Orange Class 2023 - 2024

Miss Redfern

Orange Class Teacher

Welcome back! We hope that you've had a lovely half term break. Thank you for sending us your family adventures! The children will love sharing their pictures with Orange class. We look forward to welcoming you back into school on Monday 3rd June.

Our topic this term is ‘Adventurers’ with a geography and history focus. We will be learning all about South Africa and Nelson Mandela as our significant person. Our English learning is based on the unit 'The Ugly Sharkling' where we will be writing our own postcards in first person. In maths, we are working with numbers up to 100 and introducing time and money.


You can find more information about what we are up to throughout the term in our long and medium term plan documents below.


Diary Dates:

Monday 3rd June - Children return to school

Friday 7th June - Start swimming block

WC 10th June - Phonics screening check & KS1 assessments 

Friday 14th June - PTA Summer fair

Monday 17th & Wednesday 19th June - Town sports

Thursday 27th June - Move up day 

WC 1st July - Animal Adventures TBC

Friday 5th July - KS1 Sports day (am)

Tuesday 9th July - Summer showcase

Friday 12th July - PTA School disco

Monday 15th July - Parents' evening (drop in)

Thursday 18th July - Break up for summer


Please refer to our Newtletter via email for regular updates.


Phonics and Reading

This year we will continue to use the Little Wandle phonics programme to teach reading and spelling. Your child will bring home a book matched to their phonics phase so please encourage them to read this independently.

Alongside this, your child will bring home two 'love to read' sharing books that they will have chosen from our class library. Your child is not expected to read this independently - it is to share with an adult (or older sibling for example) and is to develop a love of books, listening skills and language. When sharing this book, you could: 

  •  Read to your child
  •  Look at the front cover
  •  Talk about the story
  •  Talk about the pictures
  •  Ask your child to turn the pages
  •  Talk about your favourite part of the story

Book changing day is every Friday. Please ensure that your child brings all of their books into school so that they can be changed and shared with Orange class.

Your child will recieve a star on their special bookmark if they have read 5 times in one week (including previous weekend reading). Please write in your child's diary to let us know that they have read.


Homework will be set weekly and will focus on current learning within phonics and maths. Tasks will be set on a Friday and should be completed by the following Wednesday.


PE this half term will be on a Monday. Children will need to come into school in their PE kits. Please name everything!


Outdoor Learning

We will send an email on planned outdoor learning days. On these days, please send your child to school in home clothes with wellies and waterproofs in a seperate bag. More information to follow.



If your child is bringing a snack from home, please send them in a SMALL, named container or with your child’s name written on the snack. These should be healthy snacks that do not contain any nuts. We are a nut free school. Alternatively, if your child wishes to order a snack from school, please send the correct amount of money in a NAMED purse or envelope on the day. Thank you.


If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email: Alternatively, you can ring the school on 01270 906120 or leave a message in your child’s journal as these are checked daily.


We have a wonderful term planned with lots of exciting learning opportunities. We appreciate your continued support and communication. 


Kind regards,

Miss Redfern, Mrs Vann, Mrs Beeston and Miss Rowe



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