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Rainbow Class Reading Raffle

In Rainbow class we are introducing a new strategy to encourage the children to read at home. If a child is heard read by an adult (parent, grandparent, childminder etc.) and it is recorded/ signed in their reading record the child will receive a raffle ticket. They will receive this ticket every time they read. We are also promoting use of Bug Club so if your child has read their books, please encourage them to read those available on their account. The raffle will be drawn on a Friday at random and two winners of the draw will get to select a prize from a lucky dip bag.

Thank you

Rainbow Class Team

Welcome to Rainbow Class' class page


I'm Miss Rosser, the class teacher in Rainbow Class.

I am lucky this year to have two wonderful teaching assistants Miss Bartholomew and Mrs Rodriguez. We all love teaching in Rainbow class and joining the children with their learning journey throughout the first year of their school career. I love seeing the pride the children have in their own achievements and the magical imaginations they enjoy sharing with us on a daily basis. We relish providing the children with exciting learning opportunities that capture their interests and promote a love of learning. I love the opportunities within Reception to observe the children developing their own skills and knowledge through interacting with different resources whilst also watching them apply their understanding in a selection of ways. I love teaching Maths in Reception because there are so many exciting things that can be done with mathematical learning and it is wonderful watching the magical moments when children understand new concepts introduced to them.

Miss Bartholomew is excited to join the children with their learning and is looking forward to supporting them with all their developments.

Mrs Rodriguez loves being creative in Rainbow class and particularly enjoys the unique models and paintings the children create. We make a great team sharing ideas and working with the children to encourage independence whilst helping them to achieve their maximum potential in a supportive environment.



Term 4 2018-19


Welcome back after half term. We hope you all had a wonderful time!


Rainbow class have an exciting term ahead of us.  The children’s learning this term will be based around the topic ‘To Infinity and Beyond’. 

During our topic we will be taking an adventure to Space, where we will introduce the planets and the children will learn a song to help them remember some exciting facts about each planet. We will then also develop our learning around fiction books and will read the story ‘Beegu’ and ‘The Way Back Home’, we will be learning these stories through the Pie Corbett strategy. This is where the children can use pictures with occasional words to help them remember a story, we have enjoyed learning different stories so far using this and will look forward to learning more. This term we are having a big push on developing our reading and writing skills in order to successfully listen to as many sounds in words as possible. We will also begin to encourage the children to use the Pie Corbett story mapping strategy to create stories of their own. We are hoping that during our topic we will be visited by some extra-terrestrial creatures to help us with our learning.

4th March – 8th March Book Week. We will be completing different challenges such as: The Big Book Off, Book bingo and many others. To help at home please encourage your children to read as much as possible using their bug club account. We will be asking the children to keep a record of when they read and the book they have read. They will need to read at least 5 times on bug club during this week in order to receive a prize on Friday. During this week please encourage your children to read as much as possible at home but in different ways such as reading to a pet, read in the bath, read a set of instructions.

World Book Day – Thursday 7th March


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be covering all the areas of PSED through everyday activities and interaction with each other and a weekly circle time. We will support your child to gain a sense of belonging to the class and school and to have a pride in everything they do.


Physical Development

The children will be continuing with their PE sessions twice a week this term, these will be Tuesday and Wednesday. We will be looking for independence in changing for PE – please practice this at home! They will be developing some of the skills previously learnt but also introducing manipulative skills – involving controlling different sized balls in a range of ways.


We will be further developing and improving our fine motor skills (weaving, threading, cutting) Using small and large equipment, improving independence when changing for PE, managing personal hygiene through regular handwashing and keeping healthy and healthy eating.


Literacy-Reading and Writing/ Communication & Language

Children will be engaged in role-play and re-telling stories and information through a selection of class texts such as; ‘Beegu’, ‘The Way Back Home’ and other stories. As much as possible we encourage the children to look at story books and information books independently and share them with friends. We also promote one-to-one reading with teachers, some guided reading sessions and shared class reading. Please at home could you encourage your child to write for a range of different purposes, such as: lists, stories, cards, thank you letters and other things. Please encourage them to listen to their sounds as independently as possible. In school we encourage the children to try and complete different writing activities as independently as possible. This term we will be focusing our writing to be: labels, captions and simple sentences. 

