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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.



Rainbow Class Newsletter


Dear Parents,


Welcome back after the half term break. We hope you all had a wonderful time and are now ready for the final few weeks of your child’s first year at school.


We have an extremely busy and fun filled half term with lots of exciting things including their first ‘special assembly’. The children will also be meeting their Year 1 class teacher at different points during this term.

The children’s learning this term will be based around the topic ‘Once Upon a Time’. During our learning this term the children will be learning a selection of popular traditional stories. We will be learning the stories using our Pie Corbett strategies and will complete a range of activities around the different stories we will be reading. We will be learning about different styles of writing, including letters and instructions, we will also be investigating the different characters in stories and will learn about using adjectives. During our learning this term we will also be using role play to act out and retell the stories we learn. We will also investigate different materials to build with like in ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and look into making bridges to help ‘The Gingerbread Man’ cross the river.


Polite note:

In the mornings please could you stand away from the wall and in front of the children with the other parents. We have only got this term left in Rainbow class now and we are trying to promote independence within the children.


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 continue working on being kind to each other and always listening carefully and respectfully to the ideas of others. We will also be preparing the children for the changes that happen at this time of year.  We will be having regular discussions about meeting their new teacher and they will also have a selection of opportunities to buddy up with a Year 1 child and develop an understanding about some of the changes they will experience in Year 1.


Physical Development

The children will be continuing with their PE sessions twice a week this term, these will be Tuesday and Wednesday and will be outside, so please provide appropriate attire, including a named sun hat. We will be looking for independence in changing for PE – please ensure the children are confident with this! They will be learning a range of skills around the topic athletics, this will include activities that promote working as a team whilst also providing them with skills ready to participate in the end of year Sports Day.

In order to prepare ourselves for Year 1 we will be focusing our fine motor skills on our handwriting and accurate letter formation. We will be trying to ensure the children participate in discussions about different ways we can stay healthy, through completing regular exercise, eating a range of different foods ensuring more of some foods than others.


Literacy-Reading and Writing/ Communication & Language

This term we will be continuing with our guided reading carousel of activities. These will continue to include activities organised to promote independence whilst developing skills the children already have.  The children will be reading with an adult twice a week, one group will participate in a guided (group) reading session and another group each child will be read with individually using their own books. For this to be beneficial for the children please can you ensure their reading books and reading record are in their bags every day.  To continue developing our writing skills this term, we will be encouraging the children to have a careful focus on their neat handwriting but we will also be continuing to write for different purposes. After our successful story writing last term for ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ we will be encouraging the children to attempt writing their own stories. We will also be looking for the children to show their abilities to write a selection of things such as; instructions letters and cards.

Focus Texts – The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel.



Within our Maths learning this term we will be consolidating a lot of our previous learning including addition and subtraction. Whilst consolidating this we will encourage the children to use the previous skills taught such as holding a number in their head and counting on to find the answer. With their counting we will be ensuring the children are confident counting forwards and backwards to 20 and will introduce counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We will be practising our number formation ensuring the correct orientation and order of the numbers. We will consolidate our shape recognition for both 2D and 3D shapes. We will be developing our knowledge of shape, space and measures including the concept of symmetry, capacity, time and position and direction, you could help your child with this by ensuring they are aware of their left and right.


Understanding the World

We will be using our observational skills to look at the changes in the local environment and discuss the differences between where we go to school and other places. We will think back to our time at Nursery and how things were so different back then and the changes that are due to come with moving into Year 1. We will also look at the different uses of technology and recognise a range of technology is used in different places.

We will also continue to look at similarities and differences between ourselves and other families, communities and traditions. 


Expressive Arts and Design

We will be encouraging the children to be as creative as possible during this topic including using a variety of materials in different ways when completing an activity. The children will be encouraged to make model characters from the stories and use different materials to explore building houses for the 3 little pigs to live in. We will be providing the children with a selection of resources to aid them with their activities. We would like to see detail in the creations the children make as opposed to simple designs with children clearly being able to explain the models they have created. The children will be encouraged to explore the sound of different musical instruments. We will also be listening to a range of different sounds and promoting different animal movements or dances to this.


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.



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.


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.    *If your child wears earrings please can they be removed in the morning of our PE sessions.



Diary Dates:

Rainbow class assembly – Wednesday 19th June 2:45

Sports day – Monday 15th July





Kind regards

Miss Rosser, Miss Bartholomew & Mrs Rodriguez