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Roses are red, 🌹 Violets are blue, 💙 National Poetry Day is on the 1st October, 📜 And we have a blog written just for you 👉


On Fridays, year 6 have been working really hard on their big writes ✒️


In art this week, year 5 have been using one point perspective to create depth in an image. How amazing do these look! 🎨


Year 6 have been using microscopes to look at microorganisms more closely 🔬 .


Year 1 have been doing some fantastic descriptive writing based on Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob)- by Simon Bartram🌛


Happy Well-Being Wednesday to you all 🌈 for this week's challenge, we would like to see if you can come up with an alternative use for a hoover! The crazier- the better🤗


Year 6 have started drafting their own narratives today based on the themes in Holes. The children have come up with some imaginative ideas and we look forward to sharing their progress with you🖊️


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This is wonderful! Thank you so much for your support with Ginger, hope you enjoy following her Journey to becoming a life changing guide dog 🙌


After being inspired by their reading comprehension this week, Miss Simmons and Year 6 Martin Luther King class have decided to sponsor a guide dog puppy. Meet Ginger! We look forward to giving you updates on her progress🐾


Please remember to send your children in to school on the two days they have P.E. If you are unsure what days they are, please send us a reply on here and we can let you know! 🤸‍♂️


Year 6 have been continuing to experiment with line in their art lessons. Today they have drawn a sculpture with continuous line drawing, blind drawing and detailed drawing ✏️


Year 6 have been learning about classification in science. This morning they have been classifying sweets by their features 🍬


Year 6 have been re-telling the beginning of Louis Sachar's 'Holes'. They have written some captivating, detailed work, with lots of higher-level vocabulary 🦎


6-Martin Luther King Class have been writing lovely messages to put inside their kind jar. If someone is feeling upset or a bit down, they can take a message out and read it to put a smile on their face😊🌈


Happy Well-Being Wednesday everyone 🌈 Today's challenge: if you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things would you want to have with you and why? 🤔 We look forward to hearing your answers! 🏝️


Amazing year 1 class displays, with their icons being incredible women role-models ♀️


Today year 4 have been re-writing the beginning of Ted Hughes classic 'The Iron Man'. Can you spot the literary techniques they have used? 🤖


Year 2 have been learning about significant people in the Tudor period today and sequenced them in chronological order 🌹


Parents please see our latest newsletter which has some important updates on it. Please ensure children are sent in to school in PE kits on their PE days- they do not need to bring in any uniform on those days


Year 5's class displays are looking incredible ✨

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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, the PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday. 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 in our new children and giving them time to get used to their new setting and members of staff. 

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,

Over the course of this half term 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 the most important part of reception is settling in and making many new friends. We will read books that inspire learning, including Oh No George, What the Ladybird Heard and Bog Baby. These books will help to encourage the children to speak and write about themselves and their families, whilst helping them to understand different cultures in the world around them. They will have opportunities to take risks through exploration both indoors and outdoors, using a variety of resources. During this term the children will have the chance to share resources with one another and take part in group activities that encourage the skills of turn taking, sharing and independence. We will be spending time exploring shapes within the environment and looking at number recognition, we will begin exploring letter sounds in phonics and develop a love of reading.


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.

Additional Information

As we will be getting to know each other and learning all about one another we would love some family photos to display around the classroom. This helps to give children a sense of belonging and gives them a talking point with their new friends and within class discussions. We understand that you may not want to give originals away so we will photocopy the picture and return the original back to you.

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. 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