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Mrs Jackson

Welcome to class REJ's class webpage. We are a friendly group of Reception children who are very enthusiastic about our learning. Our class teacher is Mrs Jackson and our wonderful teaching assistant is Miss Cook. On this page, I will endeavour to keep you up-to-date with news from our classroom. As always, if you have any questions, please speak to myself or Miss Cook.


General Information

Reading: We usually change our reading scheme books and school library books three times a week on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Although we do ask for book bags and pupil planners to be brought into school every day, as often there are letters and information that need to go home.


PE: Our indoor PE session is on a Thursday morning but again, we ask for PE kits to be in school every day. In addition to this we will take part in our '5 a day' workout every morning and afternoon. We will send kits home to be washed at the end of each term, or sooner if necessary!


Our Belongings: Can parents and carers please make sure all their child's belongings are named, from gloves to water bottles and plimsolls! Your help in this is very much appreciated as our lost property box is overflowing!


We ask that water bottles are taken home, washed, refilled (with still plain water only) and brought back the next day. In addition, we can bring in a healthy snack for break time.



Term One


Welcome to St. Andrews.  Our termly newsletter can be found further down the page. 


At the beginning of the term we will focus on settling in and getting to know the children (and them us!).  We will then move to our theme of 'The Farm' and celebrating Harvest.


We will be using the texts of 'The Enormous Turnip', 'The Little Red Hen' and 'Leaf Man' as starting points for our work.


We encourage all the children to be independent coming into school and finding their pegs etc.  We thank you for your support in this matter. 


Please also note, if your child is being collected by someone else, we must have notification (either written or through telephoning the school). 

If you have any questions, please pop in and ask or make an appointment to see us, again through the school office.

Many thanks and we hope you are as excited about the new school year as we are!

Term Two

Firstly, I hope you all enjoyed a restful half term. Miss Cook and I are so proud of each child for how well they have settled into life in Reception. We are very pleased with the progress the children are making and look forward to this coming term with them.This is traditionally a very busy term, which is action packed leading up to Christmas. 


Out first theme is Diwali, we will be exploring the story of Rama and Sita and exploring light and dark.  We will be making Diva lamps and Rangoli patterns.


We will them move on to the traditional tale of the 'Gingerbread Man' before our final theme of Christmas!


The children will of course be taking part in a traditional end of term Christmas performance, more details of which will follow.


This term also sees Parents evening, Children in Need day, St. Andrew's Day service, Christmas fair and Parents to Play sessions! Please ensure you are accessing Parentmail regularly to know dates, times, tickets etc for these events.


Also a reminder that all items of clothing (including wellies, hats and scarves etc) need to be named.


Our term two newsletter is also available below  As always, any questions please pop in and speak to a member of staff.

Term Three

Welcome back to Term Three and Happy New Year to all.  It has been wonderful to see the children come back ready to learn. Our themes this term in Reception are 'What's your Emergency?' followed by 'Chinese New Year'.


We are fortunate to have arranged visits from a Police Officer, Paramedics and also a visit for us to the Fire Station.  Through these wonderful experiences the children will really find out about the people who help us and the important work they do. 


We are also designing and making our own Emergency vehicles using junk modelling materials. 


Our reading, handwriting, phonics and maths will continue as it has in previous terms and once again we are delighted with the progress the children are making and their super attitudes to learning.  In PE we are very excited to use the large apparatus in the hall.


More details can be found on our class newsletter and as always, pop in and speak to us if you have any queries.


Term Four

Welcome to Term Four. This term our themes are 'Space' and 'Easter'.  We will be using a range of Space based fiction books such as Beegu, Aliens Love Underpants and How to Catch a Star.  We will also be using non-fiction books to find information. 


Within our Easter activities, we will be cooking, going on an egg hunt and sharing the meaning of Easter to Christians. 


For more information on our work this term, please see the Newsletter sent home or on the class webpage.


We also have a range of whole school events this term including World Book Day on Thursday 7 March, the School Spring Fair and Red Nose Day both on Friday 15 March. Please see separate Parentmails about further details.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do pop and see a member of staff.


Many thanks.

Term Five

We are very excited to be back in school after the Easter break.  This term our theme is 'All Creatures Great and Small'.  We have lots of exciting things planned for the children including Swimming lessons and a school trip!


We will be using a variety of fiction and non-fiction books to support our learning.  We will begin with 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' before moving on to 'The Bad Tempered Ladybird' which leads wonderfully into our work on time. 


Full details of the texts we will use and other work and learning experiences planned are on our newsletter. 


As the weather will hopefully get warmer, please ensure your child ALWAYS has a named water bottle in school with plain, still water in only.  Sunhats and sun cream (applied before school) may also be necessary if we are super lucky with the sunshine!


As always, thank you for your continued support and if you have any queries or questions, please do pop in and ask. 

Term Six

Wow! Term Six is here, the year has truly flown!  We have thoroughly enjoyed teaching the children and look forward to spending the final few weeks with the children. 


Our theme this term is 'Holidays'.  We are looking at the stories 'Meerkat Mail', 'Dear Teacher' and 'Snail and the Whale' to support our learning.  We will be exploring different parts of the world and comparing them to our locality. More information regarding our upcoming work is on the newsletter. 


Hopefully the weather will warm up so please ensure your child has a named sunhat, water bottle and with sun cream already applied. 


As ever, if you have any queries, please pop in and see a member of staff. May we also take this opportunity to thank you for all your support this year.