Orange Class 2023 - 2024

Miss Redfern

Orange Class Teacher

Hello Spring! We look forward to welcoming the children back into school on Tuesday 27th February.

Our topic this term is ‘New Beginnings’ with a science focus. We will be discovering the spring season and learning about plants, habitats and Great Crested Newts through our forest school learning! We will also be using our five senses to learn about the world around us.  

Our Geogrpahy learning this half term will focus on the four countries within the United Kingdom and their capital cities. We will be learning about the seas that surround us and other well known cities close by!  


Barnaby Bear  

This term, Orange class will be participating in 'Barnaby Bear goes around the world' as part of their music curriculum. We will be having weekly sessions for six weeks to prepare for our Orange class performance on Friday 8th March at 2:30pm.


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 26th February - Inset day 

Tuesday 27th February - Children back to school

Wednesday 28th February - Parents' evening (face to face)

Thursday 29th February - Parents' evening (online) 

Wednesday 6th March - Star day 

Thursday 7th March - World book day

Friday 8th March - Orange to perform Barnaby Bear goes around the world at 2:30pm - parents welcome!

Friday 15th March - Pear Tree 21st Birthday celebrations 

Friday 15th March - PTA Quiz night

Thursday 28th March - Break up for Easter 

Friday 29th March - Bank holiday 


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 is every Wednesday. Children will need to come into school in their PE kits. Please name everything!


Outdoor Learning

This half term, we have forest school sessions every Wednesday morning after PE. Our first session is on Wednesday 28th February. Your child will be in their PE kit so please send in their waterproofs and wellies (in a bag you don't mind getting muddy). This bag will then stay in school until half term when all items will be sent home. If your child is wearing shorts for PE, please send full length trousers into school. Please name everything!



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.


Our Orange's showed fantastic perserverance, resilience and hard work during Autumn term. Spring term will be filled with more learning, fun and laughter. We appreciate your continued communication and support throughout your child's learning journey with us. 


Kind regards,

Miss Redfern, Mrs Vann, Mrs Beeston and Miss Rowe



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