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Selling C of E Primary School

milstead and frinstead
Village Acedemy

Catkin Class 

A Message from the Class Teacher, Mrs Foord

Welcome to the Reception Class Page!


Catkins Newsletter Term 3 2018

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas break.  The children are very refreshed and have been very excited to tell us all about their Christmas holiday and all the exciting things they got up to.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a great big thank you to children and families of Catkin’s for your very kind and thoughtful cards, words and gifts.  It was lovely to have such incredibly generous gifts to enjoy over the Christmas holidays with our families – we have been truly spoilt!

We had a wonderful time last term learning about journeys and transport, exploring maps, vehicles, climates, holidays and clothing.  We observed confidence in reading and writing soar towards the end of the term and we can see from your tapestry posts that you have been witnessing this at home too which is absolutely fantastic!

We also spent last term getting excited about Christmas and performing our Christmas concert to you.  The children worked so hard learning songs and actions, exploring poetry and crafting props.  Our whole school trip to the Marlow Theatre was a great success and Catkin’s class were all superstars walking sensibly from the coach to the theatre and sitting in the theatre beautifully, your children are a credit to you!



This term our topic is ‘Once upon a time…’ focussing on traditional stories and fairy tales.  We have started with ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and everyone has been very excited to design and make their own Gingerbread characters. Each week we will focus on a different fairy tale or traditional story for the children to explore giving us lots of learning opportunities throughout the term.

Week 4 will see us having the opportunity to explore religions from around the world, with Catkin’s focussing on Sikhism and the story of Guru Nanak.

Parents in Class.

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our parents in class session last term.  The children thoroughly enjoyed sharing their classroom with you and the feedback from you has been fantastic.  Parents in class is a fantastic opportunity for you to find out more about your child’s learning and how to support them, however if in the time between session you have any concerns or anything that you would like to discuss please do not hesitate to make an appointment to see me.  Our next parents in class session will focus on our maths learning – details to follow.



Last term the children learnt many sounds and words from phase 3 phonics.  We are now consolidating this learning.

Sounds learnt in phase 3



Tricky words in phase 3

he, she, me, we, be, you, all, are, her, was, they, my

Please continue to practice these sounds at home, looking for them in books – how many can you find in a minute? Search for them in the environment, form them in the park or garden with sticks, put them into sentences, chalk them on the ground or use a wet paint brush on a dry day.

We are will be working very hard this term continuing to practice pre-cursive letter formation, ask your children where they start their letters – they’ll tell you ‘on the line!’



This term PE is being delivered predominately through our swimming lessons.  However if we cannot get out to woodland Wednesday’s due to weather then we will replace this with a PE session, therefore please ensure your child has a named PE kit in school at all times.  Thanks.

Reading books. 

We are so pleased with the amount of support the children are getting at home with their reading books and letters sounds, it’s absolutely fantastic. The children are very much enjoying choosing their own books in school and are excited to take them home and share with you.  Sometimes children choose a book they have read before, this is ok, and encourages reading mileage and an enjoyment of favourite stories.  Encourage comprehension when reading too, discussing the pictures, asking questions about the story and characters and making up alternative funny endings to stories.   Following parental feedback we will shortly be sticking in a list of comprehension ideas and questions in each reading record.  We would recommend that you extend the amount of time you spend utilising each book – perhaps one day telling the story and reading the words then the following day re-reading the book before discussing the comprehension questions.  Let us know if you require any further information.

Library Visit


Our recent library visit was so very successful.  The children had the opportunity to explore what the library has to offer and loan books using the machines.  Everyone had a wonderful time and all the children were impeccably behaved as always. A huge thank you to Paul Lovekin for driving the mini bus for us and supporting the children in the library along with Emma HIllis and Natasha Paul.  We really appreciate the overwhelming amount of parental support we have at Milstead, ensuring that we can access these wonderful local resources with the children.


As you know our shed was damaged recently in the bad weather causing a leak which has unfortunately left the shed in a state of disrepair.  Raquel Baker and Julia Foxon have overseen the organisation of a sponsored Gruffalo hunt in the woods for the Catkin’s children to raise money for the replacement of the shed and damaged resources.  Gary and Catherine Phipps have very kindly built us a brand new shed from scratch which will be installed in the garden very soon.  While this work is being completed we have very kindly been loaned some space by FoMS in their shed to store our resources that thankfully remained undamaged.  A very heartfelt thank you to all those involved with this project.


Thank you for your continued support.


The Catkins Team


Mrs Foord – Class Teacher

Mrs DaCosta – Teaching Assistant