of letter sounds.  Home learning this week is being sent out via the seesaw app, let us know next week if you have problems accessing this.  

We have read 'The button box' and 'Frog and Toad's lost button' as part of our maths learning this week, with the children sorting a variety of items in the class. Perhaps you have some buttons or beads they can sort at home?

The children have enjoyed the story 'You chose' 

and it has provoked much discussion. 

Next week the children start full time, we will try to open the gates at 2:55pm ready to collect the children at 3pm.  Please remember that we are starting Old Sarum Adventures next Friday, our outdoor learning sessions.  The children should come to school on Friday in their comfortable home clothes (jeans/ leggings, t-shirt and jumper/ fleece).  Nothing too precious as we will probably get dirty.  They also need waterproofs - either jacket and trousers or all-in-one.  They need to bring their school uniform in a bag and we will get changed at lunchtime.

Ready for outdoor learning!

Fun in Reception

w/c 14th Sept

We have continued getting to know each other and have been busy talking about our families this week.  We have shared pictures of our families and enjoyed 'The family book' by Todd Parr where all the families are different and all the families are special. 

Lunchtimes have been going very well with the children enjoying chatting together whilst they eat their lunch. Please try to order their lunches from home as it simplifies the start of the day in the classroom.  Thank you for sending in lots of water - they have needed plenty of hydration breaks in the beautiful sunshine.

In maths we have been matching items and we have read 'Monkey Puzzle', 'Simon sock' and retold the story of Noah's Ark.  Perhaps you can try some matching at home?

The children have enjoyed a new subitizing video with country music 

Next week is our final part time week, we will be talking about our classes and our friends, starting to learn some letter sounds and sorting items in maths.

Mrs Butler and Miss Dodd

w/c 7th Sept

This week we have been settling into our new routines and getting to know each other.  We have enjoyed the stories Only one you by Linda Kranz and Superduper you by Sophy Henn.  You might like to enjoy this Puffin Storytime and draw along with your children

We have also started to develop our mathematical skills with subitizing - here is a link to our current video

Next week we will try to post some pictures of the children enjoying the activities we are offering at school but in the meantime here is our curriculum overview for the first half of term for our topic 'We are Old Sarum'

Mrs Butler (Tigermoths) and Miss Dodd (Pipers)