🌈This week is . This year's theme is about connecting with nature to support your mental health. Watch this space for more information about how to get involved 💚


In science this week, year 6 have been learning about the parts of an eye and how we are able to see with. They have also been experimenting to see what objects light is able to pass through 💡


🚨 A reminder to all of our parents and pupils 🚨 Today is the last day of term and the children have staggered early finish times. Please see those times below ⬇️


In maths, year 6 have been learning how to represent data in pie charts. They have used protractors to construct a pie chart 📊


In art this half term, Year 6 have been studying graffiti artists; Banksy, C215 and Shamsia Hassani. They have created their own stencils of political, social or environmental issues that mean something to them 🎨


Happy Wednesday everyone 🌈 This week's challenge: how long can you stand on one leg for? Give it a go and time yourself!


Year 6 have been learning about Anderson Shelter's as part of their WWII topic in history. They made some models today to represent them. They have also used key historical vocabulary to describe how and why they were made


Thank you to all of ours pupils and staff for wearing something to make us smile for Comic Relief, and for raising some money for such a fantastic cause 🌟


Ms Bowern is definitely making us all smile this morning! 😁


A reminder to all of our parents and pupils: To celebrate Red Nose Day today, you can come into school dressed to make someone laugh or smile 😊 We can't wait to have lots of smiles put on our faces!


Year 6 have been exploring different molecules in science today. They had a go at creating some models using spaghetti and marshmallows 🔬


Happy Wednesday everyone 🌈 This week's challenge is an exciting one: can you design your own class mascot? We can't wait to see what you come up with!


This Friday, to celebrate Comic Relief, we will be dressing to make someone smile or laugh. This could be a bright top, a funny accessory, an interesting hair style, or simply a red nose! If you wish, there is an optional donation of £1 🌈


Our Nursery class made some beautiful Mother's Day cards with daffodil paintings on them. We hope you all had a lovely Mother's Day 🌸


Well done to everyone who entered our Potato Book Character competition for World Book Day 📚 We were so impressed with all of the entries but here are our winners! Can you work out who each potato is representing? 🌟


Happy Wednesday everyone 🌈 This week's challenge: create a positivity poster highlighting all the positive things in your life (family, friendships, hobbies etc). We can't wait to see your posters!


It has been so lovely to welcome all of our pupils back to school this morning and it is amazing how well everyone has settled back in. All the staff are so proud of you all! 🌈


We are so pleased to be welcoming back all of our pupils today! 🌈 Please see below a reminder of the new start and end times for each year group


Miss Field, Mr Griffin and Miss Simmons cannot wait to welcome their year 6 classes back to school Monday! Here is a special message from them 🌈


Mrs Prior and Miss Sayer are so excited to welcome all of you back on Monday. They have some special messages for you 🌈

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Please note - This is the usual offer for our children when the academy is fully open, and describes the teaching for last term

Welcome to Reception:
Serena Williams and Jessica Ennis Hill

Miss Holle is teaching Serena Williams class this year assisted by Mrs Heath and Miss Coulstock.

Miss Smith is teaching Jessica Ennis Hill class this year assisted by Miss Sayer.

Welcome to Reception! We hope you find the information below useful as your child starts the year with us. This information will help you support your child at home with the organisation of their week and their learning at home.

Key Times


At Harris Primary Academy we believe in fostering a love for reading from the very beginning. With this in mind, please ensure your main priority is reading with your child daily. Give your child opportunities to explore the story by answering questions, exploring key vocabulary and talking about the illustrations.

Once children have settled into their new routine, children will take a story book home daily, alongside a read-write-inc book each week matching their specific reading level.

Additional homework will be set every half term. Your child will be asked to work on a number of projects, designed to enrich the learning taking place in school.


In Reception, PE is taught on a Thursday. Please ensure that your child wears their full PE kit to school on these days and all earrings must be removed.


This half term we are focussing on settling the children back into their routines.

Key Times

The nursery gate is open for reception children at 8.45am, please arrive by 3.15pm to collect your child.






Read it

Research it

Design it

You will find new and exciting books in your book bag each week. There is a phonics book for you to share with your grown up and a story book for your grown up to share with you. Look at the pictures and talk about what is happening, Can you re-tell the story? Do you recognise any sounds?

Please record the books you have read in your reading journals and leave us a comment. We love to see what you are reading!

We are very excited to learn all about you and your family.


Can you help us by making a family tree? You can add your important friends to it as well. Talk to your family and friends about what you like doing, how you spend time together and any special celebrations you have.


We cannot wait to hear all about it!

With an adult, think about how you could make or decorate your tree. Don’t forget to include lots of interesting facts about your family! You can use any materials you want including recyclable materials!

Practise it

Write it

Make it

We are excited to start mark making with you and introducing phonics (this will help you to read and write). Can you start by practising to write your name? It is a really important job because at school we have to NAME everything!

Could you use different materials- pencils, pens, chalks, crayons, paint? Write it in sand, shower gel, rice… We would love to see pictures of this. Please help your child to write in lower case if they are writing using only capital letters.

Challenge: there are numerals and numbers all around us. Could you practise writing your numbers?

We are excited to start mark making with you and introducing phonics (this will help you to read and write). Can you start by practising to write your name? It is a really important job because at school we have to NAME everything!

Could you use different materials- pencils, pens, chalks, crayons, paint? Write it in sand, shower gel, rice… We would love to see pictures of this.

Challenge: there are numerals and numbers all around us. Could you practise writing your numbers?

 Have fun creating your masterpieces! Remember, no piece of art is complete without a dazzling frame (using materials and resources you can find at home)! We look forward to seeing your wonderful work!

A note to parents,

Please work with your child to complete the above. Each of the activities has been designed to support, enhance and enrich an aspect of the curriculum. We are looking forward to seeing the results of your work together.


What are we learning?

This term we will be celebrating Traditional Fairy Tales within our topic ‘Can you tell me a story?’ We will be reading the stories The Gingerbread Man, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Jolly Postman. The children will learn to sequence parts of a story, they will learn to ask different types of questions through hot-seating and they will learn how to use their facial expressions, bodies and voice when acting out stories.

In Mathematics children will be exploring 2D shapes and their properties and going on shape hunts in the outdoor learning area. The children will be representing numbers using different resources and practising number formation. They will learn about ‘1 more and 1 less’ using concrete and pictorial resources.

How can I help at home?

One of the key ways every parent can help is to ensure that your child is at school every day and on time. Other than this, the main way you can help is by ensuring that your child reads every day, for at least 10 minutes with you, it is the most effective way of ensuring that your child progresses and learns outside of school. Please also help your child to consolidate their RWI phonic knowledge by completing the sound sheet which will go home each day.

Additional Information

In Reception, we are keen explorers and spend lots of time in the garden. We will go out no matter what the weather! As the weather gets colder and wetter, please ensure your child is in school with appropriate clothing such as thick coats, hats, scarves and gloves. Please could you also provide wellington boots for your child to be kept at school all year round.

If you have any questions, please talk to Miss Holle or Miss Smith or you can arrange a meeting at the office.



Miss Holle and Miss Smith