Focus Texts – Beegu, The Way Back Home, Whatever Next, Aliens love underpants, Q Pootle 5.



This term we will be consolidating our previous learning about addition and subtraction. We will begin to look at different ways to make amounts – number bonds to 5/10. The children will also have chance to explore money and become familiar to the value of different coins in our role play environments during challenge time this term. We will revise our knowledge of 2D shape, looking closely at the properties of them and begin to identify 3D shapes. We will look at finding 3D shapes in the environment to become more familiar with them. We will be learning about weight and using some of the language related to this, such as heavy, light, heavier, lighter, heaviest, lightest.


Understanding the World

We will be learning about the solar system including the planets that we know and will also be encouraging your child to design their own planet from what they have found out about the planets that already exist. We will be learning about the moon and will look at the relationship between the sun during the day and the moon at night.  

As part of this learning we will also be looking at similarities and differences between ourselves and other families, communities and traditions. 

We will look at the changes that happen in Spring. We will discuss why we celebrate Mother’s Day and Easter.


Expressive Arts and Design

Within our Expressive arts and design the children will be encouraged to use their imagination to retell stories and begin writing their ideas down. We will also be encouraging the children to create 3D models of rockets, jet packs and planets – to support the children with this please send in any recycling bits and pieces you have at home. The children will also be given the opportunity to explore the sounds of different instruments and express themselves through music, dance and role play.


School-Home Links

We love to celebrate your children and their achievements in every area of learning. It is important for us to know how your child is developing at home as well as school. Your voice is valuable in our assessment process. However, please do not forget that we are looking for the children to have ownership over their ‘All About Me’ books and that the evidence shown is examples of things they can do, such as sentence writing, different shapes they have found and skills they have been practising – handwriting, number formation. The children are always keen to share their work with us so please let them do it, don’t forget we are trying to promote independence and pride in their own achievements. Please remember to send back in the ‘Wow Moments’ that we recently sent home as this also celebrates the achievements of the children both inside and outside of school.



We will continue with our library visits every Thursday, when your child will bring home a library book of their choice. We do not help them choose, as we like them to make their own decisions, so the chances are they will bring books home that they may not necessarily be able to read them independently. Please share the books with them and enjoy the pictures but remember to send it back in the following week to be changed.



Please remember to ensure that your child has their reading book in their bag daily and if they have read that you have recorded this. We often change the days when we hear your child read and to support us with this having the books in daily is extremely helpful.


Please don’t forget to use our fantastic school resource – BUG CLUB. All the children have been allocated books and can easily access these through their individual virtual worlds. To log on to your child's virtual world you will need to go to: From here you can log in using the following details:

Username: the first 4 letters of your first name and the first 4 letters of your surname

Password: Offhampupil123

School code: xjjh

We look forward to seeing who has accessed their own account and read some of the wonderful books they have been allocated. Don’t forget rewards can be earnt on BUG CLUB by reading the books and then answering questions about the text.


Donations plea

If you have had to borrow any of the school clothes for one reason or another, please can you return them. Our supply of spare clothes is now non-existent and this is really disappointing to not have anything to give children if they need it. Also on this note if you have any clothes your child may have outgrown please send it in, it all helps to keep our spare supply going.


Extra information!

Please make sure  * Your child has a named water bottle in school.      *As the weather is getting warmer your child has a named sunhat to wear at play time and during our PE lessons.           * Ensure ALL clothing is clearly labelled, especially PE kits.    *Earrings must be removed on PE days – Tuesday and Wednesday


Diary Dates:

EYFS curriculum evening - Expectations for the end of the year: Monday 18th March 7-8

Stay and play: 2:00 - 3:00 - Thursday 21st March

Stay and play: 2:00 - 3:00 - Tuesday 26th March 


Parents Evening: Tuesday 2nd April

Wednesday 3rd April