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 🌈


Mr Jones and Mrs Hicks are so excited to welcome their Year 5 classes back on Monday 🌈


All of us here at Harris Kent House have had a fabulous World Book Day. We have enjoyed curling up with some of our favourite books, and celebrating this wonderful day 📚


Ms Tildesley has arranged for some book characters to send some very special messages to her year 4 class about how much she can't wait to see them all again on Monday! 🌈


Happy World Book Day everyone! 📚 Don't forget to wear your pyjamas today, ready to curl up with a book and read. Miss Simmons is ready to celebrate this amazing day 📖


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Tomorrow is ! There are lots of ways to celebrate, including our FREE event at 10.30am. With and a special with -hosted by ! Join us TOMORROW at 🥳


Mr.Hanson is really looking forward to welcoming you all back to school next week, and teaching you your PE lessons 🌈


Mrs Borecka, Mr Lawler and Mrs Sullivan have missed you all so much. They have some special messages for year 3 🌈


Our Nursery class have been baking some salt dough bread for their role play bakery this week🍞


Mr Hayward, Mr Turner and the rest of the year one team are so excited to welcome you all back next week! They have made some special messages for you🌈


Mrs Souissi, Miss Campbell and Mrs Walker are so excited to welcome our year 2's back next Monday. They have some messages for you! 🌈


Today's messages are from Ms Bowern and the reception team. We can't wait to see you all next week🌈


A week to go until until all of our pupils return to school! This week we’ll be sharing photos, videos and messages from the staff to you all as we prepare for your return to school. We can’t wait to see you all and welcome everyone back! 🌈


Chick Update 🐤 Our chicks are thriving in their first few days in the world. Mr Hayward and Miss Simmons enjoyed being able to hold them yesterday!


Chick update 🐤 All of our chicks have hatched now! They are all doing so well and we can't wait to watch them through the first few days of their lives. Does anyone have any good names for them?


Happy Wednesday everyone 🌈 This week's wellbeing challenge is to write a letter or draw a picture to give to someone when we come back to school. This could be a friend or an adult! We will quarantine them before they are given out


On Thursday 4th March it is World Book Day! Our theme for this year is 'Curl up and read a book' 📚 We are having a pyjama day and would love all children, both online and in school, to join in! We can't wait to share some wonderful books with you all


We have had an exciting arrival at Kent House this week 🌟 Year 1 are learning about animals in science, and this term they are hatching their own chicks! 🐤 We can't wait to meet them!


We hope you have all had a lovely half-term. We are looking forward to seeing you either online via Teams or in school for key worker and vulnerable children tomorrow morning 🌈

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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