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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!

Firstly, a huge thank you to all parents and carers for their support and well wishes while I was away from school.  I was overwhelmed with kind messages, cards and flowers which were very much appreciated.  I am so glad to be back in school and to see all the busy things the children have been doing while I was away. We will be rearranging the library visit this term and the parents in class sessions that were cancelled, information to be sent out shortly.

Another huge thank you to all those that helped on the DIY day – Mr Bird (Vienna’s Daddy), Mrs Brown (Olivia’s Mummy), Mrs DaCosta and Mr and Mrs Gibson (Eva and Luke’s Parents). We couldn’t have completed the work we did without your help. 

Term 5 brings us a very exciting new topic of ‘What’s Growing?’  We will be looking at plants and growth in our environment, what a plant needs to grow, different types of plants, fruits and vegetables and how the children themselves have grown over their first year in school.  This topic is perfect for the springtime and particularly at Milstead where we are lucky enough to have such wonderful countryside all around us.

We will be continuing with our ‘Woodland Wednesday’ sessions each week and welcome parental support for these sessions as they cannot go ahead without your invaluable support.  Please ensure your child has wellies in school that fit, even though the weather is so much nicer the woods can still be rather muddy if there were to be even just a small springtime downpour!

Our trip this term will be to Lady Kingsdown’s Gardens to support our topic about growing.  Lady Kingsdown has wonderful gardens with an abundance of plant life and wildlife.  The plan is to walk through the woods and the fields to the estate, take part in some planned activities including pond dipping and eat a picnic there.  This trip was a huge success last year and was thoroughly enjoyed by all the children who took part.  Details to be sent out in the near future.

PE sessions will continue to be on a Monday afternoon, please ensure your child has a full and named PE kit including indoor and outdoor kit (tracksuit bottoms and top for outdoor PE and shorts and T-shirt for indoor PE).

Show and Tell letters will be sent out shortly along with the creative home learning menu.

Please note that sound keyrings are being updated currently with new common exception words (tricky words) that the children have been learning in school. 

A reminder that we have Mrs Deeson in school every Monday and Tuesday as our Family Liaison Officer. If you require an appointment with Mrs Deeson please leave a message for her via the school office.


Thank you again for all your support to your children’s learning and to our school community.


Kind Regards

The Catkins Team.

Mrs Foord – Class Teacher

Mrs Ambrose – Teaching Assistant

Mrs DaCosta – Teaching Assistant (one to one)

Creative home learning menu:  /docs/Creative_home_learnng_menu_term_3_2017_Catkins.docx


Bluebells in the woods (21 images)

Today we went to the woods and observed the bluebells. We talked about their features, the reasons not to pick them and how they smelt. The children mixed their own colours to create a painting of the bluebells.

Created: 10 May 17 16:41 | Last modified: 10 May 17 16:51

Write Dance fun in Catkins class (6 images)

Catkin class have been taking part in Write Dance activities where the children follow and learn specific movements to develop their physical skills including, balance, coordination, flexibility and stamina, aligned to a combination of rhythmic and melodic music. Mark-making and ‘movement drawings’ allow the children progress from whole body dance moves to fine- motor movements with fluency and speed. The children absolutely love this activity!

Created: 14 Oct 15 14:32 | Last modified: 9 Nov 15 15:54