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Welcome to Class 3!
Miss Hopkins and Mrs Donnelly



Summer Term

To start off the summer term we have been learning all about Minibeasts! We had a visit from the minibeast man who came to show us all different kinds of minibeasts. He answered the questions we had about minibeasts and even took us on a minibeast hunt. Since then we have been having lots of different minibeast adventures, using the magnifying glasses to try and spot them in our reception garden. We also had the chance to have some real caterpillars in our classroom, we were able to watch them grow and change as they built their chrysalis and transformed into beautiful butterflies! We were so lucky that all of our butterflies hatched out and we  let them fly free in the outside world.


We have been looking at lots of different minibeast books such as:

  • The very busy spider
  • Superworm
  • The hungry caterpillar
  • The bad tempered ladybird

These stories have inspired the children to create their own minibeast stories which have been fantastic! We have also been very creative drawing and painting lots of pictures of butterflies, bees and spiders amongst the many other minibeasts. As well as creating our own butterfly lifecycle from pasta and using glitter to create some spider webs.


This half term's topic homework was to find out some information about minibeasts. The children have done some fantastic pieces of homework!! We have had lots of facts about minibeasts and even some models! The children have really enjoyed coming into class to tell everyone what they have found out about minibeastsfrown

Keep up the good work class 3!!

Butterflies Fly Away

Exciting Arrivals!


As you all now know my ever expanding tummy isn't just down to eating too much chocolate over the Christmas break. I will be welcoming a little baby boy into the world in April. This is very exciting and the children are all really excited too, but it does mean I will be going on maternity leave on April 20th. Mrs Donnelly will still continue to do a super job in class 3 as always, and she will be joined by Miss Hopkins. Some of the children that attended the school Nursery will remember Miss Hopkins from last year when she worked in Nursery for a while.
All of the children have met Miss Hopkins in the classroom, and she will also be coming with us on our Tamworth Castle Trip too! smiley
I am sure that you will all be as welcoming to Miss Hopkins as you have been to myself, and I assure you that your children are in very capable hands for the remainder of their Reception year.


Miss Hopkins is also hoping to come along to the Parent's Evening on 5th and 6th April, so that she can introduce herself to you all in person. I am sure she will also be happy to answer any questions that you may have smiley

Exciting changes in Class 3!


Over the February Half Term holidays we had lots of big changes to our classroom! It looked very bare indeed when we broke up on the Friday as all of our lovely work on the walls had been taken down and the furniture was moved out of the class. This was so that the decorators could come in and paint all of the walls and replace our carpet for a fresh new one. The classroom looks so much brighter now and we can't complain about the lovey fresh carpet smell in our classroom! The children were very excited on Tuesday when they came back into the class and saw all of the new changes.
We look forward to welcoming you into our class on Parent's Evening and at the next parent reading afternoon to see the changes for yourself frown

World Book Day

We all dressed up as our favourite book characters for world book week. The Teacher's in Reception all took inspiration from the book 'The Wizard of Oz', can you guess which character we all came as?
All of the children's costumes looked fantastic. See if you can tell which books they all took inspiration from.

Spring Term

To start off the spring term we have been learning all about Traditional Tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We have made story maps by drawing pictures for each part of the story to help us remember and retell the story on our own. I am sure your child would love to retell the story to you at home!
As well as retelling stories we have been practising how to create an alternative ending. The children used their own ideas to change the end of the story; some examples were:

  • The Troll in the Three Billy Goats Gruff was put under a spell by a witch to turn nice, so he then let the Billy Goats cross the bridge to get to the green, green grass. (Fox)
  • In Little Red Riding Hood, after the Wolf ran away he felt bad for locking Grandma in the Cupboard and trying to trick Little Red that he decided to write a letter to say sorry to them. (Aaliyah)

This is a really good skill for children to learn, so we encourage them to think of different endings for all kinds of books that they read both in school and at home.


This half term's topic homework was to create a prop for one of the stories, think of a different ending or retell it to a family member. The children did some fantastic pieces of homework!! We had lots of masks of the Troll made with different craft materials. We had children that had made props at home to retell the story in their own little show, even making tickets for their family members to watch it smiley how creative!
Some children made fantastic models of jack and the beanstalk using cardboard tubes and cotton wool for clouds etc.
Keep up the good work class 3!!

Autumn Term
After the half term holidays we all came back to school feeling refreshed and ready to learn. Our new topic is all about 'Bears'. So far we have looked at real bears and used non-fiction books to find out lots of information. We discussed what a non-fiction book is and the difference between fiction and non-fiction. The children had a go at making their own fact books about bears. I am sure they would love to tell you some of the facts they have learnt about!
We have started our working wall for this topic, so  far we have listed all of the things class 3 know about bears followed by a list of things we would like to find out. Maybe you could help to research some bear facts at home.

Keep checking back to see what exciting learning we do next.



Welcome to Class 3, we have all been very busy so far settling in to our new class. We have had lots of names to learn and lovely new friends to meet. We had lots of circle times to get to know more about our new friends and we all worked together to create our class promises. The class promises are our special school rules that make our classroom a fun and safe environment.


We started the year with our first topic 'Under the Sea'. We have looked at some of the creatures that live in the sea and made super paintings, collages, clay models and did lots of reading and counting.

For each topic we all think of a question that we would like to find out about, we take this home to research with our grown-ups and then come back to school to tell our friends what we found out. You all thought of some wonderful under the sea questions and we had lots of brilliant work that came back to school!


Have a look below at some of the pictures showing the learning in our class.



Jolly Phonics songs

In our phonics lessons we are learning new phonemes (letter sounds) and graphemes (letter names) each day. Here is a video of the Jolly Phonics songs we use in class and the actions that go with each sound.
I am sure the children will be happy to teach you all of them!